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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby outdoors4evr » Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:27 am

We in lower Michigan just got our first frost warning of the year. Tonight should drop to 36 degrees and be misting.
I still have a lot of tomatoes that are green or orange. Maybe I'll get out the 10x10 tent and some tarps out to try to save a few.
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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby Nelson 634 » Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:58 pm

Ever tried pulling plants with tomatoes on vine. Knock dirt gently off roots. Hang upside down in a tempered garage or basement. Then side a brown paper bag up over vine with tomatoes still attached, roots exposed. Tie bag opening or tape, just close opening. Will keep 4-6 weeks. Just keep checking for ripe tomatoes.
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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:25 pm

Frost this morning, earliest in years. Usually happens in mid to late October, last year, not til early November. So, we'll have a month of growing season, with nothing growing.

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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:32 pm

Day before yesterday was our first frost. Global warming. Everything was pretty much done, anyway.
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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby Peter Person » Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:50 pm

First frost this morning.
Picked a few tomatoes, green bell peppers, a bunch of hot peppers, and some lettuce that turned out to be bitter.
Will clean out everything and rototill this weekend. Might try to get a load of cow manure delivered.
Also, shrunk the garden from 30’x60’ to 25’x45’. Not as many mouths to feed at home anymore.
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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby Gary Dotson » Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:16 am

We had 40deg. Sat. morning but no frost yet. Supposed to be warmer for the next week so we won't get frost for a little while yet.

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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby Bill » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:12 am

No frost yet, we are close to lake Erie which has an effect on our weather.
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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby Mht » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:17 pm

I’m glad I’m down south. I just finished getting my fall garden planted today. Wh should have 5 or more weeks before we get our first frost. I should have had the fall garden in several weeks ago but it has just now dried out enough to get the tiller in it.

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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby SONNY » Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:29 am

no frost yet BUT it has to be close! Sept. 15 is our average date. might get a few more days! lol!

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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby SONNY » Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:43 am

frost over the top of the leaves here 2 nights ago ------ Trying to finish off the last of the tomatoes that I picked before the frost hit. Did get a lot of juice made this year plus some whole tomatoes canned so we should have enough to last until tomato time next year.

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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby SONNY » Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:23 am

everything got froze now so need to subsoil then plow the gardens. ---- got 12 big loads of 5 year old horse manure yesterday ( this stuff looks like black dirt!) and need to spread it before I plow. Did get the tomato cages took down and stacked for the winter ---- still have 14 rows of field corn to pick then gardens are done for the year.
did find some soup beans that made it, so picked them off the fence and will shell them later.

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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby Eugene » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:26 pm

Finally getting some rain. Only .02" in the last 5 weeks. Clay soil is rock hard.

Garlic planted 3 weeks ago is sprouting. Did have to break up the soil to let the sprouts through.
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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby outdoors4evr » Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:11 am

Emptied the garden and tilled in some lime where the tomatoes were this year.
(Tomatoes like acidic soil and will move to another area of the garden next year)
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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby SONNY » Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:41 am

mowed the edges of the gardens down and also the horseradish tops to keep mice/voles at bay! ---could dig horseradish any time now since we had several heavy frosts.

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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby Don McCombs » Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:37 pm

Anyone grow the Mortgage Lifter heirloom variety of tomato and save seeds? I'm looking for about 6 seeds to start plants and give them a try next Spring. Thanks.
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