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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby outdoors4evr » Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:19 am

My garden completely drowned this June. Lost 2.5 rows of green beans. All but 6 tomatoes are dead. The remaining 6 look very sickly. Lost all cucumbers but one. Lost two hills of watermelon.
- I might as well till it all under.

This year I planted my bean plants in furrows (2" deep) so the water would stay by the plants. I didn't expect a month of rain. :surrender:
I also dug circular holes (2" deep) and planted my tomatoes fairly deep.
Watermelon and cucumbers were planted on hills (they look like volcanoes) but still did not do well due to the sides holding water like a bowl.

My garden is on a very slight slope and everything that is downhill (1-2" from the uphill side) is dead.
Should I have hilled up the rows and then planted my beans on top of rows?
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SamsFarm » Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:28 am

outdoors4evr wrote:My garden completely drowned this June.


Sorry to hear that! :(
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Peter Person » Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:40 am

outdoors4evr wrote:My garden completely drowned this June. Lost 2.5 rows of green beans. All but 6 tomatoes are dead. The remaining 6 look very sickly. Lost all cucumbers but one. Lost two hills of watermelon.
- I might as well till it all under.

This year I planted my bean plants in furrows (2" deep) so the water would stay by the plants. I didn't expect a month of rain. :surrender:
I also dug circular holes (2" deep) and planted my tomatoes fairly deep.
Watermelon and cucumbers were planted on hills (they look like volcanoes) but still did not do well due to the sides holding water like a bowl.

My garden is on a very slight slope and everything that is downhill (1-2" from the uphill side) is dead.
Should I have hilled up the rows and then planted my beans on top of rows?


We've had years like that too. Not sure when it was, but finally got a crop of green beans after the 3rd planting put in on the 4th of July one year. Squash & cucumber plants will get mold if we have too much rain.
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby outdoors4evr » Tue Jul 06, 2021 10:03 am

Peter Person wrote:Squash & cucumber plants will get mold if we have too much rain.


The remaining cucumber is chalky.
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SONNY » Tue Jul 06, 2021 9:37 pm

Got plant rot here real bad this year due to the rain. It hit green beans first then the early cabbage, and broc. --a few cauliflower plants went down but most of them are good so far. Squash, ( what few that did come up) are wilting so probably wont have many summer squash this year. ----- good thing we canned and freeze dried a lot of them last year.
Potatoes are not much this year----too dry/hot early then the flood and they just gave up trying and died out. Been diggin some by hand and not sure how many rows I am going to dig, ---- may just plow the whole mess under early and call it done for 2021 season!
This is the worst garden year that I have ever seen in this area! Hope next year is better.

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SamsFarm » Sun Jul 11, 2021 1:07 pm

Rain rain go away!

Litte Sammy wants to bale hay! :)
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SONNY » Tue Jul 13, 2021 11:03 am

More rain here for the last couple days---looks like another 3 days could be light rain too. Cant dig the Norlands in the mud! Pontiac and Kennebec plants still green, and they should be way later than the Norlands.
Did get one row dug before I got rained out.
Not a bad size and quality is good so now to get all of them dug. Actually they are better than they looked when I started the first few feet of row.
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SamsFarm » Thu Jul 15, 2021 7:37 am

Potatoes can be dug in the mud, It is not fun though!

I can remember doing that once, standing (and trying to walk) in the mud ankle deep, bent over, using my fingers to rake through the mud to get the potatoes.

Occasionally my fingers would glide through a nice juicy rotten potato. :lol:

Whew wee, what a mess it was that year!
But I salvaged as much as I could!


May the monsoons stop for all of us who are soil saturated and may the rain start for those who really need it! Amen!
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SamsFarm » Thu Jul 15, 2021 8:18 am

Weeds are always a hard battle when we have too much rain!

That constant wet of the top layer sure does make those weed seeds germinate!

And with being too wet, cant get into the field to cultivate.

A win win for the weeds! :(
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SONNY » Thu Jul 15, 2021 12:31 pm

got 1 more row almost dug ----6 buckets in the wagon and 1 in the bucket. Looks like averaging 11 big buckets per row. Not the biggest tatoes I have grown, but they will eat.
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Mht » Thu Jul 15, 2021 1:50 pm

I’ve grown potatoes before but not that many. Those look nice. What variety are they. How do you store that volume of potatoes and how long will they last.

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SONNY » Thu Jul 15, 2021 6:16 pm

I have 3.5 rows of the ones in the pix.---they are Early Red Norland. I only plant them cause when July comes I GOTTA have my french fries come hell or high water! lol! ---Norlands are early and fill the tummy with fries until the Red Pontiac and Kennebecs get ready,---they are the storage variety we grow here. Had a dozen plants of russets this year as a test and they dont make fries at all---- tasteless and they claim McD uses that variety for their fries!---x'plains why their fries are yucky! lol!
As for keeping, ---Norlands are only a fresh use type spud as far as I am concerned. After a month or 2 they start wilting,---still taste great but wilt. We have had them in storage for longer but wilted spuds are hard for stiff hands to peel.
The 3.5 is going to make the 500 pound mark this year. Smaller this year than what we usually have but they will eat.
Been giving them away right and left so they wont go to waste. A church food bank here usually takes some to pass out to needy folks.
Depending on yield most of the Pontiacs and Kens. will go to food banks since we dont need that many for us.
got rained out again today so harvest is on hold AGAIN! --- been pullin weeds that I can reach without getting too far out in the mud!

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SamsFarm » Sat Jul 17, 2021 1:34 pm

We have probably exceeded 5" of rain in the last week! :(

Looking forward to some dry time!
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Eugene » Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:29 pm

SamsFarm wrote:We have probably exceeded 5" of rain in the last week! :(

Looking forward to some dry time!
Bit over 5 &1/2" of rain so far for the month of July. Most of the rain has fallen in the past week.
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