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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Mht » Sat Jul 17, 2021 6:42 pm

I went to my farm and worked yesterday and today. Garden there is doing great. I picked two 50 pound feed sacks full of silver queen corn, another feed sack full of green beans, and a sack full of black eyed peas. I’ll have a whole bunch more to pick the end of the week and next weekend. I’ve probably got 3 weeks before the second round of corn will be ready along with butter beans, more black eyed peas and black beans. I guess I’m going to be real busy canning and freezing for the next month. This is the first year of a garden at my farm in quite a number of years and production is going to be much greater than expected. I’m sure I’ll sell some corn and beans because I’m going to have way more than my extended family can use

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sun Jul 18, 2021 9:58 am

With over 6 inches of rain, this month, I'm going to get next to nothing, from the garden, this year. Worse year ever. I need to look into growing rice, with a water buffalo, instead of a cub!

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SamsFarm » Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:43 pm

ScottyD'sdad wrote:With over 6 inches of rain, this month, I'm going to get next to nothing, from the garden, this year. Worse year ever. I need to look into growing rice, with a water buffalo, instead of a cub!

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It sure can go from encouraging to discouraging in a hurry with too much rain! :(

I propose we make a rule that those long skinny storms that run from Texas / Oklahoma clear up through Ohio / Pennslyvania are NOT allowed to move northeast or southwest, but are only allowed to move north or south or east or west.

And they must go in the direction if the area that needs the rain first! :)
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Peter Person » Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:29 am

...time to think about building an Ark
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Jul 19, 2021 12:24 pm

Feel free to send some of that down here, Peter.
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SamsFarm » Mon Jul 19, 2021 9:10 pm

Don McCombs wrote:Feel free to send some of that down here, Peter.


I woulda loved to share mine with ya!
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Mht » Tue Jul 20, 2021 1:17 pm

Rain has been better to me here than it has to some of the rest of you. I got an inch yesterday and about an inch and a half last week. I picked 10 two gallon buckets of tomatoes this morning and a bucket of okra. I’m losing some of my first plantings of tomatoes to a wilt virus. But it hasn’t got in my later plantings yet. It has had no effect on the one hybrid I grow but is affecting all my heirloom plants. I think the extremely hot and humid weather the last three weeks has exacerbated the problem. I’m hoping it won’t progress to my later plantings but I’m doubtful of that.

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Don McCombs » Tue Jul 20, 2021 3:24 pm

Mht wrote:I’m losing some of my first plantings of tomatoes to a wilt virus.

What are the symptoms?
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Mht » Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:07 pm

The plants start wilting like they are too dry and continue to decline ultimately dying. They certainly are not too dry as they average an inch and a half of water a week between rain and irrigation. And it’s totally random amongst the rows of plants. My research led me to the wilt virus of which there are several and all are fatal to the plant with no treatment available

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Don McCombs » Tue Jul 20, 2021 9:08 pm

Up here, late blight has become a big problem with tomatoes and potatoes. It's a fungus whose spores can spread aerially.
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SONNY » Wed Jul 21, 2021 10:27 am

Had over 20" here this month and most of it in the last 2 weeks.
Finished scratchin the Norlands out and ended up with over 600 pounds of them,---got most of them given away, still have a few to go.
Hope the ground is a lot dryer when the Pontiacs and Kens get ready to dig so I can use a tractor to dig them with. --- Have 4 diggers of sorts and too muddy to use any of them, so it was hand dig for now.
Plants still dieing out daily so have no idea what will survive at this point, now hot and muggy which dont help matters any.
Id did get a bit dry on top, so I started cultivating with one of the smaller tillers again to break up the crust so the air can get to the roots of the plants and tear up another crop of weeds.
We got the 14 quarts of greenbeans put up and now a friend is picking the rest of the crop whatever they make for her family. I dont care that much for them but wife loves them so thats the only reason I even plant them.
A lot of nice cabbage heads forming out there and a few cauliflower plants are starting to really go for it so may have a few IF they head.
Eggplants starting to grow again so we see what they make. Out of 81 plants we should have a few chances of getting some. Our plan was to freeze-dry a lot of them this year. Didnt have enough last year to do many, but they dry good, so they went on our list of "to do's" in the freeze-dryer.
Sweetcorn will be very late for us this year,--late before I got any planted and didnt have much RR seed to plant. Neighbor planted a bunch of other corn and will have to wait and see what it tastes like. IF its not as good as the RR corn,--we wont freeze-dry any of it.

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SamsFarm » Wed Jul 21, 2021 10:02 pm

Some of my onions turned to mush like they been frozen!

Nice big ones too! :(
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SONNY » Thu Jul 22, 2021 2:44 pm

Too much rain and hot/muggy weather kills onions in a flash---they cant stand being wet 24/7. So far most of ours are good,--have the usual row rot that we have every year and its not super bad.
We only plant the sweet varieties and also avoid the flat kinds. Water stands on them and can rot them a lot faster, plus they usually have an open top where leaves and bulb meet allowing a LOT of water to get in.

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SONNY » Mon Jul 26, 2021 10:00 am

Time for peach jam!
Still diggin potatoes,--have 8 rows 230' long to dig and hope ground is drier so I can use the tractor to dig the rest of them!
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Mht » Mon Jul 26, 2021 3:29 pm

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It was a good weekend in the garden at my farm. Four big coolers full of silver queen corn and six feed sacks of pink eye purple hill peas. That took care of most of the first planting of corn and the second planting should be ready in about three weeks. I’ve still got plenty of peas that I will let dry on the vine and then pick. I’ve got my work cut out for me shelling peas and shucking corn and getting them ready for the freezer


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