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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby outdoors4evr » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:11 am

Ground is white again this morning. Snowed all yesterday mixed with rain. Cooled the ground enough so 1/4" could stick.
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:25 pm

65 degrees today! I tilled the area that the small hoop houses are going up. Shallow tilling, to start it drying. Breezy, so it should dry out. Will till deeper, then cover with black landscape fabric, and build the hoop structures. Let the soil warm, a couple of days, then set out plants, a month earlier than I could, in open ground.
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby SONNY » Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:48 pm

Soundin good!---a month early will get ahead of bugs and the summer searing heat.
I did get to cultivate the tatoes and part of the onion patch today, then trimmed the apple and other fruit trees and burned the brush,---The wind, today only 30 mph compared with the 35---40 we have been having every day for 2 weeks.
Wanted to get a bit more planted tomorrow,--- BUT I have to go to the doc. in the morning.----Hope they can do me some good, but I have doubts!!! Not getting off to a good season start health wise.
Hope the storms that we were s'posed to get today keep going around us!!! so far so good!! lol!!
Still having snow and flooded gardens is kind of a low blow from the weather!! thanks; sonny
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:39 pm

Finally hot the mini hoop house planted and covered. 2 varieties of early tomato, some peppers, and 3 varieties of cucumbers. 2 kinds of lettuce, fitted in, where ever it will fit. 80 degrees, tomorrow, so I'll have to vent it! 32 degrees, yesterday morning, 34 this morning. Crazy weather!
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:58 am

Sonny, I'm fighting wind, too. Laying metal pipes, around the perimeter, to hold the plastic in place. 2x4's are too light!
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby SONNY » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:31 pm

I kinda had a feeling that if in windy areas , the hoops could be hard to hold!!---Hope the heavy pipes hold.---might lay a concrete block on each end of the pipes to help hold things down!!

I have cultivated the onions and spuds 3 times as of today, and have a BIG tray of mater plants that want out!---A couple days ago we got some other seed planted in the ole hot bed here on the south side of the house and hope it grows so we will have a few more plants,--eggplant, cauliflower , peppers, etc!
Still have a couple acres to work the ground down yet,-- 1 time over with the big disk , so far and may not try to plow ,--(getting too late for plowing)----Big tiller may have to do this year then sub-soil this fall before plowing! thanks; sonny
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby Eugene » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:43 pm

Noting really exciting.

22 Apr 17, farmers market, fresh radish and green onions purchased. Also for sale, kale and lettuce.

Harvested radish and asparagus from garden plots. Spouse is tired of asparagus, been giving it away.

Couple of weeks, strawberries will be ready for picking.

Not sure what to do with a small garden plot at son's house. Thinking, till then sow some type of green manure, will not be using the area this year.

Been looking for dwarf fruit trees from usual venders, none currently available.
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby SONNY » Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:25 pm

I keep checkin my mailbox to see if a package of asparagus might be in there but none so far!!lol!!
Sis orders her dwarf fruit trees from Vernon Barns and son nursery in Mackminville , TN.--has good luck with their trees and a fair price for what they sell too!
Weather here has taken a bad turn again,--in the 40's and some rain,--this weekend they calling for floods for several counties around us and we are included in the warning.--3 to 5 inches possible, and a band of heaver amounts across this area!--(hope nice new road ditch holds up!) ---- Been waiting for ground to warm up so we can get maters planted and melons, etc. thanks; sonny
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby Eugene » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:10 pm

SONNY wrote:I keep checkin my mailbox to see if a package of asparagus might be in there but none so far.
Keep looking, they may show up - - or not. Wife is asparagused out. Been giving the harvest to folks who work in a local medical office. One female office worker said that her kids wouldn't eat store bought asparagus, but they liked my asparagus. Guessing, my asparagus was fresh, store bought a week or two old.

Got two strawberries that will be ready to pick tomorrow. Week or so before strawberry picking season begins.

Heavy storms and possible flood warnings for tonight.

Edit: Made home made horseradish last week, when the weather was nice and the windows open.
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby SONNY » Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:12 pm

Why open windows????---we don't!---I only dig it when it's dormant,-- that way it's hotter than 9 kinds of h---! All of the oils are down in the roots at that time and ,--Well it's HOT at that point! lol!

Did sneek in another 1 and 1/2 rows of peas today between rains and ditch mowing! ( I hate grass and weeds!!!!)
Also see the rest of the tatoes are peekin thru!---Also have a bunch of volunteer pumpkins up in the tatoe rows,-- so gotta transplant them over some place else to grow.---Might not plant many other pumpkin seeds this year!--All these were commercial caner type.
Onions are really growing fast now,--they lovin this cold wet stuff! thanks; sonny
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:39 am

I want to plant some corn, but can't find corn seed with webbed feet! Too much rain, for any kind of gardening!
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby tomcat » Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:23 am

I have planted my garden twice, to much rain messed every thing up more storms coming. I think i will just buy my stuff at the farmers market this year. :surrender:

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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby SONNY » Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:43 pm

We are getting flooded right now, looks like several days of wet coming at us!---sorry to hear of your slow garden start!
I still have mater and cabbage plants here in the house that need in the ground BAD!!---Sometime in May we have 500 sweet tato plants coming and I still need to work ground for them!---Gonna be rough for a while, I think!!
I am afraid when this all blows over, we will be going into a drought!---(hope I am wrong on this, but it's a feeling I have!)
Hang in there and keep us informed as to the conditions and progress that you encounter!! thanks; sonny
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:46 pm

Finally got some corn in, today. A little wet. Tilled early in the day, then went back, mid afternoon, ad tilled again, and planted. Picking lettuce out of the short hoop house, in the garden. Tomatoes and peppers in it, look good, under the hoops. Put more tomatoes and peppers under remay with hoops.
Got a row of lettuce in, today, too.
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby SONNY » Wed May 03, 2017 9:34 pm

Well,----today we got what adds up to about 600 sweet tato plants, AND last night it was 35 degrees, so we put the plants in temp. pots with sawdust ( as suggested by the grower), in hopes of saving them for a while until the ground warms up a bunch.
Rain has returned again today and looks to be here for a couple of days according to the radar map.---Before the rain I put more fert. on the onions and tatoes that are up.--then I sprayed for bugs and hope it was on long enough to do some good.--
Fruit trees need another spraying, but gotta wait out the rain, and look for a good few days without rain before spraying trees. thanks; sonny
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