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Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SONNY » Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:59 am

Anybody thinking about this years gardens? seed books slow coming this year---only have 4 here so far. We need to order a few seeds this year. We have some "saved seed" and will start testing it to see if it will grow.
Are you going bigger? smaller? same size? Ours will be close to the same size as in past years except for an area not planted so we can stockpile horse manure during the growing season, then spread after harvest and plow under.

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Eugene » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:33 pm

House garden quite small, just garlic and radish this year. Maybe a cherry tomato plant or two.

Going to plant several more pecan trees on the acreage. Have a nice level location chosen. Problem with the location is that there are several houses buried under the current soil. The soil is packed clay and doesn't seem to have enough nutrition for trees but does grow grass. Will take the backhoe and dig out several good size holes for the pecans, then fill the holes with good soil.

The area is about 3/4 acre. Looks like they scraped off the top soil and used it to burm the adjacent stream. Then dug the hole to bury the houses, covered the houses with clay. For years been building up top soil by adding humus, 2 and 3 year round hay bales from the neighbors.

Edit: Discussion this afternoon with son. Might as well add several fruit trees with our pecan order. 4 or 5 soil samples from the planned planting area and from the location where we plan on obtaining better soil.
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Mht » Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:41 pm

My garden is expanding this year. I’m getting ready in my greenhouse to start tomato plants about the end of February to have them ready to plant about the middle of April. I’m planning on 400 tomato plants. These will go in a garden near my house in town along with some cucumbers, squash, okra and probably some other things. I also have an acre prepared army farm for sweet corn, peas, and green beans. I plan on selling as much as I can and also give to family and friends. Now if the ground will dry out enough to get my rows bedded and tomato stakes in the ground I’ll be good to go

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:43 pm

About the same size, with a couple of added things planted for my son, who moved closer last summer. Seeds are ordered, one package inshipped, with arrival date of next Tuesday.

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SONNY » Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:16 am

Hopefully this year will be a lot better than last year was. Late frost last year left us with no fruit and ground stayed cold til it was almost too late to plant. Some of the early planted seeds did not come up at all. Carrots and beets here did nothing---could have been seed but I think the cold wet ground did it.

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Super A » Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:25 pm

Honestly, I'd rather jump into a swimming pool of razor blades and then take a bath in rubbing alcohol than think about gardens right now!

But I did take some soil samples on Saturday.......I missed the "free" window for the NC lab, so I'll have to send a check. $4 a sample now.

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Don McCombs » Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:18 pm

$9 per sample up this way at Penn State.
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SONNY » Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:59 pm

I heard it was 20 here,--dont send any off----do my own testing and come as close as they do! lol!

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Eugene » Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:22 pm

Eugene wrote:Soil samples from the planned planting area and from the location where we plan on obtaining better soil.
$20- per soil sample.

Picked up 3 soil sample kits from the Univ MO Extension Office. $60-, sounds expensive. We are going to buy and plant 3 to 4 foot tall seedlings, some where around $200- for the trees. Fence the trees to keep out the cattle. May be 20 or 30 man hours to complete the project. Then pump and haul water to the trees as needed.
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SONNY » Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:38 pm

I ordered one big kit a few years ago and a refill for it 2 years ago----they last a long time. I dont do much testing--- just fertilize heavy and concentrate on getting the siol loosened up with compost.

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Jack » Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:54 pm

We have 3 areas on our farm we plant ,one is 100' x 100', second area is about 250' x 50' and the third area is 100' x 135'
We have a produce stand on the farm so we grow everything from seed in our 12' x24' greenhouse. This coming season I plan on using drip irritation from the pond and cover raised beds with plastic mulch using the cub.
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Jim Becker » Sun Jan 24, 2021 4:30 pm

Jack wrote:. . . I plan on using drip irritation . . .

Yeah, I've used that stuff too !! :roll:

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Justin313 » Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:12 pm

New house equals new garden. Look forward to the new, first time garden at the new house. Already have a herb area for the wife. And vegetable garden is currently being developed in an old patio area. (30x20).
I’ll keep you guys updated on what we grow.

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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby SamsFarm » Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:55 am

:) We will be playing in the dirt before you know it!
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Re: Gardens for 2021 season

Postby Don McCombs » Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:25 pm

It will be a month before I can even SEE the dirt.
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