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#1 nra1ifer OFFLINE  

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Posted May 19, 2010 - 03:42 PM

Late March, I was able to get some red-skinned potatoes and 10 tomato plants in the ground before I had to go out of town for 2 2-week training sessions in Tucson, AZ. Gone 2 weeks, came home for a week, then went back for 2 more weeks. During that in between time, I was able to plant several varieties of lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, onions, collards, beets, radish, sweet potatoes, more tomatoes, and lots of hot pepper plants. Luckily, I hilled up my rows (garden spot is 40' x 150', slopes from the back of the yard towards the house), because we had a lot of rain while I was gone. The lower end of the garden was very wet yesterday, but the upper end had dried enough to not stick to my boots. Everything looks good! Yesterday, I put in 12 more Roma tomato plants, and a couple of "spanish spice" pepper plants.

Today, we got a couple of inches of rain, so the entire garden is soaked again. I'm hoping that by early next week, when it's supposed to be nice and sunny again, I'll be able to finish terracing and hilling the rest of the garden, and finish with the planting of corn, okra, summer and winter squash, and melons.

Lots of work, but WELL worth the results!

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Posted May 19, 2010 - 07:40 PM

Wet as can be here, and more rain coming starting tomorrow night. Rain & cold spells have taken a toll on my sprouting green beans. Some will need a 3rd planting. Just had transplanted bush cucumbers before the last storms, & almost half were broken & died from the winds. Broccoli is looking great though! Corn is doing fairly well also, along with the bell peppers & onions. The frequent downpours have gully washed out tons of dirt, but only took out a small amount of corn. First downpour a couple weeks back took out a lot of my green beans & left a deep gully. I'll still have a decent garden, but not without lots of extra work.

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Posted May 19, 2010 - 09:14 PM

Seems like its your guys turn for the rain now LOL. It was sunny here all day and expected to stay that way for a while. Hopefully I can finally get some stuff planted.....

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Posted May 20, 2010 - 08:16 AM

My cucumbers we planted 3 weeks ago were up with in a week, but haven't done much growing since then. I figure once it stays warmer things will take off. This year is the earliest I have ever had my garden in.

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Posted May 20, 2010 - 08:33 AM

Got another .5" of rain last night, according to the NWS site. Sure sounded like more than that at my house. I really need to get a rain gauge. Luckily, another band of heavy rain is skirting us to the south this morning.

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Posted May 20, 2010 - 02:35 PM

Took some pics at lunch. Partly cloudy and pretty nice now!

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Posted May 20, 2010 - 02:38 PM

Nice Garden!

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Posted May 20, 2010 - 03:37 PM

nice looking garden.

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Posted May 20, 2010 - 07:23 PM

Very nice garden! With all the rain, at least your garden lays level. Mine is sloped, so heavy rain takes it's toll.




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