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Posted April 18, 2012 - 07:08 PM

Dad started planting corn today, so after milking I started spraying the corn ground. When the day was done, I drained off a couple gallons of the mix, then put it in my 2 gallon hand sprayer & treated the corn ground in my garden. Should help a lot keeping the weeds down. I didn't get to doing this last year, so my sweet corn got pretty weed infested. I also sprayed the fence line around the garden.

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Posted April 18, 2012 - 08:38 PM

Dan, is that broadleaf control or is it a roundup like spray?

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Posted April 18, 2012 - 09:01 PM

Dan, is that broadleaf control or is it a roundup like spray?


It's a mix. Atrazine for grasses, Simazine for broadleaf, Roundup for standing weeds, and a wetting agent.
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Posted April 18, 2012 - 09:30 PM

So you sprayed before you planted corn? How well will that work once you plant the corn and it comes up?

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Posted April 23, 2012 - 07:11 PM

No replacement for nature's watering system. Following a good rain, the broccoli is growing nicely. Corn will pop through in the next few days. Picked up green bean seed, plus tomato, eggplant, and bell pepper plants today. Will be a few days before I plant the beans & transplant the other.

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Posted April 23, 2012 - 07:18 PM

So you sprayed before you planted corn? How well will that work once you plant the corn and it comes up?


I usually spray the corn ground, but after I plant. The least you disturb the ground following spraying the better. The pre-emergence chemicals don't affect corn, just weeds/grasses when they try to emerge from the soil. I don't put as strong a mix as I do for field corn, just in case sweet corn is more sensitive. Usually it slows the weeds halfway through maturity, & by then the corn has formed a canopy that inhibits weeds itself.
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Posted April 23, 2012 - 07:29 PM

I was wondering. Thanks. I wonder if there is anything for the average home gardener. I'll have to check around.

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Posted April 23, 2012 - 08:12 PM

Actually, we switched from Simazine to "Verdict". When Dad picked up the chemicals, they recommended the new chemical. Wow @ the price.......$550.00 for one 2 1/2 gallon jug! It does take far less than the former chemical though, so 2 1/2 gallons do 60 acres rather than just 7 acres, BUT the former cost only $52 for 2 1/2 gallons! But, factor in that it takes less Atrazine also when used with Verdict, then it comes in just a wee bit more expensive. Plus Atrazine isn't viewed well by EPA & others, so lessening it's use is worth a few dollars.

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Posted April 25, 2012 - 06:59 PM

Garden and crops look good Daniel. Keep up the good work!

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Posted April 28, 2012 - 01:20 PM

Transplanted 8 "Better Boy" tomato plants today. Between the tomato row & the broccoli you can see where I planted dual rows of pole green beans. I will be putting welded wire on posts over the row for the beans to climb on. The foreground area of the tomato plant row will get 3 or 4 hills of squash planted.

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Got my sweet bell peppers transplanted today, but decided we'll go get more & finish those 2 rows all the way to lower end of the garden. Going to get more onion sets too, and finish one of the onion rows to the end also. Sweet pepper relish is to die for! Takes red & green bell peppers, plus onions to make.

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Went out of our "normal" and got 6 Eggplants. Not sure how I will like them, but Teresa wanted to try them.

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Posted April 28, 2012 - 02:40 PM

The garden looks great Daniel. Your mentioning sweet pepper relish brings back memories of my childhood. Mom used to make pepper relish every fall. Not sure if it's the same stuff but we used to eat that stuff by the bottle and it was particularly goods on roast beef. It's making my mouth water just thinking about it! The fall pickling season is something that sticks in my mind. You would come home from school and could smell the vinegar and spices from the road outside the house. Nothing like home made!!

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Posted April 30, 2012 - 12:45 PM

Lookin' good Daniel.
Got some corn in myself this weekend.

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Posted April 30, 2012 - 02:40 PM

The half of my corn that I've planted is 90% up. One seed per hill and looks like every one has germinated.

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Posted May 03, 2012 - 07:34 PM

The broccoli is growing like mad! Just tilled, then hilled it up good for support.
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Green beans are up! They are pole type, so I have to get my posts in the ground asap to attach my 5' welded wire to. Always had bush beans, but my back kills me picking them these days, so anything that can make things easier is THE way to do it.
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Just to the right of the beans sprouts, you can see the 3 hills where I just planted crooked neck summer squash. It should break through any day.
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We also finished transplanting more pepper plants to finish the 2 rows all the way to the end of the garden. If you look REALLY close, to the right of the peppers we put in some tiny onion slips tonight too.
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This lower corner will get some cantelope and maybe a hill or 2 of watermelon.
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Posted May 03, 2012 - 07:50 PM

Oh, and here is my pile of compost I pile up every year. I let it sit all summer, then after the garden is finished, I spread it to the areas of the garden needing it most. It's half caf stall cleanings, the other half old corn silage. Makes some good stuff!
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