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Posted May 03, 2012 - 07:56 PM

That is looking good Dan. Seeing your pictures reminds me its time to plant more in mine. The compost has to be farming ingenuity at its best. Most likely smells good as it heats. lol

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Posted May 03, 2012 - 08:11 PM

Here is what I picked today, Yellow Banana Pepper.

About 30 seconds after this picture it was gone. :)

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Posted May 04, 2012 - 10:44 PM

Your compost looks great !!! I am working real hard to get the hang of it. My piles don't seem to heat up?

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Posted May 04, 2012 - 10:47 PM

Here is what I picked today, Yellow Banana Pepper.

About 30 seconds after this picture it was gone. Posted Image

Ha Ha The first time I looked at the photo of your pepper I thought it was laying on a full size brown sofa!! :wtf:

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Posted May 05, 2012 - 12:15 PM

Your compost looks great !!! I am working real hard to get the hang of it. My piles don't seem to heat up?


If you want them to break down faster, thus more heat generated, you put in some nitrogen fertilizer. It takes nitrogen to break down the material, so if not a lot is present, then heating will be minimal, & breakdown takes longer. Are you mixing your pile every now & then?

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Posted May 05, 2012 - 03:54 PM

If you want them to break down faster, thus more heat generated, you put in some nitrogen fertilizer. It takes nitrogen to break down the material, so if not a lot is present, then heating will be minimal, & breakdown takes longer. Are you mixing your pile every now & then?

I am turning the pile maybe every ten days + -. I keep feeling inside the pile and it is damp and cold. My dry stuff is grass,pine straw,wood chips and the green is cut grass,vegie scraps. I cant seem to get the pile warm.

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Posted May 05, 2012 - 07:12 PM

Toss some ammonia nitrate in there. It'll start to heat. I'm surprised it hasn't to some extent without it though. I only turn my pile maybe once a month at most.
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Posted May 06, 2012 - 08:14 PM

I got my posts in the ground & welded wire attached for the pole green beans to climb on. No pics as I finished in the dark, but I'll get some later.

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Posted May 07, 2012 - 06:16 PM

Tilled all but my corn ground in my garden this evening. I'll leave it undisturbed as long as my spray keeps the weeds from emerging. I fertilized my alfalfa fields today, and got me a 5 gallon bucket of fertilize out of the spreader before I finished. I spread it on the garden & wanted to till to incorporate it.
Things are looking great. The broccoli will soon start their heads, and as my last post said, we got the wire up over the green beans.
To the right of the beans, you can see 2 of the 3 hills of summer crooked neck squash that have come up.
In the pic of the broccoli, on the far of the pic, you can see my grape vine in my yard. A late freeze killed all the leaves & blooms, but it has re-budded, and is covering with a new crop of leaves & will be setting a new batch of grape blooms soon. Won't be as big a crop, but I'll take what I can get.

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Posted May 07, 2012 - 07:29 PM

Garden's looking real good Daniel. Keep the pictures coming, as I'm learning a lot!

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Posted May 08, 2012 - 07:27 AM

Nice looking garden, Daniel. Fresh grapes are very tasty. Keep the updates coming as time allows.

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Posted May 08, 2012 - 08:59 PM

Here's some pics that show how well spraying pre-emergence chemicals on my sweet corn ground works. The ground with weeds ahead of the corn was tilled the same day as when I planted & sprayed the corn you see. I won't till the corn unless weeds begin to creep back.
The weedy area will get tilled, then sprayed right after I plant my other 1/2 of my sweet corn.

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Posted May 09, 2012 - 06:04 AM

What do you spray with?

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Posted May 09, 2012 - 08:43 AM

What do you spray with?


If you mean the sprayer, I just use a hand held 2 gallon sprayer. Spraying around existing plants requires a smaller spray than my pull behind unit can do. The mix is "Verdict" for broadleaf, "Atrazine" for grasses, "Roundup" for killing existing weeds, and a spreader agent. As I said before, this is my field tank mix for the silage corn.

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Posted May 09, 2012 - 08:44 AM

BTW, the angle of the pics make the rows look short & crowded, but the planted rows are about 40' long, and plants are spaced about 8" apart.




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