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#61 Jordan9682 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 20, 2013 - 09:28 PM

I noticed 3 corn plants poking through today! And more peas and sunflowers, no carrots yet. The rest of the corn, sunflowers and peas should all poke their heads out of the ground this week i would assume! Very rewarding to see all your plants up :D can't wait!

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Posted May 21, 2013 - 01:29 PM

Looking good. Plan on turning soil tonight and then running troybilt over it. May plant Thurs or Friday, Almanac says good days for planting. Little late, but if we have the hot wet summer predicted, should still get some decent veggies.



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Posted May 21, 2013 - 09:53 PM

Got the rest of my tomatoes and peppers planted Sunday... with a couple little bit's of help. The garden is planted!

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Went out Monday evening and seen that my pepper, tomatoes, beans and soy beans were being ate up by a small black jumping bug. Flea Beetles. The only insecticide I had was some home defense that we use to keep ants out of the house and it seamed to work pretty good. They weren't back tonight. I'm going to have to keep an eye on them.

 

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By the way, in the last week I've gotten in several hours of seat time. I have plowed and tilled 5 gardens in the last week and have almost paid for my tiller... still have at least least 2 more to do ASAP.

 

Spoils of war, the last garden I tilled tonight had an asparagus bed next to it and the guy told me to get all I wanted... Man this stuff is good fresh and raw!

 

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Posted May 22, 2013 - 09:34 AM

You have a very nice garden maybe because of those 2 helpers ?   My wife and I enjoy asparagse too . That is one of those vegtables that I never ate at home growing up not until I started dating my wife and her mom made it but your right it hard to beat eating it raw right in the garden , my dog LOVES IT !  He stares at me while I'm picking it and  waits right there  for some lol


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Posted May 29, 2013 - 10:06 PM

Magnolia bloom from out back:

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Iris from the back yard:

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Garden overview:

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Sunflowers really taken off, they just sprouted 10 days ago: 

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Melons:

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Beans:

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Broccoli & Cabbage:

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Chard sprouts:

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Carrot sprouts!!:

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Tomatoes, when planted they were about 14" tall and I bury them up to the top new set of new leaves:

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Volunteer something, probably squash from tossing compost straight onto the garden spot last summer. I've had these things coming up EVERYWHERE:

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Blackberries:

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Posted May 31, 2013 - 09:07 AM

Nice!!! looks like things are growing right along for ya!



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Posted June 02, 2013 - 08:37 PM

Today I disced a spot for a new garden next year. It doesn't really have much vegetation of any sort on it, just a few weeds so what I did was spread some fall rye seed on it (and a couple field peas for nitrogen also!) and lightly disced in the seeds so there's a cover crop on it instead of a crop of weeds. I will put manure and straw on it later in the year

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Posted June 03, 2013 - 11:19 AM

Today I disced a spot for a new garden next year. It doesn't really have much vegetation of any sort on it, just a few weeds so what I did was spread some fall rye seed on it (and a couple field peas for nitrogen also!) and lightly disced in the seeds so there's a cover crop on it instead of a crop of weeds. I will put manure and straw on it later in the year

I'm considering doing that in part of my side yard. I've got a half acre side yard that grows nothing but weeds and a little bit of grass right now. I was thinking of just tilling it up later in the season and sowing some rye or something for fall/winter cover, then tilling it in come spring and planting sweet corn... That will free up some space in the garden for potatoes and more greens!



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Posted June 03, 2013 - 03:28 PM

That's where I'll be planting my corn too, want more room for other veggies

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Posted June 08, 2013 - 09:41 PM

Overview from today. Got my tomato posts and stings up as well as the poles for the beans. I cut down a willow thicket out back and they should be good for the pole beans.

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Posted June 15, 2013 - 04:47 PM

Update pic's. Lesson learned on the carrots... I've got an idea for next years though

 

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Posted June 15, 2013 - 05:42 PM

Not one of my carrots grew. So today I hoed the patch because it was getting pretty weedy

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Posted June 15, 2013 - 09:14 PM

Not one of my carrots grew. So today I hoed the patch because it was getting pretty weedy

 

A lot of mine grew but my dirt is so heavy I don't really expect them to do much. Plus they came up so slow and late that the weeds had already taken off. I've got a bunch of carrots the size tooth picks right now.


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Posted June 22, 2013 - 08:37 AM

Carrots are still doing their thing but man it was a LOT of work weeding them. Had to do most of it with a hand held flower bed pick thing. Jab it in, wiggle it around to loose things up a little (insert joke here) and pull out the weeds without disturbing the carrots too much.

 

I've got some updated pic's. Picked my first squash the other night and grilled it up.. yum! Both summer and zucchini squash have gone bonkers. I took a picture of a siamese summer squash. I've got TONS of baby melons growing so I'm happy about that since all of us can eat our weight in fruit. Lots of baby roma's.

 

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Posted June 22, 2013 - 10:29 AM

The best part of reading this thread is seeing the little ones getting involved.  My grandaughter loves the garden.  She will be 5 in November.  She has done my tomato planting since she was 2. who cares if I have to thin most of a packet of seedlings out os a six pack!  The seads are cheap enough for all the enjoyment that she and I have.  When she was 2, she transplanted my broccoli into a raised bed.  I dug the little holes and she took each plant out and placed them into the holes and pulled dirt around them.  She was so excited doing that so we did loose one plant due to her excitement, but again, worth every minute of our time.  Some months later, at a church pot luck dinner, she kept asking for more of something and was getting frustrated because we couldn't understand all of her 2 year old language words.  She was saying bocky or something.  Finally, my wife said, come show me and sure enough, she wanted more broccoli.  Even now, that is her favorite veggie to eat, both cooked and raw.


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