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#1 Alc OFFLINE  

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Posted May 03, 2013 - 12:43 PM

With this cool  weather  we've been having I'm way behind on my garden , I've  have the seed potatoes for a month but figured why bother . Well today was the day .  The area in the garden had a winter rye as a cover crop , it  didn't get very high by the time I was ready to plow it ( last year I used the DB/sickle mower and used it as a mulch but this year just cut it like tall grass , plowed & tilled a few times .The ground was still pretty loose so thought the Troy-Built furrow attachment  that was bought at a flea market was just the ticket . First pass I had it centered on the drawbar but  wanted the rows a little closer without driving into the furrow just made . By moving it closer to the right and pulling tighter on the sway chain to move it further it got the spacing I was looking for ( yea way too close lol )   When I placed my potato order with the farm store I asked for 4lb Yukon Gold and 2 lb of any others they where going to get except russet , there aren't a big hit here .  I was surprised  on the one bag marked " Blue"   which when cut was PURPLE !!!   Never seen  those before 

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Posted May 03, 2013 - 01:02 PM

Yep they have purple spuds.

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Posted May 03, 2013 - 01:37 PM

Looks good Al!!  With the cold weather I don't thing your late at all. I put mine in about 4 weeks ago, but I'm wondering if they will come up or rot??  Hate to think I might have to replant? The purple spuds can be fun. The look on my grandsons face when my wife set a plate of purple fried potatoes in front of him was priceless. He took a bite and said they really are potatoes.


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 02:09 PM

Al, that looks great.  The furrow attachment looks like it did a great job.  

 

What type of gravy to you serve with blue potatoes?  lol


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 03:08 PM

Al, that looks great.  The furrow attachment looks like it did a great job.  

 

What type of gravy to you serve with blue potatoes?  lol

Well you make Potato Pancakes  and serve them with Blueberry syrup!!

 

Actually I like my fried potates with yellow mustard. Get a lot of funny looks in resturants when I ask for mustard?


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 04:19 PM

Glad to see the gardening getting going in your neck of the woods. My garden got some attention today, too. It snowed on it........ :wallbanging:



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Posted May 03, 2013 - 04:21 PM

Glad to see the gardening getting going in your neck of the woods. My garden got some attention today, too. It snowed on it........ :wallbanging:

Yeah I just saw a picture of a guy in Story County went out and ran his lawn mower in the snow today?


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 09:17 PM

We planted onion seed, carrot seed and sugar snap peas yesterday. Will plant all the rest toward the end of the month. We can have a frost between now and June 1st. Plan to plant the tomatoes in the new greenhouse in a few days. We're hardening them off now.
I'm trying something w/ the carrot seed this yr an old timer told me about. Plant the seed on the ground, wet them down good, cover w/ boards and keep the boards wet. Keep checking every few days and when you see what looks like lots of tiny white worms(carrot sprouts)under the boards then remove the boards and they are ready to grow.
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Posted May 04, 2013 - 06:13 AM

Mike I planted carrots yesterday and I'm going to try your suggestion about using boards , one of the problems I have with the carrots is they take soooo long to germinate  and by then the weeds are bigger then the carrots ! Maybe this will work better thanks


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Posted May 04, 2013 - 06:44 AM

Most seeds don't need light to germinate. Just moisture, and warmth. 


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Posted May 04, 2013 - 07:07 AM

Maybe we can compare notes on how/ whether it works.
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Posted May 04, 2013 - 10:18 PM

Al, your garden looks great. I think it might be too late to mess with potatoes here but I'm still going to see if I can get a shoot or two of sweet's. Next year I hope to get ahead of the curve though.

 

How does your PK do? I like the looks of them, they remind me of my kubota... seem to be similar size and power.



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Posted May 05, 2013 - 06:17 AM

Maybe planting potatoes later will be better for  keeping since you'll be digging them up later  idk . The PK is a handy tractor but lacks a lot of features  that would make things easier,hydro , p/s, differential lock,  pto  that are common on some other tractors .


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Posted May 07, 2013 - 09:37 AM

Mike I planted carrots yesterday and I'm going to try your suggestion about using boards , one of the problems I have with the carrots is they take soooo long to germinate  and by then the weeds are bigger then the carrots ! Maybe this will work better thanks

You are so right about the weeds. Last summer was the first year we got a few leeks. After two years of getting chewed out for tilling them in (thinking it was grass?)  I finally got it right. I may be slow but once I learn I never forget, Jo won't let me.


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Posted May 18, 2013 - 08:05 PM

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Removed the boards from the carrots today after 16 days. Thought I'd post some pics of them for Alc and some onion seed we planted the same day. It's hard to tell, but that's a quarter laying by the carrots. We'll see how well they do in the sun. The pic w/o the quarter is the onion seedlings.

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