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#1 alleyyooper OFFLINE  

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Posted July 22, 2014 - 07:36 AM

used to do a fairly big garden when the kids were still home. then I went to just growing some tomatoes and peppers in pots. Was not happy at all with last years pot garden as it all went to pot with hust a couple of tomatoes and now peppers at all.

 

Decided to try a raised bed this year a little 4;x8'x8" one.

 

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I filled it with dirt from the woods added no lime of fertilizer either. Green house near by put plants on sale for 1.29 each. I got 6 tomatoes all different varieties one being grape, a cherry one, a purple one (new one for me.) a steak one and 2 early girls. 4 pepper plants all mild sweet ones for my tender tummy. two summer yellow squash and 4 egg plants which are new for me. Never did egg plants before so not sure they are doing good or not. 

 

Tomatoes and squash went nuts. Got some new cages that are 44" and they are close to 24" above that. Squash isn't running for some reason so I tied them back to give room for the egg plant and trimmed some leaves for sun to get to the egg plant.

 

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Going to make at lease one more next year and maybe even a couple.

 

:D   Al

 


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Posted July 22, 2014 - 07:57 AM

Wow, looks good. We just cut the "suckers" from our tomatoe plants and weeded again. Hoping that they keep growing and yeild earlier this year. Last year they came in very late. We downsized this year also. Went from about 60 plants to around 30 plants.   Good luck and enjoy.            Thanks for the pictures.           Roger.


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Posted July 22, 2014 - 08:00 AM

Great results!  Nothing like fresh veggies at your back door.  i used to keep a very large garden, but it was a full time job.  We moved and I haven't put one in yet, and we miss it.  With 2 babies keeping me busy, it would be a weedy mess anyway.  I've been buying zuchinni and tomato off the farm stand up the road instead, and it's just not the same.  There is something wonderful about eating veggies while still warm from the sun.

 
I used some dirt from our woods out in the front lawn, planted seed and the green just took off.  It actually makes my existing grass look wimpy!  I wasn't sure how it would yield, but was in a rush and it was better than the big depressions I had been mowing around.  Glad yours worked out.

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Posted July 22, 2014 - 08:26 AM

Oh raised beds,,,, love em, I have 8 3x16 beds now. I have my special soil mix in them and use mulch to keep the weeds at bay and retain moisture. This year I have tried notill gardening out in the yard and it has been a success and I will be doing a larger area next season.
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Posted July 22, 2014 - 09:13 AM

IMG_0818.JPG IMG_0819.JPG I keep a small garden tomatoes peppers some corn water melon potatoes and onions and landscape material to keep weeds down
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Posted July 22, 2014 - 09:16 AM

Nice raised bed gardens.  Your tomatoes look really good.

 

Hank, your garden looks great too.


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Posted July 22, 2014 - 09:33 AM

Nice. Now you need a mini tractor for garden chores.
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Posted July 22, 2014 - 09:50 AM

Looking great Al!  Wish I had more time for my garden, but about this time every year, I fall way behind in weeding.


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Posted July 22, 2014 - 10:38 AM

We are in the same point in our lives ,  I grow too much for two people so we give most away but I'm going to have to scale back too .


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Posted July 22, 2014 - 12:23 PM

Hey js, what's you're special soli mix? Care to sahre with us that live in the pines and Michigan sand? Looking good in your garden also.                        Roger.



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Posted July 22, 2014 - 01:58 PM

Hey js, what's you're special soli mix? Care to sahre with us that live in the pines and Michigan sand? Looking good in your garden also.                        Roger.


Sure man its really nothing special, I use a loam topsoil that is sifted to remove rocks, coarse sand, and compost/peat all in equal quantities. All mixed up it makes for nice fertile loose medium for the plants and is very easy to work up, usually needs to be watered throughout dry spells though.
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Posted July 22, 2014 - 02:53 PM

Going to show this to the wife. We have been pretty successful with the garden except for corn, potatoes and cabbage. This looks like the type of soil we could work up to make our garden a little more productive. Here a few pics of the garden today. Thanks.                                                             Roger.

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Posted July 24, 2014 - 11:57 AM

Most all of Kare's flower beds were dug 18 inches deep in our red clay. Back filled level then a bit with all the horse manure I could haul and that was a bunch.  Added 12 inches of woods dirt to mound it up a bit and all is well.

 

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Posted September 01, 2014 - 07:57 AM

The beginning of my small raised bed. so nappy with the results I am going to do a second one next year.

 

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This is the morning after a cold night, so easy to cover things to protect them from cold nights. Kare read some place nights 50F and below set tomatoes back.

 

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This is tomatoes and rest at the end of June.

 

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Squash is all ready 3 feet tall and the tomatoes are 4 feet tall.

 

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The cross bar is 8ft up.

 

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This is just two plants. didn't think they were getting pollinated very good so I used a turkey feather and did some my self.

 

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Peppers are long and shinny.

 

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This is one bell type pepper.

 

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:D   Al


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Posted September 01, 2014 - 08:08 AM

I really like these grape tomatoes, plant is just loaded and I have been eating them and giving a bunch to Kare's mom.

 

 

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I like these also they are just a little smaller than a tennis ball but real sweet and great in a salad.

 

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A first time ever for me is egg plant. The blocked sun by the squash has made them leggy and I tied them up.

A bloom.

 

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Some random pictures of tomatoes and peppers.

 

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:D   Al

 

 

 

 

 

 


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