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Posted May 11, 2015 - 10:44 AM

Well I got a decent jump on things at home, when the wife says what is your dad doing with th at large garden spot he has? So now I have 2 gardens,one 30x50 at home and the other is 150x 200+ ,so now I am looking for a mulch layer that can also do the drip tape at the same time? Anyone close to me have such an animal?
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Posted May 11, 2015 - 11:16 AM

Sounds like your tractors will be busy for a while.


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 04:14 PM

My wife though i was crazy for putting in a 30x30 ' garden  and having 56 tomato plants . wait till i tell her about this . good job and i hope you have a good bumper crop. 

 

 

 

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Posted May 11, 2015 - 06:56 PM

I wish I only had 56 tomato plants!! Closest I have come to that number was 96 LOL and that was last year! This year ... at least 150 , planted 3lbs of taters at my home garden and have 50# more for the new garden along with 3 different kinds of beets, broccoli, cauliflower, tons of cabbage, and 2 different kinds of sweet corn, a super sweet hybrid and a hybrid butter and sugar . Along with green beans and various other veggies, carrots and cukes, squashes, butternut, acorn and blue hubbard. This should do for a start, oh forgot garlic and onions too. between myself and my dad we should be able to sell some too to offset some minor costs for the new drip irrigation set-up. So this should be a busy summer for sure !! Then all the canning and freezing... I'm thinking of trying liquid nitrogen for flash freezing green beans and carrots for stews ,also broccoli and cauliflower too? Anyone ever try this ? And what was the results?

 Corn and peas freeze very well, but broccoli and cauliflower sometimes gets woody. And carrots.... well you  can them and they get mushy, not my favorite for sure... might just leave them in the garden for the winter? We shall see?


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Posted May 12, 2015 - 11:20 AM

That sounds like my garden! I can all green and yellow beans, beets, spinach/chard, and tomatoes; freeze corn, peas, broccoli and cauliflower. The mushiness of frozen broccoli and cauliflower doesn't matter to me because I mash them up to make creamed soups anyway. This year I'm growing only determinate type tomatoes, hoping to get away from the late season blight that happens here. That should shorten the season up some too---- when they're done producing, they're done, and I can pull the vines. Have any of you tried dehydrating veg.? I apologise if this is high jacking the thread.
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Posted May 15, 2015 - 03:08 AM

Well I just about have my row mulch laying machine built, now all I need to do is wait if or the material to get here so I can lay it down with this rig.( pics later got to dark to get any)
Had a frost the night before so I'm glad I didn't plant yet.... It was fine for the cold weather stuff,but not the maters.
Anyways,going to Plant taters Saturday,and corn, what do you folks do for cornered maggots?
They can do a number on the germinating seed.
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Posted May 15, 2015 - 08:14 AM

Some of the seeds I get are already treated, corn included. We don't have much that bothers seed, just those miserable potato bugs and cabbage worms that show up later on. And then there is the resident ground hog that eluded me last year--- maybe this year the German Shepard, the .22 and I will get him. Yummm, ground hog stew!
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Posted May 15, 2015 - 07:03 PM

A few shots of the mulch layer

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Posted May 16, 2015 - 11:07 AM

Just finished plantin taters this morning , ended up with 2-1/2 rows. 50# worth. The first pic is of my dad on my diesel 165 and the second is what's left to plant...

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Posted May 16, 2015 - 08:34 PM

Nice looking farm. And a huge garden to care for. Can you pull the mulch layer with the Ford? Or do you have a bigger tractor for it? There is a local company that makes them. And many other thing for the larger produce farmers.


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Posted May 17, 2015 - 05:52 AM

Dad has his 2120 NewHolland that will do the honors of pulling the mulched, but my LGT will do it, but packs the soil in the wrong places because its narrow, so the hills aren't perfect.
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Posted May 17, 2015 - 05:39 PM

Well , planted 13, 92' rows of hybrid sweet corn in the big garden along with a bunch of seed , radish,beets,carrots,3 different beans ,turnip garlic and opinion sets all in my fathers small garden. Going to plant another 1lb package of butter-sugar corn tomorrow, then we wait until the irrigation and mulch arrive
This is what we had availible for seed for the corn..

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Posted May 21, 2015 - 10:24 AM

A few shots of the mulch layer

I'd like to see that in action...I'm having trouble picturing how it works. 


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Posted May 22, 2015 - 03:41 AM

I'd like to see that in action...I'm having trouble picturing how it works.

I have been fooling with it some, and trying to get everything set correctly,setting the idler/folding wheels is a bit challenging because it affects the covering discs and they either cover too much or nothing, so I'm going to put the setting wheels on arms that are spring loaded . I'll do a video when I have things right,this is the fun of proto typing your own mess lol.
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Posted May 23, 2015 - 07:22 PM

OK, been one heck of a busy start to the weekend for sure !! Got the mulch layer workingand banged out 8 rows with drip tape played under the mulch. It works pretty good, not perfect yet, but good enough that we got the job done in short time. A shot of the mulch layer down with the drip system running and a short video of the layer in action

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