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Posted May 16, 2016 - 09:40 PM

Well, I have been meaning to start this thread for a long time but I never have the time anymore.

I'm going to try to upkeep this thread all season with pictures and info but that all depends on how busy I get.

 

We got the high tunnel finished and planted. Our tomatoes are flowering and we are hoping to have tomatoes soon.

In the high tunnel we have around 100 tomatoes, around 60 broccoli and peppers. + lettuce and carrots.

I planted 8 40' rows of green beans, 8 80' rows of corn, (just put in another 8 rows yesterday) 3 80' rows of onions and last but not least, 15 80' rows of potatoes (150lbs of seed). Plus a lot of cucumbers, pumpkins (edible), watermelons, cantaloupe and honeydews. I'm sure there is some that I'm missing, but this is a good start.

 

My big crop this year is potatoes, I hauled in a 5 tons of road sand, and spread it about 10' wide and 80' long (length of the garden) and it tilled in really nice. put in approx 5 rows of potatoes in the sandy soil and they are doing a lot better then the other 10 rows. I'm hoping this will also make them easier to dig, last year it was like digging in concrete.

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Posted May 16, 2016 - 10:09 PM

More Pictures

 

Notice the weeds in the one picture of the potatoes, that's the way all of them looked till I spent a couple hours down there with a hoe.

 

Got the 2 row Allis Chalmers corn planter hooked up, it's the first time we've ever used it and it didn't go so well.

I'm not sure what went wrong but it seems to be dropping 1 seed about every 3 feet ???. Either way, we ended up planting by hand and I will see what's up with the planter later.

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Posted May 16, 2016 - 10:27 PM

Here is a video of planting potatoes, I used the bolens HT23 and the disk hiller. I was able to drive slow and make a hill with a row in it then we dropped the potatoes in 24" apart and then made 2 passes at full speed to cover the potatoes. It seemed to work great, only had to go through and cover a potato here and there.

 

 

 

Tilling

 

 

Dumping sand

Please forgive our old dump truck, it in need of a carburetor rebuild and it didn't like driving in the tilled ground.

 

 

High Tunnel, raising the side vent

 


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Posted May 17, 2016 - 04:44 AM

Looks great, I like your idea with the sand. Thanks for the pictures.

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Posted May 17, 2016 - 07:41 AM

Thanks for the videos too. Just got to look at those.

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Posted May 17, 2016 - 05:38 PM

That looks great! From the size I am guessing that it is a market garden or you sell at a farmers market? I am hoping to get the rest of mine in this weekend (long weekend up here). I only have my pig pasture seeded and potatoes in so far.

 

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Posted May 17, 2016 - 10:26 PM

Thanks, we do a lot of canning, we haven't really sold anything in the years past, but this year we are going to try and sell as much as we can. We will see what happens, this is the first year for the high tunnel so we will see how late in the year the garden will go.

I am hoping to keep all of the potatoes, I am now looking into building a root cellar approx 14' wide, 22' long, 4' deep, 6' above ground and buried in dirt. This year the garden is 3/4's of a acre, hopefully next year it will be a full acre.


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Posted May 17, 2016 - 10:34 PM

We got 1 1/2 inches of rain last night so the garden was to muddy to get more pictures, however the high tunnel was dry so I got some pictures inside of it. The broccoli is getting huge!, you can see the leafs compared to my hand, they should be heading out anytime (can't wait). Also the tomatoes are a couple feet tall, but it's hard to tell their size from the camera angle.

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Posted May 18, 2016 - 05:33 AM

The high tunnel seems to be working well for you :thumbs:   It makes me want to build at least some kind of covering for the plants ,  we have had a pretty cool spring and even the early crops like peas are just not growing , only this week I picked some lettuce ,  are you  planting anything inside the high tunnel and then transplanting outside ?


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Posted May 18, 2016 - 07:52 AM

Everything planted in the high tunnel stays for the whole season, we have fairly strict rules we half to follow like no heating, lights or anything since we are in a government program. We just sent the paper work in for a second high tunnel. So we will see on when we can get the next one.


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Posted May 24, 2016 - 10:59 AM

Here are some pictures taken with the "good" camera, these pictures are a couple days old but it gives you a idea on how everything is growing

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Posted May 25, 2016 - 07:20 AM

I looked into the grants , way too many rules for my liking.. I will do it on my own thank you... If i cant afford it, i dont need it.
Here in Mass. They put thier own spin on them too and make it a competition... Yeah ok.. If your not a polition... Forgetaboutit!!! Really fair.. They just keep trying to kill the little guy.. I know why too, its too hard for them to keep track of them, just the way i like it!!
Besides, i don't need any more hands in my pockets, their so full of holes now they wouldn't fit... As fast as i put money in it falls out.....

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Posted May 25, 2016 - 10:25 PM

Sorry it didn't work out, we didn't have any trouble, I'm not sure what you mean by competition?, we are still waiting for our refund and then we are getting our second.


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Posted May 25, 2016 - 10:28 PM

The broccoli is heading out, the chili peppers have suddenly grown a ton and the tomatoes are a couple feet tall now. It's amazing on how everything grows so fast in the high tunnel. I will get pictures when I get a chance.


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Posted May 27, 2016 - 10:06 PM

Broccoli is headed out, peppers are flowering, tomatoes have been flowering for well over a week now and the carrots are growing.

I am still amazed on how fast things grow in the high tunnel. The potatoes are also growing like crazy, I need to get another recent picture, they are over a couple feet tall now. I am really impressed with planting in sand

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