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Posted May 22, 2016 - 02:47 AM

That time of the year again.

 

Have gotten some seat time over the last few weeks tilling the garden with the ST/10 and 39" tiller. My side of the garden has grown to about 1200 square feet. Should be plenty big enough.

 

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Today was planting day. 68* and sunny. Sun burned and sore. With the help of the neighbor, we put up the fence around the whole shared garden space. Need to keep out the hoards of rabbits that are running around this year. Coyotes must be on the decline.

 

Looks like work. 3 full flats. Tomatoes, papers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, okra, and lettuce. Zucchini, radish, and peas from seed.

 

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No weeds yet, but it is early.

 

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Peas have been in the ground for ~3 weeks. Doing well.

 

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Orchard is coming along nicely. Planted 5 more trees earlier this spring. Now have 2 red delicious, 2 granny smiths and 2 honey crisp apples, 5 different types of plums, 2 nectarines, and only one black cherry. (other died last year)

 

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Planted 54 hills of potatoes, corn, onions, and garlic, in the orchard again this year. Hope to have as much success as last year. Will try to keep the thread updated as the year progresses.

 

Thanks for looking,

 

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Posted May 22, 2016 - 04:05 AM

Looking good!


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Posted May 22, 2016 - 05:33 AM

You sure have a beautiful place there ! You don't need to mulch around your trees too much just need to turn one of your GTs into orchard tractor lol Looking forward to following your threads
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Posted June 07, 2016 - 06:26 PM

Update:

 

We have peas.

 

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Sprayed the apples, plums, and nectarines. Trees are loaded, but high winds the other day helped to thin them. Hopefully get a few pies out of them.

 

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Potatoes have been hilled. No hiller for the back of the tractor yet, so had to do it the old fashioned way; with a shovel. 50 of the 54 hills planted came up. To help with the weeds, going to try covering the whole area with straw.

 

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Broccoli and Brussels sprouts are looking good. Peppers are blooming.

 

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Lettuce and tomatoes.

 

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Pickles and the new additions to the menu this year: Pok Choy and Kale. Any one have a good kale recipe? The wife has no idea of what to do with it. (had to fill out the flat with something)

 

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Other areas of the 'yarden', Red Raspberries and asparagus. Been eating the asparagus for a couple of weeks now. 

 

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That's all for now. More to come. Second planting of corn has sprouted. Don't know what happened to the first planting, only had three or four plants come up. The ground must have been to cold yet. This area will be turned under and planted again.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

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Posted June 08, 2016 - 05:34 AM

Your garden is looking very nice. Not a weed to be seen.

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Posted June 08, 2016 - 05:38 AM

Your garden looks great !   Are you having a better year so far ?


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Posted June 08, 2016 - 06:44 AM

Looks real yummy there!


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Posted June 08, 2016 - 06:46 PM

Your garden is looking very nice. Not a weed to be seen.

 

Thanks, Just finished with the small craftsman tiller.

 

Your garden looks great !   Are you having a better year so far ?

 

Thanks, To early to tell. You never know what mother nature has in store. One year we had a frost on the 1st and 4th of July!

 

Overall looks very promising. Have had some issues. Lost 8-10 pepper plants and had to buy more to replace; ended up buying the replacements and an extra dozen or so. Not sure what happened. First planting of corn did not come up. Either soil was to cold or planted too deep. Fruit trees are doing great. Last year we had a late freeze (not frost) wiped out all the apples and killed a young cherry tree.

 

We are basically on a sand dune and the soil needed a lot of help. A year ago in the spring we added a big load of poop and the garden rewarded us with the best crop we ever had. (been here 16 years) So with that encouragement; last fall the neighbor and I spread ~1 1/2 yards of manure and ~30 bags of shredded leaves. This was spread over the entire garden ~1/2 - 1" thick. Hope I didn't over do it where the potatoes are planted. I already have ~3 yards of fresh manure in a pile waiting for this fall.


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Posted July 11, 2016 - 08:54 PM

Up Date:

 

Been awhile since I have had time to post anything. Garden is coming along nicely.

 

Peas are done. Picked 3 one gallon zip lock bags for the freezer, plus many meals already. Broccoli heads were smaller this year, but the "volunteer" florets are larger.  

 

Tomatoes are starting to come on. And so are the weeds.

 

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Zucchini has gone nuts. Picked the first one just about a week a go and have picked over 20 since. Peppers are almost ready. The little plants are just loaded.

 

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Potatoes have flowered and are starting to died back. Pickles were just an inch long a week ago. Hoping for many more. Can almost taste the homemade bread and butter pickles.

 

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Tonight's haul.

 

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Posted July 11, 2016 - 08:57 PM

And a special treat; Fresh picked red raspberries from the berry patch with Ice cream.

 

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Posted September 15, 2016 - 02:47 AM

Well it's been a while since I've updated this thread.

 

Bread and butter pickles.

 

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Salsa.

 

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Garden is almost done. Been a pretty good year. Had plenty of Zucchini. Peppers did ok.  ~12 quart size bags diced and in the freezer. Still producing, may add to the count. Brussels sprouts and cabbage still in the ground. Apples are about ready to pick. Beans are still coming on, but will be a small crop this year. Corn was not as productive as last year. Maybe 2 dozen small ears. Wife says its because of where we purchased the seed. Will not be buying any seed from them next year. 

 

Dug the last of the potatoes this evening. Out of the 54 hills planted, only 50 produced; plus four volunteers from last year. They were on par from last year. Don't know how many pounds, but filled 8 bags.

 

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True to the gardens name, 'weed patch', We had plenty.

 

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Almost the fun time of the year. Mow it all down, add manure, and till it all under. Yea, seat time!

 

 

A couple of pictures of what has kept me busy for most of the summer. I can honestly say that it is 99% finished!

 

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