Just a little info this is our first year gardening here at our new place. I could only plow & disc one time late fall last year. I plowed again & disc several times this spring before planting.We have a lot of clay. We have brought in about 14,000 lb's of top soil as we needed it one scoop at a time on my trailer. We used this to make deep beds for everything to give the plants something to start in. This fall I want to add some cow manure, some sand & a cover crop. Next year I should have a good amount of compost aged enough to use as we plant.
My wife prefers the only gear drive GT I have. She picks a gear then hauls the mail....she says Hydros are too complicated.
My 1954 Seed Planter. She can be expensive but well worth it.
Well after a very slow start because of getting the seedlings started late this year we're seeing some progress. I can't believe after all this time of plants looking like they were just sitting there now everything is doing so well. I don't normally stake tomatoes I usually put up posts about 6ft apart & run strings across about 6-8" apart & tie the plants to that. My wife wanted to stake them this year. I got some 1x6 poplar & ripped enough for the tomatoes & teepees for the pole beans. Our pepper plants were so tiny when we put them out you couldn't hardly see them. It seems like none of the seeds we started done very well. We have always started our own seeds but maybe not next year....it was expensive & a lot of trouble. Our corn took a shot from the hard rain today but we kind of straightened it back up but it will survive. We have squash & zucchini in between one corn row.We had some problems with rabbits eating the beets. I put a radio in the middle of the garden like GL Grumpy suggested & this seems to be working well. I did have three that liked the radio but their eating heavenly beets now....BANG! We only have one little guy that comes around but hasn't got in the garden so far. I plan on planting another crop of beets for fall harvest. Tomatoes vary from eating to sauce making kind, bush beans, hilled cucumbers for eating, pickling cucumbers on the fence for canned pickles, bell, banana, & jalapeno peppers, okra, beets, green onions, potatoes, & some flowers in various areas for controlling certain bugs. Still to plant are some more beets, cabbage, red onions, pumpkins & gourds for fall harvest, some various heirloom beans that were handed down from my wife's grand parents....these can be an interesting topic. I might start another thread on that to see what others have had.
Picked a few new potatoes & last years canned green beans....very good!
Our garden is 24x50 & has the sun coming up along the far long side & sets of coarse on the other long side...full day of sun. I noticed the corn at the south end is like stair steps in growth going north. I'm thinking of staggering the planting next year to prevent shading on one end. We might enlarge a little next year. I don't mind giving stuff away but I don't want to put out way too much. Once the plowing, disking & tilling is done we do everything else by hand. Next year I would like to fence it to keep the critters out. So far the deer just stroll by outside the white fence. I did have to shoo a few fawns out of one end before they got a taste. I may have to take Chiefans advice on the hot fence if I see any coons. Thanks for looking & Happy Gardening!