Jump to content

Nominations for Tractor of the Month
Garden Tractors and Parts on eBay



Photo
- - - - -

Eric's Garden 2011


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 EricFromPa ONLINE  

EricFromPa

    Tractorholic

  • Senior Member
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2135
  • 2,293 Thanks
  • 2,330 posts
  • Location: Bedford County Pa.

Posted June 09, 2011 - 06:44 PM

Here's the garden so far this year.The Tomatoes are doing really good.
I ended up with 14 big plants and 20 or so that came up from last year.
The lettuce isn't doing to good and only around 1/2 of the cucumbers came up.

2nd pic is one of the giant Mole mounds that keep popping up.
I got a big old groundhog living under my shed that I need to get rid of.

We have alot of little wild rabbits running around and those old barn beams keep them out of the garden.
The tires help to keep the plants glowing UP instead of out and promote thicker stalks.

There are 20 or so tomato plants in there that came up from last year.I'm giving most of them to neighbors to replant and keeping a couple for myself.The camera is to blurry to see the little guys all over the place.

That's the bird feeder I made this spring in the next to last pic.I enjoy watching the birds.And it keeps the little pita's from sitting on my tractor steering wheel and crapping all over the seat.:shoot3:

Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC00025.jpg
  • DSC00028.jpg
  • DSC00027.jpg
  • DSC00021.jpg
  • DSC00023.jpg
  • DSC00026.jpg
  • DSC00024.jpg

Edited by EricFromPa, June 09, 2011 - 06:57 PM.

  • caseguy said thank you

#2 NUTNDUN OFFLINE  

NUTNDUN

    Lost in Cyber Space

  • Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 3
  • 10,266 Thanks
  • 15,618 posts
  • Location: Pennsylvania

Posted June 09, 2011 - 07:24 PM

Eric, the garden looks great. Neat idea using the tires too.
  • EricFromPa said thank you

#3 Alc ONLINE  

Alc

    Tractorholic

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 1094
  • 5,447 Thanks
  • 6,612 posts
  • Location: Bangor Pa

Posted June 09, 2011 - 07:31 PM

Very nice garden , I like that bird feeder too.Al
  • EricFromPa said thank you

#4 caseguy OFFLINE  

caseguy

    Connoisseur of Rusty Junk

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 906
  • 1,624 Thanks
  • 5,600 posts
  • Location: Edinburg, PA

Posted June 09, 2011 - 08:38 PM

That looks like a great Idea with the tires! I have several lying around...I might just give that a try!
  • EricFromPa said thank you

#5 EricFromPa ONLINE  

EricFromPa

    Tractorholic

  • Senior Member
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2135
  • 2,293 Thanks
  • 2,330 posts
  • Location: Bedford County Pa.

Posted June 09, 2011 - 09:08 PM

I cut the bottoms out of all the tires so water doesn't lay in them and go stagnate.
You can plant tomatoes by Just filling the inside of the tires with Dirt and stick the plants in to.That's a nice way to plant tomatoes if you don't want to till or plow up a whole garden.I tilled and plowed the whole garden and just stuck the tires over them.The stems are alot thicker using the tires than last years was without the tires.
You can add dirt and mulch inside around the stems to get them to really get big and bushy.
Our small local produce market grows tomatoes in tires like this,that's where I borrowed the idea from.I had 30 some old tires laying around that I was about to "cough" get rid of.
My Tomatoes are Beefsteaks and Whoppers and a bunch of yellow tomatoes from lastyear that decided to pop up All over the garden.

Those Push mower handles are for the Cucumbers lol.I tried it last year and it worked pretty good.When they get big enough I tie the vines up on them.

Edited by EricFromPa, June 09, 2011 - 09:16 PM.


#6 daytime dave OFFLINE  

daytime dave

    Live long and prosper

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 531
  • 4,485 Thanks
  • 6,353 posts
  • Location: Upstate NY

Posted June 09, 2011 - 11:35 PM

Great looking garden.
  • EricFromPa said thank you

#7 Alc ONLINE  

Alc

    Tractorholic

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 1094
  • 5,447 Thanks
  • 6,612 posts
  • Location: Bangor Pa

Posted June 10, 2011 - 05:18 AM

I like the idea of cutting the tire in half , makes sense . I'm not much of a seed saver but was told that the hybird seeds can't be saved ,( most tomatoes are ) they'll grow but won't be the same as the plant that it came from so let us know if those plants that came up from last year turn out OK , Al
  • EricFromPa said thank you

#8 KennyP OFFLINE  

KennyP

    FORDoholic

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2253
  • 28,408 Thanks
  • 39,662 posts
  • Location: Collinsville, Oklahoma

Posted June 10, 2011 - 05:56 AM

Eric, nice garden. For the giant moles, get a HF windmill and put in that area. The vibrations of it turning will help keep them a bay. Seems to be working here.
  • Alc and EricFromPa have said thanks

#9 MH81 ONLINE  

MH81

    Proud to be Deplorable

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 802
  • 27,268 Thanks
  • 28,606 posts
  • Location: N. W. PA

Posted June 11, 2011 - 05:47 AM

Looking good Eric! Here's my order for a toasted tomato and cucumber sandwich.
  • EricFromPa said thank you

#10 EricFromPa ONLINE  

EricFromPa

    Tractorholic

  • Senior Member
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2135
  • 2,293 Thanks
  • 2,330 posts
  • Location: Bedford County Pa.

Posted June 11, 2011 - 12:50 PM

Looking good Eric! Here's my order for a toasted tomato and cucumber sandwich.


There should be plenty to go around.:dancingbanana:

Just planted a couple mounds of Crimson Extra Sweet Watermelon.
This will be my 1st attempt at the melons in this garden.So only 4 mounds this year to test the growing conditions.

The hybrid Matos are growing like crazy.I'm going to let them grow and pick them green for fried tomatoes.Yummy Yummy.

All of the other tomatoes are in full blossom,so it won't be long till I see little green Matos all over the place.

The Peppers aren't doing the greatest this year.They bloomed early and the plants are still very small compared to last year.I got these peppers at a different Greenhouse,the older gentleman that I usually get them from is no longer growing food crops in his greenhouse.

#11 Texas Deere and Horse OFFLINE  

Texas Deere and Horse

    RED Wild Hogs, Horses & Deeres

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 1435
  • 14,464 Thanks
  • 15,392 posts
  • Location: East of San Antonio Texas

Posted June 11, 2011 - 01:35 PM

Eric, The garden looks great. I like the ideas of push mower handles and tires. What is the black mat you are using, conveyor belt or ??
  • EricFromPa said thank you

#12 EricFromPa ONLINE  

EricFromPa

    Tractorholic

  • Senior Member
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2135
  • 2,293 Thanks
  • 2,330 posts
  • Location: Bedford County Pa.

Posted June 11, 2011 - 03:51 PM

Eric, The garden looks great. I like the ideas of push mower handles and tires. What is the black mat you are using, conveyor belt or ??


That is Weed Barrier Cloth.I picked up a 50 foot roll at Tractor Supply for $9.95.I should of got 2 rolls.
You can reuse it for a couple of years and it keeps the weeds out between the plants.Weeds Will grow through it if you don't prep the garden 1st.

You can cover the entire garden with it and poke holes to plant your Matos and stuff.It also helps to keep the moisture in the soil but it also breaths.
Our local Strawberry growers uses this stuff every year.They have Huge rolls and a roller they tow behind they're little Kobota to lay it down with.
  • Texas Deere and Horse said thank you

#13 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

IamSherwood

    Elf guardian

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2066
  • 8,379 Thanks
  • 7,696 posts
  • Location: Northern Ontario

Posted June 11, 2011 - 08:21 PM

That is Weed Barrier Cloth.I picked up a 50 foot roll at Tractor Supply for $9.95.I should of got 2 rolls.
You can reuse it for a couple of years and it keeps the weeds out between the plants.Weeds Will grow through it if you don't prep the garden 1st.

You can cover the entire garden with it and poke holes to plant your Matos and stuff.It also helps to keep the moisture in the soil but it also breaths.
Our local Strawberry growers uses this stuff every year.They have Huge rolls and a roller they tow behind they're little Kobota to lay it down with.


Is that material the same as geotextile?
If it is, that's an amazing price. 10 ft wide sells for $1/ft up here.




Top