When to plow?
Posted September 22, 2011 - 06:08 PM
Posted September 22, 2011 - 08:00 PM
when you turn the ground it shouldn't be shiny, thats a sign of too much moisture
plowing when it's too wet is probably the number one mistake when it comes to veggie farming
four years ago a friend of mine drove across my garden in febuary to cut wood in my woods, the ground wasn't froze enough and he left ruts, to this day i can tell were those ruts were when i plow !
Posted September 22, 2011 - 08:27 PM
Ill start plowing here after the first hard frost. We got a lite one two weeks ago, but it didnt kill off much. We have the advantage of the cold temps, to bust up ground that was slabby from being plowed to wet. You probally dont get that cold there.
Posted September 23, 2011 - 05:04 AM
Edited by skyrydr2, September 23, 2011 - 06:13 AM.
Posted September 23, 2011 - 05:11 AM
I like to plow after all the leaves fall off the maples in my yard, then spread them out thick as I can angle plow them under with chicken poop and a little sawdust . Then cover it with black plastic to "cook" it . It also helps in the spring to get an earlier start.
That sounds like a good idea,Keith.I bet that works great.
Posted September 23, 2011 - 05:30 AM
Lauber1, the soil at my house is what we called black gumbo in Kansas. Sticks to everything. So I don't want it to wet. Clay is down about 12-16". Holds moisture pretty good till the clay gets dry.
Posted September 23, 2011 - 08:07 AM
Then I carried the leaves and grass clippings I was carrying off the lawns I mowed home and put layers of grass, leaves and dirt/clay into that hole untill it was mounded up. The next year I had a very nice garden where Adobe would have been.
Posted September 24, 2011 - 12:36 AM
Posted September 24, 2011 - 06:26 AM
Posted September 24, 2011 - 07:21 AM
Keith, how long do you leave the tarp on? What about getting moisture in there with the tarp? Momma has given me permission to use some nitrogen again. The last time I used it, my okra that was supposed to get 3' tall grew to 8'. Pods about 6" long and 1" dia. They were still very tender and great tasting, though.
I keep the black plastic not a tarp, on for as long as possible. right up until planting time, till it to create a nice fluffy seed bed, and plant.
with the chicken poo your garden will grow crazy !!! Horse poo is a waste of time, they prosess there food too well. Cow poop is better as is goat and lama poo too.
up here the best stuff, though in credibly smelly when first applied ..... is chicken doopy. Makes an incedble fertilizer tea to water with too.
Posted September 24, 2011 - 07:54 AM
Posted September 24, 2011 - 08:40 AM
This next growing season I am going to grow everything up through the plastic. With a soaker watering system. This way the weeds can't grow and insects will stay off my plants. Especially those damded slugs!
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Posted September 24, 2011 - 09:52 AM
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Posted September 26, 2011 - 05:00 PM
- KennyP said thank you