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Re: Watcha Growing
« Reply #180 on: June 24, 2018, 05:49:29 AM »
I don't have much choice on the water- we go from floods to drought a lot around here. In May, we has 11.9" of rain- nearly a foot. So far in June? Zero. A well and associated equipment would be thousands.

We have a compost pile, but it's gonna be a long time to produce more than a few buckets full. The new garden is a mix of topsoil and compost that I bought- a whole dumptruck load. It's weird- some stuff grows; some doesn't. The string beans were a near-total fail as well. How can you fail at green beans? Right next to them, the zucchini are going full bore.

In the fall, I'm going to aggressively work the soil. I'll get some manure and work that in, as well as compost. I'm pretty well convinced that tomatoes just aren't worth it, though. Even the one I tried in a pot on my deck, 10' off of the ground got blight. I think it would take a really resistant variety and a lot of chemicals to keep 'em going.
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Re: Watcha Growing
« Reply #181 on: June 24, 2018, 08:15:14 AM »
Not sure about the pee, has potassium nitrate, not good for plants.  Old story about school boys killing a tree over a period of time peeing on it.
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Re: Watcha Growing
« Reply #182 on: June 24, 2018, 09:26:32 AM »
Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Onions
Beans
Carrots
Radishes
Bell Peppers
Jalapeno Peppers

My little garden patch is only 6'x8'
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Re: Watcha Growing
« Reply #183 on: June 24, 2018, 09:33:29 AM »
scgargoyle,that's too bad. That blight is nasty stuff,or whatever you have. :(
I would send out a soil test. But than it would cost $1000 to make it right. :o  I know of a guy that happened too. Seem like it was more than that. He did it it about 3 years. Could not afford it all at once.
I take my old tomatoes plants and when I trim the leaves off,I take all that to the burn pile. Last year I tried some calcium,this year too. Seem to help. Ther's a BUNCH of infro on the internet on what tomatoes need to grow. Drive ya almost crazy just reading it. Good luck to ya.
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« Reply #184 on: June 24, 2018, 02:15:01 PM »
Are you pruning the lower branches off?  Blight seems to start from soil splashing up onto bottom leaves.  I trim off the bottom 12" or so pretty early on and keep pruning upward as they get taller.  Also anything yellow or spotty.  I prune a lot of foliage once fruit appears.


Chlorinated water is gonna make everything more difficult.  soil biology is the secret ingredient and if you want a healthy, resilient garden it will probably require building a compost bin and rainwater collection.  You cant overstate the benefits of miccorhizae.


Sheet mulching over the planted beds with wet paper/cardboard and mulch or leaves, grass, woodchips.. Any sort of sun barrier.. Will work wonders in moisture retention to get you through drought periods.  Last year in native dirt i couldnt water enough, the sun would turn that clay dirt to cracked powder in half a day.  Now with sheetmulch i can have 3 days of intense sun yet still the dirt under the layer is moist and soil is cool. My root system is fully exposed just under the cardboard and there is tons of mycellium activity.

 The ground needs sunblock or itll scald just like us.  With moisture gone, the plant has no choice but to die.  Blight or insect is just natures way of finishing off the weak.
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« Reply #185 on: June 24, 2018, 11:28:08 PM »
Not sure about the pee, has potassium nitrate, not good for plants.  Old story about school boys killing a tree over a period of time peeing on it.
Missed this earlier..  Youre right, direct application will burn stuff.  Same as chicken manure.  But its magic in the compost bin.
i compost lots of chainsaw chips/dust which is very high in carbon and needs a lot of nitrogen to break down.  Urine is quite high in nitrogen and really gets the pile warmed up and decomposing rapidly.  
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Re: Watcha Growing
« Reply #186 on: June 25, 2018, 08:24:18 AM »
I admit I didn't read this entire thread,  so if you already covered this forgive me.  I grow about 55 acres of bermuda hay for the horse people around me.  Through the years of trial and error I have found a couple of good points to consider when trying to grow things.  PH is the best place to start first.  Money spent on lime will go a lot more further than all the money in the world on fertilizer and other soil additives.  The county extension agent had a power point that explained it in a way that made perfect sense to me.  The value of 5 for my hay is too low.  So no matter how much you try to fertilize,  the PH will not allow the plant to take up the nutrients.  On the other end of the scale. . . .7 is far to high.  So you guessed it.  6 is perfect.  It allows the plant to accept the nutrients from the soil.  The other thing that helps is Aeration.  When looking across the fields,  I would see spots where the grass was taller, greener and thicker in spots.  When I went to look as to why that happened,  I found ant hills.  So that supported the aeration idea.  Now aerating my fields has made a big difference.  Garden spots . . . .sub soil it as deep as you can to really open up the soil to let that oxygen in.  Compaction is a silent killer.  Gravity, rain and foot or vehicle traffic really takes a toll on the dirt.  My first year I cut 107 square bales to the acre.  Every year after that it start producing less and less,  even though I was doing the same thing.  Started aerating and production has started to improve again.  Just my .02s worth.  Hope it helps someone.
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« Reply #187 on: July 03, 2018, 12:20:03 PM »
Hard to get enough water on in this heat, sure could use some rain. On the bright side the corn, pole beans and cantaloupe love it! Mulched with everything I had, planer shavings, sawdust and my stash of strawberry straw. Should be fine now. Pics donít want to cooperate.

There she goes, thanks bt!
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« Reply #188 on: July 07, 2018, 07:02:08 AM »
We finally started getting rain at the end of June. The zucchini seem to have slowed down a lot- have they reached the end, or are they just taking a break? The okra are starting to produce now, so we're cutting them every day. The sunflowers are up over 8' tall, and getting ready to flower. A few peppers, but nothing to brag about.
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« Reply #189 on: July 07, 2018, 10:54:31 PM »



I only grew the pickles and the dill.  I have pepper plants growing now but they were late plantings and are still tiny.  Timing seems like biggest challenge in gardening.  One thing is rotting in the fridge while ya wait for the other to ripen on the vine and you need both for the recipe. 

 came out great.. Little heavy on the vinegar but with a pretty complex flavor from all the other stuff in there.   Kinda sweet and salty with some zest.
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« Reply #190 on: July 08, 2018, 05:02:25 AM »
I generally do my recipes on that's available at the time. 

So I have:
Chilli and Tomato. 
Chilli and Feijoa.
Chilli and Pear.
Chilli and Persimmon.
Chilli and Kiwifruit. 
Chilli and more Chilli.... (Danger Sauce)  :D

Basically the same "relish" sauce recipe, just vary the fruit / vege depending on what you have at the time.
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« Reply #191 on: July 08, 2018, 12:11:38 PM »
Thats a lotta chilli!


I had squash come ripe that would have been wasted if i didnt cook it now, but was out of oil, egg, milk and cornflour..  So it went into the bacon grease after breakfast with seasalt and pepper.  Oh lordy that was excellent.  I think that'll be my new routine.

I had saved the remaining juice of the first pickle jar we killed.  This morning realized that the half bag of carrots and half onion were also destined for the compost pile for lack of other uses so into the brine they went.  Also with a few discs of squash just to see what pickled squash will taste like.  Fingers crossed. 
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« Reply #192 on: July 13, 2018, 11:51:45 PM »
  I have gone through my squash plant. It was about 6' long and had elephant ears for leaves. I probably got 15 squash off of it. It was yellow straight neck I think. I just use heirloom seeds and have done well with them. I still have 3 tomato plants and they are getting their 2nd wind. I have about 1-1/2 dozen on the counter ripening. You have to pick them when they are real green or these dang Mocking birds will destroy them. I have harvested the green onions a couple of times and have over a gallon cut up. I have 2 cucumber plants (heirloom from around the 1840's I think) and have harvested probably 60-70. This is in a 4x8 raised bed garden (that is all I can manage) I have given away bu-ku to my neighbors. My superhot pepper plants are coming on strong. If anyone needs any, let me know. The Carolina Reapers should be good for making a spray to keep out deer and coons. 
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« Reply #193 on: July 28, 2018, 07:55:19 PM »
Bout had my fill of cucumber sandwiches but they keep on a comin anyhow

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« Reply #194 on: July 28, 2018, 08:47:20 PM »
I'm getting a few, but Dang few!

Maybe pick one about every 4 days, but it's something, and the weather we've had ain't helping!
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« Reply #195 on: July 30, 2018, 01:02:17 PM »
 


I have sunflower trees this year. They have 4 inch dbh stems and are the size of a tree. There are only 6 plants but hundreds of flowers.


First couple eggplants headed for the freezer. 

 

 
Here is a video about how we freeze eggplants.
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« Reply #196 on: August 01, 2018, 05:34:37 AM »
I plant a hybrid variety of beef steak tomato--or so I thought .Planted in a raised bed with a south facing brick wall they usually grow up a trellis about 8 feet tall with fruit that can get as large as a softball .So this year ,4 little midget vines that looked like a bunch of grapes,danged cherry tomatoes got mixed up when I bought them .I'm not a bit happy about that .I do have another 4 plants that appear to be beef steak so all is not lost .It won't be until the end of August before they ripen.

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« Reply #197 on: August 10, 2018, 01:31:12 PM »
I picked these 2 beauties today!


 
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