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Garden 2017

Discussion in 'Farming and Gardening Forum' started by Buckshot00, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. Buckshot00

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    Planted 1 row of yellow onions and 1 row of sweet onions. Also planted 1 row of red and 1 row of white potatoes. Got 8 rows of sweet corn planted today.
     
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    Here's mine. Broccoli, cabbage, onions, taters, beets, carrots, sugar snap peas, and leeks in so far. Sugar snaps are a new variety that is supposed to grow more quickly with better yields. We're just about past the last possible frost date for this area, so the tomatoes, corn, beans, and okra will be going in later this month.

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    Got a row of potatoes and 2 rows of peas and snaps in Wednesday, Hope it is not to early for the snaps.
     
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    I planted my snaps back in early March , gambling on the news that we would have mild weather here in the south. It took a while for them to germinate in cooler soil, but they are doing great and around a foot tall right now. They did just fine the few times we had some hard frosts in March. In years past, I used to plant the snaps too late and I'd have poor results due to the weather getting too hot for them.
     
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    Got 4 rows of pinto beans and 4 rows of field peas planted. Onions, taters, and corn is up.
     
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    Planted 4 short rows of Indian corn today.
     
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    Noticed a few peas popping through a couple days ago, still not sure on the snaps, we are having another little cold snap here again.
     
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    Don't worry about the snaps, mine did just fine here in March when temps were in the 20's. What messes the snaps up is hot weather.
     
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    upload_2017-4-28_16-27-53.png So far so good.
     
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    The peas and potatoes starting to come through, the snaps are at the other end of the rows, they have not fared so well yet, I did get another packet of snaps today, My brother has a pack of pole beans that he is giving me to try on the trellis this year, we will see how that goes. Any ideas on how far apart to plant pole beans on the trellis, Think I planted the pole Lima's too close last year.
     

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    You have the best damn dirt down there, all we have up here is grey dirt and rocks! What is the little square in the middle?
     
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    The green far green square is corn, the left square is indian corn and the right square is field peas. i didnt till those areas yet.
     
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    If in rows, plant seeds about 8 to 12 inches apart.
     
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    I'll be thinning mine to at least two feet between each plant. It seems that when the pole limas are too close together you get lots of vines and leaves but not as many beans.....
     
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    Yeah, I could see that being an issue, chuckwood. I've never grown pole limas. I was thinking pole green beans, and would actually err to the high side with 12" spacing. I'm guessing the pole limas require a little more space between the plants due to the root spread.
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    I am pretty sure that was my problem last year with the pole lamas, I planted them about 6 inch's apart, and all I got was total coverage with the vines and almost 0 beans.
     
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    upload_2017-5-14_8-18-9.png May 13,2017. Coming along.
     
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    Here's some of my garden '17. I tried some bok choy or chinese cabbage this year, bought 6 plants, figuring they wouldn't sell 'em if you couldn't plant them in spring. It didn't work. I got no heads but did get big flowering stalks. So I decided to just let 'em grow wild and harvest the seeds for fall, assuming they aren't hybrids. They make a rather startling flower display, with lots of insects buzzing around in them. Taters are doing great, here's tater flower.

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    This year's taters are doing great. There are just a few Colorado potato beetles in them this year, doing very minimal damage. Usually I spray using expensive organic pesticides, but this year I may just leave them alone. Years ago, when the soil on my garden site was worn out and depleted from many years of gardening on that same spot, these pests would completely destroy many of my tater plants, stripping the leaves completely off them and leaving nothing but a skeleton plant. I had read in a few organic gardening books that if you have extremely healthy plants in extremely rich soil loaded with compost (no artificial fertilizer) that these beetles would leave the taters alone. I didn't believe this at first because in my mind, the better your plants are the more the bugs should enjoy eating them. However, each year I'm adding more dump truck loads of compost and plowing it in, and each year I get less bug problems. I just cut my first crop of broccoli, and I've not done any spraying there either, and have had no bug problems in the broccoli either. I'm getting more and more convinced this might be true. When I look at my tater plants, it seems that the tater beetles are only on the smaller, stunted plants that aren't doing so well. The most lush and healthy looking tater plants have zero bugs on them. Hardly any flea beetles on them either. I'm getting more and more convinced that it might indeed be true that bugs hit the sickly plants first, sorta like wolves cull out weak and sick deer first. The tater beetles are pretty ugly looking critters, here's one......

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    Pole snaps, Kentucky Wonders for the cattle panels, spaced about 10 to 12 inches, seems way far apart to me, compared to bush beans. ( chicken wire is for rabbit control ) Can the snaps be planted closer than the lamas?
     

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