2020 gardening thread

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  1. REELDOC

    REELDOC EYES OPEN, NO FEAR Benefactor Supporting Member

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    Start posting them up.

    Carrots have started coming up, had to spray today cause some critter is chomping on them
    Onions looking really good.
    Taters have started popping up.
    Garlic is about 16" tall now.
    Planted 16 Lavender plants today.
    Lemon Balm is coming back.
    Echinacea is showing back up.
    Yarrow took a hit last year and needs to be supplemented.
    Raspberries and black berries are coming alive.
    Blueberry bushes are covered.
    Received most of my seed orders.
    Nurseries are starting to get transplants in.
    Thinking about working some Elderberry bushes in somewhere.

    Hoping upon hope that the frost monster doesn't visit.
     
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    Amateur here but have basil, rosemary, tomatoes, radishes, yellow squash, zucchini, green pepper, banana pepper and hot peppers all planted.
     
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    I'm so behind. In MI you couldn't really plant before memorial day...
    I need to measure this new yard area i want to plant and order some manure...
     
  4. REELDOC

    REELDOC EYES OPEN, NO FEAR Benefactor Supporting Member

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    You are a brave soul planting this early, wishing you well on no frost.
     
  5. Cluck Norris

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    163 tomatoe plants 8 different varieties
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    Some we will plant others we will sell
     
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    A lot of our stuff has been started indoors for a while now.
    One thing to keep in mind peppers really like 80+degree soil.
     
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    Or I am totally stupid. We will see if I get lucky. If we do get frost I actually have a way I can cover whole garden with a tarp without touching any plants.
     
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    Thanks for the tip. I will remember that.
     
  9. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Nuts Over Lil D. Wizard Slayer Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member Supporting Member

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    I put some ground cover out Friday to kill the grass on the spot where our garden is gonna be. Gonna give that a couple weeks. In the meantime @Lil D has ordered some seeds and we will be starting those directly. Probably should’ve started them a tad earlier but I think it’s early enough to be ok.
     
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    Going to be getting the tiller out tomorrow and get the garden area prepped. Got plenty of chicken manure to mix till in. Hopefully get a good crop going this year.
     
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    We put lettuce out today and trying strawberries this year. In about two weeks we’ll put in tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and melons I hope. Also disked in some horse nuggets before putting anything in the ground.
     
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    Not gardening, but Im really working on my composting this year, started today (been adding things here and there, but I feel like today I made significant moves forward with it)
     
  13. Ikarus1

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    tilled the soon to be bean patch and worked in some dolomitic lime (on a windy day..)
    the corn patch spot is still too wet to till which hopefully means it stays wetter when every thing else is dry
     
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    REELDOC EYES OPEN, NO FEAR Benefactor Supporting Member

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    Did a test till today, no go, too damp and it clumped up. That is bad juju to get clumps.
     
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    Tilled the garden area today. Will need to move the chicken run and till that area as well.
     
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    We drove up to Mt Ulla and bought several flats of heirloom tomatoes (Cherokee Purple and German Johnson) and a few squash and cucumber seedlings.
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    Seeing as I had lots of plants, along with big plans and not enough space, I borrowed a small tractor, plow, and disc from my B-I-L and tore up the spots in between my gardening plots. This isn't actual video of my spot just his son running the disc over the plowed ground.
    That mouldboard plow really tears up some ground. I am contemplating putting in another little low-maintenance garden over at my other property.

     
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    Kale and carrots are looking good. Green peppers, banana peppers, and jalapeños are in. Planted black krim tomatoes and bee balm today.

    Built a new wicking worm raised bed with 2 4’x5’ sections. Got another box ready and painted for another raised bed today. And another in reserve that we might build later.

    Amended 2 raised beds with compost and potting soil.

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    REELDOC EYES OPEN, NO FEAR Benefactor Supporting Member

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    Planted 4 more thornless blackberry plants yesterday. Picked up 4 more rhubarb plants. Ordering 2 elderberry bushes today.

    Planted 2 Nesbitt grape vines to replace my dead ones. Local nursery had them pretty cheap so I figgered I'd give them a try based on the reviews I read.

    Have a dang vole in my onion raised bed. Gonna douche him with tobasco sauce today.:mad::mad::mad::mad:

    Put roundup on the front yard area to be tilled. After it dies I'll torch it with my new propane flame thrower. :D:D:D:D
     
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    My squash had a full blown case of powdery mildew before I could even get some of them in the ground.I made a solution of 1/3 milk, 2/3 water, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, and a squirt of soap. I hope that took care of it
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    The red bucket is for habaneros. Just thought the color was appropriate!

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    I have 6 of them. Building one more and maybe another. 3 are dug into the ground for the pool. The 2 I just built are on top of the ground so they are taller. I have one box I've used for a couple years and building 1 or 2 more of those. I would have gone with all boxes but the guy that gets them came to me after I had build the new bed.

    My wife goes out every week or so and fills the water up. We made the mistake of putting topsoil in the first 3. Not as good. Now we build out own soil to fill them. And we are in the process of amending the old beds by digging half the soil out and replacing it with what we make.
     
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    tanstaafl72555 Permanently banned due to forum abuse Life Member

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    What do you do for composting bin? I recently cut down a blue plastic barrel, then cut it again about an inch or so "down" so that the lip goes inside the barrel. It is not as clean as I would like, and I am thinking of putting a hinge on the lid. However, the decomp process is going so well that I am considering making an entire bin. Have discovered that if you put enough "brown" into the mix, you don't get nearly as many flies and gnats. Some guy did a real nice plastic barrel with a hinged latch door that spins on wheels (rotates for mix). Anyway, I am interested in what you do, what materials, how you treat it, and whatnot.
     
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    We have two rolling trash cans. Holes drilled in them on the sides and bottom for air. We don’t turn them as much as we should. We add shredded paper to help keep flies down but you still get them.


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    Finished the bed I started last week.


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    We’ve decided to go bigger this year.
    So I tore this up today and have a load of superblend to add tomorrow.

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    We have this section ready to go.
    But figured do more since there’s going to be a food shortage

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    I think I’m going to put another 2 yards of soil amendment. The clay in there is brutal.

    Oh, and wear sunscreen while I’m doing it.

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    We ran the tiller thru our spot today, gonna hit again this weekend or first of the week before planting. I turned my 12 y/o loose today, he has been asking to do it this year "cause it looks so fun". Bout 20 minutes and he said this sucks!!!
     
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    Threw a tarp over the garden tonight. Heard there could be frost especially Saturday morning
     
  30. REELDOC

    REELDOC EYES OPEN, NO FEAR Benefactor Supporting Member

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    Got zucs, squash, pole beans and cucs seeds in the ground. Holding maters, okra and peppers for another week or so.
     
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  31. Burt Gummer

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    @Lil D amd I put some seeds in cup Tuesday. Today we have sprouts. We’re a little late, but we have plenty of time

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    I'm late to the party this year, and without being able to get seeds or plants I thought I wasn't going to play at all..... but then I asked my gardening neighbor if they had any seeds left over from their planting and he gave me his whole stash of extras to poke through in trade for a dozen eggs (our birds are laying well now).

    Not sure what I'll plant yet, but this weekend I'll finish the prep and get something in the ground, even if it's wrong.
     
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    REELDOC EYES OPEN, NO FEAR Benefactor Supporting Member

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    Frost precautions tonight and a couple times next week. Thoroughly water all your stuff. Try to cover new plants. Wish for a breeze...............
     
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    Got 2 more yards of blend tilled in today.
    I’m ready to go now!

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    I’ll be planting Cucumber, Pole beans, Zucchini, and Lettuce tomorrow. All seed so I’m not worried about the frost.
    Hope my other seed order gets here soon.
     
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    I don't normally put anything in the ground until the end of April first of May. Forecast for 35° tonight
     
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    Put a tarp over mine.
     
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    yep covered mine up at dusk with plastic sheeting and tarps and buckets and boxes and whatever else I could scrounge to cover 40+ seedlings.
     
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    Why couldn’t you get seeds or plants? (other than from your neighbor)
     
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    Didn't want to risk infection being out at some big box store waiting in line. On-line was a pain in the ass for seed ordering, everything seemed to be out of stock.
     
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    It's not much, but it's in.

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