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Posted By: Riverc Do you have a vegetable garden? - 02/26/22
I'm getting ready to start working my rows and planting will do green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, tomato, green bell peppers, jalapeno, poblano peppers, watermelon, radish, peanuts, okra and eggplant for spring and summer.
Still early...

I plant one every year.

Or should say me and my dad plant one each year.

It keeps getting bigger and bigger.

He retired last year, so i hoping this year will be the best.

Already have 20# potatoes planted. 5# onions.


It’ll be early mid May before the rest are planted.

“Big garden”
Corn - g90 mad peaches ‘n cream.
Peas - top pick pink eye purple hulls and lady peas.
Okra - crimson spineless and emerald

“Side garden”

Tomatoes - sandwich and canning
Peppers - sweet banana, hot ( jalapeños and habenero) and bell
Squash - white and crook neck
Eggplant
Zucchini
Cucumbers - canning / pickling.


Going to co-op in the morn.

Afraid to see fertilizer price.

Figured I’ll get a couple bags here and there...
I got 4 or 5 unopened bags of triple 13 in the barn, so I shouldn't have to buy any fertilizer this year. Wife says we're going to cut down the size of the garden to about 1/2 acre this year. We'll see!
I grow a big garden every year, plus grow stuff inside a high tunnel. I'm getting ready to plant some potatoes and green peas in the high tunnel this weekend. Traditionally, I have always had a large garden, because I find it just as easy to work a lot as opposed to just a little. I also sell some produce at the local produce auction, although I have cut back on that quite a lot, as it gets harder to gather the produce as I get older. We can and freeze our garden bounty, plus I give a lot of it away as well.

Here is what I usually plant............potatoes, green peas, onions, beets, cabbage, broccoli, sweet corn, green beans, squash, tomatoes, okra, purple-hull peas, green peppers, hot peppers, butter beans, cucumbers, pinto beans, pumpkins and gourds. I also have big strawberry patch, blackberries that I grow for market, raspberries, blueberries, apple trees, a cherry tree, asparagus, and a grapevine from which I have had zero luck getting grapes that are worth a crap.

I probably forgot a veggie or two, but that's what I usually plant each year. I have a granddaughter who takes the veggies and fruit to local fair and always comes home with a bunch of ribbons and money. I am just following what I grew up doing, as my folks always had a large garden.
Sounds good guys, I can't wait to get started it's how i get my exercise and stay active. Plus the rewards of eating fresh vegetables.
Mine has become smaller and smaller.Use to be about 1/2 acre. Now maybe 15x15 feet.Just the two of us don't eat all that much so a lot of it spoiled or left over in the freezer form year to year. It got so I gave away more to the neighbors than we ate. It cost more to pump water out of the ground to water it than what it would cost to go buy it. Another reason was we live at7650 feet,growing season is less than 90 days. I figured we picked a crop one year out of three.The other two it got hailed on or deer got it
Originally Posted by saddlesore
Mine has become smaller and smaller.Use to be about 1/2 acre. Now maybe 15x15 feet.Just the two of us don't eat all that much so a lot of it spoiled or left over in the freezer form year to year. It got so I gave away more to the neighbors than we ate. It cost more to pump water out of the ground to water it than what it would cost to go buy it. Another reason was we live at7650 feet,growing season is less than 90 days. I figured we picked a crop one year out of three.The other two it got hailed on or deer got it


I hear ya it's getting pricey to grow a garden, I also give a lot to neighbors and friends but it's my hobby and will do it long as I can. Surprised you can even grow a garden where you live. When we were working Rv Parks we lived 1 summer on 8 mile hill west of canon city and 4 summers west of Gunnison on Blue Mesa really enjoyed the summers in Colorado.
Yep, mostly squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapeños
Originally Posted by hanco
Yep, mostly squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapeños
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Now that you are retired you have plenty time to watch it grow and get some needed exercise.
Glad i just do it for a hobby….

13-13-13 is $19/50#.

Last few years been using a Covington planter for the row crops.

Cut down on ferlizer a good bit.
I grow a sizeable garden every year. Amazing that some are already thinking of working the soil. Here in eastern Ontario we are a long ways from that. Last frost around these parts is late May. Despite the late start we can grow an amazing variety of vegetables and with decent yields. I’ve already started the pepper seeds indoors.

Nick
Originally Posted by BigDave39355
Glad i just do it for a hobby….

13-13-13 is $19/50#.

Last few years been using a Covington planter for the row crops.

Cut down on ferlizer a good bit.



That's getting high,hell I paid close to $14 for 8-8-8 back in August 21. That Covington planter looks nice. My garden is only 20x40 has 7 27' and 4 18' rows 3' apart.
Originally Posted by Nick1899
I grow a sizeable garden every year. Amazing that some are already thinking of working the soil. Here in eastern Ontario we are a long ways from that. Last frost around these parts is late May. Despite the late start we can grow an amazing variety of vegetables and with decent yields. I’ve already started the pepper seeds indoors.

Nick


Here in South Louisiana last frost for us is late march but that doesn't happen much lately. I'm wanting to work till the rows this week and start planting mid march. I was still harvesting cabbage, radish, turnip and zucchini in early December.
that aint no joke,

back in Sept when i planted foodplots,

fetilizer was $14/50#.

heard glyphosate is sky high also.
I planted a few potatoes and some green peas in the high tunnel yesterday afternoon. I have never grown potatoes in there, as the high tunnel can get hot, and potatoes generally do not like real hot conditions. I'm going to go ahead and plant some sweet corn this upcoming week in there as well. I did last year, and it turned out pretty good.

As to fertilizer prices, yes they are up big time. I had a bag of triple-19 left from last year, and I've got some chicken litter I will also scatter on the garden, as well as some horse manure. I probably can get by with only buying a few bags of the commercial stuff this year.
Originally Posted by Riverc
Originally Posted by hanco
Yep, mostly squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapeños
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Now that you are retired you have plenty time to watch it grow and get some needed exercise.
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And shoot squirrels jacking with my tomatoes
Yes I do. Went to boxes two years ago since it was just the wife and I. Better crops, better weed management. The daughter moved back in-state and half of our stores are now gone. Grandkids love potatoes, corn and beans. Widening the garden this year and adding additional rows of potatoes and corn.
We have a decent sized veggie garden (45x45) but are slowly converting it over more to fruit. Strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries, rhubarb, and trying grafting fruit trees this year. We will still plant tomatoes, cukes, zucchini, green beans, potatoes, a few herbs, cabbage, carrots, onions, and some flowers. I also use it as a holding place for propagated shrubs/flowers, etc.

By we I really mean me!
I have some raised beds, 2 weekends ago I rigged up a mini greenhouse over a bed to get some stuff started. I got some scrap clear webbed 6mill plastic and 2x4s from work for the greenhouse. It's working good so far, we are still getting frost at night.

I got about 40 onions going and some artichokes. Hopefully 2022 is a better year for my garden, last you didn't do as good as I would have liked.
Originally Posted by Hoglegs3006
I have some raised beds, 2 weekends ago I rigged up a mini greenhouse over a bed to get some stuff started. I got some scrap clear webbed 6mill plastic and 2x4s from work for the greenhouse. It's working good so far, we are still getting frost at night.

I got about 40 onions going and some artichokes. Hopefully 2022 is a better year for my garden, last you didn't do as good as I would have liked.



Sounds like a good idea on the greenhouse ..I worked (Tilled) my garden Saturday, will start planting in about 2 weeks.
Originally Posted by Riverc
Originally Posted by Hoglegs3006
I have some raised beds, 2 weekends ago I rigged up a mini greenhouse over a bed to get some stuff started. I got some scrap clear webbed 6mill plastic and 2x4s from work for the greenhouse. It's working good so far, we are still getting frost at night.

I got about 40 onions going and some artichokes. Hopefully 2022 is a better year for my garden, last you didn't do as good as I would have liked.



Sounds like a good idea on the greenhouse ..I worked (Tilled) my garden Saturday, will start planting in about 2 weeks.


With the rising price of food and everything else having a garden is a wise idea in my opinion, plus eating fresh veggies from your garden is very rewarding.

Hopefully I kill a buck or elk this year so I can fill the freezer with some game.

What kind of squash is everyone growing? I'm a big fan of butternuts and delicata
We plant a garden every year or at least for the last 7-8 seasons. My wife & I are passionate gardeners. We get lots of rain as others out East do too so we raised our beds. Plant what we preserve & stockpile what we can. I do most of the hunting but she fishes here on Champlain. Our freezers are always pretty full. We really love this time of year, starting seeds & growing 4” pots under lights

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Originally Posted by PintsofCraft
We plant a garden every year or at least for the last 7-8 seasons. My wife & I are passionate gardeners. We get lots of rain as others out East do too so we raised our beds. Plant what we preserve & stockpile what we can. I do most of the hunting but she fishes here on Champlain. Our freezers are always pretty full. We really love this time of year, starting seeds & growing 4” pots under lights

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That's a nice and neat setup.





In the planning stages for this year’s right now, focus is going to be stuff to can.
Yep, started the first summer in the new house, nothing like your own fresh produce !!

Did layer hens, in September of that year too, oh my, the eggs are another bounty !

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So satisfying !!
I may have to build some raised beds like these for tomatoes. We have had so much spring rain here the last few years, plants die.
Sure glad I haven't started planting yet. We have a cold blast 34 this morning looks like 28 tonight that's the first below freezing temperatures since 2013 for March.
Wife decided to start early on her flower plants and we spent over 1 hr covering everything up to avoid loss. One good thing it will be short lived back in the 70's and lows above freezing in a few days. I might plant green beans (pole) and radish next weekend.
I need to get mine tilled up
Thanks to a campfire member, I'm the owner of a sub-soiler. Before I disk the garden, I'm gonna run the sub-soiler and break up the hard pan. From experience doing that to a pasture, it helps 100%.

Gonna have to dry out before anything takes place.
Originally Posted by PintsofCraft
We plant a garden every year or at least for the last 7-8 seasons. My wife & I are passionate gardeners. We get lots of rain as others out East do too so we raised our beds. Plant what we preserve & stockpile what we can. I do most of the hunting but she fishes here on Champlain. Our freezers are always pretty full. We really love this time of year, starting seeds & growing 4” pots under lights

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Thats really nice, like it a lot. I’m not quite there with mine but working on it. I’m envious of the water body in the back view.

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Originally Posted by MarkWV
Originally Posted by PintsofCraft
We plant a garden every year or at least for the last 7-8 seasons. My wife & I are passionate gardeners. We get lots of rain as others out East do too so we raised our beds. Plant what we preserve & stockpile what we can. I do most of the hunting but she fishes here on Champlain. Our freezers are always pretty full. We really love this time of year, starting seeds & growing 4” pots under lights

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Thats really nice, like it a lot. I’m not quite there with mine but working on it. I’m envious of the water body in the back view.

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That looks good, neat and laid out nicely.
I always plow my garden in the fall, as that let's it dry better in the spring and I can plant earlier. I rotate my garden spots every few years and when I go to the new spot, I'll use a set of bottom plows to break the ground. After that, I will chisel plow the ground. Chiseling helps break the hard pan some, and doesn't disturb the soil quite as much. If I can ever get to doing it, the ideal thing would be to plant a cover crop every year and turn that under. The problem doing that is that our springs are usually wet, and the soil needs to be dry to be plowed.


I work my gardens with a variety of implements. A 3 bottom plow, a 5 shank chisel plow, a 10 foot disc harrow, a 4 foot 3 point hitch tiller on a small tractor, and a rear tine garden tiller. Each has it's place.
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Like your fenced garden, I should do that got hit twice last fall lost damn near all my cabbage plants on one row, the next I lost a bunch of turnip plants.
Originally Posted by JamesJr
I always plow my garden in the fall, as that let's it dry better in the spring and I can plant earlier. I rotate my garden spots every few years and when I go to the new spot, I'll use a set of bottom plows to break the ground. After that, I will chisel plow the ground. Chiseling helps break the hard pan some, and doesn't disturb the soil quite as much. If I can ever get to doing it, the ideal thing would be to plant a cover crop every year and turn that under. The problem doing that is that our springs are usually wet, and the soil needs to be dry to be plowed.


I work my gardens with a variety of implements. A 3 bottom plow, a 5 shank chisel plow, a 10 foot disc harrow, a 4 foot 3 point hitch tiller on a small tractor, and a rear tine garden tiller. Each has it's place.


JamesJr, you've got a lot more equipment than I do and it's too wet and hilly here to leave the ground plowed in the fall. Winter rains would wash your garden away. Until I got the sub soiler, I just disked it a few times, laid out the rows with my cub tractor and planted by hand. Use sweeps on the cub to keep the grass out of the middles.

I also move my garden spot from year to year. I plant on a pipeline and will vary which area I plant. Usually I plant a food plot for the deer and disk it under in the spring for the garden spot. I let the grass grow on the unplanted areas of the pipeline, but keep it bush hogged. About every 3 years, an area gets planted.
Today was a beautiful day planted Green Pole Beans, Zucchini. Radish, Eggplant, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Tomato, Cucumber, Sweet Banana Peppers and watermelon.
Riverc, Yall must not have been getting the rains we have. It's way to wet to even think about breaking up the garden, and they say we're gonna get more rain tonight and tomorrow.
Originally Posted by Oldman03
Riverc, Yall must not have been getting the rains we have. It's way to wet to even think about breaking up the garden, and they say we're gonna get more rain tonight and tomorrow.


No not getting the rain like y'all getting up north. Get ready looks like another round is coming tomorrow. We might get 1-2 inches here in my area. The farmers down here were working their fields last week.
Originally Posted by Riverc
Originally Posted by Oldman03
Riverc, Yall must not have been getting the rains we have. It's way to wet to even think about breaking up the garden, and they say we're gonna get more rain tonight and tomorrow.


No not getting the rain like y'all getting up north. Get ready looks like another round is coming tomorrow. We might get 1-2 inches here in my area. The farmers down here were working their fields last week.



Yeah, the weather guessers say we might get from 2" - 6" tonight and tomorrow. But, I'd rather it be wet, than dry.
Originally Posted by Riverc
Today was a beautiful day planted Green Pole Beans, Zucchini. Radish, Eggplant, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Tomato, Cucumber, Sweet Banana Peppers and watermelon.


While I'll agree, Sunday was a beautiful day, we did not do any gardening !

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Originally Posted by Riverc
Today was a beautiful day planted Green Pole Beans, Zucchini. Radish, Eggplant, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Tomato, Cucumber, Sweet Banana Peppers and watermelon.


While I'll agree, Sunday was a beautiful day, we did not do any gardening !

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laugh laugh Would be better to go Ice Fishing.
Believe me, I wanted to go both days !!!

But the slush is terrible at the moment, after a week in + temps.

Almost got stuck 5 times, coming home loaded, the previous Sunday.
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That's a good mess of beans, I planted some seeds Sunday but we had a heavy downpour Tuesday hope none got washed away.
Blowing snow today. Did pick up some certified bean and corn seeds in Daleville, Virginia earlier this week. I haven't seen any local yet and I may not. Seems like the Ferry Morse/Burpee seeds I’ve planted the last two years have to be replanted 2-3 times and I still end up with gaps in the rows.
That was only one batch.
Wife wanted to stop at the nursery and see what they had, we bought 3 eggplants, 3 green bell peppers and 3 watermelon plants. Transplanted them in the garden today.
Originally Posted by MarkWV
Blowing snow today. Did pick up some certified bean and corn seeds in Daleville, Virginia earlier this week. I haven't seen any local yet and I may not. Seems like the Ferry Morse/Burpee seeds I’ve planted the last two years have to be replanted 2-3 times and I still end up with gaps in the rows.


The seeds you mentioned are hit and miss, the ones i get at the local hardware store seem to be better.
I have noticed a big difference in seeds the past few years, especially bean seed. I have bought seed from several different sources, and have had more problems getting a good results with green beans more than any other kind. Green beans are one vegetable that we probably eat more than any other, and I've always been able to grow good crops of them..........but the past 3 years or so have seen a decline in the quality and production.
Beans and corn have been my only issues the last few years. Everything else always comes in. Beans are the worst though.

The seeds shown below is what I normally buy, but for the last two years the stores around me hasn’t had them. Seen on a website that the ACE in Daleville carried them and I was going to Roanoke anyway for the wife’s Dr appt. so I stopped in to check them out.

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Onion sets and potatoes have already been bought.
I grow the White Half Runner green beans, which have to be staked, and Blue Lake, which are a bush bean. I've grown other varieties as well, but those two are my favorites. The Half Runners have strings, and have to be picked before they get too tough, but they are the best bean for canning that we have found.
Normally Blue Lake bush for us. Tried the Slenderettes a few years back and they were delicious, planting them this year again in lieu of the Blue Lakes. Dad always planted Half Runners, I cut a lot of bean poles back then. Might go the Half Runners when I retire in a few years, have more time then to string them and piddle in the garden.
Originally Posted by New_2_99s
Yep, started the first summer in the new house, nothing like your own fresh produce !!

Did layer hens, in September of that year too, oh my, the eggs are another bounty !

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So satisfying !!


Great looking stuff guy's!

Originally Posted by hanco
I may have to build some raised beds like these for tomatoes. We have had so much spring rain here the last few years, plants die.


The Raised bed's work great as many good pics in the thread show, from several. Remember to provide good drainage at the bottom, so as not to trap water, also!

I have everything Mounded, and running Vertical with the Land, taking advantage of Natural Drainage as much as possible!

I'm big on natural soil from Compost, in the back woods on soil, from the trees Naturally, and adding fresh natural soil all year long.
The Asparagus will start to show up soon, as last night we did have, a fresh light snow!
We won't put our Garden in for at least another month, as the last frost is usually, around Memorial Day, as a Rule of Thumb!
Our Asparagus is covered with about 12 inches of Mulched Leaf Compost, as it helps insulate the plants over Winter, and it protects it up North Here!
As far as Fertilizer, We don't use any Commercially produced products as everything comes from China, including Bag's of Soil, and I'm just not a Fan!
We use Epsom Salts with Warm Water, as a Natural Fertilizer, and It really Works Well, using Home Made, Sprays to Deter bug's during the season, such as Garlic oil, with,
Vegetable oil, and Dawn dish detergent, and not only is it all natural but it's very economical! Placing a little Epsom Salts in the bottom of the hole of each plant, and a little bit of,
Fresh Composted soil over that, and it really works Well! On the Tomatoes I've experimented with some granular sugar in the bottom of the hole for sweeter tomatoes, and so far no negative,
tests with that as we separate to test, different results! I know it's crazy but Fun! 30 ft. X 40 ft. Garden, is plenty as we do about 50 tomato plants, and about 50 different pepper plants,
Garlic, Onions, and a lot of Shallots for cooking. a couple different kinds of Tomatoes, as the Hybrid seem to do better with less Disease than the Heirlooms!
Although I like to plant a few, Heirlooms, like Cherokee Purple, and Black Krim! Their extremely Tasty, just not very Redish in Color, and eye appealing to most, but great Taste!
We do a lot of Herbs for Cooking, as my Wife is a Fantastic Cook! Basil, Thyme,Cilantro, Parsley, Dill,etc....................
We don't do Corn, as when it's in season, the Farmers around sell it for $ 2-3 bucks a Dozen, so, it's really not worth it, and it not only requires more space and room, but it also shades,
the other plants. I miss doing the Beans, as in a few yrs. I'll probably go back to them. We use to do Broccoli, eggplant, cauliflower, and a few other things, but the time commitment is huge and I do like to
keep it neat and clean like many of the rest of your pictures show. That is a nice benefit to the Raised beds! I do use straw as a top compost, mulch, and it helps to keep the weeds down!
In the spring I'll turn the last years straw under, and it really helps to improve the soil, as I test it annually!
The Garden is Fenced in, because there's Deer, Squirrels, Turkey, etc....................
As we live in the Woods, close to Civilization! LOL!!!
Good Luck All!
Well I decided to plant a row of Okra today been a while since I ate okra gumbo and okra stew.
Originally Posted by Riverc
Well I decided to plant a row of Okra today been a while since I ate okra gumbo and okra stew.


I like okra breaded and deepfried the best, and in vegetable soup. I also like okra and tomatoes, as long as the okra isn't too slimey.
Dad planted Okra, we loved it. I’m jealous of you guys planning now. I’ll be waiting till about mid May. If it warms up more I may get potatoes in the ground the first of May. We’ve had frost here Memorial Day weekend.
Still too wet to plow and it's suppose to rain again Wednesday.
Originally Posted by Oldman03
Still too wet to plow and it's suppose to rain again Wednesday.


We dry down here worked in garden today sprayed the plants for bugs they already attacking. I also transplanted 2 Poblano Peppers I bought at Walmart.

Y'all getting what we had last spring early summer down here with the rain. Weather man says we may get a round of severe storms again like last week.
Originally Posted by MarkWV
Dad planted Okra, we loved it. I’m jealous of you guys planning now. I’ll be waiting till about mid May. If it warms up more I may get potatoes in the ground the first of May. We’ve had frost here Memorial Day weekend.


Hang in there will be here before you know it. Sounds like y'all have a short growing season How long does it last ??
james rinse the okra well when you pick it to get the slime off
Originally Posted by HunterShooter58
Originally Posted by New_2_99s
Yep, started the first summer in the new house, nothing like your own fresh produce !!

Did layer hens, in September of that year too, oh my, the eggs are another bounty !

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Great looking stuff guy's!

Originally Posted by hanco
I may have to build some raised beds like these for tomatoes. We have had so much spring rain here the last few years, plants die.


The Raised bed's work great as many good pics in the thread show, from several. Remember to provide good drainage at the bottom, so as not to trap water, also!

I have everything Mounded, and running Vertical with the Land, taking advantage of Natural Drainage as much as possible!

I'm big on natural soil from Compost, in the back woods on soil, from the trees Naturally, and adding fresh natural soil all year long.
The Asparagus will start to show up soon, as last night we did have, a fresh light snow!
We won't put our Garden in for at least another month, as the last frost is usually, around Memorial Day, as a Rule of Thumb!
Our Asparagus is covered with about 12 inches of Mulched Leaf Compost, as it helps insulate the plants over Winter, and it protects it up North Here!
As far as Fertilizer, We don't use any Commercially produced products as everything comes from China, including Bag's of Soil, and I'm just not a Fan!
We use Epsom Salts with Warm Water, as a Natural Fertilizer, and It really Works Well, using Home Made, Sprays to Deter bug's during the season, such as Garlic oil, with,
Vegetable oil, and Dawn dish detergent, and not only is it all natural but it's very economical! Placing a little Epsom Salts in the bottom of the hole of each plant, and a little bit of,
Fresh Composted soil over that, and it really works Well! On the Tomatoes I've experimented with some granular sugar in the bottom of the hole for sweeter tomatoes, and so far no negative,
tests with that as we separate to test, different results! I know it's crazy but Fun! 30 ft. X 40 ft. Garden, is plenty as we do about 50 tomato plants, and about 50 different pepper plants,
Garlic, Onions, and a lot of Shallots for cooking. a couple different kinds of Tomatoes, as the Hybrid seem to do better with less Disease than the Heirlooms!
Although I like to plant a few, Heirlooms, like Cherokee Purple, and Black Krim! Their extremely Tasty, just not very Redish in Color, and eye appealing to most, but great Taste!
We do a lot of Herbs for Cooking, as my Wife is a Fantastic Cook! Basil, Thyme,Cilantro, Parsley, Dill,etc....................
We don't do Corn, as when it's in season, the Farmers around sell it for $ 2-3 bucks a Dozen, so, it's really not worth it, and it not only requires more space and room, but it also shades,
the other plants. I miss doing the Beans, as in a few yrs. I'll probably go back to them. We use to do Broccoli, eggplant, cauliflower, and a few other things, but the time commitment is huge and I do like to
keep it neat and clean like many of the rest of your pictures show. That is a nice benefit to the Raised beds! I do use straw as a top compost, mulch, and it helps to keep the weeds down!
In the spring I'll turn the last years straw under, and it really helps to improve the soil, as I test it annually!
The Garden is Fenced in, because there's Deer, Squirrels, Turkey, etc....................
As we live in the Woods, close to Civilization! LOL!!!
Good Luck All!





How often do you use the homemade spray for bugs??
I need to get busy, get mine in.
Paul, if you want some dry fertilizer, just say so!
Originally Posted by Riverc
Originally Posted by MarkWV
Dad planted Okra, we loved it. I’m jealous of you guys planning now. I’ll be waiting till about mid May. If it warms up more I may get potatoes in the ground the first of May. We’ve had frost here Memorial Day weekend.


Hang in there will be here before you know it. Sounds like y'all have a short growing season How long does it last ??


I’ll be putting beans and corn in the ground first week of June at this elevation. Plants the same week. It all depends on if the weather stays warm, trying not to do it too early and having to replant.

Digging potatoes around the middle of September, picking corn mid August. Canning beans end of July or first of August. Tomatoes/Squash/Peppers July-September.
I been using Fish Emulsion Fertilizer and MorBloom on my vegetables plants with good results anybody use it?

I also spray my vegetable plants with Southern Ag Triple Action Neem Oil with good results anybody use it?
I’ve used the fish emulsion on my tomato plants, nasty smelling stuff. I’ve never used the Neem oil. Normally I don’t have an issue with insect pest unless they are japanese beetles. Last year my neighbor finally sprayed his rose plants so I didn’t have but a few beetles on my corn and I crushed them there. I have used Sevin Dust.
I have to spray multiple times a year to control insects. Of course, I have a large garden, plus a lot of other host plants. The potato beetles are usually hardest to control, along with the squash bugs. I also have to spray beans, corn, tomatoes, and sometimes the strawberries. I use Sevin, Captain Jack's, Colorado Potato Beetle Beater, some organic stuff on occasion, and I have been known to use some off label chemicals made for use on agricultural crops.
Garden is in, everything planted. Probably going to be working a lot the next few weeks so I got it done this evening. Hope it’s not to early for the beans.
My garden really looks good, but does need a rain. I'm through planting except for some late sweet corn and green beans.
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Everything is looking good did some weeding this morning also picked Green Beans, Cucumber, Zucchini, Jalapeño and Sweet Banana Pepper. Will be picking Okra soon. Potatoes, Watermelon, Bell Pepper and Tomatoes looking good.

Grilled some fresh picked Zucchini with Olive Oil , Tony's Creole Seasoning and Shredded Cheese yummy.
Picked some Okra yesterday and made a Okra stew with shrimp was good got leftovers for a couple days.
Getting lots of tomatoes, so are the squirrels, but I’m working on them.
I've had broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and green peas out of mine. I have some potatoes that I need to dig around and get some small ones out to eat on. Green beans are blooming, and so are the tomatoes. Some of the tomatoes have little ones, but it's going to be awhile.
What little bit that I had, went tits up the other day. Six inches of rain on top of saturated ground, and then sunshine near 100 degrees scalded everything. miles
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What little bit that I had, went tits up the other day. Six inches of rain on top of saturated ground, and then sunshine near 100 degrees scalded everything. miles


I've had tobacco do that. Sometimes it would come out, most of the times it didn't.
Picked my first sugar baby watermelon today will chill it before eating. Have 14 more to harvest when ready, love watermelon when it's hot outside.
Picked my first eggplant yesterday sliced ìt and grilled it with olive oil, Tony's creole. and melted some shredded cheese on top very good.
Nope.

Had a small-ish plot fenced in and grew some stuff. Got tired of fighting the weeds. Planted the whole bed in asparagus and done.
Getting lots of tomatoes now, they be done by July 4
Finally planted ours on the weekend - had frost 3 mornings, the first week of the month !
Been canning something every day. Need to plant my third go around on this moon and call it quits till fall.
Picking a bunch of cucumbers and jalapeños
Wondering where in heck the majority of my carrots are.
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Picking a bunch of cucumbers and jalapeños


Same here we picking more cucumbers than we need giving a bunch to family and friends. Picking a lot of jalapeños grilled a bunch the other day. We also picking a bunch of sweet banana peppers and okra.
This hot dry weather is starting to be hard on the garden. Have to use tap water more than the well needed rainwater. Okra, cucumbers, eggplants and poblano, jalapeno and sweet banana peppers still doing ok all other are slowing down. I picked 14 sugar baby watermelons today gonna give a few to family, friends and eat melon everyday till gone.

I'm starting to think about what I wanna plant this fall for sure cabbage, radish, cucumber, zucchini turnip probably plant September and some in October. We really like to make zucchini bread in the fall like it with a bowl of oatmeal with a banana for breakfast.
After a short break it's time to start getting ready for our fall garden. Got most of the weeding done all looking good. We going to plant Cabbage, cucumber, zucchini, radish, potatoes, turnip and carrots. Wife also wants to do green onion, garlic and maybe broccoli will wait till 1st week of September on into October. Looking forward for some zucchini bread and fresh vegetables.
Power company sprayed my raised beds last week 300 ft from the power line on a windy day🙄 after a phone call a check is on the way
Bummer how hard was the fight to get that check for damage??
My neighbor rents my crop land, and he is always very good about watching the wind direction when he sprays the fields around my house, and garden. I have blackberry and blueberry bushes, fruit tress, grapes, as well as a large vegetable garden, and also a high tunnel full of vegetables. It would be very easy to cause damage, and thankfully he is careful and usually calls me before he sprays asking if I think it's okay.

Last year, he got busy and hired a local farm supply business to spray his corn, including what was growing next to my house and gardens. The wind was blowing hard that day..........in the wrong direction. Stuff got burnt, some worse than others, including some hanging ferns my wife had just bought. The green beans in the garden also took a hit, although it took a while to show up. To make a long story short, they came out and looked at it and agreed it was their fault, and offered to pay whatever damages I thought it was worth. I told them they could replace the ferns, and we'd keep an eye on the other things. I'm pretty sure it kept the green beans from making a good crop, because they were not good at all. The other things got leaf burn, but not any lasting damage that I could tell.

Some plants and trees are very susceptible to chemical damage, while others aren't. But, it all depends on what the chemical is.
I just called the power company they directed me to the spraying contractor direct #
We’ve been canning beans and the wife has put several bags of chopped green and sweet peppers in the freezer. We are doing tomatoes now as they ripen, slow process this year. Corn is turning and we are planning on canning that. Squash plant from hell is producing 5-6 squash every other day and has been for the last two weeks. Cucumbers are playing out. Getting 3 boxes ready to plant fall kale. Potatoes vines are dying so I’ll be digging those in a couple of weeks.

Been a wet spring and summer so far, had a lot of beans mold on the vines.
Having a heck of a time getting tomatoes to turn! Been this way for 12 days now

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Having a heck of a time getting tomatoes to turn! Been this way for 12 days now
My Mr. Stripeys are the same way. Took me all this week to get 14 pints of juice. Vines are full, just getting 1-2 tomatoes every 3 days. Would like to get 24 more pints from these.

Had a friend drop of a bunch of Brandywines, got 26 pints out of those.

Ended up with 95 pints of green beans before I pulled the vines. Getting ready to plant kale in those boxes.

The one squash plant is still giving us 5-6 per day, it now consumes a whole box and half of another. Cukes have died out. Corn is starting to get that dark brown look and the potato vines are dying. Peppers are still producing too.

It’s been a good year for us, God has blessed us. Pantry if filling up.
Originally Posted by IA_fog
Having a heck of a time getting tomatoes to turn! Been this way for 12 days now

Tomatoes like Sunshine, Heat, Humidity, natural Water,(Rain).
Each different Tomatoes, depending on the Many Different Varieties, take different lengths of time to mature, albeit averaging 60 days or so.
Sometimes when the weather is cooler, and not Hot and Steamy, as Tomatoes Love, I will water with Warm Water, and a Little bit of Epsom Salts to up the Magnesium!

Works Wonders, and will kick them off! Natural fertilizer, instead of Mira cal grow, or man made, possibly harmful, fertilizers.
Yep, just starting to get 2-4 tomatoes a day, lettuce almost done, Beans coming in strong now, taters later !

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While the tomatoes are slow, they are so worth it !
What variety green beans do you grow up there in the North Country?
Not actually sure James !

I know both varieties are referred to as bush beans (non climbing) that we started from seeds.
Beans slowing down, but tomatoes coming home strong !!

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Beans slowing down, but tomatoes coming home strong !!

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Might need you to ship some of those tomatoes to me. Ours are just about finished. I just have a few more Beefsteaks on the vines and that will be it.

Wife is looking for a reason to pick the last of the peppers. Kale is coming on strong.
Winding down here, still a few cucumbers, sweet onions, tomatoes (brought in to ripen), boysenberries (just about done) and some cabbage. Already have big plans for next year including some more fruit tree grafting!
Late and cool spring slowed things down this year, and a couple rabbits created some issues too!
These 2 goofballs, found the mater patch & destroyed a bunch.

Decided to pick the rest green, before we lost them !

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crazy
The nearly everyday rain is backing off, was finally able to do some transplanting today did zucchini, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and 2-tomato plants. Also thinking about rutabaga, turnip, carrot and radish may plant something tomorrow if I get time.
My garden is pretty much done. I do have some cabbage and broccoli planted in the high tunnel, and they'll last on into late fall and early winter. I planted some greens, but I guess that either the dry weather or low seed germination caused a poor stand, and I have some late green beans that are ready. Also, still getting tomatoes and will until frost.
Well today we planted rutabaga, turnip, carrots and green onion. Will most likely plant radish Friday.
Weather has sure been nice this week low humidity mid 80's hardly broke a sweat feels much better working outdoors.
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