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Old 07-11-2014, 08:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Great weather, nice rains, and the garden is coming along nicely.

Beans (in the white wire fencing), beets &radishes, storage onions, corn, asparagus in ferns, potatoes in blossom. The pics show one of the two 3' wide rows. I block plant densly. The beans and such shade out the weeds.

Should be pickin' soon !
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice. I got some red tomatoes, some funny shape cucumbers, japenos and bell peppers. No green beans yet. Ill see if I can get some photos soon.



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Yoweee!

Nice garden! And nice buildings across the road.

In Voltaire's satire Candide, the main character roams the world for the golden Eldorado but concludes his story with the cryptic conclusion that he now wants to spend his life tending his garden.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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rhall: it's a hobby for both me and my dad, keeps us out of trouble.

Cobb has red tomatoes already, nice ! It'll be a while before I have any. My granddaughter really likes the cherry tomatoes.
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Ill see if I can brave the weather to get some. Its like 82 degrees and 100% humidity out. At least I got banking, shopping and breakfast out of the way.

Hanover normally beats us, but we wait til after April 1 as we get a last frost blast before spring officially starts.



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This is just the back yard. Got more in the front yard.

Now, off to find my neighbor to trade him some matoes for ice coffee.



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Nice produce !

Gotta love American free trade. 'Maters for ...

Is that a hot pepper in the last pic ?
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.......... The pics show one of the two 3' wide rows. I block plant densly. The beans and such shade out the weeds.........
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Nice soil. What is your preparation?
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Hugh:

Prep depends on what's growing there that year. I rotate most of it except the end I use for the 'taters. Taters like low ph, 5.0-6.0, some sulphur , ashes, or some peat moss helps there.

The rest is ph around 6.5. Peat moss for that (less of it). I test every 2 years (kits available at the ag store to send over to Penn State co-op).

Raised beds with some construction grade sand for good drainage. Beds are about 12" deep. Roto-till at beginning and end of season. In the fall, beans and peas roots are tilled in too, they have lots of nitrogen nodules on them. I till in maple leaves (no oak leaves, they're hi acid and don't mulch down for squat) and composted grass clippings too (in the fall).

Root crop locations (onions and such) get beefed up with hi-phosphate stuff like 5-20-20 or even some super-phosphate or bone meal.

Corn gets 19-19-19 (from a local farmer, they use that stuff regularly.) Other veggies get 10-10-10 or 10-20-20.

If ph's test too low I till in some limestone to raise it. Test results from the co-op suggests treatments for acres, I break it down to square feet.

My best year was 550 lbs from 400 sq ft. Some years aren't so good. Me and dad have a lot of fun.
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Harvest 2, many more to come.



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