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Fruit Trees / Re: Satsuma Issue
« on: June 14, 2018, 11:45:28 AM »
T-Boy, I live in coastal GA and have 3 different varieties of oranges and one fairly large grapefruit. I had good production of grapefruits and one of the oranges last year. There were a lot of blooms on the trees this year but not much bee activity. I have not looked closely  to check but walking by the trees I have not noticed any fruit. It might be as stated a pollination issue.

Happy Hour / Re: Lord......I Apologize .
« on: June 11, 2018, 08:45:07 PM »
A South Georgia cure for chiggers that really works is to dab kerosene on the places where they have attacked you...Of course, you do this a safe distance from any smokers or lit BBQ grills.

General Discussion / Re: Can BER be stopped once it starts?
« on: June 07, 2018, 10:55:28 PM »
Sometimes a lot of rain can deplete the nutrients in the soil that prevent BER. Inconsistent watering (dry then wet) can also contribute to it. As Double B noted some tomato plants appear to be more sensitive than other plants.

General Discussion / Re: Can BER be stopped once it starts?
« on: June 07, 2018, 06:21:40 PM »
I test my soil and bring it to spec prior to planting but I apply gypsum to the row and turn it in prior to planting the tomatoes. It does not change the PH.  I have also scratched it in and watered it in at the first sign of BER and it has helped with new set fruit. I have side dressed with calcium nitrate which gives the tomatoes a shot in the branch (arm) and helped with BER.

General Discussion / Re: Squash question
« on: June 06, 2018, 05:54:23 PM »
Too much water may increase the likelihood of fungi and other squash diseases.  Like gumgirl said slow, not too much moisture damp not wet. By-the-way I was told a squash called General Lee from Reimer seeds is a great producer and has very goo disease and heat tolerance.

Flowers / Re: Using preem in a flower bed.
« on: June 06, 2018, 10:39:20 AM »
Dwight, My understanding is there is 2 versions/formulations of Preem. 1 is an organic approved which is corn Glutton, The other has other chemicals mixed in.  It retards seed germination but not plant growth. It will impede the growth of weed and certain plant seed development but I do not think it will affect weed development that has already germinated. It might interfere with flower seed germination. I would read the bags of both versions and ask your agent at the local extension office. You can purchase corn glutton at some feed/seed stores. Given the weather we have had already you weed problems and question is going to be a popular topic of conversation  for gardeners too.

Tools and Equipment / Re: Hooke Crook hoe
« on: June 05, 2018, 01:41:15 PM »
I have the hook-n-crook but also recently purchased the stirrup hoe through Amazon Prime by true temper for $25.00 with a wooden handle. It also is a very good hoe and I find use for both. I have learned the key to weeding is to get them when the weeds are at the thread stage.

Happy Hour / Re: Our Brother-In-Law died last evening
« on: June 03, 2018, 04:27:11 PM »
Monroe, I send my prayers to you Jewel, Jimmy and Virginia. I feel almost as though I have met most of your relatives through your eyes and reading your posts. I think some of what you posted here in this post would be relevant as part of what you might say at the funeral. Bob sounds like a man who stood tall with integrity and gentleness and would not hesitate to pause and stoop to give a less fortunate a hand and leg up. These are all principles that mentored our communities, churches and the youth. As the poem says "Do not ask for whom the bell tolls." It tolls for each of us.

Tools and Equipment / Re: Jang JP-1 and purple hull peas
« on: June 02, 2018, 08:14:17 PM »
The cole will do a great job with the cream peas, PHP, corn and okra.  Sutton Agriculture in California is a great vender for the seed rollers for Jang and the Clean Seeder which are interchangeable. They are very responsive.

General Discussion / Re: Bugs and pests
« on: June 02, 2018, 01:59:45 PM »
You might add both suggested organic and non organic ways of knocking them out without harming pollinators. Like Spinoza, BT. You can use 1/4 cup powdered detergent mixed with 3 gallons of water to knock out most Beetles

General Discussion / Re: Corn is gone - again!
« on: May 30, 2018, 11:27:46 PM »
This past fall I thought the deer were getting into my garden and eating my Brussel sprouts, broccoli and cabbage plants. Even after turning the electric fence back on the plants continued to disappear. This garden is next to  the house and my bedroom window looks out on the garden. Early one morning I looked out my window and saw a squirrel eating the leaves off and when I yelled at him he paused for another mouthful and ran off with a mouthful of broccoli leaves. I put an 18 inch chicken wire fence around the bottom of the electric fence posts. This way if they tried to crawl over they would hit the electric fence.. I did not realize the squirrels would eat the plants until  I saw them.

A thick stew with veggies or fried with slaw and corn on the cob on the side. For some reason That is one critter I have not been bothered by in either garden.  I have deer, turkeys, and coons though.

For various reasons I am late tilling and planting my large garden. I have read Donald's planting time lines and wonder if I can still plant peas, pole beans, corn, okra, squash, melons over the next 2 weeks. What is your opinion? I live in coastal Georgia zone 8.

I give excess when I have it to the church for their Wednesday night suppers. I have also had individuals who I have tried to give fresh veggies to who want them picked, washed cleaned and ready for the table or the freezer. I often do not offer them veggies again.

General Discussion / Re: Legend onions
« on: May 26, 2018, 10:23:32 PM »
Double B, Morgan County sells several kinds of onion seeds. Twilley in South Carolina is another vendor who sells quality seeds. I live in a county that joins with the Vidalia onion growing counties and can purchase plants from the growers for $2.00 or $2.50 a bundle of 75. You are correct the earlier planted in the south the more time thy have to develop because they go by daylength and when they reach "their" daylength they begin to fall over. I have found the best thing you can do to have great onions is to keep the weeds and grass out and provide the right amount of water and fertilizer at appropriate times. I also ordered early this year from DD and they shipped mine when I ordered them (they did not always do that in the past as they shipped by zip code). My plants this year were larger and more "lively" than usual. I think getting an early delivery may give you a better selection of plants.

General Discussion / Re: Legend onions
« on: May 26, 2018, 03:01:16 PM »
I think most of us have had similar thoughts after receiving DD plants. As you said they suddenly spring to life and produce quality onions. After viewing one of Donald's videos I purchased a Vidalia onion chopper and chop most of mine and freeze them. I can take out as many as needed when cooking. I am glad you had and are having a good onion harvest. I will add I plan on growing my own plants next year.

Tools and Equipment / Re: Old seed planter
« on: May 24, 2018, 03:31:35 PM »
Cell phone picture offers options for emailing picture least mine does. You have an old Cole. You might do better looking on eBay. I do not think the current company stocks anything for those older models but eBay might be your best bet. You might try a tractor implement reseller who deals in older Implements. Take a picture of the planter from the side and the inside with the seed plate.

General Discussion / Re: Cultivating peas
« on: May 22, 2018, 01:36:06 PM »
This is a set of finger weeders on an Allis G

Tools and Equipment / Re: Rolling Cultivator Gangs (Spider)
« on: May 22, 2018, 12:04:20 AM »
If you are wanting to do cultivating that includes in row (between plants in the row). I would look at finger weeders. You can eliminate up to 90% or more of the weeds/grass within the row. I purchased a pair from Tilmor which you can Google. I run a pair of those with beet knives outside the plants in the row an inch or so deep. The most efficient time to eliminate or slay weeds is when they are in the white thread stage.

General Discussion / Re: hilling potatoes
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:37:48 PM »
Rat, I have access to a huge pile of pecan shells, Much has been there for several years. I have been contemplating getting them and scattering them over my garden and tilling them in. I would also add nitrogen prior to tilling them in. My question is when the decompose would it add organic matter to the garden and increase water retention in the soil? My soil is very sandy loam and water flows through it and it dries out quickly. I keep thinking about the huge pile sitting there. It is at a pecan cracker business. Do the pecan shells take unusually long to decompose? I thought they might allow more air in the soil also until decomposition.

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