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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by Gymgirl on Today at 08:48:57 PM »
Yesterday, I rotated and reloaded the compost bins. Was glad I had socked away so much coffee grounds last season. All I had to do was layer leaf decomp, shredder paper, and the grounds. Then, I fed the piles straight down the middle with veggie peels. Was supposed to rain, but it didn't. No matter, cuz the leaves were already kinda wet.

Had been holding my breath, but, two beds of beets are up, despite the recent freezes here.

Will start the next beets indoors under lights, and hand transplant them out.

Need to start flats of marigolds and zinnias.
General Discussion / Re: How I grow Beets ( in the High Tunnel )!
« Last post by Gymgirl on Today at 08:39:37 PM »
Frankenbeet is VERY special, LOL!!!

Well, I checked this evening, and, "my beets are up in both beds!!!"

Of course I'll be weeding and thinning these two beds. Well go back to the old tried and true method, and start the next seeds indoors under lights, to hand transplant out.

Maggie, I like the consistent size of your beets, no doubt from the even spacing. Great crop!
General Discussion / Re: onion seed in Northern areas
« Last post by Maggie13 on Today at 08:29:23 PM »
I have grown Candy onions.
I believe they are considered: Day-neutral onions.
General Discussion / Re: onion seed in Northern areas
« Last post by Texan on Today at 07:31:53 PM »
You may be too far north for Candy to perform well. Onions are tied to day length. Glad you found varieties that do well for you. Good luck with the seeds.
Happy Hour / getting rid of the acorns
« Last post by Monroe on Today at 06:19:48 PM »
I just counted nine deer eating acorns, I don't know if the dogs are asleep or just watching they're not barking. the deer are right at the dogs yard fence.

General Discussion / Re: How I grow Beets ( in the High Tunnel )!
« Last post by Maggie13 on Today at 04:25:49 PM »
I look forward to reading about and seeing pictures of your garden this year and of your beet harvest.

I will continue to take pictures and will let everyone know the weight and over all size when the time comes to harvest FrankenBEET
General Discussion / Re: Asparagus
« Last post by Double B on Today at 04:11:26 PM »
Thank you for your responses. NewKYhome, your tutorial is great. Like I stated in my original post, I am going to use my raised bed so as not to tie up garden space where I row crop. I am looking forward to this as I have read that many people get decades of asparagus from their initial planting. It is one of my favorite vegetables for sure and I have never had any home grown. Our stores locally bring it in and most of the time it is fairly fresh where it snaps with a crisp break but just like everything else.... homegrown cannot be beat!!

Thanks again,
Double B
The cattle panels sure look like the way to go. They should last as long as most of us and should be fairly easy to take down, clean and store.  I think the okra would certainly be strong enough as my okra stalks are a couple inches in diameter in the summer but it would be a hassle to cut the okra and find all the beans. JMHO
General Discussion / Re: Soil test
« Last post by Gymgirl on Today at 03:57:59 PM »
I wondered about that same thing.  I had 5 raised beds to test, and bit the bullet with ONE Soil Savvy test kit.  Took samples from each, mixed it in a large ziplock baggie, scooped out one the sample, put it in the cup, and into the return envelope.  I had my results in 3 days.  And, a very nice printout, too.  Also kept a copy on my cellphone.

I was very happy with the overall results, because the report was straightforward and easy to read.  And, it actually gave me a starting point for adjusting all the beds.  The clue was that I had been mixing the same basic nutrients in each raised bed, just to varying degrees.  I could tell by the report just about which bed needed which adjustment, based on the production I was getting out of the beds.  The report made total sense to me.

I couldn't have afforded six separate tests.

I have never tried using okra for pole beans. Sounds like it may and should work.  You can always give it a try and see how it works.  I’m like the others and suggest that you let the okra get to 3-4 feet before planting the beans.  If you decide to do it, please tell us the outcome later this summer or fall.

I have grown some tall okra when it was never trimmed in the 9-10 ft range by the end of October, but most are 6-7 feet.  I just wanted to see how tall it would get.  Most all of those plants could support most any type pole beans.  I would plant no more than 1 bean per stalk. Depending on the pole bean you plant, some of the more vining ones will weigh down the okra stalks.

CCAT - I tried planting pole beans last year alongside a couple of rows of Ambrosia sweet corn.  I let the corn get up about 2 feet and planted the beans (should have waited for 3-4ft).  Beans did their thing and grew up the corn and all with right with the world. . . . . . until the thunderstorm blew through one afternoon and blew down both 75 ft rows of corn and beans. Corn wasn’t quite ready so I lost them both.  Corn will be separate this summer.

I prefer using a cattle panel trellis or vertical cattle panels that are supported by T-posts for both my pole beans and cucumbers.  Another great way to support the beans are via crop netting and T-posts. I never had any issues with the netting.  I started that way from Mr Donald’s video and have migrated to the cattle panels last year when it was time to buy more netting.  I used the netting for several years but I shouldn’t have to buy more cattle panels.  Link to Mr. Donalds video:

Gymgirl – good idea about cutting the panels.  What do you use to cut the panels – bolt cutters?  Can you post some pictures of the TP style you are using over your raised beds?

Here are a couple of pics of the trellis and vertical panels for beans and cucumbers.

Good luck!
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