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General Discussion / Re: Time for a new garden (updated 3/24/19)
« Last post by GBTx01 on Today at 09:38:38 PM »
Well it took me a year longer than I wanted to, but I finally got my new garden up and going.   Last year I was able to get two small free standing containers going but we just grew some sweet 100's cherry tomatoes.

This spring I expanded the garden with three new beds.   A 8x4 bed for tomatoes, peppers, and some okra.   A 2x8 bed for asparagus and two small beds for growing cucumbers over a trellis.   
Livestock / Re: January 2019 Lambing
« Last post by Double B on Today at 08:56:31 PM »
I hate to hear this Mike as I know we all get emotionally attached to our animals. My next door neighbor at the lake noticed his big male German Shepherd becoming aggressive last week when I was there. They took him to the vet and he told him that his eyesight was going and suggested they take him onto a specialist in Dallas. They confirmed that the dog was going blind and his vision was blurry already. She told them that he would become increasingly aggressive as his eyesight continues to decline. They are facing a similar decision to make like you. I am very sorry that you had to lose the guardian dog.

Double B
General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by Double B on Today at 08:47:05 PM »
Tilled up some rows and planted three rows of blue lake bush beans, six celebrity tomatoes, two mucho nacho jalapeño plants and three hills of squash and three of zucchini from seed. It was really nice to be back in the garden after waiting for so long.

I cut back my hibiscus bushes and Texas fire bushes too. Since the pecan trees are budding I figured it was safe.
General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by T-Boy on Today at 08:33:29 PM »
Started my string beans.  The variety is Landreth Stringless.  Also started some basil, Thai Sweet and Mammolo.
General Discussion / Re: Raised Beds and blight
« Last post by Maggie13 on Today at 07:13:11 PM »
I have good results with using  Bonide Copper also.

I also remove any leaf that is touching the ground.

You could lay newspaper down or another biodegradable paper under your plants so when it rains the spores that live in your soil won't splash up onto the leaves.
General Discussion / Re: Raised Beds and blight
« Last post by Rabbitproof on Today at 05:26:07 PM »
I never plant the same things in the same spot. I grow organically and only use SERENADE every 7 days ,as soon as I plant the tomatoes....eventually some blight might come, but it is mid to late season, and the plants are growing so fast that removing the leaves/some stems really is not a problem. When the plants are getting really large, I quit spraying...just too lazy to spray large plants I guess by then, and I know the leaf loss won't strip the plants that are so big and full. Works for me...respray if rain comes before the next spraying time.
General Discussion / Re: Raised Beds and blight
« Last post by GopherBroke on Today at 04:35:21 PM »
The same as DoubleD said.  The last time I purchased copper I bought a bag of dust, an my brother was using it every week to 2 weeks.  He commented that the dust was not as easy to mix it up in the sprayer but it would mix if you shook it enough, ( he needs the exercise)
Four years ago our pepper plants were losing leaves anytime you touched them, an they got down to only 2 or 3 leaves an I thought that we were going lose all of them, an I started using the copper spray an the plants started putting leaves back on an we had a very good crop that year.  Also DoubleD has the right schedule of starting to spray early an often to keep your plants healthy. 
General Discussion / Re: Raised Beds and blight
« Last post by TanklessPro on Today at 02:26:35 PM »
My old beds were made out of 2x8’s and lasted 5 years. I’m considering building out of concrete block or maybe treated 4x4 posts. How long the 4x4’s last?
General Discussion / Re: Bush bean poll..... hehe get it?
« Last post by ccat on Today at 10:46:48 AM »
yeah, I was thinking it was a dodge
General Discussion / Re: Raised Beds and blight
« Last post by Double B on Today at 09:09:04 AM »
We use a Bonide product but there are many different brands of copper sulfate. Start spraying early if your have consistent problems. Probably two weeks after they are transplanted.

As for a barrier, I use cardboard. It last just long enough to suppress weeds and will rot away to let worms easily find their way into your beds. While mushroom compost is good, I would continually add natural amendments to the soil of your raised beds so that your soil does not become stagnant. Gymgirl does an amazing job with coffee grounds, vegetable scraps and other things to continually feed her soil.

Maybe she can chime in to help you once your get started with the new beds. Good luck.
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