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General Discussion / Corn ripeness
« on: June 17, 2018, 09:48:05 PM »
Hey everyone, I have read all the opinions on when to pull your ears of corn but I wanted to post a couple of pictures to get your opinions on where I am with mine.  With all of the rain we have had and the very cool spring and early summer i was wondering if my corn might look a little skimpy.  There are 2 varieties in the picture the first are G90 and the second are Ambrosia.  They were all sowed around April 12th or so.
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As you can see the ears are still pretty pointy and do not have blunt ends, I would say about 70% of the silks have died back and a good portion of the pollen on the tassels are gone. 

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Livestock / Lamb boxes for traveling.
« on: June 07, 2018, 10:23:33 AM »
Hey Mikem
I have been reading your lambing season posts, I love the pictures.  I am going to be buying a market lamb for my daughter to show this year and had a quick question.  I do not have a trailer to pull this lamb to the shows but have been told that a lot of people build lamb boxes that fit in the back of the truck.  I guess some these are insulated and can get very nice.  Do you have a opinion on doing something like this?  How would you go about building one if you were going to?  I have built dog boxes in the past but this would be a little different.
Thanks

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Homesteading Skills / Cucumber storage
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:57:09 PM »
Hey yall
Was wondering if anyone has ever frozen cucumbers?  I have 12 to 15 on our first harvest and was looking for some way to preserve them for later.  There are two varieties, straight 8 and sweet yet hybrid, both slicing variety.  I read about freezing the slices for water but am more interested in freezing for storage. 

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General Discussion / Bugs and pests
« on: June 02, 2018, 09:09:03 AM »
I recently have joined a emal list that tries and keep track of garden bugs and when they are starting to move.  I don't know how legit this is but it gave me an idea.  Wonder if we could start a sticky page with pictures of bugs and insects?  That way when we see something in the garden we can quickly open up the page and identify it.  I know there have been a million times I would have used this.  I also know we could just look them up on Google but this would put them all in the same place.  I don't mean taking pictures of these insects when we see them but using what's already on Google but just organizing them on the forum.

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General Discussion / Ripe squash
« on: May 31, 2018, 07:22:15 PM »
Hey guys
I just went out to walk through the garden and noticed my squash is getting pretty big.  I am growing yellow straight neck squash.  How do I know when to harvest?  The book says 4 to 6 inches is ideal, do you agree?

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I feel like the squash is kinda pale looking, but thought it could be from the 20 inches of rain we had.  Looks bigger in the picture I would guess this one is close to 4 inches.

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General Discussion / First potato harvest
« on: May 26, 2018, 05:08:02 PM »
Well guys I pulled up my potatoes today and for my first time I must say I was pretty darn happy.  I ended up with 63 pounds of white and red potatoes, I sowed 11 pieces of seed potato.  I would say that's a pretty good yield overall.

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General Discussion / Gardening will make you a humble person
« on: May 26, 2018, 05:00:55 PM »
So I wanted to take some time and start a post here for maybe some people that might be new to gardening. As most of you guys know this is my second summer of gardening and I swear I learn something new on a daily basis, it has pretty much been trial and error this first part of the growing season. Here are some mistakes I made and some things I did that worked out pretty good. I think it was mentioned earlier in another post that my rows were way to close together. I am having some serious issues right now because I tried to pack in all the seeds I possibly could and made my rows about 10 to 12 inches a part. The biggest issue I am having as you can probably guess is that I have plants literally crawling all over each other. As you can guess it is also increasingly hard to walk between the rows.  Next time I will remember to spread the rows out depending on how big the plant gets at maturity.  Also don't worry about how many seeds you can pack into a single row, be conscious of how much room you have and only plant that amount.  This is why I am expanding my garden by double next go around.
The next mistake I made was with my trellises.  I should have started them waaaaay before my plants were already crawling up other veggies.  You can imagine how hard it was to walk between these tightly packed rows amongst peas that were already flowering and climbing up other plants.  Ideally I should have started the trellis after just a couple of weeks of the cucumbers and peas being up.  I made my trellises here at the house with bailing wire and t-posts. I think they are working ok, I just need to make sure the twine is kept tight.
Also as far as rows go, I am going to make an effort to make them bigger and taller next go around.  All this rain the last couple of weeks has got me thinking that a bigger row would be better.  Also about the trellis make sure you start your trellis right over the top of the row.  I thought I could put my t-posts between the two rows of cucumbers and use it for both rows, just splurge and make one trellis for each row.
One thing I did use this year that worked great was the wheat straw on my potatoes instead of hilling up dirt.  This method worked great and I was able to save myself a lot of unnecessary work,  it also made harvesting them much easier.  I will hill them up with dirt the first 2 to 3 times than just use the straw after that.
I still don't know what to do about the thinning out process.  I doubled up on all my seeds this year because of the thought that if you only plant one seed and they don't germinate you may end up with a spotty row.  I just don't know about this, I doubled up all my seeds on every hole and i am pretty sure i had about an 85% germination rate.  I have a really hard time thinning out good viable plants later.  I am not sure what I will do this second half of the season yet.  My fertilizing method this year was pretty much spot on I think.  Basically I through out 10-10-10 all over the garden before I planted any seeds, and then side dressed all rows once a month after that, with the exception of the beans which I did not side dress at all.  I just through a hand full of triple 10 down each row and tilled it in.  I don't have a precise amount.  One other thing I wished I would have done was to be more prepared when it comes to tomato cages, again because I doubled up on my tomato seeds and they basically all germinated I have a lot of tomato plants.  I am doing the Florida weave and it seems to be working pretty darn good but just sticking a big cage over it would be a lot easier.
I did run into a couple of problems this year like some pest issues and what I think was over fertilizing once but all in all so far it's working out pretty good.  One more thing, I water my garden as it is now by hand, next year as i expand i will have to come up with some kind of drip system but that's for another day.  This first growing season has been an amazing learning process and I have enjoyed every second of it.  It was so much fun to go out to the garden and see what had changed and what had broke the soil and was growing toward the sun.  Its been a great experience and I cant wait for hopefully a big June harvest.
Thanks for reading and please feel free to add anything you might have learned this year or add something I forgot.

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New Videos / First video
« on: May 20, 2018, 05:12:50 PM »
Just a video of the garden for 2018

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New Videos / Need help please
« on: May 20, 2018, 12:33:24 PM »
Wanting to post a video, I uploaded to YouTube and copied link but what is the hyperlink button on this website to post it?

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General Discussion / Beans looking bad
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:30:57 PM »
Bugs or nutrient deficiency? Pole beans and Bush beans look terrible.  I did just spray them yesterday with Spinozad.  I have been seeing these tiny little flies/gnats that are kinda a shiny gold color.

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General Discussion / Insecticide question
« on: May 13, 2018, 09:31:56 AM »
Hey everyone
Just had a quick question to kinda bounce off of the thread about the corn worms.  I currently have a bottle of BT, Neem Oil and Spinosad.  They are all Monterey name brand.  My question is 1. What is the difference between them?  2. Is there one that will take the place of the other 2?  3. Should I use all three just starting some kind of rotation?
Thanks for the help

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Happy Hour / Summer watermelon
« on: May 08, 2018, 11:32:42 AM »
Brinley enjoying the first watermelon of the summer.

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General Discussion / Wrong beans?
« on: May 06, 2018, 03:38:22 PM »
Out in the garden today and I noticed that a couple of my Bush beans have what looks like climbers come out on them.  Is this a pole bean that got mixed up in my Bush bean pack of seeds?

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Fruit Trees / Peach trees and fertilizer
« on: April 22, 2018, 09:08:05 PM »
Just a quick question, I put some fertilizer down in early March this year for all of my fruit trees (apple, pear and peaches).  I didn't get any pears, they bloomed to early).  I have several peaches that are varying sizes and what looks like a promising apple output.  My question is should I fertilize one more time for the peaches and apples?  I use a triple 10 pelitized fertilizer.  I think it is a slow release but not sure exactly what that means as far as timing.
Thanks

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General Discussion / Cucumbers looking less than stellar
« on: April 18, 2018, 06:31:33 PM »
So must cucumbers have been up for less than a week and they are not looking good.  Is this powdery mildew?  If so, are they not getting enough sun?  To much water?  I read that powdery mildew is easier to prevent than get rid of.  Any help would be most appreciated.
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General Discussion / Garden Iooks good so far
« on: March 21, 2018, 06:05:25 PM »
Just a couple of pictures of onions, carrots and potatoes

Danvers
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Sweet and yellow onions
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Red and white potatoes
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Fruit Trees / Leaf issue
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:09:06 PM »
Noticed these leaves today on my pear tree.  Anyone know what might be going on?

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I did have a couple of late freezes, I covered them up with a 45 gallon garbage bag.  Could that be the issue?

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Flowers / Quick tour of the property
« on: March 04, 2018, 05:30:16 PM »
I get so excited this time of year watching all the flowers bloom I thought I would take a few pictures of the property.
Chamelia
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Blueberry
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Brown Turkey Fig
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Crepe myrtle
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Cherry Blossom
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Pineapple Pear
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General Discussion / Gallons to inches
« on: March 04, 2018, 04:59:43 PM »
So I was going to try the 5 gallon bucket diy watering system for my fruit trees.  I looked up the formula for gallons to inches of rain, the formula is broke down per acre.  I am wanting to know how many gallons of water would equal 1 inch of rain in a specific area, like right under a tree.  Not sure if this has been asked before but would appreciate any help.

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General Discussion / Potatoes
« on: February 22, 2018, 02:46:29 PM »
Quick question, I got some seed potatoes today but am not super happy with the eyes on them.  If I want them to grow bigger and longer should I go ahead and cut the potato now or wait until the eyes get bigger?

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