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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: roger on March 13, 2019, 09:56:08 PM

Title: NOT THIS SUMMER
Post by: roger on March 13, 2019, 09:56:08 PM
So, this summer I've decided to not put in a garden. Nothing, ziltz, nothing.
I'm in central Oklahoma and would like to plant something that might help the soil, keep weeds down, maybe attract some bees or birds.
I've considered covering it with black plastic, however it a big spot to cover.
Just thought I'd ask and maybe get some good feedback....
THANKS
Title: Re: NOT THIS SUMMER
Post by: agragarden on March 14, 2019, 08:16:03 AM
  Hello Rodger...  We also live in central okla.  A little town called Agra , population of about 400.  What city is near you? 
As for your question Im not much help. How big is your garden spot and generaly what do you plant?

    Rick
Title: Re: NOT THIS SUMMER
Post by: Dwight Hebert on March 14, 2019, 10:42:33 AM
I forget what brand but Tractor Supply has a straw mulch that has flower seeds in it that works really good.  I put some in a flower bed and though it did not eliminate all of the weed, provided cut zinnias, marigolds and several other flower plants all summer.
Title: Re: NOT THIS SUMMER
Post by: whiskydog on March 14, 2019, 11:12:36 AM
I would consider buckwheat,  and check out sun hemp.. grows really tall will take a bush hog to cut it back, but lots of organics..   or you might and I sometimes do it, just sow the whole thing in summer peas.. you can make a harvest off it too..  and the deer will show up to thank you.. ;D
Title: Re: NOT THIS SUMMER
Post by: ccat on March 14, 2019, 02:24:30 PM
I am building my New garden here in Alabama and last fall, planted Groundhog Radish.
It has really grown with most radishes about 8-12" long and lots' of green tops.
I'll till it up as soon as it is dry enough, and it will give me green manure, and the radishes will aerate the soil when I till/cut them, with what's left will decompose and help even more.
I hope that helps.
 
Title: Re: NOT THIS SUMMER
Post by: whiskydog on March 14, 2019, 03:03:23 PM
Cover crop story,

5 or 6 years ago I had a field by the road and I was thinking about what to plant it in for a summer cover.. I wanted it to be showy and decided on sunflowers.. they would grow tall and shade out weeds and make a lot of organics when I mowed them down.. and lots of seeds for birds..  They did make a show and people slowed down to look as they drove by.. One day a couple of gals stopped and asked if they could pick a few flowers.. sure go right a head get as many as you want I told them.. and went back to my business..

couple of days later, a neighbor stopped to ask who those women were in my field the other day..
I didn't know them never seen them before I guess were tourist from Atlanta or somewhere..
Well he said. ' did you know they were running about topless taking pictures in the field'   Naw can't say I did..   :D

I told this story to one other forum member and who asked about cover crops..  I think he still plants sunflowers every summer..  :D :D :D
Al
Title: Re: NOT THIS SUMMER
Post by: Rabbitproof on March 14, 2019, 07:34:27 PM
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D !!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: NOT THIS SUMMER
Post by: crazyhorse on March 15, 2019, 12:48:38 AM
Mr Whisky,    ;D      Mr Whisky    ;D
Title: Re: NOT THIS SUMMER
Post by: DB on March 15, 2019, 06:36:55 AM
Where is the best place to get the seed, Whiskydog?    ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: NOT THIS SUMMER
Post by: whiskydog on March 15, 2019, 07:40:48 AM
I talked to the fellow who was growing sunflowers yesterday, said he stopped growing sunflowers, he got married..

Well if you are looking for sunflower seeds and they are cheap.. I wouldn't buy those bird seed sacks from Walmart, I've sown some of that before and got a lot of crazy weeds in with that..  I would check the feed and seed, if they don't carry them they usually will order you a sack..
Title: Re: NOT THIS SUMMER
Post by: bordercollie on March 19, 2019, 08:33:17 PM
I am building my New garden here in Alabama and last fall, planted Groundhog Radish.
It has really grown with most radishes about 8-12" long and lots' of green tops.
I'll till it up as soon as it is dry enough, and it will give me green manure, and the radishes will aerate the soil when I till/cut them, with what's left will decompose and help even more.
I hope that helps.
That's great ccat !  My  groundhog radishes took off really slow but now are flowering. I'm thinking of letting them go to seed and then tilling under.  I'll just leave most of it  fallow  and let the reseeded area grow again if not too hot on it.. I'm only going to till the one row where the mustard is and maybe plant some tomatoes there- to see if that article about decomposed mustard putting the hurt on soil viruses is  true or not..
 I'm going to have a busy summer on the farm, so am only having a small garden (3 rows about 50ft long) in the former garlic garden area. 
Title: Re: NOT THIS SUMMER
Post by: roger on March 20, 2019, 08:39:14 PM
Well thanks for all the feed back.
I've got some stuff to think about.
Then some planting to do.
Title: Re: NOT THIS SUMMER
Post by: Gymgirl on March 21, 2019, 02:28:49 PM
I'm seriously rethinking my Spring/Summer garden, too.  Too many irons in the fire, and not enough freezer space to start growing much.

So, I'm only gonna grow green beans, beets, and hot peppers...That's about all I can handle before NEXT fall's crop needs planting. And, none of the above needs the freezer -- canning & dehydrating!

NEXT UP: 
►Sow bean and beet seeds (now)
►Start hot peppers for transplanting in mid-August (now)
►Clean out the garden and the garage (ongoing through mid-August)

I'll be growing vicariously through each of you this spring/summer!