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bowhunter1023

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I've been feeding zucchini and squash to the chickens, but the rest of the garden is garbage. I'm close to tearing it out, working on the soil and planting a good cover crop. Between the rain, weeds, and what I think was a neglected garden soil wise, I'm tempted to scrape it. If I weren't $150 into it plant wise, it probably would have happened already. The weather from Mother's Day to Father's Day was the worst I've experienced.
 

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Adam is hitting stride and I'm back to baseline. Dirt looks good, but I know it needs love. One more tilling and a raking tomorrow, followed by a bag of lime, some 19-19-19, and some turnips. My neighbor winters several head of horses, so I'll cabbage his traditional waste pile in March to broadcast all over this before I till it up for Garden 2021. If all goes well, I'll be able to move some chickens in here for a while between the first few turns and planting.

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Hate to hear that Jesse, give it some time. Last year you did a lot of work on the soil, do you think it's still suffering? Maybe some compost or peat moss?
 

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I've been running soaker hose and sprinklers the garden the last few days when watering in the house landscaping. Right now we are catching a break of a nice mid-afternoon thunderstorm, much needed!

Brocolli worms are back in full force now that the heads are beginning to form. If forecast holds, I'm hitting everything with Sevin dust tomorrow. Been using neem, but will start rotating on Sevin every few weeks to see if this year's pest problem is better than last.
 

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Hate to hear that Jesse, give it some time. Last year you did a lot of work on the soil, do you think it's still suffering? Maybe some compost or peat moss?
I stopped one step short of where I should have and that's adding compost. I'm not sure if the soil is to blame, or the moisture, but it seems things have been delayed a long time and nothing seems to be thriving but the zucchini and cucumbers, which arguably had the best soil.
 

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I stopped one step short of where I should have and that's adding compost. I'm not sure if the soil is to blame, or the moisture, but it seems things have been delayed a long time and nothing seems to be thriving but the zucchini and cucumbers, which arguably had the best soil.
We have been on the same weather pattern all year. Garden is pathetic.
 
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Talked to neighbor who has massive garden. Their early plantings are a wash. Lost all but one row of corn. Everything else dead. Their later plantings are doing well. Similar to the timing of our garden planting. We got it in later than we ever have. What I feared was going to hurt us has turned out to be a blessing. Stupid rains. And now it is hot and dry.
 
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I’ve always had my best gardens when putting grass clippings on it to keep down the weeds/keep the soil moist. With all of the rain you guys have had, keeping the soil moist isn’t a problem…quite the opposite. But at the end of the season, I’ll rototill the grass and over the winter/spring, it’ll break down and add nutrients back into the soil. Many people have said I had the best tomatoes they’ve ever tasted…and one year I didn’t do the grass clippings…people noticed the difference. Even if you give up on a part of your garden, it won’t hurt to place grass clippings there. It will only help for next years garden.
 

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I think if this year's design works, I'll use plain wood mulch next year. No bagging system on the mower, but I need more organic matter and the straw showed how well it helped the sand retain moisture so far till tilled in last week.

Weather played nice this AM, got everything dusted but the one cherry tomato plant we are harvesting on a regular basis. The others have plenty of time before harvest starts so it'll abide by Sevin's waiting period.

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Tilled up 2nd planting of sweetcorn due to early season flooding and replanted last week.
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I think if this year's design works, I'll use plain wood mulch next year. No bagging system on the mower, but I need more organic matter and the straw showed how well it helped the sand retain moisture so far till tilled in last week.

Weather played nice this AM, got everything dusted but the one cherry tomato plant we are harvesting on a regular basis. The others have plenty of time before harvest starts so it'll abide by Sevin's waiting period.

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Tilled up 2nd planting of sweetcorn due to early season flooding and replanted last week.
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Work of art right there!! Can see the pride you take in it all from these pics!
 

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I had to get outside for some fresh air, sun and therapy so I suckered, tied and weeded my beds. I’ve suckered these plants a lot this year but see I missed some long ones near the bottom or 1/3 way up that already have maters on them. Most of my plants have grown almost 7’ tall and I’ve ran out of stake to tie them to. Nice problem to have, DK? Hope I yield some nice sized maters and not a bunch of dinks.
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I'm embarrassed to even shown this thing off at this point. Once again, the rain rendered it too wet to weed. I'm ready to attack with the weedeater!

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The good news is she's producing. First run of pickles will take place this week. The chickens are eating well with plenty of zucchini, squash, a new tomato that's disgusting, and some overgrown cucumbers.

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If the weather holds, I'll fight things back even more. All the maters got pruned and tied again tonight. It appears 80% will make it, but I'm worried about my peppers. Most are no bigger than when planted 6 week ago. Corn and beans look Iike they might survive. Peas and lima beans drowned out. Pumpkins got annihilated by bugs. So overall, no awards for this guy.
 

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I'm embarrassed to even shown this thing off at this point. Once again, the rain rendered it too wet to weed. I'm ready to attack with the weedeater!

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The good news is she's producing. First run of pickles will take place this week. The chickens are eating well with plenty of zucchini, squash, a new tomato that's disgusting, and some overgrown cucumbers.

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If the weather holds, I'll fight things back even more. All the maters got pruned and tied again tonight. It appears 80% will make it, but I'm worried about my peppers. Most are no bigger than when planted 6 week ago. Corn and beans look Iike they might survive. Peas and lima beans drowned out. Pumpkins got annihilated by bugs. So overall, no awards for this guy.
I have several pepper plants that barely grew much as well.🤔
Hoping it just the variety that grows late and yields late but it better start doing something soon. Lol
Glad you’re able to get something to harvest after your hard hard and time you’ve put in.
 

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My peppers didn't do shit last year like yall was saying, plants just didn't grow. Don't know if they just got root bound or what. This year is much better though.
 
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At first I thought, this is it, we will never get passed this. Get the lawyer on the phone because I'm drawing the line. Now....