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Gardens for 2021 #2068 01/26/2021 01:37 PM
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Anybody thinking about the gardens for this year yet? Are you going bigger with the garden area? smaller? crops you are planting? I know different areas have different methods and crops and I am always interested in what grows where!
Looks like we will try to plant more than last year ---- gonna be hard for me to keep it weeded but will do my best to keep things going.
Want to start a few plants early in the house, then later more in the hotbed by the house. also going to double the size of the hotbeds.
We will start a few sweet potato plants ourselves since they want over a dollar a plant for them from mail order. We have a lot left in the basement for "seed crop" and will plant some of them.

This year our club ( Central States Thresherman's Reunion ) asked me to plant a long row of potatoes for them so a member can demonstrate his antique IH potato digger so its going to be a challenge to keep up with all of it. Neighbor is the club vice-pres. and will help a lot.
He also wants me to help in early spring to load/haul/spread millings on the roads in the show grounds. I get to drive his old F700 diesel dump truck,--he loads with his bobcat and another member operated the latches on the spreader box we have!
We need to get this all done before planting time and get the seed potatoes bought and cut at the right time just before planting----probably have 1 or 2 hundred pounds this year then more next year if things go as planned.
We will plant them with my old homemade potato planter. Virginia is good at spacing the pieces the right distance, so she might go up there with us to plant. Will pull planter with either neighbors 235-hydro. or 1 of my sunstar 20's. Hydro works slick on the planter.

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Re: Gardens for 2021 [Re: sonny] #2093 01/28/2021 08:40 PM
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Made mine bigger last year. Hope to make it more productive this year. I need to figure out some drainage. Damn Clay holds water BAD...Been dumping coffee grounds, leaves, sweetgum balls, chipper mulch,Peat anything organic in there to help break that crap up. Had snow today for the first time in 2 years.


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Re: Gardens for 2021 [Re: sonny] #2100 01/29/2021 09:53 AM
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Kinda scary isn't it? This is why I like to grow my own.


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Re: Gardens for 2021 [Re: sonny] #2103 01/29/2021 11:07 AM
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Ya! we kinda like our own grown veggies---- at least you what went into them.
we got another 3 loads of horse manure yesterday. neighbors daughter owns a boarding barn 10 miles from here and we starting getting manure from there. She has 14 horses at present time and usually runs from 10 to 16, so that makes for a lot of chit to get rid of ! lol! --- looks like a big dump truck load a week has been the norm this winter. she has an area to stockpile it in bad weather so that is another plus. We also have 3 other small jobs that make 4 to 6 loads per year so we grab them too.

Anything you can mix in the ground will help! --- chopped up paper, cardboard, etc., will work too ----I did a lot of that at the other place before we moved here.


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Re: Gardens for 2021 [Re: sonny] #2238 02/09/2021 09:34 AM
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planted the franken tomato. getting some sprouts. weren't sure we would, they all looked kinda rough when we took it apart & burried the sprouting seeds.

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Re: Gardens for 2021 [Re: sonny] #2240 02/09/2021 10:15 AM
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once seeds sprout and get in some dirt they usually grow. ----Looks like you have quite a few plants so far! --- I always hate to waste plants or seeds and sometimes get some weird stuff out of what I planted! lol! --- never know til you try!
Plan on starting seed flats indoors the end of this month here and later do the hotbed outside. still need to double the size of it, we have another glass door to use on it just like the one we have.
Wanted to do some sweet potatoes in one of them. Might stick a couple of the smaller ones in jars and start a few indoors too , have done that before and it works for a few early plants.----cant plant them too early outside as they dont do well during cool weather!
This year sweet potatoes are like $30. a dozen plants and that's totally out for us, so will plant some of the stored tatoes and make our own plants. We grew several hundred plants last year from 2-year storage potatoes that sis had in a back room and forgot about!
Still getting horse manure,----well was til snow came!--- she has plenty of room to stockpile now til better weather comes, then we can haul it in here and make a big pile during the summer and spread in the fall and plow it under.

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