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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby Eugene » Sat May 09, 2020 2:34 pm

Central Missouri, frost last night. Will have to wait to see the damage.

I didn't cover my tomato plant, only 3 plants. If gone, I'll purchase several starts.

One apple tree bloomed couple weeks ago, tiny apple buds 2 weeks ago. Other dwarf apple has fruit about the size of a marble. Black walnuts started leafing out a week ago. Will have to wait and see the damage.

Frost may have wiped out this years black walnut nuts. No, as in absolutely none, black walnuts last year. I usually harvest a pickup load or two to pay the acreage property taxes and enough to pick out several gallons of walnut meats. Oatmeal, raisin, black walnut cookies.
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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby outdoors4evr » Mon May 11, 2020 5:15 am

Well the ground is looking very white again this morning. (Snow, not frost) I think I am still about a week away from planting the sweet corn and cool weather seeds (lettuce, carrots, etc). The ground isn't quite warm enough yet, but since those seeds take 10-15 days to germinate, perhaps next week will work out.
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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby Don McCombs » Sat May 16, 2020 10:15 am

Garden was finally dry enough to till yesterday. Glad that job is over.
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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby SONNY » Sat May 16, 2020 10:25 am

Rain here this week has stopped gardening for now. More rain forecast for tomorrow and it's so muggy outside that it's hard to breathe for me.

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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby Mht » Sun May 17, 2020 4:17 pm

It’s hot and dry here in Raleigh NC this weekend but they are calling for significant rain this coming week. I hope so because we need it. I finished planting today. 25 hills each of yellow squash, zucchini squash, cucumbers, cantaloupe, and watermelons. I also replanted a few thin spots in my okra rows. My tomatoes are looking great with lots of blossoms and a few small tomatoes. I hope Mother Nature will cooperate with some rain this week. I should receive all my parts for the drip irrigation system I’m going to install this week and be able to get it put in before the ground dries out again providing we get the predicted rain this week. I’m looking forward to having the drip irrigation system this year because I have really upped my number of tomato plants (500 plants) and being able to water efficiently should really help with blossom end rot.

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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby outdoors4evr » Mon May 18, 2020 6:06 am

Well it was snowing last week so maybe now is the right time to plant the garden. Forecast (rarely right) shows high temps in the 80's next weekend.
I planted the cooler weather seeds in the garden (lettuce, peas, carrots, sweet corn).
Here in lower Michigan, we aren't "frost free" until Memorial Day. That's when we can put in the warm weather crops like cucumbers & pumpkins. I have tomatoes & peppers inside on the grow light waiting for the warm weather.
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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby SONNY » Mon May 18, 2020 12:10 pm

Strawberries dont look good here,--lots of blooms but after they bloom,--the heart looks black and no berry has formed. The grape flower stems and leaves are froze off and the fruit tree flowers are not turning to fruit either. ALL nut trees here are seriously damaged, black walnut, english walnut, butternut, pecans, hazelnuts, and chesnuts all brown.
Potatoes never came back up, but about 1/4 of the plants were still underground when it froze, so might have a quarter crop of them,--unless it freezes again!
Onions look great so far. Rain cold wind and flooding here right now so no garden work OR weed mowing happening for several days from the looks of things.
I did get 5 big loads of horse manure from a local last Saturday before the rains came so that is cookin in the pile---some of it is 2 years old so wont take long to compost down.

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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby Shane N. » Thu May 21, 2020 4:29 pm

Little wet. Been raining for three days.
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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby Dale Finch » Thu May 21, 2020 8:59 pm

I'm really hoping that NC doesn't have a repeat of last year...very wet spring that developed into an extremely dry summer. :?

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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Fri May 22, 2020 7:19 pm

I finally got the garden plowed, and a bunch of stuff planted. (Weeks late, for the early stuff). First corn is in, and squash, pumpkins and gourds seeded.
Peas went in last week, along with onion seedlings, lettue cabbage,and broccoli. First tomatoes went in today. More to go, but tomorrow is rained out.

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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby Don McCombs » Sat May 23, 2020 7:31 am

We’re about the same place as you are, Ed. Weather for the next week looks good.
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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sat May 23, 2020 5:07 pm

It's about time we got some good weather!

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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby outdoors4evr » Tue May 26, 2020 12:33 pm

Out of the freezer and into the frying pan. No, I don't have any vegetables ready to grow, but the weather has certainly brought the heat with fury!
Got 90% of the garden planted. Just waiting another week to plant the remainder of the sweet corn and a row of peppers.
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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby Peter Person » Tue May 26, 2020 7:41 pm

My bride finished planting the garden over the weekend. I usually rototill in the spring and fall however we didn’t plant a cover crop last fall and left the between the row fabric in place. Very low maintenance during the growing season.
Vegetable garden is 30’ x 60’ but we only use 30’ x 45’ now.
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The strawberries have blossomed, the asparagus (I hate asparagus) is really producing, and the raspberry canes are coming back nicely.
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I did have to make a few repairs to the deer fence.
This weekend we will put the top netting on the strawberries. Just have to keep my eyes on the lookout for chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits getting the berries.
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Re: 2020 gardens

Postby SONNY » Wed May 27, 2020 10:02 am

Rain here again----just when I started to till again---happens every time I get a tiller out!----Wot am I doing wrong?????? LOL!!


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