2022 garden season

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Re: 2022 garden season

Postby Mht » Wed May 04, 2022 8:34 pm

Yes 575 tomato plants is a lot of work. The first round of tying them to the stakes is no fun at all. I do sell most of them. 10-20 pounds of tomatoes per plant. Heirloom tomatoes in the stores around me are 4 plus dollars a pound. I’ll charge 3. It’s not a bad job for a few months out of the year. My 73 year old neighbor at my farm does about two thousand a year with one part time paid helper and a few volunteers who take tomatoes for pay. He has been gardening commercially for almost ten years. He said if he had any idea he could make so much money gardening he would have quit his real job years earlier. I’m self employed so I can schedule jobs to allow me to have time for the garden. It’s a nice change of pace from my home repair business.

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Re: 2022 garden season

Postby ajhbike » Thu May 05, 2022 2:58 am

The asparagus is starting to really pop up now where we may have to start giving them away. I plant a couple of new crowns a year as some of my 6-7 year beds are becoming non productive. Had some serious salt marsh flooding this winter and the beds love it. Had to spread gypsum on the rest of the garden and the snow peas planted on St Patty's Day are a few inches tall now. Almost tomato planting time!

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Re: 2022 garden season

Postby CharlieK » Thu May 05, 2022 7:09 am

wifie planted tomatoes yesterday
get er done; life is good

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Re: 2022 garden season

Postby SONNY » Thu May 05, 2022 2:52 pm

What we did get planted is up but still no tater planting, ground is still cold, temps below normal forecast for the rest of May here. That sucks!

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Re: 2022 garden season

Postby Mht » Sat May 07, 2022 5:10 pm

I worked in my garden on tomatoes. I managed to get about 100 tied up and suckered. That was all the squatting and bending I could stand for the day! I then put up about a hundred foot section of fencing for some beans to climb on. I planted Kentucky wonder pole beans along most of it and finished the row with cucumbers. I planted a row of Dixie lee peas and finished the day by transplanting a dozen hills of watermelons. Rain started just before I finished and it’s still raining. I’ll probably get an inch of rain by the time it’s done. It’s Sandy soil so I’ll still be able to get in the garden to tie up and sucker tomatoes again tomorrow. Some of my tomatoes are blooming

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Re: 2022 garden season

Postby Don McCombs » Sat May 07, 2022 5:55 pm

Between the cold and the rain, I haven't even been able to get into the garden to till. Things will definitely be late this year. 41, windy and raining as I type this.
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Re: 2022 garden season

Postby Mht » Sat May 07, 2022 9:32 pm

We are usually blessed with weather conducive to getting the garden started in the spring and then pay a price in late June, July, August, and early September with 95 degree 95 percent humidity days and to little or to much rain. Usually to little

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Re: 2022 garden season

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sun May 08, 2022 7:08 am

Been a cold and windy spring, here. Fairly wet, too. Temps have been 10 degrees below normal, for 2 weeks. Wind, 25 to 35 MPH gusts! Weather idiots are claiming a warm up, later in the week.

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Re: 2022 garden season

Postby outdoors4evr » Mon May 09, 2022 6:22 am

I guess I have dragged my feet long enough. It is time to drop some sweet corn seeds into the ground.
This year I am putting my seeds on hills. (Last year's valley's just drowned the seeds) Got out the rake and made four rows.
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Re: 2022 garden season

Postby Jim Becker » Mon May 09, 2022 10:55 am

The weather here had been unusually cool (overnight freezes, highs of low 50s) until about a week ago. The middle of last week, it went to other way (lows in the 50s, highs in the 70s). So in about a day and a half we went from not ready for cold crops to due for the warm ones. Saturday I got out and planted everything but corn and cukes (don't have seeds yet). It was dry and very windy, sand got in everything. I was expecting rain on Sunday, so wanted to finish. Got decent rain on Sunday. Today was the kicker. We had a brief severe rain storm, complete with hail. Most of the larger was maybe dime sized plus, with a few mixed in that were noticeably larger. I just checked the tomato and pepper plants. There is some damage, but I think they will all survive.

The real bummer is that my wife was out at the time, actually driving when the hail hit. Her car got a bunch of dents. Something else to deal with.

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Re: 2022 garden season

Postby Stanton » Tue May 10, 2022 8:40 am

This is my chemo garden of ‘22. Roughly 25’x10’, this was covered in black plastic last August and September. Spread a truckload of cow manure compost on in the last few weeks and covered it back up. Then in October, I turned it over with the Cub and 193 plow. This Spring, used the 23-A two gang disc and the ground crumbled apart.

Hilled my potatoes in on St. Patrick’s Day and a row of yellow onions. Had some garlic taking root in the frig, so stuck that in the ground as well. May 1st, planted Contender bush beans (3 rows), and this morning, just planted 6 tomatoes. There’s 4 Roma, an heirloom purple and heirloom yellow.

Didn’t know it was going to be a recovery year when I started planning for it last summer, but now that it’s all in, so glad I have it.

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Re: 2022 garden season

Postby SamsFarm » Tue May 10, 2022 8:56 am

I was in the front yard yesterday picking up a few sticks. And each step was like stepping on a soggy sponge!

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Re: 2022 garden season

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sat May 14, 2022 3:44 pm

Finally warmed up and dried out here. Did the plowing this week, and got the onion seedlings in, today (Weeks late). I stuck a few tomatoes in, under some plastic hoops that can easily be covered if frost is forecast. I'll seed some things tomorrow.

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Re: 2022 garden season

Postby Mht » Wed May 18, 2022 3:45 pm

My garden in town is doing great. I picked a two gallon bucket full of sugar snap peas yesterday. First round of tying up and suckering tomatoes is done. I’ll start the second round next week. I saw my first few small tomatoes (about the size of a grape) yesterday. I’m going to start fertilizing them next time I irrigate or next time they are calling for rain, whichever comes first. Green beans, limas, cukes, and okra are coming up nicely. I’m heading to my farm this weekend to mow grass and possibly cultivate my corn and peas. They are calling for 96 degree temps Friday and Saturday. I’m not looking forward to those temps but might as well get used to it because that what North Carolina summers typically bring

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Re: 2022 garden season

Postby Don McCombs » Fri May 20, 2022 6:42 am

Eliminated the season's first groundhog yesterday. :{_}:
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