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Weedeating the tomato patch

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:59 pm

It has been an unusual summer here. Started off cool and wet, then turned off hot and dry, then changed to hot and wet and stayed that way most of summer. Only got my tomatoes worked out once n the early summer, and since then it has been too wet and hot. Yesterday I rolled up the sprinkler hoses that had been laying unused in the rows for a month and a half, and got out my big weed wacker. I was getting tired of wading through waist high weeds and grass. Not it looks like a tomato patch again, just a green carpet between cages. When I finished I looked like a green Yhetti from the knees down.Unfortunately the tomatoes along with the rest of the garden are about done for.
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Re: Weedeating the tomato patch

Postby Stanton » Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:43 am

I can usually hoe 2 or 3 times in early summer and that takes care of most the weeds until the heat hits. But this year, they win the battle (or I lost the fight). Either way, I fell behind and that was that. Put the disc back on Nellie and disc'd the garden last Sunday, then graded it with the blade. Now I've got no potato hills or furrows so the garden tractor can keep everything mowed down.

Bet you were green on the lower half after that much weed-wackin'!! :wink:
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Re: Weedeating the tomato patch

Postby v w » Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:51 am

Still mostly weed free. A six inch layer of clippings in June and my weed problem is mostly done. Garden is producing well this year. :D Vern

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Re: Weedeating the tomato patch

Postby Eugene » Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:48 am

Still have acorn squash and several types of ice box sized melons in the garden. I've been setting the squash and melons on bricks to keep them off the ground and from rotting.

Been giving away cantaloupe. Bumper crop.

To much moisture. The melons and apples are starting to split before fully ripening.
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Re: Weedeating the tomato patch

Postby Urbish » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:11 am

I didn't plant the garden this summer since we are moving. But SE MI has been very dry from early July up until a couple of days ago. I may have even lost my raspberry patch. :( A late frost left me with exactly two jonagold apples. They were swelling up nicely until the squirrels got 'em.

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Re: Weedeating the tomato patch

Postby Mike H » Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:11 am

no weeds so far this year [although we were inundated with dazy's :x then we sheet mulched :wink: ]
tomatoes are doing great, only watered wen the plants were placed.
just hope the frost holds off so they have time to ripen

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Re: Weedeating the tomato patch

Postby Shane Nelson » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:58 pm

I only chopped our garden once this year cause it's been so hot & humid. I have weedeated it twice and finally sprayed it with round-up a couple weeks ago. My wife planted a lot of herbs in it this year in various places so the first time I weedeated it smelled really well, hey, they looked like weeds to me to!
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Re: Weedeating the tomato patch

Postby cub.bub » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:10 pm

I'm like John, cool wet spring, then a long spell of HOT and Dry. I ran 300 feet of 1-1/2" water line out back this spring and it seemed to have helped with most of the garden except my tomatoes are splitting bad.
I have been keeping up with the weeds pretty well thanks to my rototiller until things get to spread out then I use or Mantis.
Going to be canning this weekend.
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Re: Weedeating the tomato patch

Postby Eugene » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:41 pm

Neighbors are cantalouped out. Today took 4 cantaloupe into the Therapy Center where I'm having my back worked on. Put the sacks with cantaloupe on the counter. Receptionist ask what was in the sacks. Cantaloupe. She said that she didn't like cantaloupe. I said that I'm pretty sure some one here likes and wants them.

I looked down the counter to the lady working a bit further away. She said that she had never eaten cantaloupe/muskmelon. Showed the melons and described how to prepare them. The whole time I was having the rejection conversation with the two ladies, the guy in the next area was laughing. I turned to the guy and said that if the melons were still on the counter when he finished with the therapy, take them home. He said thanks and that he and his family would enjoy them.

Sometimes you just can't get rid of excess produce.
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