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Rainy day here so plants staying inside
Why keep them inside because of a rainy day? I'm noticing that my plants are perked up by natural rain as opposed to hose watering. There is a definite difference between natural rain water and tap water and the plants seem to welcome rain water above all else.
Perhaps I am imagining a difference? But I do know that the past few days of rain water seems to have had a magical affect on my plants growth (fruit, veg and flowering plants).
You are doing a great job of your Covid Garden and I am enjoying seeing your progress: keep up the great work!
 

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...Perhaps I am imagining a difference? But I do know that the past few days of rain water seems to have had a magical affect on my plants growth (fruit, veg and flowering plants).
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Not your imagination. I see the very same thing. It is magical and far superior to city water or even my well water which is lacking in O2.
 
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While waiting for the tomato plants to get big to go to the garden of course we had a lot or rain and 1/2 of my tilled up area got flooded. So now tilled up another area now I’ll have 3 different gardens 50 tomatoes in two of them each. The 3rd is for bush yellow and green beans. Good thing I’m retired cause these are going to take some attention.






with about 3 rows of corn.
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.... Good thing I’m retired cause these are going to take some attention.

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I've done it both ways...that is with and without equipment. With equipment is far, far superior. I can work what people call a "big garden" in much shorter time and effort than a small raised bed garden. It isn't even close. We raise 90% of our vegetable food that we eat in one 40ft x 100ft garden. Far superior to supermarket food.

I run a 23 hp Kubota in my garden that is very comparable to your 17 hp. I paid $5000 for it in 1980 ( tractor, disc, plows) and it is worth at least that much today, LOL. I use a turning plow like you, but only on "virgin" ground. Instead of the tiller attachment behind the tractor you use, I use an old disc which does the same thing but produces not as fine of a soil as your tiller produces....hence I use a small gas powered walk behind tiller for final seed bed preps sometimes. I also use that walk behind tiller for some cultivation but prefer a larger tractor pulled cultivator that just does an outstanding job. I make rows with middle busters and also dig potatoes with a single buster. I'd be happy to post pictures if anyone is interested.

No question in my mind that bigger gardens worked with equipment are far more efficient than smaller gardens worked by hand or with gas powered tillers. Harvesting, storing, and processing the food is an entirely different matter, lol.

One other comment regarding your bean planting which was interesting to me. Here in East Texas I don't plant my beans nearly as deep as you show, although yours is more like the recommended depth than mine. I find much faster germination with shallow depths. Just interesting.

Thank you for posting your vids of your garden. I find it very interesting to compare techniques.
 
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Years ago I got a rear tine tiller and put my rows wide enough apart to run the tiller between but that was a lot more work than keeping the rows 4 foot apart and tilling between rows with the lil tractor. Found on my property was a single row potato digger and and old non 3 point hitch disk to pull with the tractor but just using the turn over plow and the tiller work better for me. I’d be happy to see any pictures you want to share. I have no claim to be an expert at anything dealing with a garden and so I planted the beans IAW the instructions on the package. When my tomatoes do get to the garden they will be 4 foot apart in the rows with a lil dill between each at the 2 foot mark and I’ve got 22 1/2 feet of carrots to put maybe 4 inches at the 2 foot mark between some. My area between my rows will be wide enough for the lil tractor to till it.
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... Found on my property was a single row potato digger
I'd love to see a picture of that potato digger..if you don't mind. I've been using a single middle buster and/or shovel but too many cut potatoes for me. Thanks.
 
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I only grow two or three rows about 1.5 feet apart and mark the seed with a fiber rod. I dig about a foot around the rod and seldom spear the tubers.
← 29 August 2019 Raw Beet Tomato Juice
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31 August 2019 Potatoes (Harvest)
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Eleven potato plants were dug a total of 27 pounds for cold room storage. Five Norland and six Yukon Gold. The yield was under 3 pounds per plant, which is low, expectation is from 4 to 8, but the quality is perfect no hollow centers. A stake at planting marks the seed potato and this facilitates hand digging, since the vegetation is absent when harvesting.New potatoes always grow just above the seed in about a foot diameter.
 
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Years ago I got a rear tine tiller and put my rows wide enough apart to run the tiller between but that was a lot more work than keeping the rows 4 foot apart and tilling between rows with the lil tractor. Found on my property was a single row potato digger and and old non 3 point hitch disk to pull with the tractor but just using the turn over plow and the tiller work better for me. I’d be happy to see any pictures you want to share. I have no claim to be an expert at anything dealing with a garden and so I planted the beans IAW the instructions on the package. When my tomatoes do get to the garden they will be 4 foot apart in the rows with a lil dill between each at the 2 foot mark and I’ve got 22 1/2 feet of
I'd love to see a picture of that potato digger..if you don't mind. I've been using a single middle buster and/or shovel but too many cut potatoes for me. Thanks.

My post hole digger is laying up against it. I was told by the neighbo that it was a converted single row peanut digger. One year I used it to dig up 300 plants. And it was all my lil 17 hp tractor struggled to complete but it managed.
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Thanks. I've never seen one of those...but looks like it would work. I'm assuming one could not find that at your typical tractor implements store, LOL.
 
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l’ve got 48 bamboo poles in the ground waiting for these lil tomato plants to get big and strong enough for planting. Still have 52 more bamboo poles to set in the other garden. About 50 pepper plants sweet, hot and regular are still under the grow lights. So do I sprinkle a little seven dust in the hole when planting with a little more around the plant?
 
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The 104 tomato plants need to get just a little bigger to be put in the 2 gardens they each have their own bamboo pole sitting in a watering trough.
 
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Wow, you've knocked it out of the ball park! Don't let anyone tell you how to start seeds or grow seedlings because you are kicking ###!
 
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Planting and watering the companion seeds for the tomato gardens putting in carrots, basil and radishes between where the tomatoes will be planted

And this is how I water
 
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I see you have plenty of trees. You do a wonderful job. Maybe too much labor.

May I strongly suggest placing wood chip mulch all over the garden. Bare ground grows nothing. I started using much a few years ago and never looked back. I get ten yards delivered for $135 into my driveway and disperse it by wheelbarrow.

I only have slightly less than 1/2 an acre which is plenty for growing for two. Only about 3000 square feet under cultivation. The mulch has been composted about a year and it is worked under each year and almost completely disappears. I use it primarily for moisture retention.
 
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I run my tiller between the rows and then use a 4 foot landscaping rake to pull fresh tilled soil up the mounds and that controls most of the weeds. You are correct it is a lot of work but it’s a labor of love. I was not planning a garden this year but with all this virus stuff I’m keeping busy just wife and me. I grew up in the city so I don’t have much of a back ground in gardening. When my Dad was gardening I was chasing girls.
 

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