My COVID-19 garden


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You do very well. I hope you haven't given up on the girls. What do you do with the abundance of what you grow? Your seedlings are marvelous.

With the Covid 19 and the coldest Spring I have ever had in this area, I haven't got anthing in yet.


I pressure can slurry/juice all and sundry. My unique method.
 
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Your schedule is almost opposite mine here in zone 8. I just harvested and canned carrots and you are just now planting. I'm in the process of harvesting potatoes and sounds like you haven't planted yours yet. Soon we will be canning tomatoes and you haven't put yours out yet.

Interesting to compare. Proper use of equipment reduces the labor in a large garden to a fraction of what a small garden without equipment requires. My compliments to you on your use of your equipment.

Perhaps you will find the next pictures of my old, old 6 sweep cultivator on the back of my garden tractor. I can cultivate my entire garden in significantly less time than it takes to weed a section of a typical small garden.


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That is quite interesting way to weed but with my 6 foot bamboo poles for supporting the tomatoes wouldn’t work for be. These are seeds that were in the refrigerator for the last 5 years and we probably got carried away but so be it. I do enjoy not watching any TV news and it is so peaceful working my garden that wasn’t planned for. I do happen to like spaghetti but I do realize that I’ll have hopefully a lot of tomatoes that will need a new home and my Ruritan Club has a lot of older people that also like tomatoes so there it is. And it is fun to keep posting what’s going on. Hope you and your family are all doing good.
 

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That is quite interesting way to weed but with my 6 foot bamboo poles for supporting the tomatoes wouldn’t work for be....
My tomatoes are approaching 6 ft high and 3 ft wide now and I just lay out my rows accordingly in advance and run the cultivator on outside of the plants are can be seen in the second picture above. Sure saves a lot of work. I believe that cultivator was hand made by some enterprising gardener possibly as much as a century ago. It totally obliterates weeds quickly.
 
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That is a nice way of doing it. This year is my first using raised beds for the tomato plants to receive a lot of heat from the sun to the roots. I run my tiller between the rows and pull fresh tilled soil up on the mounds. Might not be the best way labor wise but I believe by keeping extra heat from the sun on the roots is going to be a big factor. And thats my plan this year. Haha my tallest plant is 6 inches and your at 6 foot.
 
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You do very well. I hope you haven't given up on the girls. What do you do with the abundance of what you grow? Your seedlings are marvelous.

With the Covid 19 and the coldest Spring I have ever had in this area, I haven't got anthing in yet.


I pressure can slurry/juice all and sundry. My unique method.
The only girl I chase around is my Donna. And no we have not got a plan for the harvest except canning eating and sharing with members of my Ruritan Club.
 
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The plants are getting closer to going in the garden and according to Dr. Google a LED Flashlight can spot the dreaded tomato worm so I bought two my current goal is putting them in the garden at 10 inches height.
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Real quality tomato plants. They should thrive when put outdoors. Congratulations.

I am puting mine out probably tomorow. I have 21
 
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The plants vary in height. I buy them small and keep in the greenhouse in individual cups to get good roots, then plant them out. I slurry/juice them over the season usually around a 100 liter jars. This year it has been uncommonly cold. I seldom see the tomato worm in fact never in this location.
 
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The planting process has begun today and due to the amount of clay in the soil I’m drilling holes for them and I have a mixture of 50 pounds Black Kow with 240 pounds of bags of garden top soil that I use. It’s a slow process but I think it will pay off in. The
 
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It is funny looking at my planting technique and I’ve never tried it before and only time will tell if it works for me. I do know that you can feel the auger bit go thru the heavy clay layer. Years ago when I had a garden it was to muddy to walk in the garden and some plants had to be picked so I took off my shoes to keep them from being stuck in the mud 8 inches deep. As I walked bare foot thru the garden it felt as if I was walking on a smooth as glass surface under the 8 inches of mud. So this will be interesting as to how it works out.
 
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102 tomato plants are now in the ground and we still have 5 more to plant. The cucumbers are looking good also. My neighbor from 2 miles down the road stopped by to give us some basil but was not interested in any tomato plants of his own, he said why when I can just come here and take the ones your growing. I am just glad to have them mostly all in the ground.
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The last of the 107 tomato plants are now in the ground. This method of using the earth as the clay pot for the plant is interesting and only time will tell if it all works out
 
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Wow! I saw some of the benefits of having a garden! I'm going to start producing seedlings for the community. I've been gardening for years, but not the professional view! I hope its business as usual for me.
 

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