Trying gardening this year


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We have tiny little veggies popping up.
My cup overfilith, I am so excited to post a updated picture of the garden. So as posted before I had all my seeds put in the ground in April 10th I figured it would be at least 14 days before I would see anything but low and behold it's April 19th and I have some veggies breaking the ground.
The first picture is a few bush beans and the second picture is sweet corn.

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Well pictures didn't come out right the first picture is corn second picture is bush beans
 
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Congratulations @Jamie Calloway on your garden and your orchard(y) Wonderful that @Larisa was able to help you with the trees. It really is thrilling to see buds coming out and garden starting to come up:D
 

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Yes, Larisa has been a huge help and I am very grateful to everyone in here. I gues now the battle really begins, trying to keep the 4 legged critters off of my plants is going to be tough im sure.
 
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In my experience, the first year is the least buggy because the predators don't know your garden is here yet. Still it is good to be prepared. You can find some very good, reliable, and organic ways to deal with just about any pest in the forums here. I hope you are thinking organic. Some people have a tendency to panic at the sight of a pest and run for the poison, but it is not necessary and not necessarily the best way to treat the problem. You would be amazed how many critters can be treated effectively with a little liquid dish soap sudsy water and a spray bottle:)
 
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Got it! I have already cut back on the water, it's seems that one place up by the corn always has standing water, the rest of the garden drains pretty good.
 
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The soil looks good but what about all of that shade? Will you plant in rows or in raised rows?
 
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I just noticed your newer pictures. I see you are planting in rows which is OK but raised rows are a lot better. Once the seeds have sprouted watering thoroughly every 5-10 days without any rain is best.
 
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Well Chuck you were right, I do believe I have to much shade over the garden. My corn and bush beans are thriving but everything else seems to be really declining. I have only a few good carrot sprouts and the rest of the vegetables are non existent as far as I can tell. I was afraid this might happen but the oak tree that is laying over the garden is huge and to high to trim back. I guess I'll just wait and see what actually comes up this July and start over again afterwards. I am afraid I have just waisted a bunch of good seeds. I hues the really is a learning experience, garden 1 and Jamie 0.
 
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Well Chuck you were right, I do believe I have to much shade over the garden. My corn and bush beans are thriving but everything else seems to be really declining. I have only a few good carrot sprouts and the rest of the vegetables are non existent as far as I can tell. I was afraid this might happen but the oak tree that is laying over the garden is huge and to high to trim back. I guess I'll just wait and see what actually comes up this July and start over again afterwards. I am afraid I have just waisted a bunch of good seeds. I hues the really is a learning experience, garden 1 and Jamie 0.
Don't give up yet. You probably rotted the first seeds by overwatering. Seeds are cheap, replant. Being shaded wouldn't stop the seeds from germinating. There might well be enough sun for a crop of something
 

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So I had a huge problem with a couple of massive trees casting to much shade over the garden, Well that is no longer a issue. Took down 1 hardwood and 3 Tulip Poplars. Hopefully I can still savage the rest of the seeds that have not come up yet.

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New to the garden game myself.

Would Jamie have been better off starting the seedlings inside and then transplanting to to his garden?
 

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I thought of that, and yes I think in the long run that would have been better the only issue is I planted over 200 seeds. My hope is that with the sun now coming in all day I will be able to salvage some of my seeds. The corn and bush beans looks amazing. I think one thing I have learned is that I will probably buy my tomatoes next year already grown up, at least 6 to 8 inches at least.
 
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Probably depends on the vegetable. Before all is said and done you might have some crops that do really well being directly sown.

Maybe those that don't do so well for you can be started indoors in waves next year? E.g. 75-100 early, a few weeks after that another 75-100, and so on... I would guess that you have a pretty long growing season in Georgia?

Only speculating. Like I said, new to this myself.
 

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Yea, I'm thinking that after harvesting vegetables in July a lot of my seeds can be planted once more and taken in September October. That's the hope anyway, I know the corn can be grown once more
 
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You should be able to get at least 2 crops annually. With your hot humid summers, things grow very fast. You might think about which vegetables and fruits have a short enough growing season. People here who grow edibles can get at least 2 crops annually and sometimes 3 crops of certain things.
 
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I have been keeping up with everyone's harvests in here and I must say I am very impressed and a bit jealous.
Update on the Calloway garden, well not much has changed. I am very excited about my corn and bush beans although I planted 20 beans I only have 12 that are up, but those 12 are doing very well. I have 38 corn stalks up out of 50 and they look great. Early today I went out and counted around 30 carrots which I am also pretty excited about the only problem being I planted at least 100 of those. I am,not seeing much else, which is very Depressing, but I am really having a hard time differentiating the weeds from the vegies. I assume the more I till up that area the led weeds I will have in the future ( I hope). I have cut back,months watering to every other day for 30 minutes at 1:00am. Of course from my previous posts I have also gotten rid of all the shade that was laying over the garden. I do thinkbi am seeing what looks like a couple of tomatoe plants coming up but can't be sure at this time.
One thing I do have now is ants. Two big ant beds in the middle garden. Down the road ibsaw my neighbor puffing some white powder in his garden, I assume it was 7 dust but not exactly sure. Should I be doing that also? I am afraid the ants are going to eat up all my veggies before there ready. Anyway, just wanted to check in, now it's over to the fruit thread.
 

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