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post #136 of 177 Old 05-09-2019, 09:41 PM
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I use leaves as well. I chop them up in the fall just like you mentioned, and put them in a pile in the garden. In the spring, I spread them across the garden and till them in.

When I plant rows, I run peat moss and cow manure down the rows and till that in. Then I plant with a little fertilizer under each plant.

Some years, especially with started plants, I've used less manure by just putting a small amount into the hole with some fertilizer and mixing that in before planting the plants.

I haven't done seeds in the ground in a long time.

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post #137 of 177 Old 05-09-2019, 10:35 PM
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Knowing the old strawberry rows were about spent, I allowed them to run and make make new plants. Back in the fall I built 4 new 60' rows - each got a medium brute trash can full (approx. 45-50 gallons) of fresh alpaca beans tilled into each row, then covered them with fabric. Back in March I transplanted them @ staggered 12" centers (double rows). Beautiful looking plants, loaded with big berries. Seeing a lot of color out there with a few ready to pick👍.

Found out last year (purely by accident after spilling a 5 gallon bucket at the end of one of the rows) that strawberries love the alpaca Nure. Hoping for more of the same!

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LOVE strawberries!--We re-did a couple rows this year, hope they grow!--so far they look good! ---Rain again today all day so no outside work again!--( look out east coast, I am sending it your way! lol!!) --- Ground still cold, the only thing really growing is the weeds/grass. Had the sweet potato ground ready to plant the day before they came, then rain that night, mud now, this is getting ruff this year! Thanks; sonny

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post #139 of 177 Old 05-13-2019, 03:22 PM
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Planted sun flower and corn via seeds direct sow a few weeks ago (Thursday will be 3 weeks exactly) and despite the chillier than average temps and rain, I was surprised to see them popping up nicely. Had solid rain all day yesterday and most of the day today. Cucumbers didn't take to the chill very well and will likely need to be redone. Need to turn these flood gates off for a bit. Can't mow half the lawn because its flooded. The peas, lettuce and spinach sure love this weather though.
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4 days of rain, hard rain at times, have washed out the corners but the rest of the patch looked like it survived. Will know in a about a week if/when I see some sprouts.
The tom's and pumpkin plants are thriving, all the rain didn't hurt them.

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Finally... ten asparagus plants, one spear. Success? ;o)

Peas are coming along.
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The rest of the Asparagus will probably come along. Mine never seem to come up all at once. Although, I'm afraid I've lost some of my crowns, due to all of the rain possibly drowning them. They are in a well drained area, planted on a slope, but midway on a slope. I put a lot of compost and sand in the trenches, so the roots would have easy growing, but thinking all of this rain has just waterlogged the trenches. Guess we'll see.

I have started new crowns from seeds harvested from what did make, and let go to seed later in the year. Seems to be doing pretty good. And, I've got 6-8 more started in cups. May start more here in a week or so, then set out in the temporary bed with the others. Next year, I'll start transferring the 2 y.o. crowns into the old established bed.
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The rest of the Asparagus will probably come along. Mine never seem to come up all at once. Although, I'm afraid I've lost some of my crowns, due to all of the rain possibly drowning them. They are in a well drained area, planted on a slope, but midway on a slope. I put a lot of compost and sand in the trenches, so the roots would have easy growing, but thinking all of this rain has just waterlogged the trenches. Guess we'll see.

I have started new crowns from seeds harvested from what did make, and let go to seed later in the year. Seems to be doing pretty good. And, I've got 6-8 more started in cups. May start more here in a week or so, then set out in the temporary bed with the others. Next year, I'll start transferring the 2 y.o. crowns into the old established bed.
I worry because it was raining when I got these in and the soil became muddy. I did put a layer of cow manure beneath them as recommended by the nursery (Stark Bros, online) and I put straw over the bed afterwards.

Iím curious on the mulch: they say two to four inches, but Iím afraid of smothering the asparagus along with the grass. You can see grass shoots coming through my skimpy straw cover.

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I don't think it will have a problem pushing through that straw. I'm thinking on mine, it's all related to the ground temp. I saw 2 more spears, from different crowns this morning, so it's coming along. I set mine a little deeper, so it would be a bit later, to get by our frost date of May 15. Being today is the 15th, I'd say I set them about right. Now if the rest would come up, at least I have enough for a mess. I originally set 50 crowns, so I'd have enough to preserve for in the winter.
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50! Iím starting slow, with 10, and hoping for anything to come up. Itís been fun doing this, though. I hope to get the rest of the garden Ďplanting readyí over the weekend.

And we finally got some sunshine yesterday, late afternoon.
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Yeah, I really like that stuff, plus if I can some up, it will take a decent patch. Plus the fact, I have some friends that like it too. And, if I still have a surplus, around here,a friend is selling it at a local Farmer's Market for $6.00 per lb., and sells out every week. She took 40, 1/2 lb. bunches to market last week, and sold it all in about an hour. Crazy prices to me, but....
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Sonny, that horseradish you sent me is really growing, it's about 16 inches tall already, Thank you very much again, finally got some zucchini, pickles and peppers in today but the garden is still a little wet and tomorrow they're calling for rain again.
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Stanley,--That stuff is really rugged, ours is blooming and starting to grow good now.--Weather has been a bit cold/wet but things was starting to dry, now today more rain and tomorrow sposed to rain heavy.--- Did get sweet potatoes in, a couple more rows of sweet corn, 2 rows of watermelons, a couple more peach trees. Also got the onions cultivated and ran a onion hoe between the plants to loosen up the crust.

Did also get a few green beans planted too.

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finally got my corn in today even though the garden was a little damp, plus planted some tomatoes and peppers, now tomorrow and Monday it's suppose to rain again, what's everyone using this year to control the evil blight and powdery mildew?
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Was able to get ground prepped and seed sewn before the rain hit this weekend.
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