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post #166 of 293 Old 06-04-2019, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Wow, that tool is efficient! Too bad all plants don't go in as easily!

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Tomatoes took a bit of a hit from a rare June frost overnight Monday-Tuesday. I think all are going to recover but it must have been close.
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Deer stripped the leaves off half my Cucumber plants, only because I had them set in two different locations in the garden. Never had that problem before, guess I figured with the prickly stems & leaves, they'd leave them alone. I have read in some garden forums that Deer do not like mint. I'd ordered a quart of mint extract to try it on the beans. I mixed a 1/2 cup to 2 gallons of water in my hand pump sprayer, and sprayed everything last evening. Hopefully it worked, or at least until I get to the feed mill, and get some lime to sprinkle on plants.

They've also worked on topping off my snap peas, so hit them too.

I been looking for a hand held, crank/blower type garden duster, with results being from the $30 to $45 price range, then jumping to the $399 gas powered blowers, and nothing in between. The $45 one didn't have the best reviews, the lesser expensive one did have some decent reviews. I'll check and see if the mill has something I could use, if not, I'll order the lesser expensive one, and see how it goes. Reckon' I'll sprinkle it on, until it gets here, if that is the case.

It's like an Interstate for Deer through here. I'm between a decent sized Metro Park, and an apple orchard the other way. About dusk every evening, there is a group of 8-9 that pass through my hay field, and bed down there. Another group of 5-6 come through a different route, right through my garden, through the front yard, and up the neighbors driveway, as their route back to the Metro Park. Too many houses around to make noise to scare them off, and too many Coyotes around, to leave the dog out.
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We live on a deer highway as well, but luckily the critters have enough shrubbery and grasses and havenít tried to jump the fence into the garden. Our worst year was when a groundhog moved in and I had to dispatch it.

Good luck with the mint. I may need something like that when they discover our blueberries.

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10 for 10!

I took the straw off the asparagus bed last week because it had seeded itself and was growing everywhere. What I discovered was that there were more stalks that had come up, unnoticed, with some even gone to fern. Looking more closely I found that all ten crowns had produced.

Today I cultivated the bed again with the intention of re-mulching but decided to leave it open for the soaking rain we should get tonight.

The spears? I expected more out of a variety named Jersey Giant! Something on the order of the second picture were that rabbit real... :D
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Been mulching this week with leaves. Got all of the tomatoes, cabbage, sweet potatoes, and one row of pole beans mulched. What you see here took 14, plus part of the 15th load on my 1 ton dump truck to cover this area. Still better than half a load on "Dumpy". Tomorrow, I'll hoe around another row of pole beans, then drive t-posts, and mulch around them also, if I don't get rained out.
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Those Leaves will really help your soil with moisture retention even after they break down. Of course this year that hasn't been a problem 😆
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The great thing is, they also shed the heavy rain. There is a lot of slope to the garden, although it may not look like it. I didn't turn under where I had my tomatoes last year,just direct seeded right though the mulch, which is now like compost. It is awesome..!! A few weeds, and a gazillion tomato plants, but so easy to run a hoe through to clean up.

I used my rear tine tiller to go between rows, with the depth foot all the way down, just scratching the top eliminating weeds. On below where it gets damp, red worms, and night crawlers are very abundant adding nutrients with their castings. This year, I put the leaves even deeper, to make a thicker mat of compost to plant through for next year.

There is a bit of work putting them down, but sure beats hoeing, although I do miss cultivating with my David Bradley's. But with the rains we've had the last 2 years, I can go out after a pretty decent rain, and walk through without sinking in mud up to my ankles. As long as my neighbor keeps bringing leaves in the Fall, I'll be doing this.

Here is a pic of me planting the Snap Peas a while back through the compost, with my Brinly planter. That electric 3 pt. on the little Sears tractor is great..!!
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My wife decided last Sunday that she wants a garden. I barrowed a tiller and let her go to town. Because the area was previously untilled the sod was causing problems. She tilled it the best she could and planted it. The next day I sprayed it with a 3 percent Glyophosate mix to finish off the grass. Will this keep the seeds from germination as I did it well before they had germinated? She planted sweet corn, cucumber, pumpkin and watermelon.
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It's only effective on plants, and grasses. Supposedly inert on soil, and after it drys. Cukes should be the first thing up, and depending on the soil temps, everything else should be up within a couple days.

Get her a good hoe, it will need to be hoed twice a week. I highly recommend Corona brand scuffle hoe. She'll love it.
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My wife decided last Sunday that she wants a garden. I barrowed a tiller and let her go to town. Because the area was previously untilled the sod was causing problems. She tilled it the best she could and planted it. The next day I sprayed it with a 3 percent Glyophosate mix to finish off the grass. Will this keep the seeds from germination as I did it well before they had germinated? She planted sweet corn, cucumber, pumpkin and watermelon.
As wet as it's been this year, had to wait over a week for rain. Bought a pump for tractor PTO. Already had water tank.

So far some corn and cucumbers are up not sure where pumpkins, watermelons are. Some of them may be up too.
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Never saw a hydraulic driven pto for a GT before, pretty cool..!! We lost track of what Sears had to offer in the GT line, when we stopped getting the Suburban catalog, probably in the late 70's, early 80's. How long did they carry an actual GT line with attachments..?? Seems a lot of companies phased out gardening equipment in the late 80's,early 90's.

Now, it's coming back like gang busters. 2-wheel tractors from the 50's & 60's are being highly sought after by market gardeners. So much so, that Tilmore is bringing out a new 2 wheel tractor and cultivating attachments. https://www.tilmor.com/en-us/products/259/powerox They seem pricey, but I've seen 50's model Planet Jr. tractors needing re-powered, and the power train bushings, and new drive chains need replacing go for close to that price.

We've been gardening with 2 wheel David Bradley's here, since 1954. Great little tractors for in the garden..!!
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I use to have a David Bradley and it was a great machine in it's day, That tilmor seems like a great machine also so thanks DJ54 for the info on that, 3 years in a row that my corn didn't come up, only about 25 percent grew and I have no idea want is going on, Now if only the rain will stop for a day or so maybe I can still replant but this week it's suppose to shower everyday in central PA.
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I purposely put out the Hickory King corn late, around Memorial Day inorder to have it somewhat green in Oct. This season we had a 10 day dry spell right after planting.
After 7-10 days what corn that did germinate was so spotty I decided to retill & replant.
I checked several rows before and I couldn't find any seed, so I'm guessing at the reason.
1) critters, possible but the rows didn't look overly disturbed so I dunno.
2) planted too deep, I used the same planter settings as last season but I tilled the spot several times and it was good and soft. I readjusted the planter to 2"- 3" depth.
3) Bad seed, the seed I'm using is 2 to 3 seasons old but this seed should last quite a bit longer. Since some did germinate and grow I'm not inclined to say it's bad seed yet, so I replanted with the same seed but dug down deeper into the container for the reseed.
4) Planter skipping, it's an old JD model 71 that I've set the spacing to every 6" - 8" and in static tests it rarely if ever misses a seed drop. This time I let it drop a couple seeds into the grass at the end of each row to make sure it was dropping seed, (so I could see it above ground). There was one time I found the drive wheel free wheeling because the chain had come off the sprockets. I thought I kept a good check the last time but it's possible that occured.
One odd thing with this old planter is the drive wheel cannot be reversed or the chain comes off. This has happened several times.

On this planting the other day I just barely beat the rains and it's been raining daily since. I should know soon.

P.S. The sweet corn I put out a couple weeks earlier in another spot is doing well altho it too was more spotty than usual.

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2"-3" seems pretty deep. Most everything I direct seed, as far as larger seeds, corn peas & beans is approx. 1" deep.

This year, just for giggles, I started some well known brand popcorn, just to see if it would germinate. It did very well, with nearly 100% germination. Seeing it did so well, I direct seeded 4, 15' rows, and also set out the started corn plants. Again, germination was nearly 100% direct seeding. When it got approx. 1"-2" tall, crows pulled it up, to get the kernel at the bottom. There's only 2 stalks of it left, other than what I set as plants, out of those 4, 15' rows.

Wildlife is tearing me up this year,between the crows, and the Deer. I've been dusting everything with hydrated lime so they will leave it alone. With all of this rain we've been getting, it's needed done almost daily in the evening. I dusted evening before last, and we had some mild showers that washed about half of it off overnight, that night, plus a light shower yesterday. There was still a bit left on it when I checked yesterday evening, so let it go, as we had some heavy pockets of rain headed our way for late last night. I haven't checked this morning, but hoping the Deer headed for their safe haven for the night, during several rounds of moderate, to heavier rain later. and bypassed the garden.
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