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post #61 of 103 Old 04-04-2019, 05:16 PM
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Here is a couple pix of some of it early last year.
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Did someone say HORSERADISH???? lol!!! I have that stuff growing here all over the place!! I sent some starts to a guy out east a few years ago and he loves it!---This is a very old variety that I got from a farmstead that was bulldozed out. I know it was on that farm for over a hundred years from history of the farm. This is the hot kind, so a dab-l-do ya type hot! lol!!
Sure would love to get some of that from you, interested in selling some?
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Huzzah! I sent an email to Westerly Agway and they did have this in stock. I hadn't wanted to go all the way down there (being that it is 34 miles away and the typical Rhode Islander likes a driving radius of about 10 miles) but in the end my wife took the trip with my middle child while I'm at work today and picked up two bags. Now I need about six 40# bags of lime and some cow manure to complete my preps: I can buy that at Lowe's or HomeDepot. Of course rain is predicted tonight and tomorrow morning and will keep the soil miserably wet...
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If anybody wants some, it only costs postage.---I don't charge for the plants!--- now is a real good time to get some, as it is just waking up from winter here. I can dig now that the ground is thawed completely out down deep. Thanks ; sonny

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If anybody wants some, it only costs postage.---I don't charge for the plants!--- now is a real good time to get some, as it is just waking up from winter here. I can dig now that the ground is thawed completely out down deep. Thanks ; sonny
Thanks Sonny, I never planted it before so about how many plants do I need to get started and how do I figure out how much shipping and how to pay you? Thanks again.
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We can fix up a "flat rate box" like we usually do and send it your way. ---It wont be that expensive! --- I will get a better idea tomorrow and let you know. ---You can PM me your mail address and we will go from there! thanks; sonny

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Got myself an old new toy yesterday. We had an IH digger when I was a kid, but sold it the early 70's to a neighbor. Several years later, Dad wished he would have kept it.

Going to try my hand at Sweet Potatoes. Should make harvesting them a bit easier. I bought it at an auction, and the price was right. Way less than the maximum conservative bid I had in my head. One of those auctions, where it's probably a good thing I didn't have a bigger truck & trailer, or I would have bought a boat load of "stuff". Many stacks of NIB, and just stacked used starter cell trays, and 4", up to 12" various round & square pots. I could have filled my pickup bed clear to the top, for $40. I have enough friends that give me the ones they get from the plants I buy, to do what I need here. I guess I could have flipped them, but, oh well...
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Always wanted one, BUT none available around here, so I made my own. --- For the sweet potatoes I had ro resort to a backhoe and skid loader to get them out without damage. They grow deep here, also big. thanks sonny

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From what I remember raising them, Dad made tall hill rows. But, I can't remember if we had the digger, to harvest them or not. From the adjustment on the handle, it looks like it will go pretty deep. I'll have to confer with a buddy who raises them on that. I know he does the hill rows to, but digs them by hand, or uses a middle buster type potato plow.

I can always try part of a row and see what happens. I do remember Dad mowed tops & any weeds that may have come up a few days before digging them, to reduce the amount of live debris, like I've seen in some videos.
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Yup!--- clean ground is a must! lol!! ---I have mine on hills too, but they still go deep! --I think you will be ok with that digger. --I would NOT use a middle buster, that would do major damage to them, unless you are going to use them right away!---We store some of ours, so I don't want damage done to them. They bruise very easily and need to be handled with care for storage. --I know the commercial guys don't care about that.---Also they don't let the potatoes mature either. They dig them at the quarter grown stage!---I want mine full grown! ( 4 to 7 pounds here). Just had one from the storage yesterday!-- still great!

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I inquired with my buddy who has been raising them here. He too grows in hills, as we did, but says they don't go all that deep. Could be the ground we have here, or, the variety. He's growing what I'm sure is a 90 day potato, so maybe thye don't get extremely large, although he has dug some dandies.

Sonny..?? Have you ever grown your own slips..?? I'm seeing my local grocery has them 3 lb. for $2.89. I have a notion to get a bag next time I'm in there, and try it. I'm planning on buying slips, but thought maybe try growing my own, and make another row, and compare the difference. I've got more time, than money, LOL...
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Ya!! --- we have grown our own! ---This year Virginia found a reasonable priced place, so she ordered 500 plants. We used to have 6 different kinds that we kept up for many years, but it got to be more time consuming than we muster, so we quit saving seed potatoes for slip production.
The store potatoes have been treated with chems. to retard sprouting,--- BUT,---- IF you plant them in dirt, sometimes they will go ahead and sprout,---they would be late but it may work. ---- We havent tried it lately!

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I wonder if the organic one's have been treated..??

I'll probably just get some off of my buddy. He ordered some off an Amish man, not sure how many, or the price. Probably cheap is he's buying them. He also order 1,000 slips off of a place that raises them. You get 1,000 slips for $55.00. I may get 200 of those, that would make 2 rows across the garden.

Looking for something to make weight, for donation purposes. In past years, it has made a big difference in my income tax, since I have no write-offs. Federal, State, and local taxes dig pretty deep in my pockets here, let alone property taxes. School district passed a new levy last Fall, that increased my property taxes another $500 per year.
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They all usually have sprout retarder on them, even org. stuff. sounds like your buddy hit the jackpot! lol!! can't beat that price!
Yesterday I did get a little tilled up and one row of onions planted,--only 6 rows to go!--Anyway last night it rained again, today high wind plunging temps and more rain heading in. This is starting off the year on the wrong foot!--guess time will tell!

Don't have potatoes to plant, might skip them since it's getting late here for planting them.--Later plantings are always killed out by bugs and these bugs are spray resistant, so not sure yet on them. Thanks; sonny

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did you ever try a product called Captain Jack for bugs, since I started using it about 5 years ago it has worked miracles for me, I spray in the morning when the bugs first appear then the next morning you can see the dead bugs laying on the ground.
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