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Title: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 29, 2015, 10:36:46 PM
My patch is all in.  As usual I planted rows and rows of potatoes (had a bunch of seed potatoes left which BRD had no issue taking home....  My usual Kennebec light skinned white meat taters and numerous Red Pontiacs that I got from the farm store to replenish my dwindling seed stock.

I put in 6 long rows of Ambrosia sweet corn too.

2 long rows of onion sets, one row of reds, one row of whites.

Planted 13 hills of Blue Lake green beans...and ONE tomato plant.

No zuchini this year, no Brussels Sprouts either.

SMASH came up and got a load of horse poop (we have a huge pile waiting for takers).

How about you?
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: excelsior on May 29, 2015, 11:10:20 PM
Here's what I have in so far:

cabbage
leeks
tomato
cucumber
egg plant
sweet corn
green beans
sugar snap peas
red potatoes
peppers - green and jalapeno
onions - white, yellow and green
squash - acorn, summer and zucchini
cantaloupe
pumpkins

I have invited some friends to fill in the voids in the back garden.   Hopefully they will bring some interesting additions.

Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: excelsior on May 29, 2015, 11:24:17 PM

If I spray before planting, it's usually a herbicide that is incorporated right away.  There really is no set time for that.  In the old days, guys would spray right in front of the field cultivator, with a planter following right behind.  Almost everyone did this before the days of Roundup Ready seeds.

Most of my spraying is done after planting (post-emerge), though.  I don't use many pre-emerge herbicides.  I usually don't have the time.  Plus, post-emerge applications allow me to fine tune the herbicides for whatever weeds I see in the field.

Thanks Livewire.   I been growing organic the way my Dad taught me for years, but with each passing year I am considering using some technology to make it a little easier on the knees.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 30, 2015, 12:45:42 AM
The only amendment I use in the garden is 46 urea, aged horse poop and possibly a spray or two of Sevin.  I have an applicators license but there is no reason to use pesticides/herbicides on a hobby garden....  I plant my rows 3 feet apart center to center so I can get one of my 3 tillers (usually the Troy-Bilt little one) to 'weed'.  My garden is about a quarter acre in size.

No luck with cukes here and havent had any for a few years now.  They always get wilt and I get tired of chasing my tail with cucumbers.

I only tend to plant what will freeze or what will can for the cellar.  Last year was cabbage year, red and white and thats all in kraut in the cellar now.  Same with the maters last year, CL canned them in spag sauce.

The corn will mostly get blanched, shelled and frozen in zip-loc bags.  Onions get dried, bagged in mesh bags and hung in the cellar along with spuds, same scenario.  The beans will get blanched and frozen

I usually plant cabbage, bell peppers and brussels sprouts in 2 year intervals growning enough to carry us for the next year.  Kraut keeps for decades.  So does spag sauce.  Everything in the freezers gets consumed bi-yearly.

Not a fan of zuchini or egg plant or anything like that.  why grow it if we don't consume it.

I can do spuds every day, beans too.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Professor H on May 30, 2015, 07:30:11 AM
I have a small patch - with:

Corn - trying it this year
Beans
Spaghetti Squash
Zuchini  and Acorn
Broccoli
Cabbage
Spinach
Brussel sprouts
Peppers - bananna and bell
Tomatoes  regular and cherry

My berry patch took a beating it appears so I added some strawberries to the rasberrys

Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 30, 2015, 08:27:11 AM
I made CL a segregated strawberry patch last year, fenced and protected and the strawberry plants are multiplying so we will have to have another patch made this year.  Got huge berries last year, they seem really happy.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on May 30, 2015, 10:08:00 AM
I can't get motivated.  I have a 25'x25' spot but haven't tilled it yet. Did mow all the weeks and have a tarp over it right now.
I have plants ready to go
 Peppers,  Yellow, red, and Giant Marconi (they are great grilled)
Rutgers and Marigold tomato
grape tomato
burpless cukes  (the regular kill me)  burp burp burp
1 bush zuchini

Years ago when kids were home i had a garden 145' x 150'
grew lots of potato's and sweet corn.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: The Fuzz on May 30, 2015, 11:49:02 AM
I'm waiting for things to green up more, and that damned dark brown helicopter to stop flying before I plant mine.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on May 30, 2015, 12:31:53 PM
And I too have a couple of hundred lbs of horse dung from the grandkids horses.  The neighbors will love me for a few days.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: excelsior on May 30, 2015, 01:42:34 PM
And I too have a couple of hundred lbs of horse dung from the grandkids horses.  The neighbors will love me for a few days.

I was always told that horse and chicken dung was too "hot" to use on the garden.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: eriemermaid on May 30, 2015, 02:31:14 PM
My neighbor planted some 4 x 4 post down the property line. Now I have a beautiful cedar fence along one side of my property :-)
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: CatLady on May 30, 2015, 03:52:28 PM
I was always told that horse and chicken dung was too "hot" to use on the garden.

Horse poop has to be "aged" about a year, then it's fine.  It basically turns into dirt.  Don't know about chicken poop.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 30, 2015, 08:38:05 PM
My neighbor planted some 4 x 4 post down the property line. Now I have a beautiful cedar fence along one side of my property :-)

Obviously your neighbor is telling you something.....lol  You get the backside, they get the frontside.  Fences make good neighbors actually.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 30, 2015, 08:39:39 PM
I'm waiting for things to green up more, and that damned dark brown helicopter to stop flying before I plant mine.

The basement and some full spectrum grow lights work better.  What they can't see they can't confiscate...
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 30, 2015, 08:46:46 PM
I actually have 3 tillers.  I thought about a rear mount 3 point but I'd be planting acres instead of a garden, thats too much.  I have a Sears front tine for chewing up the patch in the spring and then a rear tine Cub Cadet for getting everything ready to plant and a small Troy-Bilt rear tine for weeding between the rows.

Got the Troy-Bilt out of a dumpster a few years back.  Had to replace the engine and some seals but its a nice little tiller.  Think I'm into it for about 100 bucks.

Gave BRD an Ariens Rocket rear tine last year, don't know if he rebuilt it or not yet....
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 01, 2015, 10:29:55 PM
Looks like my spuds survive the deluge just fin, bit they are almost weeds anyway.....

The onions are sprouting and the corn actually looks like it gonna make it, I'm suprised about that.

Things are pretty soggy up here.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on June 01, 2015, 11:01:58 PM
I still haven't tilled but I better get at it this week.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Professor H on June 02, 2015, 09:30:34 AM
Mine survived the great flood of '15...     

Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: FritzTheKat on June 02, 2015, 11:59:44 AM
tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, swiss chard, basil, rhubarb, parsley
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on June 02, 2015, 04:08:31 PM
There!  Garden in.  I have room for 3 more mater plants. Or maybe egg plants for my neighbor
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 02, 2015, 06:08:04 PM
I installed a token 'mater plant for CL. ;D
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: superspice_10 on June 02, 2015, 10:01:57 PM
Got mine in , about 4 varietys of tomatoes , 3 kinds of peppers , zucchinis ( this time they better not mold on me ) some cucumbers and some yellow beans in a pot . I just have to throw my sage plants in . Also put in some basil in my herb garden . Going simple and the usual this year .
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 02, 2015, 10:25:15 PM
I'd say I lost maybe 15% of my sweet corn to the deluge this weekend.  Not enough to replant though.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Professor H on June 03, 2015, 07:54:06 AM
Curious how seeds a year old will "grow"...  is there a time limit or just loss of germination %
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: BigRedDog on June 03, 2015, 08:12:31 AM
Curious how seeds a year old will "grow"...  is there a time limit or just loss of germination %

There have been cases of seeds that were thousands of years old being found and planted and still growing.  I'm sure it has as much to do with how well they were stored as anything else.

We finally got back into the garden yesterday after the 'great flood'...

We've had a couple of visitors!!!!  Deer tracks for evidence!!!   A big set and a smaller set.  They walked in from the north, meandered around for about 100 feet and then it looks like they went over to where we'd left onions from last year.  Couldn't see where they actually chewed on the onions but they stood there it looks like.  Then they stepped over the potato hill and went back out the way they came in.  I hope this isn't a sign of what is to come...  if it is then I think I know where I'll be putting my deer blind in the fall.

We have one potato up about 5-6" already...   

except it's not one we planted this year but rather a 'holdover' from last year.  When I was first tilling the garden I thought it looked like it was a potato so I just went around it to see if it would grow.  So far it's doing great.  I'll go out and 'hill' it up and we'll see how big the taters get on that one with extra growing time!!!
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Professor H on June 03, 2015, 10:50:08 AM
Never considered growing potatoes     do they require a lot of "Room"...  and what is the yield per plant on average?
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Professor H on June 03, 2015, 10:52:29 AM
There have been cases of seeds that were thousands of years old being found and planted and still growing.  I'm sure it has as much to do with how well they were stored as anything else.

Well Fuzz may be interested in some seeds I have leftover from my "college" days...  ;)

Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on June 03, 2015, 11:37:25 AM
I found growing potatoes to be extra work.   If i remember correctly i'd get somewhere around 6-8 from a hill.
After planting and when potatoes start to form they forced their way up and you need to hill them.  Hoe dirt from the row over them or the sun affects them.  And the first year i found out i had potato bugs.  One day every plant was covered with them and if left alone they would have eaten the whole plant.  That requires dusting or spraying.
And if i remember i had problems with grubs or what ever it is that eats food grown underground so I put down some chemicals that you can't use anymore to keep them away.
I found it much much easier and actually cheaper to drive over to the Smith Bros on 151 and buy a couple of hundred pounds from them that fell thru the sorter.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 03, 2015, 02:07:00 PM
Never considered growing potatoes     do they require a lot of "Room"...  and what is the yield per plant on average?

Not really,  I do create 'hills' with my tiller and plant them accordingly in the hills and they do need ocassional 'hilling' when growing, no big deal.  I plant my rows 3 feet apart so I can weed mechanically with the tiller.

I usually plant 6 or 7 rows a hunbred feet long and when it dig time (when the tops turn brown), it's a family affair with CL and my sister-in-law and myself digging them up.  They like sandy soil and I usually get close to 500 pounds for CL and I.

I like growing 'heirloom' spuds like I give to BRD.  They are basically Kennebec/katahdin's that I've propogated over the last decade but I like Red Pnitiac and the blue meat spuds too.  Nothing beats blue french fry's...

Got my start from Dwight Heck, he gave me a small box and it's 'grown' from there.

I dust them with Sevin twice.  Once when the flowers appear on the plants and again after the flowers drop off.

The are all 'peeping' up today and so are the onions.

The farm store in Adrian (not TSC) but the one next to K-mart on 52 is a real good source for bulk onion sets and potatoes.  I bought them both there this year, everything germinated.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 03, 2015, 02:13:32 PM
I found growing potatoes to be extra work.

Not really, I made a hiller attachment for my rear tine that piles my initial hill as I till....  

If i remember correctly i'd get somewhere around 6-8 from a hill.

It varies for me.  Sometimes I get 6-8 big ones, sometimes a dozen small ones.  CL uses the small 'new potatoes' for boiling and in roasts....

After planting and when potatoes start to form they forced their way up and you need to hill them.  Hoe dirt from the row over them or the sun affects them.  And the first year i found out i had potato bugs.  One day every plant was covered with them and if left alone they would have eaten the whole plant.  That requires dusting or spraying.

I use Sevin in a sprayer 2 times a year.

And if i remember i had problems with grubs or what ever it is that eats food grown underground so I put down some chemicals that you can't use anymore to keep them away.

Never had a grub issue here, but this is good potato ground as War-Ag farms will attest to...

I found it much much easier and actually cheaper to drive over to the Smith Bros on 151 and buy a couple of hundred pounds from them that fell thru the sorter.

I go by Smiths quite often.  I think they grow chipping potatoes, not sure.  Never stopped in, will have to sometime.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 03, 2015, 02:15:13 PM
Never considered growing potatoes     do they require a lot of "Room"...  and what is the yield per plant on average?

.....next spring, if you want some, ride out with BRD.  I always have a bunch to give to
'new growers'.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Professor H on June 03, 2015, 05:26:22 PM
.....next spring, if you want some, ride out with BRD.  I always have a bunch to give to
'new growers'.
I will - I think the grandkids would like to see where their frenchfries come from...
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 03, 2015, 05:40:54 PM
FYI, Better Maid in Detroit uses Michigan chipping potatoes.  I remember when Goetz sold to them, Armstead too.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 06, 2015, 10:40:31 AM
Update:

The sweet corn has sporadically come up (I think some got drowned out), the 'taters are all coming along and the onions...we will have sacks of onions this year, all the sets I got from Family Farm and Home in Adrian are doing fine.

CL's 'mater plant is 'alive' too.   lol
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: BigRedDog on June 06, 2015, 11:21:57 AM
FYI, Better Maid in Detroit uses Michigan chipping potatoes.  I remember when Goetz sold to them, Armstead too.

Made Rite chip company up in Bay City uses them too...

I've worked on their boat!
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: superspice_10 on June 06, 2015, 03:53:42 PM
Haha ..  This totally surprised me today ... got 5 banana peppers and 3 cherrie tomatoes sprouting ... Thought that's Awsome ... So far so good
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on April 15, 2017, 10:57:19 AM
Nothing planted yet and am worried about finding the good plants i use to get at The Andersons.

My garden is covered with some weed that spreads like crazy.  It's completely covered. 
I sprayed today with Kills-all.  It does not harm the soil and i will be able to plant in a few weeks.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: The Fuzz on April 15, 2017, 11:07:15 AM
I've had good luck with getting healthy plants/annuals from Perrin's.......on M50 just behind where the old Farmer Jack's used to be.  Little on the pricey side but always healthy, and a very good selection.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on April 15, 2017, 02:56:06 PM
I'll check Perins out
I like mariglobe and German Johnson tomatoes along with Rutgers.
I really like Giant Marconi peppers
I also plant one or two of habenaro, jalapeño, Fish, Cajun bell, Ghost
I dehydrate them and grind in powder. My son uses the powder.
It takes me a week almost to decontaminate the kitchen
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on April 15, 2017, 03:32:32 PM
Nothing planted yet and am worried about finding the good plants i use to get at The Andersons.

My garden is covered with some weed that spreads like crazy.  It's completely covered. 
I sprayed today with Kills-all.  It does not harm the soil and i will be able to plant in a few weeks.

Roundup works too.  Glyphosate's half life is about a week.  Because it's a systemic herbicide, it becomes non-toxic to plants.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on April 15, 2017, 03:33:39 PM
Really too early to plant much of anything except cabbage.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on April 15, 2017, 06:41:26 PM
I have roundup. But never knew it dissipated that quickly. Pays to read directions. But I'm a guy..
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: BigRedDog on April 16, 2017, 08:43:48 AM
I'll check Perins out
I like mariglobe and German Johnson tomatoes along with Rutgers.
I really like Giant Marconi peppers
I also plant one or two of habenaro, jalapeño, Fish, Cajun bell, Ghost
I dehydrate them and grind in powder. My son uses the powder.
It takes me a week almost to decontaminate the kitchen


I'm sure you know but to enlighten any of our readers that aren't aware Parran's also have a full service center at their main location out in Ida.  We go out there and walk by the hour...  you'll find plants there that you just won't find anywhere else.

http://www.parransgreenhouse.com/ (http://www.parransgreenhouse.com/)

Looks like they open on April 26th for the season.

They're on Secor Road just north of Ida Center.

We have most of our seeds from Gurney this year.  We bought a 72 cell seed starter and have it here with us and we have some of our seeds started...   tomatoes (no idea which ones), the giant pumpkins and lettuce and cauliflower.  We'll be starting some more before we leave.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on April 16, 2017, 10:10:56 AM
Forgot about Ida.  That's a heck of a lot closer...
I don't have good luck with seeds.
I started some last year in the house in southern window.
They almost all damped off when i put them on the back porch/
I did something wrong..
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: The Fuzz on April 16, 2017, 11:32:03 AM
Hell BRD, I didn't know where it was nor about it.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on April 26, 2017, 08:35:35 AM
Secor, north of Ida Center about a 1/2 mile.

I have a 10 pound bag of Arrostock Maine potatoes coming the second week of May.  I'm anxious to cut them and dust with hydrated lime and plant them.  CL and I will probably eat about half.  Arrostock's are not available around here at all.  Sure they are very hardy coming from Northern Maine.

Being personally delivered by my friends in Houlton, Maine.  They are stopping by for a few days in May on their way to Alaska to visit their son for a couple months.

Nice being retired.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Professor H on June 22, 2017, 09:36:45 AM

I may have to break down and get one of these! 


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Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 26, 2017, 02:58:03 PM
I need to downsize the garden.  I just cannot toss any seed potatoes out and thusly, I have enlarged the patch again.

2 rows of Ambrosia sweet corn, 7 rows of spuds (lower garden) additionally, 5 more rows of spuds in the upper (new) garden), 7 rows of onions, 2 tomato plants, 2 cuke plants and 4 zucchini plants.

Just hilled the spuds this morning....again.  Had quite a few strawberries out of the patch too.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Newport-Bill on June 26, 2017, 03:46:50 PM
Zucchini (enough to feed the county), cucumbers (not sure why since I usually get 2-3 then the mosaic virus kills them), cantaloupe (which I don't like but my Dad tells me you can't grow good cantaloupe in MI so I do it to spite him), butternut squash, and pumpkins (some to sell, some to carve and some for deer bait.)
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on June 26, 2017, 05:43:26 PM
NB, same here on the cukes. I've had that problem for at least 5 years now.  Vine grows nice, lots of blossoms. A few cukes and the next day the vine is dried up. 
I've moved out of garden to other end of my lot and let grow up the fence. Same deal.  The stuff is in the air.
I can't eat anything but burpless and they are hard to find. That's why I try to grow.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 26, 2017, 10:00:30 PM
Randy Duseau told me to lace the cukes with Sevin so that is the plan shortly.  I have blossoms and vines right now so probably tomorrow..  The 'maters and the long green things will get a blast too.  This is the first year in 5 that I've tried cukes.  In the past they croak.

Corn is knee high already.  I side dressed it with 46 granulated urea, same stuff I use on the hay.  46 bucks a bag at Ida or Britton, no tax, ag account.  traded a roto tiller (rear tine) I got some years back (for zip) for a Garden Way seeder with all the seed discs.  Cats meow for planting corn.  I'll try it on beans next year and maybe carrots too.  Carrots are a pizzer to plant.  I've tried seed tapes and the syringe planter.  Neither one is any good.

We got a deal on onion sets at Meijers in Adrian.  The had reds and whites in hundred bulb boxes for a dollar a box and 95% came up.

3 years ago I bought a Cub Cadet counter rotating rear tine tiller.  What a tiller.  2 passes to break new ground at an IDLE.  I use an ancient Troy Bilt rear tine Pony tiller with a Harbor Freight engine as my cultivator tiller.  I space my rows 3 feet apart so keeping the patch weed free is a matter of running the little troy bilt down the rows...  and...  pre treating the patch with roundup-ultra 45% glyphosate 3 weeks before planting it, helps too.

I hate weeds.

Fingers crossed on the cukes.  I'm amazed that I never have an issue with zuchinni, it's in the cuke family too.

If they croak, I can always get all I want from Randy.  Cabbage too.

Finally, I planted my usual Kathadin and Russett and Pontiac spuds but I also planted Aroostock (Maine potatoes) and purple potatoes and I'd say they will be purple because the plant stems are purple....

The 'maters are all about CL.  I hate tomatoes.  CL says I have about 1/2 acre planted.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on June 27, 2017, 09:23:51 AM
Ill dust cukes today.  And hope that's the trick..
i spray my tomatoes and peppers with epsom salts about every two weeks.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Newport-Bill on June 27, 2017, 09:25:40 AM
I've had one of those Garden Way seeders for years.  It works great for beans.  I would have them this year but only I eat them since the kids are gone.  I have also used it for beets. Have never tried it with carrots but no reason think it wouldn't work well.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on June 28, 2017, 10:28:51 PM
I've had one of those Garden Way seeders for years.  It works great for beans.  I would have them this year but only I eat them since the kids are gone.  I have also used it for beets. Have never tried it with carrots but no reason think it wouldn't work well.

I thought it was a good trade in as much as the tiller was free and I don't like front time tillers anyway.  Had to fiddle wit it a little bit, oil the wheel bearings and clean the seed plates but it does work well on corn.  I have the straightest best spaced rows I've ever planted.  I still manually side dress the corn with 46 though I see you can get a side dress attachment for the seeder.  Corn loves Urea.

Carrots are a bugger to hand plant because the seeds are so small, like onions, why I buy sets.

Laid on the Sevin the other night.  If it rains like it's supposed to, I'll give it to them (cukes, maters and zuchinni again after the rain.  I'm starting to get tiny cukes already and the Zukes are a couple inches long.  Have some green maters too but are too small yet.

Corn is knee high and the spuds are coming along.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 01, 2017, 03:53:10 PM
I have good news to report.  For the first time in a long time, CL and I just picked some nice cukes.  Not real big but firm and the plants show no signs of wilt at all.  I've sprayed them with Sevin 2 times now and again this morning.

Fingers crossed.  Thats 3 more than I usually get.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 02, 2017, 10:28:15 AM
CL made cukes with onions and vinegar and they have been consumed.  We savored them as they were the first to make it in about 8 years.  Hopefully I get more, lots more. ;D
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: The Fuzz on July 02, 2017, 01:19:01 PM
No doubt, those taste super that way.  Enjoy!
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on July 02, 2017, 08:29:33 PM
Love cukes and onions.   I've learned to scoop out cukes and refrigerate vinegar and onions to use a few more times
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 03, 2017, 04:48:18 PM
Got 5 more this morning.  I'm not letting them get real big.  Picking them about 6-8" long.  No need to peel, just salt and eat.

Sevin is the hot setup.  I'm using the concentrated liquid.  One ounce to a full hose end sprayer.  Looking good, lots of blossoms too.  The Zukes are coming too.  Picked a couple this morning.  John wants the huge ones though, calls them 'wife beaters'.  Green baseball bats.

I have to weed the onions and corn when it dries out a bit.  Then I'll side dress the corn, the cukes, tomatoes and Zukes with 46 Urea.  Picked up 3 50 pound bags at the elevator today.  I need about 10 more actually.  Ordered 50 pounds of vernal alfalfa too.

Really excited about the cukes.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on July 03, 2017, 10:29:27 PM
I dusted mine before I left but I'm worried now that the rain washed it off and the vines will be dried up when I get home Sunday
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 04, 2017, 03:54:45 PM
I dusted mine before I left but I'm worried now that the rain washed it off and the vines will be dried up when I get home Sunday

If I knew where you lived I'd dust them for you.  Mine are just fine.  I gave them another shot last night (after the rain).  Just prior to, picked about 8 nice cukes and 6 nice Zukes.  Took a friend across town some and he was amazed that one, I had them ready to pick and two, they were so nice.

If your whither up, CL and I will share.  We will have plenty
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 08, 2017, 09:18:53 PM
The cucumbers just keep coming....  CL and I are elated.  Had cukes and onions in vinegar with dinner tonight.  After 8 dry years, I cannot get enough.  I have literally hundreds of blossoms on 2 plants.  After the rain I gave them another shot of Sevin.  Corn too.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on July 08, 2017, 09:55:19 PM
Just got home after being gone 8 days. First thing I did was check my cukes. I have some little ones and the vines look great. Ill hit the Sevin tomorrow. I dusted pretty well before I left and sprinkled the ground around them...
Mine are burpless. So if I don't get any I usually go without. Reg cukes kill me.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 08, 2017, 10:53:15 PM
Ours are too.  I have dozens of little 'Gerkens' that are growing and many. many blossoms.  Been putting Sevin on the tomato plants and sweet corn too.  I'm using the liquid concentrate in the hose end sprayer.  My corn is just about belt high.  I side dressed a couple days ago with 46 Urea and it went into overdrive.  If it rains, when it quits, I'm out the with the sprayer.  I'm not taking any chances....

No sign of any wilt or leaf issues.  Growing like crazy, out in the onions already.  I'm not about to 'train' them back.  Been too many years without to disturb them.  I'll take a hundred, I never get tired of eating cukes.

It's good for cutworm and horn worms too.  All the plants (Zuchini, Tomatoes and Cucumbers are Burpee pre plants we got at Lowes).  The tomatoes are the Big Boy variety, very bushy plants, dark green foilage.

Picked up some purple potatoes too.  Curious to see if the meat is purple.  I have a lot of potatoes in (as usual).

Next year is green beans, cabbage, sweet corn, onions and potatoes and maybe some caluflower.

I'm really sold on Sevin.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on July 09, 2017, 11:00:32 AM
I like Sevin too..  I use the powder because i don't have that big a garden.  I use Sevin on the roses and some other flowers too.   A light dusting keeps the bugs from eating up the leaves.  The liquid seems to deaden the roses.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 09, 2017, 03:11:23 PM
No roses here except wild climbers.  Getting some really BIG zukes.  Baseball bat sized.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on July 09, 2017, 04:01:46 PM
Cuke update
I found 2 about the size of a banana and a bunch of little ones.
Only one leaf chewed up..
I dusted pretty well. I hope that's the trick.
I love small cukes in salad and the onion vinegar thing.  I may use the "Mothers" vinegar. Then I won't have to drink as much of it..
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 09, 2017, 11:23:09 PM
Keep the treatment up.  It's supposed to rain next few days.  You'll have to dust again when the rain quits.  I'm regaining my confidence in cukes after 8 dry years.  CL did cukes in vinegar and onions again tonight...they are gone.  I'm gonna pick Zukes tomorrow and run them down to John at his stand in Ottawa Lake...

Are we the only 2 on here with gardens?????
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Newport-Bill on July 10, 2017, 09:35:47 AM
Mine is coming along.  Spent a lot of time in it this past week.  Hoed around all the plants, tilled between the rows, and then yesterday cleaning up the lines between plants the tiller didn't get.

I do everything from seed so I am a couple weeks behind you guys.  Zukes, cukes, cantaloupe, butternuts, and lots of pumpkins.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on July 10, 2017, 10:26:09 AM
Sounds like you are on top of it Bill...
when i heard rain was coming i did a little hoeing and i took the outside tines off the Mantis and zipped around the plants.
I sure hope the Sevin is the trick.  And i think you are right on the 8 year drought.  It was always so disappointing to walk out one day and see the vines all withered up.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 10, 2017, 12:38:46 PM
Bill...

I like doing stuff like cucumbers and zuchini and tomatoes from hot house started plants, just easier.  Everything else is seed.

Raining cats and dogs here.  Lots of thunder and lightening too.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Newport-Bill on July 10, 2017, 12:52:04 PM
Tomatoes are the only thing I have ever started with as a plant.  I had two plants last year (wife doesn't eat tomatoes so 2 plants are enough for me) but I didn't get any fruits till September and by then I start heading north prepping for bow season so it just isn't worth messing with them.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 10, 2017, 06:27:59 PM
I don't care for tomatoes (raw) either.  CL cans tomato sauce for over the winter.  Ah yes bow season.  I need to get my 10 point out and shoot some bolts into the foam cube.  They installed new limbs last year under warranty so I got a re-string too, new cams and new trigger box.

I picked almost a full gunny sack of Zukes today for John's stand in Ottawa Lake from 4 plants.  Not sharing the cukes with anyone.  CL and I can eat everyone 2 plants produce.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Newport-Bill on July 11, 2017, 09:56:59 AM
I have a Tenpoint as well, in fact two of them.  Had an issue with one - great customer service.  A deadly accurate weapon for sure.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on July 11, 2017, 10:29:10 AM
First thing today. Dust the cukes. 
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 11, 2017, 03:00:22 PM
I have a Tenpoint as well, in fact two of them.  Had an issue with one - great customer service.  A deadly accurate weapon for sure.

One is enough for me.  I agree, fantastic customer service and a lifetime no hassle guarantee.  They even sent me a prepaid ship label for the return to them in Mogadore, Ohio.  I got new limbs, updated cams, new bow string, new trigger box and the even replace all my Luminocks because the new trigger box takes a flat nock and mine were dimpled.  Hunter Manufacturing is top shelf.

I'm a gun guy.  The bow just extends my season.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 11, 2017, 03:01:44 PM
First thing today. Dust the cukes.

I haven't but I will this afternoon.  Mine are going crazy growing everywhere.  Must be the 46 Urea.,,lol
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on July 21, 2017, 08:12:45 PM
Well it started. Pretty long vine of cukes all wither up tonight.  I cut it off and threw in garbage can.  I still have most of the 3 plants doing ok. 
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 21, 2017, 11:35:55 PM
Well it started. Pretty long vine of cukes all wither up tonight.  I cut it off and threw in garbage can.  I still have most of the 3 plants doing ok.

Nothing here.  been religiously doing the Sevin.  I have cukes coming out my ears, literally.  I loaded up a pump sprayer with Sevin concentrate, too far to drag the hose end sprayer.

Give them some more dust....  If you run out of cukes, we have plenty to give away.  been having cukes in vinegar every night.  been doing the corn and the tomatoes too.  If it rains tonight, I'll douse them in the morning.  The cucumber and zuchini plants are alive every morning with bees.  Sounds like an airport over there.....  lots of little planes....lol

The zuchini looks like a hedgerow and the cukes have taken over two rows of onions.  Got to be that 46 Urea.  The corn across the road is at least 12 feet tall.  Never seen field corn that tall.  he uses 46 too.

After 8 dry years, I'm never going to get cuked out. ;D
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on July 22, 2017, 09:23:53 AM
Cukes look ok this morning. When threat of rain over I'll dust again..
Next time to hardware I'll pick up liquid and another 1-1/2 gal sprayer. They are $8..
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 22, 2017, 04:59:31 PM
Picked a 3 gallon pail full this AM.  If anyone wants some, let me know.  I'll see Maverick next week, I bet he takes some hone... ;D
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 22, 2017, 05:01:04 PM
Been using the liquid concentrate right along.  Menards has it for 7 bucks in the pint size, 13 in the quart sixe in the lawn and garden section (outside)...
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Maverick on July 22, 2017, 07:14:03 PM
Picked a 3 gallon pail full this AM.  If anyone wants some, let me know.  I'll see Maverick next week, I bet he takes some hone... ;D
You bet. My dad supplies me for the most part but this time of year you can't have too much fresh garden stuff
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 22, 2017, 10:33:50 PM
Stacked up on the sink like cordwood..... ;D
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on July 23, 2017, 06:41:07 AM
I like cukes but some people really do.  I took a few to the gym and gave to a young gal that works there.  She ate them like a banana.. She hadn't heard of a burpless one
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 23, 2017, 05:57:04 PM
I like cukes but some people really do.  I took a few to the gym and gave to a young gal that works there.  She ate them like a banana.. She hadn't heard of a burpless one

Trying to get a date?   lol

 I like to cut the end off, add some salt and munch away.  CL made some in sour cream this afternoon...for dinner I suspect.  I sliced up the bigger ones, they are in a big bowl soaking in saltwater for doing dill pickles tomorrow.

Never been to a gym.  I get all the physical exercise I need right here farming and working on the houses and seven acres.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 23, 2017, 05:58:24 PM
We just had a boomer with rain.  Guess I'll be spraying the cukes again tomorrow...  (after picking another bucket full).

You can find my cukes, zuchinni , soon tomatoes, sweet corn and potatoes at John's vegetable stand on Old Route 223, across from Ottawa Lake Co-op at Yankee road...  and lots of other stuff too.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Newport-Bill on July 31, 2017, 09:31:10 PM
Picked my first zucchini tonight.  The flood of them will start mid to late week.  Cucumbers probably a week away.  Got some blossoms on my cantaloupe and several golf ball size pumpkins forming.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on July 31, 2017, 10:08:21 PM
Nothing as good as homegrown melons that ripen on the vine..
I've been babying the cukes.  Still doing ok after getting rid of one withered vine.  They looked wilted yesterday probably because it hasn't rained. I put hose on them for 10 min.  Seem ok again
Tomatoes just starting
I picked a couple of giant Marconi peppers after they turned red.  They are be best on the grill.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 31, 2017, 10:36:17 PM
We are positively awash in cucumbers.  Been picking a couple gallons every day but they are slowing down a bit, been watering them nightly and then dusting them with liquid Sevin in the morning.  I have a carpet of them crossing 3 rows of onions.  Every morning, sounds like an airport out there with all the bees buzzing around pollinating.

Picked a few tomatoes the other day.  Planted the bush Big Boys.  CL says they are good.  I only like tomatoes cooked and canned.

CL already did one load of dill pickles and there is another load soaking in brine right now for tomorrow afternoon.

Been giving away Zuichini's for weeks now, most go to Joyce's Market on Old US 23 at Yankee Road to be made into bread. Had some monsters already.

The Ambrosia has cobbed out, waiting for the silk to turn brown so I can shuck the cobs and freeze the corn in bags.

Potatoes (i have about 1/2 acre of potatoes), are all in blossom and the onions (red and white are getting big.

Been a good year so far.  Need a bit of rain this week however.

Pretty hard to beat 46 Urea for jump starting everything.

John got in a load of fantastic plums and garlic and a load of Amish made preserves.  I grabbed a jar of strawberry and a jar of salsa too.

Has really nice sweet corn and I would have gotten some but I have my own.

If you get a chance swing by his market, he has excellent produce and excellent prices...Old US 223 across from Ottawa Lake Elevator at Yankee Road (shameless plug).  John is a good guy.  Told me that business is over the top now that Andersons is gone.  No place to buy fresh locally grown produce anymore but his place....

CL's dill pickles look good in the jars.  bet they taste good too.  Have to wait for a few weeks for the flavors to mingle in the jars....

Next on the agenda will be blanching corn and stripping cobs to freeze.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on August 01, 2017, 04:54:26 PM
Possible solutions for controlling wilt on Veges and fruit from Rodale's basic organic gardening.
Mix 1 part cows milk with 9 part water and spray plants.
And
Mix 1. Tsp baking soda with 1 Qt water and spray. It says that raises PH and slows down powdery mildew.
It didn't say but I'd guess you would saturate the ground with the baking soda
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on August 01, 2017, 07:57:19 PM
I see no point in experimenting.  The Sevin is doing it here just fine,  Gonna need a drink soon though (possibly tonight).  getting a might dry.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on August 01, 2017, 07:58:44 PM
Pretty hard to buy unpasturized milk.  Guess I could hit up Wadsworth for a jug from a tanker.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on August 01, 2017, 10:49:20 PM
Not sure what they meant by cows milk. 
I doubt 1 or 2% would do the job.

I'll keep putting Sevin on. If I see that's not 100% effective I'll add the baking soda
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Professor H on May 09, 2018, 08:53:22 PM
My small garden is in for the most part...

I am trying a new trick to keep rabbits out -   I got motion detector spot lights... 
first night after they hit the Tomatoes - it seems to have warded them off. 

Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on May 10, 2018, 09:22:43 AM
I'm just thinking about planting.  I have to make a trip up Secor to Parrins.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on May 10, 2018, 09:33:03 AM
Menards on Alexis has nice vegetable plants and ornamentals too.  Was there yesterday looking for John's zucchini  plants that I couldn't find anywhere.  They had them.  Meijers, across the street has terrible plants.  Obviously, the employees are too lazy to water them, all are wilted and dying.  Same at TSC in Dundee, flats of dying plants.

I have a boatload of potatoes to plant including 10 pounds of Arrostock potatoes from Maine that were given to me by my good friends there.

This year will be the usual sweet corn, brussels sprouts, red and white cabbage, green beans, bell peppers, carrots and spuds.  Garden is prepped to plant, just need to plant it.  Laid in some 46 urea as well.

I do need to get my green beans in later today.  I have the seeds soaking in water (which speeds germination).
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on September 01, 2019, 02:45:08 PM
My 3 groups of cukes are doing fine.  This is the first year in many that they are still producing this late in the season.  I did dust/spray them a few times but it rained so often im not sure that did any good. 
So maybe it's the abundance of rain that has kept them from wilting and dying off.
Or maybe it's because I planted them next to a 6' high wood fence on the southern side of the plants. 
Perhaps it was the hot sun beating them down before. And the lack of adequate moisture.

Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on September 01, 2019, 05:51:31 PM
I've regularly applied Sevin to my zukes and broccoli.  Just not doing well, but I planted late,  Taters are really going to town, so are the onions.  Cauliflower went well, all gone in the tummy now.

I think I'm going to try straw growing next year.  Gal down the road did the straw number and she has huge pumpkins, 10 foot tall sunflowers and cukes all over the place.  Doing taters in straw allows you to rake taters from underneath without disturbing the plant.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on September 01, 2019, 11:01:59 PM
Straw sounds like a good option. A few years ago I bagged grass and used that in the garden. But I’m paying the price now with weeds I also had morning glories behind the garden.  No more. I have them coming up all over the garden
I’m going to have to spray the garden with something like KillsAll next spring
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on September 02, 2019, 09:29:28 AM
Early spray with Roundup Ultra or Max (after tilling and let the weeds emerge).  Wait 2 weeks and plant.

Do that every year.  Grass clippings make good compost but you have to 'cook' them first in a compost bin or pile.  You need to heat them to at least 150 degrees to kill off the weed seeds.

Best compost is old horse or cow manure that has cooked for a while.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: blue2 on September 02, 2019, 02:42:39 PM
I am going to spray for sure.  I've used Kills All in the yard to kill ugly stuff.  And you can plant a day or 2 later.   Ive gotten the weeks under control once the plants got big.  But until that I was pulling weeds everyday.. 
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on September 02, 2019, 06:28:41 PM
Half life on glyphosate is 2 weeks. from application.  What I do to really kick the Roundup into high gear is mix some high nitrate fertilizer (don't matter what kind, just so long as the N content is high).  Take the fertilizer and the Roundup and mix it together with water into a solution and spray that on. (use the dilution rate for the Roundup) don't buy the pre mix stuff, waste of money.  Buy the concentrate.  A quart goes a long way.
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: Monroe Native on September 03, 2019, 07:08:08 PM
Half life on glyphosate is 2 weeks. from application.  What I do to really kick the Roundup into high gear is mix some high nitrate fertilizer (don't matter what kind, just so long as the N content is high).  Take the fertilizer and the Roundup and mix it together with water into a solution and spray that on. (use the dilution rate for the Roundup) don't buy the pre mix stuff, waste of money.  Buy the concentrate.  A quart goes a long way.

Would DEF work for the fertilizer?
Title: Re: Gardening thread... What have you planted this spring...?
Post by: SidecarFlip on September 04, 2019, 09:07:13 AM
Actually yes but granulated is much cheaper.  I use expired DEF from my lubricant jobber but getting it from a store and paying for it, no way.  Too expensive for what you get.