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This was garden day. Up early (for me) and set out the pepper plants I got Thursday. I'm thinking I'll get a few more. I have Thai, serrano, jalapeno and cayenne. 2 or 3 more plants of each will do.

Dad wanted to plow his peas. I wouldn't have plowed with the ground this damp but they're his peas. Plowing damp ground will cause the ground to compact and harden (causes problems next time I plow). I'd have waited another day, supposed to be sunny all week.

Onions are producing and the potatoes look great, blooming right now. I know now horse nettle and potatoes are cousins. The blooms are almost identical. It never occurred to until a few years ago.

Anyway, potatoes and onions up first... cabbages look great.

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Sam the photo bomb ready for duty... guarding the peppers I just set out.
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Weed control old school! Plow it! Dad did pretty good, at 88 his reaction time is a bit slow for plowing but that's why we planted 8 rows of peas. If one or two plants get damaged by a plow it's no big deal.

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We have 10 rows of corn up, 3 plantings. 8 rows of field peas and purple hulls. 4 rows of okra, to little to plow. Most are 180ft long. Except the potatoes, cabbage at the end of the fig bushes. They about 130ft

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It was rime to drag the orange tree out on the front deck.

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I have been eating oranges all winter. But since I want it set flowers and fruit this year I picked all of the oranges that were left over.

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Gonna make some orange juice from them. Not bad for oranges in SW PA. When I convert the back porch to a green house, that tree will find it's forever home.

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It was rime to drag the orange tree out on the front deck.

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I have been eating oranges all winter. But since I want it set flowers and fruit this year I picked all of the oranges that were left over.

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Gonna make some orange juice from them. Not bad for oranges in SW PA. When I convert the back porch to a green house, that tree will find it's forever home.

Ben
Thats awesome, I want one!! We had a nice one in the backyard in Florida but too cold here. What type of orange is it and how did you keep it warm in winter?
 

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My garden looks like it always does...like I was either drunk while planting or have ADHD ....
Somehow i can't ever get stuff planted nice and neat in rows. My stuff grows but its all over the place
Got some really nice eggplant plants delivered today. I can grow them from seed but it take forever, and the local places only sell the same type ( Black beauty) which doesn't seem to do well here. I got Fairy and Hansel this time. We'll see if they do well. I only got 8 plants but will keep some seeds if it works
 

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Thats awesome, I want one!! We had a nice one in the backyard in Florida but too cold here. What type of orange is it and how did you keep it warm in winter?
No idea what type of orange it is. It was one of those "5 citrus trees in one" where they grafted 5 citrus trees on to one root stock. If was The Princess that bought it.

We have an enclosed front porch that is not heated but never freezes. We drag it out on the stoop after the threat of frost has passed and back inside before the first frost of fall.

Love the scent when it is in flower!

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My garden looks like it always does...like I was either drunk while planting or have ADHD ....
Somehow i can't ever get stuff planted nice and neat in rows. My stuff grows but its all over the place.
I use both 2-row planters and cultivators to lay out rows. All of the equipment is set up for rows on 36inch centers. Once the first two rows at the edge of the garden are set the rest will match them.

Whether seed is planted with planters or hand dropped in furrows made by cultivators... All of it can then be plowed using the tractor. The rows are the exact same distance from each other.

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It doesn't matter if rows are straight or curved, short or a 1/2mile long. As long as they are all the same they can easily be plowed.

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My garden is never in rows, and people here notice. So I just gave up and planted in small square sections. I have a strange walking pate around the squares to pull the hose and water.
Did get some peppers and tomatoes in the ground today, and weeded the kale and spinach. It was so hot, just worked till noon. Will do the same tomorrow.
 

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@jishinsjourney You mentioned covering your blueberries over in the other thread. Have you seen this site (it's a YT channel)? I have no desire to have a market garden and nothing in my garden looks pretty like his, but he has some good info and what he does to protect against pigeons of all things seems like it would work for other critters as well.
 

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@jishinsjourney You mentioned covering your blueberries over in the other thread. Have you seen this site (it's a YT channel)? I have no desire to have a market garden and nothing in my garden looks pretty like his, but he has some good info and what he does to protect against pigeons of all things seems like it would work for other critters as well.
I haven’t! I’ll take a peek at it, thank you!
 

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@jishinsjourney You mentioned covering your blueberries over in the other thread. Have you seen this site (it's a YT channel)? I have no desire to have a market garden and nothing in my garden looks pretty like his, but he has some good info and what he does to protect against pigeons of all things seems like it would work for other critters as well.
Thank you for posting this link, I took a quick look and I think if I ever get a free day I would like to watch them all!
 

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It's still been cold here, the temp was 32.2 the other morning when I got up. But it's supposed to be in the 80s this weekend. I'm jealous of everyone who's already almost ready to harvest. lol

Saturday I filled two 10gal garden bags using soil mixed with a brick of coconut coir for each bag. (I have heavy rocky soil and have had issues trying to grow beets in the past.) So I planted two types of beets, one striped and one ruby red I think.


I picked up two pepperoncini plants on Sunday at a local flea market, so those are sitting with my tomatoes in their red solo cups, waiting to go out. I'll start hardening them off this weekend but may not be able to plant for a couple more weeks.
 

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Thank you for posting this link, I took a quick look and I think if I ever get a free day I would like to watch them all!
He shares quite a few little tid-bits even through the garden tours at various times of the year. Last night I watched his "short clip" on how to pick lettuce. Might sound silly, but makes sense to me so I will be trying it.
 

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No idea what type of orange it is. It was one of those "5 citrus trees in one" where they grafted 5 citrus trees on to one root stock. If was The Princess that bought it.

We have an enclosed front porch that is not heated but never freezes. We drag it out on the stoop after the threat of frost has passed and back inside before the first frost of fall.

Love the scent when it is in flower!

Ben
I just spent a small fortune and ordered a Myer lemon tree and a dwarf clementine tree and large pots to put them in so they can be moved. We have a greenhouse but it's not heated so it will go indoors in winter with a grow light
 

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The tree watering thing has gone a little sideways, if I daisy chain it to a existing line on the irrigation system the pressure is too low, if I hook just the trees up to the tap the pressure is too high (blows out the emitters). I will have to think on it a bit to come up with a good solution.

My plants are all growing well, we have rain today and when I went out the check things at lunch I discovered a bird inside my netted area. I tried to show it the way out but the bird was fixated on "protecting" some of the plants... I ended up gently catching the thing with cupped hands and then taking it out and with a gentle toss into the air the bird was gone... That bird is lucky I am ethical, because if it were in season it would have been converted to food....

I bought some cheap corn seed to back fill where the "expensive/fancy" corn had failed and it is growing way better than the other stuff, very exciting.

My little potatoes are growing very well in containers, I am finding that they seem to do nicely in shallow soil, so now I have that going. As for buying seed potatoes, about half the stuff we get from the store sprouts before we can eat is, so I am using that for my seed potatoes. Because the wife is limited on her starch in-take we may not need to buy any more (I have 4 types now and that should be enough variety).
 
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Peppers and onion sets are in their "forever" homes. Over the weekend will be the big push to plant. Beans (lima, green bush and shelling), carrots, beets, and corn. All but six of the potato containers have been hilled. Those six seem to be slow goers.
 

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! Help ! I made a big mistake! I have almost no space so the wife said,"Plant pole beans, because they take up less space." So I planted 30' pole beans, every 6" and they are all about 8" high now, so it is time to arrange to support them. So I ask my wife how close do I need to place supports for the pole beans? Her answer totally floored me, "Oh we never grew pole beans, we only grew bush beans".

So I need some informed direction, how often do I need to place vertical supports and what should be the spacing of the horizontal supports?
I was assuming that I would need a vertical every foot and cross braces placed a foot apart, but I really have no idea what I am doing. Can anyone give me some informed guidance?


I feel like I have completely overshot my capabilities... I was planning to work in the garden tomorrow, but I prefer to have a clue about what I am doing....

Thanks
 

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I always do bush beans.
But I would think verticals, depending on material used, 3-4' apart, horizontals every 2'. Beans will grow fast so won't need support for very long till they get to the next one.
I'm sure others have plenty of time with pole beans that know way more than me.
 

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! Help ! I made a big mistake! I have almost no space so the wife said,"Plant pole beans, because they take up less space." So I planted 30' pole beans, every 6" and they are all about 8" high now, so it is time to arrange to support them. So I ask my wife how close do I need to place supports for the pole beans? Her answer totally floored me, "Oh we never grew pole beans, we only grew bush beans".

So I need some informed direction, how often do I need to place vertical supports and what should be the spacing of the horizontal supports?
I was assuming that I would need a vertical every foot and cross braces placed a foot apart, but I really have no idea what I am doing. Can anyone give me some informed guidance?


I feel like I have completely overshot my capabilities... I was planning to work in the garden tomorrow, but I prefer to have a clue about what I am doing....

Thanks
I cheat at times ~ I use those little 3M clear plastic sticky-back hooks & tie a piece of jute that reaches down to the bean sprout. They can hang onto the jute pretty well. At the end of the season, it all goes in the compost.
ETA: I stick the little hooks to the upper side or eves of the house or summer kitchen.
 

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! Help ! I made a big mistake! I have almost no space so the wife said,"Plant pole beans, because they take up less space." So I planted 30' pole beans, every 6" and they are all about 8" high now, so it is time to arrange to support them. So I ask my wife how close do I need to place supports for the pole beans? Her answer totally floored me, "Oh we never grew pole beans, we only grew bush beans".

So I need some informed direction, how often do I need to place vertical supports and what should be the spacing of the horizontal supports?
I was assuming that I would need a vertical every foot and cross braces placed a foot apart, but I really have no idea what I am doing. Can anyone give me some informed guidance?


I feel like I have completely overshot my capabilities... I was planning to work in the garden tomorrow, but I prefer to have a clue about what I am doing....

Thanks
I don't think they need horizontal support.

I just ran jute cord between a bottom rail and a top and the climbed just fine.. Plant them with your corn.

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Didn't get to do too much in the garden today. This morning, I went to pick up a new to me weaving loom and now it's windy and raining.

Did get the bean pole setup--even took a pic for @UrbanHunter . Thinned out the radishes too.

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Half of the pole is planted with lima beans (all I had left from last year--this year's seed is bush) and the other half is Syechelles green beans. Those are butternut squash in the corners. Broccoli, cabbage and garlic in the background. Black bags are some of the potato plantings. Rest are in big, blue barrels cut in half. That old stock tank is my raspberries.

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Gratuitous pic of strawberry beds. They are loaded with flowers. Yum! Tomatoes and peppers in those raised pots. Dad planted the onion sets in with the tomatoes after reading they like each other.
 

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