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Mon May 27, 2019, 07:45 AM

Finally got our garden in this weekend....

With all the rain we've had this spring, the garden is really late going in this year.

We cut back from last year, although we still have more than enough so that we'll give away some to the local food bank. We started giving produce to the food bank two years ago and it has become a tradition, now.

Anyway, in the ground so far, we've got 11 tomato plants (Early Girl, Big Boy, Health Kick, and Moby Grape)..... 4 cucumber plants..... We're trying eggplant this year, 5 of those...... The lettuce has already been coming up nicely, it was planted a month ago. (Black seeded simpson leaf lettuce, red romaine, and arugula). Parsley and basil. And, a whopping 51 green bean plants and 36 yellow bean plants. I wanted a lot of beans to freeze for over the winter. This should interesting, because I only had a half a row of green beans last year, and they were VERY prolific. I may be the Queen of Beans this year......

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Reply Finally got our garden in this weekend.... (Original post)
Ohiogal May 2019 OP
Siwsan May 2019 #1
True Blue American May 2019 #3
Siwsan May 2019 #24
True Blue American May 2019 #25
Ohiogal May 2019 #5
Siwsan May 2019 #23
True Blue American May 2019 #2
Ohiogal May 2019 #7
True Blue American May 2019 #12
Ohiogal May 2019 #14
cyclonefence May 2019 #4
Ohiogal May 2019 #6
True Blue American May 2019 #13
Ohiogal May 2019 #16
cyclonefence May 2019 #35
samplegirl May 2019 #8
Ohiogal May 2019 #17
Backseat Driver May 2019 #9
True Blue American May 2019 #15
Ohiogal May 2019 #20
True Blue American May 2019 #31
Backseat Driver May 2019 #32
True Blue American May 2019 #34
TEB May 2019 #10
Ohiogal May 2019 #18
True Blue American May 2019 #26
Ohiogal May 2019 #29
Croney May 2019 #11
Ohiogal May 2019 #19
Backseat Driver May 2019 #33
True Blue American May 2019 #27
Historic NY May 2019 #21
Ohiogal May 2019 #22
Bayard May 2019 #28
Ohiogal May 2019 #30

Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 07:53 AM

1. I'm putting mine in, by this weekend. Hopefully, anyway

Today will be spent cleaning family gravestones. There's rain in the forecast for tomorrow through Thursday. AND, I hurt my knee so I might be feeling overly unrealistically optimistic.

Memorial Day is early, this year, so I'm not overly worried if I have to wait another week.

I use landscaping fabric to keep the weeds out of the veg garden so maybe we can, at least, get that down, today.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:01 AM

3. Black plastic works, too.

I would have mine tilled, cover with black plastic, cut holes for the plants. Cheap, stays moist and no weeds!

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #3)

Mon May 27, 2019, 09:28 AM

24. I'm going to cover my smaller veg garden with black plastic, this year, to sterilize the soil

I didn't plant it, for a couple of years, and it's gotten infested with weeds. I want to get it ready for next year because I'm going to let my niece plant a veg garden, in that spot. The house she's moving to has far too much shade for much of any gardening.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #24)

Mon May 27, 2019, 10:11 AM

25. Nicee

Rototill the garden, cover with black plastic, weighted down with stones, extra bricks, anything.
I used to have railroad ties. Don’t ask, those suckers are heavy. i also added 2 or 3 bags of sterilized cow manure. No smell and cheap.

Took me years to find out how nice plastic was. Make it easy for her.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:08 AM

5. Oh yes, the fabric is a must.

We actually kept ours from last year and used it again this year. We put that down a few days ago. The M.O. is to do things in stages and not all at once these days.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #5)

Mon May 27, 2019, 09:25 AM

23. That's my process, too

We did the roto tilling, now the fabric, and then the plants go in. I'm just going to have to figure the best way to get the plants into the ground that doesn't involve kneeling. I also have to do another fence line inspection, to make sure I've sufficiently reinforced the spot where the ground hogs tend to breech. I haven't seen any, as of yet, but it's a rare year when I don't. I can usually find them by spotting their path they take from beneath the neighbor's shrubs, to my herb and veg gardens.

I've started planting ghost peppers at that particular spot, and spraying the rest of the vulnerable plants with a home made hot pepper spray concoction, which is just a bottle of really hot hot sauce in a gallon of water. Of course, it's vital to remember to do a good rinse job on any plants, before eating them.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 07:58 AM

2. I have been enjoying lettuce

From my Son’s hot bed. He finally listened to me about his Grandfathers 2 by 6 boards and an old window.

My Dad was a farmer in Southern Ohio who always planted his lettuce and other things in February. .

Enjoy your gardening.

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #2)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:13 AM

7. Both sides of my family have been gardeners.

I remember my grandmother throwing food scraps in the garden for compost. Do people still do that?

And, I remember those hot beds made from an old window!

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #7)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:29 AM

12. A compost heap

Is a must. He has one of those,too. Put all your food scraps, coffee grounds, yard waste. I think any old container will do, just turn it every so often. He has a rain barrel hooked up with a hose to water.

Since Lebanon has horse farms one year he got a load of that! No more!

My Dad always used lime each year to sweeten the ground. You can buy it now that does not blow all over the place. Ohio land seems to be acidic

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #12)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:34 AM

14. Yup.

I remember my parents with the lime. So far we have not needed it here.

My neighbor many years ago gave us some horse manure from his pony for our garden. I know exactly what you mean! Never again!

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:01 AM

4. I love green beans (I plant Blue Lake)

but I can't keep up with them once they start coming in--good luck with yours. You have a busy summer ahead of you!

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Response to cyclonefence (Reply #4)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:10 AM

6. I know!

I have a Food Saver, so picking some every day and freezing them in dinner-sized batches is my plan. Hopefully!

I may wish I had pole beans instead of bush, or should I say my back may wish for the pole beans .....

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #6)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:31 AM

13. That is nice to

Have the food saver. Big freezer?

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #13)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:36 AM

16. I have two upright freezers in my cellar.

Hubby fishes all spring and summer so I freeze what he catches. I buy chicken 25 lbs. at a time so that gets Food Saver’ed as well. It’s amazing how fast they fill up.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #6)

Tue May 28, 2019, 11:15 AM

35. My husband made me a raised bed garden

which is three feet deep (off the ground). No stooping, no kneeling (as if I could kneel anyway)--it's really nice.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:14 AM

8. Sounds like a nice

garden. So thoughtful and nice that you donate to the local food bank. Nothing like an Ohio grown tomato! I hope it all grows well Bean Queen!😊

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Response to samplegirl (Reply #8)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:37 AM

17. Thank you samplegirl!!

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:16 AM

9. Got our "North 40 inches" in last week

Amended the dirt as usual with that new black bag of organic 3-month feeder Miracle Grow and compost with manure, and just doing a couple romaine and Merlot (red) lettuces, 6 Roma tomatoes, an Early Girl and a Rutgers (also a medium tomato), a couple Cuke hills, a couple green peppers, a couple Zukes. 3 green cabbages, 3 red cabbages, two Acorn squash hills, and a Butternut squash from seeds from one I made into soup, hahaha. If something doesn't work out, the green bean seeds will go in the space as they are pretty hardy. Just have to guard against those bunnies coming to munch. The squirrel has even stolen a few tomatoes if the weather gets all hot and dry. Hoping all the flowers will get pollinated and fruit well. It's really a very small garden without much space in between the rows, so it will probably look like a veritable jungle. I count on the vining plants to use the fencing as a trellis. We will see what we get!

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Response to Backseat Driver (Reply #9)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:36 AM

15. Squirrels

Wll eat the tomatoes if it is hot and dry!

Driving last week to the Cemetery a baby deer bounded acros the road. Son stepped out of his Pole Barn, came face to face with 2 deer. They looked at him for a minute, sauntered off.

So be careful on the road.

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Response to Backseat Driver (Reply #9)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:48 AM

20. We have double layer chicken wire around the perimeter

Last year some tiny bunnies managed to get through the coated wire fencing.

Drives me crazy when birds peck one hole in each tomato!

Good luck with your “North 40”! You’ve got a nice variety there.

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Response to Backseat Driver (Reply #9)

Mon May 27, 2019, 11:37 AM

31. I would hate to see that garden

If you had 80 inches

Do you have room for a pony, too? I hope you have seen the British Comedy,” Keeping Up Appearances,” for that last remark.

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #31)

Mon May 27, 2019, 12:36 PM

32. You're funny - wish I could make it bigger

We live in a multi-family townhouse row, and the North 40 inches is between the patios in front of the air conditioner units. There's a community garden area in our suburban city, but it's not convenient to haul equipment. Our complex and unit has a community pond (retention pond out front in which live fish, turtles, and which is visited by other waterfowl and large birds, but, unfortunately, prey birds as well.) On the pond live some, less than a dozen, domestic ducks, non-flying white Pekins like Aflac (4) and some mixed (5) Black Swedish and Rouen that live on the pond and free-range and eat our healthy offerings twice a day. Even made a winter "duck hut" with the blessings of management. I do get some fresh eggs this time of year if I go out searching for them before a female goes all "broody," but then we need to help rescue and release some babies some years (they are not good parents); perhaps some are to be expected this week or next. It's not all rosey; predator nocturnal animals, humans, and cars have taken out some.

Sure would love to homestead/mini-farm. We'd have that pony, for sure. I'd make it a miniature mini-farm, hahaha! I've always been a city girl but attracted to nature. I sure wish I'd had the good sense to change that earlier in life when I had the energy to give it a go.

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Response to Backseat Driver (Reply #32)

Mon May 27, 2019, 02:51 PM

34. Sounds to me as if you have

A great life doing what you want. i see you take good care of the neighborhood flock.

I still have a good sized yard, but am lucky enough to have a great person to do my yard now. A School Teacher with 3 small boys to support. A neighbor who started a lawn mowing business with one lawnmower.

An early retired Son who comes up often when he has time from his big garden.

My Gardening this year consists of 2 Concrete planters full of flowers, plus another from Mothers Day.

My small Church has a big garden. They use the produce for the free Community meal once a week.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:23 AM

10. Queen of the beans

👍

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Response to TEB (Reply #10)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:38 AM

18. Labs also love green beans....

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #18)

Mon May 27, 2019, 10:16 AM

26. Labs will eat anything.

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Our family brown lab meets me at the door demanding treats. Patient at first, then the nudges, then comes the scolding. My DIL taught her that. Actually sounds like she is.

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #26)

Mon May 27, 2019, 10:46 AM

29. My furry treat lover

Sits on the other side of the fence when I go out to pick and I often toss her something to chomp on. If she sees me grab the colander even before I go out the back door she knows what that means.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:24 AM

11. That is a lot of beans! Our two plants will be enough for us.

We may have over-planted eggplants this year, we have eight plants. I make a lot of eggplant Parmesan for my extended family.

We have 20 tomato plants, a few peppers, some cukes, squash, and two rows of corn. Sometimes we pick the corn before the critters get it, but it's always a battle.

I love growing broccoli, because it's the last thing to freeze when winter comes. I can be out there in November eating little stalks. I live in Massachusetts.

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Response to Croney (Reply #11)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:44 AM

19. I'm afraid I did the same with the eggplants.

Guess we’ll be eating lots of Parmesan and ratatouille! Delish.com has a very good recipe for eggplant parm made in the crock pot. Hubby is trying 3 Burpee Shooting Star. Only 57 days to harvest, they say. I also have 3 Black Beauty.

I would love to try broccoli next year. I remember eating Swiss chard into November a few years ago as well.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #19)

Mon May 27, 2019, 12:44 PM

33. We did a little row of brussel sprouts last year.

They're really strange to watch grow but taste so much better fresh from the garden or blanched and frozen. One year tried broccoli but these turned out too small and matured too early to have much to eat and freeze for winter meals. The cabbages should be better if the bugs don't chew 'em up first; I love slaw and haluski.

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Response to Croney (Reply #11)

Mon May 27, 2019, 10:17 AM

27. That is quite a garden!

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:52 AM

21. Just getting going here in NY....

starting with flowers and the vegetable beds are tilled the first time in 3yrs. Again a heavy storm blew in yesterday.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #21)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:58 AM

22. I still have flowers to go in, too.

Spring is always a busy time!

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 10:20 AM

28. Great that you can give extra's to the food bank

I wish we had one here. I gave 30 big watermelons to the guy who was working for us last summer to set up a roadside stand. He supports a pack of grandchildren.

Starting to pick spinach now. Have little green tomato's and blueberries, a few strawberries. Apple trees getting some babies for the first time.

I seriously scaled down this year, from a third acre, to all raised beds in the backyard. There was so much going to waste (though the chickens loved it), and I just couldn't keep up. Put donkeys and goats on one side this year, watermelons and cantaloupes on the other. Mulched the hell out of those with straw. Get lovely cedar mulch from local Amish sawmill, and that went in the raised beds, and big flower garden. Still trying to dig all the weeds out of the perennials, and get mulched.

I'm late! But this year, I decided that I wanted to enjoy my gardens, instead of spending all my time weeding. Speaking of which--I need to get out there. Already 90 degrees out.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #28)

Mon May 27, 2019, 10:50 AM

30. I am envious of your berries.

I had the absolute best blueberries we picked from a fruit farm when on vacation two years ago. Never had anything better!

Good luck with your efforts and hope you get enough to give some away to those who may need it more.

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