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Old 04-20-2009, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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I'm also growing beans and corn this year. I planted the Hickory King corn about three weeks ago and it's now about 5 inches tall. I'm going to give it another couple of weeks and then I'm going to plant speckled butter beans with them. I'm also going to plant some watermelons around the parameter. I went to the recycling center a few days ago and got lots of newspapers, I'm going to lay that down with some pine straw on top to hopefully keep the weeds down.

I'd honestly rather eat old fashioned open pollinated corn than I would the hybrid corn, the hybrids are too sweet IMO.
I remember my father grew "golden bantum" for his yellow corn and silver queen for a white sweet corn......but then we got into "butter and sugar bi colored corn.

Last edited by elston; 04-20-2009 at 08:17 AM.. Reason: remembered the name silver queen
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:22 AM
 
Location: S.Dak
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sneaked into my friends asparagus patch.....nothing, yet. But I'm watching!(perhaps I should say lurking?)
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:22 AM
 
Location: UP of Michigan
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We are melting snow and I am still in the planning stage of a small raised bed. Cutting enough trees to get sun is the hard part. Once they are gone they're gone! (The trees that is)
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Old 04-22-2009, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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On a cloudy day, my squash, cuke, and beans area. Right now, there's cabbage, lettuce, carrots and strawberries on the upper edge. The cukes will grow on the trellis. The squash was planted in front today.





I have peas just starting to vine.



Corn and beans will go here. This area gets a little over 6 hours of sunlight in May, June, and July.



Those will be planted this weekend as the Farmer's Almanac says that is the best time this month to plant corn and bean crops.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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A day or so ago I found a cat dug up my potato seeds in the Rubbermaid tubs. Have them sitting on the front porch to be sure they were going to get going good. We set a live trap to get the cat and we got a coon! Neighbor is bringing down some bigger traps he said where there is one there are more.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:55 PM
 
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Thanks for posting pics,Paperhouse! I love seeing pics of peoples' gardens!!
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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late post but I wouldnt have the castor beans. I have grandchildren around and the plant is so poisonous and rank.

Good luck with it.
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Old 04-23-2009, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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We had a heavy spring rain last night and the roadway has lots of worms out on it.... I'm going out before the sun gets them to collect a bunch to put in a new bed I just turned and added compost to.....I didnt see any worms in it when I turned it....(I am trying hard to build up really poor soil).

update: there werent as many worms as I expected to find....but I rescued 5 from the roadway and they should enjoy the compost enriched garden bed they are now inhabiting. " Robins....give them a break!"
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I was going to plant this weekend, but now they are predicting snow flurries again.... arrrggghhh. Monday's forecast said it was only supposed to be rainy and cooler.

I ordered some more fruit trees that are coming in next week, and yesterday we picked up 50 cheap-from-the-local-council windbreak junipers to plant on the hill behind the house to (hopefully) protect the garden more. Still waiting impatiently for my onion and potato sets.
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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late post but I wouldnt have the castor beans. I have grandchildren around and the plant is so poisonous and rank.

Good luck with it.
No more poisonous than oleander or datura plants. I have no kids and don't expect any to be traipsing through my private backyard. If they do, well, that's not my problem. I grow them for the foliage. I've also read that they help with mosquitoes which I have plenty of.

Corn, beans, and more cuke seeds go in the ground Saturday afternoon. Highs next week in the 80s.
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