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Old 05-09-2016, 04:11 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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so you tilled with a shovel? Can you explain more potatoes (im new to them this year).

My tomatoes are growing well but my strawberries havent sprouted and neither has anything else yet
Tilling with a shovel keeps me young. It's a lot of work but doesn't take more than a few hours total.


Not sure why your strawberries haven't sprouted. Southern half of Ohio has been above normal but northern half has been below. I wonder if you had a long stretch of clouds too.


Regarding the potatoes. It's pretty simple and fun. What would you like to know?
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Tilling with a shovel keeps me young. It's a lot of work but doesn't take more than a few hours total.


Not sure why your strawberries haven't sprouted. Southern half of Ohio has been above normal but northern half has been below. I wonder if you had a long stretch of clouds too.


Regarding the potatoes. It's pretty simple and fun. What would you like to know?
Wow, thats a lot of work with the shovel. Good for you! Im not sure about the strawberries either. It was one of those " wet the pod, then plant" types. Ive never done those before.

Potatoes- I know they have to be in a mound. Do they have to be covered (yours were covered with hay for example)? Do they require anything else?
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Potatoes- I know they have to be in a mound. Do they have to be covered (yours were covered with hay for example)? Do they require anything else?
I don't add anything to them. I don't even check the soils PH level. lol They seem to grow pretty easily anywhere.


The Hay is needed after they get a bit taller. Its so the sunlight doesn't hit the stem and probably another benefit for the soil. My first year I didn't and I really don't have a comparison opinion.


Just loose soil is needed too. Just cut them in half leaving an eye on it somewhere, dry them out, and put in ground eye facing up. Good luck! Curious how they do there
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Old 05-09-2016, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Finally! Sunny blue skies.
Temps low 70s
Dewpoints dry 30s
Wind Gusts 25mph


Day #2 of the process. Just 2 hours today then right back inside they go. No direct sunlight yet.



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Old 05-10-2016, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Denver/Boulder Zone 5b
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Lookin' good, Cam! I will be starting my process this coming Saturday (14th). Temps should be above 40º all next week which is a mirror of last season and it was perfect for strengthening the little guys into very healthy plants!

Looking forward to seeing your garden all planted out!
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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This is a good overall look on the progress here so far.


About only 15% of this area is fully leafed out now. Rest is blooming/budding/little leaves. Some pinks or white blooms here and there from Dogwoods or Black Cherry Trees

May 2015 so far:
Avg Max: 56°F
Avg Low: 45°F


Just took this picture now.


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Old 05-10-2016, 09:13 AM
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Location: Surrey/London
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Wow, thats a lot of work with the shovel. Good for you! Im not sure about the strawberries either. It was one of those " wet the pod, then plant" types. Ive never done those before.

Potatoes- I know they have to be in a mound. Do they have to be covered (yours were covered with hay for example)? Do they require anything else?
They don't need to be earthed up (mounded with soil) until the plant is about 20-30cm tall. This is done to ensure that no sunlight gets down to the tubers. Potatoes turn green when exposed to sunlight as they produce solanine (a toxic chemical).

Anything that prevents sunlight getting through will do the job, though if you use black plastic sheeting then you will have issues with watering!

Cambium: that tree at first glance looks a bit like a eucalyptus!?
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:39 AM
 
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Oh i thought of something else- i noticed you have herbs. I am growing Mint (which is going CRAZY) to keep the bees off the front porch. Did you start out with herbs or did you jump into everything?

Are you a natural green thumb or did you have to learn?

My dad always said carrots and potatoes dont do well but i dont remember him ever trying to plant them.

Its rain, rain, rain here so i havent been able to get out to my garden and do anything.
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Old 05-10-2016, 01:02 PM
 
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Oh i thought of something else- i noticed you have herbs. I am growing Mint (which is going CRAZY) to keep the bees off the front porch. Did you start out with herbs or did you jump into everything?

Are you a natural green thumb or did you have to learn?

My dad always said carrots and potatoes dont do well but i dont remember him ever trying to plant them.

Its rain, rain, rain here so i havent been able to get out to my garden and do anything.
I don't think it's that carrots and other root vegetables are difficult to grow, but they certainly don't like heavy, rocky soil. Radish might do OK because they're small. When I wanted to grow carrots in my parents garden, I had to double dig the area, sift out the rocks, and add peat moss to lighten the soil. I still chose to grow a Danvers Half Long. There are some ball-type carrots, too.

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I think people have a green thumb when they have a desire to have a positive outcome, learn from their mistakes and read, read and read some more. My thumb started to turn green after about six years. I still have failures and dismal results with some things in some years. I've never grown an impressive bell pepper no matter how hard I've tried. I don't plant those any more.
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Old 05-10-2016, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Cambium: that tree at first glance looks a bit like a eucalyptus!?
Not sure which picture you're referring to but I don't have any eucalyptus around.


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Oh i thought of something else- i noticed you have herbs. I am growing Mint (which is going CRAZY) to keep the bees off the front porch. Did you start out with herbs or did you jump into everything?

Are you a natural green thumb or did you have to learn?
I jumped into everything in 2004, in fact herbs came after.


I'd like to say I naturally have a green thumb since I was always fascinated with my Grandfathers 1/4 acre garden. He had 600 Tomato plants and everything you can imagine including Watermelons and Pumpkins. My parents also had a garden. What Italian family doesn't? lolol


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I think people have a green thumb when they have a desire to have a positive outcome, learn from their mistakes and read, read and read some more. My thumb started to turn green after about six years. I still have failures and dismal results with some things in some years. I've never grown an impressive bell pepper no matter how hard I've tried. I don't plant those any more.
Well said! If I never learned from my mistakes, or I gave up, or I think I know everything, I would not be where I am. 2 yrs in a row with Eggplant failure. I'm trying again this year. Just have to attend and check things more with them.
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