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Old 08-30-2013, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Covington County, Alabama
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I am still trying to understand why the weeds this year? We always have some, of course and we had mor rain then normal but still, I am thinking the top soil might have had a lot of grass and crap in it compared to other years.
In MO it was common in the early spring before the soil was warm enough to plant farmers would use a disk harrow and lightly work the top 3-4 inches of soil. When one farmer would ask another what they were up to the standard answer was "Killing Weeds". As the stirred the soil each new time they would kill a new crop of weeds. This would be a great way to help slow the weeds down in a home garden. I used to do it with a Troy-built tiller in the 70's when caring for 1 to 1.5 acre gardens. Seed from various weeds get buried to deep to sprout and lie dormant until they get moved to near the surface where the soil warms to their liking. Thus working the ground a few times before planting helps by simply getting any dormant seeds brought to the warmer layer of soil to sprout and then kill the seedling with the next working. I'm so anxious to get another semi large garden on real black dirt again so we freeze, dry, and can most all of our own food. Our favorites just can't be bought at a market anymore. Here is what I want to work the soil with now instead of a new Troy-built. One should last me a life time now.

The hiller/furrower attachment is indispensable for making raised beds for strawberries, sweet potatoes, and even tomatoes that don't like excessive moisture on their feet.
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:06 AM
 
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Looks like I am about to say good buy garden for this year, unless there is a way to cook and can weeds? I still have a lot of cantaloupe blossoms ,so will probably get some more of them in a few months. We have a lot of tomatoes that will be ripening in a few weeks or so, but the squash is gone, the cukes never were and there are a few peppers, but nothing to get excited about.
My green bell peppers are profilic producers this year & so is my eggplant. OTOH, my tomatoes were too bushes growing lots of limbs and little tomatoes. I planted little tubers of sweet potatoes 6 weeks ago and they are growing like gang-busters. My lemon grass is reaching for the sky (with a little help from the trellis). Also, I did not know basil can reach 5 feet high and 3 feet wide. It's taking over a big chunk of air space in my raised beds.

I was looking forward to the fall planting but the summer vegetable are still going strong so I don't have the space. I even took over my wife's flowerbed to grow some potatoes & bell peppers.
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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My green bell peppers are profilic producers this year & so is my eggplant. OTOH, my tomatoes were too bushes growing lots of limbs and little tomatoes. I planted little tubers of sweet potatoes 6 weeks ago and they are growing like gang-busters. My lemon grass is reaching for the sky (with a little help from the trellis). Also, I did not know basil can reach 5 feet high and 3 feet wide. It's taking over a big chunk of air space in my raised beds.

I was looking forward to the fall planting but the summer vegetable are still going strong so I don't have the space. I even took over my wife's flowerbed to grow some potatoes & bell peppers.
other than trying garlic in a pot I am through this year. I will tear out the rest of the squash tomorrow or MOnday and keep the tomatoes watered. My sweet pots have been in for ages, We usually dig them up in mid October.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:05 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Potato digging time. All this from the 75 lbs. of seed that I planted back in April. I harvested well over 500 lbs. of potatoes today. It's been a great year for my garden, probably my best ever potato harvest.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Covington County, Alabama
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Potato digging time. All this from the 75 lbs. of seed that I planted back in April. I harvested well over 500 lbs. of potatoes today. It's been a great year for my garden, probably my best ever potato harvest.
Got peanut oil?
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Wow Homersboy great fantastic job! Now you do know to lay those out to dry before storing right? You have had a great garden year congrats!
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:14 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Wow Homersboy great fantastic job! Now you do know to lay those out to dry before storing right? You have had a great garden year congrats!
Thanks. Yeah, I'll let them dry for a few days and then I'll sort them and I'm probably going to can a dozen pints of the smaller ones. After a final count today, there's 9 1/2 bushel which is about 550 lbs of potatoes. I have a brother in law and a sister that have serious health problems and today I delivered 2 bushel to their house. My kids will take a few and I've already had people asking me if I was going to sell some. My nephew and his wife are always canning pickles, jams, and salsa and sharing it with us so I'll probably give them a bushel. 4 bushel will be plenty for my wife and I.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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Look at all these potatoes, this looks great, too bad I don't live closer, would have stopped to buy some from you.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Potato digging time. All this from the 75 lbs. of seed that I planted back in April. I harvested well over 500 lbs. of potatoes today. It's been a great year for my garden, probably my best ever potato harvest.
wow, what a harvest. I won't dig up our sweet potatoes until the middle of next month. Instead of 500 lbs, we will be lucky to get 5...
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Great harvest!

I'll try potatoes next year. In previous years, my yield was limited in space but Oh! did I enjoy those potatoes!
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