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Old 06-01-2012, 08:14 PM   #31
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Sorry the first experiment didn't go so well TC, those plants were looking really good. I like your plan for the 2nd attempt, bet you'll have more success (and eventually happy tater eating).

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Well, we're getting a good test of the drainage of the new arrangement today - thunderstorms with 1-2 inches of rain forecast! At least I thought ahead and didn't water anything yesterday in anticipation of the rain.
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Well, we're getting a good test of the drainage of the new arrangement today - thunderstorms with 1-2 inches of rain forecast! At least I thought ahead and didn't water anything yesterday in anticipation of the rain.
This time really take it easy on the water. Just let nature take care of it, unless it is very dry.

In fact I hardly ever watered ours. There are certain times when certain veggies benefit from extra attention. For spuds I will give water when they are flowering only if it hasn't rained for a week or more.

Everything from seed until well established
Peas and beans are extra good with plenty of water when the pods are forming
Peppers and potatoes can tolerate a bit of drought.

Lettuce and spinach obviously need plenty, but they are cool weather crops and there is usually plenty of rain in the spring

Cauliflower and broccoli...I give up..they need way too much pampering
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:33 PM   #34
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Mother Nature is doing a good job with the watering lately; we've been getting showers over the last few days and it is forecast to continue for a few more.

I think the trash can idea *could* work, but it needs to be in a cooler climate. We got some heat (~85F) early in the season which turned the can into a hot composter, and we generally get temperatures up into the 80s and 90s in July. The water didn't help, but I don't think that was the only culprit, and I think it would have failed at some point anyway.

I will keep my hands in my pockets when I walk over to check out the new plants in the mornings and will obey the Prime Directive of non-interference with plants that know what they are doing.

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Old 06-05-2012, 04:12 PM   #35
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"I will keep my hands in my pockets when I walk over to check out the new plants in the mornings and will obey the Prime Directive of non-interference with plants that know what they are doing."

LOL Keep a camera in your hands to update us, that'll keep them from itching to grab the hose.

Lucky you with the rains, we're slated for some throughout the next few days but we've been teased before, and its been dry. Seems like no matter how much water I give the papaya trees they still lose a branch a day.
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June 14, 14 days in for the new batch. The first sprouts have pushed through the leaves and are growing fast. We have had lots of rain lately but things seem to be draining nicely.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:15 AM   #37
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Not entirely sure. I've seen people say that the whole container fills with potatoes, others have had less luck. I'll let you know how this all works out.
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Each potato grows from the stalk. Not a spread out vine effect thing like cukes, so the higher you hill them the more you get. But you can't hill too much at once. You have to hill as they grow. They will get so huge that they will slump over. They are still fine in the ground, even past first frost
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:39 PM   #39
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Thought I'd share some pics from my veggie patch. I still need to hill up those spuds. The peas are climbing nicely
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That's a fine little garden there creeper!

We've been getting some serious heat over the last few days (95F+). The potatoes look pretty happy. I put a couple of inches of mulch on them today, the first 'hilling' since I put them in on June 1.

When I replanted in the cage I located the cage under a small cedar tree to provide a bit of shade in the heat of the day. The potatoes get good direct sun in the morning and afternoon, but are in dappled shade from about 10AM - 2PM, which I think was a good move given how warm our weather has been.

I'll put a picture up tomorrow, but everything looks good. We're preoccupied with harvesting our first good crop of raspberries. The new primocanes are growing so fast that they are threatening to take over that corner of the yard. There are worse problems to have!
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Thanks! All my gardens have been a little neglected so far this year, but I will catch up soon enough!

Have fun with your raspberries...don't forget the long sleeves and gloves. They are way to sharp for me! Are you going to make jam, or just eat them all right away
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Right now we tend to just walk up to the raspberries and munch. I'm hoping to persuade the missus to make a batch of home-made vanilla ice cream to accompany the raw berries. Anything surplus will probably go into pie. My rhubarb is ready to go too!

Here are a few snapshots of the taters. 22 days in the ground, about 6 inches of mulch over the top of the seed potato. It was about 1:30PM here and you can see the shade is moving away from the plants. I think they're doing really well in this arrangement.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:39 AM   #43
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Sugar Snap Peas are ready..yum! These ones are the edible pod variety. These guys are so good they never even make it to the house. No one including the dog can resist munching a few as you walk nearby
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June 2nd, 32 days in the ground for the new batch of potatoes. We've had near 90F heat for several days with afternoon thunderstorms (and, damn, another storm just snuck on me and is dumping on us now!).

I've hilled about 1 foot total over the seed potato. The last time I added a layer of mulch about a week ago the plants started to look like they were fading, like they did in the can, so I am going to leave well enough alone and stop hilling here. I've found a few sources that say that farmers don't hill much more than a foot as it isn't worth the extra effort, so we'll see. I think this is enough to work with. The plants have bounced back and look pretty good, so I will just take pictures from here on out.

On a side note, the raspberries I put in last fall are out of control in this weather! We've pulled over 5 lbs of fruit off of them in the last week, not including the snacking while working in the yard, with more on the way. One of my fall projects will be to expand and beef up the trellis!
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Everything looks great. I agree, enough hilling.

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