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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Gardens this year

Since there is only two of us and the fact that I am resting my regular small garden plot for the 2nd year under black plastic because 3 years ago I picked up a tomato virus in my soil, probably from some of the sets I bought to plant, that affected my bell and Jalapeno peppers, eggplant and tomatoes. The extension office told me all I could do is to rest it under black plastic for at east two years. This will be the 2nd year I has sat un-planted. So all Implanted for the last two years was tomatoes and Jalapeno peppers and my herbs that I must have to cook, sage, parsley, rosemarry and thyme, kinda sounds like a song from the 60s and I have a chive bed. This year my tomatoes and jalapeno peppers went are really growing and producing. My tomatoes are over 7 feet tall and my jalapeno peppers are producing like crazy, I only have two plants and I can't keep up with using the production. The jalapenos are Macho Nacho, they get a little bigger than the standard peppers and had a tad more heat. I only have 5 tomato plants, 3 Big Beef and two San Marzano . The picture of the tomatoes looks like one big bush but they cover about 7 feet in length of ground. The fence behind them is 6 feet high and they are in super heavy duty tomato cages that are 4 feet high and I had to tie them up because the tops are almost 3 feet over the cages and very heavy and some of the tops are still drooping down.. I have started to pick but soon I expect an bonanza of tomatoes and my wife makes killer home made tomato juice. Hopefully next year I can get back into my garden plot and and plant Bell peppers egg plant and cucumbers again.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 10:39 AM
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Looks good John. Looks like you could cut timber from those tomato plants.

We picked pole beans and carrots last week, canned a bunch...gonna drop off a couple jars for judging in the Butler Farm Show. I have afield of Bodacious Sweet Corn ready this week, looks really good this year. Coons have hit it a little on the edges. I dug 8 bushels of potatoes last week...they ran a little small this year. With all the rain, I was only able to till, hoe, and refertilize them one time. That kept the size down. My onions were huge this season....I grow them in raised beds in straight mushroom compost. Tomatoes should be good, planted Celebrity and Roma. Bush beans and peppers look ok, not terrific. You have far more peppers on your plants than I do.

The big disappoint this year are squash and pumpkins. Cutworms again. Iím gonna have to relocate them next season.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 11:08 AM
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Nice garden. I got 5 zukes this year off 12 plants. I caught the culprit a groundhog. No green peppers and first tomato on August 1. Did good with cucumbers. Fence keeps the deer out on the tomatoes. Got a mess of onions and garlic. It's a battle ever year - Man VS Nature. Nature most often wins.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 08:37 PM
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Well I was doing well until Fridays hail. I was picking 10 Zukes every other day. Saved half my slaw crops from the woodchucks. Bell peppers were full, tall and big. Key word is were. My pickles and cukes were lush and supplying more than we could use. We were crocking and canning already. Staked tomatoes weathered the storm but the top tiny tomatoes are all nicked up and may be lost. Oh well only the second time in 30 some years I lost to hail so not a bad run. Waugh!

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Holy Hail !

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