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Re: Re: This year's garden


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Posted by Bkeepr on January 11, 2005 at 04:32:02 from (140.139.35.250):

In Reply to: Re: This year's garden posted by sawtooth on January 10, 2005 at 19:20:48:

I fall plow, too. Spring disk, then I run a middlebuster down my rows to lay them out and space them quickly.

From there, it depends what I'm planting. Potatoes, for example, go into the bottom of the furrows left by the middlebuster and I use an old push-plow to cover them over...usually two or three times while they're growing until I wind up with raised mounds and lots of taters underneath. For plants, I put them in by hand. For seeds, I'll run the pushplow down the rows to fill in the rows with crumbly soil; if the seeds are fine I'll normally use a push-plow with the cultivator attachment to make the crumbles fine (I used to use a rototiller for that, but found the push plow is about the same effort and a lot more pleasant to use). Then I'll plant rows with a push-type seeder...I can plant an entire row of seed in about 5 minutes with it.

My downfall is when it is time to weed. I usually keep up pretty well through the spring but by mid-July or so I get behind and by late August the garden is a jungle.

We try to can all our excess...some years we put up 50-60 quarts of tomatoes alone. We freeze other stuff--like peppers. And whatever I don't get to harvest, the chickens eat.

Tom A


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