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pinballlooking 05-31-16 08:43 PM

Congrats on the new addition to your family!

natethebrown 06-01-16 01:06 PM

My green beans and cucumber vines (the small green patches between the green bean rows) are coming in pretty well.

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j1...ans_endMay.jpg

jeff5may 06-02-16 06:32 AM

Congratulations on the new arrival. Prepare to lose way too much sleep for the indefinite future.

The tourists didn't show up to work on the garden, Noone wanted to pitch in to have farmer brown till up the plot, and everyone says they're too broke to buy plants. So it likes we will be having a weed garden this year. My dad just had shoulder surgery, so he is down for a month or two. Looks like I will be giving away some seedlings and growing a few of this and that in containers.

natethebrown 06-08-16 09:44 AM

The garden is doing quite well. We got a ton of rain over the weekend, so the plants are exploding! I am going to prune my tomatoes today or tomorrow. Since I have a few of each variety, and they are all indeterminate types, I am going to try pruning some to a single vine and others to two or three main vines.
Tomatoes, lettuce, and carrots:
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j1...ne_status1.jpg

Green beans and cucumbers with an A-frame trellis made from concrete remesh (I need to stake it down a bit better):
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j1...ne_status2.jpg

pinballlooking 06-08-16 09:49 AM

Plants are looking good.

Higgy 06-15-16 02:28 PM

Oh hey, that A frame for the cuc's might work in my garden. Mine always go crazy with the vines. I like that.

natethebrown 06-16-16 07:24 AM

We had a pretty windy storm last night. From what I was able to figure out, we had at least 40 MPH wind gusts. It blew everything around but it appears nothing was broken. Here is my 2' diam squash plants turned over:

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j1...nd_results.jpg


My tomato cages held just fine!

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j1...orm_tomato.jpg

Here is a better look at my anchors (just two sticks of 2.5' rebar zip tied to each cage):
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j1...ge_anchors.jpg


Quote:

Originally Posted by Higgy (Post 50537)
Oh hey, that A frame for the cuc's might work in my garden. Mine always go crazy with the vines. I like that.

The A-frame held up, even in the wind. My cucumbers are starting to grow up it, so I am hopeful!

Higgy 06-17-16 01:56 PM

That wind is just evil sometimes. I had some bad wind last weekend and stuck some plywood in front of the tomatoes just to stop the wind a bit.

natethebrown 06-29-16 08:31 AM

End of June Status
 
So, due to El Nino, the South is starting to experience drought conditions. While they may not be as bad as California has previously experienced, only time will tell. We have had a few thunderstorms, but they have all been pretty small and localized. The last couple of thunderstorms have completely missed my house, ugh! Here is the precipitation we have gotten in my area:

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j1...May_Precip.png

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j1...une_precip.png

So, with such low rain numbers, how is the garden doing? Quite well actually. I haven't watered the garden once, until last night! I have been picking plenty of squash, green beans, and cucumbers. I haven't gotten any ripe tomatoes yet, but I have tons of green ones ready to start ripening up. I am now a firm believer in light colored mulch, it really helps reflect the heat and keep the moisture in the soil. Here is pictures of my garden last night, right before I watered everything.

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j1...End_June_4.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j1...End_June_6.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j1...End_June_3.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j1...End_June_1.jpg

I didn't have a chance to check the garden out this morning, but I think the 2 hours of drip hose irrigation should have helped. I may water again tonight or tomorrow night depending on how everything looks. Yes, I need to do something with all the grass and weeds growing. I am starting to lay some cardboard down to suppress the weeds. I will cover the cardboard up with some more wood chips and just leave it there to decompose and help keep the weeds at bay.

pinballlooking 06-29-16 09:51 AM

You are doing good only watering that much.
When I have a exposed garden I was watering $75 - $100 a month.


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