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2021 GARDENS


snagfinder

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Sucks they grow so nice and look great and then it seems like right when they are full of tomatoes it happens.

 I was thinking maybe at that stage they must need something my soil is lacking.  People talk about epsom salt I tried it

around two plants on Wednesday and watered it in guess i will see what happens but will be hard to judge since the problem had already started.

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I do the Epsom all the time. As I was told it benefits the tomato itself. I don't get that blossom end rot using epsom salt.

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That probably means it isnt going t fix my issue if you use it and have the same problems. I dont have the wilt issue (at least with the tomatos) but like i said mine just start dryig up from the bottom up

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1 hour ago, snagfinder said:

That probably means it isnt going t fix my issue if you use it and have the same problems. I dont have the wilt issue (at least with the tomatos) but like i said mine just start dryig up from the bottom up

your probably right........when the leaves or a branch on the tomato plant dries up i simply take it off. 

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when do you put the grass down? Years ago I put fresh grass clippings down around everything that was not planted in rows. It got moldy and I had problems with blight in my tomatoes. A few years ago I sent in a soil sample to the u of m it cost 17.00 but I got a base line on how my soil is doing. They test your phosphorus, potassium and potash. I found out that I needed to add a lot of nitrogen.  

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27 minutes ago, fishingstar said:

when do you put the grass down? Years ago I put fresh grass clippings down around everything that was not planted in rows. It got moldy and I had problems with blight in my tomatoes. A few years ago I sent in a soil sample to the u of m it cost 17.00 but I got a base line on how my soil is doing. They test your phosphorus, potassium and potash. I found out that I needed to add a lot of nitrogen.  

when i put the grass clippings down its after there established a bit, and after i have it all weeded and after a decent rain. i dont use the fresh green grass clippings. i get mine at the city compound where they dump there grass clippings from the baseball and softball parks they maintain and can get enough of the dried clippings i need.  

 

for fertilizer i've used 10-10-10 and this milorganite. the milorganite is supposed to be a good source of nitrogen. i also have a firepit in my back yard and spread  the ashes in the garden. i believe thats the potash and i found it helps keep cutworms at bay. this year i used a product from menards called chicken poo as fertilizer.

 

i'd pay 17.00 bucks to have a soil sample done again......how did you go about starting that process. ????/ maybe the co-op here in town could do it??????/

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I dug down a few inches put it a zip lock bag, put a check in with it and sent it to the u of m.

Look on there web site  for soil sample. they will have directions and address.

I did it in the fall and got my results over the winter it took like two months to get the results.

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for the time being anyway, i dont have dead branches, just alot of wilted stuff!!!!!!!!?? before it starts to get roasted hot out i'm going to check them over good and see what i can do. i did talk a walk around the garden, not sure if i just want to believe it but it does look like the sulfate i added just might be doing some good.  i hope!!!!!!

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I don't know smurf, if I'm gonna dump grass clippings on the garden I'd use my own. That way I know there's no herbicide or weed killer on the grass before it was cut, a buddy told me his neighbor killed off his whole garden by accident that way..

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3 hours ago, bobberineyes said:

I don't know smurf, if I'm gonna dump grass clippings on the garden I'd use my own. That way I know there's no herbicide or weed killer on the grass before it was cut, a buddy told me his neighbor killed off his whole garden by accident that way..

I hear ya, thought of that often. I may skip the grass clippings next year. Maybe save a bunch of maple leaves to put under my cukes.

 

Haven't killed anything off yet, I don't bag my grass so .....

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man that rain last nite sure was great to see. got not quite 1/2 inch...........take whatever i get at this point!!!!!!?

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wow that is some nice looking corn!!!!!!!!

 

here in cold spring we had a nice thunderstorn, lightning and 1.4 inches of rain this morning. that sound help a little.

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My dad checked the gauge by sweetcorn path he said 1.1 inches. Thinking that will make a huge difference for the stuff that should be ready in 6 days or so.

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2 1/2 hours later 12 meals ready for the freezer.vthey will chill in the fridge till morning then hit the freezer.

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17 minutes ago, deadgooses said:

Looking good! That is tomorrow's project.

You put cheese in with your corn?

 

Nope.

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my garden is slowly producing, but i am less then impressed. i think its a combination of alot of things. after doing abunch of research and talking to people i am going to change things up. our country store in town will send in a soil sample thats a start and i think i'm done putting grass clippings in. from what i hear that could be a sourcse of lawn chemicals seeping into the ground.

 

it was also recommended not to use straw unless you know it hasnt been sprayed .

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Sweetcorn did excellent givien the hot/dry weather. Pumpkin plants look awesome but dont see much for pumpkins. Dont really wanna get in and look so hopefully i just dont see them. Zucchini ran wild i cant even give them away anymore. Had a few good looking watermelons but i left the garden door open and judging by the looks of the teeth marks bunnies like watermelon rind. Dont think they ruined them but aint looking so pretty anymore.

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