11 June 2020 Tomatoes

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Tomato 21 were weeded,more mulch was added, and each had another string attached to support nascent branches carrying new tomatoes.It rained last night. The tomatoes are thriving.

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2 June 2020 Brussels Sprouts

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Eight Brussels Spouts were purchased and planted. The type is Jade Cross a perfect hybrid. The only downside is the presence of the white cabbage butterfly. I use salt and water to discourage.The little cabbages are perfect in shape. I stake since the stalks sometime bend due to the heavy cabbages. The planting area is heavily mulched.

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2 June 2020 Garlic Seeds

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These plants are garlic seeds the small seeds produced at the end of scapes. They are not true seeds, since garlic cannot make new strains since the seeds only produce clones meaning nothing new. They were planted in the Fall last year and produce one small bulb about the size of a small marble, called rounds. The rounds when planted produce a bulb with about four cloves. The cloves planted the second year produce normal sized clones of the mother garlic. This method of obtaining planting stock means the full crop may be utilized and a new field of garlic is produced every three years. Clean and disease free.
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25 May 2020 Potatoes more mulch

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Added a thick layer of mulch to the potatoes. It will be used for hilling as he potatoes grow. Also cleared the mulch above the seed to facilitate the stems growing.Watered the seed potato about a half a liter of rain water.

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23 May 2020 Finished mulching tomatoes.

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Finished mulching tomatoes (18) about ten wheelbarrows full of mulch.Good moisture retainer.

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22 May 2020 Planting potatoes

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Seed potatoes were planted 20 Yukon gold and 20 Superior. They are planted about a foot apart and the seed potato is marked with a fiber rod to facilitate digging, since the vegetation is gone come digging time.If watering is necessary place a hose over the rod and get the moisture at the growth area. I expect about four pounds from each plant with a bit of tender care.

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21 May 2020 Mulch in Garden

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Ten yards of mulch was delivered to my driveway. Over the next few days it will be spead in my garden Cost was tn dollars a yard and twenty dollars delivery charge.About seven wheelbarrows are a yard.I started with the tomato patch.

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21 May 2020 Tomato Support

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Eighteen tomato plants were tied by strings for overhead support.The support was put up a few days ago. The tomatoes were purchased and kept in my greenhouse awaiting the end of frosts. The tomato plants (18) are lemon boy 3,cherokee carbon 3,Beefsteak 3,San Merando 3,Glamor 3, Ultra 2, Candyland red 1. This was the selection being sold.Strings will be added as the season progresses as needed to support the fruit bearing branches.The area will be heavily mulched with wood chips partially composted.

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20 May 2020 Board Method Beets

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A 24 foot row of beet seeds were planted. Thy are under a board which tends to insure good germination. The seed are can watered twice daily until germination.

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16 May 2020 Board Method (Planting seeds)

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Carrot seeds are small and often difficult to germinate. My solution is to prepare a row of soil and sprinkle the seeds, then cover the row with a raised board.Th seeds are kept damp by water can poured on top of the board.Enough water seeps around to keep the seeds damp. Germination is assured. The board also prevents the seeds from hot Sun and drying out.Carrot seeds will not germinate if they get above 80F (27C).I use the method on other small seeds also to protect from birds when small.

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