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Cajunate
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re: 2019 Garden Thread


Mistakes that hurt........

Seeing that we are expecting strong winds I decided to make some better stakes to tie my plants to. So, using my table saw I was cutting some 2x4's lengthwise and when cutting an angle for going into the ground one end about 3 inches long caught on the blade and came flying back at me hitting me square in the jaw. I rubbed it as it produced a pretty good sting and saw blood. I felt it again and the blood was running down my neck. Went inside and rinsed it off and it left a pretty nice scrape like I used a wood plane to shave with. Got a nice headache to go along with it.
Good thing it hit me there as if it had hit me in the front of the face it surely would've broken the zygomatic bone and that would probably require surgery to repair.

Anyway, it might be a good idea to check your plants and secure them with this weather coming.


PillageUrVillage
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Geez man. Glad it wasn’t worse.

I tied up all of my plants as best I could yesterday. But they are taking a beating. They’ll recover, though.

ETA: Threw this together real quick this afternoon. Placed it on the corner of my property by the trees. Hopefully this will keep the squirrels away from the garden. If not, I’ll have some fattened up squirrels for the gravy.
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eng08
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I tied all my tomatoes up and half my beans lines


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ChenierauTigre
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Go get yourself a Squirrelinator trap. Then dump them in that waterway for several minutes.


PillageUrVillage
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Squirrelinator


Bookmarked on amazon in case it’s needed.


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Milescb28
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
I sprinkled Cayenne pepper everywhere after they ate about half my broccoli last fall. Seemed to do the trick as they never ate another. I'm just not sure how different plants handled the pepper.


bbvdd
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Really glad I haven’t planted mine yet.

Suppose to get yet another frost tonight behind this front.


BottomlandBrew
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y'all are getting a frost that way tonight? We're only forecasted to get down to 40-39 in Nashville. I felt safe enough to get some things in the ground this weekend.

Got tomatoes, cucumbers, and a couple peppers in the ground this morning. Cabbage and peas had already been in a couple weeks. My hops are also starting to come on really strong. I got a new rose bush in the ground as well.

I hit up a local herb sale yesterday and got a bunch of herbs, but I'm holding off for a couple more weeks on those. I picked up lemon verbena, lemon thyme, parsley, African blue basil, Thai basil, lemongrass, and pineapple sage. Also got a good bit of decorative grasses for another area in the yard.

I got around to putting up my strawberry nets yesterday. Just in time as some of them are starting to fruit.

My peach trees look like they are going to have an awesome year after a couple bad ones, assuming I can keep the squirrels at bay. They have 100s of small fruit forming. More than I've ever seen on them. Some late freezes hurt them the past two years.

I still need to go get some squashes and eggplants and a few more peppers.

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Cajunate
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Checking the plants this morning for wind damage I see quite a few yellow squash on plants.





Also have tomato blooms and tiny bell peppers.


bluemoons
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Cucumber transplants got demoed again last night with the wind . I don’t know what’s going on with them. I have two individual plants doing great and I’ve now “lost” like 5 transplants to wind and/or cold. The direct sowed seeds are doing fine so whatever. I guess it’ll just be longer than I’d prefer until we’ve got cucumbers.

Also finally getting some pollinator flowers on squash plants.


lsuson
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Blue, my cucumber plants from seed survived as well. The ones you have left will really take off with this rain we had.


bbvdd
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y'all are getting a frost that way tonight?


Yep. Suppose to be around 37-38 in town. I live a ways east of the city. Will probably 34-35 here.
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LSUlefty
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All of my plants survived the wind. Cucumbers are finally starting to run. I'll be picking an Early Girl tomato in a week or so.


Pectus
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Right now I have standing water in my garden, but have planted most things in hills and furrowed on either side.

The potatoes are underwater right now, but will probably subside overnight.

Next year I am going to add the soil I removed to make the beds...hopefully without grass roots.


lsuson
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Your number one agenda is to make an adequate drainage system for your garden or it won’t matter what you plant


Pectus
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Well to make my garden I removed the top layer of sod, and now there is a depression where water collects and stays.

Are there ways around that? Hoe out some corners?


LSUlefty
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I switched to beds a few years ago. No drainage issues and easy to maintain.


Pectus
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Yeah, I think I will do that. Did you do a truckload, or buy soil/raised bed soil bag-by-bag?


LSUlefty
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Unfortunately bag by bag


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eng08
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Just get some 2x6, or 2x8 or 2x12 and form up aveaised bed.

I cut out the grass for my first 2 beds, but left it for the 3rd. I plan to leave the grass from now on.

Buy your soil by the truck/trailer load it’s much easier and a bit cheaper.


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