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Post  yolos on 2/9/2018, 11:37 am

Time to start a new Brooks, GA thread for this year.

I was out running errands yesterday and drove by the Tractor Supply Store.  Of course, since this is early February and time to plant potatoes, I had to go see if they had put out their seed potatoes yet.  Sure enough, they just put them out on the floor.  So I bought my standard Russet Nortokah potatoes and also some Red Norland potatoes that I will use to add to a pot of green beans when the time comes.

When I got home, I decided to see what kind of English Garden Peas I had in stock.  They would be the next thing to plant in my area.  Surprise, surprise (they are my favorite thing to grow) I had 9 different varieties already in stock.  So I will have to decide when to plant them and what varieties to plant.  I will also have to do a test germination to decide which ones will actually germinate.  But here are the varieties.  Alaska is my favorite in the Spring and Strike Pea in the fall.
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Post  aliceingardenland on 2/9/2018, 12:35 pm

Yummmm. Red norland and fresh green beans is so good. How do you like the dwarf grey sugar? I usually grow the Oregon sugar pod, but have been eyeing those
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Post  yolos on 2/9/2018, 1:54 pm

@aliceingardenland wrote:Yummmm. Red norland and fresh green beans is so good. How do you like the dwarf grey sugar? I usually grow the Oregon sugar pod, but have been eyeing those
I only grew the dwarf grey sugar peas one time and I do not remember the taste.  Also, I have found that most dwarf vegetables do not produce enough for me (kind of a waste of space unless you are growing in containers).  I almost always grow the English Shell peas in early spring (and try to harvest before the onset of hot weather) and in the fall (after the weather cools down) but try to plant early enough so they will mature before the heavy freezes occur.
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Post  aliceingardenland on 2/9/2018, 3:49 pm

Thank you for the reply! I mainly just grow snow and snaps mostly in containers, may give it a try. Also on my to try list is Tom Thumb. Didn't I see that on your pic of your peas? So many peas in my head...Soooo many
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Post  aliceingardenland on 2/9/2018, 3:50 pm

Aha yes I did see it! I'm not going too pea crazy after all.
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Post  yolos on 2/18/2018, 11:06 pm

I planted my seed potatoes today in one of my 4' x 8' beds.  20 seed potatoes of Red Norland and 25 seed potatoes of Russet Norkotah.  If we get a hard freeze, I have a bale of wheat straw to cover the tender shoots and a 6 mil plastic cover if needed.

For the next ten days there are no days with a low of less than 52*F so I am okay for at least 10 days.  Highs will be between 60-80*F.
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Post  yolos Yesterday at 7:06 pm

I planted half a bed of Alaska and Progress #9 Garden peas today.  I have a 2 x 6 bed for Alaska, Progress and Green Arrow (each will get a 2 x 6 bed.  I pre-sprout my peas before planting and about half the Alaska and Progress sprouted but the Green Arrow have not sprouted yet so I am waiting to see if they are viable.  Hopefully they will sprout and the other half of the Alaska and Progress will also sprout.

I still have to plant the Wando and Strike Garden Peas and the Dwarf Gray Sugar snap peas.  I am doing a little bit at a time hoping to have some that can withstand a hard freeze when we get our next one.  I am planting about 2 weeks earlier than usual due to the exceptionally early warm weather.  I have plenty of peas left to plant if we do get a hard freeze and some of the peas die.  Because of our early warm spring we have to get the peas in the ground as soon as possible.

I learned something new about peas this year.  Did you know that smooth seeded cultivars of peas germinate better in colder soils than wrinkle seeded peas but they are not as sweet.  Based on this information I should be planting smooth seeded peas in early spring and wrinkled seeded peas in the fall.  

I also planted seeds in containers for 8 different varieties of tomatoes.  I always plant two containers for each variety.  I tell myself that I will pick the best of the two containers to plant but I usually end up planting both plants of each variety.  Not this year.  Only one plant of each variety will be planted in my garden.  

Juliet Hybrid (grape)
Brandywine (Heirloom) (Sudduth Strain)
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New Big Dwarf (Heirloom)
Gilbertie (Heirloom)
4th of July - new for me - 45 days to maturity from Transplant ????
Early Girl
Better Boy - I have not tried this one in 5 years so thought I would try again.
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