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Post  CarolynPhillips on 4/6/2011, 10:04 pm

ok= WOW. corn 4 per sq.
lol
gee
now what?
I already planted it.
If I try to dig them up it will put them in shock , so I should leave them
alone.
So what if I sowed some seeds in between the transplants? The crop will be about 2 weeks apart from each other.

wow==im so stupid!

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 4/6/2011, 11:49 pm

Took a pic of the arched trellis beds after I transplanted some tomato plants several days ago.
When I transplanted the tomato plants the weekly forecast had nooooooo cold temps and no frost in sight. Two days after I transplanted them , the future forecast changed to cold 36 degrees. I had to cover the entire trellis system with plastic. Thats a big sheet of plastic. We had a light frost last night. Now again we have no cold weather in the forecast. Every night is between 50 and 62 degrees for the next week. We have gone past our last frost date. Frosty =stay away.
Anyway. those tomato plants were desperate to be transplanted. Their green was lighting up.
Just before the light frost we had winds beating us up from the north and the south. Poor plants.
It will take a week for them to recuperate.
Meanwhile, the potatoes are doing great. The rosemary is bushing out. The onions are standing tall. The elephant garlic is putting out green stems. The Sweet Pea Currant tomato plants were pounded by hail last week but coming back nice and bushy after loosing half their leaves and suckers. The Sweet Pea Currant is such a small dainty plant. It's also compact. Would make an excellent planter tomato.
All the cukes and mini cantaloupes survived the frost. I have them planted in the concrete block holes and want them to grow over the sides of the bed.


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Post  boffer on 4/7/2011, 12:01 am

@CarolynPhillips wrote:huh=====4 corn per square foot????? really??????
I really need to read my book

I am unedumacated about that also. It's my understanding that 4 per square is for short season corn. People talk about growing 4 per square, but I have seen very little feedback on how it worked. I have never looked eye to eye with short season corn.

I grow long season corn. Is that old school? If you go grave digging you can find my pictures of long season corn rootballs. There's no way I would plant 4 to a square. My 'corn patch' is 8x25 and I plant 1 per square foot. Weather permitting, it's a wonderful harvest that lasts two people a year. (with freezing some)

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 4/7/2011, 9:20 am

will keep my corn 1 per square.
Thank you Boffer.

I am growing Merit Corn.
I don't know much detail about it. My sister shared some seeds. I will have
to search the details.

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 4/7/2011, 4:37 pm

affraid

I am tickled pink

I found a 30x100 greenhouse frame with poly= used= for $400.
I cannot resist.
Thats a value of $2360 brand new.

All this stuff keeps running through my head. I been wanting a screened in garden.
This is perfect.

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Post  FarmerValerie on 4/7/2011, 5:37 pm

Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  Jay Bird on 4/7/2011, 5:43 pm

I found (7) used hoop houses 30 x 100 on craigs list couple weeks ago starting at $500 but they were all gone in a couple hours,,, just my luck,, I think I like the lumber frame better tho I luv carolyns ,, I may steal the design for my next one

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 4/7/2011, 7:10 pm

I found a greenhouse business that is goin out of business and they have 24 greenhouses to sell.
I could be a hog and buy more than one but I really dont need it. with one more =I will have plenty.
JayBird= if you leave now you can be here by morning to get you some
My husband is going to get mine in the morning. He has to disassemble it.

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 4/7/2011, 7:17 pm

I transplanted my Celeriac today. 12 plants.


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Post  CarolynPhillips on 4/7/2011, 7:19 pm

And this is my first tomato Megablossom this year on a Brandywine Sudduth Strain.
I counted 4 fused blossoms.


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Post  CarolynPhillips on 5/19/2011, 9:00 pm

wow, Thank You to the SFG foundation or who ever came up with the NON- SFG Gardening.


Life has been great. We were spared from the tornado outbreak with minor damages.
Minor damages to the gardens. Even minor damages to tomato plants close to the walls of the greenhouse.

Life has been very busy. But things have slowed down now.

Our last frost is normally around April 8th. We had a light frost May 15. A whole month later.
shock!

I have many pictures of many things and will post a few at a time between my chores.

I do hope everyone is having a great growing season.
I been trying to read the topics and catch up.

when it comes to posting pictures---i don't know where to begin.
I should of organized my brain before I tried to post something.

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 5/19/2011, 10:23 pm

I read that Calendula was great for keeping certain insects away from squash plants==such as stink bugs, white flies, aphids, and the squash vine borer. I also heard from someone in Canada that Calendula would not grow well in the south cause it likes cool temperatures.

I would like to NOTE that we have had a cooler Spring than normal but have seen many days that the temps reached 90 degrees F. The Calendula is still growing strong and there are no insects on my squash plants. I grew 2 plants with each squash plant.
I want to grow the Calendula around all my peppers, eggplants, squash and tomatoes in the future. I know that would be a lot of plants but compared to the results of not having to use insecticide or messy plants due to white flies, its worth it.
The Calendula plant starts out looking like a loose leaf lettuce, then it gets tall flower stems and the flowers look similar to marigolds.

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 5/19/2011, 10:34 pm

Well....... Let me start with the house.
I don't know what I have posted in the past== don't have time to view over it.

We decided not to build a landscape timber home.
It is a regular stud wall house.

This is the main floor.======pardon all the messes.
We will have to lower the deck later on.


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Post  CarolynPhillips on 5/19/2011, 10:35 pm

This is the 2nd story floor.


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Post  CarolynPhillips on 5/19/2011, 10:38 pm

Stairs


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Post  CarolynPhillips on 5/19/2011, 10:40 pm

This is as far as we have come so far.
We start building the Gambrel Roof this weekend.

outside view.



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Post  CarolynPhillips on 5/19/2011, 10:46 pm

The greenhouse plant sales are over with. Sold Out. Didn't grow enough.

The greenhouse tomato plants. some that are in pots, some in grow beds.
The ones in pots are trained like they would be if they were in sfg beds.
The ones in the long grow bed are whole plants in cages. The bed soil needs more
vermiculite before it is considered Mels Mix.

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 5/19/2011, 10:48 pm

Tomato fruit that are produced in the 4 gallon pots

Brandywine


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Post  CarolynPhillips on 5/19/2011, 10:50 pm

Trip-L-Crop (Italian Tree)


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Post  CarolynPhillips on 5/19/2011, 10:52 pm

A Sweet Million Cherry Tomato Bloom Cluster that measures 24 inches wide. Grown in a sfg manner by the square foot, in direct soil and not in a pot or container and not in mels mix.


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Post  Ha-v-v on 5/19/2011, 11:11 pm

Wow is about all I can say, it all looks so lovely !!!! Everything is coming along nicely for you Im so glad. Love those tomatoes, Im just now getting the largest amount of tomatoes Ive ever had ! With lots of blossoms to open and be fruit as well. When my sons comment on my tomatoes I know Ive done something. Thank you for sharing your pictures, a nice encouragement Smile
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Post  CarolynPhillips on 5/19/2011, 11:14 pm

Thank you Ha-v-v. Congrats on your Blossoms and future harvest to be. Do you have gardening pics posted somewhere? I been trying to catch up on Current Gardening Events.

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Post  Ha-v-v on 5/19/2011, 11:27 pm

@CarolynPhillips wrote:Thank you Ha-v-v. Congrats on your Blossoms and future harvest to be. Do you have gardening pics posted somewhere? I been trying to catch up on Current Gardening Events.

I do have photos, I have started a story line in the lower south

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t7035-ha-v-v-our-second-year

Here is the updates to the garden for May, I have my other albums on picasa on the web as well

https://picasaweb.google.com/Haveevee/May2011#

I am having a blast Smile

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Post  Furbalsmom on 5/20/2011, 3:44 am

Carolyn, congrats on selling out all you tomato plants.

Those tomatoes look so good and mine aren't even in the beds yet Sad But it seems to be a warmer spring for us and a bit more sun than last spring too. So there is still hope.

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Post  FarmerValerie on 5/20/2011, 8:20 am

I knew you were busy, but was just begining to get a bit concerned, I'm glad you checked in! Everything looks just GREAT!! I'm glad you all are okay!

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