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Growing a Vegetable Garden

Transplanting Tomatoes:

Transplanted (April 7th) Cuostralee and Cherokee Purple tomatoes.  

All but the Bella Rosa tomatoes are planted, they need to grow a little more. Will be caging the tomatoes soon with 5 ft. reinforcement wire. They are indeterminate, heirloom varieties (Cuostralee and Cherokee Purple) so big cages are needed to keep them off the ground.  A weak solution of Master Blend was applied shortly after and will be applied every couple of weeks.   Transplanted deep, looking good.


Incredible Sweet Corn and Zipper Cream Peas

Got a little break in all the rain we've been getting so the sweet corn and peas got planted. Using the new Hoss Seeder with seed plate #4 we got it done. Planted the seeds ¾ - 1 inch deep at a spacing of 4 ½ inches. Spacing is just right for the peas but too close for the sweet corn so I’ll have to thin it with a hoe once it comes up. Ideally I like the corn to be approx. 12 inches apart. Incredible is a great tasting sweet corn that holds up well in the freezer. Will be the first time trying the Zipper Cream Peas so I’m really looking forward to those.

Video: Planting Sweet Corn and Peas


Water Soluble Fertilizer for the garden:

Will be using Master Blend (4-18-38) for the first time. To the master blend I’ll be adding an equal amount of Calcium Nitrate (15-0-0) to help reduce blossom end rot and to bring the Nitrogen level up. This combination will give me an approx. analysis of (19-18-38) Also going in the mix will be Magnesium Sulphate (Epson Salt). This is a water soluble fertilizer but is NOT recommended as a foliar feed. 

Note:  This is a high nitrogen mix so don't over do it or you will burn your plants.  A little goes a long way.



New Product from Hoss Tools

Hoss Tools has introduced its standalone seeder/planter for the vegetable garden. Like the seeder attachment for the Wheel Hoe this planter is engineered to handle both large and small seeds. Hoss has added a larger drive wheel and rolling coulters to its design. Included seed plants can handle everything from mustard seed to sweet corn. Blank seed plates are available and can be easily customized for your unique needs. With a suggested retail price of $299 this one will be hard to beat.  Visit Hoss Tools for more info. 

Video:  New Hoss Seeder


The Raised Beds - April Update





Hungarian Wax Peppers harvested from the 5 plants.



Summer Straight Neck Squash. I find these are best pick when smaller than a soda can. Cut up in half inch slices, boiled in seasoned water then adding butter is the way I like em. Since I'm the only one who eats em here, one plant at a time is pleny. Right before they start blooming I'll start another. This can be done all summer long.


Decided to let a few of these "Candy" Onions grow until the tops not only fell over but turned brown before harvesting. One of these is plenty to make several rice and gravies. Two heaping 5 gal. buckets was enough to put up 9 one gal. zip lock bags of chopped onions for the freezer. 



New from Taylor Mfg.

Smaller model 640 pea sheller

Dimensions:  19" L x 9" W x 9" H





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