May sound a little strange talking about fall tomatoes right now but it’s something you should consider. If you’re planting heirloom varieties that take 90-120 days to produce before the first frost then those seeds need to be started soon. That would also apply to peppers.
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.
If someone tells you there is no need to side-dress your sweet corn then I'd tell em to come take a look at the photo above. About a week and a half before this photo was taken I started side-dressing with 20-20-20 fertilizer. I completed two rows then it started pouring down rain and was unable to do the row on the right. You can easily tell by the color, height and the development of the ears that side-dressing does indeed make a big difference. It's recommended doing so at 12" and 36 inches tall using Calcium Nitrate (15-15-15) at 2 lbs. per 100 ft. of row or approx 1.5 lbs. of 20-20-20 per 100 ft. of row. I like using the water soluble fertilizer to side-dress because there is no need to incorporate it into the soil, it soaks right in.
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).
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. This is a water soluble fertilizer but is NOT recommended as a foliar feed.
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.
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.
Smaller model 640 pea sheller
Dimensions: 19" L x 9" W x 9" H
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