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trucknstuffmike
04-15-2011, 02:53 PM
Got some tomatos, jalapenos, corn, cucumbers and beans planted last week, I will try to get some pics of my garden to post.

Last year I planted 100' of corn and I had maybe a dozen plants come up, damn gophers ate the rest of the seed I think, I am having a hell of a time with them moles, and voles in my yard and garden.

Anyone know where I can get some tomatillo plants? I love salsa verde and would love to have some in my garden

Vermin99
04-15-2011, 05:47 PM
I started mine about a month ago. I planted some tomatoes, jalapenoes, red and green peppers. cucumbers and zukes. A few of my tomatoe plants have flowers on them already.

BigAL
04-15-2011, 06:25 PM
I'm a rookie, my rookie season. Glad to see you guys talk'n bout it. So far I've f-ed up a couple things, but oh well.

I've got peas, carrots, walla walla onions, bunch onions, garlic, coriander, chives, potatoes, sweet corn, just got my hot pepper mix, roma tomatoes, heirlom tomatoes, sweet baby mini tomatoes, then I have watermelon, canteloupe, and pumpkins come'n. Forgot italian basil.

Chances of actually doing good............:exasper:.

I'm do this for another chore for the kids to do.

BTW, if you want sweet corn, come on by late July early August. We are going to plant 16 rows(30" spacing), 30k pop for a qtr mile(we hope).



Do you guys plant pumpkins in row w/the corn to eliminate weeds? I've heard it works. Just curious.

BTW, my dumb a$$ is start'n the tomatoes by seed. Just put them in a planter in the office here the other day.

Make fun, cause i've done just about everything wrong so far.:exasper:

trucknstuffmike
04-25-2011, 12:34 PM
Here are a few pics of my garden, I took these a couple of weeks ago so you cant see much in it yet, It is about 40' x 60', I went saturday and got some verde tomatillos, yellow tomatillos, ground cherries and some more pepper plants from the tomato mans daughter, didnt get a chance to plant them yet beacuse of the rain, I think I would sink to my knees if I tried to get in there right now.

My corn is coming up nicely now, guess the gophers didnt eat all my seed this year like they did last year, now if I can keep them from eating my plants. Someone told me to get some baby food jars and poke holes in the lids and burry them with paper towels soaked in caster oil in them and that will keep them away, guess it's worth a try :shrug:

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u65/truok/g3.jpg

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u65/truok/g2.jpg

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u65/truok/g.jpg

Thanks for looking!

Daddeo
04-25-2011, 02:22 PM
My father had a problem with gophers and/or moles once and he got some little devices that looked like a pinwheel on a stick; like a kids toy. You buried the stick in the ground and as the wind turned the pin wheel, it made a clicking sound that the moles and gopher did not like and they left. Maybe you could buy them at Atwoods or a farm store, or even ebay. There are also solar powered spikes that do the same thing with noise. The whirlygigs are more fun, but I haven't seen one in years.

Good luck.

cabinetmaker
04-25-2011, 03:30 PM
I'd just like to keep those d#@n squirells away from my tomatoes.

trucknstuffmike
04-25-2011, 06:07 PM
I'd just like to keep those d#@n squirells away from my tomatoes.

Thats what this is for, the cat does a pretty good job too but my aussie is a squirell chasing SOB

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u65/truok/salem.jpg

Vermin99
04-25-2011, 06:33 PM
You need one of these!!!

http://www.rodenator.com/pests-controls-videos-rodenators

trucknstuffmike
04-26-2011, 08:22 AM
You need one of these!!!

http://www.rodenator.com/pests-controls-videos-rodenators

:roflmaoha0: looks like that thing would blow the gophers, moles and voles right out of the ground along with my peppers, tomatos and anything else I have planted :roflmaoha0:

SmokyOkie
04-26-2011, 11:39 AM
BTW, my dumb a$$ is start'n the tomatoes by seed. Just put them in a planter in the office here the other day.

Make fun, cause i've done just about everything wrong so far.:exasper:


Those maters are gonna be way late Jason. You need to be putting out plants in about a week.

If you want to control weeds in the corn, cultivate it when the corn gets about knee high. the corn will like it A LOT, it will get rid of existing weeds, and the corn will shade out most weeds that try to sprout after that.

What variety did you plant?

We put out 2 dozen heirloom mater plants last week, and have 4 more to plant along with peppers. We planted what was supposed to be burpless cukes, but they are looking more like squash plants now. We have half a dozen brussels sprouts out as well ( fun to grow)

BigAL
04-26-2011, 01:25 PM
Those maters are gonna be way late Jason. You need to be putting out plants in about a week.

If you want to control weeds in the corn, cultivate it when the corn gets about knee high. the corn will like it A LOT, it will get rid of existing weeds, and the corn will shade out most weeds that try to sprout after that.

What variety did you plant?

We put out 2 dozen heirloom mater plants last week, and have 4 more to plant along with peppers. We planted what was supposed to be burpless cukes, but they are looking more like squash plants now. We have half a dozen brussels sprouts out as well ( fun to grow)

Yep, I'll use some of these seedlings that are started just to see what happens, but we will buy a few plants to do it right.

We are gonna try planting pumpkins and maybe even watermelon in between the corn rows to control weeds, experiment.

Planted Pioneer sweet corn, don't know the number. We will have 77 and 85 day in the field, too.

Daughter is excited(somewhat), but my son isn't too interested. Not surprised. Its more about learning and responsibility......maybe more for me than them.:shrug: :blushing:

SmokyOkie
04-26-2011, 01:40 PM
I'm a rookie, my rookie season. Glad to see you guys talk'n bout it. So far I've f-ed up a couple things, but oh well.

I've got peas, carrots, walla walla onions, bunch onions, garlic, coriander, chives, potatoes, sweet corn, just got my hot pepper mix, roma tomatoes, heirlom tomatoes, sweet baby mini tomatoes, then I have watermelon, canteloupe, and pumpkins come'n. Forgot italian basil.

Chances of actually doing good............:exasper:.

I'm do this for another chore for the kids to do.

BTW, if you want sweet corn, come on by late July early August. We are going to plant 16 rows(30" spacing), 30k pop for a qtr mile(we hope).



Do you guys plant pumpkins in row w/the corn to eliminate weeds? I've heard it works. Just curious.

BTW, my dumb a$$ is start'n the tomatoes by seed. Just put them in a planter in the office here the other day.

Make fun, cause i've done just about everything wrong so far.:exasper:

Do you know if the corn was triple super sweet,sh2, sugary enhanced or just regular sweet corn? I'm partial to the sh2 varieties. They are the sweetest and seem to hold their sweetness longer.

BigAL
04-26-2011, 02:02 PM
Do you know if the corn was triple super sweet,sh2, sugary enhanced or just regular sweet corn? I'm partial to the sh2 varieties. They are the sweetest and seem to hold their sweetness longer.

I asked for just some regular ol sweet corn. I think they buy a bag then distribute(for free to customers) "enough" in gallon bags. But that is just a guess. I know before that he said "it's nothing fancy". I'm not very picky when it comes to sweet corn, I don't even mind young field corn.:shrug:

SmokyOkie
04-26-2011, 02:04 PM
You would change your mind if you ever had any fresh picked shrunken2 corn.

trucknstuffmike
04-27-2011, 12:39 AM
I planted peaches and cream and some sweet white corn, trying to decide where to plant the water melons, cantalope and pumpkins, dont know if I want to plant them in the garden or in the back corner of the yard, I am also thinking of planting some just outside the garden fence? you think a 40 x 60 garden is big until you start planting in it then when the weeds take over you realize it is big :roflmaoha0: hopefully I can get them under control this year, last year was my first attempt and by mid season I had all but given up, still got some nice jalapenos and maters though.

Maybe someday I will trim back all my grape vines so they will actually produce some grapes, now they get about pea size and thats it, the guy I bought the house from used to make wine from them but they have gone wild since they havent been trimed back in YEARS.

SmokyOkie
04-27-2011, 10:56 AM
I planted peaches and cream and some sweet white corn, trying to decide where to plant the water melons, cantalope and pumpkins, dont know if I want to plant them in the garden or in the back corner of the yard, I am also thinking of planting some just outside the garden fence? you think a 40 x 60 garden is big until you start planting in it then when the weeds take over you realize it is big :roflmaoha0: hopefully I can get them under control this year, last year was my first attempt and by mid season I had all but given up, still got some nice jalapenos and maters though.

Maybe someday I will trim back all my grape vines so they will actually produce some grapes, now they get about pea size and thats it, the guy I bought the house from used to make wine from them but they have gone wild since they haven't been trimmed back in YEARS.

You might not want to plant two varieties of hybrid corn near each other. Corn reverts in the first generation. In other words, when they cross pollinate, there is no telling what you might end up with.

I sued to try to set the garden up so that I could till between the rows and get rid of weeds that way. I have since tried to set up the garden to where I can just mow in between. I figured out that when I tilled, all it did was make for healthier new weeds.

BigAL
04-27-2011, 11:58 AM
Can you guys mulch down there w/wheat straw bales or grass clippings, or is it to humid/wet?

What about growing a crop between rows to shade out weeds?

SmokyOkie
04-27-2011, 01:01 PM
Can you guys mulch down there w/wheat straw bales or grass clippings, or is it to humid/wet?

What about growing a crop between rows to shade out weeds?

Grass clippings are a bad deal because they tend to mat and prevent moisture and air from getting to the soil. As they break down, they also heat up and consume a lot of nitrogen as well. We can mulch, but I wouldn't want to use grass or wheat straw. The problem I have with wheat straw is the weed seeds that usually come with it.

As far as a crop to shade the weeds, I don't personally like to plant competing vegetation, and it makes it hard to walk down the rows to pick maters.

trucknstuffmike
05-03-2011, 04:54 PM
You might not want to plant two varieties of hybrid corn near each other. Corn reverts in the first generation. In other words, when they cross pollinate, there is no telling what you might end up with.

Well I hope what ever I end up with is good eats :msn-wink: