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  1. #1
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    Fall Garden 2018 What Are You Growing Pics

    I finally got my Fall Garden in. It rained way too much from August, til now. I planted some bedding plants, 5-6 packs. The rest of the rows are seed planted. So far, cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, Napa cabbage, and broccoli. The seeds are celery, lettuce, collard greens, and carrots. Just as the ground dried out enough to till the plot, make the rows, and plant every thing, we had a two inch rain last night. I bet the seeds are all washed into the furrows. If they germinate there, I'll just dig them up and transplant them back into the rows. We'll see.

    If anyone else has a Fall garden going, how about post some pics here as things progress. I will. Here is what things look like just starting. I'll try to post updates each week.

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    After the rain last night
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    I have lettuce. turnips,kale radishes, and plenty of Jerusalem artichokes in the ground. Besides eating the the turnip greens, I plan to use them as supplemental chicken feed this winter. It's about 800 feetx3 feet of turnips . Which should make lots of good eggs.

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    I've no way to take pictures or post them, but I have 36 each of broccoli and kale plants. The kale has been slow to start, but the broccoli has grown about four times the size of the kale. Some of the leaves are bigger than the big oval steak plates one is served with in a restaurant. Since it is the leaves I grow for dehydrating, rather than the heads, I am well pleased with the variety that was sold here this fall. I think it was tagged "Green Magic Hybrid". Within a week I'll take my first picking of the leaves.

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    Our summer program is still going strong. We breached the 1700 peppers mark and are looking at 2000 before the end of the year. We hope to overwinter the plants and get an early start for next year. We did just plant some cucumbers, (2nd crop) and some breakfast radishes.

    Overall, we are doing good and going strong.

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    Unheated Greenhouse still in production in the snowy north.

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    Looking good, all of it!
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Beautiful pictures. Thanks for all of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanb999 View Post
    Unheated Greenhouse still in production in the snowy north.
    Stan, do you use commercial fertilizers, or do you mix your own? When my brother was growing tomatoes, he started out mixing his own, but when brands like Peter's Professional came out, he switched to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Txkstew View Post
    Stan, do you use commercial fertilizers, or do you mix your own? When my brother was growing tomatoes, he started out mixing his own, but when brands like Peter's Professional came out, he switched to them.
    Commercial hydroponic fert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanb999 View Post
    Commercial hydroponic fert.
    I'm really impressed with your products. The plants look flawless. Good job.

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    Most of the seedlings seem to be sprouting. It's rained almost daily since I planted. I need to get some fertilizer on soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Txkstew View Post
    Most of the seedlings seem to be sprouting. It's rained almost daily since I planted. I need to get some fertilizer on soon.

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    We finally got some dry weather here for a few days in a row. Next week is supposed to be rainy again. So I took this opportunity to get some water soluble fertilizer (WSF) on my garden plants. They needed it bad. Water Soluble Fertilizer is what Miracle Grow is. I have a 20 lb bag of another brand, but they are all the same in my opinion. It's nothing but Ammonia Nitrate, Potassium Nitrate, and Potash. It does make a difference if the Ammonia Nitrate is sourced from Urea, Ammonical, or Nitrate. Urea breaks down to Ammonia, and Ammonia breaks down to Nitrates, so best to use a high Nitrate formula to start with. Most Ammonia Nitrate is made from Natural Gas in a Chemical process. They do put a few trace elements in depending on the formulation and what it is used to grow. I bought a "Hozon" brand brass siphon mixer on Amazon for $20 plus shipping. Double what they used to cost 25 years ago, but well worth it. I mixed up a large coffee can with a concentrated solution and dropped the pickup tube in, and opened up the hose valve and let it run til it started flowing blue. The blue is just food coloring so you know it is fertilizer and not just straight water. Not organic I guess, but usually I only use WSF on seedlings and young bedding plants to give them a good start.

    The dry weather came with a price, as the clear night two days ago, brought 29 deg F for a couple of hours. Didn't seem to hurt the seedlings or bedding plants.

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    Bit of unusual advise with the Ammonia Nitrate. Combine it with plenty of molasses. The reason is quite simple. Bacteria need both sugar (carbohydrates) and nitrogen to grow. So if you just constantly add nitrogen to the soil the bacteria will use every last bit of organic matter in the soil. The result of this will be less water holding capacity for the soil and dependence on added fertilizer.

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    I mentioned Potash in the fertilizer formula, when I meant to say Phosphate. I need to refresh my memory before I try to sound like an expert! So, in a formula of say 20-20-20, the first number 20, is total Nitrogen and is good for leaf growth. The second number 20, being Phosphate, and is good for bloom set and root growth. If you want lots of blooms, use a high middle number. The last number is Potassium and is good for root growth as well.
    Last edited by Txkstew; 11-17-2018 at 10:49 AM.

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    Formulating Your Own Mittleider Fertilizer You can go to the Food for Everyone Foundation and order the packets of micronutrients, which are then mixed with 3 pounds of Epsom Salt and 20 pounds of 16-8-16, 20-10-20 or 16-16-16-16 NPK organic fertilizer. The micronutrients in the packet are calcium, magnesium, sulfur and 7 trace elements. Many organic plant foods carry a balance of these micronutrients, which can be added to the NPK and Epsom salt mixture. Soil tests can help you determine if your medium is deficient in one or more of these micronutrients. Some organic gardeners argue that the micronutrient packet is not organic because it contains synthetic chemicals to simulate the minor nutrient needs.

    Read more at Gardening Know How: Mittleider Garden Method: What Is Mittleider Gardening https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edi...den-method.htm

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    Finally getting some growth in the sprouts. It's been cloudy and cool with more rain the last two weeks. This pic was taken today. As can be seen in the pic, the leaves are starting to fall and allow more sunlight on the plot.

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    Well here it is, December 1, and I'm not impressed with the progress so far. We'll see if the weather stays moderate like today's 76 deg F. Now, I have a rabbit munching on my cabbage plants. Great!

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    Well, garden was a total failure this year. Constant rain since August, at least one hungry rabbit, and me being down in my back, kept me from even going at to look at the progress for the last six weeks. My back is better now for sure, but for the first time in three years, I got hired on for a full time job with a sixty mile commute. Yay! On top of that, my new boss says we might start working 10 hour days. That makes for 2 hours commuting, 10 hours working, with a 1 hour lunch and 2 hours getting ready for work in the morning. Doesn't leave much time for gardening. I'll get over it on paydays!

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