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Esaias 03-17-2020 04:41 PM

Potatoes n mud
 
Got my raised beds planted last week with yeller squah, zucchini, green beans, and bell peppers. Just put a row of potatoes in about 30 minutes ago. Problem is its been raining like Noah's Flood and its supposed to rain the rest of the week through the weekend. I had a trench for the potatoes but the ground is SOAKED and the trench is full. Dug a side trench to drain it but it still has standing water.

So....

I pulled the mulch back, threw in some peatmoss and composted manure, put my taters in it, covered them with peat moss and some dry topsoil I scrounged up from the garage, pulled the mulch back in between the little tater hills, and said a little prayer.

Hopefully the Lord will bring out the Irish in us and we can get this patch through the monsoon and onto the table.

jediwill83 03-17-2020 08:58 PM

Re: Potatoes n mud
 
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Originally Posted by Esaias (Post 1583248)
Got my raised beds planted last week with yeller squah, zucchini, green beans, and bell peppers. Just put a row of potatoes in about 30 minutes ago. Problem is its been raining like Noah's Flood and its supposed to rain the rest of the week through the weekend. I had a trench for the potatoes but the ground is SOAKED and the trench is full. Dug a side trench to drain it but it still has standing water.

So....

I pulled the mulch back, threw in some peatmoss and composted manure, put my taters in it, covered them with peat moss and some dry topsoil I scrounged up from the garage, pulled the mulch back in between the little tater hills, and said a little prayer.

Hopefully the Lord will bring out the Irish in us and we can get this patch through the monsoon and onto the table.

Sounds like an amazing recovery to nature that refuses to cooperate.

Tithesmeister 03-17-2020 09:12 PM

Re: Potatoes n mud
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Esaias (Post 1583248)
Got my raised beds planted last week with yeller squah, zucchini, green beans, and bell peppers. Just put a row of potatoes in about 30 minutes ago. Problem is its been raining like Noah's Flood and its supposed to rain the rest of the week through the weekend. I had a trench for the potatoes but the ground is SOAKED and the trench is full. Dug a side trench to drain it but it still has standing water.

So....

I pulled the mulch back, threw in some peatmoss and composted manure, put my taters in it, covered them with peat moss and some dry topsoil I scrounged up from the garage, pulled the mulch back in between the little tater hills, and said a little prayer.

Hopefully the Lord will bring out the Irish in us and we can get this patch through the monsoon and onto the table.

Potatoes are about the most fun crop to grow in my opinion. Theyíre pretty forgiving, and you can pretty much count on a crop of decent potatoes as long as you take care of the Colorado potato beetles when they show up (and they will). Kids of any age love digging taters, even old kids like me. Itís like digging for treasure.

Itís usually an easy crop, and even the mud shouldnít mess it up unless they rot before they leaf out. Iíd probably wait myself and not plant until you have a window of drier weather but itís unlikely that dryer weather wonít happen in the next week or so. Hope you have a bountiful crop and a lot of fun.

Birddog 03-18-2020 12:07 PM

Re: Potatoes n mud
 
you planted in a light moon though. You were supposed to wait a week until the dark of the moon. Didn't they teach you that?

Now your tubers will be all plant and no roots.

If you waited a week then you would have had better root crops.

Above ground plants you plant by the light of the moon, below ground plants you plant at the dark of the moon.

Birddog 03-18-2020 12:09 PM

Re: Potatoes n mud
 
It was the dark of the moon, the sixth of june, a kenworth hauling logs....

Birddog 03-18-2020 12:09 PM

Re: Potatoes n mud
 
it is a waning crescent though so you might be okay.

Esaias 03-18-2020 07:57 PM

Re: Potatoes n mud
 
What? I planted by the light of the sun. Quit reading back issues of the Farmer's Almanac!

shag 03-18-2020 09:19 PM

Re: Potatoes n mud
 
Planted our fruit trees last week. 2 peach, 2 apple, 2 pear. 1 plum. Still need to put in my 2 cherry trees.
Working on fencing in a new garden area in the next few days, to keep the deer and critters out.
If the rain ever actually let’s up for more than a day or two...we’ll start getting a garden put in.

Wish I could raise chickens for the eggs, but my son is very allergic to eggs.

Birddog 03-19-2020 12:03 PM

Re: Potatoes n mud
 
Man, got some more trees, got my peach trees budding soon.

Tithesmeister 04-03-2020 05:52 PM

Re: Potatoes n mud
 
Those taters up yet?


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