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Old 03-17-2020, 04:41 PM
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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.
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Old 03-17-2020, 08:58 PM
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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.
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Old 03-17-2020, 09:12 PM
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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. They’re 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. It’s like digging for treasure.

It’s usually an easy crop, and even the mud shouldn’t mess it up unless they rot before they leaf out. I’d probably wait myself and not plant until you have a window of drier weather but it’s unlikely that dryer weather won’t happen in the next week or so. Hope you have a bountiful crop and a lot of fun.
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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.
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It was the dark of the moon, the sixth of june, a kenworth hauling logs....
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It was the dark of the moon, the sixth of june, a kenworth hauling logs....
By the dark of the moon - I planted
But there came an early snow
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Esaias, What do you use to thwart fireants? Big problem around here. I certainly don't want to use pesticides. Not that I am going to garden, but just curious. LOL! The only thing I would willing grow are jalapenos.
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Esaias, What do you use to thwart fireants? Big problem around here. I certainly don't want to use pesticides. Not that I am going to garden, but just curious. LOL! The only thing I would willing grow are jalapenos.
My dad lives in south Texas, and deals with the horrible fire ants. He had success treating them with Splenda. After he saw the Splenda killing the fire ants, he stopped using Splenda in his food. He said if it kills the ants, its probably killing me, lol
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My dad lives in south Texas, and deals with the horrible fire ants. He had success treating them with Splenda. After he saw the Splenda killing the fire ants, he stopped using Splenda in his food. He said if it kills the ants, its probably killing me, lol
Oh my goodness! I am going to have to see if that works!!!!
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Esaias, What do you use to thwart fireants? Big problem around here. I certainly don't want to use pesticides. Not that I am going to garden, but just curious. LOL! The only thing I would willing grow are jalapenos.
I leave them alone. Years and years ago back when I was younger I used old gasoline. Or fresh gas, pour it on, let it soak a bit, and light it up.

Now I just ignore them. They ignore us.
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