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Title: Garden 2019
Post by: colorado russ on February 25, 2019, 06:59:43 AM
Can't believe it's time to get the garden started here in Oklahoma.  Going with the same area as last year - 8' x 40' but due to a new addition to the family, had to build a 2 wire fence this weekend.  He's not real happy!


Got everything rototilled before the weekend then did the fence and raked out a spot for the early crops.


Planted a row of shallots, yellow onions, kale/arugula, romaine/buttercrunch and spinach.  Will plant another row of spinach in 2 weeks to try and extend the harvest.


Next up will be carrots, potatoes, beets and asparagus.  Planted some asparagus last year and will be filling in the remainder this year.  It takes a few seasons before producing good quality and enough to cut and eat.


Hope others have gardens and want to share some tips and pictures through the year.
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: DTP on February 27, 2019, 06:17:27 AM
Cant wait to see how it plays out this year!
I don't remember if I told you, but I really like salsa ;)
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: WW on February 27, 2019, 07:01:04 AM
Rub it in Russ :mg:! Kinda hard to do any gardening with 2 ft. of snow on the ground :wtf:
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: cohunter14 on February 27, 2019, 07:26:56 AM
Russ, do you start watering it right away too?
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: colorado russ on February 27, 2019, 09:57:42 AM
Dan, I was going to bring you some on your OK hunt but......


Bill, a garden in Oklahoma vs snow/mountains in Colorado, not exactly a fair choice!


Derek, I lightly watered the few rows after I planted to help with the seed germination.  I knew we had a few warm days before more crappy weather so not doing any watering now.  Getting some light mist and low temps so letting it be.


It's possible the colder weather may impact a little and if so will just re-sow seeds in the gaps in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: cnelk on February 27, 2019, 10:19:32 AM
I was considering on growing some 'Hippie Lettuce' along with my tomatoes this year, but then I found out you cant grow MaryJane if you have a concealed carry permit.




Rules rules :)
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: colorado russ on February 27, 2019, 12:33:58 PM
I guess it won't be concealed for very long if someone is trying to take your lettuce!  Isn't that like the old western days when you can shoot on sight if stealing your horse?


Oklahoma just passed all the medical marijuana laws last year and got dispensaries popping up everywhere along with LOTS of "patients".  I can guarantee there's some serious lying on the federal background forms because everyone in Oklahoma owns at least 2-3 guns.
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: jvanhoy on February 27, 2019, 12:34:41 PM
I was considering on growing some 'Hippie Lettuce' along with my tomatoes this year, but then I found out you cant grow MaryJane if you have a concealed carry permit.




Rules rules :)


Thatís a strange rule. I can understand you canít be all smoked up while packing just like with alcohol but donít understand why you couldnít grow it. Seems like the rules are always aimed at the law abiding folks.
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: ribo451 on February 27, 2019, 01:28:43 PM
I second the unfairness of posting your garden pics when were still fighting snow. We have about two feet here in North Idaho and more on the way.

I do have plans for my garden this year including two more raised beds. I grew a few pickling cucumbers last year and the pickles I made lasted two weeks so more of those are my biggest priority.

Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: colorado russ on February 27, 2019, 02:25:00 PM
Ribo, I've got a really good refrigerator pickle recipe that doesn't require canning/hot bathing if interested.  Easily adjusted for pickled jalapenos/onions/carrots or asparagus.


Only drawback is the pickles take longer to 'mature' before eating than ones that are canned but they're more crisp.  Got about 20 quarts from last year that we are just now starting to eat.  Some with a jalapeno, a serrano or habanero just to kick things up a notch.


Make bread and butter pickles too!


P.S. The Dos XX are for guests - real beer is in the other fridge!
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: Elk Noob on February 27, 2019, 03:52:17 PM
Ribo, I've got a really good refrigerator pickle recipe that doesn't require canning/hot bathing if interested.  Easily adjusted for pickled jalapenos/onions/carrots or asparagus.


Only drawback is the pickles take longer to 'mature' before eating than ones that are canned but they're more crisp.  Got about 20 quarts from last year that we are just now starting to eat.  Some with a jalapeno, a serrano or habanero just to kick things up a notch.


Make bread and butter pickles too!


P.S. The Dos XX are for guests - real beer is in the other fridge!


Oh man, that looks awesome. Could you PM me some recipe's?
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: ribo451 on February 27, 2019, 04:57:37 PM
I am interested in the recipe. The recipe I use calls for red pepper flakes that I used but I cut it down from what the recipe calls for. Mine turned out great but I would like to try some others. I will post the recipe I used if I can find it. 
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: DTP on February 27, 2019, 05:03:16 PM
Dan, I was going to bring you some on your OK hunt but......


Bill, a garden in Oklahoma vs snow/mountains in Colorado, not exactly a fair choice!


Derek, I lightly watered the few rows after I planted to help with the seed germination.  I knew we had a few warm days before more crappy weather so not doing any watering now.  Getting some light mist and low temps so letting it be.


It's possible the colder weather may impact a little and if so will just re-sow seeds in the gaps in a couple of weeks.


I'll be there a few times this year.... no ifs ands or buts!
I'm drawing a bull tag this year there too :upthumb:
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: cohunter14 on February 27, 2019, 05:13:06 PM
Looks awesome Russ! :upthumb:
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: colorado russ on February 27, 2019, 05:38:39 PM
Dan, elk brats with some home made green tomato relish(called chow chow in the south).  Green tomatoes, cabbage, jalapenos, bell peppers, vinegar, a few other spices combined and canned.


I can toss a few recipes you guys way just don't tell my Mom!  Actually, there are a couple of recipes that when I go over to help she already has the spices in the jars so I don't have a clue how much or exactly what!  Says I'll get her recipe book when she can't cook anymore.  :)
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: colorado russ on February 28, 2019, 10:58:19 AM
Elk Noob and Ribo451, check your private messages and let me know if any questions.
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: colorado russ on March 27, 2019, 08:56:53 AM
Quick update:  All of the lettuce, kale and spinach are up with the second row of spinach just now starting to poke through(planted 2 weeks after first row).


Shallots are doing great and got my first 2 asparagus coming up.


Beets are starting to break through the surface.  Nothing from the carrots yet which I thought should've been showing by now.  Will work on my patience!
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: Rdub on March 30, 2019, 03:20:43 PM
Snowed again last night. Wonít even think about a garden for at least a month. Just part of living in Colorado.
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: colorado russ on April 01, 2019, 06:58:45 AM
I hear ya Rdub - 20 years there and never had a garden worth a crap!  Would have some great tomatoes then late hail storm would destroy.  Eventually gave up.


Since in OK now, gotta make the best with what I've got.  When it's 104 degrees this summer and you're at 85, it'll be a different tune.


Wife said the asparagus were great!
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: cnelk on April 01, 2019, 08:35:58 AM
Got my main garden tilled yesterday and will be constructing a hail screen over it this year
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: jstephens61 on April 01, 2019, 09:46:54 AM
It was 21 here this morning and the bottoms was covered in frost. Itíll be a couple weeks before I get started.
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: colorado russ on April 01, 2019, 01:30:13 PM
Looks good Brad!  I never was quite sure how to build a hail net but still let enough sun shine through.  Anxious to see what you come up with - figure it will be from something a neighbor left on the side of the road like your smoker box from a grill.  Brilliant!


Actually got down below freezing here this weekend too.  May set stuff back a little but sunshine and 70s rest of the week.  Hope my peach tree didn't get too cold.
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: cnelk on April 01, 2019, 05:10:43 PM


Russ
Yep. Im going to be thrifty and resourceful!


I came across this nylon athletic netting at a yard sale.
Its 4' wide and has 3/8" openings.


Ill put up some pvc hoops and put an 8' wide covering over them.
I wont need to do this until July
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: Okieelk on April 01, 2019, 08:29:54 PM
Russ

Iím in T-Town on the other part of the state and I normally plant the hot crops around the 15th. Seems like thatís always the ďgo-toĒ date in OK to get away from a frost with 99% certainty. Iíll probably plant on the 14th. Thanks for starting this thread & love seeing the progress!


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Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: colorado russ on April 02, 2019, 06:26:05 AM
Careful putting out dates Brad - you'll get hail June 30th if putting up in July!  At least that's my luck.


Okieelk, yeah, I'm a little SW of OKC.  Agree on the next crops - have green beans, okra, cucumbers up then tomatoes and peppers to finish out the garden.  Will put some garlic, horseradish and shallots in pots late fall then harvest around June next year.  Be sure to add some pics when you get yours going.  Love to hear/see what others are doing.


Should be getting a few asparagus shoots every day when the weather warms up.
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: colorado russ on April 03, 2019, 01:22:32 PM
Yep!  Just needed a little sun and here come the asparagus!
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: Okieelk on April 20, 2019, 12:48:38 PM
Planted garden last week. Added some cucumbers, BlueLake bush Beans(still in container), and asparagus.

Pictures taken this morning


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Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: colorado russ on April 22, 2019, 05:52:36 AM
Looking good Okieelk!  I bought tomatoes and peppers this weekend and will put in the ground this week sometime.  Mixed up some bone meal, blood meal, epsom salt and calcium nitrate to put in each tomato hole to boost and help with blossom rot.  Last year most of my tomatoes had blossom rot on the bottom so trying to prevent it this year.


Having issues sharing files from my phone but will update some pics later this week.  Potatoes are coming up really good as are the beets.  Spinach and lettuce is almost ready to start picking - Mom's garden always beats out the rest of us so hers is ready to start picking!
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: Okieelk on April 22, 2019, 07:01:59 PM
Iíve never done any amendments for the tomatoís, but Iíve never had to fit any rot or blight. Weíre about to get into the wettest month of the year so hopefully the plants get a good drink!


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Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: colorado russ on April 23, 2019, 06:22:06 AM
The garden got a drink from the fire hose last night and into this morning!
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: colorado russ on April 23, 2019, 12:21:59 PM
Got problem fixed with sending pics from my phone.  Like I mentioned, here's my Mom's lettuce, spinach and onions.  Then my potatoes are going strong.  Will get tomatoes and peppers planted this week.
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: Okieelk on April 27, 2019, 02:32:26 PM
Thatís a good looking garden. I like the use of block. Did you put any weed fabric on the sides of the block going to the ground or just fill it up with dirt?


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Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: colorado russ on April 28, 2019, 07:36:03 PM
That's Mom's - they just filled it up with rich mix and bring in a load of 'refresher' every couple of years.  If they get weeds, now there's a neighbor who have 2 boys looking to make extra money so they pull weeds and mow the yard! 


Plan is to go rob some of her spinach, lettuce and kale for a few salads this week!  Add a side of elk steaks and good to go.  :)


Got my tomatoes and peppers all planted so everything's in that's going in this year.  Need to stake up the tomatillo plants as they tend to be a little frail until better established.
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: Okieelk on May 11, 2019, 07:27:04 PM
Progress on my garden. Canít see but the asparagus have started to sprout and the ferns are  coming up. Probably wonít harvest any this year. Cucumbers are starting to trellis nicely, and tomatoes are coming right along.
Going to get some parsley out of the garden tomorrow to make mallard meatballs!

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Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: cohunter14 on May 12, 2019, 08:30:31 AM
Looking good Russ!
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: Okieelk on June 22, 2019, 08:30:30 PM
Russ! Whereís those garden pics at??


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Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: cnelk on July 23, 2019, 05:58:38 AM
Gardens are coming along pretty good.


Potatoes - Onions - Tomatoes and Corn


The other day I lost a couple corn stalks as something was pushing them over. I thought it was coon but there are no ears yet.


So last night I set up a trail cam and caught the little rascal on camera


Now its electric fence time





Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: cohunter14 on July 23, 2019, 07:07:05 AM
Looking good Brad!
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: DTP on July 23, 2019, 06:27:58 PM
Looks real good, minus the fury friend!
Title: Re: Garden 2019
Post by: Rdub on July 24, 2019, 07:37:44 PM
Garden is rolling along