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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Celebrate at 4:24 this afternoon!

Posted Friday, December 21, 2018, at 2:27 PM
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  • If it ever stops raining, I will start saving horse manure for you! HP

    -- Posted by horsepoopperson on Fri, Dec 21, 2018, at 6:35 PM
  • He's Back !

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, Dec 21, 2018, at 9:24 PM
  • HPP you donít have a lot of room to do that and besides, youíve got gardens to fertilize. I believe I need two full 16í trailers or 6+ pickup loads.

    Palindrome, when Deb finds out I spent $40 on seeds she will be SURE to ďmotivateĒ me. I know that is not necessary love you a lot for avid gardeners but.....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Dec 22, 2018, at 7:21 AM
  • You are welcome to most of my seeds....Some are old but many are viable.....

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sat, Dec 22, 2018, at 5:47 PM
  • I also have several other things for you....Tennessee Master Gardener Handbook, seed starters, a gift and some gloves for you to look at for your kitty situation.....

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sat, Dec 22, 2018, at 5:53 PM
  • I was glad to see the word "most" which implies you still have an interest in growing something. I almost lost it for two years so keep something.

    We will talk this week.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Dec 22, 2018, at 8:45 PM
  • WHOA hoss! Didn't know you needed that much! It's the thought that counts--right? HP

    -- Posted by horsepoopperson on Sun, Dec 23, 2018, at 7:18 PM
  • Yíall quack me up...and it sounds like a bunch of horse pucky to me....HA!...I got the newest rare seeds if anyone wants to thumb through it.

    One things for sure I wonít be planting spaghetti squash or Hubbard's this year, they totally took over and smothered everything and then some, not to mention I only got one small one each!...I guess itís too late to plant my garlic ,like I wanted too...itís sure looking like a tomato 🍅 summer!

    Does anyone one know if the ag-center can test soil and what they charge?....it seems like my tomatoes started a slow burn from bottom up this past year!....I wonder if I over fertilized or if the soil is just too acid and if it matters....I did get plenty of tomatoes 🍅 they just fizzled out earlier and the plants themself seemed like they started from soil up! I had thought they like acidity but now maybe itís a little too far-out-man if you know what I mean!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Dec 26, 2018, at 5:25 PM
  • John Teague can tell you all you want to know. 931 684-5971. Will open Dec 31st -hp

    -- Posted by horsepoopperson on Thu, Dec 27, 2018, at 3:03 PM
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    The best way to garden is to put on a wide brimmed straw hat and some old clothes. And with a hoe in one hand and a cold drink in the other, tell somebody else where to dig.

    -- Posted by RICKTN40 on Thu, Dec 27, 2018, at 4:39 PM
  • The ag center used to send their soil samples off to a lab in Memphis. (A&L) They usually supply boxes at the extension office in which you put your soil samples and give instructions on how to get the sample.

    Not sure of price but there is a range of prices because of choices you can make about how much you want to know. Soil nutrients could be some of the problem, but there are other possibilities.

    There could be a disease in the soil. Not sure if they test the soil for that, usually the plant material. OR it could be a disease spread by insects, OR it could be a combination of those plus environmental issues like temperatures, rain, or lack there of, drainage, organic matter, etc..

    I know it sounds like too much to work with, but home grown maters are hard to beat. Solutions could be moving to a new location (if you can), buying disease resistant varieties, sprays for fungal disease, insect control, or improving the soil which is where you started.

    If you can't move the location and it is in the soil, maybe you could do container gardening for the plants that are most affected. I believe Palindrome did that to get away from black walnut issues.

    Ricktn40, your solution is always sound. My wife used to practice that until the mosquitoes found her.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 27, 2018, at 5:08 PM
  • Yes, Palindrome used to plant tomatoes in containers because of black walnut trees poisoning the soil until the tomato diseases poisoned the container soil as it has to be replaced often....I have learned many lessons about tomato gardening. When it is good it is very, very good, and when it is bad it is horrid.....

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, Dec 28, 2018, at 10:45 AM
  • Thanks for the input yíall!.....I heard you should not plant peppers near tomato 🍅 and I had 3 different varieties! Maybe the heat got to them....as far as the ag center goes I think I am only concerned with the ph, that would give me a good idea of the balance and itís a place to start!.

    Regardless I most likely will go ahead and plant tomatoes again, I canít help it Iíve had the farmer itch for many years now!...🤠

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, Dec 30, 2018, at 5:31 AM
  • First seed sprouts of the New Year are up. Chinese Broccoli, Giant Noble Spinach and a Nero Black Palm cabbage. They were Winter sown in gallon jugs and although they say the jugs will protect them, I am going to cover them tomorrow night. Twenty four or lower gets me a bit scared.

    The other Amish Sugar Snap peas and Bloomsdale spinach in a cast iron bath tub have not broken ground yet so I am not concerned about them. My cold weather crops bolt real fast if I plant them more traditionally in March.

    I figured since this Winter is supposed to be mild, I would give them a go now. I have more as backup, but if it is mild, I will be eating them about the time I am planting more in the soil.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 9, 2019, at 7:55 PM
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