- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
We've had surprisingly cool weather here lately, and a lot of rain last night and today. I'm hoping this spell will help the runner beans to set pods; they've flowered really well and the vines are rampant for sure but not a ton of pod set considering all those blooms. I've read they prefer cooler temps so fingers crossed.
it will help. i've also drenched plants with the hose in the morning if there is enough of a breeze.
Have hardly weeded in a few weeks, but there isn't much out there. Years ago I read about a method farm folks used way back which involved letting their pigs out to turn up the soil after planting carrots. There was a name for it, but I can't remember it. Apparently the pigs would roll around and bring up the weed seeds from just beneath the soil surface which would kill them and allow the carrots to thrive unweeded. Seems like there are a lot of holes in this type of weed control, but I've found if you scrape at the soil for about a month to kill the weeds, and don't hoe the dirt deeply, eventually the bare soil will sprout almost no weeds. The weed seed in that top soil layer will all eventually die. The only weed that seems to still come occasionally up is horsetail. Trying not to turn too much dirt over and exposing buried weed seed, on my small scale, seems to work.
yes, exactly! this is why many of my posts i mention a stirrup hoe as it can scrape but not move the soil layers as much. this is how we both weed a lot. with our crusty clay soil in many gardens it's just too difficult anyways to dig or till each row. they don't care, the plants mostly don't either even if they don't grow as well as they would in better topsoil or garden soil it's just not what we have so we cope...
Been picking a lot of dry pea pods. Lesson I learned from this last round - the pods camouflage absolutely perfectly against the leaves. If you want all the seeds go through the plants slowly and carefully. So easy to miss pods.
true. when i'm cleaning up after growing peas i can usually find some extra seeds hidden in there like that.
I have had two large 6ft+ pea trellis's collapse on me this year. Weight from vines fully loaded. Thankfully none hit the ground they just keeled over. Magnolia Blossom was one, the dried pea types the other. I have found climbing peas to be difficult to grow straight up, they always seem to lean away from vertical position. I guess one can't underestimate the weight from the wispy vines. How to grow them without leaning is the next challenge for me and the peas.
also consider cross section to the wind if you have an un-protected spot. we have open fields around us so growing tall things on fences needs a very strong support system.