Ducks4you 2021 Ragtag Thread

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PLEASE start seed shopping. I fully expect a recission in 2022. People in the cities are complaining that their grocery stores are out of beef and that milk and soup is 3x-4x what it was last year. They WILL be cleaning out seeds in an attempt to "grow their own food." I was surprised that there were seeds to be had this late in the year, so GO ONLINE and start shopping NOW.
 

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PLEASE start seed shopping. I fully expect a recission in 2022. People in the cities are complaining that their grocery stores are out of beef and that milk and soup is 3x-4x what it was last year. They WILL be cleaning out seeds in an attempt to "grow their own food." I was surprised that there were seeds to be had this late in the year, so GO ONLINE and start shopping NOW.
In my neck of the woods the seed companies, and there aren't that many, just can't catch up to the demand. And this despite knowing they need to grow even more. The seeds were sold out this spring the same, or more so, than the year before. I think without more sellers coming into the market, the current vendors just don't have the land nor manpower to adjust to the new level of supply needed. It is difficult to know how long this will continue in regards to seeds, but I honestly think learning to save seeds and keeping even a small supply of one's own is a good idea.
 

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Amen to that! :hugs
Check out the seed saver's thread:
 

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I save a lot of seeds, but more sure couldn’t hurt. My garden was such a bust this year. Good thing last year was a great success, I still have plenty to carry me through to next year. But next year I’d better make it work.

Thanks for the warning. I need to get my seeds out and see what I have. I planted a lot of old seed just to see if any was good, it wasn’t, so I tossed those. You know, those packets that you didn’t plant all the seeds? Who needs 300 broccoli plants? I still have a lot of old seeds. Need to test, plant or toss. Maybe I’ll just put them in a mass grave next spring and see if any come up. LOL
 

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I save a lot of seeds, but more sure couldn’t hurt. My garden was such a bust this year. Good thing last year was a great success, I still have plenty to carry me through to next year. But next year I’d better make it work.

Thanks for the warning. I need to get my seeds out and see what I have. I planted a lot of old seed just to see if any was good, it wasn’t, so I tossed those. You know, those packets that you didn’t plant all the seeds? Who needs 300 broccoli plants? I still have a lot of old seeds. Need to test, plant or toss. Maybe I’ll just put them in a mass grave next spring and see if any come up. LOL
me, too. so i just plant all those old seeds in the chicken run with vertical planters, whatever grow there belong to them :D
 

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@baymule , if I hadn't fenced/tied up my tomatoes, I would have had NONE this year. IT has been SO WET!!
I spent 4 hours this weekend, pruning and tying. 19 quarts canned and in the pantry.
I attended to 32 tomato plants, still have 8 to go. I had had such massive fruit that one bunch of 3 very heavy green tomatoes snapped off. I brought the trio inside to ripen.
Great okra harvest. Since I rotate I will miss having them by the cistern next year, where I can climb inside on the cement slab. They are ALL 6 ft tall and growing. I will need a small ladder to harvest in 2022!
Lost count bc I cleaned out my 7 cu ft freezer on the porch, but I have at LEAST 23 quarts of okra frozen in quart bags. I use the cheapest bags I can find for this, and make sure that they are sealed. The rest are still in the 15 cu ft freezer in the garage. Glad to defrost and clean (w/bleach, of course!) my small freezer. Don't remember the last time I did it.
DD has instructed me to start freezing other vegetables, even If I didn't grow them, like bags of onions and carrots for cooking.
I interrupted my gardening for 9 days to repaint my porch. DD got me started, ( the DD who lives several hours away, not 12 minutes up the road!), or else I never would have done it. I will post pictures soon. It went from dirty grey ceiling and dirty grew floor, with white walls, to light blue on the ceiling and floor and semi gloss white on the walls. I Could have used 3 more days, but DH and 2 DD's were only gone on vacation so long, and I needed them gone to do the project.
THEREfore...the gardening chores got away from me.
My potatoes were a bust, aGAIN too wet, and they had partial shade during the day which contributed to their rot.
2nd corn harvest is Just for the horses.
I have 2022 sweet corn seeds in my grubby little paws. I am leaving the tomato fencing up for next. I will be planting 10 rows of sweet corn, one week apart and hope to get a better harvest. STILL, we consumed 30 ears this year, and it was ALL appreciated.
 

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I will be planting 10 rows of sweet corn, one week apart and hope to get a better harvest.
I also stagger my corn planting but not in single rows. It's more of a block to help pollination. Instead of one row 40' long, think 4 rows 10' long or whatever your dimensions are. I do my corn in raised beds down here so I do it differently, but in Arkansas I'd plant two rows 12" apart, skip 32", then plant another two rows 12" apart. Eight rows 8' long planted like that would usually give me corn to eat on, 18 pints canned, plus corn left over to freeze and use when I made soup.

Watch the sun. Don't plant it where the new is shaded by the first planting. I'd plant a marigold at the end of each short row. That seemed to space it out enough so the first planting didn't stunt the second planting. The marigolds would not do much until the corn was gone but when the sun could get to it I soon had mounds of bright color. Sounds like an excuse to post a photo from 2014.

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