Rammy's 2021 Garden

Rammy

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Following in the footsteps of our illustrious master gardener @baymule, I decided to do a thread on my little garden.
Ive done a garden for over ten years or more, always expanding and trying new things, new vegetables, but this year, as many of you know, growing your own food may be what keeps many from starving, with the possibility of food shortages on the horizon.

Here are a few pics of my garden so far.


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My tomatoe plants. Closest row is Beefmaster and Abe Lincoln heirloom tomatoes. Row behind it is Roma and Roma Amish paste tomatoes.
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Straight on pic of the tomatoes. I weave them in and out of the cattle panel as they grow to support them. Works pretty well. In some cases I just use zip ties.
Next to the tomatoes on the right, first row Contender heirloom greenbeans, and next row to the right Blue Lake #274 bush beans, also heirloom.
You can see some of the yellow squash plants. The tower has Yukon gold potatoes. Saw a YT vid on making those so thought it would be fun to try.
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Better pic of the squash and potatoe tower.


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Pic of a couple of my sunflowers.


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Grow bags with my Kennebec potatoes. Chickens came running because they thought I had treats. 🤣
Over the years, I had tried several methods of gardening, from square foot gardening in raised beds, to using cinder block beds, to what I call old fashioned gardening with the plowing up the ground and making rows and hoping for the best.
The old and true method seems to work the best, at least for me. This year, though, after watching some vids on YT from Living Traditions Homestead, I decided on the weed block. I made holes with a soup can on a stick, putting the can in fire I built in my firepit. That took forever, so I got this little butan lighter on Amazon and burning holes for the tomatoes went much faster.
Id like to do corn next year if possible. Im also going to put in more fruit trees and some raspberry, grape, and a few planters with strawberries.
I put in a couple blueberry plants this year and will take pics of those for the next post.
Looking good so far.
 
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Hey Rammy! Good to see you here! I think you may be right on food shortages. Last year stores were out of practically everything. Hopefully this year it will be better. But whatever it is, we will be tending our gardens and packing it into jars and freezers. LOL

Your garden looks great. Love the weed cloth. We used some last year, not very good stuff. It let in enough light to let the weeds grow underneath. Had to roll it back, pull weeds and roll it back. Had 3 more rolls, was going to take it back, puppy chewed ends, so kept it. We used it this year, but laid paper feed sacks down on the ground first. It’s been raining ever since, so haven’t planted anything yet.

What kind of weed cloth did you use and where did you get it?
 

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Hey Rammy! Good to see you here! I think you may be right on food shortages. Last year stores were out of practically everything. Hopefully this year it will be better. But whatever it is, we will be tending our gardens and packing it into jars and freezers. LOL

Your garden looks great. Love the weed cloth. We used some last year, not very good stuff. It let in enough light to let the weeds grow underneath. Had to roll it back, pull weeds and roll it back. Had 3 more rolls, was going to take it back, puppy chewed ends, so kept it. We used it this year, but laid paper feed sacks down on the ground first. It’s been raining ever since, so haven’t planted anything yet.

What kind of weed cloth did you use and where did you get it?
Its from Growers Solutions website. Its made by Dewitt? I think. You can get whatever width you want. This is 3 foot wide by 300 feet. Nearly enough to do the entire garden.
Living Traditions Homestead uses it so I thought Id give it a try. They did a video showing no weeds under thiers. Guess I'll find out if it works on mine. 😁
I didnt get the metal stakes to hold it down with so thats why I use the bricks. Might get them later.
 

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What did you use to make the holes?
Exactly as you, butane torch. My husband made a template of sort by drilling holes 1 foot apart on a plywood (the plywood is 30inches wide and about 4 feet long) and has 2 holes side by side 12 inches apart starting 6 inches from the edge. So I put the plywood on the fabric and burn with the butane torch. It maximized the space on our 4 foot wide fabric.
 
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