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05-15-2015 01:29 PM
Girl_Loves_Hydraulics
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Originally Posted by Gwenhwyfair View Post
Indeed it is! Lots of the red clay here in GA. Call it the 'Red Clay State' will turn white dogs and horses orange in no time!

Hubs opted for raised beds, that has worked well.

I think you have raised beds as well, yes?
I have one raised bed and 2 that are not raised...We are almost done I'll have to share some photos this weekend
05-15-2015 12:47 PM
Gwenhwyfair Indeed it is! Lots of the red clay here in GA. Call it the 'Red Clay State' will turn white dogs and horses orange in no time!

Hubs opted for raised beds, that has worked well.

I think you have raised beds as well, yes?

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Originally Posted by Girl_Loves_Hydraulics View Post
Clay is such a pain. Our one bed was so bad the 1st year we could ball it up and throw it and it would stick to the fence. We threw about 6 bags of compost on it. The good thing is when I was tilling it up, there was a ton of worms in there, so that's a good thing. I hate that we use so many chemicals on things nowadays. Usually chemicals are a last resort in my book. I try everything else first
05-14-2015 10:47 AM
Girl_Loves_Hydraulics OK so I think I got all my hot weather plants going so this is what I will be going this year (I wanna know what everyone else has too for future ideas )
Tomatoes:
Berkley Tie Dye
Black Cherry Tomato
Black Brandywine
Paul Robeson
Best Boy
Bonnie's Best

Peppers:
California Wonder
Banana
Pepperoncini
Cayenne
Serrano
Poblano
Chile rellanos (might die though, some ants took it's little leaves )

Other crap:
Late dutch flat cabbage
broccoli
garlic chives
tender sweet carrots

I think that's it for the summer stuff, I just planted the cabbage and broccoli and will plant the other stuff later
That's it for now, I think so anyway...
05-11-2015 10:06 AM
Girl_Loves_Hydraulics
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Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
That is cool. Yes our soil is soooooo full of clay that is part of why I did the raised beds. When I tried digging beds and amending all that happened one rainy summer is they would fill up with water ..........I actually am putting gravel between my beds because when it gets really wet it is terrbily slippery and mulch just gets squishy.

This is another article I found out about these chemicals used on grazing lands. Grrrrrrrr.

Killer Compost - Growing A Greener World TV
Clay is such a pain. Our one bed was so bad the 1st year we could ball it up and throw it and it would stick to the fence. We threw about 6 bags of compost on it. The good thing is when I was tilling it up, there was a ton of worms in there, so that's a good thing. I hate that we use so many chemicals on things nowadays. Usually chemicals are a last resort in my book. I try everything else first
05-11-2015 09:47 AM
jocoyn That is cool. Yes our soil is soooooo full of clay that is part of why I did the raised beds. When I tried digging beds and amending all that happened one rainy summer is they would fill up with water ..........I actually am putting gravel between my beds because when it gets really wet it is terrbily slippery and mulch just gets squishy.

This is another article I found out about these chemicals used on grazing lands. Grrrrrrrr.

Killer Compost - Growing A Greener World TV
05-11-2015 09:43 AM
Girl_Loves_Hydraulics
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Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
Check your pH - I found out composted cow manure can be quite alkaline

Horse and Cow manure, great - BUT - I read about this this weekend - a chemical they may spray on pastures that contains an herbicide which persists in the manure. Well I just bought a bunch of the Black Kow but figure if that stuff was killing plants there would be a big ruckus.

Also learned that mushroom compost has all kinds of salts and chemicals in it
Well, we have so much clay in one of the beds it's just ridiculous. Really the only way to rectify it is with compost and stuff. But we do have a ph tester, and will do so before we actually drop our little guys in...I don't worry about the pesticide thing since this is a gentlemen I know fairly well. We get our wood from him in the winter time for burning. He doesn't use many chemicals, especially since he has 3 youngins that are always in the fields. I've actually never had any issues with compost, but it makes sense to know where you are getting it from for sure.
05-11-2015 09:39 AM
jocoyn Check your pH - I found out composted cow manure can be quite alkaline

Horse and Cow manure, great - BUT - I read about this this weekend - a chemical they may spray on pastures that contains an herbicide which persists in the manure. Well I just bought a bunch of the Black Kow but figure if that stuff was killing plants there would be a big ruckus.

Also learned that mushroom compost has all kinds of salts and chemicals in it
05-11-2015 09:24 AM
Girl_Loves_Hydraulics Well, I got a ton of horse and cow poop yesterday. I am so sore from moving it, but I got it spread into 2 of the beds. I'll take some pictures once I get my project all done. But hubby got 2 fences up and I'm happy. I also can't wait since I got a bunch of seeds coming. Ended up swapping seeds with someone, and I am getting some interesting stuff. I am getting Trail of Tears beans, Purple Podded Beans, and Rattlesnake beans. I really can't wait to see how they do. I gotta put my cherry trees in today though. But my seedlings are FINALLY getting big. I think that the nights being cold have kept them from getting big. But now that it's been warming up, everyone seems to have doubled in size.
05-10-2015 06:17 PM
jocoyn Well I did use the epsom salt with all my tomatoes and peppers that I got in today.... But with the coming year my pH was too Alkaline and I neutralize with some iron sulfate so I guess that sulfur would help too..... I thought borax with sodium borosilicate though no sulfur I'll have to go back and look. I do horsetail tea for silica

Ok no silica in borax...sodium..boron...oxygen...hydrogen. ..... I remember I used to keep it in the diaper pail for my kids and when I rinsed out the diapers I leave them in there till I had enough for a load in the washer.....
05-09-2015 04:35 PM
carmspack thinking of yet another use for epsom salts ! watermelon and cantaloupe will be sweeter if you use a bit of Epsom salts and borax (sulfur) on the soil. Epsom salt prevents blossom end rot --

put up my tomatoes today - and did use the Epsom and borax .
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