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We were dry for so long that it looked like garden was going to fail. Finally got rain. Now everything is getting real lush. Thought I'd share some scenes I encountered this morning while gathering vegetables. Yes, this is my garden. I know you doubt it. I can hardly belive it myself and my back is still aching from pulling weeds and doing the gathering.

Zipper Pea Patch

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Okra Patch

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Black-eyed Peas

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Running Butter Beans

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Cucumbers on the Vine

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Cucumbers Gathered

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Okra Gathered

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Squash Gathered

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Looks fabulous John.......

Probably taste even better! My butter beans did not fare so good......the darn geese got in thr garden and trampled mosst ogf my butter beans and a good portionof my snaps. Sort of got screwed on the snaps also. They were supposed to be pole variety, and somewhere along the line pole and bush got mixed together at the seed store but we have a heap of them just the same.

One item you planted that we don't is Okra. My wife loves it, I hate it, especially boiled..........and not overly fond of fried either. So she usually buys it at the local produce stands.
 

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If you left any weeds I could not find them. It's obvious you have put a lot of time and labor into it. Excellent job! :thumbsup:

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John, you INDEED have a GREEN thumb of the 1st order! That a gorgeous garden! My compliments! :thumbsup: I am ashamed to admitt to even trying gardening next to your garden. :lmao: :furious: Nice looking and I am sure tasting produce as well. What is your secret to keeping the weeds and grass down? You do some VERY nice work! :thumbsup: :eat: :eat: :eat:
 

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Wow…. That’s a garden to be proud of.
As green as everything is, looks more like Dublin Ireland than Georgia.
Unlike Chip, I love fried Okra, but it’s real hard to find on Long Island,
New York. Thanks for sharing the pic’s.
 

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Simply amazing! Now that is a garden! WOW!

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1. You must have tons of produce, do you sell it? Those pea and okra patches look HUGE. :D

2. BTW, how much land do you use for all of those plants?

3. Do you start from seeds or plants?

4. Do you use a drip irrigation or what type of watering?

5. How do you prep all of the land and the rows? I cannot recall what type of tractor you have at this moment.

John, simply beautiful. :D

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That's a huge garden John...I thought I put in a large garden in years past but they pale in comparison to yours. My back ached just looking at the pictures.:furious:
 

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BTW, John...How har are you from Covington or Conyers, GA?
I am coming over to visit my brother in next couple of weeks and was just curious how far you live from him.

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Originally posted by aegt5000
Wow…. That’s a garden to be proud of.
As green as everything is, looks more like Dublin Ireland than Georgia.
Unlike Chip, I love fried Okra, but it’s real hard to find on Long Island,
New York. Thanks for sharing the pic’s.
Did someone say Ireland? :D Ahhhhh..... glorious garden my friend. Something to be very proud of there! Congratulations.

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Garden???

What I have is a garden, yours is a produce farm and a grand
one. Great looking "garden". I wish mine looked that good.
Enjoy and show us more pictures.

Later
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Chipmaker,

Thanks for the kind words. Bad about them dang ducks. Here I have to battle deer. An electric fence has them somewhat at bay for now. They tell me I have geese and turkeys coming. Don’t think fence is going to do much to keep a bird out so if you figure a way to discourage those ducks let me know so I will be prepared.

I guess okra is an acquired taste like grits and chitterlings. You have to be raised on them to appreciate them.

Boy, I know how it feels to have a mix-up in seeds. I plant about 10 acres of corn and had my spacing in the drill all worked out and the planter set up for the same as the previous year. Went to town and bought the seed and ask for the same as I had purchased the year before. Came home and started planting. Realized the $90 bag of seed corn was being used up way too fast. Kept planting and trying to figure what was happening. As the bag was almost used up, I read the fine print on the bag. It said, among other things, not to use the seed in planters with plates. My planter had plates. Checked with seed store. In years passed I been using a seed size known as F14 Flats. They had sold me PDFD (I might have one of those letters wrong). What that meant was I had the same corn just a smaller seed (nubs) and my planter with plates was just about sowing corn instead of planting it about every 9.5 inches as I planed to plant it. Needless to say, that patch of corn didn't make much that year. I wound up spending about $100 on seed corn education that year as I later bought a smaller bag. I even ask if the smaller bag was F15 flats and was told it was. They tried the same thing on me the next year but a $100 worth of seed corn education kept it from happening again.

I plant pole beans also. My mother-in-law has a special seed she likes but doesn’t want me to purchase from local seed store. She says they save their seed for one year to the next and their seed won’t come up. Her folks in VA buys seed and sends them down each year.


We’ll just have to pretend we are real farmers and hope things will be better next year.


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Chief,

Thank you for the kind words. If there is a green thumb in the family it belongs to my wife and her mother-in-law. They can get a kiln dried hickory walking stick to sprout. I can assure you that you would not have a problem putting your garden up beside mine.

As far as the secret to keeping the grass and weeds down, I don’t have one. Wish I did. Morning glory and cypress vines will be taking everything over shortly. That is the reason I took the pictures at this time. I can’t pick and shell peas and keep the vines out so before long everything will be tied together by vines.

Oh well, I think the deer enjoy seeing me stumble through the vines while picking peas. At least, I think I can hear them laughing off in the bushes beside the garden.


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aegt5000,

Thank you for the kind words and noticing the Irish connection. Even though, as far as we can tell my ancestors came from England, I have to pretend I’m Irish and say “Erin go braugh” a lot especially around St. Pats Day.

Oh, what a pity we can’t get you some fresh okra. Anyone living in New York (much else Long Island, Ny) brave enough to admit liking okra sure deserves a good mess of fresh okra. I know good okra would be hard for you to find. Most of what I find in stores here is hardly worth having. Guess having fresh has spoiled me.

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Andy,

Thank you for the kind words.

Answers:

Question one: I sell a little. It is mostly give away. Folks want to pay me only about half what the grocery store gets. So there is no money in it for me.

Question two: Have about one hundred acres. I don’t tend but about ten acres total. The rest is in wood land. What you see in the pictures is in two patches and probably isn’t but about one acre.

Question three: Seeds or plants depends on crop. Use seed for corn, peas, okra, squash, beans, cucumbers, mustard and turnips. Use plants for tomatoes, egg plant, and peppers. I buy plants. Use too few to grow my own.

Question four: I try to get by without watering but this year we had such a dry spring that I used a soaker hose on tomatoes and my mother-in-beans, just to keep them alive until the rain came two weeks ago.

Question six: Prep of the land sort of depends also. For the most part I start off by turning the land under with a mold board turning plow. Next I disc using a set of, you guessed it, disk harrows. I then “lay off” rows using a two row Covington planter. I have it set up on 36” rows. The beans in the picture are on 72” centers. I got this buy planting every other row. At the moment I have two tractors to work with, a 68 Ford 3000 diesel and a 97 5300 John Deere and it is also a diesel.

Yes, some say I have too many tractors but I really need at least a minimum of a dozen more. It’s just I’m have trouble convincing my wife of the need for even one.

The distance from Covington to Dublin is about 110 to 160 miles as the crow flies and depending which crow you follow. Dublin is roughly half way between Atlanta and Savannah. I live in sight of I16 or would if it wasn’t for a few pine trees. If you get by this way give me a call. You can buy me lunch and I’ll pay you the 20 bucks I owe you.


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luckycharms.

You didn’t ask me a question but being from a town called Dublin think I must reply to someone with kind words for me and an avatar and web name like yours. So thanks for the kind words and Erin go braugh to you and may the luck of the Irish go with you always.

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