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What're you all up to in the gardening off season to be ready for 2021? I cant be the only one working the soil for a better product next year (or am I) so here's a thread of us.

Let's see those Horses at work!!!

 

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2020 recap: Last season was the first garden on my new property and first 'real' garden ever, and was a helluva learning experience. First and foremost, NC clay is like trying to work concrete, period. IF anything grows, good luck getting it out. The carrots came out like baby potatoes, and aside from a massive crop of snap peas and some decent green beans and red taters, everything else pretty much failed. Enter '2021 soil prep'. 

Purchased a PH meter and found levels to be in the 7.5 area- alkaline, which is not the norm for clay in this area. Lesson #1- dont go by the book- test your actual soil.

5-6 weeks ago, I hauled in two heaping 6x12 trailer loads of manure from my sisters horse farm, plowed and disc'd it in. At the same time, all shredded paper from the business, coffee grinds, ash from the fire pit are all going in the garden as well. Soil PH is now acidic at about 6.0 and should settle down.

This past Saturday, 'lawn duty' 1277 got a side discharge deck, mulched and mowed the yard leaves into piles, and Hoss dragged them to the garden by the tarp load, leveled them off, and plowed them under. After a month of on and off rain, the soil normally turned back into concrete, to the point the plow wouldnt 'suck' in too well. Now, the ground was actually softer, and the plow needed a ton of adjustment to keep from burying itself completely and stopping Hoss in his tracks!

Guess what else? I uncovered a couple worms!!!  This is a VERY good sign, and something I've never seen in this garden!

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Sarthurs01

Little buddy and I worked the c81 at my coworkers new house! We still need to get are pumpkin patch turned over before it freezes. 

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WVHillbilly520H

Be careful what leaves you plow into your garden oak leaves seem to be harmful to growing heathly green grass so I would assume likewise to gardens unless they have been "composted" before hand, yes horse manure seems to be the go to around here as well as organic poultry litter (no ammonia) pine shavings and peanut hulls but be carefu you can add too much... I was gonna till mine under after getting a dump truck load of horse manure but my eMax is in the shop and sold my WH tiller combo, so it looks as though it will be spring before I retill.

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ebinmaine
20 hours ago, Greentored said:

manure *********** a couple worms!!!

So basically what we're getting from this is you're playing around in a pile o crap. 

 

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I like how you put 3 exclamation points after worms. I've done the same here. My side-hill yard was made of "fill" (bank run gravel) when the house was put up in 2002. Until the last 2 or 3 years there hasn't been many worms or nightcrawlers at all. I get a might bit too excited for a regular human when I see them and Trina has been known to show them to me. :lol:

What kind a demented pair shows each other stuff like that??

 

 

I do like what you've got going on there Scott. I'd say it's a lot of hard work but to folks like all of us it's just more playtime. 

Should be better results for you next year. 

 

 

There just ain't any tillable areas on this property. 

Our own garden is still going to be raised beds for the foreseeable future. Next year we'll add at least 2 or 3 to the existing 7. Maybe relocate a tad to grab more direct sun. There will be a little more light already because of the backyard clearing we've done and we'll be taking out a few more trees. 

 

More experimentation towards our goal of being more and more self reliant and independent with each passing year.  

 

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Greentored
19 hours ago, WVHillbilly520H said:

Be careful what leaves you plow into your garden oak leaves seem to be harmful to growing heathly green grass so I would assume likewise to gardens unless they have been "composted" before hand, yes horse manure seems to be the go to around here as well as organic poultry litter (no ammonia) pine shavings and peanut hulls but be carefu you can add too much... I was gonna till mine under after getting a dump truck load of horse manure but my eMax is in the shop and sold my WH tiller combo, so it looks as though it will be spring before I retill.

That was a major concern, but when I ran the PH meter around the areas where the oaks have killed off the grass, things were actually slightly alkaline instead of acidic. Figured id roll the dice that the manure testing in the 6.0 range would help cancel out the slight alkalinity of the leaves.

The hardest part is going to be leaving this sit for a few months so the worms and organisms can do their work. After the first week of Dec I need to stay out of there with the plow ha.

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Greentored
5 hours ago, ebinmaine said:

So basically what we're getting from this is you're playing around in a pile o crap. 

 

 

 

 

Whether its working on old cars or catching it from the woman, I'm pretty much in the crap on a daily basis:lol:

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charging10

I like to plant winter rye in late fall, plus we throw all our halloween pumkins and  vegetable scraps  on garden thru winter before turning soil in spring.

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