Better Than Snowballs: Nice Looking crops!

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Better Than Snowballs

By farmerdill
January 7, 2014

When I was young, the winter months were quite dreary. Food was minimal during the depression and was mostly dried beans and canned fruits, as well as vegetables and root crops stored in the ground. Fresh vegetables were rare and coveted. In Piedmont Virginia at that time, that meant kale, rape, parsnips and white mustard. I despised parsnips, and still do to this day. Dad would look me straight in the eye and say: “Better than snowballs when you are hungry."

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Jan 11, 2014 6:23 AM CST
When you say middle Georgia, are you referring to the Atlanta area?

I live in Middleburg, FL and I will usually plant a winter garden. I clearly understand the issue involved in seed germination with regards to soil temps. I will typically start transplants in the air conditioned greenhouse at work and then try and transplant them the beginning of October. Unfortunately, my winter garden this has been relegated to 2 small beds and some pots. And they are not doing all that well. Have gotten some kale and mustards, but my broccoli and cauliflower are just sitting. I think light is my biggest issue.

See, we installed a large detached garage and adjoining patio this spring which included ~1900 sq feet of concrete. What we didn't take into account was the large amount of water that much concrete will displace. We aren't having water issues at the garage area, but rather downslope from it. This had never been an issue before and was typically quite dry. The little rain we had this week has turned the one area into a soupy mess. I have already brought 40 yards of fill to start re-shape this area and probably need another 80-100 to complete. Am hoping some minor swales will help direct water where I need it and want it to go. And using a wheelbarrow makes for a tough job. I am looking to putting into several large catchment containers to collect water off the garage roof (garage footprint 30x36) and use for flooding my blueberry patch (planted in wind rows) as well as other watering. I am hoping by mid summer this work will be completed and I can start prepping my winter plot. I have already picked up some Jerusalem Artichokes to start a bed of those and I have another 25 blueberries to plant. Wish me luck and I hope to get some images up as my work continues.
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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Jan 11, 2014 7:24 AM CST
Atlanta is north Georgia. I am in Augusta. Middle Georgia would also include Macon, Columbus, Vidalia etc. Despite record setting cold this winter, winter garden is doing well. Ten degree temps early this week did take out the Chinese cabbage (NAPA) damaged the Pak Choi and radishes. Every thing else showed some effects but survived. Broccoli got some brown spots on the heads, Turnips, mustard, rutabaga drooped but seem to perking right back up with this week end rain. Collards and lettuce (Romaine) showed no effects at all.

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