Vegetables and Fruit forum: Hello Everyone!!

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Springfield Missouri (Zone 6a)
Jul 12, 2017 8:44 AM CST
Hi, my names Corey Smiling and I'm hoping I can share my garden with everyone here!! I maintain this garden in the heat and hard pack clay of southwest missouri. I am quite excited to share seeing how this is my 2nd attempt and growing such a "large" plot. Haha With that said I am currently tending to a 25'x20' plot Hurray! , growing 5 heirloom beef steaks, 30 hybrid roma, 36 big berthas, 2 Boston cukes, and maybe a dozen jalapenos next to another dozen pepperchinis.

For my first attempt, I was midseason on maybe a dozen toms. Only to find a groundhog has had his way with my crop. Grumbling This year I have fortified the garden with 4ft chicken wire then bird netting 90" up and over. I have seen ZERO pest damage nodding other then white moth larvae, a simple sevin takes care if that.

This year will also be my first attempt at canning, I have already successfully made dill, sweet, and bread and butter pickles. I am quite excited to make homemade v8 juice, I have maybe close to 40lb romas ready to go any day now. Also if the green peppers yeild enough at a time id like to can those. At this point it's all trial and error, seeing how I'm so new. Crossing Fingers!

I'll try to include a few pics of the progress.

And so it begins...
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Everythings in *fingers crossed*
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Turns out a portion of the soil was too acidic
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The first fruit from my labor!!
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Such a big world out there!!
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Really coming along now
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For some reason the soil where the cukes are planted seem to have really bad drainage issues.
so i decided to come up with this diy watering device.
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I really think its neat how well the cukes have grown up the cattle panel!
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Jul 12, 2017 11:38 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

You have found the best place to share with fellow gardeners. Love your garden!! Looks to me that you are doing really well.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Jul 13, 2017 10:15 AM CST
Welcome to this gardening group.
It looks as if you have a really great garden on the grow!
Keep us posted as it progresses!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 13, 2017 11:34 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome! There 😁
Looking good.
I dont can. To much time involved.
I might pickle a few things. Okra is a yummy bunny, good. 😜

With the exception of tomatoes. Pickling dosent have to be as super sterile, as canning.
Whats going to survive in vinegar and salt, anyways.

I do like my " food saver " vacuum sealer. Then freeze stuff.
I dont wash or par-boil, no moisture, that way.

Off and running ! We go !🏇🏇🏇
😎😎😎 Philip
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Jul 14, 2017 7:18 AM CST
Love your gardening door! I used a storm door mounted between posts and it keeps shifting slightly so it won't close reliably. So I have to keep a board across it to keep the groundhog from pulling it open.

Nice crops too, of course.

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