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Posted: 29 May 2012 09:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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I knew I would get some negatives on adding weed control, but as I get older and the back gets worse, I still will use it. I know the fad of ORGANIC is on now I have nothing against it at all, but you do notice that everytime they have a veggie recall it is the organic. Putting plastic down is like covering with the grass clippings, and I have even seen outdoor carpeting put down also, but I do believe this will help hold moister in the ground and prevent the roots from going deep like they should, then you are stuck watering your plants or loosing them early and not getting the fruit you could get. Then if you don’t have well water, your watering them with city water which has chemicals in it and there goes your organic garden. My worst gardens are the years when we get lots of rain, 2 years ago with all the rain, I had less fruit, they were soft and had no taste and would rot within a few days of when they would ripen. I don’t claim to be a expert by any standard, but I will be 52 this year and have been working in a garden since I was 7 or 8 helping my Grandparents so there really isn’t much I haven’t tried or so seen done.

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Posted: 31 May 2012 05:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Found some good info about epsom salt over at gardenweb.com
Epsom salt is a hydrated magnesium sulfate.10%mag,13%sulfer both are great for plants! They said to test your soil(something I’ve never have done)and determine it’s magnesium levels first.Don’t rely on epsom to try to correct large soil magnesium deficiencies,but rather to supplement soil with just adequate or slightly low mag.levels(don’t know if too much magnesium is a bad thing?)They do say it helps boost plant growth,flowering and fruiting.Also recommended 1 tablespoon per gallon water. There was alot of different advice given about using epsom salt..so I guess it’s worth checking into or trying?

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Posted: 31 May 2012 05:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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River51,never heard or thought about using tums,but calcium is a good thing to add.I’ve been throwing/tilling eggs shells in the garden for years(birds love them too).I know alot of people also add bone meal to their soil.I just figure with all the fish bones and egg shells I add after the season ends my soil is good.I guess I should test the soil levels someday,but right now I’m happy with the results…atleast so far.

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Posted: 01 June 2012 07:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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berlin I have never had the problems using plastic that u speak of.  I actually have found that it is easier to control the water intake of the plants by using it (I am on well water).  I do not have a shallow root problem and don’t loose my plants early. I do not have the need to stake my plants like people who have the shallow root issue.  Two years ago when we had all the rain I was one a of the few people I know that had a fruitfull garden cause I can regulate the water intake.  I realize you are a few years older than me (9).  but I to have experimented and have worked in the garden since I was old enough to tell the difference between plant and weed.  It all boils down to whatever works for each individual taste and trial and error is the only way to determine what works for your personal garden.

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Posted: 01 June 2012 07:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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I just wanted to add that my main reason for not using PREEN is not to be organic but as a cost savings.  I grow a garden cause I like to watch things grow and I love fresh vegetables and also to save a little money.  MY garden is 20’ X 100’ that equals a lot of PREEN.

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Posted: 01 June 2012 08:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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t.o.m.m.-I don’t stake mine because of root problems it’s bacause I don’t want the fruit laying on the ground. And in no way am I saying my way is better than yours, what works for you may not work for me or vice versa. And types of soil does make a difference when watering also, I have good black soil, I have to dig 3 ft. down to hit clay so I don’t have much problem of it holding moister compared to someone that has sandier soil or a lot more clay. As far as using weed control, I totally understand on cost savings or personal choice, but for the $30-40 it costs is well worth it to me from hoeing or pulling weeds. And on the water difference from city to well water, I was just trying to get a rise from someone, most wells probably have more chemicals in them than city water does. It’s all trial and error till you find something that works for you and the soil you plant in. Take for instance, I cage my plants to keep the fruit from rotting quicker, some places with more sandy soil this may be a waste of time for them but I don’t know because I have never raised a garden in that type soil. I think we may have ole WTF on the right track though and given him a good start. But really WTF go to the local coffee shop some Sat. morning over there in Quincy or even one of the local neighborhood watering holes, get the advice from someone that gardens locally instead of someone like me thats 90 miles east, thats really the best advice.

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Posted: 01 June 2012 09:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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I agree berlin it all depends on your area.  Consider yourself lucky to have such nice soil.  I live in the IL River Valley on the Eastside so I basically live on top of a gravelpit it makes for interesting growing.  Happy gardening and may you have a good season.  Thanks for sharing your experience.  I enjoy the chats and the difference in views to me that is what I enjoy about this site.  I also agree on the well issue.  Fortunately I have mine checked every few years to check for contaminants.  So far so good.

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Posted: 01 June 2012 11:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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And one more thing, not only do I know this difference between my plants and weeds. I know what my weed plants look like too.:coolsmile:

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Posted: 01 June 2012 11:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Now thats funny berlin.  Now I know why you use miracle grow:lol:

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