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August 30 Horticulture Column


The weather always brings surprises; Sunday and Monday mornings were no different with the thunderstorm activity.  The storms were really pounding away on Sunday.  It almost made you a bit nervous with the lighting intensity.  My gauge tallied .98 inches for the two days.  The wise tail has been said that lighting adds nitrogen to the soil profile not sure of either.  As I looked at the rainfall I soon realized that my garden was in desperate need of a drink and actually watered the garden on Friday night.  My garden should be good for a while. 

Remember as we enter the fall cleanup mode to prepare your gardens for next year’s veggies and flowers.  A good sound rotation is a must and you will find that I take extra care managing my garden.  Wrong as I do things you should not do to let all of you know why that did or did not work.  I have planted potatoes on the same ground for three years and so far have had great luck staying scab free.  I plant Norlands, although not the best eating potato, they are still very good and will continue to plant them.  I also had trouble with my onions this summer with a virus called Boytritis.  This was devastating  to not only my garden but other onion growers alike, even my fathers onions got a little attack by the disease.  This disease absolutely destroyed my onions.  I will need to find a new location to grow them next year as the disease stays in the soil for years to come.

The last thing to talk about is the new ideas that I seem to keep coming up in our yard.  I HAVE started a new one with thin layered shale rocks from my sisters’ place and even though it is quite a bit of work, it does look good.  Deb, however has said enough is enough.  I will tell more next spring as I will also talk about a new way to start a garden bed without tilling the ground.


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