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Updated Pics of Huge Vegetable Garden 5 6 2020

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Had little time on my hands,needed to transport yet more plants in 5 gallon buckets to huge garden and wanted to send along a few pics,taken today,and pics do absolutely no justice to vegetable garden we have been working so hard on last few months(coping with shelter-at-home mandate made MUCH easier).Once I have all plants transported from our little plant 'sanctuary' to garden,will get accurate count of number of tomato plants.Guestimate,purely educated guess,is we have well over 150 fine heirloom and normal variety tomato,though vast majority is heirloom.Can't wait to start harvesting tomatoes and have harvested some incredible cucumbers and jalapeno peppers and have lot more to add to garden.The fortunate circumstance is that this garden has huge section,where most of our tomato plants are,that gets great deal of both sun and shade and have to water entire garden every day but not that big a chore with garden hose and free-flowing Artesian well.Hope to keep deer and rabbits at bay and so far have accomplished that via pretty ingenious set-up of two by fours,8 ft long,set into 5 gallon buckets filled with concrete and buried and have deer netting tautly stretched across entire garden,quite a chore,and this is shaping up as our most-productive garden by a long ways!!!Helps dat older son concocts custom blended organic fertilizer very rich in potash!!!Plants are thriving and best part,so far,pests not a problem and we HATE chemicals and prefer organic pesticides and not that hard going through garden and finding caterpillars and ridding garden of them by manually crushing em up and tossing em,what I do is find leaves dey on,snip off leaf and roll leave between fingers,crushing ad destroying em!!!Dipel works but pain to apply and just as easy to inspect plants while watering and manually ridding garden of em,simple as dat!!Older son hoping Mandeville Farmers Market reopens soon and he should have ample items to peddle!!

Mandevillian
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   elwood_
Looks awesome. Wish you were closer, i'd buy some tomatoes from you. Nothing like fresh garden tomatoes!
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elwood_,Thanks for compliment,been labor of love and with nice and spacious greenhouse close by(next door to garden)we have great place to start seeds,put plants into smaller pots and get em ready for 5 gallon buckets and greenhouse gonna be extra-nice come Fall when we might get away with keeping tomato plants alive year-round!!Gonna be nice to harvest fresh tomatoes and have lot more in garden than ya might see from pics.Have eggplants,bell peppers,Carolina reapers,heirloom watermelons and cantaloupes,three varieties of corn and tons of very nice cucumbers.

Mandevillian
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Not by any means a scientific method of determining rainfall last night but good guesstimate is dat de Mandeville area got deluged with well over 9 inches of rain(had emptied huge container and when I went to tie up plenty of tomato plants,noticed container had well over about 9 inches of water in it)!Thankfully,we had the foresight to not only plant entire garden into containers of varying sizes but also placed those containerized plants on top of high rows we busted it to make just last year.Great news is that I only had to dump about 5 containers that had tad too much water in them and decided to snap another pic of progress garden is making.The unbelievable thing is some of our heirloom tomato plants(majority of them)are loaded with at least 20-25 flowers,some already forming lil tomatoes and corn is sprouting and entire garden thriving!!!Huge sense of not only pride but satisfaction and pretty much every day I have to tie tomato plants!Can't wait to get some ripe tomatoes from this particular garden,have already harvested bunch from much smaller garden near house.

Mandevillian
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Wifey and older son and I managed to harvest nice lil group of both ripe as well as green tomatoes(got few tree rats,possibly wood rats and racoons chewing on a few)and wanted to show folks results of all dat hard labor.We are not only incredibly blessed to have the time and energy but also the know-how and amount of available property to grow such a large and bountiful garden.What ya see are mostly heirloom(Brandywine and Mortgage Lifters)and a few other heirloom varieties and older son weighed a few and biggest shade under 1 lb!!!Got plenty more to harvest and older son brewed an incredible jalapeno hot sauce,not exactly sure what we gonna call it but extremely good and he should be selling it possibly this Sat at Mandeville Farmer's Market.Next up for me(have already hand-poured bunch of ridiculously-sharp jigheads)is gonna be custom,hand-poured swimbaits,de kinds ya AINT gonna find locally(unless ya pour em yaself)and got few Guide buddies I plan to hand-deliver a few for some serious 'field testing'!!

Mandevillian,NEVER settling for 'Average' in ANYTHING!!
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