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Yep, started harvesting tomatoes a couple weeks ago. Roman really set on well, but very slow ripening. Beefsteak did not set on well. Eggplants did well, but just about done. Bell peppers never did much

Popcorn should be ready to pock in a few weeks. I'll have enough to last a long time.

Plan on digging sweet potatoes this weekend
 

Yep, started harvesting tomatoes a couple weeks ago. Roman really set on well, but very slow ripening. Beefsteak did not set on well. Eggplants did well, but just about done. Bell peppers never did much

Popcorn should be ready to pock in a few weeks. I'll have enough to last a long time.

Plan on digging sweet potatoes this weekend
My eggplant all ripened at small sizes this year, the largest being the size of a softball. Our salad tomatoes have not produced much, the cherries not at all. The larger (can't remember the variety) are all ugly, but they tast great.
We have peppers out the wahzoo, but they are taking their sweet time ripening fully. Only 1 red Anaheim, jalapeno, and two red bells so far.
 
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I have a 60x50 garden, which I thought was plenty. I just enlarged it to 60x65.

I've decided to add flowers along the borders to add color, and enhance bees for pollination. So, probably not adding much additional gardening space.
 
Ours is 32x28 not much, but we maximize space by running tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers up the fencing. Nothing like what I grew up with. Between ours, my grandparents, and their neighbors we had a little over two acres. We were those people. We had a little of some, and a lot of a lot. So the smaller bit is a nice way to have fresh stuff, without it being an every day drudge.
The enclosed shows the size. The garden started about 75 feet from the back door of the center house. It looks like the owners have not kept up things very well.
 

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We have garden beds mostly. We do lots of different peppers, some tomatoes, tomatillos, onions, and different types of squash. The squash was hit by squash vine borers for second straight year. Tomatoes good, most of the peppers are smaller than usual but still good.
 
We moved into a new place with garden beds and I've had too many competing demands to do anything with them except let the weeds grow. And they are - tall and lush. The upside is that when everything is weeds, you don't have to pull weeds.
 
We moved into a new place with garden beds and I've had too many competing demands to do anything with them except let the weeds grow. And they are - tall and lush. The upside is that when everything is weeds, you don't have to pull weeds.
The last couple of years my wife let weeds grow up around both sides of the fence panels I put up for her. Making it a pain to pull everything down and clean up at season end. So this year after I tilled, I laid out weed matt around the perimeter so there is a 2 ft buffer on each side of the fence.
 
My tomatoes have 5 gallon buckets ( no bottoms) around them. Protects then from wind and such when they are young and makes watering a breeze. Later I add baskets I made from concrete reinforcement, about 5 ft around x 4 ft high. Works great, have tons of tomatoes.
 




My tomatoes have 5 gallon buckets ( no bottoms) around them. Protects then from wind and such when they are young and makes watering a breeze. Later I add baskets I made from concrete reinforcement, about 5 ft around x 4 ft high. Works great, have tons of tomatoes.
What size mesh do you usually use?
 
What size mesh do you usually use?
The stuff I got was 4"×6". It can get real windy where I am and with big plants have to use a stake to keep them upright. Plenty of room to reach in to get the fruit. Durable, have used them for 10 years, just a bit of work, used bolt cutters.
 
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The stuff I got was 4"×6". It can get real windy where I am and with big plants have to use a stake to keep them upright. Plenty of room to reach in to get the fruit. Durable, have used them for 10 years, just a bit of work, used bolt cutters.
We do similar with training our vining plants to scale the fence. We use the 2"x4" roll fencing.

I wrestled enough concrete mesh when I was younger.
 
The last couple of years my wife let weeds grow up around both sides of the fence panels I put up for her. Making it a pain to pull everything down and clean up at season end. So this year after I tilled, I laid out weed matt around the perimeter so there is a 2 ft buffer on each side of the fence.
I like that idea
 



I tried my hand at sweet potatoes this year. Not happy with the results. Everything from oversized to undersized to rotten spots and split. Will probably try again next year, just to see if it stays consistent. I hate just giving up.
 
I tried my hand at sweet potatoes this year. Not happy with the results. Everything from oversized to undersized to rotten spots and split. Will probably try again next year, just to see if it stays consistent. I hate just giving up.
I explained to my wife that direst sowing potatoes in our soil was not a great idea. Way too much clay here. She wanted to try anyway. She got a grand total of 12 potatoes from 5 hills. I told her that I would build her a box for taters next year.
 

I explained to my wife that direst sowing potatoes in our soil was not a great idea. Way too much clay here. She wanted to try anyway. She got a grand total of 12 potatoes from 5 hills. I told her that I would build her a box for taters next year.
I'm not sure the type of dirt, but it's fairly dense and heavy. For my potatoes, I've mounded up dirt in rows at least 6 inches high and wide to keep it from compacting. Been very successful with red potatoes
 

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