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    ENSO 2018 ....

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    Spring/Summer 2018 Mid to Long Term Discussion.

    The last several runs of the GFS have shown temps at or near 100 degrees here for Friday. MRX is going with 90. That's a pretty significant difference. Be interesting to see how hot we get.
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    Spring/Summer 2018 Observations

    I was camping at lake Allatoona in north GA from last Saturday though Thursday. The storms were all around us but we generally managed to get lucky with no hail or extreme wind at our location. The light show was friggin amazing. At one point a storm cloud was shooting bolts at the full moon. Epic stuff.
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    Spring/Summer 2018 Observations

    Some great pictures in this thread! I've been terribly unlucky with afternoon/evening storms this season. They have been moving all around me, sometimes literally within a mile or two, giving me the cool air and breeze but no rain. I've been watering every other day. The red clay where only grass is trying to grow has been cracked for weeks. Having said that, I got very lucky last night when a cell formed right on top of me. A nice moderate shower that lasted 20 minutes or so. I'll take what I can get!
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    The Garden Thread

    I'm always impressed with your knowledge of exotic varieties of vegetables. Are you still doing the seed saver club or whatever it's called?
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    The Garden Thread

    Right on brother, that sounds great! How are the blooms on your mater plants? My mom's garden in west TN has massive plants but relatively few blooms. Granted they have been getting an incredible amount of rain, like 2 and 3 inches per storm in some cases. I'm sure her blooms will catch up eventually, if she can avoid the blight. She generously uses Miracle Grow so I'm wondering if perhaps they are getting a little bit too much nitrogen. We'll all have gardening completely figured out someday then we'll be too old to fool with it haha!
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    The Garden Thread

    If you decide to plant fruit trees or berry bushes this fall, check out http://www.penseberryfarm.com/. That's where I ordered all my stuff. They are located in Arkansas and are decently priced. More importantly, they have all the information on that site for pairing up compatible varieties. If you don't have the right pairs of trees/bushes within a pollinator's distance you may not get fruit. My Pense order this spring consisted of 2 apples, 1 plum, 1 peach, 2 kiwis, 2 elderberrys, 2 honeyberrys, and 2 gooseberrys. I also put in some grapes, a fig, and 2 goji berries from Lowes. I put some of these in partial sun so I may not get the best result but I'm going to experiment and see what works. Following permaculture advise from friend that is an instructor, I've been building garden beds around each tree and putting in plants that support it in a variety of ways. These "guilds" consist of onions, daffodils, dill, comfrey, yarrow, bee balm, sun flowers, and some strawberries and asparagus. Again, it's a bit experimental but I always like to try a few new things every year and see what works best for my yard. Oh, and regarding dwarf varieties. I've had people tell me that true dwarfs don't do particularly good in east TN and that it's better to go with a semi-drwarf and just keep them pruned well. Pense uses optimal root stocks on their trees. You can google the name of the root stock listed and read about it's properties. Something to think about and research further before you pull the trigger.
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    The Garden Thread

    For compost tea, up to and including this spring, I simply put a handful of chicken poop in a 5 gallon bucket and fill it with rain water. After soaking a few days, I'll either scoop out some of that concentrate and put it in a watering can with more rain water, or just scoop it directly on to the base of plants. Seems to work pretty well, a poor mans miracle-grow if you will. Now, starting this season I've been growing comfrey all over the yard from root cuttings I bought off ebay. This is known as the swiss army knife of gardening. There are a ton of great uses for the plant (hit up youtube for some great info). It has a tap root that sucks up all sorts of nutrients from the soil and puts them in the leaves. Several times a year you can "chop and drop" the leaves to provide a rich compost on the ground. You can also put the leaves in a compost tea. My comfrey isn't huge yet so I've not been able to really add it in large quantities to tea yet but it's taking off like crazy so it won't be long. Comfrey is also a great protein rich animal fodder for chickens. The variety I'm using has sterile seed so it won't spread invasively but will grow back from root year after year. You can propagate it easily from root cuttings. I'll mail you some roots if you want, just DM me your adddress. Out of my 25 or so tomato plants, two of them now have the blight. I always cover my stuff in woodchips and historically haven't had any noticeable problems with that in my backyard but it stands to reason that they will keep the plant wetter for longer so I may push away some of the chips near the base of the blight plants.
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    The Garden Thread

    Glad your garden is thriving too! As far as tomato blight I don't really have an answer for you as I've not had widespread problems with it. Although, I do have one random plant that is yellowing and it may very well be due to that. Last night I pour a compost tea made from chicken poop and comfrey on it, we'll see what happens. I have a few fava beans going this year as well for the first time, evidently I picked the wrong year to try em haha. Historically I've planted bell beans in the fall as a cover crop along with winter rye. They are similar to fava beans but are cold hardy and survive the winter. Along with the annual warm season stuff I've tried to focus on getting perennials setup this year. We got pear, peach, plum, apple, and kiwi trees in the ground along with a variety of berry bushes. Throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks in this zone. The backyard is turning into a food forest!
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    Spring/Summer 2018 Mid to Long Term Discussion.

    I've gotten used to these daily showers and am dreading the next dry stretch that my come next week. The garden blew up the past 5 days (weeds too but that's ok). I hope the normal to above normal precip summer pans out.
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    Spring/Summer 2018 Mid to Long Term Discussion.

    Well this is encouraging to read. I'll be camping in the upper Cumberland area for the long weekend and would like to avoid a prolonged rain event. Afternoon storms would be welcome though!
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    The Garden Thread

    Well, what did y'all get planted this past weekend? Half of east Tennessee showed up at the west Knoxville Lowes Saturday. The place was as crazy as I've ever seen it. I've been doing a lot of work on the gardens, still quite a bit more to do. I'm trying to get more perennials established. Purple Tree Collards, Walking Stick Tree Kale, Tulsi Basil, Comfrey, Goji berries, grapes, fig and soon apple trees. The usual warm season annual stuff too of course. Lets see some garden pics!
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    Spring and Summer Banter 2018

    That is friggin hilarious! I want to go!
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    Spring/Summer 2018 Mid to Long Term Discussion.

    I can take or leave the snow but I'm more concerned about the temps. If we dip down much below 30 I'm gonna have to winterize the camper. I really don't want to do that. Glad I didn't try to get cute with the garden this year and plant a bunch of stuff early. Thankfully only cool season stuff in the ground at the moment. Current SREF mean of 27 degrees for TYS... ugh.
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    Tn Valley Severe Weather 2018

    Nice storm rolled by just a tad south of me. .