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Old 06-15-2011, 02:39 AM   #131
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I've always been told that it was best to not plant the same type of veggies in an area years in a row, but I planted tomatoes in my raised beds years in a row and had a much higher yield last year. I use Osmocote (sp?) fertilizer as well as fresh compost before replanting.

Other than a lack of rain everything is looking good this year. Cuke's, tomatoes (heirloom and hybrid) straight neck and zuccini squash, okra, bush beans and peas. I had a bunch of volunteer stuff come up last year, including pumpkins. That's the thing about compost, you never know what'll come out of it.
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I've always been told that it was best to not plant the same type of veggies in an area years in a row, but I planted tomatoes in my raised beds years in a row and had a much higher yield last year. I use Osmocote (sp?) fertilizer as well as fresh compost before replanting.

Other than a lack of rain everything is looking good this year. Cuke's, tomatoes (heirloom and hybrid) straight neck and zuccini squash, okra, bush beans and peas. I had a bunch of volunteer stuff come up last year, including pumpkins. That's the thing about compost, you never know what'll come out of it.
Sounds like you are amending the soil between plantings. That works very well as you have seen. I would bet that if you plant the tomatoes where the beans are and vice-verse you will get a better crop of tomatoes. The beans don't care though. That is as far as I know.
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Old 06-19-2011, 04:43 AM   #133
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I've always been told that it was best to not plant the same type of veggies in an area years in a row, but I planted tomatoes in my raised beds years in a row and had a much higher yield last year. I use Osmocote (sp?) fertilizer as well as fresh compost before replanting.
It usually is best to rotate plants to regenerate nutrients in the soil as some plants take certain nutrients out and others deposit them back.

Tomatoes are one of the exceptions, they tend to grow well when kept in the same area year after year.

"Organic Gardening for the 21st Century" by John Fedor I believe is a worthwhile read for anyone trying to start up an organic garden.
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What I have done for preps lately??

I'm meeting someone at a local range tomorrow to share some trigger time, some stories and probably a steak/beer or two.
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Save a steak for me.

I'm going to pick up a hot water bath cooker and the necessary paraphernalia after the first of the month. I'm also going to start buying jars, rings and lids on a regular basis so I'm ready to go come harvest time.

Since berries are in season, I figure to practice making jelly while I wait for my tomatoes to grow. I want to practice pickling some stuff while I'm at it.
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CA 357: Want my wifes recipe for pickled garlic? Makes a great snack and keeps mosquitoes away. lol
I am not making any health claims or medical advice.
I was told by SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED that I was not to make claims that it helps with cholestrol or anything else. (but it helped me). Mostly its a great snack.

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Sure, send me a PM.
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I call foul!!!! Pickled garlic shoud be in open forum, not confined to the smokey back room!! Sounds yummy.
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I call foul!!!! Pickled garlic shoud be in open forum, not confined to the smokey back room!! Sounds yummy.
What he said. Share the recipe if she wouldn't object!
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I've noticed a lot of posters to this thread have been talking about taking up home canning. My wife and I have been home canning for years, if you are thinking about buying a pressure canner I would suggest you buy the all American canner and save yourself a lot of headaches. Most of the other canners( while cheaper initially) use a gasket that we have found to be finicky at best, frustrating at worst. The AA has a taper fit rim and uses no gasket, in addition it is built like a tank. IMO this is the best canner out there. Just my two cents.
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