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Old 2 April 2020, 12:48
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I've been wanting one for my Kubota B2610 for years, but I'm too stingy to buy one. What did it set ya back?

4 or 5'?
They are not too expensive. I was looking at a 6 footer for my farm tractor (75 hp, 4WD) for a few thousand bucks.
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Old 2 April 2020, 13:03
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Old 2 April 2020, 13:38
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I've been wanting one for my Kubota B2610 for years, but I'm too stingy to buy one. What did it set ya back?

4 or 5'?
It's 58" so just a bit wider than my 54 wide wheel base. $2500.00 out the door with them doing all the work. It is a few hundred more than going with a County Line, but it's local and they are picking it up and dropping it back off set up. Big thing is I do not have any wait time for shipping.

Who knows what is coming down the pike with this virus craze, better to get it now was my rationalization.
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Old 9 April 2020, 21:09
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Small farming

So, how many of you are actually farming a little, as in more than an acre of crops?
I started some small beds to see what vegetables I can grow. Looks like my soil will definitely grow some radishes! Onions are doing well, as is garlic. Last Fall I put in broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and greens. Greens grew like gangbusters and the broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage didn't do shit. I have had NO luck with any type of cucumber or squash, but tomatoes do fine. This year I want to grow some corn and sunflowers also. I would love to do pumpkins and watermelons, but I am not sure they would do well.
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Old 9 April 2020, 21:12
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An acre garden is freaking YUUUGE as Donald would say. I grow all the stuff we can eat in a year in less than 1/4 acre. With some good raised beds and a decent plan you can grow a year's worth of stuff in not much space at all. Counting wildlife plots I'm well over an acre, but the actual "garden" part ain't anywhere near that big.
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Old 9 April 2020, 21:38
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Agreed, an acre is huge. We started our garden and grow a majority of what we eat on it. Didn't do raised beds or anything, just straight in the ground. We have the worlds worst soil and I am constantly bringing horse shit over from the other barn and any time our cows crap, it goes up front. I'd say we are gardening on about a 60ftx60ft plot and do ok. I'll go bigger eventually but not an acre. Maintain soil, do rotations, utilize your local ag extension and 1/4-1/2 acre will be all you ever need. I'm feeding 7 off of my plot. Plus whatever my friends take when they come over.
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Old 9 April 2020, 22:08
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I’m doing 2 areas. Both not much bigger than a full size truck. Haven’t turned any dirt yet. These guys are talking me into raised beds. For only 3 people that will suit me fine.
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Old 10 April 2020, 06:06
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I am no where near a farmer. Those boys work too hard.

But, we have two 4'x6'x18" raised beds, IIRC that is how they measure out. We grow tomato's only: Big Beef, Beef Master etc and along with them some Salsa Peppers.

The tomato's are all softball sized, great tasting, non-mealy, and we pick about 10 ripe pieces of fruit per day, peak of harvest and wind up giving away a lot of what is grown.

I cannot imagine trying to keep up with a planted acre of crops unless I did it full time.
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Old 10 April 2020, 06:26
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I know Clemson University will do soil samples. Then you will know what your garden, yard etc needs to grow..Helps allot.
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Old 10 April 2020, 06:26
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I'm completely intimidated to even try growing tomatoes or anything else in a pot...let alone a garden...wouldn't even know how or where to begin doing it! Good for you!
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Old 10 April 2020, 08:24
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Snow in April. This is bullshit. Luckily everything but my onions and cabbage are still in the greenhouse.
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Old 10 April 2020, 08:31
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I'm completely intimidated to even try growing tomatoes or anything else in a pot...let alone a garden...wouldn't even know how or where to begin doing it! Good for you!
Great way to break yourself in is to start with herbs. Look at your spice rack and see what you like to use. Get a large planter, dirt and the herbs you like. You can get in the habit of watering, watching and harvesting.

My main ones are cilantro, chives, parsley basil and dill.

Love going out with scissors to get some chives to go with my baked potato, butter and sour cream.
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Old 10 April 2020, 08:39
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Great way to break yourself in is to start with herbs. Look at your spice rack and see what you like to use. Get a large planter, dirt and the herbs you like. You can get in the habit of watering, watching and harvesting.

My main ones are cilantro, chives, parsley basil and dill.

Love going out with scissors to get some chives to go with my baked potato, butter and sour cream.
That’s a great idea and they are very useful!
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Old 10 April 2020, 09:08
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We had a 40' x 60' garden when we lived in KS, and it was a bear to keep up. Getting the soil compound just right for the individual items you plant can be daunting. Tomatoes and cucumbers were pretty simple to care for, but corn was a whole different story. Another issue we had the the propagation of Johnson Grass (weeds). It develops a tangled ball root (rhizome), and was almost impossible to get rid of. We spent more time weeding than we did harvesting. I tried herbicides and burning without lasting results.

Then, there's the irrigation issue; which plants need the most water and which need less?
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Old 10 April 2020, 09:27
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Radishes are a good crop for beginners. They are so non-picky they will grow in your roof's rain gutters.
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Old 10 April 2020, 09:41
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I'm completely intimidated to even try growing tomatoes or anything else in a pot...let alone a garden...wouldn't even know how or where to begin doing it! Good for you!
There is great reward when it comes to eating your own veggies, especially tomatoes.
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Old 10 April 2020, 09:52
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Radishes are a good crop for beginners. They are so non-picky they will grow in your roof's rain gutters.
Actually, that is a great technique for those with limited space, like a patio. A 4 foot piece of gutter will produce an incredible amount of radishes. You plant/replant as you consume them and you will have a nearly continuous supply.

You can grow a variety of short carrots the same way. I seed enough carrots to last a week every week all summer then load up in Aug-Sep for canning/storage.

For more tips on gardening see this thread- https://www.socnet.com/showthread.php?t=115494
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Old 10 April 2020, 11:39
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A 4 foot piece of gutter will produce an incredible amount of radishes
I was working in PR and they used 4 and 6 inch PVC pipes, split them and then bored small drain holes which were covered with old coffee filters--added dirt and grew every herb known to man, plus all kinds of lettuce radish, etc. Forgot all about that until I saw this...
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Old 10 April 2020, 16:55
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I do strawberries in guttering. Works like a champ.

https://www.socnet.com/showthread.php?t=115494&page=12
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Old 10 April 2020, 17:29
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I merged these threads, as they're basically about the same stuff.
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