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I'm creating this in the hope of attracting owners of small farms in Va. As noted in my profile, we own a small farm and are rather new to it however we love it and would like to make contacts that farm as well. Anyone is welcome...Thanks

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Latest Activity: Dec 20, 2011

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Dry weather conditions 6 Replies

Anybody else out there whose garden is suffering through the heat and dry? Which crops/varieties are barely making it and which are getting by with bells on? Our cucumbers and okra are hating the…Continue

Tags: garden, crop, drought, dry, virginia

Started by Emily. Last reply by Emily Jul 31, 2010.

Corn issues

Hi, We have a small amount of sweet corn planted in the garden. While it seems to be growing well, the stalks are pretty thin and the corn just is not forming ears. It does have grain at the tops of…Continue

Started by Steve Jul 28, 2010.

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Comment by Carol J. Alexander on May 19, 2011 at 10:11am
Don't know what the "green bees" are?
Comment by Lynn S on May 18, 2011 at 11:10am

This year we used straw at the base of our furrows, so those potatoes that are still 'in place', we should be okay.

 

Beet sprouts?! DANG!!! I have not gone out to Garden #1 to check them (now I'll be worrying til I go out and look!). I also have some new Chard that is up and I suppose same will apply to them.

 

Roses and peonies look like they've melted.....it's a dismal scene but I'm gonna take some photos anyway.

 

I planted 2 flats of broccoli, both heirloom, and they're doing really well.  I did plant later than normal and each flat was planted about 2 weeks apart. I was on Lyme medication and it made me very sun-sensitive. So far, though, none of the broccoli has buttoned at all. Yet.....

 

With the weather report here, I decided to paint our bedroom today. And so now that I'm committed to this project, the sun is shining. I can't win.....

I'll have to check your blog to see what is up at your place. I've not been online much at all, shame on me.

 

Have you had the 'green bees' at your place?

Comment by Carol J. Alexander on May 18, 2011 at 10:53am

Lynn, I've had plenty of success planting my potatoes late so I wouldn't worry about that. But I'm concerned for the ones that are planted rotting in the mud. Also, the rain has washed down my new beet sprouts. Not sure they'll make it.

How's your broccolli? Around here everyone's has buttoned too early.

Comment by Lynn S on May 18, 2011 at 8:34am

Anyone else frustrated with all of the rainfall we've had?  Yesterday's rain measured 2.1 inches in our gauge!  Our stream was whitewater and ready for the kayak! 

 

Four rows of newly planted potatoes were partly washed out due to the downpour that produced runoff from the main road. In 24 years here, that's never happened before. I doubt the potatoes do well this year since they've been planted so late and half of our potato seed hasn't even gotten into the ground. Sheesh!!

Comment by Carol J. Alexander on April 27, 2011 at 12:55pm
Don't have a farm, per se, just a modest piece of property on which we try to eek out a natural living in the Shenandoah Valley. I'm new to Homegrown.org and look forward to meeting new people.
Comment by Steve on July 22, 2010 at 11:21am
In case it wasn't clear, this is kinda geared to Va farmers but anyone that would like to join please do. Gods know I need all the advice I can get :-)

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