Hanging Mountian Farms LLC

  (White, Georgia)
We raise pastured chickens for eggs.
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Planting Tomatoes

                              Planting Tomatoes, How I do it

Last night before the rain I planted the first group of tomatoes for our garden. They will probably not freeze but may need to be watched and covered up to mid May to keep them from freezing with late season cold snaps. I start with a large (3 feet) hole about one foot deep. I mix in two shovel fulls of composted manure. I plant the tomato deep in the ground.I mulch with old moldy hay. I put my tomato cage into the hole and then fill in dirt around the cage. It rained shortly after I planted otherwise I would have watered in the new plants. I will mulch the whole row with feed sacks covered with old hay. This method works great. It saves water, utilizes the old paper feed sacks, and recycles the hay and manure. I planted Early Girl, Parks Whopper, and Better Boy. I am also going to have some Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Beater Tomatoes later this year.

 

Ted

 
 

Planting time

                               Planting Time

My experience tells me that the best time to plant is after April 15th. So while others are mailing their taxes or going to tea parties or watching tea parties, I am going to be preparing the soil and planting. One can still get stuck in Blackberry Winter in late April and early May but if you wait too late the bugs eat you up! It rained this morning but the weather channel forcast is for dry weather through Sunday. I hope to plant on Friday and Saturday. We will do the usual Silver Queen, various tomatoes, beans squash,okra, and our favorite peas.

The new chicks are making progress although I thought I would lose them yesterday during a prolonged power outage. I borrowed a generator from a good friend and saved them from the cold. Carlene kept it going while I went back to work. They are fine this morning.

 

Ted 

 
 
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