opabinia51
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Tilling is more invasive than plowing but, plowing and tilling still have the same overall effect and that is to release most if not all of the nutrients that are stored in the soil (stored as humic and fulvic compounds) and also breaking up or shredding bacteria colonies, fungal mycelial mats, worms, and insects. A till or plow is good once but, after that is really best to not till or plow or at least limit tilling and plowing to the minimum. Your soil and plants will be that much better if you limit use of such practices.

serge
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Do you mean once a year, I was thinking of cultivating my soil in late fall, and than again in spring.

Earlier on Opabinia51 you mention to keep corn and tomatoes apart. I have 48 corns plants along one of my undergrounds pipes. They take up 7' will have 3' of Muncher Cucumbers, 8' of tomatoes. Am I going to cause problems for myself.

Merci

serge
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Have done some research and it appears tomatoes and corn have a large phosphor need (large produce), will have to be careful.

My BW tomatoes that had been ph shocked have recovered, though stunted a little, they will catch up 2 weeks after the others.

Growing well, just have to put up my fence to keep out bunnies. Have germinated mint in pots as a bunny-Off, it seems they do not like the mint smell. Hope it also works, but the fence is now a priority. Out of 48 corn seedlings have 15-20 left.

serge
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serge wrote: Out of 48 corn seedlings have 13 left.
The fence is nearly complete, mint is in pots at strategic areas, still have 13 corn plants. Snow peas are all gone along with green beans, managed to save about 30 yellow beans.

Have intercropped some cherry radishes, green onions and purple haze carrots (10-12" long and a rich purple colour, which will disappear when cooked).

Fertilized with a full strength Muskie 5-1-1 fish fertilizer on my cukes and tomatoes, used a Wilson's Fish mixture 6-6-6 for my corn at 1/2 strength (first fertilizer application to the corn).

Will now install my 10' rebars (2.5' into ground) giving me the support I believe my plants will require in my attempt to grow a 5 lb tomato. Very curious to see how my cukes and corn will turn out for they are also sown in the trenches :wink: . Time will tell on the size of my future produce. After my supports are up, I will post a few pics of Tito's Dream Garden (finally :D ).

Does anyone know if my cukes and tomatoes would benefit from a 6-6-6 Fish juice, or are their better mixes out there.

serge
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July 2nd full strength Wilson on corn and full strength bloom formula on cukes and tomatoes.
Added 1 l of 50% bonemeal-50% bloodmeal to each of my underground pipes.
Plants are doing well, have one english cuke @ over 6" long mmmmm should be ready end of week. Will post pics this week now that the supports are in. The cukes are all over 3.5' height, looks neat strung up in the air.

Have 7' of support rope,hopefully won't overgrow to more than 8' in vertical height :D . Once the cukes start to mature will the vertical growth slow down?

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