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How did all the farmers and gardeners here do?

locally, middling year for corn farming; too much rain. picking soybeans in a few weeks.

gardeners did poorly with corn and tomatoes, not too bad with melons and squash.

How are things in your garden/farm/area?
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Tomatoes did great, always do. Squash, lousy second year in a row due to squash bugs. That, and I think my straw mulch is contaminated. Haven’t had cucumbers for three years now also.
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Bad year, Frost and early spring got my stone fruit. Tomatoes grew 4' high but no tomatoes. a few squash, a few okra, onions did nothing. potatoes did nothing
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Beautiful year this year... Best I can remember.
Excellent squash, beans, watermelons, cucumbers early part of year... Eventually the rain stopped like it usually does, (in a rain shadow).
Second planting of beans got left on the vine too long, and all turned ripe...

Cats ate the muskmelons, and the spiny cucumber... Had so many tomatoes that the cats left plenty...

Getting more hot peppers than I can even think about using!
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Not bad here, tomatoes are still going strong, as are the peppers. The squash didn't do great but plenty enough that we didn't have to give any away or buy any. The potatoes did fine but I only dig them up as needed and will let the rest overwinter and multiply.

Most of the fruit trees did great, cherries, peaches, pears were abundant but only a few apples because we pruned them back extensively. Grapes didn't do much at all though and not a single olive that I have seen on the tree.

Plenty of black walnuts even though I am trying to cut them down before they get too large.
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Great year in the garden for most things. Tomatoes, cukes, greens, squash, peppers, melons all did very well. Green beans were a complete loss. Not sure what happened to make them fail. Strawberries were weak in the spring, but the orchard made up for it later on with plums and asian pears being stellar.
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Here in southern Ontario, Asian pears did great, but only got 25% the amount of apples i got last year. Several of my neighbours got no apples at all. Tomatoes and potatoes and squash pretty good yields (we seem to lack squash bugs here, but we have borers). Wild walnuts and wild hickories barely produced any nuts in my area.
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malbecs and tomatoes.
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Planted 6 variety of tomatoes and only yellow boy and Roma provided fruit. The potatoes grew but none big. Where they were softball last year they were golfball to baseball. All the fruit trees (25+) never flowered. Carrots, parsnips and horseradish did well. The rest were a very bad year that may take two more years to recover from. Same goes for all the neighbors.
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Decent year with perhaps too much rain early, but blessed with abundant sun mid to late season. Potatoes, greens, blueberries and cranberries super productive. Best year yet by far, but only 3 years into this.
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quite a variety of responses! obviously Momma Nature likes to change things up.

st0n3...cats get your cantelopes??? I know cats are crazy but I never heard of them going after lopes.

blackriver, you must not have much growing season. glad to see you getting something up there.

offrink, are you worried about your tomatoes cross-breeding? didn't realize they even grew that far north.

alaskajohn...I'm surprised you can grow anything if you're actually in Alaska! taters and berries sounds about right.
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alaskajohn...I'm surprised you can grow anything if you're actually in Alaska! taters and berries sounds about right.
Sailorsam, a lot of folks have this misconception about what we can grow. Many of the world record veggies are produced in Alaska. The almost perpetual sun creates a great growing season.

https://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/1...egetables.html
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Not as good as last year, we just got too much rain and had fungus problems with a lot

goats developed hoof problems no matter how often I trimmed them

lots of grass , but everyone had problems getting it cut ,dry and in the barn in the few dry days

now it is only October and supposed to freeze already , I think we had exactly 2 weeks of summer here ( in August) , so much for global warming..what a bunch of crap that is!
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Could have been better but not terrible. My regular tomatoes, green beans, squash, potatoes and cucumbers all produced but not as much as I've had in the past.

I just dug up about 20lbs of red potatoes and 15lbs of carrots today.
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Tolerable is best word I can use. So much rain in the spring, digging holes were useless as water filled it in long term (clay). Desperate, I planted mostly in containers. Potatoes were a bust. Tomatoes were just OK but lots of bottom end rot even after spraying for it - twice. Cukes weren't too bad and green peppers were the stars. Got enough zucchini to make some bread this winter. Thank goodness there's always next year
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SW Ohio here, we get lake effect and cross continental weather fron the Baja here. January lasted til the first week of May, got in potatoes, carrots, onion bunches and some greens in milk carton closes, including collards. Couldnt plant any beans, tomatoes, peppers, okra or sweet potatoes til mid-June. Usually all that is good in mid-May. Deer ate my collards ( now venison in my freezer), okra andsweet potatoes underproduced massively. Tomatoes were small but sweet and beans were late producing too. Peppers did well, as did the pumpkin patch. Planted a second crop of potato seeds in very early August. #120 on the first crop, #80 on the second. White potatoes on the second. Pathetic.
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seems like cucumbers, squash and stringbeans almost always produce.
I had a ton of squash one year but next year stinkbugs ruined.
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bad news for Georgia

https://www.wsj.com/articles/broken-...ost-1539774002

***The state’s pecan growers expected a great harvest this year of about 110 million pounds—but now it likely will bring in half that, said Mr. Wells. A similar assessments of the damage to Georgia cotton hasn’t been completed. The value of cotton production in the states hit by Michael was almost $1.6 billion in 2017, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman. Farmers also suffered losses in other crops, and an estimated 87 poultry houses were destroyed statewide, the Georgia Department of Agriculture said.***

we're blessed that the USA is so big that good years in some areas can balance out the places with bad years.
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st0n3...cats get your cantelopes??? I know cats are crazy but I never heard of them going after lopes.

Cat eatin turnip


Cat eatin cuke


potato peelings


Brought rodent to food bowl...
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This was a good year here for tomatoes. They're still coming, and it's mid October! I just finished another batch of salsa today, which is good, because ods is a salsa fiend. Root veg, OTOH, did very poorly - I planted 3 times, and it looks like I tossed 5 seeds in the garden, because that's essentially what I've gotten. Potatoes did well, though. Peas and beans did middling well...not fab, but not bad either. Got enough to freeze.
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