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Some things did great, some things not so much. Green beans and tomatoes did great this year. Had a bumper crop of Spaghetti squash that I didn't plant (came up as volunteers) Snow peas did well. Swiss chard and asparagus also did well. Potatoes started out decent, but then the pocket gopher got to the rest. Got several good-sized zucchini before the pocket gopher killed the plants. Little bastard also took out one of my blueberry plants, AND one of my baby pecan trees. Butternut squash did OK. Corn never came up. Sunflowers were doing great until they got "decapitated" when a microburst picked up the greenhouse and tossed it over the fence, nailing the sunflowers on the way. Carrots did fairly well, and right now beets and turnips are going well.

Soil is steadily improving as I continue to mix in more composted manure from my own animals, which is helping crops do better. I've been seeing steady improvement each year.
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pocket gophers? microbursts?
well at least no nematodes or locust swarms.
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anyone know a way to deal with nematodes?
I fight the Nema War all the time. Two years ago I read everything I could find from extension services etc on trying to reduce the population as it seems you can never get rid of them. I posted my findings on my sticky thread, "Weedinhoe's Garden" mostly on threads #188, 208 and 209.

Nematodes are only active when soil temp gets above 60 degrees. Since I'm pushing to get my spring cole stuff in earlier and earlier (like early February, late January), this spring I will try planting them and English peas in the nematody beds, hoping to finish the harvest before the nemies wake up. That will free up the clean beds for stuff that really get hit hard by them. Another experiment.
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We have done really well this year.
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well at least no nematodes or locust swarms.
No nematodes, but we DID have the locust swarms (as in, like the biblical plague of locusts) LAST year. Last year, they completely decimated my garden...you couldn't take a single step outside without stirring up a whole bunch of them. Too bad they didn't munch down on the weeds, mesquites, and tumbleweeds, though.
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Beans, cucumbers and sweet potatoes did great. Potatoes not bad but most were smaller than I like. Tomatoes blighted early and never did really recovered. Hoping for better yields next year.
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This was not exactly a banner year for my garden... Nothing really thrived, not sure why. Even my flower garden beds had a very "meh" season. The volunteer flowers I always get did better than those that I planted intentionally. And I only got about half the okra harvest I normally get, because something (I suspect a particular local bird) kept pulling up the seedlings. Factor in the fact that I couldn't tend to the garden as well as I would have liked due to home life issues, and it all added up to a very mediocre year.

Fortunately, we had a hard freeze a couple of weeks ago, and that put everything out of its misery.
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I forgot about the corn. The main one, Silver Queen, did okay considering it got blown down twice by winds. The good find though was Spring Treat, a 67 day early corn I tried. Boy, was that sweet! Planting it the same time as the Silver Queen worked out fine as the SQ is an 85 day corn. No cross pollination. It too got windblown but I'm going to plant some again this coming spring.
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they've come up with all sorts of new sweet corn types last 20 years or so but round here Silver Queen is still preferred.
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I've grown the Silver Queen for years. For the last four years I've been experimenting with a early corn too just to get an earlier taste of good stuff.

This Spring Treat has hands down beat out the Quickie and Earlivee that have been tried before.
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I've never tried to grow sweet corn but for the last few years, I have experimented with various types of "field" or "Indian" corn to see which varieties would do best where I live here in central Oklahoma.

By far, the best variety I've found is a variety called Bloody Butcher. It was the only thing I planted this year that did as well as it did last year (I planted it last year and again this year, to make sure its productivity wasn't just a fluke).

Wade's Giant flint corn is a close 2nd place for me, it's done very well over multiple years.
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I'm curious; do you use it for animal feed? grind it for grits/corn meal?
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I'm curious; do you use it for animal feed? grind it for grits/corn meal?
I'm interested in griding my own cornmeal, but it hasn't been practical up to this point due to time and space constraints. But I wanted to be ready with the ideal varieties when the time came where I could try that. Bloody Butcher and Wade's Giant have definitely come out on top for me.
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Here is some of the Bloody Butcher corn I harvested this year
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looks a bit like a pomagrenate!
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Snails have been attacking kale in droves albeit slow-moving droves.
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This is the Wade's Giant Flint corn I've grown in the past. But it's from a couple of years ago, I didn't plant this variety this past season.

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Snails have been attacking kale in droves albeit slow-moving droves.
stink bugs ate all my squash one summer

snails all gone up here, guess you have it warm most of the year
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I found another pic of the Wade's Giant Flint corn, this one is from 2016:

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I found another pic of the Wade's Giant Flint corn, this one is from 2016:

Actually, I think the ear of corn in the center might be a variety called "Glass Gem". I did grow it a few years ago, just to see how it would do. It wasn't very productive for me, so I did not try it again.

I typically bundle all my corn stalks together and put it in the front yard for an autumn decoration. That's what you're seeing here.
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