Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 9 MARCH 1, 2013
Posted on 03/01/2013 12:32:22 PM PST by greeneyes
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I have 5 green peppers about the size of ping pong balls and lemons just about the same in my indoor garden. Still picking some spinach and lettuce from the same. The basil is beginning to look like a miniature tree.
Hope you are all doing well. Have a great weekend. God Bless.
Here in Houston area
I have planted Cherokee Purple, Black Krim, Orange Oxheart, Brandywine, Sunny Boy, Boxcar Willie and a couple of hybrids...
Watering with collected rainwater and supplementing with compost tea.
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My tomato starts are still inside because the temps are still too cold at night. Maybe in a couple weeks if I can hold off that long.
I put out some squash last week but I think the cold finally got them last night. I just want to try to get a jump on the squash bugs. I’ve never gotten a zuke and only a few yellow squash in all these years. I should just give it up but don’t want to go down defeated by a little bug.
Did you plant out doors or are you starting seeds indoors?
Planted outdoors...in some beautiful earthworm laden soil...
No freezes here in coming weeks. If we do have cold, I can cover for a night or two...
Ever hear of putting aluminum foil under the runners of the squash as they grow? Supposedly, it deters the wasp...
I never tried this, though...
I don’t usually grow squash or zukes because of those bugs. However, the one year I did grow them. I used my homemade bug spray and was able to at least grow several very nice ones in 3 gallon pots.
The homemade spray used garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, a drop of dishwashing liquid and a drop of oil. The first time I made this spray, I was dubious, but I happened to see a water bug and squirted him.
He was belly up and dead within 30 seconds.
I started about 150 seedlings of same names as above, but then found some plants available so I bought the plants.
Will give my seedlings to friends after they grow a little more...
Novice questions time.
I have some small, raised gardens that did OK last year, mostly greens and herbs (mustard, arugula, spinach, and chicory). In the fall I planted cauliflower. It is growing very odd (at least for this noob’s knowledge). Instead of growing big cauliflower heads, the plants are growing very tall with small heads (quarter size). Is there a trick I am missing.
Also several years ago I planted asparagus shoots and they come in each year but they are very whispy, like dill, not like asparagus. I thought I had pulled them out but they come back thicker and thicker each year but they are all just thin, frizzy stems, not even pencil thickness.
We still have six inches of snow on the ground here in Massassachusetts. I’ll be starting my seeds in the kitchen at the end of this month. We can’t plant until Memorial Day.
Not a good week. I lost all but 2 of my first batch of tomatoes to damping off. My own stupid fault. I know better than to water them that much and from the top. Oh well, that's what batch 2 and 3 are for.
And then, this AM, I sat the bus tub full of 16 oz dixie cup planters with the peppers on the table to get them ready to carry outside and the fricking cat ate the last of my jalapeno seedlings. The New Mexico peppers are doing great. Stupid cat only eats the jalapeno pepper plants. Jalapenos 2.0 are just showing up today.
If you start from seed, plant extras because everything tries to kill them.
On a positive note, my bacillus Thrungiensis showed up in the mail, although the mail-man was less than thrilled when I said "The bacteria for my garden!" ;)
Good. We won’t be there for a while yet. April 20 we still have a 20% chance of freezing. So I don’t usually sow or transplant until mid May.
However, since rainfall/moisture is still less than usual, I may go ahead and plant some things in April and then cover with row covers as needed.
I want to plant shorter DTM varieties this year, and try to have a bigger harvest before the July and August drought.
Cleaned out most of the fall garden plants this week and will try to till early next week. I left my garlic and onion beds intact for the most part. Some onions are almost ready to pull for eating.
It went down to 28°F last night, and it topped out at 84°F this afternoon, and it's dry.
All my seedlings are indoors, and I have a couple citrus that will need to be covered for the next couple days.
It may be a little off-topic, but we're going to order another batch of pullets to re-invigorate the chicken flock soon. I'm also planning on more ducks, and maybe geese too.
Oh that is hilarious! I bet he gave you a funny look. So sorry about your jalapeño seedlings-kitties can’t help themselves....they know a good thing when they see it :)
Here's my dilemma and I'm hoping that knowledgeable freepers can give me some good ideas without spending a lot of money.
I'm in SW Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. There is a 12' x 18' area which gets neither good shade nor good drainage as it is bordered on the south by my walkout basement, on the north by a storage shed, on the east by a driveway (the only direction from where it will consistently get direct sunlight and on the west by a steep downslope an retaining wall.
If I had the money to roof it or put in a deck, I'd probably consider it. But it is out of the question.
I have taken out about 3.5 feet with mulch on the 18' side because it is under the eaves of the house and, of course, I want water to drain away. However, what remains, tends to accumulate water, particularly during and after heavy rains.
And, of course, its location means the potential for a lot of foot traffic, so hydrophyllic clover (which I tried), had limited success. When it isn't accumulating water, it is mostly growing moss which is nice and low maintenance over the grass which once grew there, but I'm not sure moss is the best solution either.
I am usually too much of a tightwad to buy plants, and don’t like to spend the effort, nor take up space indoors starting seeds. So I usually just sow outside.
However in 2011, I had ordered some plants at more than half price, intending to transfer them to larger pots and move indoors for the winter.
The company sent a card that I would not be getting the shipment till September. Then they said they were out, and back ordered. I actually got the plants the following spring (2012) at the reduced price. LOL.
Greetings from middle Tennessee. It’s cold here. Spitting snow periodically. Forecasting maybe an inch tonight. That is a big deal for these parts. Kids, teachers and parents are pissed that they will miss out on a snow day due to it being the weekend.
Broccoli, cauliflower and kale seedlings are an inch up. Spent an hour and a half whacking down our pampas grass specimen in the front yard last Sunday. Good heavens. Every year that thing gets larger and larger. Friend wanted some cuttings. Had to take a pick axe to the thing to divide off a piece. Whew.
Just a few more weeks until rosé pruning time. Wanting to grow a lot of vining fruits and veggies this year. I just need more garden space to make this happen. Sigh. Prolly should just till up the front yard. Lol
Your greens use up a lot of nitrogen, so it’s possible that you need some sort of fertilizer. If you check out the local extension service, they can assist you with a soil analysis to see what additives you need.
I use raised beds too. I plant cover crops in the fall to plow under in spring and add compost each spring before planting. It also helps to rotate your plants and not plant the same thing in the same space year after year.
My winter veggie seedlings under lights have their first sets of true leaves, and have grown quite a bit. I hope to start some tomatoes, peppers, okra, herbs, flowers, and more inside within the next week or so.
I am sorry for you my friend. This is one reason why I don’t like starting seeds in doors. Sometimes, I have success by using Mels Mix, planting the seeds watering well, then covering the container with saran wrap. With one or two tiny holes.
Then I just forget it and leave it alone. No additional watering-Lots of neglect! I’ve killed more plants with kindness than neglect.LOL.
Don't know. There was a blue aura in the air around my head as I spoke calmly but firmly about the wrath to be visited upon him, should I ever lay hands on him.
It's good that women and small children weren't around.
Haven't seen him for the rest of the day. For some reason.
Our soil is still pretty hard from the freeze this week, so I am not doing anything right now, but I do have some carrots and onions that should be ready now or in a few weeks.
The ixia bulbs are starting to sprout all at once now, and the freesias are getting taller every time I look at them. Their stems are a little weak, though. My MIL, who is a master bulb gardener, suggests they need more sun so I'll see if that helps.
Kind of overdid trimming some bushes in the front yard this morning. I had to stop because my arms were shaky and worn out and now it's sitting there half done, which I hate.
Sorry to hear about you losing some of your plants to damping, JRandomFreeper. That's something I have to be careful with, but with me it's a lack of experience. I still am learning when a plant does and doesn't need more sun or water-- not to mention when to feed it, fertilize it or transplant it. So much to learn.
Turn those chickens out into your garden. They will help it greatly!
LOL. I'll have to remember that! :)
Roma 2.0 has been transplanted to bigger pots and is doing great, so far. 3.0 just came up today.
The tobacco plants are doing great. I've got more than 50 that are nearly large enough to go outside, and just waiting for the last frost of the season to set them out. I've lost about 2 out of the 54 I started, and those were due to rough handling during the transplant.
Just wanted to clear that up. ;)
That's always a danger with me too. I have such fat, clumsy figures I'm always bumping and bending and bruising and breaking the tender seedlings. I've found if there is any delicate pushing around or handling to do, it can best be done with an ice cream stick and a toothpick.
Ooops! “Figures” should be “fingers”. See?— I can’t even type!! :/
It is a constant battle to keep my flats of pepper plants safe from my four Siamese cats, who will mow them flat if given the opportunity. I caught one of them with his face in them last night...caught him just in time...had to clip a couple of chewed leaves, but they didn't get the main ones on top. I have a gorgeous tray of hots that I am guarding like a hawk...beautiful bhut jolokias, including the peach variant, trinidad scorpions, yellow devil's tongue, and such. If the cats get into those; we'll be having Chinese for dinner.
Greetings from Southern California!
Temp is 83F today but is supposed to “dip” into the low 60s next week. We have been very dry this year which is not good —meaning water restrictions again. Water police drive through my neighborhood every morning around 7 AM when I walk my doggies taking names and looking for wet sidewalks.
People here are pulling out their lawns, whole or 1/2 and planting either cactus or aloe gardens. I’ve dedicated a small space in my garden to California natives. Many garden stores now sell a lot of Cal natives or aloe-type plants that need little water. Yards here are starting to look like Tuscon, Las Vegas or Phoenix. One neighbor pulled out his lawn and put in gravel, which is too bad. But water prices keep rising and this year doesn’t look good.
Problem with hot weather this time of year is it forces my fruit trees to bloom — then if we get one good pounding rain and cold weather, all the blossoms drop and that means no fruit.
I just started gardening about 3 or 4 years ago, so I’ll just throw my 2 cents in for what it is worth. Take it with a grain of salt.
I am not sure exactly what you are facing - A picture might help to visualize, but You will need to have about 8 hours of sun minimum to grow any veggies. You can’t really do much to increase the sunshine with out tearing down or moving obstacles.
Your planting beds will need to be located to take advantage of the longest sun exposure. Either that or plant in containers and move them as needed.
If the slope is located where you can do it, I like to terrace the area which gives me a level place to plant on each level.
Raised beds and/or containers will help to mitigate the drainage issue. As for your basement, I don’t think you should never have moisture if the basement has been constructed correctly.
One thing is that your yard should slope away from your house on all sides. You should also have guttering and downspouts with long extensions if needed to take the water far away from the house.
The best solution to basement moisture is to excavate the area. Paint the basement walls with tar (outdoors). Lay drainage pipe, and cover with large gravel/small rocks. Cover with sufficient soil for what you intend to plant.
Hope that helps.
What are the amounts of the ingredients?
Well, there have been problems in some places, when people dared to put in veggie gardens in their front yards, but there are plenty of edible flowers. LOL.
Maybe consider trellis or fences for your vining plants. This way they go verical and take up less space?
That sounds pretty good...
You are off to a good start.
Like I said a few times before. I have killed more plants with kindness than neglect. The neglected orphans almost always out do the ones that get the attention - that’s been my experience anyway.
Well as long as you have some Romas, you are doing pretty good.
I may need them. ;)
Are you sure there aren’t thicker spears down below all the whips? This week, I cut down all the dead whips and found a couple servings of spears.
I hate snow (from years of having horses to keep up with) and we are watching the weather carefully - could get a major storm next week, starting Tuesday. At least it’s March, not Jan/Feb so it won’t last on the ground but so long. Thank goodness we got new gravel in the driveway (a mere 46 tons) so when it melts, we won’t be hubcap deep in mud. I have a large crochet project to finish and two active bird feeders I can watch so, if snow happens .... well, maybe I’ll survive the cabin fever! Spring weather can’t come soon enough for me. :-)
What is it with cats and peppers? Mine keeps sniffing around them and I’ve threatened her with the bbq grill. She just stares back with her holier than thou look. Last year, she knocked over the tomatoes and peppers so had a late start. One day, young lady, one day! She’s real scared as she’s licking my chin.
I've planted some catnip, but it's out under the cold frame, and not big enough yet to give them. I'm hoping that next year, I'll have enough greens in the house to distract them from the stuff I seriously need for canning.
Cats eat greens, and if your pepper plants are handy, cats WILL eat the leaves. Then, if you’re lucky; they will yark it up all over your rug or pillow. Tomato plants are toxic, so they ignore them. (They may nip at a leaf if it catches their eye as a ‘toy’, but they won’t eat them, as a general rule.)