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Old 05-22-2013, 09:55 AM
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Sam, don't skip the culling step on those carrots or you'll end up with a bunch of crowded runts. We made that mistake with the half-flea-sized beet seeds one year and got bubkis.
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Sam, don't skip the culling step on those carrots or you'll end up with a bunch of crowded runts. We made that mistake with the half-flea-sized beet seeds one year and got bubkis.
Yup, I think if I'd given any of this any thought process at all, I may have done something different. It's a helluva learning experience.

I don't want to trash any of the carrots when I thin them, but due to planting them on top of the radishes, I'm probably gonna have to pull a bunch. A neighbor said I could probably start pulling and eating the radishes in about a month... so that will make room for the carrots... but I still think I need to start thinning the carrots sooner.

They're the small 3-4" baby carrots, so I don't need to space them as far as the big ones... thinking about hitting a few local used-**** places for something like this:
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I'm sooo bad at gardening.

Tried for 2 years. Coons ate our corn, deer ate our cucumber and peppers, grubs destroyed our zucchini and squash after 1 - 2 fruitings, and cats like using our freshly plowed dirt as a litter box. Only thing we did right was we ended up with an **** load of tomatoes, but since we had no clue how to can, we just ate what we could and gave the rest away. We were trying to be all organic and what not so we didn't use any pesticides. We tried the natural stuff like boiling peppers, dish soap, garlic etc.

And of course we were very lazy so we purchased all our plants as seedlings or larger. (except the corn).

We are now at a new house and not enough flat property to attempt a full garden again so I think i'm going to build a raised garden or 2 and attempt more zucchini and tomatoes.
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Originally Posted by samnavy View Post
Yup, I think if I'd given any of this any thought process at all, I may have done something different. It's a helluva learning experience.

I don't want to trash any of the carrots when I thin them, but due to planting them on top of the radishes, I'm probably gonna have to pull a bunch. A neighbor said I could probably start pulling and eating the radishes in about a month... so that will make room for the carrots... but I still think I need to start thinning the carrots sooner.

They're the small 3-4" baby carrots, so I don't need to space them as far as the big ones... thinking about hitting a few local used-**** places for something like this:
I like the look of those metal containers as opposed to nursery pots like I suggested. Also, I really like pinestraw like in the pic. It looks nice and helps control soil temperature.

Interestingly, I buy pinestraw by the semi load, about 1300 bales at a time.
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I made the news today. Link has the story and accompanying video.

County Commissioner promotes the spread of wildflowers in Hillsborough
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by miata2fast View Post
I made the news today. Link has the story and accompanying video.

County Commissioner promotes the spread of wildflowers in Hillsborough
Haha! Cool!

For those who don't know, Troy is really knowledgeable about plants. His company specializes in native plant restoration and removal of invasive exotics.
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:51 PM
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Reference POST#78 above.

Pics are as follows...
Garden overall after 6 weeks. Have trimmed at least 2 feet off the tomatoes and they're just starting to come in. Have harvested some kind of long-dong peppers and strawberries... and one snow-pea. The 10" cucumber is almost ready for the bedroom along with a half-dozen others. There are some other cucumbers just starting and I'll try to do a day-by-day growth thing if I remember.

Within the next month, we'll be up to our fleshlights in cucumber and zucchini. The radishes and carrots never worked because I didn't thin them. Several of the snow peas died for unknown reasons, and the strawberries haven't really produced or grown. Peppers are right on schedule and we'll be working on some serious salsa recipes.





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Nice. I picked up my first piece of plant life: a lime tree. It's a mini version that's going to stay in a pot.

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Old 07-06-2013, 09:10 AM
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some updates on our lazy person garden:
(aka: throw some seeds into dirt and ignore them for a few months)

bi-squash:


squash, cabbage, and kale dominate.


arugula also put in a good showing.


rosemary and two types of lavender grow like weeds. I cut them back to stubs in winter.


hard to see, but we did not plant these tomatoes. they are last year's.
I have promised the plants to braineack if he can successfully extract them from the tangle of gardenitude.
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Things are coming around. Corn is tasseling and starting to shoot ears. Yellow wires are electrified fence to keep the deer out.



Maters



Green beans



Just tied up the peas.



Squash-zucchini and yellow



Cabbage



Broccoli, butternut squash and cantaloupe. Bugs got on them while we were in Sweden. They are dead now.


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This thread made it to page two, so i thought i would bump with my ghetto garden. (see Detroit)

I have a little room around behind the garage.


Don't mind the wooden planks, my tomato plants get BIG and i don't much like to trim them back.
I'm already on my second string of radishes, and am starting to pull green onions and cherry tomatoes. I've also got a few small peppers out of it.

We're having a really good season here, lots of rain with nice sunny hot days makes for a happy garden.
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Originally Posted by y8s View Post
Pics of y8's garden

It is hard to build an edible garden that looks good enough to be in a front yard, but you have pulled it off nicely.

I bought an assortment of herbs in June, and finally got them planted in some clay pots I had in my carport. The swallowtail caterpillars have already eaten half my parsley. They are allowed to munch on them, but it would be nice if they would leave me some.
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Originally Posted by miata2fast View Post
It is hard to build an edible garden that looks good enough to be in a front yard, but you have pulled it off nicely.

I bought an assortment of herbs in June, and finally got them planted in some clay pots I had in my carport. The swallowtail caterpillars have already eaten half my parsley. They are allowed to munch on them, but it would be nice if they would leave me some.
now if we only mowed the lawn once in a while.

the front line of plants along the sidewalk are intended to shield the view from the unkempt yard. rosemary and lavenders are VERY easy to keep nice for a long time and grow fast. you can cut them to stumps in winter and they look like mine by early summer.

You can also supplement with wildflowers to fill in the early spring deadness as well as some coneflower / black eyed susan / echinacea for late summer when everything is winding down. ours (at the far end of the sidewalk photo) were just starting to turn into a little green plant and bud in the last few weeks. Within a few more, they will be getting taller (2-3 feet) and have bright yellow daisy-shaped flowers that attract lots of bees.
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all the rain is killing my basil.
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Question.

These are supposed to be beans.
Now they're as tall as the fence, but have nothing. They flatten out at the top of the fence like they have much more to go. Do i get them to go taller? Should they be producing? What's wrong with this plant? Am i growing a weed?
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These are peppers and they're good.
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Arise.

We are growing bell peppers, limes, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, corn, radishes, jalapenos, tomatoes, oregano, rosemary, some other spices, and a bunch of other things right now but the squirrels have absconded with all of certain types of plant seedlings. We've tried feeding the squirrels ample amounts of other things so they would leave the crops alone but that didn't work. I hate to consider a squirrel massacre as the other option.






Kitty is disinterested






The rose garden


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The front yard got a makeover this fall and we are attracting pollenators by the handfuls.















Back yard has flowers, too.


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Squires only ate my strawberries. The rabbits get everything else.

Not going to plant any garlic?
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Garlic and onions were eaten by the squirrels, lol.

I just uploaded a video I took at dusk of my favorite visitor to the flowers. She only comes when it's almost too dark to see or record.


And we have frogs.


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I have had good luck using bird netting to keep birds, rabbits, and squirrels out of my garden.



Not my garden, but you get the idea. I buy it at Agri Supply. Don't know if you have those in FL, but it is a large farm supply store. Can pick up some parts for your tractor, get a new set of coveralls, and have your shotgun repaired all in one place (the one near me has a gun shop inside... not sure if they all do). Can't beat that.
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