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Garden Thread - 2018

Post by sweetandsour » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:03 am

Looking back at the 2017 garden thread, I didn't plant til mid April last year, on Good Friday.
This year I'd already have tomatoes in the ground if it wasn't so wet.
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Re: Garden Thread - 2018

Post by Jake » Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:42 am

I bought three potted basil plants on clearance at the grocery store a couple of months ago, and have been keeping them indoors under a grow light. I love fresh basil on pizza, sandwiches, salads, or cooking in some recipes. The plants are doing so well, I can hardly keep up with eating them! Soon I'll be starting some lettuce under that grow light, and maybe some lemon cucumbers.

My chard from last year stayed alive under the snow, so it looks like I may have some sort of perennial variety growing in my back yard. Trying to remember where I bought those plants last year! I'd like to start more of it in a portable raised bed that I can move under the deck cover next winter, and maybe keep it going year-round.
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Re: Garden Thread - 2018

Post by Hovannes » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:32 am

I've got Italian peppers, Armenian cucumbers, both green and yellow Zucchinis, Basil and a San Marzano tomato started in 1 gallon containers. I'm still turning leaf mold into the raised beds and I need to add some manure.
A $5 reward from Ace Hardware showed up in the mail yesterday, so maybe Jalapenos are next. Or another tomato.
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Re: Garden Thread - 2018

Post by Goose55 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:51 am

My spinach is really coming on strong now.
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Post by ReverendThom » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:52 pm

My snow is growing lovely

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Post by Cleon » Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:36 am

Grass. I need grass. We overseeded in the fall and I did it again two weeks ago.

I'm going to see if I can find sweet red drop pepper plants\seeds and plant them around the perimeter along the picket fence along with some grape and cherry tomatoes.
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Re: Garden Thread - 2018

Post by Hovannes » Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:48 am

Cleon wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:36 am
Grass. I need grass. We overseeded in the fall and I did it again two weeks ago.

I'm going to see if I can find sweet red drop pepper plants\seeds and plant them around the perimeter along the picket fence along with some grape and cherry tomatoes.
Sounds colorful!
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Re: Garden Thread - 2018

Post by Hovannes » Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:52 am

Barrel halves have certainly gone up in price!
The best herb garden I ever had was planted in a barrel half, right next to the B-B-Q
The herbs grew like a jungle and it was fun to pinch them off and add them to whatever I was grilling.

Not this year though.
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Re: Garden Thread - 2018

Post by Hovannes » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:39 am

Shushitos are ready to join the Jalapenos and an Ace Tomato in the garden today. I need to start the eggplants and I'm still looking for a Caspian Tomato. That should be it for the vegetables as we're still on water restrictions here.

In the meantime, I need to rebuild one of the raised beds(the small one) and get some manure. The Arctic Queen Nectarine has miraculously survived last years drought and has blossomed! Her Royal Highness requires some attention.

On the Ornamental front, the Camellias need some supports and there is much weeding to do.
I also want to add a Rio Samba tree rose in memory of my late sister, as it was her favorite.
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Re: Garden Thread - 2018

Post by sweetandsour » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:42 am

I haven't located any shushito plants in SE Texas, yet.

So-far the only things planted this spring are the plum tree (Santa Rosa) and pecan tree (Choctaw). Blackberries are blooming; pears and figs have leaves but no blossoms.

I hope to get celebrity tomatoes and jalapenos planted this week.
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Re: Garden Thread - 2018

Post by sweetandsour » Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:38 pm

Planted 6 beefsteak tomatoes and 6 tejas jalapeños today.
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Post by venator260 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:13 pm

My garden plot is currently under a few inches of snow.

Our plans are grow peppers, onions, carrots, broccoli, and brussel sprouts as we did last year. I also want to use some of the field on our property to grow corn, green beans, and pumpkins. I'll be trying to grow a decent amount of both corn and green beans, as my parents and sister eat both of them. My wife also maintains a few small patches that grow kale and various herbs.

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Re: Garden Thread - 2018

Post by Hovannes » Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:08 pm

The Japanese Eggplants joined the party this morning!
All that's needed is a Caspian tomato and I'll be maxed out.
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Re: Garden Thread - 2018

Post by sweetandsour » Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:40 am

Planting yellow squash and some field peas today. Also I picked up a pallet from the roadside, and may use it later for strawberries (thinking of hogleg).
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Post by Goose55 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:13 am

It's gotten pretty warm here lately with highs near 90, but I have the spinach shielded with a white dome sheet, and the soil moist and cool to try and prevent early bolting and going to seed.
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Post by Hovannes » Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:02 am

The first casualty of 2018----one of the Japanese eggplants didn't survive transplanting.
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Re: Garden Thread - 2018

Post by Hovannes » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:53 pm

I finally got one of the beds ready
I trans planted
6x Jalapenos
6x Italian, and
3x Sushito peppers, plus
1x Brandywine
1x San Marzano
1x Early Choice
1x Ace
so I'm 2 for 2 hybrid & heirlooms in the tomato dept.

If I can squeeze in 2x Armenian cucumbers and 2x Japanese eggplants, it'll be golden.
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Re: Garden Thread - 2018

Post by sweetandsour » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:13 am

Hovannes wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:53 pm
I finally got one of the beds ready
I trans planted
6x Jalapenos
6x Italian, and
3x Sushito peppers, plus
1x Brandywine
1x San Marzano
1x Early Choice
1x Ace
so I'm 2 for 2 hybrid & heirlooms in the tomato dept.

If I can squeeze in 2x Armenian cucumbers and 2x Japanese eggplants, it'll be golden.
That's a big bed. Nice variety.

We have numerous volunteer pumpkin vines coming up from last fall's pumpkin that was thrown into fallow garden area. I'm debating whether to leave them or pull them up.
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Re: Garden Thread - 2018

Post by Hovannes » Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:03 am

sweetandsour wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:13 am
Hovannes wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:53 pm
I finally got one of the beds ready
I trans planted
6x Jalapenos
6x Italian, and
3x Sushito peppers, plus
1x Brandywine
1x San Marzano
1x Early Choice
1x Ace
so I'm 2 for 2 hybrid & heirlooms in the tomato dept.

If I can squeeze in 2x Armenian cucumbers and 2x Japanese eggplants, it'll be golden.
That's a big bed. Nice variety.

We have numerous volunteer pumpkin vines coming up from last fall's pumpkin that was thrown into fallow garden area. I'm debating whether to leave them or pull them up.
And I still have another bed the same size at my disposal, plus a smaller bed which I'm going to split into two for logistical reasons. although I probably won't get that job finished until later this summer.
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