Good Friday Planting
Jess
Posted 2010-04-01 12:29 PM (#42494)
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For the first time ever, I am finally planting a small vegetable garden. I took some horticulture in college (wish I had majored in it!) and I have been wanting to do this since. Anyway, in my search for brocc and cauli plants yesterday, the children and I visited Home Depot and Lowes twice, and two seperate nurseries. I also got a tire place to hook me up with 6 tires to grow my potatoes in. Sammy and I are going to paint the outsides of them so they aren't eyesores!!

Anyway, on my last visit to lowes (at 15 to 8) they had just put together huge racks of surplus and fading plants. The entire rack was $30. Hmmm. That was $780 plants for $30. I took one! Here is a pic of them in my garage.... I don't even kinda have this many flower beds and I totally sold all my planters in the last garage sale! Well, not all of them, but lots of them. Okay, so now to get creative and nurturing.

How many of you will spend your Good Friday beautifying the outdoors?





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Gerda
Posted 2010-04-01 1:08 PM (#42496 - in reply to #42494)
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Jess, that's a great haul!!! WOW! Just make sure little fingers can't reach that Dieffenbachia I see in the foregroung - majorly poisonous (yes, I know, poor English LOL).

Have fun planting - maybe give Sammy a couple to look after? Never too young to start!

I know he'd rather cut grass with Daddy, but learning to care for and identify plants is good. My Dad loved to garden - Mom told him what to plant, and he did it and looked after it all. DH, when mowing, didn't really look where he was going - I've lost rose bushes and lilacs and potentilla bushes to his mower - grrrrrrr!! And what he didn't cut down, the pup chewed up LOL

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Posted 2010-04-01 1:10 PM (#42497 - in reply to #42494)
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Hey, Sammy Joe, I see you peeking around back there!!

Hi, bud!

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laura
Posted 2010-04-01 6:04 PM (#42506 - in reply to #42497)
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Jess, I think the first order of business is identifying all of your finds and drawing a plan. Good thing you have the big truck! I'd never get all of that home in our ion.

I got a great article in one of my magazines this month on how to do a vegetable garden quickly using bags of soil as the beds; I'll see if I can find it for you (it's somewhere in the pile of magazines and books!). I bet it would work as a way to start flowers, too, with less digging up of beds. Let me know if you want some help.

I would be outside planting my flowers tomorrow (new coreopsis with sunny yellow flowers), but we don't have the day off. Students don't have class, but staff still has to be at work. So, they'll have to wait until after work or Saturday.

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Posted 2010-04-01 6:46 PM (#42507 - in reply to #42494)
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Jess, what a deal! Looks like you have your work cut out for you....the good news. is that they already have some soil around them.

Plant the largest items first, then if you need to, you can transplant some of the other items up into larger pots until you get your areas ready.

Having run a garden center for 6 years, I know that if well watered and cared for, most plants can make it all season, and even year round in pots outside the ground.
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Posted 2010-04-01 6:49 PM (#42508 - in reply to #42506)
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Hi Jess

I had planned on a little more planting out this weekend but the weather and other things are sort of getting in the way

I have tomato plants which need putting into position, I have other tomato plants that need potting on. I need to pot my chilli and sweet pepper plants on.My Blue Lake beans are trying to rival Jacks Beanstalk  but they are too tender to put out yet. I have just had to cover my onions with fleece tonight against the frost and snow which is forecast again .

I have basil and coriander that needs potting on and I have already got flowers on my strawberriews. you watch this frost will kill them all off!!!

I have carrots and parsnips need sowing but i have to wait til the ground warms up some first. My potatoes are chitting nicely, there again waiting for warmer soil.

On the flower front I have set seeds for Marigolds, polyanthus and gaillardia which have all germinated . I am soo happy :)

The fruit trees have all got buds.. again biting my nails in case the frost gets to them :( and my blackcurrant is full of leaves!!!

Oh please let the good weather come lol

Have fun in your garden hun, Sammy Joe will love heloping his moma :)

Jacqui

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Posted 2010-04-04 12:54 AM (#42593 - in reply to #42508)
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Roses, roses everywhere! Wasn't it nice of them to have a show just for my return! Peas, tomatoes, assorted lettuces, stawberries--munch my way through the garden today. Nice to be home but I miss the kids already!
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Jess
Posted 2010-04-05 1:03 PM (#42621 - in reply to #42593)
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Hi Ladies! Crazy weekend, trying to do all the Easter stuff and the yard. While I was pregnant last summer I didn't really do anything in the yard. It needed some TLC!

We aerated the lawn and fertilized. We bought a couple of yards of dirt and lots of mulch and fixed up my flower beds. We transplanted a couple of bushes and an oleander. We straightened and staked a wayward rose bush. Billy built me a small above ground garden for my veggies (that is why I was at lowes in the first place, to get some seeds). I still have to plant the veggies and over half the flowers, but most of the hard work is done.   I will definately have impatians left, since they are full shade flowers. I have three hanging pots in the shade, but I think that is the limit of my shade plant space. 

My veggie garden is 10x4 but I have enough seeds to plant the entire yard I think! I got tires to plant the potatoes, and Sammy and I are going to paint them up to be pretty! I have some hanging tomatoes, peppers, and strwberries. Have any of you done the hanging plant thing? 

I have identified all but one of the plants I got, and planned out the proper places in the yard. I did get several perinials, which was fortunate. 

I can't wait to get back out there, but Sammy and I are a bit under the weather today.

Most of these plants I have had success with in the past, so I am fairly confident about them! The garden is a new adventure, but Mom is coaching me and I am excited to use some of what I learned in horticulture at A&M.
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Posted 2010-04-05 1:12 PM (#42622 - in reply to #42621)
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Jess how exciting that you have laid the groundwork and are ready to get growing

You got a fantastic haul there, your garden will be productive AND pretty :):)

I grew strawberries in hanging baskets last year and they did ok, the slugs couldn't get them !!! you just have to watch out for our feathered friend... and of course they need more watering as there is less soil around their roots.. though I am sure you already knew that!I haven't tried the hanging tomatoes, but I am not a great fan of cherry type tomatoes so that sort of put me off..

The peppers are not something I have seen over here, the hanging type I mean.

You and Sammy get better soon and keep us up to date on your adventures in the garden :)

Jacqui

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Posted 2010-04-05 10:20 PM (#42629 - in reply to #42494)
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Dorian
Posted 2010-04-06 9:02 AM (#42641 - in reply to #42494)
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OHHHH, AHHHHHH Beautiful roses Sally!!!! How cool you have some eatables there too.

I noticed yesterday that I have strawberry blossoms, 2 purple iris's blooming, lavender about to open, climbing rose in full bloom, more iris's about to open, and more roses too.

Our walking onions are doing well, potatoes are ready to be planted, tomatoes coming up in the indoor box along with a variety of herbs.

Our problem now is this, should we go ahead and plant our veggies and just leave our stuff if we end up moving, or should we not and hope that we get out of here real soon??! lol

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Gerda
Posted 2010-04-06 11:05 AM (#42653 - in reply to #42494)
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That is a conundrum, alright! I don't know what to tell you, Dorian! Sorry! - well, unless you plant everything in movable planters, but that's not easy to move, either. Are you going to split some of your perennials, so you can take some, at least, with you?

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Posted 2010-04-06 11:06 AM (#42654 - in reply to #42494)
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Jess, I sure hope you and Sammy are feeling better today!

Sally, what gorgeous roses!! Wow!

Gerda



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Jess
Posted 2010-04-06 1:42 PM (#42656 - in reply to #42654)
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Sam has a tummy bug.

Dorian - hmmm... I agree, portable planters.

Sally, beautiful!

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Posted 2010-04-06 4:00 PM (#42657 - in reply to #42494)
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Jess, you got lots done! I would plant your seeds in progression. Plant a 1/3 of row now, leave the rest, and plant another 1/3 in 3 weeks, and the last third 3 weeks after that. that will spread your crops out, especially the stuff you want to eat fresh. I don't know about you, but we can only eat so many veggies a week.

Dorian - I vote for portable containers where possible..... and yes, divide your perennials too! I know you do a lot of canning etc. You could start a small batch of most seeds in planters, and hope that you get possession early enough to get a second planting in the ground when you move... Are you taking small fruits such as berries with you? Or will you repurchase?

Sally - WOW! we don't get roses like that here until mid-may or early June. We are of course the city of Roses, and have the Rose Festival the second week of June. full bloom for most all varieties. some of mine are well leafed out, others are still poking along.....

We have hit a rainy spell. Too muddy to get much done last week and this week. I hope it dries up a bit for our auto swap meet this weekend!



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Dorian
Posted 2010-04-07 8:50 AM (#42676 - in reply to #42494)
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((Jess)) I hope Sammy is feeling better real soon. I meant to comment on that haul you got, what a deal!! Sounds like you're garden is coming along nicely.

Thanks for the suggestions, that what we'll have to do I guess. We'll have plenty of time to put a crop in up there, as Spring is a little slower paced. There is often snow in June, a small amount, but some non the less.

I don't think we'll take our fruit trees/berries with us. It adds value to the place, so we'll just get more. But some of my roses, yes, I'll have my boys dig them up 

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Jess
Posted 2010-04-07 3:19 PM (#42688 - in reply to #42657)
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Yes Denise, I think planting a third of them at a time is a great idea! Mom was talking about an early and a late crop anyway.

Rose question - I am not really a rose girl, but I got two established rose bushes when we bought the house. One of them has hardly even put on leaves for the past two years, and this year has loads of leaves. The other usually has a lot of leaves and blooms, but this year hardly any. What is up with that? Do they have off years?

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Jess
Posted 2010-04-08 1:36 PM (#42733 - in reply to #42688)
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All right now, I know some of you grow the most awesome roses. No one has any advice for me?????

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Jess
Posted 2010-04-08 1:42 PM (#42734 - in reply to #42733)
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Hey Dorian, Laura sent me a link that might work well in your situation too:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/start-a-quick-and-easy-food-garden.aspx

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Dorian
Posted 2010-04-08 4:25 PM (#42743 - in reply to #42494)
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That is an interesting article Jess, thanks. Something we can do now, and get seedlings started before we move.

I've been thinking about your rose problem. That is curious, for sure  I haven't ever heard of a rose having an 'off' year. 

Make sure you prune them in the Spring, and don't be afraid to prune them very short, they'll come right back. Cut off dead branches and any that are getting tangled around others. They don't like to sit in water, but keep em moist. Roses also are big eaters, so plenty of compost. They love egg shells, used coffee grounds and banana peels.

Make sure you look for disease/bugs on them too.

 

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Posted 2010-04-08 8:01 PM (#42745 - in reply to #42743)
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Jess, for the roses, do you know what kind they are? Some of them are a bit picky about conditions and require a lot of upkeep and some, like the antiques, just grow and grow without much attention at all. And, I second the suggestion of banana peels; all of our roses just love them. You can pretty much hack out the old gnarly stems to give the rose some air flow, trim to shape, and the antique roses bounce back from just about anything. I guess that's why they are antique.

We inherited some traditional roses with the house; they don't bloom as much, but they also get mad if they're tied to the trellis (they stop feeding that cane). I'm not sure what they are. Are the roses climbers, bushy, small flowering or big blooms... all of those things can help you identify them. Or, you could take a snip out to the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence and they might be able to tell you which one it is. They're my go-to on roses and perrenials and herbs. :)
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Jess
Posted 2010-05-22 11:58 PM (#44948 - in reply to #42745)
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The garden is doing really well. So well that I need to thin it out again and I just can't stand pulling any of these beautiful plants!! Fortunately, it hasn't been very much work since I planted the seeds. I have a few questions:

For the tomato plants: Should I pinch of the center stem so they stop getting taller?

Strawberries: Mine are in a topsy turvy and are doing really well, but the fruit is very small. Like a quarter of the size of the strawberries in the supermarket. Any ideas? Some are a bit mutated too... bubbly instead of nice roudish or strawberry-shaped fruit. Any ideas?

I have a pepper plant (anaheim chilis) in a pot by itself. The peppers are growing well, but the leaces constantly look sad and a little yellowish. It is definately not an UNDERwatering problem, though I may be overwatering it. I fertilized with an easy all purpose (has some nitro) today to see if that would help. I think I may need to put this guy into the ground. All of my other potted peppers are doing great.

Roses - Laura - I know NOTHING about them. They are so sad. I have been giving them some banana peels, but I don't see any improvement. I bought some rose food and will try it in a few days.





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Dorian
Posted 2010-05-23 9:20 AM (#44957 - in reply to #42494)
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Your garden is looking great Jess.

Yes, you can pinch the tops of your tomatoes and keep them from growing taller.

Sounds like the nitro on your pepper plant might work. They do tend to get yellow if they are lacking in it. Is it the same type pepper as the other ones?

Have you trimmed your roses? Sometimes if a rose is looking sad, I'll go for the jugular and trim the whole plant down to about 8". Roses usually bounce right back from that, and that could be what it needs. Coffee grounds (used) and crushed egg shells are also very good for roses. What I do is save my coffee grounds, banana peels, and egg shells. Kind of spread them out on an old cookie sheet and let them dry for a few days. Then I put them in a blender and get them all crushed up fine. Then put that on the roses and work it into the soil.....of course, that's a lot of work...but sometimes it works better to get the nutrients in the ground that way, instead of laying stuff on top of the soil.

As for your strawberries, I have never had the first year crop of a plant look like the beautiful strawberries you buy in the store. Usually the second year the berries look a lot better. Depends on what kind you have also. Their roots dont go very far into the ground, so they tend to dry out quicker. Mulching them with straw is a good way of dealing with that.

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Dorian
Posted 2010-08-03 2:08 PM (#48189 - in reply to #42494)
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So how are your roses Jess? Most of mine are taking a hiatus, till the hot weather subsides some.  I need to cut back some of my old heirlooms, as I've seen some mildew on them.

We have 3 tomato bushes. Jed counted all the green tomatoes on them yesterday(ROFL!!), there is 58 tomatoes on the three plants! We also have a LOT of baby cukes, the potatoes are coming along nicely...and tastes good too, the squash and watermelons are blooming and we've seen a few baby watermelons.

 

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Posted 2010-08-24 12:04 PM (#49471 - in reply to #42494)
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finally! it's the 23 of August yesterday, and I was finally able to pick my first two cucumbers!

Lots of green tomatos still... some are just starting to change color...
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Posted 2010-08-28 8:43 AM (#49617 - in reply to #42494)
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We got some Fall crops started yesterday. Lettuce, spinach, cabbage and such. And now this morning we are having a nice little rain storm
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Posted 2010-08-30 12:21 AM (#49720 - in reply to #42494)
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Thought I'd share a few flower pics. These beauties are magnificent. I caught them early morning at work. My sweet 90+ lady has them, she can't get out to really enjoy them. I took a series of pics for her to see. The burgundy ones are bigger than dinner plats. It is the oldest of the three. The pink is the baby just 2 yrs, I think.











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Jess
Posted 2010-11-14 9:52 PM (#52670 - in reply to #49720)
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I totally have a new crop of tomatoes that are turning red. Anyone want to bet on if I will get them all reddened up before our first freeze?

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Posted 2010-11-15 8:57 AM (#52686 - in reply to #42494)
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LOL Jess! If it's going to freeze before they turn all red, pull the plant up and hang it upside down somewhere cool to warm, that wont freeze. Then check on them everyday to see if they are ripe.
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Posted 2010-11-15 2:55 PM (#52697 - in reply to #52686)
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lol, I will give it a try Dorian. The plants are massive though, so it might not be worth the trouble...

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Posted 2010-11-16 8:55 AM (#52743 - in reply to #42494)
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Well you can also pick them, and set them somewhere to rippen. A sunny window in the garage or somewhere they wont freeze.
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Posted 2010-11-16 1:56 PM (#52759 - in reply to #42494)
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Yep, I do that quite often, though I find that putting them in a paper bag works really well too. Sammy likes to pull them, so I have to save the green ones!
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Posted 2011-05-11 3:36 PM (#59829 - in reply to #42494)
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We are putting a pergola on our deck and I would like to grow some vines on it that won't attract loads of bees. I would like fairly fast growing vines, that grow fairly densely. I have some ideas, but what are your thoughts? What do they grow in those wonderful British gardens? I'm in zone 8b.
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