posted on Feb, 27 2015 @ 04:55 AM
Great idea for a thread WoodsMom! Reading many of the posts has really got me in the mood for spring (plus it is a bright and sunny day here)
I cannot wait to get this years veg on the go! I tried gardening in earnest last year for the first time-lessons learned?
•slugs love pepper plants-tomatoes were spared,but watch out for the wasps,as they are partial to a Tom.
•wait til weather warms adequately until peppers are put out,with consideration of cold protection in the fall.
•don't leave carrots too long-as they were woody,but decent yield as compared to previous years.
•preparing soil amendments adequately (as there was too much clay) and also pay attention to crop rotation and previous activity on a particular
patch,say at an allotment,or in my case a family members garden-as I had to throw 30 kg of tomatoes,as they caught a blight and apparently this was an
issue many years before,except I found out too late.
So with all that taken into consideration I hope this year is better!
I have a balcony which is enclosed so I think that is where I'll try the peppers-habanero and jalapeños this time yum..
I have some random seeds to try as well.which are black pepper corns,ginseng,cocoa bean tree,kohlrabi (apparently it is in the top tier of hardiest
veg? So a nice survival scenario crop possibly? as are mushrooms which would do well in low light,in say a volcanic/nuclear winter)
One last thing that may be worth mentioning if nobody else has? (as this is in a survival thread) is that I learned there are a few vegetables,fruit
and mushrooms that can be re-grown from scraps,simply by putting the remainder of the veg (usually at the base) in soil or a glass of water.
•pineapple-remove the fruit from the crown and plant the crown.
•potato- in this case you don't always need a whole potato to create one new plant, all you need is a 'segment' with a sprout or two,you may even
get 4 or 5 per potato?
•Carrots and celery can be done if you leave the greens on the carrot and remove just below,although you will only regrow greens and as for the
celery it is at the base.
•I'm sure there are a few more I've forgotten?
Happy growing to everybody and good season!