Originally posted by kattraxx
reply to post by Desert Dawg
I bought another basil plant yesterday and put it in a big clay pot in Miracle Grow vegetable soil-- so I can bring it in when the weather gets cold
again in fall. All it says on the little tag is "likes hot weather". This time, I won't water it as much. My parsley is doing well, gets watered
twice a week, also gets some shade during the day. I love dill on salads so I started some from seeds and so far so good. The rosemary, cilantro and
fennel are growing like weeds.
True about tomatoes in pots-- most of the time they just don't seem to thrive, even in a huge pot. I read if your tomatoes split, it means too much
sun. I had that problem last year.
I also put in my tomatoes as temps at night have consistently been in the mid to high 40's and I can always cover them if I have to do so, but I'm
hoping I won't. Also put in a Japanese cucumber and cantaloupe. I sure wish I had twice the space now. We did fence the garden too, because we
have two big dogs, and I'm getting another Siberian in June, when he's old enough to come home, which means I'm going to have to build something to
put all my potted flowers and vegs on the patio up before he arrives. Since I'm not a builder, I'm thinking shelves on the fence.
So many potatoes came up, I don't know what I'm going to do. Maybe pull some out because they're pretty concentrated space-wise and offer them to
my neighbor who also put in a garden. I've never grown them before and really didn't expect them to come up. I might try the old tire thing. I
have two and I suppose I could transplant a few potato plants into the center area of the tires. DesertDawg, are you growing potatoes?
Yeah, you gotta watch the pups.
Mine will dig in the big containers so I extended the fence out with an extra loop of fencing material - which is doubling as the gate right now.
Not growing potatoes this year.
Been thinking about giving it a shot in September when it's supposed to cool down late in the month, but we still touch on 100 degrees F.
Got a couple of big ol light truck tires that I may try potatoes in.
Snow and the really cold temps don't start here until December and January and February are the months with a chance for snow.
Usually just a couple of inches and it melts away by late afternoon.
We're at 3300' altitude and it only snows 1-3 times per winter.
Dill is one spice I forgot to plant.
Nice part is when we moved I was going to leave all Sweeties containers and pots behind.
When we made the last trip out they fit in the bed of the pickup and I have to admit she was right about them being useful.
A medium sized one should work about right for Dill.
I did have a harvest of sorts.
Picked about a fourth of the radishes and made a huge salad yesterday.
Today, cook up some chicken and have a chicken salad for dinner.
I try hard to get the tiny radish seeds spread out along the line, but I always seem to get a bunch of them together.
I should thin them and they'd do better.
Probably should have planted them in containers, but the nice part about having them in the garden is you get something coming up green in a short
Getting back to potatoes, how big an area did you plant?
I've been thinking of planting about a 5' x 10' area just outside the fence.
That area has been amended as noted and is just sitting.
I'm pretty sure I have enough bricks, T-posts and fencing to add on.
Never had much success with cucumber, but am trying it around the corn stalks utilizing the Three Sisters method noted in a couple of the above
Kinda weird, the cooking beans I mentioned that I planted are buoyant enough to have floated up and out of the ground.
Tomorrow they get re-buried a little deeper.
I'm beginning to think that recommended planting depths noted on the seed packets aren't really deep enough.
Probably ought to double most of them.
Doesn't seem to hold anything back when I've planted stuff deeper than recommended.
I had some tomatoes split every summer in the Central California garden, but I always plant more tomatoes than I should and we have plenty for us,
neighors and co-workers.
Shade is the answer here and I have a couple of square tubing steel poles tat I need to weld some brackets on for the wood horizontal pieces and get
some of the nursery shade material that lets light in, but holds back the wicked hot summer sun we get here.
I need some more projects . . . in the middle of building a carport, getting some cyclone (chain link) fencing up to restrict the pups to about 75% of
the yard so we can drive in and out without having to get them all in the house.
Laid out the lines for that yesterday and plan to dig one post hole per day until done - seven required.
I never did like growing tomatoes in wire cages.
If you have a fairly mature plant and look at a branch/stem that is lying on the wire you'll find that it is burned by the hot wire.
I figure if you can't handle the wire in the sunshine with bare hands the tomatoes won't like it either
To that end I make trellises or cages out of wood.
A simple design that's quick easy to do.
I'll post some pics of that when I do.
Nice part is, they cover 6' - 8' of the row and 2-3-4 maybe 5 plants can be supported.
At the end of season they fold up and store away.
Once the garden settles in a bit I may move the containerized tomato plants into the soil and grow some other smaller stuff in the containers.
Nuff for now, gotta go water....