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Originally posted by nomorecruelty
I do know that my parents always, always go buy tomato plants
to replant in the garden - they don't start from seeds on tomatoes.
The canning of foods, which is a whole other monster, is great for
storing up food - the freezing of foods ..... dunno unless it's cold enough
when you find that you "need" them - then you can set them outside.
Canning foods has to be done with a pressure cooker - you can buy those
at Walmart. And then learn how. lol I've never done it but have watched
my Mom for decades.
Tomatoes love and Need Lime. When you are preparing your soil, rotill in Pellet Lime. Save the powdered lime for adding at 4 week intervals to the top of the soil during growing season. Lime also prevents
Originally posted by notsosweet
We had our first garden this year. I was so excited that we would get some fresh veggies, but as it turned out, I do not know how to garden.
We got lots of jalapeno peppers...a couple of cucumbers...tomatoes didn't work out...1 pumpkin out of the humongous plant, hmmm...everything else just didnt work out so much.
seems like the stuff in our box garden thingy grew better, (jalapenos).Not sure why, probably the soil or something.
I hope to try again next year, in the meanwhile will need to read about how to grow a garden to your stuff will grow....
It's a great time of year to start planning for your next garden. Of course you probably already know that some hardware stores actually sell seeds that are out of date (so the seeds are not viable and will not germinate). If you call Seed Companies, most will send you their catalog.
Originally posted by starlitestarbrite
My husband and I love gardening from all types of flowers to a good
variety of veggies.
This year we are over abundant with all kinds of
peppers hot and sweet, zucchini yellow and green , eggplants, gourds
herbs & salad greens.
Sadly my yearly pride and joy tomatoes were hit with a blight that affected
every plant I had over 30 plants 10 different types. I had to rip them out some covered with tomatoes and blossoms GRRR
I was told that a lot of people were affected by this horrible North East blight.
Our corn was horrible unless you wanted to use it for a oriental stir fry.
Along with a few other varieties that just never took off from the get go
I try to start everything from seed.
I always rotate my veggies never planting the same variety in the same spot it depletes the soil. I grow them in raised beds rich with organic leaf material I also add worms to the beds and fertilize with a good organic fertilizer.
The slugs were a huge problem this year with all the rain we had
diotamatious earth took care of them.
Many people plant their garden by the moon certain veggies and flowers
benefit from being planted during the waxing and waning of the moon
I have done this method a few times I am not sure if it made such a huge difference.
I definitely have to say that it has been a horrible veggie season for us in general with the blight, and with the weather it has been so cool and rainy here in PA . I look forward to next year !
Everyone will miss the home made Italian Sunday gravy!
Originally posted by CX
Anyone else want to join my "I suck at growing veg" gang?
Well i wouldn't say "suck" as such, i think i've just gone about it totaly the wrong way.
Earlier this year i wanted to try growing my own produce for many reasons. Economical, i use a lot of veg for me and the kids so i wanted to reduce my bills a little. Also as a nice feature of the garden and for my girls to keep an interest in.
Mainly though, so i knew how to do it should i need to if the SHTF and i had to start afresh with no shops around.
So i started with basic container veg gardening as i am very impatient when it comes to growing things and i figured it would take ages to prepare beds properly.
Mistakes i seem to have made have been....
1. Growing veg that whilst easy to grow, i rarely use it. It's almost as though i grew it just for the novelty of growing it, rather than using it
2. Not doing enough research about when to pick them and replant.
3. Not being consistant with the watering....yes i know a most important part of growing anything, but just a few days missed can waste a lot of work.
4. Being daunted by the apparent expertise needed to prepare and maintain a proper vegetable patch or raised patch.
Yes i know the more proficient growers here will be chuckling their socks off at this , but why does something so simple seem such a big thing to get right?
I am determined to learn more about this, learn from my mistakes and by next year have a nice little vegetable patch, even if it's one of those "square foot veg garden" efforts.
Does this happen to anyone else here?
Maybe it's not "happening" as the urgency is not there, if it goes pear shaped i can pop down the shops for some veg. I know if the SHTF and we had to start from scratch, i'd have to get it right.
I've been refered by friends to a few good veg growing sites, so i think i'll spend a bit more time on those until i learn more. For some reason i think i'm making it all far more complicated than it has to be.
[edit on 29/8/09 by CX]
If you plant different varieties of tomatoes (VFN) and stagger
Originally posted by TriggerFish
reply to post by theRiverGoddess
I had a very abundant garden this year. My tomato plants were covered with fruit and very healthy. Then a week ago some brown spots appeared
on the leaves and in three days all my plants were dead and rotting.
Very frustrating! Some kind of blight I suppose, but it kills that fast?
This winter I am going to work on a hydroponic garden in the basement
hope to have more luck there.
Originally posted by Henygirl
I wasn't being lazy.
I was wondering if folks had experience with the recipes. Some of the ones with bloodmeal and bonemeal are interesting but I dont won't to invest if it isn't gonna work.
For soil we used the square foot gardening formula and mixed our own...it seemed to work out. I plan to rotate my stuff around next year.
The experimenting is fun even when stuff doesn't grow.
Originally posted by Hazelnut
reply to post by jibeho
Since you mentioned "good soil" do you remember what your grandpa did to make into black gold? And how long it took him?
I've got clay and rock to work with, so my husband built 2 4x8 raised beds and 2 4x4 raised beds which we filled with a load of "garden ready" soil.
I'm not sure, but I think I read somewhere that you should let your plants die and brown before removing them after their cycles have ended. Should I chop them up and mix into the soil or discard them?
I also read somewhere that if you prune back your herbs during growing season, you should use them for mulch. Does anyone know if that is right?
Thanks to those who are trying and those who know how to do it right.
Originally posted by Henygirl
Okay so with the raised beds...once the growing season is over and the plants begin dying, do we chop them up and leave them? It sounds like it would enrich the soil but I am experimenting with the square foot method this year.
Wealth of information to compile with my experience and the experience of the 'old' folks around me.
Originally posted by CX
Just found a great website...
Looks like lots of great information on there to get people up and running.