Jump to content
Engineer Boards
​ ​

Recommended Posts

I started all my seeds in mid February, so my garden is coming along. Not exactly where is should be, but I had my grow lights in the garage, so temperature control was an issue. 

So, my list includes:

Tomatoes - Sun Gold and Atkinson. Will start Celebrity and one other I cannot remember soon. 

Peppers - Green Bell, Jalepenos, Purple Bell, Lunchbox Orange, and one other

Squash, Zucchini - growing these under a low tunnel to prevent the squash vine borer from winning this year. Will hand pollinate. 

Cucumbers - Bush, Pickling and Straight 8's

Okra

Basil, Cilantro

Broccoli, Cauliflower - these haven't started producing heads yet, and with the heat now, they may not. If that's the case, we will harvest and eat the leaves. 

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, ktulu said:

Basil, Cilantro

I think I'm going to end up doing some herbs in a hanging planter box.  We usually do a pot of mint for mojitos, but I'd like to do these also.  Basil is easy, but do you usually have good luck with cilantro?  It's my understanding its not especially heat tolerant.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Cilantro grows like crazy here!  But I wouldn't know if it's heat tolerant.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, Supe said:

I think I'm going to end up doing some herbs in a hanging planter box.  

I wanna grow some herb too, but alas, it's not legal in Kentucky yet.

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We planted about a month ago.  A small garden patch and a bunch of pots.

SUCCESS SO FAR:

  1. Tomato's - All varieties (Big Boy, Arkansas Traveler, cherry, grape)- all are already 2.5' to 3' feet tall.
  2. Pumpkin or squash - I did not plant any, but it it has started growing.  Last Halloween's Pumpkin or last years squash plant that has been revived?
  3. Cilantro in a pot - about 18 tall" and already used in Tuesday's recipe
  4. Basil
  5. Peppermint
  6. Spicy Oregano

OK BUT NOT GREAT

All peppers.  Not sure what happened, but it looks like something has been eating the leaves.  I have sprayed organic insecticide on them and that has helped a little.  We are starting to get new growth or leaves so that is a plus.

NOT GOING TO MAKE IT

  1. Okra - tried for first time.
  2. Cucumber - Failure two years in a row.
  3. Eggplant - moderate success last year.  This year looks like a bust.
  4. Edamame - Looks like a bust.

Plum trees that were planted is about four or five years ago is about a 1.5 stories and have lots of small fruit on them.

I also received a letter from the HOA about my garden.  A past HOA president does not like me (I hired an attorney and prevailed with more reasonable board members before going to court) and called the Management Company on me (unsightly condition, which was never clarified.  They sent me picture of empty pots and an unplanted garden bed).  The current president can't stand the past president and is a friend of mine.  They rescinded the Management Company letter and sent me an apology. 

 

 

 

Edited by ruggercsc
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We HAD a small garden.  The chickens had other plans.  They've eaten the flowers and leaves and converted the bed into their dirt bath area.  That's ok, I guess, because they poop out a couple eggs each day for us.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 hours ago, Supe said:

I think I'm going to end up doing some herbs in a hanging planter box.  We usually do a pot of mint for mojitos, but I'd like to do these also.  Basil is easy, but do you usually have good luck with cilantro?  It's my understanding its not especially heat tolerant.

No, it is not extremely heat tolerant, so it did not produce as well as I had hoped. Flowers too quickly in the heat. I planted in both pots and my raised bed, and the raised bed version did better than the potted version. About to pull it from the pots, and get a last cutting from the raised bed plant. 

I was just glad that I succeeded in starting them from seed (always heard it was difficult). I may do another planting in the fall when it's cooler. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
34 minutes ago, Master slacker said:

We HAD a small garden.  The chickens had other plans.  They've eaten the flowers and leaves and converted the bed into their dirt bath area.  That's ok, I guess, because they poop out a couple eggs each day for us.

A coworker's father has a garden and chickens. He has his chickens on one end of the garden while planting on the other end. Then he swaps when the growing season changes. He's had pretty good success with this. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Garden is doing OK.  The tomato plants have taken off with all this rain - they have more than doubled in size already.  Jalapenos are on their way, and the thai chiles are already fruiting.  Habaneros and reapers have been slow growing, though the reapers are notoriously slow anyways.  They had something trying to eat their leaves, so I sprinkled some pesticide on there and am hoping for the best.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Anyone deal with japanese beetles?  We had them devouring everything in sight last year, including a lot of the trees near the edge of our yard.

I bought some grub control to apply to the lawn, and I plan to use it in the areas I suspect have the worst amount of grubs, but it would cost a fortune to treat all of the 3.5 acres of yard.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

not personally but I see those bags that catch beetles always full of them..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The alleged problem with the bags is that they catch about 50% of the beetles that go to them, but attract something like 400% more beetles to the area. 

I think there are some species of plants/shrubs that are a natural deterrent.  Maybe plant some of those around the property?  Or just give a bunch of those bags to your neighbors and let the beetles f*ck up their yard.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I actually have tomato's on the vine now.  Not bad when last frost was about 4 1/2 weeks ago.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Supe said:

The alleged problem with the bags is that they catch about 50% of the beetles that go to them, but attract something like 400% more beetles to the area. 

I think there are some species of plants/shrubs that are a natural deterrent.  Maybe plant some of those around the property?  Or just give a bunch of those bags to your neighbors and let the beetles f*ck up their yard.

I've heard the same about the traps.  I bought one and am going to try it, but put it about 100 yards from the garden.

There are some plants that supposedly deter them and we're going to plant some of those around the garden.  Things like onions and marigolds.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oregano totally dead - rotted out after heavy rain.  Mint is 50/50.

One of the two tomato plants is finally fruiting, the other still stagnant.  Both are over 6' tall now and need additional support.

Most of the peppers are doing well.  Plenty of jalapenos, just froze my first crop of Carolina Reapers (about a dozen).  Garden Salsa peppers are HOT AS F*CK.  Made a mistake of eating one grilled.  Cowhorn is meh, just getting onesie-twosie peppers, plant never really took off.  Habanero plant just coming into its own, peppers are much bigger than last year.  Thai hots still producing a ton, just pickled a small mason jar worth of shishitos.  3 of the 12 seem to be struggling to grow, just can't figure out why.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I also am not sure if I bought different jalapenos this year or what but ours too are hot as F!

We ended up doing containers for our maters. some hippy lady at a local gardening shop sold me on these $60 container systems - they have been out of this world spot on for the year, have more maters than I ever have here & getting them mid July - usually mine wouldn't be edible till August - its been a mater sandwich couple of weeks!

Also I have a ton of apples on an apple tree that I didn't know I had (which is odd since I have a 1/4 acre lot) not quite ready to eat yet but if the worms don't find them we may very seriously have a couple bushels of apples in a month or so

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Any details on the mater-tainers?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We've been harvesting green/wax/purple beans like crazy.  Every day there's another harvest to blanch & freeze.  Tomatoes are about ready to explode and we'll probably be canning those next week.  We've had a few jalepenos, but otherwise we're doing something wrong as far as peppers go.  Similar bad results with corn.  And our celery didn't grow at all.

We have more cucumbers than we know what to do with, but we made too many pickles last year so may not be canning more.

Last year the okra did great and this year it did not.  Not sure what changed there.

Zucchini and squash are doing well (no surprise) and it looks like we're going to have some big-ass pumpkins.  Also lots of onions ready to harvest.  Probably will have some cauliflower soon as well.

Almost ready to plant our second batch of peas, and our collards got eaten up so we might go for a second round of those as well.  And our strawberries are blooming again--I had no idea they would do a second crop.

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What’s weird is something ate our cucumber plants down to the nub (damn dog is going blind) assume its either rabbits or squirrels but they leave the green peppers and hot peppers alone for some reason ☹

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The pipe you see is where you add water –

The container set up leaves the bottom couple of inches open, then a geogrid type plastic where you add the soil and fertilizer, once you plant the maters you cut holes and pull the black cove over it – I assume this makes like a greenhouse effect, but it also causes the need to fill up the container every 2-3 days.

I ran a line from our sprinkler into the pipe so it was always getting some water daily

Ill grab a pic when I get home of our set up.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Overall, our garden had mixed results. Cukes were disappointing, but I just sowed a second planting so maybe a little better weather consistency will help. One type tomato exploded, but a second type did not. Squash and zukes were so/so, but I also just planted a second crop. Peppers were crowded by the cukes, so since I removed the cukes, the peppers have taken off. I had extra peppers and tomato transplants, so I threw them in my neighbor's garden - they are taking off. 

Thinking of starting some broccoli and cauliflower seedlings to plant in about a month. Lettuce and spinach when temps fall a bit. 

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×