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nismosao
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
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Found a place in chalmette that sells flats of vegetables plants at good prices. I’ll try to find the name.


When you find this, let us know.


bluemoons
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Where do you guys buy started plants? Home Depot? I'm in N.O. so is Perinos a better option?


I'm on the northshore, but if you're willing to drive, O'Keefe's Feed and Seed in Covington has the best selection of plants I've seen other than Clegg's in BR. They're getting plants in by the day right now, but they have several different varieties of both heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, in addition to hot and sweet peppers. I was in there a couple of days ago getting fence posts and they got a huge shipment in of squash, zucchini, and cucumber as well. The plants are all locally sourced.


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bluemoons


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O'Keefe's Feed and Seed in Covington


Thanks. My office is in Covington so I reverse commute 75% of the work week. I'll check out O'Keefe's as well as Jefferson Feed


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It’s about the same level of difficulty, but starting indoors let’s you start earlier.

I reccomended soaking the seeds and topping the holes with the perlite again as well if you start outdoors.


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bluemoons
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Roger. Just to clarify, I was excluding Home Depot or Lowes. They probably technically have more varieties than O'Keefe's, but they're all Bonnie branded plants whereas O'Keefe's/Clegg's source from independent growers. Nursery plants always seem to be healthier than those at Home Depot or Lowes too.


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There’s nothing wrong with the Bonnie plants. It’s just Lowe’s and Home Depot usually do a piss poor job of tending them.

If you were to go that route, inspect them very carefully. You don’t want to bring diseased plants back to your garden.

Definitely go the local nursery route if you can.


bluemoons
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Agreed. I actually took out a Bonnie reference in my post because I didn't want anybody thinking I was bashing Bonnie plants. I also think most Bonnie plants are at least regionally sourced.

You nailed it though - they don't take care of those plants. 90% of them are sick and look like crap.


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I bought some Bonnie's from Home Depot last week. They had just gotten a fresh delivery and they looked great. I was already there and it was convenient.

ETA: When I say fresh delivery, the Bonnie truck was there unloading them when I pulled up.
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HailToTheChiz
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You don’t want to bring diseased plants back to your garden.


Pretty sure this happened to me last year


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pointdog33
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Bonnie's has a setup in Donaldsonville, so their plants don't travel too far.

They also sell on consignment, which is a big reason the big boxes let them go to crap. They have no investment in the plants on the racks.

If you've ever wondered why the plants you start don't look like their plants it's because of growth regulators. They slow down the vertical growth and make the plant get thicker, which is a more eye-appealing plant. It also helps them last on the rack longer.
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PillageUrVillage
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If you've ever wondered why the plants you start don't look like their plants it's because of growth regulators. They slow down the vertical growth and make the plant get thicker, which is a more eye-appealing plant. It also helps them last on the rack longer.


I did not know that. How are they administered and how long does it affect the vertical growth?


pointdog33
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Usually done as a drench. Their action is transient, so it slows them down in the initial stages to prevent leggy weak plants.

It's a common practice in greenhouses so that the plants won't shoot up to quick and there's also some data suggesting they actually improve yield by increasing chlorophyll production.


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ChenierauTigre
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I always wondered how they did that.


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lsuson
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Beaus feed and pets


bluemoons
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Here's some photos of what I've planted out so far. I only transplanted one cucumber. I'm going to transplant three more and direct sow the rest this weekend.

These are Mohawk peppers, Redskin peppers, and one Shishito pepper.

Image: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7854/47306531082_8c77e71e28_k.jpg


Bag tomatoes: 1x Large Barred Boar, 2x Cherokee Purple, 1x Purple Bumble Bee, 2x Sweet Million. There's also a Celebrity in the back there that I planted about a month ago, and an Anaheim pepper plant that I overwintered. One of my Sweet Million plants is looking kinda droopy. It got sunny the day after plant out and I didn't harden off as much as usual, so we'll see what happens with it.

Image: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7827/47306525512_62eddb265d_k.jpg


This is my main box. I've got 2x Straightneck Yellow Squash, 2x Tiger Zucchini, 2x of the following peppers: Carmen, Corno di Toro Giallo, California Wonder, and Marconi, 3x Jimmy Nardello, 1x Hungarian Wax, 1x Jalapeno, 1x Poblano. Then 1 Large Barred Boar, and 2 dwarf tomatoes - Fred's Tie Dye and Sarandipity I think. Bought the Marconis and Jalapeno from the store. Everything else was from seed. The marigolds are for the bees because I don't have many. I plan to plant okra in April though so those may not last long.

I wasn't going to plant squash and zucchini again because of the vine borers but I like to eat it so much that I gave it a shot anyway.

Image: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7802/47306524152_48acae3572_k.jpg



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That looks awesome. What kind of wood do you use for your boxes? My wife wants me to build an herb box. So I will eventually get around to doing that. Probably next month.


bluemoons
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Thanks man. I just used regular pine. I stained the outside of the boxes when I built them, but it's worn off a good bit.

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PillageUrVillage
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I guess I need to start planning it out. She’s been on my ass.


gumbo2176
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
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Where do you guys buy started plants? Home Depot? I'm in N.O. so is Perinos a better option?


I never go to Perino's. They are priced for Metairie and are higher than Jefferson Feed and Bantings.

Jefferson Feed on Jefferson Hwy. is where I usually go, but will head over the river to Bantings for a bigger selection.

Home depot is high with their prices, especially when they are selling individual plants as opposed to the 4-6 packs of started plants.

Some things I buy from seed like beans, squash, cucumbers, okra, corn etc. for my summer garden.

Fall/winter garden will find me buying chard, lettuces, sugar snap peas, kale, carrots, beets, onions, turnips, etc. in seed form and directly sow them in the ground in late Sept./early Oct.

Things like collards, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, I'll buy already started.


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