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bluemoons
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
That little herb box is only 8'x8"x8" and it works great. Last summer I had three rosemary plants, two basil plants, thyme, a ton of green onions, and dill in it. Obviously the plants would get bigger with more room, but 8" is plenty deep. It requires watering every other day in the summer. I don't mind it though because we use the herbs a lot and it just means we can keep fertilizing them ha.

I keep mint separate just because it takes over everything.


PillageUrVillage
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8" is plenty deep


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You just saved me a little money. I was thinking of using 1x12’s. Now I’m gonna use 1x10’s.

My wife saw this picture one day and said “build dat.” So I’ll give it my best shot.
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Hopefully this doesn’t turn out like one of those Pinterest fails.


HailToTheChiz
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we need updates as you build


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kook
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
You grow anything else besides tomatoes in them bags? I have a couple left. Was gonna use one to plant a patio corn stalk.


bluemoons
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Talking about the bags in my yard? Naw. Just tomatoes and peppers. I haven't tried anything else.


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ChenierauTigre
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Do you have trouble with flea beetles getting in those marigolds? When I planted them in my garden, I had a booming flea beetle factory.


bluemoons
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
We’ll see . I’ve never used them before. I just struggled with keeping bees around last year and wanted to try them for the squash and zucchini. I’ll eefinitely keep an eye out for them though.


ChenierauTigre
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Go to Lowe's and get a bee balm plant. Plant it in a pot next to your garden, not in it. That stuff spreads.


PillageUrVillage
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How’s everyone’s plants doing with all this wind?

I have a little bit of leaf damage on a couple of pepper plants, but they have held up for the most part.

Also, got home to this
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I dropped 3 seeds per hole and have at least 1 cucumber sprout in each. Still waiting on the beans.


bluemoons
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
I staked all my peppers and put cable ties around them the other day. My tomatoes have had a rough week with the wind and unpredicted sun, but they oughta be fine. Forecast says down to low 40s here this weekend, but next week it’s looking like we’ll finally get some consistent decent weather with days in the 70s.


PillageUrVillage
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I can deal with 40’s. Just not 20’s.


ChenierauTigre
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I am becoming weary of this garden crap. It has been nothing but a struggle so far.


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convertedtiger
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
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Plant it in a pot next to your garden, not in it. That stuff spreads.


That's good info for most of the hardy herbs. Both Mexican and Greek oregano took over a whole 4' planter last year and has overwintered like a champ. I had to relegate them to pots to keep them somewhat under control.

We decided to just stick with bush type and determinate tomatoes this year. Probably just doing peppers and tomatoes this year. I gave up on squash. WAY too many squash borers in my area. I'm lucky to get 3 or 4 squash before they eat the plants alive.


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Cajunate
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Alright, I had chickens and used a dog kennel as their pen. I got rid of the chickens about 6 months ago and decided to leave the kennel up. This week I moved the pen over a little and hand tilled the soil within it. It's not going to be a big garden but big enough for a couple of tomato plans outside of it and mainly green beans be they bush or vine inside the pen allowing them to grow on the pen walls(fencing) along with one or two mirliton and maybe a squash and zucchini. The soil should be well fertilized from the chicken poop.
Yesterday I eliminated an above ground bed and put the heavy plastic boards around the pen to keep soil from washing out. I used leave from the neighbor's oak tree I cleaned up as mulch for the inside the pen walkway and may use some as mulch in the garden as well.



PillageUrVillage
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I used leave from the neighbor's oak tree I cleaned up as mulch for the inside the pen walkway and may use some as mulch in the garden as well.


My grandmother had 2 giant oak trees in her yard. Every fall she would pay us a couple bucks to rake all of the leaves into this low spot against a fence in her back yard. In the spring she would have us use those leaves to top dress her flower beds. She always had beautiful flowers throughout the spring and summer. People called her "the hibiscus lady".

I may have mentioned that earlier in this thread, but them old people knew a thing or 2.

Moral of the story, I think it would be a good idea.


eng08
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I use oak tree leaf mulch for all my raised beds. They degrade slowly do last all year,


LSUlefty
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
This will be my worst garden in years. The late cold fronts and heavy wind are making it worse.


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convertedtiger
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
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I use oak tree leaf mulch for all my raised beds


It will acidify your soil, I believe, as well. Many vegetable plants like a slightly acidic soil so yeah it should be a good idea. I would run them through a mulcher of some type first though. like your lawn mower or a leaf blower set on vacuum. That's just IMO


thedrumdoctor
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Question for you guys. With night temps for the foreseeable future going down to around 45-50 degrees, is it safe to transplant my tomatoes? I may have jumped the gun germinating a little early, but the tomatoes really need to get planted. They've already outgrown my grow light.


PillageUrVillage
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With night temps for the foreseeable future going down to around 45-50 degrees, is it safe to transplant my tomatoes?


If temps were to get below 40 I'd say otherwise. But, they'll be perfectly fine. The cooler temps might slow their growth, but it won't hurt them at all.


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