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BayouBengal51
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When y'all starting y'all's fall gardens? Getting the itch now!


Started planting mine a little before last week. Just got done laying re-tilling my rows, laying down landscape fabric and I've already planted some tomatoes.

Putting in some cucumbers tomorrow and two new pepper plants.


Bill Parker?
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Probably a couple of weeks. Seedlings are looking good.

Problem is, my summer garden is hanging on. I've got a lot of tomato, peppers, cucumbers, and melons that are rocking. Outsmarted the wilt by planting in buckets and in some new areas.

If l time my fall planting correctly, this will be the most productive garden I've ever planted. I'll just have to get rid of about 100 seedlings that l don't have room for.


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Bill Parker?
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minpresysheu
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Hello
I'm newbie


PillageUrVillage
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I’ve planted some tomatoes for the fall. I’m also gonna plant some danver 126 carrots. But I’m gonna wait till September for those. Never planted carrots before, so I’m going by the LSU Ag planting guide.


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Never planted carrots before


For best results keep them very wet until they sprout. You could even cover them with burlap or plastic for 5 days or so to keep soil moist. Since I have done these things I get way better germination.


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Noted. Thanks!


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FearTheFish
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Started my seedlings last week - going to start direct-planting my carrots at the end of this week.


LSUEnvy
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Got a couple watermelons yet to pick. How do you know when they are ready. As a side note I had one split open a few weeks ago and it had just a little pink inside.


ChenierauTigre
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My dad always said that it is ready to pick when that little curly tendril next to the stem turns brown. Watermelons need hot, dry weather when they are ripening to make them sweet. I gave up on watermelons because it has rained so much the last few years. My melons were never any good.


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dallasga6
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Nm

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BallsEleven
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First lesson learned in the garden...start small!

I originally planned a 12x24x1 raised bed. After putting all the timbers together it was a little bigger than I pictured in my head but most of all would have taken a hell of a lot more dirt than originally thought. After thinking about it all for a day or 2 I downsized to 8x16x1 which will be much easier to fill. If I stick with it then I can always expand later.


jyoung1
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With it 8 ft. wide how are you going to access the interior?


BallsEleven
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I'll just walk between rows when I have to.


PillageUrVillage
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I learned a lesson this year, also. I’m not going to order from Reimer seeds anymore. Apparently they have a reputation for sending the wrong seeds. Well, I had it happen only once before with them. I was supposed to get pepperoncini, instead I got some extremely hot pepper that I’m still not sure what it was. This year it was the okra. I ordered Cajun Jewel Okra. It’s supposed to be a dwarf okra variety that only got 4 feet tall, producing 6” spineless and slender pods. My plants are currently 9 feet tall, definitely not spineless, and definitely not slender. I think I finally figured out what they are.

Cajun Jewel Okra is supposed to look like this


Instead, my okra looks like this.


That one is called Star of David Okra. And I’m pretty sure that’s what they sent me.



Don’t get me wrong, it’s delicious.
It’s just not what I ordered.

I’m actually fixing to pull that row of okra. I have a ton of it in the freezer. Plus, I have another row of Clemson spineless. I may plant some lettuce or cabbage in its place.


TheDrunkenTigah
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My okra just started producing in earnest. Don't know where I heard to plant it late but I won't be making that mistake again. Plant got huge before it ever produced the first pod, now I'm picking a lot every day.

Peppers enjoyed the little "cool" spell, belles have picked up setting fruit again after taking a break when it was really hot.

Noticed a couple of tomato seedlings growing from the soil where my spring plants were. I think that will be my fall crop if they make it. I think I'm going to focus on using the rest of the season to start some pepper varieties in pots I've been meaning to grow. They should get a couple months of root development and then make good transplants for the spring.


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TheDrunkenTigah
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Cut up, put in brine mixture sealed in gallon jar with freezer bag of water to seal. Placing in dark cool room for 2 weeks minimum, then will hot water bath can into pint jars by pouring off brine, adding back a cup, immersion blending and adding vinegar...



You're looking good, as long as your brine isn't way too weak or way too strong there's not much that can go wrong, and if it does you'll know. I lost a jar last year to mold from not using enough salt and it was apparent within days.

Water bag on top is interesting, I just use air locks but that's not a bad idea for odd shaped containers.

I won't tell you there's a wrong way to do it but there is no reason to "can" after fermenting with a hot water bath. The acidity from both the lactic acid and the vinegar are more than enough to preserve it and make it safe. You may find that changes the flavor a little.

My sauce goes from fermenting jar, to blender with vinegar, straight to a bottle.


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BallsEleven
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I learned a lesson this year, also. I’m not going to order from Reimer seeds anymore. Apparently they have a reputation for sending the wrong seeds.


Well thats not what I want to hear


bluemoons
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I planted okra too late as well, for my particular garden at least. I also planted it in the wrong spot. It's shading out an entire back row where I intended to plant my fall tomatoes. So, I'm going to pull the okra this week and plant my fall tomato transplants, which are beyond ready to get into the ground. I bought a couple of bell pepper transplants too, and I may pull a couple of my taller pepper plants and replant these transplants to try to get a couple of bells before the cold gets them.

I also started some broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and lettuce seeds last week.

Lesson learned for me: poblano pepper plants get HUGE. I won't be planting one again, and if I do, it'll be in a back corner by itself where it can't get in the way of anything else.


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PillageUrVillage
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Well thats not what I want to hear


I’ve been ordering from them for years and this is only the second time it has happened. First time I forgave it, but after a second time I’m going to go somewhere else. They have some pretty negative reviews on this site. Dave’s Garden. Mostly slow shipping, poor germination rates, and wrong or mislabeled variety/seeds.


Hopefully your order is 100% accurate. They actually had my okra labeled as “Cajun Jewel”, but that’s clearly not what I got.

ETA: I have been buying a lot of the Ferry-Morse seeds from either Lowe’s or Home Depot’s seed rack in the garden center. Their selection is usually pretty limited. But one thing for sure is I’ve had nothing but success with them. Always the correct variety, and I have very high germination rates. I will continue to use them if they have what I want. For everything else I’ll probably give either Parkseed or Harrisseed a try.
This post was edited on 8/6 at 6:20 pm


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