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gumbo2176
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
I doubt cotton will hold up any better than hemp. Have you considered nylon?

I've got several fairly large hanging baskets (about 15 lbs. each) on my back porch suspended on nylon and they've been there for at least 3 years now.


thedrumdoctor
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Member since Sep 2016
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the cotton twine has held tight longer already than the hemp did. But im sure once it rains, the cotton will start to sag as well. I'll probably do nylon next year.

I originally wanted to put lattice, but I need to be able to access my gutters directly above this trellis in the winter for cleaning, and the twine is just much easier to remove.


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ChenierauTigre
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I hope you enjoy those Carmens as much as I have. I eat them like candy. One year they grew large enough to stuff. I laid them on their side in the pan and cut a slit in the top. Stuffed those bad boys and cooked in red gravy. Man, were they good.

Gumbo, I do love the yard longs. I grew a bushel of those things last year in a small garden.
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Centinel
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Yet again jealous you can grow those. Just a bit too cold here in Columbia.


thedrumdoctor
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I'm not actually sure they'll fruit
The two light freezes we had killed all the vines almost all the way down. Sure, there's new growth coming in, but I'm unsure if they would need a whole year on established vines to produce fruit.


chuckitdeep
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Member since Nov 2008
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I just planted some tomato seeds a week or so ago. I am starting to get the sprouts. Anything I need to do to help them go from babies to adolescents? Fertilizer, etc. ?


BallsEleven
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
What did you plant them in?


chuckitdeep
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potting soil in the little 8 pack trays that I had saved from last year.
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PillageUrVillage
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bayoubengals88
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New house, new herb garden!


BallsEleven
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That is a big arse herb garden


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jimbeam
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Damn dude you got a damn stand on the weekends? That’s a lot of mint julip
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bayoubengals88
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The smooth part will be limestone and spaced out foxtail ferns. The corners will contain cats pajamas.

It’s right out our living room window so we want something to look at as well.

Had to take a day away from stocks. It did the trick!


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jyoung1
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Lafayette
Member since May 2010
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
No, they don’t need fertilizer until the true leaves develop. Then u can just give em half doses of water soluble miracle gro.


geauxcats10
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AP
Member since Jul 2010
4061 posts

re: 2020 Garden Thread
UPDATE!!!

I finally got around to planting my raised bed.

I went with
Cherry Tomatoes
Roma Tomatoes
Banana Peppers
Cucumbers
Bush beans


Now that everything is taken off what do I do next?
Do I need to add fertilizer? I have to make some sort of trellis for my cucumbers but how far back does it need to be from them. Also someone said I have to stake my tomatoes? So I do that now?


Thanks for the help and suggestions!


bluemoons
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the marsh
Member since Oct 2012
4349 posts

re: 2020 Garden Thread
Cool . I’d definitely recommend making a trellis for your cucumbers. Is that them on the bottom right? You can use a small piece of cattle panel and fix it to where it stands vertically on that end of the bed, or build a trellis out of twine. There are really a bunch of options. Google “cucumber trellis ideas” or something like that, and you’ll stay busy for awhile. Just make sure you’re not building the trellis in a location where your cucumbers will eventually shade out your other plants.

Tomatoes definitely need support. You can stake them, but just using a stake will require you to keep up with them throughout their growth cycle by continuously tying them off to the stakes. I use tomato cages for mine, and I stake the cages with a single 1x2’ for support. This has worked pretty well and it’s low maintenance. For the indeterminate varieties that get taller than the tomato cage, I take another cage, turn it upside down, and put it on top of the first/bottom cage. I attach the top cage to the bottom cage and the stake with zip ties. If this doesn’t make sense, I can take a photo. I’m at least a few weeks from having plants that tall though.

Also, you can water your transplants in with some water soluble fertilizer (fish emulsion, miracle gro, Texas tomato food, Jobes, fox farm, Neptune’s harvest, etc). I generally do. If you go chemical, like Miracle Gro, I’d do it at half strength just so you don’t unnecessarily stress the plants.

Everyone has different opinions about fertilizing, but I put a handful of granular tomato tone in the ground when I transplant, them side dress (add more around plant base) when the plants start setting fruit, then again every ~3 weeks after that. Tomato tone is an organic fertilizer so your risk of hurting the plants is slim to none. I use it on all my vegetables. I also water the plants with Texas tomato food once every 2 weeks or so. More often for my plants in containers.
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nerd guy
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quote:

Google “cucumber trellis ideas” or something like that, and you’ll stay busy for awhile.


I actually used tomato cages last year and that was probably the best idea i've had for my gardens in a while. Worked out great and ended up getting great yields.


sloopy
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Member since Aug 2009
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Can someone tell me how much I can expect to plant in a 4x8 raised bed. I would like to plant some combination of cherry tomato, a large tomato, bell pepper, jalapeño, banana pepper, or any other easy suggestions for a beginner.


bluemoons
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the marsh
Member since Oct 2012
4349 posts

re: 2020 Garden Thread
You can do a good bit in that space. I plant loosely based on the square foot method but I've modified it a bit to fit what works for me. You can check out spacing suggestions here: LINK /

I use 4 square feet for tomatoes and one square foot for peppers. Based upon that, you could plant 4 tomato plants in the left 16 square feet (basically the left half of the bed), then divide the right half of the bed into whatever you want. You have 16 square feet leftover. You could plant 8 pepper plants (one per square), then two squash/zucchini plants (one per 4 squares, like the tomatoes). Summer squash and zucchini are very easy if you can keep the vine borer bugs off of them. If you're not opposed to chemical pesticide, I've found that continuous Sevin Dust applications throughout the season around the base of the plant works really well, but you gotta be diligent with it.

If you plant squash or zucchini plants like I do, I'd recommend growing them in a tomato cage. It keeps them from sprawling out.






bluemoons
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the marsh
Member since Oct 2012
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
quote:

I actually used tomato cages last year and that was probably the best idea i've had for my gardens in a while. Worked out great and ended up getting great yields.


They work great for me. Super low maintenance and I haven't felt the need to change to anything else since I started using them. Supporting them really changed the game for me though. The cages by themselves aren't really enough to support a full grown indeterminate plant, especially in wind/rain. Learned all that the hard way.


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