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BayouBengal51
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
My peppers and tomatoes are doing great. I just planted my asparagus in a new raised bed on Sunday so, I'm hoping to see some results by the end of this week.

Planted another blueberry plant in my plot yesterday evening. That makes 15 total blueberry plants that I have now. Last year I planted about 10 of them and they are all doing well.

The Satsuma that was already planted in the ground when I bought the house two years ago is blooming all over. It made a great crop last season with about 250 to 275 satsumas on it.

I planted an Owari and a Miho Satsuma near the end of December and they both have blossoms on them now. The Hamlin Orange I planted last month is also starting to bloom.

I purchased a Mandarin two weeks ago and it's got blossoms all over, but I've yet to put it in the ground yet. Going to try to do that this evening if the weather holds up.
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bayoubengals88
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Next step is outlining the center with stone 8 to 10” high.
Then fill in the whole sand area with crushed limestone.
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HailToTheChiz
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
is that just sand?


lsurulzes88
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Just started planning and cutting out my blueberry bed. How much did they grow year over year?


BayouBengal51
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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Just started planning and cutting out my blueberry bed. How much did they grow year over year?


Most of the plantings were about 2 feet tall last year when they went into the ground. I'd say just about all of them are 3 and half to 4 foot tall now. So I'd say they have all doubled in size.

I have one in particular that is growing like crazy. It came out of dormancy 3 weeks earlier than the rest of the plants and it looks like some kind of mutant blueberry plant among the others.

I have a few varieties planted:

Rabbiteye, Oneal, Southern Highbush, Pink Lemonade, Tiff Blue and Homebell.

Out of all of those, the Homebells are coming along a little bit slower.
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bayoubengals88
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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is that just sand?


About two inches of soil underneath. Limestone on top later.


bayoudude
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Planted my first decent sized garden over the weekend. Was allot of work but the kids had a blast.

32’x48’ fenced in with cattle panels to keep the deer/hogs out hopefully since this garden is down the road at my hunting property. Been going the last two days to water from the cisterns. Hoping for rain in the next few days.

Planted corn, bush beans, okra and watermelon

Have tomatoes, jalapeños and cucumbers planted at the house.


bluemoons
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Here are some photos from today. I also noticed this AM that two zucchini fruits were pollinated, so hopefully I'll have the first zucchinis in a week or so.












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Centinel
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South Carolina
Member since Sep 2016
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I've also seen people weave string horizontally alternating through each plant. If I see a need more support, I may go that direction too.




This is what I do, with the same three t-post set up. You have to stay on top of those horizontal strings though, otherwise the plants will get out of control and flop over. Trust me.


jyoung1
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Lafayette
Member since May 2010
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Cucumber seedlings are not growing and I don’t understand why.






I sowed them 2-3 weeks ago, but they have been like this for past week at least. Think it might be because i put a lot of cheap bagged compost in top layer of soil, should have put more peat moss.

Also starting to regret the weed fabric, should have just gone with grass clippings like I did with containers.


BallsEleven
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Member since Mar 2019
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Anyone that’s grown garlic before:

When were you able to harvest?

I planted back in mid October and today I had to pull up a plant to make room for a row of okra I was planting. It also gave me a chance to check if I was getting close to being able to harvest. There wasn’t a bulb at all. Now reading more on it, doesn’t seem like I’ll be able to harvest until June.

Does that seem right? All plants look healthy.


bluemoons
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That is odd. Are they getting too much water?


jyoung1
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Lafayette
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At first I didn’t think they were getting enough, so I’ve been watering them every day. The soil just doesn’t look like it retains moisture very well.


I’m a couple days away from ripping them all out, figuring out what’s wrong with soil, probably take some of it out and adding peat moss, then buying plants.

I’ll try not watering for a couple days though I guess.


PillageUrVillage
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In my experience, cucumber seedlings take a little while to get going. But usually not THAT long. Also in my experience, cucumbers like a lot of water. I don't really know. I'd say give them another week to see if they push through. But yeah, that is odd.


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ChenierauTigre
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Dreamland
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Did they get chilled? Seems like a silly question to ask when it has been hot af.


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2 Jugs
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I’ll up it to Bonide Eight if they come back.


This all I use around the house to kill any insect especially in the garden. I don't have to worry about red ants getting on my hands after spraying.


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convertedtiger
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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Anyone that’s grown garlic before:
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When were you able to harvest?


This is my first year as well but, from what I read, it takes upwards of 9 months till harvest with garlic. They are super slow growers. I planted mine all around my rose bushes so that they can just grow without me messing with them. I have had 2 bolt on me out of 60 plants so far. It looks like late May or early June for our area. Some of the stalks are almost an inch thick now, so that's encouraging. Good luck!


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CrawDude
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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In my experience, cucumber seedlings take a little while to get going. But usually not THAT long. Also in my experience, cucumbers like a lot of water. I don't really know. I'd say give them another week to see if they push through. But yeah, that is odd.

I agree. Even though they haven’t developed true leaves why not try a seedling, 1/2 concentration dose of water-soluable fertilizer on them before you pull them. I also wouldn’t water them every day even though I’m sure your bed drains well.


ChenierauTigre
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Dreamland
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Where I live it is 86 degrees and the wind is blowing about 30 mph all day long. If I don't water every day, things are seriously suffering.


PillageUrVillage
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I've been watering every other day when it doesn't rain. It is unseasonably warm.

I think an irrigation system will be my next big garden project.
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