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bluemoons
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
It works very well with certain varieties but not so well with others. I've had great success with jalapenos, poblanos, jimmy nardellos, carmens, bananas, hot wax, and shishito peppers. I experimented with thicker-walled, bell varieties and had less success, so I avoid topping any "bigger" peppers now. Those peppers didn't seem to produce any more fruits than the controlled, non-topped versions. While the plants bushed out well, the branches were thin/spindly, and didn't support the weight of the fruits that well. I had lots of branches break and the fruits as a whole were smaller than the controlled plants.

I think it's more beneficial for plants that produce high numbers of peppers already and with which fruit size isn't really an issue.


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Centinel
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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mine are about 14-16 inches already with fruit and/or lots of flowers...any experience with topping this late?


Ya, I wouldn't top at that point. I topped mine when they had around 4-6 leaves.


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Ollie1968
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
[This is the best board on the Rant. Been lurking for years and I'm really impressed with your gardens. Since I cannot go back 40-50 years to the days of the summer boucheries with the neighbors frying crackling and sweet potatoes, making hog head cheese and boudin. I choose to remember those good days with my little garden but it's not the same. It also doesn't compare with what you guys have but I enjoy putting up some food for the winter especially okra to be smothered.

Okra
Squash
Zucchini
Lima Beans
Pole Beans
Eggplant
Cucumber
Bell Peppers
Set of Yellow Onions
Black Krim Tomatoes
German Head Tomatoes
Roma
Grape Tomatoes
Small Strawberry Patch
Blackberries
Blueberries
Peaches
Watermelon
Cantaloupe
Mints


Thanks for letting me share...Geaux Tigers and stay safe.

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PillageUrVillage
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
That is awesome! Please stick around and continue to be part of the conversations here. The more points of view we have around here, the better it is for everyone.


Capt ST
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Alright, I threw some potatoes in the ground and they've shot up. Do i need to do anything else?


BallsEleven
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
A little late to ask but did you work the ground before you planted? I think I read somewhere to make sure the soil is loose for the potatoes to grow.

This is my first year growing them and I went the bag route. Just enough soil to cover them at the bottom and will add dirt as they grow. They just sprouted last weekend


Capt ST
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Yeah i tilled, buried 6” then brought up dirt next 3” when they sprouted. They jumped up big time almost overnight and not sure if i need to continue with additional dirt around plants. I usually make more in compost bin with the ones I toss from kitchen.


bluemoons
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
That garden looks great man. I’ll be excited when I eventually move so I can have something bigger like that.


FowlGuy
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
You need to fill about 8-12” on each side the plant and throw the dirty towards the plant “hill them”. Leave a couple inches of the plant exposed.


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Ollie1968
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Thanks. I'm always here. Enjoy your thoughts of sowing seeds. Planning on starting "early" next year. Also, like the squirrel-le-nator. Can you angle your model up into the trees? My problem with those rats are they're a pain with bird seeds.


Ollie1968
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Member since Dec 2009
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Thanks. Wish it was bigger so I could plant some corn to put up to make maque choux without buying canned corn. Also, wish I had room to build trellis in the sun to to grow some mirliton.


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PillageUrVillage
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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Can you angle your model up into the trees?


Yes! The motion sensor can be adjusted to point upwards.


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jyoung1
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Gary is by far the best youtube resource for gardening. Has multiple series for every type of plant, from seed to transplant to producing.

Keep in mind he’s in Maryland I think, so dates will be different.


DomincDecoco
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Fantastic!!

That a potato box in the background or a compost bin?

Been wanting to try potato's and sure enough as im posting this a couple of yall are talking about it.

It is a great board
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Ollie1968
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Member since Dec 2009
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Thanks. That's a compost bin. It originally started as on open ground. Added the chicken wire and posts to use more yard debris.

As for potatoes, I try to grow in containers since the containers don't take up too much space. You don't get many potatoes (20 - 30 per container) and they're smallish but they keep a long time.


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Centinel
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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Gary is by far the best youtube resource for gardening. Has multiple series for every type of plant, from seed to transplant to producing.

Keep in mind he’s in Maryland I think, so dates will be different.



Ya, he pretty much has a video on damn near everything when it comes to raised bed gardening and gardening in general. I've watched most of his stuff for the techniques, and then just apply those on my own growing timeline.


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bluemoons
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
He is. I’d also check out Jeff Bernhard. His channel is called the Executive Gardener. He doesn’t post much anymore, but he has a lot of useful videos and he lived in Houston so his growing season is a little more similar to ours.


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BallsEleven
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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They jumped up big time almost overnight


It seems as if some of my bigger shoots did this last night. Almost doubled in size.

Also, seems as if the Kentucky blue pole beans I got from Reimer we’re all duds. I tried on 2 occasions to get them to sprout. Once in the ground and another in trays and didn’t get a single one to germinate. I bought a random pack of pole beans from the local hardware store to throw in the ground and every single seed has sprouted.


BlackCoffeeKid
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Member since Mar 2016
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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seems as if the Kentucky blue pole beans I got from Reimer we’re all duds.

My Provider bush beans from Reimer were all duds as well.

Meanwhile, my Mccaslan Pole beans from Reimer are doing great.


eng08
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Member since Jan 2013
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Checked in my stuff yesterday and an eggplant seedling got hit by a cutworm.

Other than that my beans came up, tomatoes are doing good.


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