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gumbo2176
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
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May 1st is latest Ive ever started.


Do you have anything for the cucumbers to climb on since they do very well on a trellis or fence and the bonus is it keeps the fruit off the ground so slugs and rot isn't an issue.

May need more than 2 cucumber plants to get a decent few from the vines since they depend on bees to pollinate them and produce male and female flowers.


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jyoung1
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
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I find that's the easiest variety to grow


That’s what everyone says but for me they just haven’t done well. Last season blossum end rot on all but 2-3 tomatoes and this year not fruiting. Not sure why, maybe the cold weather and not enough sun because they are below trees. The end rot problem was an issue with my soil i think, but the other plants did much better in same soil.


LSUlefty
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
Did you buy the Bonnie variety? That's what I always get


PillageUrVillage
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
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not enough sun because they are below trees.


That could do it. How much sun are they getting? If they’re getting less than 8 hours than that could cause some flowering and fruit production issues.

Everything else is looking great!

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Except for that poor thing.


BallsEleven
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
How strict is everyone on pruning suckers?

Because of the nitrogen deficiency early on, most of the main stalks on the plants died where they were so I let the suckers on the next branch below take over. I probably have 2 or 3 suckers going up each plant now. I went out there last week and realized I hadn’t pruned any at all so had to do a big job of cutting back.


PillageUrVillage
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I do the same. If the main vine dead ends, I’ll let a sucker take over. But I try to keep them pruned as long as the main stem is growing.


BallsEleven
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I guess I’ll just keep it limited to the 2-3 stems then.

Also, I ended up going nuclear on my beans. I checked yesterday and the last 2 sprouts I had were goners. I picked up the fallen leaves and turned them over and found aphids and some type of ant. I ended up making a pass with talstar over the mulch where my next set of bean sprouts were coming up. May be overkill but oh well. I’m fed up with losing the sprouts at this point. In a perfect world it will be enough to keep bugs away while they sprout again but won’t kill anything as they get taller and grow away from the ground.


ABucks11
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
How long do y’all prune suckers? I only pruned my tomato suckers until fruit started. Now it’s a jungle of stalks.


BallsEleven
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In the past I’ve always pruned suckers the whole time. It seems like they can get way too bushy and restrict airflow into the plant if you completely stop. Circulation is pretty key.

Since I’ve got more than one main stem, I’m cutting branches trying to sprout towards the middle of the plant too. Unless it’s fruiting branches.


jyoung1
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Yea this year i kept it to 3 stems until fruiting only pinched suckers that were growing too much away/horizontal from plant that I couldn’t support, or if it was growing right up into something else.


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jyoung1
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
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How much sun are they getting?


There’s a few trees and houses to the east of the bed so it only gets direct sun from 2ish to 6:30-7.

The field behind my house is not my land and the owner graciously lets me have garden on her property, so i kinda just built the beds only far enough away from my property and trees where I thought that they would barely get enough sun.

That’s why i do so many containers to avoid anything permanent too far into her property. Mixing soil for 50 10-15 gallon containers is my least favorite part of gardening, and it’s frustrating when I screw them all up haha. Next season will be my 4th season tho and i think Ive finally figured out how to mix good container soil.


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ABucks11
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
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Circulation is pretty key.


Well the only thing I’ve pruned in the last 2 weeks is bottom leaves that touch the soil. I already have a tangled mess.






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awestruck
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
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found aphids and some type of ant
Was it a long legged red ant?

If so you just talstar'ed the ole boy who was helping you out. They harvest and corral aphids into one spot if allowed to have a little ranch area to function. I get them both on asparagus beans and if allowed a few beans the red-legs will cover the whole bean in aphids by posting a couple guards and then feast out at their leisure. eta: The beans will be so covered they'll look furry or molded until putting on my reading glasses.
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PillageUrVillage
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
My strawberries are slowing down. Not many flowers now that it’s getting hot. I imagine they’ll start sending runners soon. But this is probably the most I’ve picked at one time.


Looks like the olive tree has some olives growing. Hoping they do well and make a lot. I’d love to make my own olive oil.


I started using that Sea Grow fertilizer yesterday. Will update on how it goes after a few weeks. Didn’t get near as much rain yesterday as they were projecting, so that’s good.


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BallsEleven
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
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Was it a long legged red ant?


No, it was a real small, maybe black ant.

I've seen them before on my blueberry bushes back when I had a scale problem. I looked it up and apparently they were there to protect the scales so they could harvest their waste product.


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TheBoo
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
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How long do y’all prune suckers?

The whole season. I go with the single vine approach (obviously because of the number of plants I have). The second a sucker pops up it gets pinched off. Missed one on one of my creole plants and it was damn-near bigger than the main top. Pruning suckers is important especially when plants fruiting.


WigSplitta22
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
I went with the "no prune" approach this year. Not exactly voluntarily . I kinda just waited too long to prune and they got huge so i just said screw it and let them(tomatoes)go. I have a jungle in my 4x8 now. Seems to be doing well though. I do trim off all bottoms that are touching the ground.


bluemoons
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
I prune the suckers on my indeterminate tomato plants down to 2 or 3 main vines. Here are some photos from late last week.

Cucumbers. The little leaf ones are starting to grow better but they sure are goofy looking. I guess we'll see how they produce.



Squash/zucchini/cucumber harvest from the other day:



Jimmy nardello plant that I'm going to try to overwinter:



Big jalapeno:



Fred's tie dye:



Cherokee Purples:



Large barred boar:



Carmen Peppers:



Islanders:



Peppers:



Zephyr Squash. Very cool plant and has been very productive thus far:



Main box:





A note from a new practice this year. With my peppers, I normally pinch off the first couple of flowers to encourage plant growth. I did not do that this year. I've noticed that my pepper plants are much smaller as compared to this time last year, but the peppers on my plants are huge. I'm sure the plants will catch up in size once I harvest the first round of peppers. To be honest I kind of like that they are smaller. Easier to deal with.


Mitchell613
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread


Should I get to pruning these guys? Cherokee green on the left, San Marzano on the right. I pruned them early on but it’s been a few weeks.


bluemoons
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
I would just because they look a bit unruly and they're close together. Increasing airflow is good.


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