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BallsEleven
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
My Tabasco plants did the same thing last year at first. Seemed like the more I ignored them the better they did.


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eng08
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
Go buy some rolls of single sided corrugated, it’s like $70 for 250 feet x 36”

Much simpler vs messing with boxes.


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bluemoons
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
Thanks man. Yep that’s a Cherokee purple. My Cherokee purple plants stayed pretty small this year but made a bunch of big tomatoes.


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Mr Sausage
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
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How large is your garden?


65’ x 55’


Capt ST
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
I’ve been using a combo of the fabric and the cardboard. Friend got me started doing the fabric and no till. But soil next to hole is still mostly clay. So plants are sitting in a cylinder of water with these rains. So my plan now is to eventually redo each row using the Hügelkultur method. Hopefully I get the rows high enough with the logs that I keep the roots from rotting in ground. But in the build up process I basically flipped all the materials between the adjacent rows onto the hill.

It’s a project. I’ve only done 2 thus far. Might get Home Depot parking lot labor to dig the next row up.


Mr Sausage
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This is our first year at our place. I pretty much just tilled part of the old pasture and spread some of the old manure pile the previous owners had with some amendments. I expected weeds to be rough for a year or two. The rain has really kicked that up a notch though. I wanted to bring in a load of mushroom soil but it was too wet in Feb and way too wet now.


PTBob
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
Couple first time garden questions.

number one. are these ready to be picked? also what should i do with them until i have enough to pickle a jar full. how many peppers does it usually take to make a full jar?


Also, I know this is a pretty big rookie mistake but i found out soon after i planted that i planted everything WAY too close together. it's turning into a cluster but those eggplant plants don't seem to mind. they are thriving. also, i don't need that many eggplants. should i sacrifice a couple plants or just let it ride?



bluemoons
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
You can pretty much pick jalapeños whenever. They generally ripen to red and you can tell right before they are getting ready to turn because they will get dark dark green.

I would probably pull or cut a couple of those eggplants at the base. Your peppers may struggle with the eggplants that close to them.


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DarthTiger
Member since Sep 2005
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
I think mine is around 30x90. The reason I asked is b/c my sister & I use stirrup hoes (from Johnny’s Seeds) to clear out the weeds & it makes quick work of weeding. But then I kinda like doing a little manual labor. I’ll change my tune on that come July. We put down cardboard around one border side but we’re gonna have to use black plastic b/c it’s quicker & the space is so big.


PillageUrVillage
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
Got the game on and the oven burners hot. About to try to whittle this pile down.


If my Roma plants died tomorrow, I wouldn’t be mad.


Mr Sausage
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Member since Oct 2011
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
Wife just finished a batch of salsa. This one is hot. Didn’t rain today. It’s a good day.


DumpsterFire
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Member since Sep 2012
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
How many sq feet is everyone gardening?

I’m at 32 right now! Haha. Next time I move, I’m hoping to add a few more 4x8 raised beds. My current backyard doesn’t have enough sun coverage to plant any more. Some of you guys make me jealous with your huge harvests.


DarthTiger
Member since Sep 2005
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
It’s really amazing how much food you can grow in a small amount of space. I’ve got the space, I’m just not planting enough or utilizing the space as efficiently as I should. I tend to leave way too much space between plants & rows. I’m learning though. I have a little over 3000 sq ft between 4 plots.

But this is a great thread to follow. I enjoy seeing what everyone’s planting and their harvests. And picking up tips and other info along the way. Gardening has replaced football for me as an enjoyable pastime.


PillageUrVillage
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
My main garden is 16’ x 24’. I also have two 4’ x 8’ boxes and one 2’ x 8’ box.

Grand total of 464 sqft. But I plan on adding more. And a greenhouse. At some point I’ll have to stop.


AlxTgr
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
My squash reverted back to tip rot. I am not even mad.
Rabbits are eating everything not in pots other than this squash. I need to build a fence like above pic.


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TU Rob
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
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My main garden is 16’ x 24’. I also have two 4’ x 8’ boxes and one 2’ x 8’ box.


Several years back I planted my first garden. Just tilled out an area at the back of the yard, dealt with a ton of vines/weeds in the ground, and after a year or two got it under control.

Couple of years ago, I sort of boxed it in. Everything is on a slope here, so I was trying to combat some washout when we got big rains. I laid a 2"x10"x12' along the side, and a 2"x10'x8' across the back, and have them screwed into posts. The ground in front is slightly level, so my space to garden is roughly 10'x12'. I filled it in with garden soil and tilled all that in. Seems to work well holding in moisture without anything washing down and out. I drilled several holes along the back using a half inch bit, about every foot or so, so it won't get soupy.

A couple of weeks ago I added some 30"x30" boxes on the back for tomatoes. My wife did all of our seeds this year, and everything took off. We got a late start, but that's fine since we have long hot summers. On either side of the tomato boxes, I planted one blackberry bush. Currently in the garden I have a row of 6 Okra plants, two rows each of 6 cucumbers and squash.


mudcat tiger
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Member since Nov 2018
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
My garden is 65x55 or roughly 3,500 square feet but half of it is planted in purple hull peas. I’ve got 38 tomato plants with 13 different varieties, 7 pepper plants, 5 egg plants, probably a dozen squash, about 30 feet cucumbers on a trellis, about 30 feet of green onions , 30 okra plants and about 10 sunflowers. 95 % came from seed I started in February. I had to buy 5-6 plants to fill in spots after I planted.
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eng08
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
I’ve got 3 boxes 4x12 at home, and just started a 24x24 one at my camp. Although in year 1 it’s a bit of a mess and nothings growing very well - I’ve also kinda abandoned it the last few months though.


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DarthTiger
Member since Sep 2005
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
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My garden is 65x55 or roughly 3,500 square feet but half of it is planted in purple hull peas. I’ve got 38 tomato plants with 13 different varieties, 7 pepper plants, 5 egg plants, probably a dozen squash, about 30 feet cucumbers on a trellis, about 30 feet of green onions , 30 okra plants and about 10 sunflowers



I’m about to transplant about 80-90 okra in between some wide rows I have. I’ll be freezing a ton, giving away a lot, & the rest for seed.


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ChenierauTigre
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
I like gardening a lot. But it will NEVER replace football.


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