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Martini
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
Not sure why my seed savers link didn’t work. Check this out.

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Longer Tail Tiger
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
Very nice, well-kept garden with lots of healthy, beautiful plants!


awestruck
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Thanks, but not too hard if you do this.



Recycle your junk mail, newspaper, cardboard, and such as mulch.
The trick is to wet all paper in a cooler of water and it'll not blow around as bad... then straw/pine it.
Some got super saturated and some not so.


Longer Tail Tiger
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
Thanks for the pic and addition information. I'll have to use your technique to control weeds when I start a new garden.


ChenierauTigre
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I have done that for years, but I only use the cardboard.


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TigerBait1971
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Do you do that all over, or just between rows?

Are you no till?


awestruck
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Pretty much all over with the exception of where the actual plants are.

Definitely in between individual plants such as peppers and tomatoes. For row veggies like beans just up the plants. And yes I til everything back in come fall. It makes the soil better and better. Tried no til in raised rows but didn't notice a big benefit; however been adding rotten wood, composting, and this mulch for a probably 15 years so there's probably 8-9 inches of good dark loamy soil. As for when just wait for the plants to get tall enough to be above straw level.

You can find the process online but I've been going with 4-5 layers for paper and single for cardboard. There will be wheat but not much else comes through. And a string trimmer make's it more mulch. A little costly for wheat but so much easier weeding.


TigerBait1971
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Thank you. My rows are spread enough for cultivating with a tiller early in the season, but no joy later like now without damaging the plants.

Will try this next spring. With my kids, the Lord knows I have enough Amazon boxes to do it.


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DarthTiger
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
Your basil looks amazing. Do you have more than one type? I planted some sweet basil from seed and the bugs decimated it. Started new seed again & so far they haven’t bothered it as bad.


awestruck
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Just one.

Wish I knew which one which is unusual, however this year went with several plants that were packaged much like a no-named generic. These were labeled basil and look like Genovese. What was labeled eggplant turned out to be a couple Blanco Rosa and couple Black Beauty... go figure. Will look for just the BR next time they taste like a Japaneses type but more fleshy and white inside.

Back to the basil, good eye it's near waist high even with dead-heading every other day. Can you say cucumber and tomato salad it's great with a big hand full of basil (like a lettuce) and olive oil instead of just a few leaves.
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ChenierauTigre
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
Time to make pesto. Make it and freeze it in ice cube trays. You can have it any time you like and it still tastes great.


Jon A thon
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
Alright, I'm taking a bigger step in my gardening after testing the waters this spring. Building three 4x8 raised garden beds today/tomorrow. Will be around 11" high from some rough cypress I have available free to me. I've got a decent place near me that sells organic compost, garden fill, etc. where I will get a garden mix to fill the beds once built.

Any tips on getting these started? I know it's a relatively simple process, but looking for things people may have wished they would have done, etc.?


ChenierauTigre
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
I would say to install an irrigation system, BUT ALL IT HAS DONE IS RAIN!!!!


TigerBait1971
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Garden still pumping. Should have some sweet corn, watermelon, canteloupe, and cayenne soon.



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Lol... Very perceptive.

She saw the soil on top was dry, so she watered it down when she watered her pots. I didn't realize it until I saw her one day. I showed her how the soil was still moist if you scratched away the surface layer. She thought was being helpful, so I can't be mad at her. I'm trying to leave it alone and hopefully dry out a bit. It's been weeks since I filled the reservoir.


Athanatos
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
When is a good time to plant seeds for a fall garden? I was going to start some indoors and transplant.


DarthTiger
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There’s a planting guide for Louisiana on the 1st page. Pages 3-5 in the guide have that info. You might also find this link handy. Type in your zip code and it gives you dates for starting seeds indoors/outdoors.

Farmers Almanac
Almanac—Baton Rouge
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ChenierauTigre
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
Have any of you guys planted a second crop of green beans? I think I tried a couple of years ago and didn't fare well. I am thinking about trying again because I pulled the old vines this morning. Yea or nay?


mudcat tiger
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
I’m thinking about planting a fall crop myself. Most are 60-70 days to maturity, so there should be plenty of time to harvest.


ChenierauTigre
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re: The 2021 Garden Thread
Then I guess we need to get busy. With this stupid weather we might have a freeze in October.


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