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anewguy
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Vegetable seeds
Is it too late to plants seeds this weekend?


gumbo2176
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re: Vegetable seeds
Depends on what you're planting. Things like okra, cucumbers, squash, green beans(pole or bush types) can be directly sown and will grow well in our summer heat.

If you decide on cucumbers, I've found it best to have something for them to climb on like a fence or trellis as it keeps the cucumbers off the ground making them easier to pick and much less pest damage and rot.


anewguy
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re: Vegetable seeds
What about corn?


gumbo2176
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re: Vegetable seeds
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What about corn?


Corn should have been planted long ago. A friend of mine who lived in Indiana said the Amish had a saying about growing corn----"Knee high by July" and they figured they'd have a good crop. That's over 800 miles north of N.O. where they lived and longer winters.

I grew corn only once in my garden and found it really wasn't worth it. You will only get, at most, 2 ears of corn per plant on average and corn is cheap in the markets right now. Rouses has them at 6 ears for $1 for bi-color corn and it's sweet as can be.


TU Rob
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I grew corn only once in my garden and found it really wasn't worth it. You will only get, at most, 2 ears of corn per plant on average and corn is cheap in the markets right now. Rouses has them at 6 ears for $1 for bi-color corn and it's sweet as can be.


Same here. I planted a wide variety of stuff the first year or two just to see what grew well in Alabama. Most started from seeds. Okra, cukes, squash, beans all did great.

The corn mostly took up space, and at most I got 3 ears from one stalk. Just wasn't worth the space for what little you get out of it. The next year I doubled up on Okra where the corn was and had so much of it I pickled it into quart mason jars and gave a bunch to my family and neighbors.

I find tomatoes do better in pots than in the ground.


gumbo2176
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I find tomatoes do better in pots than in the ground.


Yep. Too many soil born fungal and mold issues that love to destroy the plants, especially as it heats up around late June and into the rest of summer.


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TU Rob
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re: Vegetable seeds
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Too many soil born fungal and mold issues that love to destroy the plants, especially as it heats up around late June and into the rest of summer.


Also those massive pop up storms we get several times a week in the summer. We'll get really hard rain for about 20-30 minutes then it gets so steamy and hot afterwards. I can throw the tomato plants under the deck in 2 minutes and they'll still get some sun and water, but they don't take the beating from the hard rain and flood the pot.


anewguy
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re: Vegetable seeds
Thanks guys! Im just gonna try some beans, squash and others and if it doesnt work out oh well. Still gotta go tend to my garden and drink a beer in peace.


awestruck
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re: Vegetable seeds
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and others
= tomatoes, cucumber, and basil

The salads alone will be worth the effort.


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TU Rob
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Still gotta go tend to my garden and drink a beer in peace.


I watered mine last night while drinking a beer and talking to my neighbor over the fence.

Long story but we bought the place in 2007 and asked the previous neighbor if we could tie in to their chain link fence. Didn’t see a need to have two side by side. Some friends of ours moved into the place about 2.5 years ago and when he was doing some cleanup in the yard he found an old fence gate in the overgrown areas. So we’re going to install it this summer so our kids can go back and forth between the yards. He had it propped up last night while we were chatting and said he’s ready whenever I am.


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Sidicous
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re: Vegetable seeds
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I grew corn only once in my garden and found it really wasn't worth it. You will only get, at most, 2 ears of corn per plant on average and corn is cheap in the markets right now. Rouses has them at 6 ears for $1 for bi-color corn and it's sweet as can be.
My grandparents, all 4, stopped growing corn in the 1970's. Just wasn't worth the effort. Dad's parents lived and worked on several thousand acres of cotton/soybeans/beans/peas in NELA they farmed for frame of reference.


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BlackAdam
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Member since Jan 2016
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re: Vegetable seeds
My parents are harvesting corn today in south Louisiana.


bayoudude
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Member since Dec 2007
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re: Vegetable seeds
Planted 9 rows of corn about 40’ long and it’s about knee high at the moment. This is my first attempt at corn. Rest of the garden is bush beans, okra and watermelon.i am in southern ms
This post was edited on 5/15 at 12:38 pm


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