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LSULEFTY
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Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
Hard to believe after this cold front, but I usually plant around the beginning of March. I know some people who plant in late February. I started some heirloom tomatoes indoors this past week. Think I'll start working on my beds next weekend.


Chuckd
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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
Id like to plant some tomatoes and cucumbers for the first time. I have zero gardening experience. Time to do some research.


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Tear It Up
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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
I tilled my garden in the fall and planted crimson clover as a cover crop. I bedded up two rows (70ft long rows) and planted broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, and carrots.

I looked back at my garden journal from last year and I started my tomatoes and eggplant indoors the first week of Feb, and transplanted them in the garden the end of March. I also planted my squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and snap beans the same time as my tomatoes and eggplants.



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HotKoolaid
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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
Started some tomato, cucumber, onion, and pepper seeds on 1/13. I'm a little early but it should work out alright. These little ones just made the switch to 18/6. I'll move these under an HPS lamp pretty soon. I'll do another round after these get moved out.

We call it the NC Germinator 120
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DVA Tailgater
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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
TEACH ME


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LSULEFTY
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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
Nice contraption


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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
Image: https://i.imgur.com/JljsmxL.jpg


This is what my garden currently looks like. Tilled it up in the fall and covered it in plastic. Trying out the soil solarization thing. Unfortunately I don’t even know if I’ll plant this year. May not even be living here. We will probably be putting our house on the market soon. We haven’t made the final decision yet. I may plant anyway cause you never know how long the house will be on the market.


LSULEFTY
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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
Don't you live in Carencro?


PillageUrVillage
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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
Yep


LSULEFTY
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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
I remember that garden from last year's thread


PillageUrVillage
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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
That part of the yard is perfect. Especially once it starts getting hot. It gets morning and early afternoon sun. Then, around 3:30-4:00 pm the sun goes behind the trees and shades the garden. Not only that, it’s in a spot where all of the yard drains. So the soil is beautiful and full of nutrients. But it also drains well cause there is a ditch behind it. So it doesn’t stay soggy. The downside, since it’s close to the woods behind the house, is fighting off the bugs. But wherever I end up living, I hope I have something similar.


HotKoolaid
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PillageUrVillage
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You’re way ahead of me. I just started seeds yesterday.


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Cajun367
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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
You have any "plants" in the closet? Haha


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convertedtiger
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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
I planted my potatoes last month. Waiting a couple more weeks before my tomatoes and such go in the ground. We had Red Lasoda and Yukon gold potatoes running out of our ears last year. I cut WAY back on my planting this go around. I gave up on squash. The losing battle with squash borers just sucked the life out of my plants and me. One of my favorite items from the garden too.


SCwTiger
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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
My garden's still full of mustard, turnips and cabbage. I'll plow that under soon and get ready for planting. Usually try to have tomatoes in the ground for March 15, then peas, beans, and squash follow.


LSULEFTY
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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
March 15th is about my target date as well. I got some heirlooms going already indoors.


Tiger 79
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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
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Trying out the soil solarization thing


You should try black plastic. It will absorb more and heat the ground faster. White has reflective qualities. We use black plastic in the spring then switch to a more lighter color for summer time. We will use whites and silvers when it gets hot.



Captain Ray
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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
Our yard is a wreck right now we apear to have lost our lemon and orange trees to the freeze. All our banana palms froze to the ground and the yard is littered with fallen ruined fruit.


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re: Almost time to start prepping gardens in South Louisiana
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You should try black plastic.


Everything I've read says to use clear plastic. Although, even though the package said clear, the one I have on there isn't completely transparent. Still pretty translucent, just hard to tell from the photo.

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3. Plastic Tarp Choice

Plastic material: In general, transparent or clear plastic is most effective for solarization, as the heating rays from the sun will pass through the sheet and be trapped to heat the soil below. Usually, black plastic is less effective because it absorbs and deflects part of the heat rather than trapping as clear plastic does. However, in cooler or coastal areas, black plastic is sometimes better than clear, because weeds won’t grow beneath it, as they will under clear plastic when the air temperatures are too low to kill them. In this case, the black plastic should be left in place for several weeks during the hottest part of the year.



That tarp has been on my garden since last August. Hopefully I'll see some benefit.


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