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lsuson
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Just wondering how everyone's vegetable gardens are doing. My plants are still under grow lights inside, but doing well. My potato boxes are starting to sprout, my herb beds are doing well, and I'm about to transfer my tomato plants to the beds.


pointdog33
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I'm planting my first 12 row 40 foot phase. I'm going to plant a total of 3 phases 10 days a part.


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LSULEFTY
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I'm halfway planted. And once again my Cherokee Purple is already looking sick. The only damn tomato I can't grow.


PillageUrVillage
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During the week I’ve been slowly getting it ready. Pulled the visqueen vapor barrier off, spread fertilizer and soil amenities, tilled, made rows, set up the trellis, added weed barrier paper between the rows, and mulched between the rows. My garden isn’t going to be big. Just planting tomatoes and cucumbers.
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A few of my cucumber plants are ready to go in the ground. Probably a few of my tomatoes also. Might do that today.

ETA: once everything is planted I’ll top off the rows with a little bit mulch.
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LSULEFTY
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What did you use for your trellis? Some type of fencing?


PillageUrVillage
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Cattle panel. I only had 2. They are 4 ft by 16 ft and I just folded them in half. So they’re each 4 ft wide and about 8 ft tall. I used some trellis netting to fill in the gap between them cause I didn’t feel like borrowing a trailer to go pick up another panel.

Got them at Tractor Supply for about $25 each.
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LSULEFTY
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That's good because my beds are 4x8.


PillageUrVillage
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Cattle Panel - Tractor Supply

$20.99 each. I bought them a couple years ago. You'll get plenty use out of them.

ETA: $21.29 ea. My work computer was set to Katy, Tx
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Motorboat
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I’m lazy this year. Planted some tomatoes last week and maintaining herbs.


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pointdog33
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Cherokee Purple is already looking sick.


Did you start those yourself?

If so did you start them in a seed starting mix?

One of the issues with starting seed in non-starting mixes is that there isn't enough available nutrients in the soil to promote proper growth.

Most of the "potting soils" that are readily available aren't made to start seeds, so the seedlings deplete the nutrients.

Seed Propagation Mix

Real seed starter soil is expensive, but you will get strong plants that can handle transplantation
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PillageUrVillage
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I had a couple of Cherokee Purple plants last year. I got maybe a dozen healthy tomatoes off of them. The plants grew over 8 feet tall and were healthy for the most part. But we had a couple of heavy rain storms that caused most of my fruit to split. And then after that it just slowed production.


Nawlens Gator
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I planted 48 Big Beef tomatoes a week ago along with herbs and hot peppers. I'll plant cuc's in a week or two.


pointdog33
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It may have been that the rain knocked off the blooms or washed out the pollen. I've found using calcium nitrate as the first fertilizer when blooms start to appear really helps the plants keep the fruit set.

With as much rain as we typically get, it's hard to prevent the splitting. Outside of picking them a little early, there's not any real solutions.


PillageUrVillage
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quote:

It may have been that the rain knocked off the blooms or washed out the pollen. I've found using calcium nitrate as the first fertilizer when blooms start to appear really helps the plants keep the fruit set.


Probably. Seemed to have plenty of flowers, but not a lot of fruit. I usually add bone meal when they start flowering. I’ll try some calcium nitrate this year. Although I’m not growing Cherokees this year.


pointdog33
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Bonnie’s has a “Cherokee carbon” F1 hybrid which did pretty well for me last year.


lsuson
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I purchased Black Gold organic potting mix on Amazon. It was a little pricey for a small bag, but my seedlings did very well in it. I even had some that sprouted in 3 days.


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JamalSanders
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Gonna hijack this thread slightly.

I'd like to start some gardening but am not in a position to plant in ground so I'm looking to do planters.

I don't eat tomatoes (do make homemade salsa though), okra, corn, or peas. So I guess more onions, herbs, carrots, or potatoes.

I'm not really sure where to start. Can any if you point me in the right direction to start?


nes2010
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Green onions from the grocery store are easy to plant in a pot and you can clip the tops all summer. Herbs are fine in pots. For carrots I would get a 5 gallon bucket or something fairly deep. Cucumbers do great in 5 gallon buckets too.


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GATORGAR247
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If you have a pick up you can fold a cattle panel or 2 in half and tie it with rope . Then slide it In the back . I use to roll 8 x 20 concrete mats 3 at a time and tie them. If you do it right it will still lay flat.


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Milescb28
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Got my tomatoes in the ground this week. My garden is very small and I started everything from seeds. I used those little hockey puck looking pods in a tray from home depot. Did well just require I a lot of watering. Also have some carrots, chives, and 1 broccoli and 1 cauliflower plant.

Most difficult thing is keeping my 2 year old little girl out of the garden. She has already dug up and killed one tomato plant.??


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