Gardening Thread

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statwolf
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So what you all planting this year?

I've got tomatoes (Fireworks and Sweet million) growing from seeds in the garage. i'll plant some squash and zucchini seeds directly into the ground later in April (assuming that is the right time to do it).

I'll also plant the tomatoes in the garden after Easter and stagger some plants so they are spaced out a little bit so we get some tomatoes a little longer in the fall).

My only issue is hornworms. Those things are the devil. I've added a bunch of soil additives to get rid of blosson end rot. Any other tricks that you all know?
ncsupack1
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Used to always plant a garden, kids and job have gotten in the way....miss doing it.
JocoPack
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Our rosemary and thyme are still going strong from last year. We're going to plant some jalepenos, habaneros, and garden salsa peppers. We'll also do some squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes. We didn't have much luck last year with cilantro but we may give it a try again this year. I love making some fresh hot salsa with stuff straight from the garden.
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ShaggyWolf
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I'll be in an apartment in May. Any suggestions of things to grow on the porch? Don't want to take up too much room if possible.
nakinawolf
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Red Pontiac and Yukon Gold potatoes just breaking the soil surface this week. I have a raised bed where I grow several varieties of lettuce along with some spinach and green onions in early spring and again in the fall. Have about given up on tomatoes because thrips and disease pressure is so high around my garden spot. We'll have lots of peppers, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, okra, sweet corn, butter beans this summer and in the fall...COLLARDS!
nakinawolf
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Grape tomatoes grow well in containers as well as most any pepper plant
JocoPack
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ShaggyWolf said:

I'll be in an apartment in May. Any suggestions of things to grow on the porch? Don't want to take up too much room if possible.


You could probably grow some herbs in small pots by a window. Rosemary, sage, thyme, etc would be good and would be a welcomed upgrade to a lot of recipes.
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Whitetailpack
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Just dropped some Tomato seeds a few days ago of Tomato (beefsteak, early girl, and cherry), Zucchini, and cucumbers. Hoping I can get those in the raised bed in a few weeks.

I also battle the hornworms. Those suckers will eat a tomato plant overnight! Any tips to control them?
Mtn Cur
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JocoPack said:

Our rosemary and thyme are still going strong from last year. We're going to plant some jalepenos, habaneros, and garden salsa peppers. We'll also do some squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes. We didn't have much luck last year with cilantro but we may give it a try again this year. I love making some fresh hot salsa with stuff straight from the garden.


I've seen that cilantro prefers cooler weather. I've planted it in the fall and had it overwinter and flush in the spring with new growth. It always gets leggy and bolts by the time it gets hot in the summer and is done. This is in the Raleigh area
Mtn Cur
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Whitetailpack said:

Just dropped some Tomato seeds a few days ago of Tomato (beefsteak, early girl, and cherry), Zucchini, and cucumbers. Hoping I can get those in the raised bed in a few weeks.

I also battle the hornworms. Those suckers will eat a tomato plant overnight! Any tips to control them?


Liquid Seven or if you want to not use pesticides you can look for them early in the morning while they're active and remove them by hand. Also look for white egg clusters on the underside of the leaves and remove them. If you check them daily for the few weeks that they're the worst you can keep them at bay
seed2pack
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Dipel is a safe garden chemical that will knockout most worms. It's OMRI certified so it's pretty safe. If you want to get another level tougher on the worms you can try a Spinosad (ai) type product. We use Blackhawk to control pretty much all worms in one way or another, but I don't know if you can buy it without a chemical license. If you go into an Ace hardware, just look at the active ingredients to see what you are buying. In general Dipel should kill most worms (it takes a few days), but if you have armyworns you want to bump up to spinosad. Long story short worms shouldn't hold you back.
Mtn Cur
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seed2pack said:

Dipel is a safe garden chemical that will knockout most worms. It's OMRI certified so it's pretty safe. If you want to get another level tougher on the worms you can try a Spinosad (ai) type product. We use Blackhawk to control pretty much all worms in one way or another, but I don't know if you can buy it without a chemical license. If you go into an Ace hardware, just look at the active ingredients to see what you are buying. In general Dipel should kill most worms (it takes a few days), but if you have armyworns you want to bump up to spinosad. Long story short worms shouldn't hold you back.


It's scary but you can buy most any pesticide online, even restricted ones, and have them shipped to your door
IseWolf22
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What's the best way to get started? Last spring was my first in a house. We planted some herbs and flowers....everything died. We don't know what we are doing
nakinawolf
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https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/extension-gardener-handbook/16-vegetable-gardening
JocoPack
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Mtn Cur said:

JocoPack said:

Our rosemary and thyme are still going strong from last year. We're going to plant some jalepenos, habaneros, and garden salsa peppers. We'll also do some squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes. We didn't have much luck last year with cilantro but we may give it a try again this year. I love making some fresh hot salsa with stuff straight from the garden.


I've seen that cilantro prefers cooler weather. I've planted it in the fall and had it overwinter and flush in the spring with new growth. It always gets leggy and bolts by the time it gets hot in the summer and is done. This is in the Raleigh area


That would explain it then. Maybe I can have it in a pot inside the house.
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IseWolf22 said:

What's the best way to get started? Last spring was my first in a house. We planted some herbs and flowers....everything died. We don't know what we are doing


Have you checked your pH levels? Lime has always been a miracle worker for me as well as firewood ash.

Edited to add if you are a coffee drinker, coffee grounds are great as well.
Whitetailpack
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IseWolf22 said:

What's the best way to get started? Last spring was my first in a house. We planted some herbs and flowers....everything died. We don't know what we are doing
Proper drainage and sunlight is key too.

IseWolf22
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Whitetailpack said:

IseWolf22 said:

What's the best way to get started? Last spring was my first in a house. We planted some herbs and flowers....everything died. We don't know what we are doing
Proper drainage and sunlight is key too.


Drainage is a problem..I've put in two french drains since I moved in. The houses behind me are higher and any rain drains down, through my yard to the street
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ShaggyWolf said:

I'll be in an apartment in May. Any suggestions of things to grow on the porch? Don't want to take up too much room if possible.


If you like cucumbers there are some of the bush variety that can grow in a hanging basket. I just put mine on the rail of my deck. Short, 5-7 inch variety.
ShaggyWolf
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Has anyone had any luck growing banana peppers?
BruceDouble
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ShaggyWolf said:

Has anyone had any luck growing banana peppers?


In NC, I've had a lot of success with banana and jalapeo type peppers in my backyard. I usually have so many, i pickle them in a jar to last me til next season.
JocoPack
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ShaggyWolf said:

Has anyone had any luck growing banana peppers?
We had a good stand of banana peppers a couple years ago. Like Bruce said we had so many we ended up pickling and canning them.
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brickturner
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Have had great success with banana peppers. Also jalapeno and chili peppers
kbdavis33
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Looking to grow something in the back, but need something that grows well with limited sunlight
Bell Tower Grey
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ShaggyWolf said:

I'll be in an apartment in May. Any suggestions of things to grow on the porch? Don't want to take up too much room if possible.
Try these: Grow Bags for Gardening - Fabric Planters | Gardener's Supply. www.gardeners.com

Since it's just the two of us, my wife uses these now instead of planting a garden. You can find a variety of them online. Great product and they can be reused for several growing seasons. We've been using them for years with good success.



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ShaggyWolf
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Bell Tower Grey said:

ShaggyWolf said:

I'll be in an apartment in May. Any suggestions of things to grow on the porch? Don't want to take up too much room if possible.
Try these: Grow Bags for Gardening - Fabric Planters | Gardener's Supply. www.gardeners.com

Since it's just the two of us, my wife uses these now instead of planting a garden. You can find a variety of them online. Great product and they can be reused for several growing seasons. We've been using them for years with good success.



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Awesome, thanks!
ShaggyWolf
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Where do you all get your seeds? Just your local outdoor supply store? Anybody into saving seeds from year to year?
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