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Quote from: coaster on March 04, 2016, 05:26:53 PMI can't wait to garden this spring. I'm going to try something new and plant corn. Nebraska is the cornhusker state, but I'll be damned if I can get it to grow. That is the one thing we cannot grow here without chemicals. But damnit, I'm gonna try. Have a new compost heap I'm excited about too. Also, canning. Never really did it before, but I have a friend who cans every year and gives me so much. I figured I'd try it out and repay her. spring and gardening. two things that get me out of this miserable depression.
Quote from: albrecht on March 04, 2016, 09:57:29 PMDo tomatoes need to be pollinated? Or over water bad? Last year I planted some heirlooms, mainstream, and even a gimmicky Tomato Rocket (that I got as gag gift.) Despite drought I watered alot but no fruits? Yes, there were some snails and squirels but not even flowering. Lotsa growing vines but never fruit. Various peppers were fine and still producing in this mild winter. Idk. Im not a gardener.
Quote from: GravitySucks on March 04, 2016, 10:02:19 PMIf they don't get flowers, it usually means they are lacking nutrients. Normally wind is enough to pollinate, but you can gently shake the vines when they have flowers to help pollinate. Yellowing of leaves is a usual sign of overwatering if I remember correctly.
Quote from: 21st Century Man on March 04, 2016, 10:07:31 PMWell, Monsanto got some money from me today. I have a huge front and back yard and the weeds have gotten out of control. I have no time to pull weeds. That is a thankless task. I need to plant new grass seed and clear the weeds out of the pine islands so Roundup it is. I'll spray the lawn tomorrow and let the rains of several storms dilute it, then plant new grass seed.I didn't have a garden last year and I missed it so I'll be planting this year. I tried to plant some corn here a couple years ago but utterly failed in that task. Tomatoes are going to be my primary crop along with some melons, cucumbers, and some lettuce
Quote from: akwilly on March 04, 2016, 10:08:23 PMmy first year trying to grow tomatoes I over watered them and got nothing. I have some success now by waiting until the soil is almost sandy before adding water. I also bury a herring with each plant.
Quote from: albrecht on March 04, 2016, 10:07:28 PMGrassy-ass, as our friends south of the border say. Gonna try again with yer advice in mind.Onan, good luck with the pickles. Watch the classic Andy Griffith episode re pickles. I never tried but jealous of those who can find the right mix of dill, garlic, and pepper to make good ones.
Quote from: albrecht on March 04, 2016, 10:10:57 PMInteresting. Ive heard fish emulation is good fertilizer. Thinking that the herrings I have and eat are too pickled to do much good. Plus they are tasty and id rather eat them.
Quote from: onan on March 04, 2016, 10:08:46 PMWhat's the temperature? If it's in the high 80's or higher the pollen isn't viable.
Quote from: akwilly on March 04, 2016, 10:10:16 PMam assuming you can't burn the lawns?
Quote from: albrecht on March 04, 2016, 10:13:09 PMOh yeah. 80s is my 'winter' sometimes. Summer? Forget about it. Maybe that was problem. And why variius peppers were ok. Good luck with pickles!
Quote from: akwilly on March 04, 2016, 10:12:28 PMyuck, herring is what I use for bait
Quote from: akwilly on March 04, 2016, 10:17:15 PMBesides odd weather my biggest obstacle to successful gardening has been slugs. Those bastards eat everything I plant. What I have found to work well against them is to leave half empty beers on the ground around what I'm growing. The slugs really like beer and will crawl in the bottle and drown.
Quote from: onan on March 04, 2016, 10:16:10 PMThere are a few types of tomatoes that do give fruit in higher temps. I don't know them by name but I am sure you can find them with Google.
Quote from: 21st Century Man on March 04, 2016, 10:19:31 PMI haven't seen a live slug since I lived in California. Used to see them all of the time when I was a kid.
Quote from: albrecht on March 04, 2016, 10:20:05 PMYeah. Will do my impulse buy was some dark variety. Looked it up and a Siberian native tomato (which itself seems suspect cause I always thought tomatoes were 'new world' discovery.) But Im sure theyll will do great in Texas. Haha!
Quote from: littlechris on March 04, 2016, 10:26:00 PMHere is a flat I did. Watermelons, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, peppers,etc. Amended with LOTS of worm castings and organics. Had sooo much. gave most of it away to the neighbors and still had more than I knew what to do with. Fed with drip system. Good times good times.
Quote from: 21st Century Man on March 04, 2016, 10:16:08 PMTomatoes grow well in the Southeast. I've never had a problem here.
Quote from: onan on March 04, 2016, 09:40:02 PMDamn you General. I was content raising 6 tomato plants every year. Now I am buying enough wood to make 4 raised beds. When it's finished I will post pics. I do have a few questions. What did you use for your soil? A mix of compost, topsoil and some variation of vermiculite? Did you use gravel for a foundation?
Quote from: GravitySucks on March 04, 2016, 10:35:10 PMHere in Texas, at least along the coast, we have to plant them about SuperBowl time and hope we don't get a late freeze. Usually by June it is too hot. Then we can plant quick fruiting ones again in September, but even then it gets too hot about half the time.
Quote from: The General on March 04, 2016, 10:41:53 PMNo gravel, no vermiculite. I thought about the gravel, but didn't do it. Maybe I should have but they seem to be draining just fine without it. They're almost a foot deep, which is actually kind of overkill for most crops. Vermiculite is too expensive. We're doing the Mel Bartholomew Square Foot Gardening method. There's a local family business that sells topsoil and compost and such. They have a garden bed mix that they delivered in a big truck and then I just used a shovel and a wheelbarrow and filled 'em up. Their garden mix is a mix of topsoil, compost, and sand. It looks like crumbly delicious brownies and I think it will be fine. It was $70 for 2 cubic yards. Pricey I guess, but if I keep adding compost, I'll never have to refill them like that again.Of course, my pallet beds are probably going to rot out but they should last at least 5 years. It's heat treated oak for God's sake! And the wife is super excited about canning and says to tell you that she has about 10 pickle recipes that she can't wait to try making. We're danged hippies.