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Old 04-17-2012, 07:30 PM   #241
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Do you know why? Too much watering? Freeze thaw over winter? I assume the EB has drainage holes?
My guess is freeze/thaw. We had a screwy winter here.
Yes, the EB has drainage. I watered it one more time before the temps dropped and never again all winter.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:38 PM   #242
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Ok, folks, it's a good time for an indoor veggie parade.

Tomatoes at various growth stages
Russett Potatoes in an EB (foilage just starting to yellow)
Suntan Bell Peppers setting buds (these were planted Jan 1, 2012)
Jalapenos gone wild (just starting to set buds)
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I have been busy busy busy getting all those seedlings (grown inside) transplanted to Earthboxes, white 5 gal buckets and any other deep enough household bucket or planter I have on hand, to give them sufficient root space.
My lineup this year is 3 types of tomatoes (cherry, Roma, and Delicious), radishes, carrots, cukes, peas, 4 varieties of peppers, filet and yellow wax bush beans, sugar baby watermelons and pumpkins (outside garden), Romaine lettuce, spinach, plus hanging geraniums and nasturtiums for flowers. Whew!
My Romaine lettuce, spinach and peas are doing fabulously in the Earthboxes. I've been planting a few seeds of lettuce every other week so I should have a summerlong supply of fresh lettuce. I may get some leaf lettuce seeds for variety. The spinach is about 1 week away from first cutting.
The outdoor garden needs some major w*rk, but it has been too humid for me to do more than 45 minutes of tending out there. I have lots of cardboard saved up, so between the weedwhacker and the cardboard and black plastic mulch coverings, I will get it back under control.

So who else is planting and growing ?
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I have been busy busy busy getting all those seedlings (grown inside) transplanted to Earthboxes, white 5 gal buckets and any other deep enough household bucket or planter I have on hand, to give them sufficient root space.
My lineup this year is 3 types of tomatoes (cherry, Roma, and Delicious), radishes, carrots, cukes, peas, 4 varieties of peppers, filet and yellow wax bush beans, sugar baby watermelons and pumpkins (outside garden), Romaine lettuce, spinach, plus hanging geraniums and nasturtiums for flowers. Whew!
My Romaine lettuce, spinach and peas are doing fabulously in the Earthboxes. I've been planting a few seeds of lettuce every other week so I should have a summerlong supply of fresh lettuce. I may get some leaf lettuce seeds for variety. The spinach is about 1 week away from first cutting.
The outdoor garden needs some major w*rk, but it has been too humid for me to do more than 45 minutes of tending out there. I have lots of cardboard saved up, so between the weedwhacker and the cardboard and black plastic mulch coverings, I will get it back under control.

So who else is planting and growing ?
Awesome! If you decide to do some lettuce seeds, we planted Black Seeded Simpson green leaf lettuce last year and this year - it is FANTASTIC. Melts in your mouth, nothing like store-bought.

DH revamped my outdoor planters...engineered them so they'd drip away from the deck (water stains from last year). I will post some pics shortly. I've got the following going: green/red peppers, container tomato (decided I needed a smaller version after my 6' minimally yielding ones last year!), thai basil, japanese eggplant, cucumber (pickling type - planted by accident - it will still taste good, I think!), swiss chard, green beans, mesculin and black seeded lettuce, parsley, cilantro, dill, and strawberries. Amazing what you can fit in containers! All doing well, so excited to have my garden a 2nd year. Couldn't have done it without DH's help.
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No container gardening for me this year. We are moving in a couple of weeks and, over the next few years, gardening will be reduced to an herb pot in the southwest-facing window of our new condo's kitchen.
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Engineering feats by my wonderful hubby....
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Baby tomato I spied hiding yesterday. Baby japanese eggplant. Lots of flowering baby cucumbers.
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This year we are trying the top deck - seeing if we can trellis the vining part of the cucumbers DOWN instead of up...should be fun to try and harvest them from a ladder below. LOL.
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For the first time in quite a few years, I tried some veggies along with my herbs (since our beds were redone, I figured to do something more productive than perennials in part of them).

Unfortunately, after a few small squash were harvested, my yellow squash plant developed some kind of disease that caused it to stop blooming and lose most of its leaves. Then my yellow pear tomato plant, full of mostly green tomatoes, developed little bumps all over the stems and the stems started dying off. One is still alive but I expect it will succumb also. My heirloom cherry tomato plant is still very healthy, putting out tons of blooms, but most are not setting - I only have a handful of green tomatoes. So this hasn't gone so well. I'll see how the summer goes and plant again in August for a fall crop.

However, on the bright side, my herbs love the new bed!
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For the first time in quite a few years, I tried some veggies along with my herbs (since our beds were redone, I figured to do something more productive than perennials in part of them).

Unfortunately, after a few small squash were harvested, my yellow squash plant developed some kind of disease that caused it to stop blooming and lose most of its leaves. Then my yellow pear tomato plant, full of mostly green tomatoes, developed little bumps all over the stems and the stems started dying off. One is still alive but I expect it will succumb also. My heirloom cherry tomato plant is still very healthy, putting out tons of blooms, but most are not setting - I only have a handful of green tomatoes. So this hasn't gone so well. I'll see how the summer goes and plant again in August for a fall crop.

However, on the bright side, my herbs love the new bed!
Herbs looking beautiful!

My yellow squash died out last year, too - didn't try it again - too frustrated! I really want to try patty pan squash next year and see how it does. My tomatoes last year got HUGE and TALL, lots of blossoms, but only modest fruit. I think it was too, too hot for them to set fruit successfully. Hoping my new container version of tomato will do better this year. You might try using a small brush to jiggle the new blooms and help them self-pollinate. The wind or bugs usually do that, but, it couldn't hurt to try. Despite doing that last year, many of mine did not set, though. My friend had the same problem - very hot here in July/August. We'll see what this year brings! Good luck!!!
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:37 PM   #251
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Live and in color....Earthboxes galore (front to back...spinach, cukes, Romaine, watermelons), Peppers and Peas, and Tomatoes & Dogs.
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Your gardens are beautiful! We are in the second year in our new house, and the soil here is very acidic with lots of clay. We like the trees for shade, but last year the tomatoes didn't get enough sun - long and scraggly with fruit only during late summer. This year, DH just created a box that we will put in a SW area.

But, like you, MBAustin, the herbs (hardy flowers too) are doing very well: foxglove, echinacea, arnica, black-eyed susan, English lavender, French lavender, white sage, nettles, parsley, rosemary, and oregano. Some of my plants are considered weeds - like nettle - but, it is loaded with nutrients. I like to dry it for tea, or tincture it.
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Harvest update

I am loving the output of my little porch farm...I finally have it down pat to do successive plantings every 2 weeks when starting the seedlings indoors. The production has been perfect for 2 persons and is still ongoing. I have second sets of carrots and peas going, and am replacing spent tomato plants with young Roma tomato plants for a late fall (or indoor) harvest.

A few pics for fun...

- Sugar Baby watermelons grown vertically on a folding steel support.
- The star performer, approx 5" across, supported by onion bag netting secured to the steel support with florists' wire.
- Cukes off the vine, and those who are being transformed into garlic dills in the frig. Also garlic scapes niblets to be used for flavoring olive oil.
- Tomatoes and more tomatoes...beefsteak and Romas just picked.
- Happy Roma tomatoes.
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I am loving the output of my little porch farm...I finally have it down pat to do successive plantings every 2 weeks when starting the seedlings indoors. The production has been perfect for 2 persons and is still ongoing. I have second sets of carrots and peas going, and am replacing spent tomato plants with young Roma tomato plants for a late fall (or indoor) harvest.

A few pics for fun...

- Sugar Baby watermelons grown vertically on a folding steel support.
- The star performer, approx 5" across, supported by onion bag netting secured to the steel support with florists' wire.
- Cukes off the vine, and those who are being transformed into garlic dills in the frig. Also garlic scapes niblets to be used for flavoring olive oil.
- Tomatoes and more tomatoes...beefsteak and Romas just picked.
- Happy Roma tomatoes.
What a wonderful garden! Great tomatoes!
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What a wonderful garden! Great tomatoes!
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I have had a lot of fun prepping for, planting, and nurturing my little farm.
The taste of those tomatoes when just picked is unbelievable.

I didn't show the peppers in my pics. Some of the pepper plants are waist high, with dozens of fruits hiding within. I'm going to let them fully ripen, then preserve them in glass jars with oil and vinegar. I will store them in a refrigerator because I'm too lazy to do canning. I have a small fridge in my back yard building that may get moved to the garage for the winter.

I am continuously figuring out ways to do year 'round gardening, indoors and outdoors. My winter indoor garden will be less diversified and have a smaller footprint. The joy is having seeds sprouting and green things growing when it is cold and dreary outside.
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Mmmm...those tomatoes look yummy. I'm looking forward to canning some of ours. Believe it or not, they are just now turning red.
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There are several places I could post these pics (Bacon Thread, What Did You Eat Today?), but this seemed like the best one.

With my apologies in advance to those forum members on diets
I give you the classic BLT Club.

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