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Old 11-28-2009, 05:26 PM   #41
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This was the first year I've had a successful "garden." I had two containers. One container had 4 pepper plants (two red bell and two yellow bell) and the other had two tomato plants. It was a really big success.

The peppers did great--lots of them, and very sweet.

I had a problem with the tomatoes, many of them had bloom end rot. I had read that this was a potential problem, and I added lime to the containers when I mixed up the soil, but the little green ones showed the dark spots on the bottom and got icky. I dissolved more lime into the water two more times during the season, which helped. I probably lost 60% of the tomatoes to the rot. But, I still count it as a success--I got about 15-20 nice tomatoes.

Next year I'll plant earlier, as I had lots of young green peppers that didn't get a chance to ripen before it got cold.

To plant next year: Tomatoes (grapes and regular size), more red and yellow peppers, some snap peas, and maybe some cucumbers.

Containers are GREAT. I think getting things up off the ground reduces the bug problems somewhat. Having total control over the soil reduces the variables (and chance for failure).

I made my containers from big planters bought at Lowes. Lots cheaper than the brand-name Earthbox units, and I had fun building them. I'll include pictures next year.

I used the instructions on this site to make my self-watering containers from the regular big planters.

This site has some other designs. If "cheap, quick, and great crops" is more important than the appearance of the container, the dual-tub Rubbermaid design shown on that page looks hard to beat.

Originally Posted by freebird5825 View Post
Growing radishes is NOT rocket science.
Anyone know the secret ?
Sorry, I can't help. The last ones I grew 20 years ago were beautiful--nice tops and large, juicy radishes. And they tasted like turpentine spiked with Tabasco.

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Old 11-28-2009, 07:53 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by Goonie View Post
BTW.....the first day of Spring is only 5 months from TODAY!!! It'll be here before ya know it!!!
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Goonie always wins the optimist award for this site.
Spring is only 16 weeks from today!!!

So I went to the hardware store today and picked up some garden supplies so I'll be ready to go when the time is right!!!

BTW...I still have one sweet banana pepper plant going strong out in my workshop....just picked another pepper for our salads today....and there are about a dozen left!!!

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If you live in N-Central Illinois and have anything going now...congrats, Goonie! That IS some feat!

Please consider adopting a rescue animal. So very many need a furr-ever home and someone to love them! And if we all spay/neuter our pets there won't be an overpopulation to put to death.
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