Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Foo Off-Topic chit chat with no general subject.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-18-11, 08:40 AM   #1
HandsomeRyan
Pants are for suckaz
Thread Starter
 
HandsomeRyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Mt. Airy, MD
Bikes: Hardtail MTB, Fixed gear, and Commuter bike
Posts: 2,578
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Garden Thread II

Alright ladies and gentlemen, spring is in the air. Tell me about your garden plans for this year. Bonus points will be awarded for pictures.

My neighbor came and plowed my garden for me yesterday with his awesome rotary plow. I think he is going back over it today to further break down some of the clumps.

I've got many of my tomato, pepper, tomatillo, and eggplant plants started in my greenhouse at work. I'm debating when to start my 'vine crops' so they aren't too big and ridiculous before it's time to transplant them out.

I picked up an earthbox to plant some herbs on the porch just outside the kitchen. I've never used one before but so far I like the idea of it. A little steep on the price but I had some store credit at a local nursery so it was essentially free for me.

Tell me about your gardening plans for the year...
HandsomeRyan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-11, 09:25 AM   #2
colorider
smorenivore
 
colorider's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Littleton, CO
Bikes: '06 Novara Divano, '96 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
Posts: 422
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by HandsomeRyan View Post
I picked up an earthbox to plant some herbs on the porch just outside the kitchen. I've never used one before but so far I like the idea of it. A little steep on the price but I had some store credit at a local nursery so it was essentially free for me.
My brother's had good success with tomatos and peppers in those. He's in your neck of the woods also relatively speaking - Annapolis
colorider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-11, 09:39 AM   #3
trsidn 
Meadow Party Member
 
trsidn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Putting the 'fun' in dysfunctional
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD8, Trek SU200
Posts: 276
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Got some radishes, a couple tomatoes, and a bell pepper in the ground. Doesn't look like last years peppers are coming back, so we gotta yank them. Also have cilantro, basil, fennel, and parsley in tthe ground. The oregano and rosemary are perennial. I have some heirloom tomatoes (saved some seeds from last year), dill, squash and habaneros sprouting in some peat pockets...
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by ElJamoquio View Post
.... Other than being completely wrong, you're correct.
trsidn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-11, 09:45 AM   #4
colorider
smorenivore
 
colorider's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Littleton, CO
Bikes: '06 Novara Divano, '96 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
Posts: 422
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by trsidn View Post
Got some radishes, a couple tomatoes, and a bell pepper in the ground. Doesn't look like last years peppers are coming back, so we gotta yank them. Also have cilantro, basil, fennel, and parsley in tthe ground. The oregano and rosemary are perennial. I have some heirloom tomatoes (saved some seeds from last year), dill, squash and habaneros sprouting in some peat pockets...
ditto - plus some bell and poblano peppers and various herbs
colorider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-11, 02:03 PM   #5
CbadRider
Administrator
 
CbadRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: On the bridge with Picard
Bikes: Specialized Allez, Specialized Sirrus
Posts: 5,963
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by trsidn View Post
Got some radishes, a couple tomatoes, and a bell pepper in the ground. Doesn't look like last years peppers are coming back, so we gotta yank them. Also have cilantro, basil, fennel, and parsley in tthe ground. The oregano and rosemary are perennial. I have some heirloom tomatoes (saved some seeds from last year), dill, squash and habaneros sprouting in some peat pockets...
Every time I plant cilantro in the ground it immediately starts to flower and become useless, no matter how much I pick off the flower stalks. How do you keep it bushy without flowering?
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xerum 525 View Post
Now get on your cheap bike and give me a double century. You walking can of Crisco!!

Forum Guidelines *click here*
CbadRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-11, 02:19 PM   #6
HandsomeRyan
Pants are for suckaz
Thread Starter
 
HandsomeRyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Mt. Airy, MD
Bikes: Hardtail MTB, Fixed gear, and Commuter bike
Posts: 2,578
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
Every time I plant cilantro in the ground it immediately starts to flower and become useless, no matter how much I pick off the flower stalks. How do you keep it bushy without flowering?
A few things cause that. Most likely temperature. Cilantro like cool temps and hot weather will cause it to flower. Also if you fertilize it, make sure and use one that does not contain much phosphorus (the second of the 3 numbers on the label) as that can promote flowering as well.
HandsomeRyan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-11, 06:58 PM   #7
sknhgy 
Dirt Bomb
 
sknhgy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Illinois
Bikes:
Posts: 2,620
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Here in Illinois we've had both snow and 80 degree temps this week. I put out a raised bed into which I've sown radishes and lettuce. It's dark out or I would get a pic.
This year I plan on growing many more sweet potatoes. The few we had last year were awesome. They are going to get their own plot at the bottom of the hill.
My regular garden is quite small. Just some tomatoes, peppers, zuchini, beans, and some basil and cilantro. I keep it small on purpose. Too big and it becomes a chore.
Oh yea. Maybe some bok choy or swiss chard for good measure.
sknhgy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-11, 08:03 PM   #8
RUOkie
Free @coasting
 
RUOkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: In a Haggard Song
Bikes: 2009 ORBEA Onix Rival. 2012 Felt Breed, 1999 Raleigh 500
Posts: 10,541
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
we have cilantro, mint and lettuce coming in now.

Will plant sweet corn, tomatoes (cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Rutgers, and Roma), basil, cucumbers, oregano, and thai basil in mid April.
RUOkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-11, 09:37 PM   #9
CbadRider
Administrator
 
CbadRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: On the bridge with Picard
Bikes: Specialized Allez, Specialized Sirrus
Posts: 5,963
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My Costco store had awesome tomato plants for $12 (pot included).



I picked up two more tomato plants today, roma and grape. I also got sweet basil, sage and flat leaf parsley.

I also picked up a 3-pack of blueberry plants from Costco for $20. I have no idea how well they'll do in SoCal climate, but the price was worth finding out.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xerum 525 View Post
Now get on your cheap bike and give me a double century. You walking can of Crisco!!

Forum Guidelines *click here*

Last edited by CbadRider; 03-18-11 at 09:41 PM.
CbadRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-11, 10:03 PM   #10
overthehillmedi
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Nanaimo.B.C. The We't coast of Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 1,287
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The blueberries will like slightly acicic soil so don't use any lime where you are going to plant them.
overthehillmedi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-11, 02:48 AM   #11
HandsomeRyan
Pants are for suckaz
Thread Starter
 
HandsomeRyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Mt. Airy, MD
Bikes: Hardtail MTB, Fixed gear, and Commuter bike
Posts: 2,578
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
The blueberries will like slightly acicic soil so don't use any lime where you are going to plant them.
Technically blueberries like an extremely acidic soil. Slightly acidic would be 6.5-6 (where many plants thrive) blueberries prefer a pH closer to 4.5.
HandsomeRyan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-11, 09:29 AM   #12
Alfster 
long time visiter
 
Alfster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: in the Northern Tundra
Bikes: 2005 Trek 6700 disc 2007 Orbea Onix 2009 Raleigh One Way
Posts: 615
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by HandsomeRyan View Post
Technically blueberries like an extremely acidic soil. Slightly acidic would be 6.5-6 (where many plants thrive) blueberries prefer a pH closer to 4.5.
You can throw pine needles onto the soil to maintain higher acid levels.
Alfster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-11, 10:25 PM   #13
telebianchi
Senior Member
 
telebianchi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Bikes: 2014 Trek Domane 5.2, 2003 Fuji Cross, 2010 Giant Trance, 2006 K2 Mod 4.0, 2010 Schwinn Madison
Posts: 1,279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Garden_20110313.jpg

Peas, swiss chard, carrots, spinach, beets.

Once it warms up, there will be tomatoes, tomatillos, hot peppers and various other sundry vegetables...still haven't picked them all out for this year. I don't have enough room to plant everything I would want.

I also have cuttings for fig trees that are leafing out quite nicely in pots and will get into the ground in the next week or two.

Herb garden also: two kinds of chives, four types of basil, parsley, cilantro, dill, sage, etc.
telebianchi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-11, 10:30 PM   #14
Couch
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 57
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I picked up a Topsy Turvy last year but never used it. I plan on getting a second Topsy Turvy for this season and I may use that one too. I'm going to grow tomaco.

Couch
Couch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-11, 03:54 AM   #15
b_young
Support JDRF
 
b_young's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Arkansas
Bikes: Specialized Sirrus, Specialized Roubaix Elite
Posts: 874
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The last 3 years my garden has been taken over by the squash bug. So, this year we decided not to grow anything and put chickens in the garden. Hopefully, they will eat the bugs and fertilize the garden. So I guess we will be growing eggs and chicken nuggets this year. We do have a herb garden in the front flower bed though. I bought 4 more blueberry bushes, some grape vines, a goji berry bush, a fig tree and a two olive trees (not sure if they will do well or not). We also have a lot of neighbors with gardens. Last year I bought a bee hive to help out the neighborhood maybe they will help us with some veggies this year.
b_young is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-11, 06:56 AM   #16
HandsomeRyan
Pants are for suckaz
Thread Starter
 
HandsomeRyan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Mt. Airy, MD
Bikes: Hardtail MTB, Fixed gear, and Commuter bike
Posts: 2,578
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Got the peas planted this weekend and it's raining today so my timing was good. I have some beer radishes I made into seed tape I need to get planted. It's raining and I'm home from work because I don't feel well but maybe I'll slog on out there and plant a few feet of radishes before I shower this morning.
HandsomeRyan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-11, 09:07 AM   #17
CbadRider
Administrator
 
CbadRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: On the bridge with Picard
Bikes: Specialized Allez, Specialized Sirrus
Posts: 5,963
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I got my veggies planted before the rain hit SoCal yesterday. I'm thinking of picking up some onion plants a bit later.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xerum 525 View Post
Now get on your cheap bike and give me a double century. You walking can of Crisco!!

Forum Guidelines *click here*
CbadRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-11, 09:18 AM   #18
jsharr
You Know!? For Kids!
 
jsharr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Just NW of Richardson Bike Mart
Bikes: '05 Trek 1200 / '90 Trek 8000 / '? Falcon Europa
Posts: 6,153
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I planted seeds of discord, strife and discontent.
__________________
Are you a registered member? Why not? Click here to register. It's free and only takes 27 seconds! Help out the forums, abide by our community guidelines.
Quote:
Originally Posted by colorider View Post
Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
jsharr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-11, 09:20 AM   #19
CbadRider
Administrator
 
CbadRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: On the bridge with Picard
Bikes: Specialized Allez, Specialized Sirrus
Posts: 5,963
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
I planted seeds of discord, strife and discontent.
Did you fertilize them with a big load of manure?
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xerum 525 View Post
Now get on your cheap bike and give me a double century. You walking can of Crisco!!

Forum Guidelines *click here*
CbadRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-11, 09:24 AM   #20
colorider
smorenivore
 
colorider's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Littleton, CO
Bikes: '06 Novara Divano, '96 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
Posts: 422
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
I planted seeds of discord, strife and discontent.
We consider those weeds in CO
colorider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-11, 11:06 AM   #21
Keith99
Senior Member
 
Keith99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,866
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
You can throw pine needles onto the soil to maintain higher acid levels.
Getting soil acidic enough for Blueberries can be a problem. Adding Sulpher is one route to take, but it takes a year or more for the acidity to increase.
Keith99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-11, 11:11 AM   #22
Keith99
Senior Member
 
Keith99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,866
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We have been picking Peas and using Letuce for some time. The first Tomatoes have been in under gallon milk containers for over 3 weeks. I've planted some wildflowers on our hill. I also got a Lemon and Lime tree in earlier this year. Hope to get in a Fig and a couple of other trees too. The Cherry trees have finished flowering and did set fruit. Other trees seem to be doing well. I do have a couple of multigraft pear trees that may have dies, along with a Dorset Golden apple that is questionable.
Keith99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-11, 11:16 AM   #23
Keith99
Senior Member
 
Keith99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,866
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
My Costco store had awesome tomato plants for $12 (pot included).



I picked up two more tomato plants today, roma and grape. I also got sweet basil, sage and flat leaf parsley.

I also picked up a 3-pack of blueberry plants from Costco for $20. I have no idea how well they'll do in SoCal climate, but the price was worth finding out.
Missed that you were in Socal earlier. Do not add lime to the soil for anything (until you are a real expert). Most garden books are written for areas far different from SoCal. We have alkaline soil, if anything most crops will like the soil more acid. Do what you can to make the soil more acid. Some sources suggest using a mic of 1/3 peatmoss, 1/3 ground bark and 1/3 compost from forest products (the cheap stuff usually is) and also adding sulpher. Blueberries also need water. A double reason to used peatmoss, it will help if you miss on watering.
Keith99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-11, 11:35 AM   #24
jsharr
You Know!? For Kids!
 
jsharr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Just NW of Richardson Bike Mart
Bikes: '05 Trek 1200 / '90 Trek 8000 / '? Falcon Europa
Posts: 6,153
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
Did you fertilize them with a big load of manure?
i love rhetorical questions.
__________________
Are you a registered member? Why not? Click here to register. It's free and only takes 27 seconds! Help out the forums, abide by our community guidelines.
Quote:
Originally Posted by colorider View Post
Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
jsharr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-11, 11:36 AM   #25
jsharr
You Know!? For Kids!
 
jsharr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Just NW of Richardson Bike Mart
Bikes: '05 Trek 1200 / '90 Trek 8000 / '? Falcon Europa
Posts: 6,153
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by colorider View Post
We consider those weeds in CO
Yes, and you pronounce it as "texans" too.
__________________
Are you a registered member? Why not? Click here to register. It's free and only takes 27 seconds! Help out the forums, abide by our community guidelines.
Quote:
Originally Posted by colorider View Post
Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
jsharr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:07 AM.