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    Not much of a gardner but I enjoy landscaping. I've spent the last 2 years placing over 200 RR ties in my back hillside yard, terracing and leveling to create more usable patio space. Got several truckloads of fill dirt from local construction projects, delivered and dumped on my property for free.
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    I was at one point a Texas Certified Nurseryman / Texas Master Gardener and a certified pesticide applicator. Studied Horticulture with an emphasis on landscape design and construction at Texas A&M and also studied at the M. Buddy Benz school of floral design at Texas A&M. Do not use my horticulture training at all in my current life other than to help out friends.
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    I was at one point a Texas Certified Nurseryman / Texas Master Gardener and a certified pesticide applicator. Studied Horticulture with an emphasis on landscape design and construction at Texas A&M and also studied at the M. Buddy Benz school of floral design at Texas A&M. Do not use my horticulture training at all in my current life other than to help out friends.
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    Rachel ?Bunny? Mellon, arts patron and confidante of Jackie Kennedy, dies at 103 - The Washington Post

    Mrs. Mellon had a deep interest in interior design and architecture, and she became a hands-on patron of the designers she hired. But her primary interest was in gardening, landscape design and the history of gardens.
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    Just got my white onions divided and into a planter bed, the hops I just repotted to their containers for the season, watermelon and basil seedlings have sprouted and will be transplanted soon! There's still a huge list of seedlings that are very close to sprouting, and many more seeds to be planted... it just never ends does it?
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    I live in the desert. What's a garden?

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    Anyone start tomato and pepper seeds indoors and have recommendations on increasing success? I've got a grow light, heating pad and seed starting mix but am having trouble getting some of the tomatoes (San Marzano) and pepper (poblanos) to germinate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Anyone start tomato and pepper seeds indoors and have recommendations on increasing success? I've got a grow light, heating pad and seed starting mix but am having trouble getting some of the tomatoes (San Marzano) and pepper (poblanos) to germinate.
    Did you check the dates on your seed bags? I'm assuming your other peppers and tomatoes came in already... from what I know best bet is to make large batches of starts and not worry about having too many plants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mort1369 View Post
    I live in the desert. What's a garden?
    You can start a rock and cacti garden...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
    Did you check the dates on your seed bags? I'm assuming your other peppers and tomatoes came in already... from what I know best bet is to make large batches of starts and not worry about having too many plants.
    I wondered about that and bought more san marzano seeds - just planted this weekend so still too early. Yeah I'll probably end up with way more than I need but at this point I'm just trying to get them to germinate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Anyone start tomato and pepper seeds indoors and have recommendations on increasing success? I've got a grow light, heating pad and seed starting mix but am having trouble getting some of the tomatoes (San Marzano) and pepper (poblanos) to germinate.
    I have some mini-sweet peppers planted in a box in my window right now. It took forever for them to come up and I'm looking at less than 25% germination.
    Some things that have caused problems in the past:
    1 Water softeners. That water seems to mess with plants.
    2 Over watering.
    3 Wasn't holding my mouth right when I planted.
    4 Forgot to spin in circles three times and throw some seeds over my left shoulder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20grit View Post
    I have some mini-sweet peppers planted in a box in my window right now. It took forever for them to come up and I'm looking at less than 25% germination.
    Some things that have caused problems in the past:
    1 Water softeners. That water seems to mess with plants.
    2 Over watering.
    3 Wasn't holding my mouth right when I planted.
    4 Forgot to spin in circles three times and throw some seeds over my left shoulder
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    Crap. I didn't take that into account. Time to plant more seeds I guess
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    Mrs. A and the kids are out planting in the garden bed now. The blueberry bushes by the shed are budding and the peach tree blossomed, but I do not think it will fruit this year, nor the apple. I have high hopes for the blueberries if the deer do not eat them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Crap. I didn't take that into account. Time to plant more seeds I guess
    dunno if you know this trick or not, but if you don't you may want to try it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
    dunno if you know this trick or not, but if you don't you may want to try it.
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    Thanks. I'll give that a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    I wondered about that and bought more san marzano seeds - just planted this weekend so still too early. Yeah I'll probably end up with way more than I need but at this point I'm just trying to get them to germinate.
    I thnk you already mentioned using a hotpad. That made huge difference for me.

    Second thing is Miracle Grow makes a water retaining planting mix. That makes keeping the water right much easier. Though generally I had few problems in that area BEFORE germination, it was after where that could be tricky.
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    so help me god, we used to do this back on the hippie communal veggie farm...

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    Anyone start tomato and pepper seeds indoors and have recommendations on increasing success? I've got a grow light, heating pad and seed starting mix but am having trouble getting some of the tomatoes (San Marzano) and pepper (poblanos) to germinate.
    The Moon's phases guided many a farmer and gardener in the past, and still do today:

    • Moonrise occurring in the evening brings fair weather, says one proverb, harking back to the belief that the waning Moon (full and last quarter, which rise in the evening) is dry.
    • The New Moon and first quarter, or waxing phases, are considered fertile and wet.
    • The new and first-quarter phases, known as the light of the Moon, are considered good for planting above-ground crops, putting down sod, grafting trees, and transplanting.
    • From full Moon through the last quarter, or the dark of the Moon, is the best time for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops.
    • The time just before the full Moon is considered particularly wet, and is best for planting during drought conditions.
    .....and it seemed to work, mostly. Moon folklore and phases Farming

    But we were pretty stoned most of the time, and also did the occasional "fertility ritual" in the fields, if you know what I mean.
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    ...also, mostly when i grow from seed i try to score the seed coat a little (just a nick is sufficient),
    and to soak whatever seeds I'm planting in a weak tea solution overnight before planting.

    If you plant a seed that is not presoaked, they take some time to get wet enough to germinate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
    dunno if you know this trick or not, but if you don't you may want to try it.
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    I gave this a try and now have a couple sprouts going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    I gave this a try and now have a couple sprouts going.
    Glad it worked! Very handy trick.
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    Apparently my neighbor gardens...she gave me a nice bunch of freshly picked green onions. Perfect for the Shrimp with coriander and coconut-oil over brown rice I'm making tonight!

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    Only 2 more month til it's time to plant the garden, lol. You southerners suck 9
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    Only 2 more month til it's time to plant the garden, lol. You southerners suck 9
    My sympathies almost... I bet you can grow lettuce all year round though!
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    Tomatoes
    best crop -most bang $$ wise for the effort-and very easy to grow

    Notice how cleverly this 8" tall plant has been situated.
    I carefully placed it(it is at bottom of picture-slightly to right of middle)
    It gets the drip from that window AC-and the AC runs -A LOT- during the hot months-
    Oh this plant-and 2 others- are just from tomato leavings seeds etc-my wife tosses out the back door.

    In south Louisiana EVERYTHING grows
    Plenty of sun-plenty of rain- good to great soil(not like that sandy FLA stuff-or that horrible red stuff that ALA folks try to pass off as soil)

    Normally I have 20-30 tomato plants by now-from seeds planted directly in rows-
    but I have been busy-distracted this year-so nothing planted yet
    Normally I would transplant this plant to my little rows-better sun-but i think I think I will just stake this one and leave it where it is.
    It is some commercial variety-but commercial tomatoes are MUCH better grown at home than they are from the store
    These tomatoes are MEALY inedible yukky barfy fruit when bought-but they will be great home grown-
    Not dead sure why-it isn't just the vine ripening-because I will pick early-all but all green-and paper bag to ripen(to beat bugs to tomatoes)
    and they will have nice texture flavor-maybe it is forced ripening-ethylene gas??
    Really don't know why store bought $1.69/lb tomatoes are soooo bad?
    Here is a quick picture of our backyard-2 months ago-cold winter-it was bare-
    now all the salvia have returned in force-typical south louisiana-everything grows-easily!

    Really would like to row the front yard-but I'm too lazy-doubt the neighbors would care much but who knows-
    I really reaLLY HATE lawn care cutting grass

    Sorry the pictures are soooo crummy-the ac one-tough to make out plant-near end of concrete rain gutter
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