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Old 04-17-14, 02:49 PM   #51
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My very first citrus tree and it's an indio mandarinquat..
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If it's anything like the lemon and orange trees I have, then you'll (and the bees) will like the smell of the flowers.
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I potted my first tomato plant last weekend. My apple and citrus trees are blooming and the blueberries are just starting to bloom as well.
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Peas are doing well. 1 meal a week right now, but I expect that to increase soon. I hope I get a few weeks of good crops before it gets too hot for them.

Tomatoes are about a foot tall. Pepper plants doing well. I have a few bell and Jalapeno, a few other mundane peppers and one ghost and one scorpion (the 2 hottest peppers in the world). Only 2 eggplants in so far but more started in containers.

With the drought this year I'm passing on corn or melons, neither seems water efficient.
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I do! I have a veggie plot in the community garden.

This year I hope to have a bee garden there too.
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Added a kumquat tree and a plum tree to the collection today
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Been working on making habitat for multiple species, probably more of a priority than gardening. Every year that goes by I see more and more ladybugs, last year was crazy, they were all over the place and much mating going on.

This year I'm now seeing tons of ladybug larvae, which I've never seen in my yard before, but now they are all over the place. I haven't taken any pics, but here's what they look like; they look nothing like the adult ladybug.

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Been working on making habitat for multiple species, probably more of a priority than gardening. Every year that goes by I see more and more ladybugs, last year was crazy, they were all over the place and much mating going on.

This year I'm now seeing tons of ladybug larvae, which I've never seen in my yard before, but now they are all over the place. I haven't taken any pics, but here's what they look like; they look nothing like the adult ladybug.

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That's so cool! Free organic pest control for you!
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Been working on making habitat for multiple species, probably more of a priority than gardening. Every year that goes by I see more and more ladybugs, last year was crazy, they were all over the place and much mating going on.

This year I'm now seeing tons of ladybug larvae, which I've never seen in my yard before, but now they are all over the place. I haven't taken any pics, but here's what they look like; they look nothing like the adult ladybug.

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OMG that's disgusting. I hate caterpillars and anything that looks like a tomato worm. If I had seen one of these on my plant I would have squished it. Now I'll leave them alone.
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Zucchini is ready to start harvesting. Just one or 2 for now. That won't last. I'll soon be buried.

The first of the Tomatoes has set fruit, still very green but there.

The Cucumbers are almost 2 feet tall on their trellises (3 different ones, 3 different kinds) and have flowers. They will be producing soon.

I'm hoping for a few more weeks of peas before it gets too hot.
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I transplanted yesterday evening in my tubs on the porch.
I now have rainbow chard, strawberries, brussels sprouts, buttercrunch lettuce, basil, and cilantro in tubs. I still have mini-sweet peppers and two more brussels spouts plants to go out.
I'm looking forward to moving back out to the farm so I don't have the limited space of tubs.
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We have a 1000 sq ft garden in our yard. This year we are growing tomatoes, peppers, corn, cucumbers, peas, broccoli, zucchini, two different melons, strawberries, chives, carrots, turnips, endive, horseradish, various herbs. If you have cats grow a catnip plant. They are perennial even up here in Chicago and are very prolific.

We buy most of our seeds from seedsavers.org. They have tons of heirloom varieties, which are much better than Burpee or other seeds. If you are growing tomatoes the Italian Heirloom and Amish paste are the best ones in my opinion.

The biggest problem we have is disease. We live near a forest preserve so we have tons of cucumber beetles which spread disease that affects curcubits (melons, cucumbers, etc). So we choose disease-resistant varieties and use row covers to prevent the beetles from colonizing early. We had bacterial tomato wilt which requires crop rotation.

We started lots of seeds inside. We used a heating mat at first but it seemed to do more harm than good. So we just use the grow lights and that works really well.
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We have a 1000 sq ft garden in our yard. This year we are growing tomatoes, peppers, corn, cucumbers, peas, broccoli, zucchini, two different melons, strawberries, chives, carrots, turnips, endive, horseradish, various herbs. If you have cats grow a catnip plant. They are perennial even up here in Chicago and are very prolific.

We buy most of our seeds from seedsavers.org. They have tons of heirloom varieties, which are much better than Burpee or other seeds. If you are growing tomatoes the Italian Heirloom and Amish paste are the best ones in my opinion.

The biggest problem we have is disease. We live near a forest preserve so we have tons of cucumber beetles which spread disease that affects curcubits (melons, cucumbers, etc). So we choose disease-resistant varieties and use row covers to prevent the beetles from colonizing early. We had bacterial tomato wilt which requires crop rotation.

We started lots of seeds inside. We used a heating mat at first but it seemed to do more harm than good. So we just use the grow lights and that works really well.
One thing I figured out re the heating mat is that it helps until the seeds actually germinate, but once you have plants you can see it represents a risk. That was sometimes a hard call for me when I planted a 9 pack and had some up and some not.
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[SUB][/SUB]There is a sweet gum tree that shades our yard. I want to have it cut down to make room for fruit trees. My wife is a tree hugger and won't let me. How do I convince her?
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We have a 1000 sq ft garden in our yard. This year we are growing tomatoes, peppers, corn, cucumbers, peas, broccoli, zucchini, two different melons, strawberries, chives, carrots, turnips, endive, horseradish, various herbs. If you have cats grow a catnip plant. They are perennial even up here in Chicago and are very prolific.

We buy most of our seeds from seedsavers.org. They have tons of heirloom varieties, which are much better than Burpee or other seeds. If you are growing tomatoes the Italian Heirloom and Amish paste are the best ones in my opinion.

The biggest problem we have is disease. We live near a forest preserve so we have tons of cucumber beetles which spread disease that affects curcubits (melons, cucumbers, etc). So we choose disease-resistant varieties and use row covers to prevent the beetles from colonizing early. We had bacterial tomato wilt which requires crop rotation.

We started lots of seeds inside. We used a heating mat at first but it seemed to do more harm than good. So we just use the grow lights and that works really well.
I've got a few seeds from seedsavers.org. I just planted seed potatoes from them (yellow finn) last weekend. I also have seedlings of fatali peppers (habanero type), ancho peppers, and tomatoes (2 types of cherry in addition to Ponderosa red beefsteak type) under lights inside (along with several non-seedsaver seeds.
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There is a sweet gum tree that shades our yard. I want to have it cut down to make room for fruit trees. My wife is a tree hugger and won't let me. How do I convince her?
Those are the bastards with the balls of spikes seed pods, right? Run over a pile with the mower with her standing near. Whatever you do, don't let just any guy with a truck that calls himself a landscaper install the new tree, and do your research before buying.
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I've got a few seeds from seedsavers.org. I just planted seed potatoes from them (yellow finn) last weekend. I also have seedlings of fatali peppers (habanero type), ancho peppers, and tomatoes (2 types of cherry in addition to Ponderosa red beefsteak type) under lights inside (along with several non-seedsaver seeds.
We planted potatoes from seedsavers the last 2 years. I can't remember for sure, but I think we had the yellow finns also. The quality of them was outstanding. We would just fry them up with some butter. The flavor was too good to cover with sour cream or anything like that. The biggest issue is that we never got terrific yields. It seemed only about a 2:1 ratio or so compared to the original bag of potatoes we planted. Not sure if we were doing something wrong, too little/too much water, etc. Also digging them up is kind of a pain. I think the way to go with potatoes is to make use a multi-level planter box so you can take it apart to get the potatoes out. We've got too much going on already for that though.
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We planted potatoes from seedsavers the last 2 years. I can't remember for sure, but I think we had the yellow finns also. The quality of them was outstanding. We would just fry them up with some butter. The flavor was too good to cover with sour cream or anything like that. The biggest issue is that we never got terrific yields. It seemed only about a 2:1 ratio or so compared to the original bag of potatoes we planted. Not sure if we were doing something wrong, too little/too much water, etc. Also digging them up is kind of a pain. I think the way to go with potatoes is to make use a multi-level planter box so you can take it apart to get the potatoes out. We've got too much going on already for that though.
I debated going with a tower for the potatoes but thought it might be tough to keep from drying out in CO's arid climate so I went with rows. This is my first time with yellow finns but I've also gone with seedsavers' La Ratte potatoes in the past which were a really good fingerling type. I've had decent luck with Yukon golds as well so I'm optimistic for this year's crop.
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Another heirloom place to get seeds is southern exposure seed exchange. I have planted things from them for a little while now. Results have generally been good with the exception of spinach.

I like them because they are close to me, geographically. I figure if the seeds work for them, they may work for me.
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For now, container gardening is all I can do. After transplanting on Monday, it looks like one of my chard plants has already bit the dust. Too many roots too close together in the original pot.
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I just buried the carcass from a 20 lb Asian carp in my garden. The tomatoes are going to love that. Going to make fish tacos today.
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I debated going with a tower for the potatoes but thought it might be tough to keep from drying out in CO's arid climate so I went with rows. This is my first time with yellow finns but I've also gone with seedsavers' La Ratte potatoes in the past which were a really good fingerling type. I've had decent luck with Yukon golds as well so I'm optimistic for this year's crop.
Do you mean the multi tiered box setup by typing tower? I'm just curious since I've been itching to build one.
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For now, container gardening is all I can do. After transplanting on Monday, it looks like one of my chard plants has already bit the dust. Too many roots too close together in the original pot.
Very cool! Up until last Saturday I was pretty much limited to containers as well.. I'm being loaned a spot for the summer though, richest soil on the land and fenced in! Silly question, those
look like strawberries in the one pot and some type of green.. why not put them in a strawberry pot with the green on top?

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Brilliant, I do that with my take home catches too!
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Silly question, those look like strawberries in the one pot and some type of green.. why not put them in a strawberry pot with the green on top?
Mostly because I was cheap and used the "pots" I had (the black rubber things are livestock feeding tubs). They are strawberries and the center plant is a brussels sprout plant.

I'm using the brussels sprouts to shade lettuce and the like when it starts to get hot enough to make things bolt. The strawberries just got the same treatment because I only had 6 plants and there was space in the middle.
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Mostly because I was cheap and used the "pots" I had (the black rubber things are livestock feeding tubs). They are strawberries and the center plant is a brussels sprout plant.

I'm using the brussels sprouts to shade lettuce and the like when it starts to get hot enough to make things bolt. The strawberries just got the same treatment because I only had 6 plants and there was space in the middle.
Very cool! I'm actually doing something similar with the shading, I'm starting a 3 walled corn area and going to grow climbing beans up them, then in the shade formed by this I'll have collard greens, mustard, and two different kales that I've seeded. The real version is called 3 sister, it's corn, beans, and squash.
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Do you mean the multi tiered box setup by typing tower? I'm just curious since I've been itching to build one.
There was an article in Fine Gardening a few months ago that described using wire fencing to make a 2 foot diameter by 4 ft tall tower. They layered the seed potatoes in compost between layers of straw. It looked interesting and I may try it yet but not this year.

It was similar to this http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.c...-potato-tower/

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