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Late thinning ?

9/14/2019, 7:53 pm by markqz

I planted more squash-type plants per square than Mel originally suggests. Partially because I didn't expect them to all grow and partially because I was worried about fertilization. Now I'm considering doing a late (30 day) "thinning." Obviously I wouldn't pull them out of the soil, but cut out the extra vines near the root.

Or should I? What's the downside of leaving them in? Thinning might …

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OG Living Mulch Experiment

6/5/2019, 11:01 am by OhioGardener

Last year I began an experiment with using a Living Mulch on the bed with the peppers. I plant 18 peppers (6 Bell, 6 Banana, and 6 Jalapeno) in the bed, with one pepper per square foot. In the past I have used straw, grass clippings, compost, etc., to mulch the peppers. Last year was the first time I experimented with a living mulch, by sowing Crimson Clover on the bed after the peppers were …

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Tomato Tuesday - 2018 & 2019

4/21/2018, 1:05 pm by Turan

I just noticed we have not started this years thread.  I have been sitting in Yolo's garden dreaming of tomatoes and I did start some seeds on 4/13.  Today I noticed they have true leaves and roots poking out of the soil blocks so I up potted.  They could wait, but this coming week is busy and I would rather err on the side of lots of room to grow.  And today being Tuesday....  or not, but …

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Marigold and other flower choices

9/7/2019, 2:20 pm by markqz


I was thinking of making a 2 x 8 SFG for the front yard, with flowers in the front row and vegetables in the back. I was thinking of marigolds because they seem to flower for a long time and they self-seed. Would this be a workable plan, and/or are their other flower choices?


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Three Sisters question

9/9/2019, 3:29 am by Aylwen

I have 3 x 4 SFG beds and want to try the three sisters but have to contain the trailing pumpkin inside the bed as I need to use the pathways around the bed. Would one pumpkin be the maximum under these conditions?

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Using Bt on collard greens

9/7/2019, 11:22 am by Mikesgardn

I've noticed what looks like some caterpillar damage on my collard greens, so I am spraying Bt on them.  I'm not sure if it will work because I can't get the spray to stay on the leaves.  Collard greens are very smooth, and whatever I spray on them just runs right off.  Has anybody else used Bt on collard greens?

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Catalog season has begun!

11/25/2011, 11:31 am by boffer

cheers cheers cheers cheers

This week I received catalogs from:

Totally Tomatoes www.totallytomato.com

Vermont Bean Seed Company www.vermontbean.com

Pinetree Garden Seeds www.superseeds.com

How 'bout you?

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Root systems growing asparagus

4/4/2019, 12:20 pm by bettyDailey

I think I already made a mistake in my soil preparation; however, hopefully, not too late to repair the problem.  Completed the followingSquare Foot Gardening - portal1 Oursfg10
Step 1. removed as much as possible the rhizome grass and root systems
Step 2. covered the ground with 4 layers of "Preen Max Strength Weed Control Fabric"
Step 3. built a 3’ x 3’ raised bed square foot …

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Friday Rookie topic: Globe Artichokes

6/27/2012, 10:40 pm by GWN

Globe Artichoke
The globe artichoke Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus is a perennial thistle of the genus Cynara originating in Southern Europe around the Mediterranean. It grows to 1.4–2 metres (4.6–6.6 ft) tall, with arching, deeply lobed, silvery, glaucous-green leaves 50–82 centimetres (20–32 in) long. The flowers develop in a large head from an edible bud about 8–15 cm(3.1–5.9 in) …

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