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Re: Jimmys new SFG beds in development.

Post  jimmy cee on 6/25/2018, 10:45 pm

@ispinwool wrote:Holy Moly!
it's like you waved a magic wand and everything magically GREW!
Not magic at all...just good old home made , compost and this isnt even my home made stuff. However it's not from a bag of stuff from a store. My compost is still cookin in a tumbler with 3 round tube type wire bins going strong.
I love making compost because it makes plants so very happy in my beds.
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Post  SQWIB on 6/26/2018, 8:52 am

@jimmy cee wrote:I love making compost because it makes plants so very happy in my beds.

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Post  trolleydriver on 6/26/2018, 8:53 am

@SQWIB wrote:
@jimmy cee wrote:I love making compost because it makes plants so very happy in my beds.

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Post  jimmy cee on 6/26/2018, 10:23 am

week 3...21 days after planting these. I see no flying polinators to amount to much. Not many flowers in this area.Back in my other house the area was buzzing with pollinators as flowers were all over for years and years..
I probably will not hand pollinate. We will see how things go...I gave them a solution of about 10% fish emulsion today.
Directions indicate about every 3 weeks.

these are cucumber flowers....not one cucumber beetle I have seen yet. Seems so strange to me looking at them and not seeing those beetles. A couple small cucumbers are forming.



Frontal side.



Front left




Left side..bell pepper plants..pruned 2 weeks ago



Left side rear...




Left rear peppers. small leaf plant left side of peppers is basil.




Eggplant...couple flowers coming out.



rear side left...left to right...eggplant...basil...tomato,,,pepper.


All in all I am stil pleasantly pleased as to the growth of using compost from a farm that specializes in large production compost...a little fish emulsion, bone and blood meal...and some black cow is all I have used here.
I mulched with cut up straw...and lots of it...it is keeping the mix nice and moist.
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Post  sanderson on 6/26/2018, 9:19 pm

Did you add vermiculite and peat moss? I think there is some truth that it takes time to build up the pollinator population. If last year was a good place to go pollinate, then we will go there again this year.

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Post  jimmy cee on 6/26/2018, 10:11 pm

@sanderson wrote:Did you add vermiculite and peat moss?  I think there is some truth that it takes time to build up the pollinator population.  If last year was a good place to go pollinate, then we will go there again this year.  
Yes, of course, wouldn't be SFG without it....Maybe next season I will do some containers with all flowers and herbs.
Very few folks around here have serious flower gardens. Most are young working and others are oldsters that are never outside.
This was mainly a test season for me again. Seems as if all I ever do is testing.
I think I will wait 2 weeks now for next photo's.
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Post  sanderson on 6/27/2018, 3:18 am

Razz Just clarifying. You're in a new area so of course you will be testing this season. You sound like me, having to plant flowers as the neighbors don't and they have pest control services.

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Post  Kelejan on 6/27/2018, 3:58 am

@jimmy cee wrote: 
Very few folks around here have serious flower gardens. Most are young working and others are oldsters that are never outside.
This was mainly a test season for me again. Seems as if all I ever do is testing.
I think I will wait 2 weeks now for next photo's.

I think it is such a waste of space when people have no time or energy to grow things.

Having a growing garden of flowers and veggies is balm to my soul. I love the working week when most people are away from their homes and there are no parked cars around and quietness prevails. 

Mind you, if it was like that all the time I might get rather lonely, but to me it is the contrast that I appreciate. This coming weekend with Canada Day all will be noisy with people visiting and comings and goings and I will be a part of that commotion.
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Post  OhioGardener on 9/2/2018, 10:12 am

@SQWIB wrote:
@jimmy cee wrote:I love making compost because it makes plants so very happy in my beds.


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Post  DorothyG on 9/3/2018, 11:15 pm

Jimmy, tell me about pruning peppers, please.  This is new to me.  I'm loving  your garden.
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Post  jimmy cee on 9/4/2018, 6:24 am

@DorothyG wrote:Jimmy, tell me about pruning peppers, please.  This is new to me.  I'm loving  your garden.
Good morning Dorothy... nice to meet you and yes, The results of pepper plant pruning is totally amazing. I could describe it but if you would log onto you tube there are some nice videos explaining the procedure. It sure hurt me to do it, but I went ahead and results were great. Basically what I did was after about 2 weeks after setting seedlings in I cut back from the top leaving 4 to 6 leaves remaining. I fudged a bit on that one...  Thats all, and it takes care of itself after that. Here are a few photo's  but seriusly check youtubes videos, just type pepper plant pruning in search box and click om search...a few really informative films.



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Post  OhioGardener on 9/4/2018, 8:24 am

@jimmy cee wrote: The results of pepper plant pruning is totally amazing.

This year the Deer pruned my peppers before I put up a fence, and after they got done the peppers looked much like yours after you pruned them.  I thought I had lost the plants and would have to re-plant them.  But, much to my surprise, they sent out new shoots and took off like never before. All of the plants are now over 3' tall, and producing a lot more peppers than we can use.  I had never pruned the pepper plants before, and hadn't planned on pruning them this year, but it seems to have worked.

One thing I have experienced with the peppers this year that I have not seen before, though, is that the plants are shading each other so much that the middle plants are not producing much fruit. All of the peppers were planted one per square, and all of them grew into huge plants.  The Banana peppers are doing fine because most of the peppers are on the top of the plants, but with the Bell and Jalapeno peppers there are very few peppers on the plants in the middle of the bed. The peppers on the outside edges are completely full of peppers, no so with the ones in the middle. Not that we have any shortage of peppers....
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Post  jimmy cee on 9/4/2018, 9:04 am

Interesting statement ohio. I was once told by an old timer who owned and ran a feed & supple store that pepper plant s like to be touching each other. I always made certain they were. Is it possible your plants in the middle were lacking nutrients ? Peppers as tomato's are extremely heavy feeders when mature and many fruits on them.
I've grown 36 in 1 foot squares, did nicely just using compost.

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Post  OhioGardener on 9/4/2018, 9:18 am

I don't think it is a nutrition problem, Jimmy, since all of the plants are doing very nice.  That bed is very rich in compost, and all of the plants are healthy. But, that bed is full of heavy feeders with 18 pepper plants and 4 tomato plants. When I look at the bell and Jalapeno peppers in the middle of the bed I don't see many blooms on them, but the peppers on the outside edges are full of blooms. But, as I said, we have too many peppers now, so I am not too concerned. Cool



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Post  ralitaco on 9/4/2018, 10:43 am

Looking good...I am thinking that the Cee in Jimmy Cee stands for Compost
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Post  jimmy cee on 9/4/2018, 4:02 pm

@ralitaco wrote:Looking good...I am thinking that the Cee in Jimmy Cee stands for Compost
Nope, might be a good name though using compost as the last name...hmmmmm interesting
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Post  ralitaco on 9/4/2018, 5:26 pm

Jimmy Compost...sounds like your new mafia name
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Post  DorothyG on 9/7/2018, 11:29 pm

Thanks Jimmy, I will check it out on youtube.  The peppers just started doing real well over the last month.  Before they were just kinda sat there like they were waiting on something.  I know the scalding hot sun didn't help matters earlier.  I counted 28 blooms on one plant a couple days ago.  The plant is a little over 4' tall.  There are blooms and peppers coming on just inches above the ground.  We've only had 4 or 5 peppers throughout the summer until this past week when I picked 7 or 8 at once.
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