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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/30/2018, 9:47 pm

Happy May Day y’all!

I hope something germinates in my direct sewn bed.  Something.  Anything.  Stuff on lights needs tending.  I have a few unknown things that I am tending in the window.  Just not sure what it is.

This weekend:  Super hotties!  Melons, squash,cukes.  They dislike transplanting, so i so them in peat pots.  I love you N&C Midwest - MAY!  Spring has sprung! 3170584802
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/1/2018, 12:45 pm

My poor gardens are suffering from the Real-Life-Getting-In-The-Way Blues.  Sad I couldn't even find a good pic for the May avatar this morning.  Mad
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/1/2018, 5:26 pm

I have a lovely blank brown canvas to show...nothing up at all. I have a few lettuces up, not photo worthy however.  

Hot today.  Windy.  Need to mow the front yard, didn’t get to it this weekend.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/2/2018, 8:30 am

At least it's brown & not white, SR.... :-)
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/3/2018, 11:08 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:At least it's brown & not white, SR....  :-)
Yes!  No complaints from me!  LOL!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/5/2018, 12:06 pm

It’s pretty and seasonal today here!  I have errands, and I need to plant some Yukon Gold potatoes.  Will spend some time in the yard; need to mow, then finish off my last raised beds/old window boxes to get them ready.  They have some weeds and grass in them.  And need topped off.  

Hardening off some tiny little seedlings that are unlabeled; I think they are peppers Embarassed.  Plan to start my super hotties this weekend; tomorrow probably since it is going to rain.  I put them in peat pots as they dislike transplanting.  Melons, squash, cukes go in peat.  I will also start my sunflowers
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Post  Windsor.Parker on 5/5/2018, 9:23 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:It’s pretty and seasonal today here!  I have errands, and I need to plant some Yukon Gold potatoes.  Will spend some time in the yard; need to mow, then finish off my last raised beds/old window boxes to get them ready.  They have some weeds and grass in them.  And need topped off.  

Hardening off some tiny little seedlings that are unlabeled; I think they are peppers Embarassed.  Plan to start my super hotties this weekend; tomorrow probably since it is going to rain.  I put them in peat pots as they dislike transplanting.  Melons, squash, cukes go in peat.  I will also start my sunflowers
N&C Midwest - MAY!  Spring has sprung! 3170584802 SR, "super hotties" started indoors Today: red Ghost cherry & chocolate Scorpion affraid Habaneros!
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Post  Turan on 5/5/2018, 9:56 pm

@Windsor.Parker wrote:N&C Midwest - MAY!  Spring has sprung! 3170584802 SR, "super hotties" started indoors Today: red Ghost cherry & chocolate Scorpion affraid Habaneros!

Good to see you pop up again Very Happy 
Did you have any success over wintering any of your peppers this winter?

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Post  Windsor.Parker on 5/5/2018, 10:53 pm

happy hi Greetings Turan! It's good to MAKE TIME for the SFG Forum.
I tried to over winter one pepper plant, but failed (too late?). This is a new year though, and opportunities abound.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/6/2018, 8:13 am

Hi Windsor.Parker!!!! Good to see you!!
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Post  Windsor.Parker on 5/6/2018, 1:38 pm

Very Happy Thanks AM, it's great to be here!
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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 5/6/2018, 3:32 pm

I'm absolutely loving this weather!  Yesterday I mulched paths around the SFG boxes, assembled a composter (inspired by sanderson's photos), put edging around the blackberries, planted a Brown Turkey fig tree, transplanted herbs into a large pot, and planted squash, zucchini, okra, and watermelon.  This afternoon I'm going to install drip irrigation, transplant nasturtiums, and plant sunflower seeds.  

The tomato plants that had a bit of sun scald have put out a lot of new growth (yea!).  The pepper plants are recovering although not as quickly as the tomatoes.  

We had a salad today picked fresh from the garden.  The store bought tomato we added was so blah compared to what I know we'll be picking from the garden in weeks to come.

I'll try to remember to take a new photo.  Things look a bit different from the photo of three empty boxes I took a few months ago.
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Post  jim022659 on 5/7/2018, 8:13 pm

I got one of bed planted this past weekend. I think next year I am gonna shorten the width from 5 feet to 4 or 3 feet. getting hard to reach the middle anymore what with the age thing going on. I just planted flowers down the middle 8 feet so nothing to harvest ( they are 12 feet long ).

 also noticed this year my tomatos and peppers got scalded. that's a first for me. I have never put them out to let them adjust but they were always fine.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/7/2018, 9:17 pm

@Windsor.Parker wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:It’s pretty and seasonal today here!  I have errands, and I need to plant some Yukon Gold potatoes.  Will spend some time in the yard; need to mow, then finish off my last raised beds/old window boxes to get them ready.  They have some weeds and grass in them.  And need topped off.  

Hardening off some tiny little seedlings that are unlabeled; I think they are peppers Embarassed.  Plan to start my super hotties this weekend; tomorrow probably since it is going to rain.  I put them in peat pots as they dislike transplanting.  Melons, squash, cukes go in peat.  I will also start my sunflowers
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Hey, you!  Cant’ wait to hear!  Only one of my jalapeño peppers made it, but I have a bunch frozfrom last year....

I potted up my maters and pepperstoday.  Kinda cool, but ok , need to harden off them a bit.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/7/2018, 9:19 pm

@jim022659 wrote:I got one of bed planted this past weekend. I think next year I am gonna shorten the width from 5 feet to 4 or 3 feet. getting hard to reach the middle anymore what with the age thing going on. I just planted flowers down the middle 8 feet so nothing to harvest ( they are 12 feet long ).

 also noticed this year my tomatos and peppers got scalded. that's a first for me. I have never put them out to let them adjust but they were always fine.
Jim, my fave is 3 by...I have a 3x7’ bed that is perfect, except its too shallow...now a strawberry bed!

4x4 is good, but honestly this thing is fluid!  Some folks do 2x!  I would totally do another 3 by 7 or 8’!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/7/2018, 9:23 pm

@farmersgranddaughter wrote:I'm absolutely loving this weather!  Yesterday I mulched paths around the SFG boxes, assembled a composter (inspired by sanderson's photos), put edging around the blackberries, planted a Brown Turkey fig tree, transplanted herbs into a large pot, and planted squash, zucchini, okra, and watermelon.  This afternoon I'm going to install drip irrigation, transplant nasturtiums, and plant sunflower seeds.  

The tomato plants that had a bit of sun scald have put out a lot of new growth (yea!).  The pepper plants are recovering although not as quickly as the tomatoes.  

We had a salad today picked fresh from the garden.  The store bought tomato we added was so blah compared to what I know we'll be picking from the garden in weeks to come.

I'll try to remember to take a new photo.  Things look a bit different from the photo of three empty boxes I took a few months ago.
Me too with the photo thing!  The weather just finally flipped the switch!  My lettuces are just not growing...need to put some blood meal on those babies.  Or worm castings.  That is expensive!!!!  But gold. BB\'s happy face
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/9/2018, 11:52 pm

Getting some rain here.  My potted up things are loving the additional nutrients.  They were in starting mix. 

Glad for the light rain—I would have had to water had not Mother Nature taken care of it for me!

This weekend:  Super hotties, sunflowers.  And other stuff!  Never done!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/10/2018, 9:56 pm

I actually saw CARROT sprouts!!!!  They are soooo slow!  

Everything up out there.  Just some things are gonna be super not helpful (spinach?). And lettuces are getting eaten by something.

Grrr.  

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/10/2018, 10:01 pm

@jim022659 wrote:I got one of bed planted this past weekend. I think next year I am gonna shorten the width from 5 feet to 4 or 3 feet. getting hard to reach the middle anymore what with the age thing going on. I just planted flowers down the middle 8 feet so nothing to harvest ( they are 12 feet long ).

 also noticed this year my tomatos and peppers got scalded. that's a first for me. I have never put them out to let them adjust but they were always fine.
The hardening off process is A THING!!!  You have to take your time, set them out a couple hours, then bring them in, repeat.  Let them get blown around, just the whole gambit!  Rained on a bit (but not pummeled)

Seriously!  I have lost many plants by scalding too early too much.  sunny
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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 5/11/2018, 3:51 am

Here's a photo of my garden.  The stakes in the foreground are of another SFG bed where I have tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers (I hope those were OK to plant near tomatoes), Lima beans, and marigolds.  As you can see, I didn't finish mulching last weekend so that's on my "to do" list for this weekend.  The saucer floating in the air in the left upper corner is the bottom of a bird feeder that's hanging on a shepherd's hook (the top part is mesh).  In the background are "sunflowers" that my dad welded from disc blades.

The beds in the photo contain English shelling peas, radishes (French Breakfast, White Icicle, and Scarlet Globe), lettuce (Black Seeded Simpson in the nearest one and Buttercrunch in the other), two kinds of carrots, and a tomato and pepper here and there.  I planted squash, zucchini, Sugar Baby watermelon, and herbs in the four round planters.

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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 5/11/2018, 4:04 am

Oh, I forgot to mention the two "truck tire" looking things on a stand.  That's a two-part compost bin.  When one side is full, you start filling the other side.  They spin individually.  I'm hoping for compost in time for fall succession planting.
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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 5/11/2018, 4:19 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:My lettuces are just not growing...need to put some blood meal on those babies.
Blood meal?  I've been curious about this since I saw your post.  I have so much to learn, you know.  Well, tonight I cannot sleep (cortisone shot in the knee today) so I decided it was a good time to learn about blood meal.  

As I researched, I stumbled across the fact that cottonseed meal is high in nitrogen.  My dad recently tilled cottonseed into his garden and had a lot left over.  I'll see him in two weeks and he's planning to send me home with bags of cottonseed.  I wonder how well cottonseed would break down in the compost bin?
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/11/2018, 10:16 pm

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@Scorpio Rising wrote:My lettuces are just not growing...need to put some blood meal on those babies.
Blood meal?  I've been curious about this since I saw your post.  I have so much to learn, you know.  Well, tonight I cannot sleep (cortisone shot in the knee today) so I decided it was a good time to learn about blood meal.  

As I researched, I stumbled across the fact that cottonseed meal is high in nitrogen.  My dad recently tilled cottonseed into his garden and had a lot left over.  I'll see him in two weeks and he's planning to send me home with bags of cottonseed.  I wonder how well cottonseed would break down in the compost bin?
Dang,girl, you got it goin on!  LOVE our beds!  

OK, so from a Rodale (the old tome, organic from way back) blood meal provides Nitrogen.  Pure N.  Which it does.  No chemistry involved.  Bone meal provides calcium and phosphorus. The thing is, these are all LONG leaching slow release sources.  Like years, to be honest.

So, my un-scientific self says, if I have an acute situation, you need to act with a proven winner.  Other wise,try it, post on here wheat you see!!!!

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/11/2018, 10:20 pm

For just a push fertilizer, fish emulsion, Alaska brand is good!  Andavailable at Walmart. And many others!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/12/2018, 10:44 pm

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@Scorpio Rising wrote:My lettuces are just not growing...need to put some blood meal on those babies.
Blood meal?  I've been curious about this since I saw your post.  I have so much to learn, you know.  Well, tonight I cannot sleep (cortisone shot in the knee today) so I decided it was a good time to learn about blood meal.  

As I researched, I stumbled across the fact that cottonseed meal is high in nitrogen.  My dad recently tilled cottonseed into his garden and had a lot left over.  I'll see him in two weeks and he's planning to send me home with bags of cottonseed.  I wonder how well cottonseed would break down in the compost bin?
You know, I think cottonseed meal would be fine in compost.  It might even catalyze it a bit!
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