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Post  Drpepperz 5/4/2014, 2:17 pm

Got everything ready to plant today although since it's still unseasonably cool here in Quebec i'll wait at least another week before planting most of the stuff


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This is the "big picture" I like the location, it'll be in the sun most of the day!

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Those are my potato buckets, since i don't make wine anymore, I re-purposed a couple of wine fermenters, I also used and old 5gal bucket i had laying around the shed.

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I also re purposed another fermenter, that one with a faucet, as a rain water collector 

Thank you for looking, tips and comments are welcomed and appreciated!
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Post  AtlantaMarie 5/4/2014, 2:22 pm

Looks good, Drpepperz!
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Post  sanderson 5/4/2014, 3:37 pm

Drpepperz, Thank you for posting photos of your new garden.  Very Happy  Please post more as it develops. We love watching new gardens.
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Post  Drpepperz 5/4/2014, 4:12 pm

I will!

I forgot to add, 1 box will be corn and strawberries and the other will have tomatoes, beans, peas, beets, carrots and cucumbers.


and here's a link to my garden's FB page
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Post  Cajunsmoke14 5/4/2014, 9:17 pm

Looks good, Love the color of your mel's mix.
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Post  Drpepperz 5/5/2014, 8:16 am

Cajunsmoke14 wrote:Looks good, Love the color of your mel's mix.

 Thx! Might help that it was raining on and off while i was making it.... Razz
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Post  Drpepperz 5/9/2014, 11:05 am

Can't do much more atm since it,s still too cool to plane, I put my squares in my squares....Razz

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Cleaning the shed this afternoon, I'm hopping to find more containers to plant in!
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Post  Drpepperz 5/10/2014, 4:11 pm

Hey guys! I finally started planting and will plant more tomorrow!

Onions 

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Garlic (3 squares X9)
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More spuds!
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And here is my lovely assistant Florence, the reason i started gardening, we's been doing it together since she was 4!
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here's what the garden looks like now...I move the potatoes ahead so they'd get more sun..the black container has my oinions...it's a bit deep for onions, I think next year i'm going to use it for MORE POTATOES!!!
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CHEERS FOR NOW!
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Post  CapeCoddess 5/10/2014, 6:11 pm

Looks like you're moving right along, Jeff! And your assistant is lovely and looks like she's really enjoying herself. What are the temps like in your area?
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Post  Drpepperz 5/10/2014, 6:17 pm

TY! 
Yeah she loves getting dirty! Smile

Today we hit 68!! But i's been around 55 the last week, supposed to start warming up steadily now Smile
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Post  quiltbea 5/10/2014, 7:29 pm

I love watching new gardens as they develop.  Love the assistant gardener as well.  She's a cutie.  Good luck you two.
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Post  sanderson 5/11/2014, 1:45 am

Looks like you are moving right along. Lovely assistant!  Very Happy 
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Post  Drpepperz 5/18/2014, 2:40 pm

Some of my onions decided to say HI! This morning!
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I also planted 4 raspeberry bushes (in the yellow buckets)
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Planting tomatoes and cucs next weekend!
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Post  Drpepperz 5/23/2014, 12:54 pm

Well all the planting is done for now, I wish i could say all i have to do now is sit a watch it grow but i still have to build my trellis for the peas and beans and a ton of work in the yard that as been really neglected by the old occupants!

Cucs and tomatoes went in, since we only moved here in February I didn't have time to plant seeds so we bought those at the nursery
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Potatoes are coming along...it just started really warming up here Wink
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And I got me some nice compost tea brewing to kick start everything!!
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That's it for now! As usualy, all tips, comments or questions are welcomed!!!

Cheers!
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Post  Marc Iverson 5/23/2014, 4:34 pm

Wow, that's a lotta maters jammed into a tight space, and with little in the way of support for once they get higher than those cages. Are you planning to single stem them? Otherwise, I can see the box getting so bushy that the tomatoes in the middle would be very hard to get to without damaging the tomatoes on the outside.

And their being that close will encourage disease. If it were me, once the plants had grown tall enough to support it, I would trim the side branches off the main stem(s) for about a foot from the ground, just to encourage some air circulation.
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Post  Drpepperz 5/23/2014, 4:36 pm

noted!tyvm!
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Post  Drpepperz 5/23/2014, 4:54 pm

noted!tyvm!And yeah i got 6ft stakes i was planning to use....i was going put them in after they were big enough...should i remove the cages and put the stakes on right away?
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Post  Marc Iverson 5/23/2014, 5:58 pm

If you put them in as early as possible, there's less chance to damage roots than if you put them in later. And they have all that much longer to set up tight as the soil settles.

And can you just drive them in while leaving the cages where they are?

P.S.: I like to interweave extras of some of the smaller stakes, like the plastic kind that are about as big around as a finger, with the edges or crossbars of the cages sometimes, also sometimes using string to tie the cages to those stakes. I tend not to trust tomato cages to carry much weight or bear up under the wind well once there are a lot of tomatoes on the plants.
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Post  Drpepperz 5/23/2014, 6:05 pm

yep i can put them in with the cage, that was my original plan but i'll just do it earlier than planed!

Ty for the tips, it's my 1st time planting undetermine tomatoes...Razz
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Post  Drpepperz 5/23/2014, 6:08 pm

also I haven't put any cages on the last row, i was going to put only tutors...think it's enough? I got like 50 tomato cages that the old owner left in the basement Smile
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Post  Marc Iverson 5/23/2014, 6:11 pm

I'm not sure what you mean by using a "tutor" on the last row.
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Post  Drpepperz 5/23/2014, 6:15 pm

them 6' stakes Razz
Sry might have slipped in a french word by accident!
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Post  Marc Iverson 5/23/2014, 6:54 pm

I guess it depends how high your tomatoes grow. You'll probably put a six foot stake at least a foot into the ground, leaving five feet above. That's not super-high for an indeterminate, but many of them get no higher, especially if conditions are not exceptionally good.

You might want to consider something taller and permanent, like cattle panel fencing or EMT metal tubing. Plenty of people here have done it and posted pictures, and both look rock-solid, are very long-lasting, are neater, and are easier to work with than cages and stakes. It's the way I want to go eventually. You'll be able to find references and pics on that pretty quickly in the do-it-yourself sections here or with the search engine.
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Post  Drpepperz 5/23/2014, 6:56 pm

Thx I'll look it up!  study
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Post  Drpepperz 5/26/2014, 3:01 pm

We hired some muscles so th dogs will stop going in the garden....
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