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Post  markqz on 4/21/2020, 4:57 pm

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@markqz wrote: But the purple kohlrabi has incredible foliage that wants to shade the kohlrabi in the center and all the plants on each side.

I have found this to be a benefit in the heat of summer - the plants shade the soil and reduce evaporation of water. Plus, weeds tend not to sprout in the shade.   The same is true of bush beans - planting 9 per square is very dense, and no soil will be visible through them, but the plants get more than enough sun to generously produce beans.

The problem is that they're shading the square over to the East. These bok choy definitely did not like the shade:

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Actually, in general, the bok choy may be more trouble than it's worth.
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Post  markqz on 8/20/2020, 5:44 pm

Our favorite yard-goods store went out of business just before the Corona epidemic. So I probably won't be getting more tulle for awhile. After a year in the sun, the tulle, especially on the south side, rips easily. I decided to order some Agribon and see how it works. Unfortunately, Johnny Seeds only had Agribon 19 (I wanted 15). Still it claimed 85% light transmission. That sure looks more like 65% transmission to me. You can see there's a world of difference between the tulle portion and the Agribon portion.

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Post  OhioGardener on 8/20/2020, 5:51 pm

Mark, if you need more fabric check out Arbico Organics:

https://www.arbico-organics.com/category/agribon-crop-protection

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Post  sanderson on 8/20/2020, 6:31 pm

You don't have a Joann's Fabrics?

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Post  markqz on 8/20/2020, 7:00 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:Mark, if you need more fabric check out Arbico Organics:

https://www.arbico-organics.com/category/agribon-crop-protection

I'll have to make a note of that just in case. But I notice that you have to special order by phone, and it's twice the price for the same amount at Johnny Seeds ... and apparently I should have waited, because JS has it in stock now ... grr ..

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Post  markqz on 8/20/2020, 7:01 pm

@sanderson wrote:You don't have a Joann's Fabrics?

Oh yeah, forgot about them. The old place had such better deals. Thanks!
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Post  markqz on 10/9/2020, 5:05 pm

Trying 5 different labeling techniques. Printed labels, sharpie (red/black), labels covered with plastic packaging material (sharpies, printed), wax pencil, regular pencil.

My experience in the past suggests that the red sharpie will fade. Others may wash out when the rain comes. I'm using cheap printer label, so it may fade. Pencil might do ok, but is harder to read.

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Post  yolos on 10/10/2020, 5:38 pm

@markqz wrote:Trying 5 different labeling techniques. Printed labels, sharpie (red/black), labels covered with plastic packaging material (sharpies, printed), wax pencil, regular pencil.

My experience in the past suggests that the red sharpie will fade. Others may wash out when the rain comes. I'm using cheap printer label, so it may fade. Pencil might do ok, but is harder to read.

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I have tried just about everything you are trying (even the label gun and even spraying the labels with clear acrylic).  I finally settled on pencil because it did not fade and because it could be erased (or use comet) at the end of the season and can be used again the following year. I bought a construction pencil (big thick pencil with big thick lead).
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Post  markqz on 10/11/2020, 1:15 pm

Yolo wrote:I have tried just about everything you are trying (even the label gun and even spraying the labels with clear acrylic).  I finally settled on pencil because it did not fade and because it could be erased (or use comet) at the end of the season and can be used again the following year. I bought a construction pencil (big thick pencil with big thick lead).
Yeah. It's a balance between reusability, visibility, durability, and convenience. Red markers are convenient and visible, but fade fast. Printed labels are visible, but may not last 2 months and are inconvenient to make. Grease pen, in my handwriting, is re-usable and probably durable, but somewhat illegible. Pencil is durable, but very light and hard to read. 

I'm ordering some 2B pencils to see if the result is easier to read. Doesn't fix my handwriting though  Smile
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Post  OhioGardener on 10/11/2020, 2:15 pm

Regardless of what type of marker I used, the garden tags all look pretty much the same when they come in from the garden - they are dirty on the bottom, and clean on the top. Shocked 


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Post  markqz on 10/11/2020, 3:58 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:Regardless of what type of marker I used, the garden tags all look pretty much the same when they come in from the garden - they are dirty on the bottom, and clean on the top. Shocked 


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Wow. What type of marker did you use? At least your tags didn't disintegrate in the sun, which is what happened to most of my home-made tags made from yogurt containers.

I actually have a Japanese gardening marker which I think actually works, but I didn't keep track to make sure. Like, once the plant fails, I lost interest in the tag. 

I like those tall tags. Where did you get them? My thought is that with my current tags, which are only 4" stem to stern, I could strap them to wooden skewers with a zip tie.
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Post  OhioGardener on 10/11/2020, 4:20 pm

@markqz wrote:What type of marker did you use?
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I like those tall tags. Where did you get them?

I bought those at the local Lowe's store two or three years ago, they were less than $2 for 25 of them. I just looked, and they still stock them:
Bonds 25-Pack Plastic Stakes

I have used all kinds of markers from the Sharpie Fine Permanent Marker down to a carpenter pencil, and everything in between. The sun and rain always does a job on them. The ones I've done with the carpenter pencil are the most readable at the end of the season.

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Post  sanderson on 10/12/2020, 3:09 am

I bought my tall markers at Home Depot. I also have a huge collection of 4" and 5" small plastic markers for the seed cups. I have found that the old yellow #2 pencil on the "rough" side of both types of the markers is the only one that lasts. I wash mine after use (yes, the bottoms are permanently MM stained), and stick the small ones back in their seed packets.

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Post  markqz on 10/15/2020, 12:11 pm

The yard long beans planted as a side project continue to produce even this late in the year. I'm thinking next time I will plant them more densely, since their foliage is very sparse:

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Post  sanderson on 11/4/2020, 3:09 pm

Are they tender and string-free? They look so healthy!

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Post  markqz on 11/5/2020, 2:44 pm

@sanderson wrote:Are they tender and string-free?  They look so healthy!

Yes, they've all been pretty tender except for the ones growing too high in the tree (hedge actually) which were left to become seeds for next year.
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Post  markqz on 11/8/2020, 2:43 pm

In all, I've had 3 sets of asparagus bean trellises this year. The one in the front yard, like almost everything in the front yard, was a total fail after April.

This one is coming along, but I don't know if it will yield beans before the weather turns "cold". Long beans like it really hot, they say. The temperatures finally came down just this weekend, so we'll see. The ugly yellow stalks are pear tomatoes, which are still yielding and even flowering.

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Post  markqz on 11/10/2020, 10:24 pm

Here's my optimistic fleet of starter winter plants. Bok choy, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce.  

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Post  markqz on 11/14/2020, 3:41 pm

I have mostly brassica's growing under the agribon on SFG #2. This is the first year attempting to grow brussel sprouts. I think it's still too hot for them.

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