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squinty wrote:Safety isn't a lever on a gun, a guard on a knife or any other mechanical device. Safety is a behavior.
tripleryder wrote:Lookin good!
Bout another week for me, and it'll be time to start thinning. I maayyyy have overplanted a wee bit
zombiepreparation wrote:(You probably know but I'll post it anyway)
You can eat the lettuce thinnings. Just wash em and eat in your salad or atop your choice of foods.
ZombieGranny wrote:Blossom end rot - it may or may not help, but watch your watering and mix some crushed eggs shells into the ground around the plants.
I'm wondering about those stunted plants.
If as they sound, they are all in the same area, could it be that it was saturated with a herbicide at some time?
Dawgboy wrote:I would also suggest Bone meal. Is the ground plot poorly fertilized? Because Spindly says "No usable Nitrogen" to me.
I don't know about chiggers, but Diatomaceous earth does a great job on earwigs, fleas and other 6 legged pests, and it's cheap. And won't kill you or your pets...
I was slow to add the mulch but when today's blossom rot count hit #6 I got busy. Instead of newspaper I have covered the soil with mylar from a space blanket. I punched lots of holes and will pour the water atop the mylar cover when watering and hope the holes drip the water slower into the container and retain the moisture longer 'under' the mylar.zombiepreparation wrote:**soil doesn't seem to hold water, draining right through in similar amount added. Am adding newspaper mulch today.
**two more tomatoes with blossom rot. Will not afford buying anything but will add newspaper mulch today to see what that does.
Interesting. Both tomato and pepper plants have deepened in color so am thinking the reduced watering was a good move for them.**large tomato plant growing but pale green in color. Will reduce number of times deeply watered. Am sure I've gotten into the habit of watering too often.
**pepper plant also growing but also pale green in color. hmmm... will also reduce number of times watered.
The lettuce and marigold plants in that part of the soil are still less than an inch in size with each plant having only two leaves. I am leaning toward the suggestion there is herbicide in that area.**Oh holy cow. Lettuce still will not grow past less-than-an-inch stunted plants with two leaves in the south part of the soil. I shall just keep treating them like real plants as simply an experiment now.
They are still growing well. There was an accident today. Arrghhh. While using a pair of grade school round nose scissors to clean up leaves from the lower part of one of them I put a big nick in the stalk. I put a band aid on it by wrapping the cut closed with a strip I cut off a plastic grocery bag tied snugly. Man, I hope I haven't ruined the plant.**the two small bush tomato plants in the two feet to the east part of the plot are growing great guns and have started at least a couple of dozen tomatoes.
The lady who gave me the tiny cucumber plants was excited today and took me to look at them (they are in a different plot). They are growing well, have big ole leaves, and there are three cucumbers already good size. The plot next to the cucumber plot has a squash plant attempting to swamp them though. Have to think of a way to stop the encroachment without offending plot neighbor. It's not like I really have any 'rights'. I'm little more than a squatter in the plot my cucumbers are growing and certainly an after-the-fact planter as everyone had growing gardens before I was given the little corner for the cucumbers.**the two cucumber plants in soil donated in another plot look happy and healthy. Growing fast, big leaves.
phenris wrote:The best thing I found for dealing with chiggers mixing yellow sulfur and petroleum jelly and applying it to the bites. Chiggers naturally go for where clothing is tight. (waistbands, socks, etc) The only things I have found for keeping the beasts down is free range chickens and regular mowing.
zombiepreparation wrote: P7: And am also liking the way you have planted your buckets; several items in each. I am noticing myself keeping my plants rather small so that would work for me too.
Are you satisfied/pleased with the self-watering system you have? If so that's on my agenda next year. I am displeased with watering the buckets and having the water draining each time.
phil_in_cs wrote: Get your rice and beans now, when you don't have to pay for them in blood.
squinty wrote:You wear "chaps" to break a bronco, you wear "assless chaps" because civilization has collapsed and you've gone feral.
Blacksmith wrote:That is an excellent topic for another thread. You should start one about that. Really.
prepper7 wrote:A word of warning: even if your plan is to harvest often and keep the plants small, follow the recommended spacing for whatever you plant. It won't look as "lush" or "bountiful" as a container crammed full, but having air circulation between the plants will help slow the spread of insects and disease, you'll have room to inspect the plants, you'll be able to harvest without damaging nearby plants, and there will be times when, best intentions aside, you don't keep up with the harvesting.
Ohhhhhhh. I did not know this and I have been worrying worrying "why is the soil so dry?" Ohhhhhhh. OhKAY! Got it(your top two inches of soil are basically a mulch layer -- I use cheap soil or reuse soil from other planters on the top for this reason).
Ever since I changed, my chard has been so beautiful it's like garden porn (downside: I can't buy it at the farmer's market or grocer's, their offerings just don't measure up).
balcony container garden:
No blossom rot!!! I cut watering all but out on the two tomato plants. Instead I heavily mist them as many times a day as I'm home and think of it with heavy enough spraying to allow drips onto mylar covered hole punched soil cover I devised, making small sips of water trickling into soil several times a day.
One plant has flowers that do not grow fruit, the other plant is beginning to burst with tomatoes... with no blossom rot. Yay.
I think I already posted I had moved the plants down to the floor of the balcony where they are only getting two hours of sun a day.
The basil plant keeps plugging happily along and is not giving signs of bolting.
The lettuce I moved out of the sun and against glass wall to apartment is big and fat and sassy!
container plants in down stairs garden
Lettuce growing like weeds.
Pepper plant growing like weeds, fruit beginning to grow.
Tomato plant producing a lot of fruit but is starting to look severely stressed. I moved it to another part of the garden where it will be shaded starting at Noon each day. Will report findings.
in-ground plants in garden downstairs
Bush tomato plants full of growing fruit
Lettuce is there.
Cucumber is big fat sassy and happy AND all but one of my cucumbers were stolen last night. GONE. <swines> <grumble> <fargin iceholes> No sign of animal, cucumbers were nicely and cleanly missing at the correct place. <raggle fraggle bastiges> Only one left for me to pick today.
Last year a few blocks away from here and entire tomato 'garden' was harvested by bandits in one late night picking.
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