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As per requests the new 2023 gardening thread is started.
Post up your pictures and tips and get that wholesome food going.

Iíve been lazy with all of the cold weather up here so I havenít gotten my tail in gear yet. I gathered up tubs and bags for taters and drilled holes in the tubs yesterday. Iíll start preparing my raised beds this week and bring in some dirt for the tater tubs.
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Old 02-13-2023, 10:52 AM   #2
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My onions are doing great. Got a couple head of cabbage thats ready to be picked as well a plenty of mustard greens.

Going to start some tomatoes indoors this weekend with inspiration from Saltwater Slicks ...slick setup.
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Old 02-13-2023, 10:55 AM   #3
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I got onions in the ground Friday. Started some tomato seeds Saturday in a new seed starter box I got off amazon. This will be my first time growing tomatoes from seed, so I am excited to see how it turns out.
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Planted Tomatoes this past weekend in a raised bed of vegetable soil and mushroom compost tilled in. Going to plant more in a couple weeks to get a good, consistent production through most of the summer.

I have some 45-gallon containers that held trees that will be used for some squash, cubes and eggplant. May have to try some taters too.
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Planted seeds 8 days ago and Bam! Some are already 3" plants.

Last year my soil was too hot as it was 70% cow poop, 10% chicken poop, 20% dirt LOL But now it appears to be good.
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Well gang, we are off to a wet start. That rain we got about 2 weeks back sure set us back with our in-ground plots.


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We started seeds about 4 weeks back, we started seeds for early season veggies such as lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and a few beets.
Doing it a bit different this year. I put up a small greenhouse (and that was my first mistake!! -- SMALL!!) instead of starting plants in a grow room under lights, we are going to try to do them in the greenhouse... first stab at it has been pretty good. I have a small heater in it so was able to protect the small plants from freezing over the last few weeks.
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Yesterday we put our first bags out in the bag garden. We have various varieties of cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, and broccoli. Beets will go out next week.
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Our blackberries are beginning to come out of dormancy with new growth... It is an exciting time of year for gardening! Let's git-er-dun!
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Tomorrow, we will start our maters, peppers, egg plants, okra and a few other things in trays over the next several days. Gonna put 'em on heated grow mats in the greenhouse and put 'em in overdrive.

I will do my best to keep the thread updated as we progress...


One thing I am pondering now is a solution to my "crow" problem with my corn... They totally ruined the plot for us last season. My wife would sit next to the plot inside a Krivoman blind with my 20 ga. Benelli. I had cell cameras out, tried all kinds of things... They landed on my scarecrow...

Anyone been able to solve this problem where you live? I am contemplating netting the whole plot when I plant and removing the netting after the corn gets up big enough to need hilling and thinning. The crows won't mess with it after it gets big enough there is no kernel on the little seedlings for them to pluck out of the ground...


Good luck everyone this year!
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Old 02-13-2023, 12:10 PM   #7
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I think I got a little ambitious and started a tray of seeds (mostly tomatoes and peppers,)on Jan 21. I followed up with a couple of more trays (basil, rosemary, dill, cilantro, chard, kale, spinach) several days later, followed by another planting of new tomato and chile varieties I ordered from Baker Creek about a week later.

Iíve gotten really good germination, but Iím starting to get behind on up-potting them. Theyíve been under grow lights during the cold snaps, but I moved them outside this morning to soak up a little natural sunlight.




Im trying to decide how many of the starts I should up-pot or plant, and how many I should cull.

I got off to a pretty good start last spring, but we were bringing them in and out depending on weather, and they all got left outside while I was out of town with a late frost and we lost most of them. I replanted but never really recovered.

Weíre still not very good gardeners, but weíre trying to learn as we grow.


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Where'd you get that greenhouse Slick? I need one about like that.
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Where'd you get that greenhouse Slick? I need one about like that.

Don't judge me Tim, but.... I actually bought it at Harbor Freight back in 2015 when we bought the farm... This past November, my wife said, "You know what I'd really like for my birthday is to get my greenhouse put together!!" Yes! It's been in the barn since the day I brought it home!!
It's actually a pretty nice little kit. Instructions were a bit hard to understand what bein' Chinee translated into poor English and all, but we got it all put together...

Pro Tip: IF you choose to buy a greenhouse kit (any kit of any size) before you even attempt to start assembly FIRST make sure the spot you plan to put it up is FLAT AND LEVEL!! If you get it flat and level, lay out the bottom frame, it all goes together pretty nicely because everything is die cut and very precise... If not and your plot is not level, you'll be fighting all the thousands (seems like) of pieces to fit together correctly.
This one is only 6' X 8' and I can only stand up straight right in the middle, but all in all, it's a pretty nice little set up.
Before next Spring, I WILL have a bigger (and taller) greenhouse!
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We're planning to expand this year. I got out week before last week and started dirt work to level things out a bit. Only cut muddy ruts with the tractor tires. Got more rain last week, more predicted for the next two days and some next week. May have to plant rice this year.
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Old 02-13-2023, 01:25 PM   #11
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We're planning to expand this year. I got out week before last week and started dirt work to level things out a bit. Only cut muddy ruts with the tractor tires. Got more rain last week, more predicted for the next two days and some next week. May have to plant rice this year.

Crawfish farm came to mind for us a couple years ago... This year is starting much the same way... 2 years ago, I actually had water pumps pumping water OUT of my garden spots!! Most fun I had all year was walking around the garden at night with a flashlight shooting crawfish with my bb gun!
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Looks like I am behind again this year. My plan for this year was to start my garden from seeds to try to beat the early heat. I was hoping to have established plants prior to the serious Texas heat.

Question for those of you that started your seedlings, do you need to keep them at a certain temp for germination to occur?? I am planning to start seeds in the garage but held back because I figured with these recent cold snaps I would not be successful.
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I'm behind, haven't even decided what to plant this year. With 2 and 5yo girls the request is to have butterflies and bees in the yard. Thinking some tomatoes and peppers, would love to get some corn going but not sure I have enough space to make it worth it in the small raised bed we have. Working with a 4'x8' area
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Old 02-13-2023, 02:09 PM   #14
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I'm planning on moving my garden this year. I have some asparagus that is well established, can I transplant them? How much of a root system do they have?
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Don't judge me Tim, but.... I actually bought it at Harbor Freight back in 2015 when we bought the farm... This past November, my wife said, "You know what I'd really like for my birthday is to get my greenhouse put together!!" Yes! It's been in the barn since the day I brought it home!!
It's actually a pretty nice little kit. Instructions were a bit hard to understand what bein' Chinee translated into poor English and all, but we got it all put together...

Pro Tip: IF you choose to buy a greenhouse kit (any kit of any size) before you even attempt to start assembly FIRST make sure the spot you plan to put it up is FLAT AND LEVEL!! If you get it flat and level, lay out the bottom frame, it all goes together pretty nicely because everything is die cut and very precise... If not and your plot is not level, you'll be fighting all the thousands (seems like) of pieces to fit together correctly.
This one is only 6' X 8' and I can only stand up straight right in the middle, but all in all, it's a pretty nice little set up.
Before next Spring, I WILL have a bigger (and taller) greenhouse!
Where are you looking for a bigger one? I'd like one a little bigger than 6'x8' but not much bigger. Just no idea where to even look to buy.

What I really need is one that goes against my house somehow so the one side is house wall. I though about trying to build it myself but I'd have it all jacked up or go overboard LOL
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Running behind this year !
Hoping to get going real soon.
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Looks like I am behind again this year. My plan for this year was to start my garden from seeds to try to beat the early heat. I was hoping to have established plants prior to the serious Texas heat.

Question for those of you that started your seedlings, do you need to keep them at a certain temp for germination to occur?? I am planning to start seeds in the garage but held back because I figured with these recent cold snaps I would not be successful.
I start my seeds in front of a kitchen window that faces south-west for afternoon sun. Fold a paper towel in half, put the seeds in the crease, put on a plate and keep them wet. Transplant into solo cups with potting soil once you see roots growing. Don't plant them too deep.
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Where are you looking for a bigger one? I'd like one a little bigger than 6'x8' but not much bigger. Just no idea where to even look to buy.

What I really need is one that goes against my house somehow so the one side is house wall. I though about trying to build it myself but I'd have it all jacked up or go overboard LOL
I see some for sell on the side of the road at places that sell those carports. They don't look too bad but I have not stopped and looked up close.
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Where are you looking for a bigger one? I'd like one a little bigger than 6'x8' but not much bigger. Just no idea where to even look to buy.

What I really need is one that goes against my house somehow so the one side is house wall. I though about trying to build it myself but I'd have it all jacked up or go overboard LOL

There are a bunch on Amazon and even some "lean-to" style that might be what you're looking for.

HF also has a larger one. My brother has it and it's a pretty nice kit.
Now that we have moved most of the grow bags we had in ours, there is a little more room inside it, but dang I hate constantly bumping my head on the wet ceiling panels...
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You can transplant the asparagus. Now is a good time. The roots run to China
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Looks like I am behind again this year. My plan for this year was to start my garden from seeds to try to beat the early heat. I was hoping to have established plants prior to the serious Texas heat.

Question for those of you that started your seedlings, do you need to keep them at a certain temp for germination to occur?? I am planning to start seeds in the garage but held back because I figured with these recent cold snaps I would not be successful.
I start some in the house every year so the temp is constant and upper 60's. My brother starts the bulk of ours in a greenhouse. Peppers like it warmer(above 80). They will still germinate with temps below that but it takes a little longer.
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As per requests the new 2023 gardening thread is started.
Post up your pictures and tips and get that wholesome food going.

Iíve been lazy with all of the cold weather up here so I havenít gotten my tail in gear yet. I gathered up tubs and bags for taters and drilled holes in the tubs yesterday. Iíll start preparing my raised beds this week and bring in some dirt for the tater tubs.
Would you mind posting a pic of your tubs that you plant potatoes in ? Iím trying to figure out how you get potatoes out and it ainít coming through. Thanks !
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Well gang, we are off to a wet start. That rain we got about 2 weeks back sure set us back with our in-ground plots.


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We started seeds about 4 weeks back, we started seeds for early season veggies such as lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and a few beets.
Doing it a bit different this year. I put up a small greenhouse (and that was my first mistake!! -- SMALL!!) instead of starting plants in a grow room under lights, we are going to try to do them in the greenhouse... first stab at it has been pretty good. I have a small heater in it so was able to protect the small plants from freezing over the last few weeks.
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Yesterday we put our first bags out in the bag garden. We have various varieties of cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, and broccoli. Beets will go out next week.
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Our blackberries are beginning to come out of dormancy with new growth... It is an exciting time of year for gardening! Let's git-er-dun!
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Tomorrow, we will start our maters, peppers, egg plants, okra and a few other things in trays over the next several days. Gonna put 'em on heated grow mats in the greenhouse and put 'em in overdrive.

I will do my best to keep the thread updated as we progress...


One thing I am pondering now is a solution to my "crow" problem with my corn... They totally ruined the plot for us last season. My wife would sit next to the plot inside a Krivoman blind with my 20 ga. Benelli. I had cell cameras out, tried all kinds of things... They landed on my scarecrow...

Anyone been able to solve this problem where you live? I am contemplating netting the whole plot when I plant and removing the netting after the corn gets up big enough to need hilling and thinning. The crows won't mess with it after it gets big enough there is no kernel on the little seedlings for them to pluck out of the ground...


Good luck everyone this year!
Have the same greenhouse. I'm sure you already figured this out, but be very careful making sure to open that thing up early in the morn. Even in cool Temps, it can cook off to over 120 degrees in no time if left closed. Even when open, it can get hot quick
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We have 700 tomato plants and around 500 pepper plants started in the grow room now. Tomatoes started 1/15. Pepper plants just about 10 days ago.
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we have 700 tomato plants and around 500 pepper plants started in the grow room now. Tomatoes started 1/15. Pepper plants just about 10 days ago.
wow!
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Already harvesting the leaf lettuce and a few leaves of spinach.
Artichokes have sprouted.
Next weekend planting the tomato seeds and pepper seeds...
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We will sell majority of the plants at farmers market but we do plant alot.
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Would you mind posting a pic of your tubs that you plant potatoes in ? Iím trying to figure out how you get potatoes out and it ainít coming through. Thanks !

Donít mind at all sir.
Theyíre just empty mineral tubs that we put out for livestock. We generally use them for watering when the minerals are gone but Iíve got six whoís bottoms have cracked so I drilled holes in them and decided to try them out for potatoís. I wanted to use Charlieís idea of using grow bags from last year but got to noticing all these empty tubs that were stacking up and
thought Iíd try them instead. When it comes time to harvest Iíll just dump them out onto a tarp, pick out the taters and just dump the dirt back in the tub from the tarp.


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I start my seeds in front of a kitchen window that faces south-west for afternoon sun. Fold a paper towel in half, put the seeds in the crease, put on a plate and keep them wet. Transplant into solo cups with potting soil once you see roots growing. Don't plant them too deep.
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I start some in the house every year so the temp is constant and upper 60's. My brother starts the bulk of ours in a greenhouse. Peppers like it warmer(above 80). They will still germinate with temps below that but it takes a little longer.
Thanks for the info fellas! Will be trying to get some seeds soon. Will hopefully report on my success soon.
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Thanks for the info fellas! Will be trying to get some seeds soon. Will hopefully report on my success soon.
I also use a south facing window and a grow light initially.
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Pictures of the grow room and the kitchen table as I was getting seeds started in a warmer environment
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I also use a south facing window and a grow light initially.

Be careful with using just window light when growing indoors. Light from room lighting is important too. or you must turn your plants regularly. The problem that occurs is the seedlings will get "leggy" growing toward the light if they are not evenly lit.


When using grow lights (we use 6500K LED lights), the lights are placed just above the seed trays, not toughing but very close. As the seeds germinate and sprout, the lights are raised at the same rate of growth so that the light is just above the tops of the seedlings. Also, and especially for evening shades (maters, peppers, egg plants, okra, etc.) if you have a small fan that can blow over them as they grow, it will encourage healthier more robust stems and tough 'em up. Don't need a wind as such just enough air movement to shake the small plants.


We hope to plant tomatoes and peppers today or at least that is our goal...
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Be careful with using just window light when growing indoors. Light from room lighting is important too. or you must turn your plants regularly. The problem that occurs is the seedlings will get "leggy" growing toward the light if they are not evenly lit.


When using grow lights (we use 6500K LED lights), the lights are placed just above the seed trays, not toughing but very close. As the seeds germinate and sprout, the lights are raised at the same rate of growth so that the light is just above the tops of the seedlings. Also, and especially for evening shades (maters, peppers, egg plants, okra, etc.) if you have a small fan that can blow over them as they grow, it will encourage healthier more robust stems and tough 'em up. Don't need a wind as such just enough air movement to shake the small plants.


We hope to plant tomatoes and peppers today or at least that is our goal...
For sure. I only do a handful of starts as most are in my brothers greenhouse. Mine are basically for backup and maybe a couple of items he doesn't have room for. They are under growlight mostly with a few in windowsill. I start to harden off earlier than most to keep them strong and growing properly so they don't get too leggy.
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Donít mind at all sir.
Theyíre just empty mineral tubs that we put out for livestock. We generally use them for watering when the minerals are gone but Iíve got six whoís bottoms have cracked so I drilled holes in them and decided to try them out for potatoís. I wanted to use Charlieís idea of using grow bags from last year but got to noticing all these empty tubs that were stacking up and
thought Iíd try them instead. When it comes time to harvest Iíll just dump them out onto a tarp, pick out the taters and just dump the dirt back in the tub from the tarp.


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Hey Geoff, if you have a lot of those mineral tubs, those things make the very best wicking tub planters that money can buy!! That's what my bride and I now use for all perennial plants such as blackberries and even have a lemon tree planted in one...



This is the "Reader's Digest" (Burnadel is old enough to remember what this means) version of how to make 'em. But there's a plethora of good videos on YouTube where you can see how it's done.


You will need a mineral tub
5 feet of 3" perforated corrugated line

either some landscaping material or the tubular cover for the 3" drain line
the tube cover is best.
about 4-6" of small diameter pipe or tube (I used 1/2" cpvc)
about 2 feet of 1" PVC or similar

couple zip ties



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Begin if you're using the cloth covering over the 3" perforated line by pulling the covering over the whole length of 5 feet of pipe and zip tie one end.


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On the other end, put the small pipe/tube in the gathered material and zip tie it so that it is in the covering and inside the pipe.


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Using a drill that is the right size so that the pipe/tube just barely fits thru it, drill a hole about 2-2 1/2" up from the inside of the bottom of the tub.




From the inside of the tub, stick the small pipe/tube through the hole you just drilled and then wind the 5 feet of drain line now covered with the cloth around the tub and press it down into the bottom.


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Once the line is in place in the bottom, begin to fill it with your garden soil mix and cover the 3" pipe. I use 2 parts mushroom compost, 2 parts peat moss, and 2 part perlite. Pack the mix around the pipe well making sure you get it all down in the open section in the middle of the tub. That is where the soil will "wick" moisture up and feed the plants from.



Once that is done, cut a piece of 1" or similar PVC pipe that extends from the bottom of the tub up beyond the top lip of the tub. This is your fill pipe and where you will do all your watering... I put my stand pipe on the opposite side from where the hole is drilled in the side of the tub.


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Fill the tub the rest of the way up and press it down a bit. I fill up to about 1 1/2 to 2 inches below the lip of the tub.


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You are now ready to plant. Initially, I plant then water in the whole tub very well so that the soil is good and wet, but not soggy wet.

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After you plant, fill the reservoir you have created in the tub with the 3" line by running water down the stand pipe until it runs out the small pipe/tube in the side of the tub. For smallish plants, you may need to water from the top for a week or two periodically, but once the plants get going, you will not have to surface water at all. For our berry plants, during the prime growing/producing season, we water about every 10 days to 2 weeks. Everything we've tried to grow in these wicking tubs has thrived very well! We also fertilize through the stand pipe by injecting soluble fertilizer through the stand pipe.


There are some really good YouTube videos that explain the principle of air pruning and such and why this form of growing works so well. The wicking tubs can be made out of just about anything. Lots of 5 gallon buckets are used along with beer cans as the reservoir... Molasses tubs and 2 liter drink bottles with holes drilled in them are also very good as are 1 gallon milk jugs...


Good luck with all of this y'all! It's been a fun learning experience for my wife and me. Where we live, often times in the Spring it is too wed to plow an in-ground garden because of Spring rains... This and grow bags have both proven to be very viable alternatives to in-ground gardening...
A side benefit to wicking tubs and grow bags... practically ZERO weeds!!
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Never heard of those Charlie. Gonna be watching some utube videos tonight. Thanks.
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This is a link to the guy's site that started all the wicking tub craze...

He has LOTS of videos about them and many ways to put them together.


http://www.youtube.com/@gardeningwithleon2816



This is one from TP2 (Texas Prepper 2). I like this hybrid version and it is described above. Old TP2 is hard to listen to and watch sometimes because he's so wordy, but that sucker knows more about planting/growing/propagating and harvesting blackberries than anyone I ever knew... He has a very good video on comparing wicking tubs, grow bags, and earth boxes that is worth a watch too...




Don't know why the first one did not embed... ??

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Glad to see the 2023 thread up and going.

Been busy knocked out projects on my end and still have several more to do. Just finished framing up another raised bed last night. Cut some tree limbs out of the way too to give it a bit more sun throughout the day. Iíll get dirt in it next week and itíll be ready to roll.

I kept about a dozen pepper plants going through the winter. Most really slowed down but a coolapeno and a petin have been producing almost the whole time. Iíve got cabbage and brussels sprouts in the ground right now, but I planted them pretty late so weíll see how they do.

I need to get a couple of tubs prepped. Going to give those a go with some plants this year. Thatís next on my list.

I planted my peppers on Sunday. Picked up a number of new (to me) varieties this year, so Iím ready for those plants to start growing. They're on the heating pads under the grow light now.

Anyone have recommendations for a good determinate tomato to plant? Iíve got a couple indeterminates in the seed pile but wanted to try something new this year too.
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Well, we got 4 more trays with 162 slots each planted this morning... peppers, maters, egg plants, okrey, and some spinach... The spinach was just a filler for a couple rows in one of the trays that my wife didn't have more evening shades to fill up with...



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A trick we learned last year to save some time is once the seeds are planted and watered in good, we wrapped the trays with cellophane stretch wrap and put them on a heating mat. This does 2 things. With the trays wrapped, they stay moist and no need to repeated watering/spritzing until they sprout. Secondly, with the addition of the heat mats, peppers n maters like warm soil to germinate (85 or higher degrees)... This we found cut the germination and sprouting time by at least 50%. Once the seeds have a good sprout going, we remove the stretch wrap and proceed normally. However this year, we will immediately move them to the greenhouse and natural light to avoid most of the hardening off process we failed to do properly last year... We are hoping for stronger healthier plants that can take the sun quicker...



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My crazy blackberries think it's Springtime already!! They've come out or dormancy and are now blooming all in one week!! If you look closely, you can see dried blackberries still on the plants that grew after we pruned them back last year between Thanksgiving and Christmas!! I've never seen berries do this before!!

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What’s best to fill raised beds with?
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Depends on what and how you intend to plant...
I generally put started plants in the ground whether raised beds or in-ground garden (except for things like peas, beans, corn and such). In a raised bed putting in started plants, I use 2 parts compost (I use mushroom compost), 2 parts peat moss, and 1 part perlite... I use no dirt in raised beds unless I'm just trying to fill in a deep bed where I don't want to waste the above mixture of products. For in-ground planting in a raised you can mix good topsoil and a good vegetable garden mix or even topsoil and bank sand... Lots of options there.
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Depends on what and how you intend to plant...
I generally put started plants in the ground whether raised beds or in-ground garden (except for things like peas, beans, corn and such). In a raised bed putting in started plants, I use 2 parts compost (I use mushroom compost), 2 parts peat moss, and 1 part perlite... I use no dirt in raised beds unless I'm just trying to fill in a deep bed where I don't want to waste the above mixture of products. For in-ground planting in a raised you can mix good topsoil and a good vegetable garden mix or even topsoil and bank sand... Lots of options there.
I mix topsoil and compost. Peat moss is good, but a little bit goes a long ways. Its HOTTTT. I typically use peat to top dress my yard since it's straight sand in my area.
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I was waiting for someone to start a 2023 thread. My question is last year i learned about vine borers on squash plants. That lesson was learned to late, and i lost all my plants. So can i plant squash this year in the same raised bed ?
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I was waiting for someone to start a 2023 thread. My question is last year i learned about vine borers on squash plants. That lesson was learned to late, and i lost all my plants. So can i plant squash this year in the same raised bed ?
You're not really supposed to. The vine borers have become really bad in our area. Almost to the point it's not worth planting squash. I started planting in fall garden recently which seems to help alleviate it to an extent
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Got potatoes and onions in today. Getting them watered in now. Hope they both do better than last year. Also planted a couple of strawberries.



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Anyone have great and east ideas to keep weeds at bay. Lol I grow some mean weeds. Did pile on a bunch of leaves from my live oaks a couple years ago that took a while for the weeds to come through


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Life was too busy what with working, hunting, and traveling lately to get any seeds started this year. I'll be buying tomatoes and peppers I'm afraid. I'll get all the spring veggies in the ground around March 15th.
The only thing growing right now are brussel sprouts. They look great.
I worked the beds today, tore down the dead vines on the trellis, planted red and 1015 yellow onions, and red and yellow potatoes.
When I cleaned out the dead asparagus fronds, I found a few peaking out of the soil already.
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Got quite a bit tilled last night and today. Planted white and yellow onions this afternoon. Probably plant potatoes before the rain is supposed to hit Wednesday. Hopefully finish tilling before then also.
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What kind of green beans does everybody like to plant?
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Depends on what and how you intend to plant...
I generally put started plants in the ground whether raised beds or in-ground garden (except for things like peas, beans, corn and such). In a raised bed putting in started plants, I use 2 parts compost (I use mushroom compost), 2 parts peat moss, and 1 part perlite... I use no dirt in raised beds unless I'm just trying to fill in a deep bed where I don't want to waste the above mixture of products. For in-ground planting in a raised you can mix good topsoil and a good vegetable garden mix or even topsoil and bank sand... Lots of options there.
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What kind of green beans does everybody like to plant?
I like contenders

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