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Well, it痴 that time again.
I have broccoli, Brussels sprouts, onions and garlic growing that I planted in the fall.
I plan on getting the tomatoes started at the end of the month. ( I hope the weather cooperates better this year)
Asparagus will be ready to harvest at will this year (third year of growth).





Oh, does anyone know what I have here? It was supposed to be broccoli!



Good luck with all your gardens this year!
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Let me see your asparagus? Mine is just 2nd year
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Anyone ever grow purple hull peas in their home gardens? I love them and am looking for a summer planting for down here.
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Scotty, those are some mighty healthy looking plants!!

I agree also that I hope the weather cooperates better this year... Right now, it is a "negative ghost rider" for me though...


El General, we always plant purple hull peas! But in normal garden rows about 100-150 feet long... Last year, they just drowned, but year before we had 3 rows and got probably 12 bushels or more peas off them... Had some last night for supper!
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Hopefully we get something going this year. Really enjoy these threads
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Well, it痴 that time again.
I have broccoli, Brussels sprouts, onions and garlic growing that I planted in the fall.
I plan on getting the tomatoes started at the end of the month. ( I hope the weather cooperates better this year)
Asparagus will be ready to harvest at will this year (third year of growth).





Oh, does anyone know what I have here? It was supposed to be broccoli!



Good luck with all your gardens this year!
I'm having trouble with my broccoli getting that big. It wants to flower out first. You got any tips?
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Scotty, those are some mighty healthy looking plants!!

I agree also that I hope the weather cooperates better this year... Right now, it is a "negative ghost rider" for me though...


El General, we always plant purple hull peas! But in normal garden rows about 100-150 feet long... Last year, they just drowned, but year before we had 3 rows and got probably 12 bushels or more peas off them... Had some last night for supper!
When do you plant?

I have a couple of 5x5 beds in the back yard and a 5'x20' plot in a community garden. Would 2 or 3 of the bush varieties produce enough peas to make it worth it?
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Let me see your asparagus? Mine is just 2nd year


Nothing to see right now. After it freezes off, I cut the dead ferns back to ground level.
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I'm having trouble with my broccoli getting that big. It wants to flower out first. You got any tips?


I planted it in October this year. Last year I planted in February and it got too hot too fast to get big.
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When do you plant?

I have a couple of 5x5 beds in the back yard and a 5'x20' plot in a community garden. Would 2 or 3 of the bush varieties produce enough peas to make it worth it?
You would be better of using the space for something else.
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I planted it in October this year. Last year I planted in February and it got too hot too fast to get big.
We did too. We have gotten a couple of full size heads out of 8 plants, but the others have been small.
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Brussels sprouts!

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We did too. We have gotten a couple of full size heads out of 8 plants, but the others have been small.


I add a bunch of compost each spring and spray the plants with has-ta-gro every couple of weeks.
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I知 going to plant green beans this spring rather than cucumbers. That was about all I got a bumper crop out of. I still have about 50 quarts of pickles.

I have to rebuild those boxes though. The wood rotted after six years.
Going to rebuild the asparagus beds too. I値l have to be CAREFUL when I do those so as not to disturb the root ball.
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2020 fall garden.

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Just started seeds yesterday. Mainly tomatoes, various peppers, zuchini, & cucumbers. Will need to build above ground beds for all of them, just having a difficult time avoiding the shade in my backyard now that my oak trees have matured. Any tips on what kind of soil to use in above ground beds. I'm guessing by the bag is easiest, but can get costly quick. Any certain mix I should use?

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My favorite pic so far this year. My neighbors daughter showed an interest in the garden this last fall. Everytime I'm in my backyard she asks to come over and help. She's helped me spread mulch, pick weeds, lay down compost and plant the seedlings. Last week I told her it was harvest day for the cabbage. She was so excited and finally got to see the results of all our effort! She also picked some kale and collards to take home. I'm glad I get to teach someone so young and hope I've inspired her to garden in her adult life.
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Awesome work fellas! I have spinach, lettuce, garlic, onions, radish, bunching onions, and carrots going now. I'd love to plant asparagus as my fam loves it, but just don't have enough garden space to justify the wait.
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Just started seeds yesterday. Mainly tomatoes, various peppers, zuchini, & cucumbers. Will need to build above ground beds for all of them, just having a difficult time avoiding the shade in my backyard now that my oak trees have matured. Any tips on what kind of soil to use in above ground beds. I'm guessing by the bag is easiest, but can get costly quick. Any certain mix I should use?

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For all my raised beds, I filled the bottom with a "filler". Mainly small branches, hay, pine needles, straw, grass clippings or any other organic material. After the filler, my raised bed mix consists of 1/3 compost, 1/3 peat moss and 1/3 vermiculite. Mix all together and add on top of filler. The bottom filler layer will take up ALOT of space so you dont have to fill with so much soil. The organic material will naturally break down and feed the organisms over time as well.
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For all my raised beds, I filled the bottom with a "filler". Mainly small branches, hay, pine needles, straw, grass clippings or any other organic material. After the filler, my raised bed mix consists of 1/3 compost, 1/3 peat moss and 1/3 vermiculite. Mix all together and add on top of filler. The bottom filler layer will take up ALOT of space so you dont have to fill with so much soil. The organic material will naturally break down and feed the organisms over time as well.
I did the same with 'filler' with all of my raised beds. Works great! I also add all of the leaves from the yard every fall as mulch and organic material. Till it under in Spring. Not much need to add any soil over the last 7-8 years. A little compost here and there....
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When do you plant?

I have a couple of 5x5 beds in the back yard and a 5'x20' plot in a community garden. Would 2 or 3 of the bush varieties produce enough peas to make it worth it?

The trouble with purple hull peas, is they are a vine plant and need space to spread out and grow. If you had full access to the 5 X 20 spot, you could plant enough peas there to make a bushel or so, but it would fill it up. We plant the peas first of March directly in the ground. You can start them in a greenhouse earlier than that if you want, but we never have.
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For all my raised beds, I filled the bottom with a "filler". Mainly small branches, hay, pine needles, straw, grass clippings or any other organic material. After the filler, my raised bed mix consists of 1/3 compost, 1/3 peat moss and 1/3 vermiculite. Mix all together and add on top of filler. The bottom filler layer will take up ALOT of space so you dont have to fill with so much soil. The organic material will naturally break down and feed the organisms over time as well.
Thanks so much... that's exactly the info I was looking for. How deep do you like to make your beds?

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My beds are 3 feet deep. Filling the beds only hurt once money wise. After you fill the beds, it's simply a matter of adding organic matter on top and lightly tilling.
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I picked two nice red tomatoes off my plant in the greenhouse yesterday, still producing from last season.
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My favorite pic so far this year. My neighbors daughter showed an interest in the garden this last fall. Everytime I'm in my backyard she asks to come over and help. She's helped me spread mulch, pick weeds, lay down compost and plant the seedlings. Last week I told her it was harvest day for the cabbage. She was so excited and finally got to see the results of all our effort! She also picked some kale and collards to take home. I'm glad I get to teach someone so young and hope I've inspired her to garden in her adult life.
Great way to get young ones involved. I love this pic!!!
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Great way to get young ones involved. I love this pic!!!
One of my favorite pictures is of my son picking a radish and celery that he helped plant and beaming smile lol
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Dressed the garden with last years compost, and planted a bit of radish and spinach. Resting the soil a bit in the other garden just because it had extreme growth from tomatoes but only the grape tomatoes fruited.
Wintered my pepper plants, and my cayenne is already fruiting. Houston weather is still not normal to me lol. Tobascoes are ready to make a hot sauce.
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Y’all have inspired me to not be lazy this weekend. Our new house has a sandbox the old owners left that I’ve been meaning to turn into a raised bed. Just needed to decide what to plant there. Probably tomatoes and pepper this year. Have some avocado trees that are 2yrs old so they still have a couple years before they start to fruit
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With the warm temps this last week, my broccoli was getting ready to bolt.
So, I picked the heads and got them put away.

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I am the gardener in my home be it good or bad. Mostly good and feed the neighbors often with fresh goods. Not 100% organic but close. My soils are self built with an occasional bagged good. Scotty, I see you are close to me so our black clays you likely have are not very friendly.
My compost is done off season burying fish heads, and all the regulars goodies and turning the dirt. Never did the normal compost container methods. My garden does well.Nothing in it except a few volunteer potatoes right now. My problem is raccoons and possums dig up anything I bury even with large rocks or logs on top. If not for the laws i Georgetown, they would not be a problem. Living with it but stinks my stinky stuff is gone before it rots and feeds the dirt. Need a dog. Mine is gone RIP. Love fresh vegis. Glad to see this thread as some goodies are not happy and some thrive. Weird easy green beans hate my two plots. Great peppers and Tomatoes but the type is critical. Sorry, I will listen for a while before acting like I know anything. Good stuff.
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Come on spring! Crappie spawn and staring the new garden can’t wait!
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Started my tomato seeds a couple of days ago. A few have already started peaking through the soil.

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My compost is done off season burying fish heads, and all the regulars goodies and turning the dirt.te my two plots. Great peppers and Tomatoes but the type is critical.
I have watched a couple video's on the fishheads. Seems like an old Indian method that got carried down. Thought about doing this as well. Just seems like if it works as well as some people say it would be WAY more common? Lotta invasive's like carp, tilapia and plecos in my area that I could easily catch and bury. Might try this
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Is everyone planting already or waiting another month or two.

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I値l get everything in the ground in March before we leave for spring break.
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I have watched a couple video's on the fishheads. Seems like an old Indian method that got carried down. Thought about doing this as well. Just seems like if it works as well as some people say it would be WAY more common? Lotta invasive's like carp, tilapia and plecos in my area that I could easily catch and bury. Might try this
It works. Bury the bones, etc. The main reason people dont do it as often here is they dont know, or if you look up composting it says not to use meat by products even though yes they can be composted. The reason it just commonly says not to is the possibility of bugs, scavengers, etc. Bones break down and provide calcium, etc.
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Picked some radish microgreens when we thinned, planted some more. Planted a few more spinach as well, have 6 sprouted so far.
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Started my tomato seeds a couple of days ago. A few have already started peaking through the soil.


Scotty, you got these in a greenhouse or just in like a garage or other room where you can control the temp/lighting? I've never started anything from seeds before like maters, cukes, squash and such... Always bought mater plants, and squash/zucchini and such... bout the only thing we plant from seed is peas n corn...
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I plan on planting radishes tomorrow


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We had to pull up our garden beds to make room for my shed. The kids love strawberries so I’m looking at vertical PVC planters. Anybody have experience with them?
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I知 going to plant green beans this spring rather than cucumbers. That was about all I got a bumper crop out of. I still have about 50 quarts of pickles.

I have to rebuild those boxes though. The wood rotted after six years.
Going to rebuild the asparagus beds too. I値l have to be CAREFUL when I do those so as not to disturb the root ball.

Might I suggest.... You use concrete blocks, instead of
lumber.... It will last longer... And less chance of any chemicals
leaching into the garden soil....just a suggestion....
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Scotty, you got these in a greenhouse or just in like a garage or other room where you can control the temp/lighting? I've never started anything from seeds before like maters, cukes, squash and such... Always bought mater plants, and squash/zucchini and such... bout the only thing we plant from seed is peas n corn...
Don稚 know what Scotty does, but I start all my peppers, tomatoes, and tomatillos from seeds. A grow light and a warm place is all you need other than the pots. Everything else in my garden except for onions is seeded in the soil. I only buy plants in the event I get a batch of bad seed.
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Looks like everyone痴 stuff is doing great! Keep up the good work. My winter stuff in our high tunnel is doing good. We are eating lettuce and radishes and should have broccoli soon.


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Don稚 know what Scotty does, but I start all my peppers, tomatoes, and tomatillos from seeds. A grow light and a warm place is all you need other than the pots. Everything else in my garden except for onions is seeded in the soil. I only buy plants in the event I get a batch of bad seed.

Thx Rocky. I have never tried it. I do have a small greenhouse that I have not assembled yet. How late can you start seeds and still get plants in the ground for good produce? The grow light sounds like a good idea.
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I will plant early so stay in touch as I always insure a late freeze so we can start over again!
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and I thought I knew everything about everything until I find out I do not.. I love my warm weather zucchini and last 2 years my seeds went great except for "duh" limited Zucchini on the table. I am Georgetown. A nice family preached a Zucchini seed at Tractor Supply? All said, any suggestions for a seed. I know a little relating to Georgetown east side. I share: go with Early Girl for tomatoes, Sun Gold for sweet massive yield and allow some room for little guys. I even have started melons on a trellis. Works. Grand kid started this one. A few miles and soils make big differences. Georgetown success share appreciated.
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Thx Rocky. I have never tried it. I do have a small greenhouse that I have not assembled yet. How late can you start seeds and still get plants in the ground for good produce? The grow light sounds like a good idea.
Planted pepper seeds 2 weeks ago, as they grow slow. Plants are around 2” tall currently. Planting tomato and tomatillo seeds tomorrow. Will let them grow under lights until it gets warm enough to let them harden outside on porch. You don’t need a greenhouse, just a place that is warm and you can put lights on them to get them started. Usually about 6 weeks before you can put them in the ground and not worry about frost.

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Thinned my tomato seedlings today.
I have three Carolina Reapers finally peaking through the dirt.
Went out to putter in the garden.
Harvested a little broccoli, trimmed the Brussels Sprout leaves, checked on the garlic and the onions, and then found a surprise.
A few asparagus spears! Yum!
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