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|06-24-2015 08:12 AM|
|jocoyn||I think you have to gauge it. Normally I don't need one but with about 2 weeks of temps in the mid to high 90s and nightime lows in the mid 70s, some of the plants are getting a little stressed.....cucurbits wilting mid day for a bit, tomatoes dropping flowers and curling leaves. Some winter squash aborting baby fruit. The eggplants love it. The peppers are even dropping flowers but holding onto their current fruit. In a few days we are supposed to get back to normal with highs around 90. I am not sure it will buy me any more fruiting but think it will de-stress the plants some|
|06-24-2015 07:33 AM|
Wow. I need to read this thread more often. Lots of great advice for a novice like me.
I have a question about the sun shade? Do you think I need that in Philadelphia. I grew up in Buffalo so it was never an issue there but it can get really hot here. I never see other people using them here but that doesn't mean it wouldn't help.
|06-24-2015 12:04 AM|
|Nikitta||I'm a conservationist. I'm saving 1000s of plants lives by not planting them. ( Don't get me wrong. I LOVE garden grown vegetables.) I tried indoor plants. I got them a grow light. I gave them plant food. I played them music. They all died. I tried outdoor plants. The girl at the nursery, after I told her I can't keep that or that alive suggested a weed. LOL Fortunately my neighbor said I could raid his garden when they are producing. He will regret it. I PIG out on garden tomatoes in the summer. LOL|
|06-23-2015 11:39 PM|
Never thought of Starbucks coffee grounds, thanks!
For the fish sludge (fertilizer), try any garden supply site, like wayside or the seed catalogs. Or just eat a lot of fish and grind up the leftovers with some water, water it in. I have to keep the dog away, though!
|06-22-2015 11:55 AM|
his worms will be up all night !
I have been getting coffee grounds from Starbucks for years . Good stuff for the soil.
|06-22-2015 11:43 AM|
I would love to get fish sludge - we have no source up here not sure I want chicken stuff!
We have really been hit by the June heat wave - nice temps then WHAM 90s, high 90s at that. We are dropping blooms. Ordering 40% shade fabric while using the 75% I can score at Lowes. I don't have enough for everyone so I am moving it around. My husband did talk with the folks at Starbucks and it is easy to get grounds from them as they are required to recycle. So that is good for the compost heap (and his worms)
|06-22-2015 01:12 AM|
My beans are going nuts and the tomatoes look better than last year ( which isn't saying too much). The sunny golds have set fruit, brandy wine has flowers and looks vigorous, the old Germans are flowering, but not as vigorous. Lettuce and onions doing well. The weather has been just like last year, 60 and sunny then 85 and downpours. Never any long warm sunny days. Threw a bunch of seeds in for the grandboy; we call it the "surprise surprise" garden, Dukes, zinnias, marigolds, salvia, cilantro, dill sunflowers and nasturtium. I'm eating the lettuce which is under the tomatoes. Thanks to my grown son, I'm using compost dirt and fish "sludge". ( don't know how else to describe it). Hubby is a Vietnam Vet and he remembers chopped up fish in the rice paddies. Smells bad for a couple of days, though. We will see how it works.
Laid mulch, and thence the annual fight:I always extend the beds by an inch or two so it's not noticeable..except for this year I got caught red handed....good luck to all. Say your solstice prayers!
Just used the last of last years tomatoes in a pot roast. Didn't do beets this year though. They're pretty cheap in the grocery, so wth.
|06-21-2015 05:34 PM|
Saw this today--any body can grow in just about any space!
Small Space, Big Promise: Sack Farming Holds Potential For Poor Urban Households
|06-21-2015 02:05 PM|
|jocoyn||That is really amazing -- I don't recall victory gardens because I was not born yet (I imagine few, if any, of us were) but it is empowering to raise your own food. Each year the garden improves a little! I will have to take some pictures soon this year. I have a bed where I planted okra, amaranth, and tomatoes - and - they are all coming up. Even some of the tomatoes. I had heard how hard they were to start outside from seed. We will see...I have a long enough growing period. .......|
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