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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 28, 2013 at 5:09pm

Thanks for your comments and suggestions Joan.

I've forgotten that Brussels Sprouts had a pretty fractel pattern, but I do find interest and beauty in everything I grow.  

As much as I like the taste of fresh from the garden produce, and with my limited growing space, I don't grow flowers, but my edibles are still beautiful to my eye.  Most of them have pretty flowers also.  A case in point is my chives that are just starting to bloom:

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 28, 2013 at 4:46pm

I've never grown watermelon either.  Last winter I got over-enthusiastic and ordered seeds of an Idaho variety - Blacktail Mountain -  that is claimed to do well in short cool summer areas.  Similar for a Minnesota cantaloupe - small melon, plant can be grown in containers ("Minnesota Midget") .  Just need to prepare a place to plant them....  At some point, I'll be done building raised beds and can relax more.  The "big plan" is for 2 or 3 more raised beds then I'm done with infrastructure.

For mildew and aphids both, I've had good success with neem oil.   It works great on roses and grapes, any way.

Spud the container is a great concept!  Will have to give it a try.

Annie, great concept with the Okra.  I do like in in a soup or stew or fried....   A couple of other varieties are listed in Seed Savers as tolerant of cool short summers.  The package states ready in 50 to 64 days.  If it takes 50% or 70% longer, I might still get some.  Never know without trying!  Similar for the cantaloupe, 60-75 days, developed for Northern gardening.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2013 at 4:15pm

I know the problem. Spray with chemicals, or milk, of olive oil, or whatever, and chewers, suckers, and mildew and virus keep coming back. My treatment is to shower the troubled areas every morning, washing off as many or as much as you can.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2013 at 3:26pm

Spud, sand helps to drain water away from the roots. If you create a little mound of garden soil, toss on a bucket of sand, course or medium, with a small canal all the way around the mound so you can soak water into the base, you should have fewer problems with mildew, critters, and will not overwater. 

I can't grow cantaloupe or watermelon at my place 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2013 at 3:01pm

Spud, you will really enjoy growing Brussel sprouts. They are so pretty, they form a perfect fractal growth pattern, taste delicious, especially with a little butter and garlic. The problem is those little devils, aphids! I used spray of water with a hose every morning technique instead of chemicals. The plants stand up in a row like sunning meerkats, waiting for their morning shower. They love side-dressings of steer manure; they just soak up all those nutrients.  

Please keep us up to date on their development.

Your demonstration of potting containers is a tremendous idea. Less trauma to roots on transplant, and an easy way to get them released from the pot. Thanks.

Comment by Annie Thomas on May 28, 2013 at 1:18pm

Idaho- I love the potting idea you shared.  I'm in north central Florida, so I sow seeds right into the ground in late February.  When I build raised beds, I make them the same size as actual beds (usually full or queen).  This allows me to easily cover the beds with fitted sheets if a frost hits.The first time I did this was by accident, but it has worked out nicely for me.

Sentient- I'm growing Clemson too.  It's what they had at the feed store.

As far as enjoying okra- I used to only like it breaded and fried.  I don't like the texture when it's added to soups.  Just recently, I started tossing whole okra in a bit of olive oil, then adding a bit of salt and pepper.  I lay them on a cookie sheet and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes, turning throughout the cook time.  My family really enjoys them this way in place of French fries! 

Well, the powdery mildew is back on my crook-necked squash.  I have sprayed it with a mixture of 10% milk in water and it cleared up for about a week.  It looks pretty bad and I'm not sure what to try next. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 28, 2013 at 12:51pm

Don't know why that filled pot image was rotated 90 degrees, but you should get the idea anyway.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 28, 2013 at 12:42pm

Have you tried or heard of this method of starting plants in a plastic pot that's supposed to be easier on the plant when transplanting to the garden?

I tried it last year and it seemed to work well, so I'm doing it again this year and took a couple of pictures of it.

The idea is to cut most of one pot away except for the bottom and two pieces on opposite sides, just large enough to hold the contents when pulled on.  Put that cut piece in a regular pot (put drainage holes in both of course) and then fill with potting soil.  

When ready to plant in the garden, the cut-up pot has it's narrow strips peeking above the regular pot just enough to grab and pull out.  The plant & potting soil bundle can then be easily slid off the cut-up pot.

I'm not describing it well, but my pictures should give you the idea:

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 28, 2013 at 10:01am

I forgot!  This year I'm trying Brussels Sprouts for the first time in 25 years.  Also, a couple of other Cole crops.

I forgot to mention, as I do every year, I'm growing my favorite vegetable.  Peas.  

 

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