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Re: Anyone else garden?

by BoneSnapDeez Mon May 04, 2020 9:34 pm

My and opa, spring 2020, colorized:

I planted my carrots today. Will do green beans and radishes later. I need more soil.
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Re: Anyone else garden?

by Anapan Tue May 05, 2020 2:03 am

A little late sprouting seeds this year. Got a few veggies and herbs planted. The rest will be planted in about a week when they'll def. be okay. There was a hail storm a couple of days ago.
Here's picture of the biggest from last year's crop - my buddy standing beside it. I didn't think to take any other pictures when it was fully grown and budded.
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Re: Anyone else garden?

by samsonlonghair Tue May 05, 2020 1:51 pm

opa wrote:Garden 2020: Planted sweet corn, green beans (roma II), and okra today. Still need to plant peppers and have lettuce to transplant.
Anyone else planted their garden yet?

I used to think I had a brown thumb. Turns out I was just living in a chilly climate with long winters and poor soil.

I moved to Newport News last year and started gardening in earnest. The climate here is so much more amenable to gardening than the mountains of WV. I made a lot of mistakes with last year's garden, but I learned a lot too. The number 1 lesson is that the ground here is too swampy, so everything needs to be grown in a raised bed or container. I like container gardening better because I can move different plants to different locations to experiment which plants grow better where. Some of my plants like a little shade while others demand full sun.

This year my garden is really firing on all cylinders. I am growing
-Bell Peppers
-and Bee balm to attract pollinators

There was already a rose bush here before I moved in. I started reading about how to take care of roses last month. It turns out they need air flow. Who knew? I pruned out all the spotty leaves. I was afraid I was taking it too far, but the rose bush immediately grew much healthier. That bush is covered in rose blossoms now.

I left a potted mum bush on my porch, and a mother wren made her nest there. The eggs just hatched recently. I get to watch the mother wren bring food to her hatchlings. They're too adorable. :mrgreen:
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Re: The gardening thread

by opa Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:41 pm

How's everything going?

I fertilized and plowed some corn this morning before it got too hot. The heat just saps the energy out of you if you stay in it too long.

I've got broccoli and bell peppers in. We were a little late with the corn and beans but it is up and growing like a weed. I am in need of some rain in my area; things are starting to get a bit dusty. However, we have drip irrigation on the tomatoes and watermelon; could set up more if need be. I can't wait for my hawaiian peppers but it'll probably be the end of August or early September before I get any. They grow to about three feet tall from past experience and they're only a few inches right now.
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