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General Discussion / Re: Bush bean poll..... hehe get it?
« on: March 23, 2019, 03:42:55 PM »
I use the Whiskeydog method and just jerk the whole plant up by the roots and sit in the shade to pick the rest off the plants. They can really well.

Me too and also do this with my hot peppers by just cutting off the branches with ripe peppers and throw them in a pile.  Sit in the chair and pick away.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: March 21, 2019, 03:18:18 PM »
Today, I turn off the indoor lights, and they are going to be off for a little bit as the last sets of plants (hot peppers and eggplants) are hardening off outside now.

General Discussion / Re: So What is Everyone Going to Plant?
« on: March 07, 2019, 02:50:37 PM »
List of what I'm planting this summer (so far):

Onion: Red Creole, Texas Sweet 1015y, Southern Belle Red, and Texas Legend
Potato: Red LaSoda, Caribe, Prairie Blush, and Yukon Gold
English / Snow Peas: I forget and not listed in my spreadsheet (need to fix that)
Corn: Xtra-Tender (20173) and Mirage
Cucumber (lower and lean): Green Finger, Diva, Tasty Jade
Tomatoes (lower and lean / cages): Black Cherry, Yellow Pear, Carbon, Pruden's Purple, Kelloggs, German Red Strawberry, Romanesco
Beans: Blue Lake and Jade II
Eggplant (lower and lean): Black Beauty, Listada De Gandia, Malaysian Dark Red, Syrian, Dancer, and Diamond
Sweet Peppers (lower and lean): Bull Nose (killed the rest of the varieties so will hopefully buy some)
Hot Peppers: Shishito, Carolina Reaper, Chocolate Habanero, Jalapeno, Chimayo, and Nu Mex Big Jim
Melon: Charentais and need to figure out what others.
Okra: some kind of cowhorn
Cowpea: Purple-Hull Pea

The Greenhouse / Re: 2019 High Tunnel
« on: March 06, 2019, 11:50:16 AM »
Very nice looking carrots. 

General Discussion / Re: IT's a TRAP
« on: March 06, 2019, 11:46:50 AM »
I don't notice any damage with the blueberries or peaches but there is a little on the potatoes and beets, may be just slightly some on the lettuce and chard.  With the forecast now, the corn, cucumbers, and tomatoes are going outside tomorrow.  Hopefully, the weather cooperates from now on, yeah right.

General Discussion / Re: Our deepest condolences
« on: March 05, 2019, 08:13:29 AM »
Sorry to hear about the passing of your wife.  The kids and I will light a candle for her on Wednesday.

The Greenhouse / Re: 2019 High Tunnel
« on: March 04, 2019, 08:10:54 AM »
Looking good Maggie and at least have a little to eat.  Looks like you have some tatsoi left, along with the red lettuce and parsley. 

Do your carrots fork?  What kind of carrots are they? I picked a row of imperator carrots.  They were may be 4 and 6-inches long but everyone one of them were forked.  I've been broad forking the dirt and pretty soft.  I'm not very good at watering and definitely got dried out a couple times.  I'm not sure why.  Going to pick the chantenay and nantes in a couple weeks.  Hoping for nice carrots but afraid they are forked too.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: March 02, 2019, 04:51:34 AM »
1shotwade, I have one 8 blulb and one 4 bulb lights.  They are mounted on a wire shelving.  The sides and back of the shelving is wrapped in mylar (emergency blanket).  The 8 bulb light has great coverage for 4 trays with absolutely no stretching.  The 4 bulb light does pretty good but there is a little stretching along the front of the trays where I don't have mylar.  I run the lights 16 hours on and 6 hours off.  They put out some heat though.

What do you all do for fertilizing your seedlings under lights?  Once a week, I have been putting a half cup of organic fertilizer into 3 gallons of water and let that sit over night to feed the next day.  Also, I'll mix up a half gallon spray bottle of half teaspoons or less of calcium carbonate, epsum salt, and bone meal that I use to wet down the plants once a week.  Sometimes I'll add a half teaspoon or less of zinc sulfate and or boron.  Would like to try some water soluble silica. 

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: March 01, 2019, 04:46:14 PM »
Not everybody GG! I don't have a greenhouse but I do have grow lights set up in the basement. I just re-potted 18 lettuce and have 18 cauliflower to do in a bit. Have 100 celery and 100 celeriac germinated. Waiting on the parsnips to germinate. 700 onions up along with 100 leeks and 500 carrots. 60 tomatoes starting to break thru the ground and just put in 84 peppers and have a half dozen cabbage ready to re-pot.
We are getting 1-3" of snow right now but as soon as I can get out there again I've got 300 garlic that needs to go in. Just got caught with 2 1/2 yards of mulch still on the truck for that.

Everything slows down next week when we get cold again but the indoors planting and germinating is still going on! It's game on already and you have to play to win!

Sounds great 1shotwade. I have 2 t5 that are 4 feet long and can do 8 trays.  I need more lights for this fall.  I definitely needed a greenhouse this spring with the late cool weather so will be working on that in the fall too.  I would like to try to have tomatoes and cucumbers going through this winter too.  Cold is not just the probably but also limited sunlight hours.

Yeah, Gymgirl.  I'm waiting till next Wednesday or Thursday and then transplanting corn, cucumbers, and tomatoes.  We are suppose to be in the 30s for Mardi Gras.  After that I'm not looking at the weather anymore.

General Discussion / Re: Time between corn varieties
« on: February 28, 2019, 08:46:16 AM »
Yep, I listened to you last year and got my yard beans out of the garden by June and didn't plant cow peas until July.  It was the first year with no weevils in the yard beans and cow peas.  Will be doing the same again this year.  It's much easier to avoid the bug then spray for them.  Thanks.

General Discussion / Re: Asparagus in south Louisiana
« on: February 26, 2019, 10:47:03 AM »
What ever variety people find that works good in LA.  I'll send you a text later today.

General Discussion / Re: Time between corn varieties
« on: February 26, 2019, 09:04:51 AM »
Got the beds prepped but didn't transplant the corn or cucumbers, which is a good thing looking at the forecast now for next week.  However, I do have them outside and boy did the grow slow down compared to inside under the lights.  The light hours are so low still and temp really has made a difference.   Put the tomatoes outside too and hoping it slows them down too.  Peppers and eggplants still under the lights.

General Discussion / Re: Asparagus in south Louisiana
« on: February 26, 2019, 08:37:09 AM »
Danny, when you looking to order some asparagus?  I was thinking of putting some in when ever we are suppose to plant asparagus.  I thought we plant asparagus very early spring.  Could we go in on an order and split the shipping?

The Greenhouse / Re: 2019 High Tunnel
« on: February 24, 2019, 07:36:19 AM »
BigOlButterBean, spraying like that should be illegal, definitely rude.  People do make mistakes though and hopefully the sprayer learned from the mistake.

General Discussion / Re: Time between corn varieties
« on: February 23, 2019, 08:26:21 AM »
Thanks whiskydog.  I'll plan on starting the 2nd variety at least 3 weeks or more from the transplant of the 1st variety of corn due to the lower temperatures here at the start.  Very true, I'll pay attention to how the 1st variety develops and plan accordingly.  Got to listen to the plants and learn the plant stages and health.

General Discussion / Re: Any Winter Gardens?
« on: February 22, 2019, 10:12:37 AM »
Yeah great pictures Gymgirl and Georgia Clay.

Gymgirl, I'm slowly eating through my beets and picking a meal every weekend.  I'll miss them when they are gone. 

General Discussion / Time between corn varieties
« on: February 22, 2019, 08:35:10 AM »
I'm wanting to try a few plantings and varieties of corn this year.  The first group of corn is going to be transplanted on Sunday and is a 73 day corn.  In your experiences, how much time should I allow before planting the 2nd variety of corn (also a 70 something day)?  May be 14 or 30 days?  I let the corn seedlings set under the lights for about 2 weeks and then transplant.  1st and 2nd planting will be sweet corn, and the 3rd will be dent corn.  No space or tall plants between the blocks of corn.  Thanks.

The Greenhouse / Re: Greenhouse #2 build 34 x 60
« on: February 19, 2019, 09:23:42 AM »
Danny, I've been reading about using rice hulls as a substitute to perlite and it provides silica.  Silica is suppose to increase the health of roots and stalks/vessels (increase transfer of water and nutrients), which may be could aid with our heat.  How long does it take for the rice hulls to breakdown and your cousin has to replace it?  Does he add it to the garden yearly? 

I think you would like it better at your house.  I really like getting home and working in the garden every evening, even if just a couple minutes.  However, a couple minutes normally turns into a couple hours and a couple beers, sometimes.  Going somewhere to work in the garden and then coming home would seem like work to me.  Myself, I'm working on removing the gazebo and storage area (really trash) so that I can put in 2 more beds and maximize space.   

The Greenhouse / Re: Greenhouse #2 build 34 x 60
« on: February 18, 2019, 09:12:15 PM »
Danny, I'm going to try some rice hulls with my other soil amendments this spring.  I want to bump up the silica in the beds.  Might order some potassium silicate while the rice hulls breakdown.

The Greenhouse / Re: 2019 High Tunnel
« on: February 18, 2019, 09:02:52 PM »
Thanks Maggie.  That is what I was trying.  I ask because some trays I would get a couple early sprouts (maybe 25%).  I left the dome on for an extra day or 2 and most would sprout (may be 90%).  I take the dome off and the rest will be slow to sprout but I then spray the soil daily to get all the cells sprouted.  Just wondered if I should be leaving it on until all have sprouted.    I have been doing 72 cell trays and transplant them all or can pick the best looking plants to transplant.  I need to mark them as they sprout and see if those are the best looking plants.

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