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General Discussion / Re: Bell Pepper Problem--Brown Spots
« on: January 17, 2019, 11:49:10 AM »
That's what I thought, but I put some garden lime in the hole before I transplanted. 

Is that not effective? Should I have used gypsum instead?

General Discussion / Bell Pepper Problem--Brown Spots
« on: January 17, 2019, 08:21:10 AM »
Hey Y'all,

This past spring was my fourth year growing bell peppers.  I can grow banana and jalalpeno peppers without a problem, but bell peppers always fail.

I have done soil samples and made the proper amendments.  This year by bell pepper plants would produce giant green peppers, but as they started to change colors, they would develop these rotten brown spots.

What am I doing wrong and how can I fix this problem?

General Discussion / Re: Garden Seeder?
« on: January 16, 2019, 05:28:56 PM »
I've been looking at the Earthway and Hoss for some time.  I was leaning towards a Hoss since its made here in Georgia, but I keep reading about folks having problems with skipping and debris getting stuck in the seeder. 

General Discussion / Garden Seeder?
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:52:11 AM »
Can anyone recommend a good push style garden seeder? 

General Discussion / Watering Wand?
« on: January 15, 2019, 06:29:06 AM »
Does anyone make a good watering wand?  I'm only getting a year or so out of the ones that I've been buying from Lowes.

General Discussion / Can Zucchini Plants Sting?
« on: June 30, 2018, 10:12:01 AM »
Hey y'all,

I always plant zucchini in my garden.  This year my plants are gigantic and my wife and I are down there picking zucchini every morning. 

Over the past few weeks, I've noticed little sting marks on my hand when I get back to the house.  I figured I was getting bit by flies or gnats and thought nothing of it.  Today I was doing in the garden injecting some of my plants with BT to kill vine borers.  My hands were touching the plants and I began to feel a pain similar to stinging nettles.  Later, I touched my neck, and the skin turned bright red and the stinging needle pain shot all up and down my neck.

Have y'all ever heard of something like this?

General Discussion / Pump Sprayers--Do they make good ones?
« on: May 07, 2018, 02:06:25 PM »
Hey Y'all,

I need to buy a new pump sprayer. I have tried various brands and all of them last me a year before something breaks. I wash the sprayer after each use and it is stored in the garage.

Can y'all recommend a good pump sprayer?

Thanks for the help Adrian!

I have all the supplies for the trellis system.  Should I cement the poles in the ground or just use gravel and dirt?

General Discussion / Muscadine Trellis Help--Pictures and Tips Please
« on: April 03, 2018, 05:14:33 PM »
Hey Y'all,

Purchased my first muscadines from Isons last weekend. Now I need to build a trellis system.

Should I use a one wire trellis or double curtain? Do I need to brace or support the posts on the end? Best way to tighten the 9 gauge wire without using a special tensioning tool?


Can y'all post some picture of your trellis setups?


General Discussion / Re: A few pics of what's growing
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:51:34 PM »
That is awesome! Can we see some pictures of your greenhouse setup?

General Discussion / Planting with Fish?
« on: March 05, 2018, 01:25:56 PM »
Hey Y'all,

I've read about and watched YouTube videos where people are putting a fish in the hole when transplanting their plants into their garden.

Last year I decided to try it for myself and my results were awful. Almost all the plants that were planted with fish either died within a few weeks or stayed scrawny and matured very slowly.

The plants that did not have the fish down the hole did great.

Did the fish burn and kill my plants?

Livestock / Re: Meat Rabbits
« on: February 28, 2018, 01:33:37 PM »
I'm interested in seeing your setup PD-Riverman, but your attached pictures are not working.

Thanks y'all!

General Discussion / Ant Poison--What won't contaminate my root vegetables?
« on: February 28, 2018, 09:18:25 AM »
Hey Y'all,

I have had fire ants in my raised beds for the past two years. Is there a poison that I could use that would not contaminate my plants, especially my root vegetables?


General Discussion / Fabric Row Covers to Protect Greens?
« on: February 21, 2018, 12:14:09 PM »
Hey Y'all,

I have seen folks use fabric row covers to protect their plants from frost, but never from bugs.

This past fall all my greens got wiped out by these very tiny black worms/grubs.

I am considering using fabric row covers over my greens this year.  Can y'all recommend a good brand of row cover? The ones I have found on Amazon don't have that great of ratings.


Homesteading Skills / Re: Lets talk about the new Rave of Instant Pots
« on: February 14, 2018, 12:15:14 PM »
My wife and I love ours. We had some trouble at first, but it was all user error. After watching loads of YouTube videos, our roasts and veggies come out perfect. We cook the majority of our meals in it now.

General Discussion / Growing Large Pepper Plants?
« on: January 25, 2018, 11:48:55 AM »
Hey Y'all,

Every year I plant a handful of different pepper plants. Each plant grows to about about 2 feet tall and the production is alright.

I've have seen numerous YouTube videos where people have pepper plants that are 3-5 feet tall.

I have done a soil test and made amendments, but my plants are always short with limited fruit.

What can I do to improve the growth of my pepper plants this year?

General Discussion / Scuppernongs--Where to buy plants?
« on: November 28, 2017, 07:48:02 PM »
Hey Y'all,

My wife loves scuppernongs and has asked me to plant some next year.

Can y'all recommend a top notch nursery where I can order some?

General Discussion / Re: Identify this Squash (PIC)
« on: September 17, 2017, 03:42:41 PM »
The base is the size of a basketball.

I baked it today. Like I said before, it looks just like a butternut squash and a pumpkin mixed.

General Discussion / Re: Identify this Squash (PIC)
« on: September 17, 2017, 11:19:43 AM »
Does the new link work?

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