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post #41 of 76

I'm behind on potatoes and peas too.  Since it just snowed today, I guess that wasn't such a bad thing.

post #42 of 76

Can I join here? I'm a novice with dreams of joining amongst you old pro's out there! 

 

We are in an apt still..with a very small patio area for planting.  We have tried the indoor planting, but they just don't produce like they do outside.  This year, we are trying a new contraption called a phytopod, which is a 3' X 18" cylinder or vertical garden...which is suppose to translate to a 15 sq foot garden. We'll be growing a variety of greens and carrots on that.  Then we have about 5 large pots that are going to tomatoes and peppers.  We also have a couple potted strawberry plants, and DH bought a potted raspberry bush last year..lol.  It didn't produce much last year, and I'm not sure it will do any better this year.  I still laugh at the fact that we have that think in a pot!

 

So I've had a major set back with the seedlings.  We had several growing really well, and then we realized we have these little pesky bugs called 'fungal gnats'  Anyone heard of these?  Well we thought we had something to get rid of them..but between shipping mix-ups and then realizing the product we got may not really be safe or effective, they all started suffering badly and seemed to be dying off after a good start.  So a few days ago, we threw them all out, and have started several new things in wet paper towels (DH's idea).  We haven't done this before, but I hope it works.  The idea was that we'll sprout that way, and which should take long enough to make sure that these bugs are really out of our apt. and then they will be ready for dirt in a couple weeks.  I was really hoping to have my seedlings a bit bigger/stronger by now, but what can you do besides whine about it, eh?

 

One thing we've realized is that we don't have a lot of bees near us, so we are wondering if we should try to bring in some enticing flowers to attract them.  Anyone have any advice on this?  I so wish we had our own little plot of land and I could just raise my own bees..but that is still a couple years down the road for us :(.

post #43 of 76
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Can I join here? I'm a novice with dreams of joining amongst you old pro's out there! 

 

We are in an apt still..with a very small patio area for planting.  We have tried the indoor planting, but they just don't produce like they do outside.  This year, we are trying a new contraption called a phytopod, which is a 3' X 18" cylinder or vertical garden...which is suppose to translate to a 15 sq foot garden. We'll be growing a variety of greens and carrots on that.  Then we have about 5 large pots that are going to tomatoes and peppers.  We also have a couple potted strawberry plants, and DH bought a potted raspberry bush last year..lol.  It didn't produce much last year, and I'm not sure it will do any better this year.  I still laugh at the fact that we have that think in a pot!

 

So I've had a major set back with the seedlings.  We had several growing really well, and then we realized we have these little pesky bugs called 'fungal gnats'  Anyone heard of these?  Well we thought we had something to get rid of them..but between shipping mix-ups and then realizing the product we got may not really be safe or effective, they all started suffering badly and seemed to be dying off after a good start.  So a few days ago, we threw them all out, and have started several new things in wet paper towels (DH's idea).  We haven't done this before, but I hope it works.  The idea was that we'll sprout that way, and which should take long enough to make sure that these bugs are really out of our apt. and then they will be ready for dirt in a couple weeks.  I was really hoping to have my seedlings a bit bigger/stronger by now, but what can you do besides whine about it, eh?

 

One thing we've realized is that we don't have a lot of bees near us, so we are wondering if we should try to bring in some enticing flowers to attract them.  Anyone have any advice on this?  I so wish we had our own little plot of land and I could just raise my own bees..but that is still a couple years down the road for us :(.


Bummer about your seedlings! What did you plant them in? Do you think it was your growing medium that was contaminated?

If you grow borage you will attract bees. They love it! And its pretty easy to grow (it grows like a weed in my garden).
post #44 of 76

 

So I've had a major set back with the seedlings.  We had several growing really well, and then we realized we have these little pesky bugs called 'fungal gnats'  Anyone heard of these?  Well we thought we had something to get rid of them..but between shipping mix-ups and then realizing the product we got may not really be safe or effective, they all started suffering badly and seemed to be dying off after a good start

Bummer about the seedlings.  Bt israelensis is a good organic solution for dealing with fungus gnats, if the problem pops up again (can't be just any Bt, it has to be the kind used for mosquitos and fungus gnats). 

 

 



 

post #45 of 76
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One thing we've realized is that we don't have a lot of bees near us, so we are wondering if we should try to bring in some enticing flowers to attract them.  Anyone have any advice on this?  I so wish we had our own little plot of land and I could just raise my own bees..but that is still a couple years down the road for us :(.


Absolutely do if you have space! In my garden, the herbs are always buzzing with bees - thyme, mint, lemon balm, etc. Like the PP's suggestion of borage, any of these would be great, because they'd do double duty in your small space - provide herbs for you, and attract pollinators.
 

 

post #46 of 76

My son and I put our peas, lettuce, radishes, turnips and beets in last week. When I checked yesterday, I had cute little radish and turnip seedlings coming up already. I do have a little hoop house set up over them, but today we are getting 3 inches of snow and sleet - we'll see if the hoop house is enough to protect the little ones. If not, I'll be replanting.

 

I'm so tired of this winter already. We had 80 degree weather a week and a half ago for a few days - just a teaser - and now cold and snow all week this week. Give me 50's and 60's, please!

post #47 of 76
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Can I join here? I'm a novice with dreams of joining amongst you old pro's out there! 

 

We are in an apt still..with a very small patio area for planting.  We have tried the indoor planting, but they just don't produce like they do outside.  This year, we are trying a new contraption called a phytopod, which is a 3' X 18" cylinder or vertical garden...which is suppose to translate to a 15 sq foot garden. We'll be growing a variety of greens and carrots on that.  Then we have about 5 large pots that are going to tomatoes and peppers.  We also have a couple potted strawberry plants, and DH bought a potted raspberry bush last year..lol.  It didn't produce much last year, and I'm not sure it will do any better this year.  I still laugh at the fact that we have that think in a pot!

 

So I've had a major set back with the seedlings.  We had several growing really well, and then we realized we have these little pesky bugs called 'fungal gnats'  Anyone heard of these?  Well we thought we had something to get rid of them..but between shipping mix-ups and then realizing the product we got may not really be safe or effective, they all started suffering badly and seemed to be dying off after a good start.  So a few days ago, we threw them all out, and have started several new things in wet paper towels (DH's idea).  We haven't done this before, but I hope it works.  The idea was that we'll sprout that way, and which should take long enough to make sure that these bugs are really out of our apt. and then they will be ready for dirt in a couple weeks.  I was really hoping to have my seedlings a bit bigger/stronger by now, but what can you do besides whine about it, eh?

 

One thing we've realized is that we don't have a lot of bees near us, so we are wondering if we should try to bring in some enticing flowers to attract them.  Anyone have any advice on this?  I so wish we had our own little plot of land and I could just raise my own bees..but that is still a couple years down the road for us :(.




Bummer about your seedlings! What did you plant them in? Do you think it was your growing medium that was contaminated?

If you grow borage you will attract bees. They love it! And its pretty easy to grow (it grows like a weed in my garden).


I had them planted in yogurt tubs with a soil mixture I just picked up at a local place like Fred Meyer.  I think they came in the soil.  We've researched them, and that seems to be the way they get into your stuff.  The larvae burrow down and eat the roots and the gnats eat the leaves.  I threw out all the soil from that batch.

 

Thanks for the advice on the bee's and everyone else's recommendations!  I still have faith that we can have a plentiful garden even in our tiny space!

 

post #48 of 76

Yeah finally DH built the remaining bed frames and we had enough old fencing to make FOUR 4x6 beds :-) His back is killing him and he just started getting physical therapy, so when we haul in the soil I will be the only one shoveling it. Ack.

 

My lettuce and spinach has not sprouted yet in the other beds - planted 3-4 weeks ago. The carrots, beets, radish and peas that were planted the same day have sprouted fine. Should I replant or wait longer? The lettuce seeds are really old so I will toss them and plant newer seeds. The spinach seeds were from last year unopened. Not sure about those?

 

Thanks!

 

Rhianna

Oregon Zone 8

post #49 of 76

Hmm. Rhianna, I'm certainly no expert, but my lettuce and spinach came up in 15 days (3/19-4/3). I'm in Maryland, though, so who knows? What is the soil temp like up there?

 

My Mom hit up a local garden store during a big sale today and brought me 6 each of cabbage, another cabbage variety, cauliflower, and broccoli all at 70% off! I am going to put these all in a new side-yard bed, to see how well they do. I don't think there's enough light out there, but my garlic and shallots are thriving and I have no other room! 

post #50 of 76
I got my potatoes, onions, peas, turnips and snow peas in the ground this morning. I should have bought more potatoes and onions, they didn't even fill one row. I'll have to make a note of that for next year. I also got to play with my new Earthway Garden Seeder. I think I'm going to love it when it's time to plant sweetcorn.
post #51 of 76

Our wet paper towel seed starts have sprouted!  Yay!  So..we figure our little fungal gnat problem won't be in the clear until the 25th..that should have completed the life cycle for any lingerers.  So...should I just let the sprouts keep growing in towels, or should I put them in soil and possibly cover them with plastic bottles we have halved and saved for our planting purposes.  We are afraid to just assume the bugs are all gone..they were such a problem last time!  We were thinking that if we covered each of the smaller starter containers, it would act like a terrarium and possibly keep the bugs from sneaking back into our soil?  Any thoughts?

post #52 of 76
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Our wet paper towel seed starts have sprouted!  Yay!  So..we figure our little fungal gnat problem won't be in the clear until the 25th..that should have completed the life cycle for any lingerers.  So...should I just let the sprouts keep growing in towels, or should I put them in soil and possibly cover them with plastic bottles we have halved and saved for our planting purposes.  We are afraid to just assume the bugs are all gone..they were such a problem last time!  We were thinking that if we covered each of the smaller starter containers, it would act like a terrarium and possibly keep the bugs from sneaking back into our soil?  Any thoughts?


You can sterilize any remaining buggy dirt that you have by putting it on baking sheets in the oven set to 200 for about 30 minutes. It will smell bad, but it will get rid of your nasties.

Here are some more specific instructions.
post #53 of 76

Oh, thanks! I didn't even think of that..

post #54 of 76

We rented a 400 square foot garden plot this year. We are excited! I don't think the frost is over for us yet, so we have to wait on planting tomatoes but I think we will start direct seeding lettuce and spinach.

post #55 of 76

I would like to join too!!

I just planted onions, broccolli and snow peas.    I'm about to plant some potatoes, but it's been really cold here.   Hopefully next week.  

I need DH to build I fence around the garden so the dog doesn't trample it.  

 

I have strawberries (tons, like a 6x3 patch!) a peach tree and an apple tree that has never borne fruit.   I also have chives and sage too!  Looking to plant tomatoes, carrots, watermelon maybe some corn too, peppers and hot peppers for DH! 

I do not really have a green thumb...but I love showing the kids how you plant a seed and water it and watch it grow and then heading out to play in the yard and picking a peach off the tree or a strawberry and munching away!!!  

 

What do you suggest, starting as seeds and planting or planting in the ground?  I did seeds last year, and it fell apart....I went on vaca, they got eaten by rabbits or something and I was babysitting and had a newborn and it just got too hectic!! 

Also do you put anything on your plants?

Any advice or tips would be appreciated!!

 

post #56 of 76

Ooh, I'll join in!  I'm between spring and summer stuff (and at the point of wondering where I'm going to fit in all of my summer veggies if my spring things don't hurry up and get done growing).  I have peas, lettuce, kale, cabbage, broccoli, celery, favas, carrots, garbanzos, radishes, beets, etc. in addition to some squash and tomatoes.  It's such a fun, busy time in the garden. 

 

Here's my blog http://muddytoesandgarbanzos.blogspot.com

post #57 of 76
I hope all of you don't mind if I jump in. This is our second year doing a garden and we are increasing the size by 20%. I have started some seedlings but there is a small coating of greenish mold on the dirt. This is the first year doing seedlings, last year we did all plants. Is the mold a problem or will it take care of itself? I am in area 5B so I needed to start some things like broccoli, watermelon and peppers if we were going to have a summer crop. Looking forward to learning from all of you!! Take care, Lara
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I hope all of you don't mind if I jump in. This is our second year doing a garden and we are increasing the size by 20%. I have started some seedlings but there is a small coating of greenish mold on the dirt. This is the first year doing seedlings, last year we did all plants. Is the mold a problem or will it take care of itself? I am in area 5B so I needed to start some things like broccoli, watermelon and peppers if we were going to have a summer crop. Looking forward to learning from all of you!! Take care, Lara


 Welcome, Lara! I hope someone comes along who can answer your mold question. I've had issues with mold every time I've tried to start seeds inside, and I'm not sure what the answer is myself.

 

 

As for my garden, the snow, sleet and hail seem to finally be giving us a rest for a bit. My little turnip, beet and radish seedlings made it through the last round of snow alright under the row covers, and just today I noticed that a few are starting to get their first set of real leaves. The seeds were all washed around in the beds, so I have little pools of seedlings that I'll need to transplant and space out soon. I also noticed that quite a few of the snap peas are starting to poke out of the ground today, which was a nice surprise. I was sure they had rotted in the cold, wet soil and was all set to replant them.

 

I added a couple squares worth of spinach, one of beets, and one of radishes and carrots. We're supposed to get rain tonight, so I'm hoping those seeds don't wash around too much

post #59 of 76
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I hope all of you don't mind if I jump in. This is our second year doing a garden and we are increasing the size by 20%. I have started some seedlings but there is a small coating of greenish mold on the dirt. This is the first year doing seedlings, last year we did all plants. Is the mold a problem or will it take care of itself?I am in area 5B so I needed to start some things like broccoli, watermelon and peppers if we were going to have a summer crop.Looking forward to learning from all of you!!Take care,Lara

One thing that worked for me when my seedlings started to mold was to spray them with strong chamomile tea. It worked beautifully on moldy plants but I don't know if it will work on moldy dirt. Its cheap and easy to find though so it can't hurt to try.
post #60 of 76
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Ooh, I'll join in!  I'm between spring and summer stuff (and at the point of wondering where I'm going to fit in all of my summer veggies if my spring things don't hurry up and get done growing).  I have peas, lettuce, kale, cabbage, broccoli, celery, favas, carrots, garbanzos, radishes, beets, etc. in addition to some squash and tomatoes.  It's such a fun, busy time in the garden. 

 

Here's my blog http://muddytoesandgarbanzos.blogspot.com


Lunita, you're garden looks awesome! I just snuck a peek at your plans. You've got a great amount of space! What is yield like on garbanzos? We love them, but I never thought to grow them because I assumed we wouldn't get more than a meal or a tub of hummos out of a bunch of plants. 

 

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