2018 garden thread!

EatenByLimestone Posted By EatenByLimestone, Mar 4, 2018 at 8:47 PM

  1. begreen

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    We're busy making lots of tomato sauce and canning it. Things have slowed down a lot now, but we still have some harvesting to do of #4&5 plantings of carrots, a few cukes, eggplants, peppers and tomatoes. Fall plantings of beets, carrots (#6) and lettuce are in. I will plant some spinach tomorrow.
     
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  2. AlbergSteve

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    Got your garlic in yet? We're planting about 800 this year to get our seed stock up.
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    I'm trying garlic this year for the first time. Nothing like that though, I have three 8 foot rows planted.
     
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  4. begreen

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    That's pretty serious. Ours is not in yet. Still cleaning up beds. The tradition is to plant it on the shortest day of the year and harvest it on the longest day. I guess it gives it more vampire repelling power that way.
     
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  5. EatenByLimestone

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    My garlic has been in for a few weeks. 4 different types of hardneck.
     
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    I potted 2 of my Cayenne pepper plants and they have been in the patio for ~30 days now. They are southeast facing behind glass sliders. They aren't dying, but the leaves look a little droopy. Is the patio still too cold for them?
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    How cold are they at night? I bet it's more of a water issue. You cut roots to get them into the pots and all those leaves are still transpiring.
     
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    Its about 45 at coldest point, I'll put a thermometer there that measures the coldest recent temp and report back. The patio is surrounded by 5 sliders, new double pained glass. The top of the soil isn't drying out, I found that odd. But it does seem to need water despite that. I'll try to water more.

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    45 doesn't seem like it would be bothering them. Maybe it's just stressed from the move.
     
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    We had a first happen last week in our greenhouse. There are carrots, basil and a big tomato still growing there. All of a sudden half of the carrots were stripped of their greens. We looked all over and could not find why. Then a couple days later, more carrots were stripped and one of the basil plants was reduced down to stems. By chance I saw a caterpillar on the door and knew that somehow cutworms were at work. They have voracious appetites but come out at dusk/dawn to feed so we were missing them. The next day I went out at dusk and found 4 more, one was a big sucker. I even found one buried in a tomato. At this point I think I have them all now, but the damage is done.
     
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    I think you hit the nail on the head with root loss when transplanted. Mature plants don't particularly like that. It may take a week or two for it to adjust and there likely will be some leaf drop. A better plan next year is to grow a couple peppers in large pots to start with. Maybe try thai peppers. They are a smaller plant and the thai peppers have better flavor. They also dry nicely.
     
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  12. mass_burner

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    Are Thai pepper hotter?

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    The hard part with growing in pots is it takes so much water. They need care every day!
     
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    Yes, they can be quite hot and they grow well in pots. It might be just me but I'm not fond of cayenne flavor. In the garden if high heat + flavor is the goal also try seranos and habeñero. We grow jalepeño and seranos for fresh salsas. but in the winter we use the dried thai peppers for heat + taste.
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    I just took down the new asparagus bed. Lots of weeds came up. Tomorrow I'll run the mower over the leaves and give it a good mulching and fertilizing to drown out the weeds. I used the county compost. I think I've used the last of it. It doesn't get hot enough, and or sit long enough to kill the seeds.
     
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    I'll get some Thai at the market and try. I'm not a fan if habenero flavor, they are hot though. Jalapeño isn't hot at all to me.

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    Yes, jalapeno heat can vary a lot. We have had some plants that were too mild and some that were pretty darn hot. Get some serranos too and try them out. They have jalapeno like flavor with more heat. Another easy to grow hot pepper is the Bulgarian Carrot. They have quite a kick and will grow ok in a big pot.
     
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