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Re: Gardens anyone?
« Reply #3300 on: Mar 24, 2020, 05:25 PM »
Determinate varieties I assume?

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Re: Gardens anyone?
« Reply #3301 on: Mar 25, 2020, 05:35 AM »
Yes.. 
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Re: Gardens anyone?
« Reply #3302 on: Mar 25, 2020, 09:40 AM »
Thanks Dom.

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Re: Gardens anyone?
« Reply #3303 on: Mar 25, 2020, 06:24 PM »
Anyone know how to get rid of squash bugs? They wiped out my zucchini, melons and cucumbers last year. I'm not even close to planting and I have already found 2 in my house.

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« Reply #3304 on: Mar 26, 2020, 05:39 AM »
Rotten little buggers to get control of. The adults are very resistant to insecticide. Much like Japanese beetles, hand picking of adults and eggs can be tedious, but works. I haven't had a huge problem with them so far. But I grow very little squash. I did have some on my cukes and pickles a couple years back. I pulled the plants at the end of he season and burned them. Next spring i tilled the beds thoroughly and it seemed to help.

Malathion will work on newly hatched bugs, but does little to the adults or eggs. You can give them a place to shelter at night if you haven't caught them early enough. Put a few shingles or pieces of board aroundd the infected plants. They'll use that at night to hide. You can murder them in the early morning. Flick them into a jar of Dawn detergent and water and let them drown.

I move my 1 or 2 zucchini plants around the gardens rotating where I plant them. Don't know if that's an answer, but it might help.

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« Reply #3305 on: Mar 26, 2020, 01:33 PM »
Got into the gardens today. Started  the renovation to the beds, raked up and cleaned up the asparagus bed  and uncovered the garlic beds. I had a lot of mulch on them last fall. Looks like every clove sprouted. All 168 of them. Felt good to get my hands dirty.

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Re: Gardens anyone?
« Reply #3306 on: Mar 30, 2020, 08:22 AM »
Does anyone have a useful link or advice for a novice who is looking to start vegetable  plants from seed (if itís not too late) while telecommuting during the pandemic?

Donít have a green house but I was thinking of using an aluminum lasagna pan with a clear lid to keep heat in.

I have the peat moss starters and some crowing lamps that I planned on using.

Stay healthy everyone!

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« Reply #3307 on: Mar 30, 2020, 05:52 PM »
Its never too late to start seedlings. Covering them too tightly, keeping them too warm and using grow lamps too far away from the seedlings will produce tall skinny plants. Not good.

Sprout your seeds before planting in the starter pods. Keep them moist but never wet. Allow for good drainage. Keep the lights as close as possible and on a timer . I used 12 hrs on/off. When they grow the first true leaves, think about starting the Hardening off process. If at all possible move them outside in a protected spot for a couple hours a day. This can be tedious if you have a lot of starts.

It grows a more robust plant.

Before I built my Trough Planter, I used a 4 lamp 2x4' trouffer fixture with  5000k lamps. It worked very well and produced good seedlings. I would still lose some to hardening off and transplant shock. But, I always had enough.

Now I start my seeds in peat pots in the planter. There's no hardening off as the are raised outside . I plant fewer and lose fewer..

Don't overlook direct sowing when the soil is above 50 degrees. Might end up being more productive and less Shock to the seedlings.

I'm by no means any kind of expert, but Dom is and hopefully he'll chime in.

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« Reply #3308 on: Mar 31, 2020, 10:20 AM »
Its never too late to start seedlings. Covering them too tightly, keeping them too warm and using grow lamps too far away from the seedlings will produce tall skinny plants. Not good.

Sprout your seeds before planting in the starter pods. Keep them moist but never wet. Allow for good drainage. Keep the lights as close as possible and on a timer . I used 12 hrs on/off. When they grow the first true leaves, think about starting the Hardening off process. If at all possible move them outside in a protected spot for a couple hours a day. This can be tedious if you have a lot of starts.

It grows a more robust plant.

Before I built my Trough Planter, I used a 4 lamp 2x4' trouffer fixture with  5000k lamps. It worked very well and produced good seedlings. I would still lose some to hardening off and transplant shock. But, I always had enough.

Now I start my seeds in peat pots in the planter. There's no hardening off as the are raised outside . I plant fewer and lose fewer..

Don't overlook direct sowing when the soil is above 50 degrees. Might end up being more productive and less Shock to the seedlings.

I'm by no means any kind of expert, but Dom is and hopefully he'll chime in.

Rg

Thanks for your thoughts RG. I tried a few years ago with my daughter when she joined her elementary school garden club. I think she over watered them which lead to more mold than plantable vegetables....


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Re: Gardens anyone?
« Reply #3309 on: Mar 31, 2020, 02:50 PM »
Yeah to much water kills more plants than not enough.  Seeds dont need to be watered after the initial planting. As long as the soil is a little moist your good..
 Just a double 4' florescent fixture works well.
 And remember seeds dont need light to germinate ,only after they sprout..
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« Reply #3310 on: Mar 31, 2020, 03:17 PM »
Good point Dom. I sprout mine between moist sheets of paper towel in a pie plate. Works great.

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Re: Gardens anyone?
« Reply #3311 on: Apr 03, 2020, 11:09 PM »
Finally started my seeds. 4 different kinds of tomatoes, cukes, zucchini,beans and some pumpkins and watermelon for my buddy with a huge garden

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« Reply #3312 on: Apr 04, 2020, 03:58 AM »
I'll wait for another couple weeks to start anything. Plenty of time yet. Radishes and spinach are coming along in the trough planter. With temps in the low 40's yesterday, the trough was in the 80's.

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Re: Gardens anyone?
« Reply #3313 on: Apr 04, 2020, 08:38 AM »
Bob,
You should build those trough planters and sell them. I bet you could move quite a few just from this site alone.
Iíd be interested.

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« Reply #3314 on: Apr 04, 2020, 08:54 AM »
Bob,
You should build those trough planters and sell them. I bet you could move quite a few just from this site alone.
Iíd be interested.

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