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horse727
Miami, FL

May 4, 2012
2:32 PM

Post #9110462

I'm David.
I'm new at this, I live in Miami and this is my first time growing anything .
I started with tomatoes , peppers, broccoli, red onions , radishes, cantaloupe, corn, green beans and green onions.
I would appreciate any advice.
I enclosed some pictures

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Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 4, 2012
3:48 PM

Post #9110574

Hi David,

Nice start!

Dean

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 4, 2012
6:01 PM

Post #9110806

You were wise to include radishes and green beans - always plant something "easy" or reliable, so you know that you are doing some things right, even if the fussy ones don't respond well. Seeing what thrives and what sulks under your care may give you ideas about what to do differently.

You can also do things like water or fertilize one half less than the other. If the plants are still happy, cut back on both sides. Over feeding and overwatering are easy to do, and worse for most plants than under-feeding.

And tomatoes are a great choice in a warm climate. If they ripen, DELICIOUS!

Next year, or this fall, you might also try planting some a few weeks earlier, or later, than others. Experimenting will tell you more about what works in YOUR yard than any amount of Internet advice!

horse727
Miami, FL

May 5, 2012
6:48 AM

Post #9111295

Thanks Guys
Hey today I noticed that on the green beans leaves I noticed tiny little holes, is that a bug or diseases.
Also are there organic pesticides or organic fertilizers?

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Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 5, 2012
6:50 AM

Post #9111297

I was told Neem Oil would work pretty good.
coastalzonepush
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 5, 2012
1:04 PM

Post #9111612

David, you've already received some great advice so i just wanted say that since summer is very near, they recommend focusing on the hardiest vegetables if you plan on adding new ones anytime from now until fall.
Tom MacCubbin suggests "cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, okra, southern peas, sweet potatoes and more". your part seems so much more humid but not as bad on the thermometer. but i don't live there so i don't actually know, you do lol.
hope my input helps :)

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 5, 2012
6:44 PM

Post #9111994

Make sure you put down some mulch, too! You can use leaves, grass clippings, or hay/straw (whichever doesn't have weed seeds in it).
birke
Broward County, FL
(Zone 10b)

May 5, 2012
7:28 PM

Post #9112050

Produce season in South Florida is in full swing harvest right now...

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 7, 2012
5:57 PM

Post #9114726

I assume small holes are due to bugs, and big holes due to slugs. Just a guess.

"Organic fertilizer" would include any kind of compost, manure or mulch. Also things like bone meal, fish emulsion, alfalfa pellets, grass clippings, coffee grounds and dogs marking their territory. Almost anything organic that will break down faster than loval wildlife will drag it away contributes some nutrients to the plants, and very needed organic matter to the soil. worms, and soil microbes.

But these are dilute, gradual-release nutrients, not the fast blast you would get from soluble or p[elleted chemical fertilizer.

Organic insecticides are harder ... especially getting concensus on what is organic "enough". Pyrethrins can be etxracted from some plants, but I would bet that what you buy in a bottle was made by a chemist.
GreeneLady
Oak Island, NC
(Zone 8a)

May 17, 2012
1:19 PM

Post #9127398

David,
Looks like flea beetles and caterpillars have been munching on your bean plants. I use insecticidal soap on my edible plants. Follow directions for use on the package.
horse727
Miami, FL

May 17, 2012
6:06 PM

Post #9127741

Ok thanks
you can see that they are growing

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stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 18, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #9128339

Looks good! You might look at thinning out seedlings, though.
horse727
Miami, FL

May 19, 2012
8:20 AM

Post #9129456

here is my vegetable progress

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stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 19, 2012
10:20 AM

Post #9129550

WOW!! It's really coming along nicely! You might need a support or something for your beans. Sometimes those bush beans like to flop over and then you end up having to harvest beans from the dirt. (Ask me how I know this!! LOL) Don't forget to mulch!!
behillman
Plantersville, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 19, 2012
7:13 PM

Post #9130023

I'm glad to see you are using wood chips for mulch.
horse727
Miami, FL

May 21, 2012
3:55 PM

Post #9132450

Guys today I noticed that the green beans and the squash are competing I noticed that the squash is a vine
Also my tomatoes have small holes and the green peppers
check it out

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horse727
Miami, FL

May 21, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #9132454

Please I posted the last thread without asking you guys for help do I need to get rid of the squash if it gets bigger or can they survive with a trellis
also what do I do with the tiny whole on the tomatoes leaves

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 21, 2012
4:06 PM

Post #9132471

The holes can be caused by pill bugs (sow bugs/roly polies) or by flea beetles. I wouldn't worry too much about them unless they start totally destroying the plants. The line looking things on your tomatoes are leaf miners. Again, no biggie unless the leaves start being destroyed.

The squash will do very well on a trellis and shouldn't need to be pulled out.
gardenworm2
Standish, MI

May 21, 2012
5:19 PM

Post #9132564

horse727

Your plants look great and I would encourage you to experiment with different plants and ways of growing. I included a picture of what you can do with containers for gardening when you have limited space. This was a Pole Bean that we grew a few seasons ago when we did not have a large area worked up for a bigger garden. This is one of several pots that we grew tomatoes, beans and other veggies in.

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horse727
Miami, FL

May 23, 2012
8:20 AM

Post #9134994

Wow I didn't know they grew so tall
horse727
Miami, FL

May 23, 2012
1:06 PM

Post #9135381

Any suggestions on what type of trellis I should get for the squash and tomatoes, single sticks or regular trellis?

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coastalzonepush
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 23, 2012
2:43 PM

Post #9135512

the squash will want a strong/sturdy trellis. im just speaking from my current squash situation. most gourds dont like to constantly re-adjust themselves so a strong support is needed for the best harvest.

you can use a tomato cage for the tomato, that should be enough to keep the fruit off the ground.
oh and since our afternoon storms that rumble up out of nowhere can pack some wind, be sure that your supports are well anchored. if the trellis/support falls over in the wind, you might lose a plant. my neighbor lost a bunch of cherry tomatoes because the stems snapped.
hope this helps!
horse727
Miami, FL

June 11, 2012
5:39 AM

Post #9160196

look at my progress with the green beans and squash
I think I planted them too close to each other

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sweetie77
Kankakee, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 11, 2012
8:48 AM

Post #9160544

I lived in Miami for 3 years and because there is no frost date we started cool weather Veg in January. If you choose the right Vega you can garden all year! That being said I'm happy to be back in the land of black worm filled soil!

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

June 11, 2012
10:27 AM

Post #9160742

Horse727,
What kinda greens beans are you growing?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 11, 2012
4:13 PM

Post #9161151

Looks like you'll be having green beans for dinner!

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