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Beginner Vegetables: Newbie here - need advice

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worlie
Bright, IN

July 28, 2012
8:47 AM

Post #9221364

This is my first year growing a veggie garden and I have 4 - 4x4 raised beds and a whole bunch of pots and 5 gal. buckets on my deck. Plenty of sun and we water every day with water pumped up from the lake we live on. My attempts at growing lettuce, peas, a few different herbs, broccoli, and zucchini have not been very successful. I think mainly because some things, like the broccoli, I didn't start early enough in doors, but others like the lettuces (black-seeded Simpson and Mesclun) have been overheated and rather anemic-looking. So I tried again inside and started more seeds under grow lights in a 72-cell seed starting kit from Burpee with the self-watering mat, etc. They're all growing like crazy but now I need to get them into pots or the ground and I'm worried the heat will still be too much for them. We are in Indiana, near Cincinnati. The peas are being supported by chopsticks and are now taller than the chopsticks and I bought a pole bean/pea tower to put in a little plot on the side of the house we have not planted yet (it has had potatoes in it previously) but we have not added manure to it like the deck garden. Everything on the deck has a mix of 1/3 composted horse manure, 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 potting soil. I think my first peas did not like the horse manure in my soil so I'm trying again with less amended soil. Anyway, I know this is long but I want to try again with another fall planting and I'm learning from my mistakes - any advice would be much appreciated. I have lots of other questions, but maybe I should post separate threads for those to not be so lengthy.

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bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

July 28, 2012
9:42 AM

Post #9221427

Your tomatoes looks amazing and should give you tons of fruits. i think peas are planted straight to the ground. I see okra which should be transplanted.

you are doing okay with limited experience.

Belle
worlie
Bright, IN

July 28, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9221442

Thanks for the reply, Belle. I don't have any okra, though. Which pic are you referring to?
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

July 28, 2012
11:46 AM

Post #9221556

The ones on the tray looks like okra

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 28, 2012
1:02 PM

Post #9221606

worlie - I think you are trying to grow spring/summer/fall vegetables all together in the summer.

Broccoli and lettuce prefer the cool days/nights of spring and fall.

Peas do best when grown in the spring.

Tomatoes and zucchini do best in the summer.

You are correct in thinking peas did not like the horse manure. They need very little nitrogen.

Broccoli LOVES well-aged horse manure!

Seed packets usually contain recommended planting dates - that's a good place to start planning your garden.

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