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Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
1:55 AM

Post #6416598

Haven't had much time to post lately. Work has kept me busy, which in these times is a good thing I suppose. Anyways, a little update on my plant tally...

Tomatoes--- 28
Peppers--- 52
Cucumber--- 8
Strawberries--- 15
Bush Beans--- 20
Corn--- 24
Melons--- 4
Squash--- 8
Potatoes--- 12

Here's some tomatoes forming on my Beefsteaks in an EB. Probably about a dozen or so are making already.

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
1:56 AM

Post #6416603

Bush Beans looking like a hedge :)

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
1:57 AM

Post #6416613

Beans are starting to make :)

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
1:59 AM

Post #6416621

Hillbilly Toms in an EB. With everything being attacked by aphids and whiteflies. These remain almost pest free.

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
1:59 AM

Post #6416626

Golden Bell doing pretty good.

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
2:00 AM

Post #6416630

Silver Queen corn in a GP. I kinda experimented with the fertilizer, so we shall see what happens.

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
2:01 AM

Post #6416634

Nice strawberry ready to be eaten.

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
2:03 AM

Post #6416640

Sadly, I had to pick a couple of bells way too early. Something drilled a hole in them :(

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darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2009
2:03 AM

Post #6416646

Everything looks great! Good work, let's eat, LOL!

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
2:05 AM

Post #6416655

Some big Portabello mushrooms I grew from a kit. Grilled them on the BBQ. :)

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
2:06 AM

Post #6416663

EB Bells

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
2:07 AM

Post #6416670

Quoting:Everything looks great! Good work, let's eat, LOL!


As a host from an infomercial would say "But wait! There's moooooore" lol

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
2:09 AM

Post #6416677

Crimson Red Watermelon...can't wait for powdery mildew. It's not if you get it, it when you get around here. :(

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
2:12 AM

Post #6416692

Sun Golds were cranking out the goodness. Has at least 50 forming and hundreds of blooms. Then I got Leaf Spot(pic in next post)

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
2:15 AM

Post #6416714

BAM! It got ugly fast even after removing the infected leaves and spraying with 3 types of fungicides daily. I chopped them down last week. I saved a few ripe ones and will be planting more next week. Kinda sucked cuz they were over 4 ft. tall already with lots of tomatoes.

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
2:17 AM

Post #6416724

San Marzano tom

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
2:19 AM

Post #6416739

I've heard that Purple Calabash is a horrible tasting tomato but is pretty. I had to grow one to taste it lol

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
2:23 AM

Post #6416762

Hillbilly tom in a 1.5 Cu. Ft. container(approx. 11.5 gallon). Like the ones in the EB, it's relatively a bug free plant. I have no clue why. It's a Potato Leaf...but that can't be the reason.

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
2:28 AM

Post #6416787

Black Widow and her newly hatch babies. I felt bad about killing them but there's plenty of them around here. They were less than 3 feet where I have plants so they got a full dose of Raid.

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Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

April 16, 2009
2:46 AM

Post #6416872

Thanks for the pictures, Ray. Dont let the bugs get you down. The only things I have had so far is three squadrons of harlequin bugs. They came buzzing in in formation and made three point landings on my 9 brussel sprouts. The only damage they have done so far is the brussel sprouts and a sunflower. I dont eat brussel sprouts anyway so I got rid of them and am still fighting for ownership of the Sunflower. Here is a photo of the sunflower growing out of the top of one of my stacks.

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
2:59 AM

Post #6416945

Quoting:Thanks for the pictures, Ray. Dont let the bugs get you down. The only things I have had so far is three squadrons of harlequin bugs. They came buzzing in in formation and made three point landings on my 9 brussel sprouts. The only damage they have done so far is the brussel sprouts and a sunflower. I dont eat brussel sprouts anyway so I got rid of them and am still fighting for ownership of the Sunflower. Here is a photo of the sunflower growing out of the top of one of my stacks.


Hey Jay...yeah, the only bugs I can't control are the whiteflies. They drink Sevin, they bathe in Bug-B-Gone and have orgies in insecticidal soap. They can only be stopped with me checking under each leaf. They love my Peppers and wiping underneath of every leaf of 50+ plants is a lot of work :( Especially when I do it 3 times a week.

I don't think we have harlequin bugs out here but I know all about them.

Thanks for the pic. People have been asking me why I don't grow a few sunflowers. I say, well cuz you can't eat them other than the seeds. Do you grow them for looks and uniqueness? Or do you get seeds to chew from them?
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

April 16, 2009
3:13 AM

Post #6416998

They are for the birds, I guess, cause I did not eat any of them from last year. That was my first year with them. They are day neutral so it is something you can just keep planting all summer and expect bloom in about 60 days from planting. You gotta admit...they throw a lot of color...there are more buds on this one that should bloom in about a week. I have about 6 "volunteers" from last years seed drops...or bird drops...I dont know which.

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
4:53 AM

Post #6417346

How many seeds does one sunflower yield? Yes, they do liven up the yard a lot with color. I may try to grow one or two. But I think I have plenty of color with the African Daisies, Clivia and Hibiscus. Need more room for veggies :)



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Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2009
2:04 AM

Post #6421423

Better Belle's busting...

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2009
2:05 AM

Post #6421432

Another Bell..

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2009
2:08 AM

Post #6421449

3 Different types of Cukes. Debating on letting them grow over the table or making them grow up? They have room either way.

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2009
2:12 AM

Post #6421478

Red Pontiac Potatoes ...close to filling them to their necks.

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2009
2:16 AM

Post #6421505

Ribbed youngsters...they are gonna be ready in probably a month.

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2009
2:17 AM

Post #6421512

Container corn...

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darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2009
2:44 AM

Post #6421703

Ray_Der what kind of bags are your Red Pontiac potatoes planted in? They look very sturdy, almost cloth-like?

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2009
2:53 AM

Post #6421765

Hey Karen. They are 15 gallon Smart Pots (gardeners.com sells them as Potato Bins).

I
darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2009
2:56 AM

Post #6421796

Thanks Ray, they look great!


Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2009
3:44 AM

Post #6421985

They look great now...wait until our bugs find them. :) Regardless, gonna add more soil and flip up the cloth this weekend.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 17, 2009
8:03 AM

Post #6422567

Ray: I love the size of that strawberry, it is huge and the peppers and mushrooms and everything else looks great too. You have really been busy and everything looks so delicious.

Jay: Just what is a harlequin bug? Never heard of them, until you mentioned them, they aren't out of a romance novel now are they?LOL

joy
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

April 17, 2009
3:25 PM

Post #6423739

Harlequin Bugs...black adults with distinctive red markings (about the size of a lady bug)They and the wingless immature nymphs suck plant juices from the leaves of cabbage family plants.

Management...handpick and destroy the bugs and egg masses, which resemble rows of barrels on leaf surfaces. Use floating row covers. Discard infected plants. Spray with insecticidal soap.

I have thrown away my brussel sprouts plants which was their main attraction and am fighting valiantly to save my sun flower. If you look around your garden and see a plant that looks wilted like it needs water but other's of the same type plants don't look wilted, check it out. Something is sucking the juices out of it. These things travel with lots of relatives and can devastate a plant in very short time. They seem to concentrate on one plant at a time.

And they ain't nuthing romantical about them.
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2009
4:04 PM

Post #6423907

So sorry Jman. You need me there during my manic phaze. I was a bug smasher extraorinaire!

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darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2009
6:43 PM

Post #6424640

hehehe Devota! One by one...
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 17, 2009
8:07 PM

Post #6424941

Jaywhacker: Thanks will be on the lookout for them, they like picking on my cabbages do they...hmmm, we'll see about that one won't we?
joy
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2009
9:51 PM

Post #6425313

Karen, you know it. There are descendant bugs now that avoid our whole zip code. They've heard about D.
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

April 18, 2009
12:20 AM

Post #6425875

I already got harliquin bugs...I don't need none of your danged old descendant bugs bouncing off of Tennessee and ending up in Texas.
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #6425922

You misunderstand me Jay. I was gonna come there and debug your garden. Cross patch.
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

April 18, 2009
12:47 AM

Post #6426002

As that guy on TV used to say...COME ON DOWN!!! I have got these critters down to just a few now. Maybe I am making headway.

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
1:50 AM

Post #6450142

Some more pics from today...

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
1:52 AM

Post #6450154

Go tomatoes Go!

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
1:53 AM

Post #6450161

12 Bush beans finally engulfed the whole EB.

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
1:54 AM

Post #6450169

Lots of beans forming! Woohoo! Too soon to pick but there's a ton this size :)

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
1:55 AM

Post #6450174

More...

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
1:57 AM

Post #6450188

Potatoes exploded after I fertilized and added more soil. I need to add more tomorrow. Surprised no bugs have bothered them yet. Last year the bugs loved them more than anything else.

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mom2goldens
Carmel, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 23, 2009
2:01 AM

Post #6450215

Wow--everything looks great! Are your potatoes in the grow bags from Gardener's Supply? How many seed potatoes did you put in each container? I'm trying them for the first time this year, so welcome any advice.

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 23, 2009
2:18 AM

Post #6450290

Quoting:Wow--everything looks great! Are your potatoes in the grow bags from Gardener's Supply? How many seed potatoes did you put in each container? I'm trying them for the first time this year, so welcome any advice.


Yup, that's them. The Potato Bins from Gardeners.com are actually smart pots. Go to smartpots.com and buy 15 gallon ones. They sell them for $3 cheaper. I made that mistake. Live and learn.

I planted 3 whole seed potatoes(they were very small) but they are growing up everywhere. Thinking I should have gone with 2. But we shall see. I'm not half way up the bag yet...I hope they aren't too crowded but that's growing veggies. You learn as you go :)
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 24, 2009
7:01 AM

Post #6455622

Ray: Beautiful vegetables there Ray. You sure have been busy.
joy
texasrockgarden
Canyon Lake, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 24, 2009
1:30 PM

Post #6456372

Quoting:Potatoes exploded after I fertilized


What was N-P-K and how much fertilizer did you use?

Jerry

Gymgirl

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

April 24, 2009
1:48 PM

Post #6456450

Everything's gorgeous. I'm having container envy 'cause everybody seems to have a yard full of stuff growing already, and I keep trying to figure out when to plant down here. I think I'm being much too cautious. Standing on the deep end after all those lessons and won't just jump in! aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhhh.

I have 4 empty EBs left. 5 already have tomatoes growing, so I don't feel so bad. I bought a coupla bell pepper plants last weekend, so I may as well put them into the EBs. I'm gonna sow the cowpeas and okra tomorrow.

And build a better trellis over the tomatoes vines which are falling down everywhere...
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 24, 2009
2:11 PM

Post #6456560

Ggirl, Here is my trellis, some pvc and baling twine. The tommys on the fence are just getting started here, I have more on another fence. My peppers are at the foot of the raised bed and since the photo I have loaded my EBs with bush beans. All this is in a 10 1/2 by 10 1/2 space. I have potoatoes under straw against another fence and in another sunny area I have sugar snaps, beets and carrots in EBs. Wooohooo. It is warm here at last.

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 24, 2009
3:06 PM

Post #6456834

Thank you all. Other than 2 diseased tomato plants and the "Leprechaun Lumberjacks" trying to chop down a few of my Jalapeno plants, its been an early and decent year so far.

Quoting:What was N-P-K and how much fertilizer did you use?
Jerry


Hey Jerry, I had always wondered what kind of fert I should use for potatoes. Then I stumbled upon this. http://gurneys.com/product.asp?pn=15381&bhcd2=1240583468 I didn't buy it but it gave me a understanding of what I should be using for taters. I went to the nursery and bought some generic 8-16-16 fert and used 3/4 of their recommendation. They seemed to really like it so I will do that every month for now. I was recently told that the P & K should be higher than the N for potatoes since they are a root vegetable.


Quoting:Everything's gorgeous. I'm having container envy 'cause everybody seems to have a yard full of stuff growing already, and I keep trying to figure out when to plant down here. I think I'm being much too cautious. Standing on the deep end after all those lessons and won't just jump in! aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhhh.

I have 4 empty EBs left. 5 already have tomatoes growing, so I don't feel so bad. I bought a coupla bell pepper plants last weekend, so I may as well put them into the EBs. I'm gonna sow the cowpeas and okra tomorrow.

And build a better trellis over the tomatoes vines which are falling down everywhere...


Make a splash...jump on in! I started at least a month earlier than I should have(January). Many of my tomatoes have already outgrown their 56" cages so it's time to start tying them up.

I put together my last EB yesterday(10 total). I added 3 Sure Thing Squash plants to it. I needed to get some all female squash plants going since last year was a bummer for squash. No pollination and hated going out every day with a Q-tip hoping to find a male and female flower open. I still will be doing that with my Cukes and melons :(

Next year I'm build a trellis like Devota's. That looks perfect!

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 24, 2009
3:23 PM

Post #6456935

Looks like 2 or 3 blossoms fused together on one of my Cherokee Purples. Gonna be interesting to see the outcome of this one.

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Gymgirl

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

April 24, 2009
6:08 PM

Post #6457647

Ok, D, let's see your trellis...
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 24, 2009
7:18 PM

Post #6457986

Back up the thread my pal.
darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 24, 2009
11:07 PM

Post #6458852

Devota dear your set up looks great!!! Everything is so pretty
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

April 24, 2009
11:17 PM

Post #6458876

You are making good use of that 100 sq ft area, Devota, but looks to me like you could use about ten more grow poles to fill in the "extra" space.

Gymgirl

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

April 25, 2009
1:13 AM

Post #6459324

Ok I saw it. Was planning on putting up a trellis over the maters tomorrow but terrible rainstorm going on right now. No satellite so no TV OR computer. Aaaaaarrrrghhh! I'm communicating by cellphone.

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Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 25, 2009
2:23 AM

Post #6459629

Jay...you are so right. I need more gro poles but alas, they might shade out the lower stuff.
Karen, you are so kind. I think it is pretty too.
And you Miz G...huh? Oh you are on line with your cel. How cool is that?
thistle5
Alexandria, VA
(Zone 7b)

April 28, 2009
10:00 PM

Post #6476572

Ray, I'd be interested in the varieties you're growing. I'm still hunting for Sungold, my favorite, but no sign of it yet. I definitely want to try those smart pots, we have some of the Japanese maples growing in them, where I work-they look like they're perfect for potatoes! You are going to have quite a harvest...

Devota, I love your garden space, you've truly maximized every inch-when it comes time for watering, it's SO helpful to have everything close together, I can't wait to see what you start to produce there...
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 28, 2009
10:26 PM

Post #6476694

Thanks thistle. I will update later, and yes it's good when time to water but also that is all the space have that is sunny and available..["No we cant dig up the Lawn!!]
thistle5
Alexandria, VA
(Zone 7b)

April 28, 2009
10:35 PM

Post #6476720

OMG, my DH is the same, we only have 1 tiny sunny patch in the back yard (lots of mature trees), maybe 10' x10', but every time I talk about putting veggies there, he says, "but that's the only place we can grow grass" Arghh!-who cares? So, I have to put my beds & EBs around the edges of the sunny spot...
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 28, 2009
10:39 PM

Post #6476739

That is what EBs are made for...those of us with Lawnboy DHs.

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 29, 2009
3:35 AM

Post #6478118

Hey thistle,

I have some Sungold seeds left, if you want. But I'm sure you are looking for seedlings, since it's a bit late to start from seed. As far as tomatoes I'm growing here's the list. (I may add a one or 2 more varieties soon)...

Hybrids---

8 - Big Beefs
2 - Sungold
2 - Better Boy
1- Sweet 100


Heirloom---

4 - Hillbilly
2 - Cherokee Purple
2 - Paul Robeson
2 - Black Krim
2 - San Marzano
2 - Purple Calabash
2- Beefsteaks
2 - Abe Lincolns
3 - Unnamed Yellow Tomato plants from a friend in Tenn.(I'll post a pic below of the size he grew last year)
1 - Kellogg's Breakfast
1- Mortgage Lifter
1 - Green Zebra
1- Legend

I think that's all of them so far. I'm gonna plant 2 Black Cherry toms this weekend. They're finally ready to transplant.

Here's the "Big Yelleren" as my friend calls it. He shipped me this bad boy last year. It had to be heavier than 2lbs. It was a monster. Apparently, he had many the size of this one. They were very good tasting too.

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Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 29, 2009
5:41 AM

Post #6478389

One of the Potato Bins(Smart Pot) is almost filled. Never knew potatoes grew so fast.

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Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 29, 2009
11:46 AM

Post #6478698

Ray, I wondered about the smart pots. Those look great. I have mine on the ground under straw this year. Is the pot filled with soil or mix?
What are you planning to do with your tomatoes besides eating them?
darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 29, 2009
12:28 PM

Post #6478828

The Gardeners Supply pot is 15 gallons deep (potato bin) and the largest size I could find on the Smart Pots site was 10...is that what your using?

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 29, 2009
12:46 PM

Post #6478906

Quoting:Ray, I wondered about the smart pots. Those look great. I have mine on the ground under straw this year. Is the pot filled with soil or mix?
What are you planning to do with your tomatoes besides eating them?


I'm using this http://www.ebstone.org/13_ednas.php and leaves I rake up in the yard.

Tomatoes will be eaten, canned(sauce) and given away to co-workers and neighbors. I hope I have the problem of being over run with tomatoes.


Quoting:The Gardeners Supply pot is 15 gallons deep (potato bin) and the largest size I could find on the Smart Pots site was 10...is that what your using?


Actually Karen, smart pots go up to 200 gallons. I'm using the 15 gallon ones. Here's the link http://www.smartpots.com/products-2 and here's for the really big ones http://www.smartpots.com/products-3







darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 29, 2009
1:06 PM

Post #6479009

Thanks! 200 gallon? WHOA! What would you use that for?

Gymgirl

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

April 29, 2009
2:05 PM

Post #6479251

to bury the bodies...
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 29, 2009
2:07 PM

Post #6479264

HAHAHA somebody had to say that. Get to work Ggirl!
darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 29, 2009
2:12 PM

Post #6479295

ROTF, you girls!

Gymgirl

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

April 29, 2009
2:49 PM

Post #6479448

Luv Ya'll! By!
thistle5
Alexandria, VA
(Zone 7b)

April 30, 2009
8:23 PM

Post #6485196

Bodies make good fertilizer, bet you could grow some good tomatoes on top...Thanks for the offer of the Sungold seeds, but this year I'm being lazy & buying seedlings. Next year, I'll ramp up seed start-starting.

The tomato varieties I've got so far (1 of each)-Black Krim, Country Taste, Golden Jubilee, Orange Oxheart, Pineapple, Super Marzano, Sweet 100 & 2 plants of Big Beef-wow, I just realized how many yellowish tomatoes I have, probably too many.

This message was edited Apr 30, 2009 5:10 PM
LaLambchop
Chapin, SC
(Zone 7b)

April 30, 2009
9:56 PM

Post #6485552

HI,
I'm about to start my first EB. What do you do with plants that vine like the watermelons you showed above? Do the plants form on the ground?

Thanks,
Leslie

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 2, 2009
12:42 AM

Post #6490980

Leslie...I'm not growing any Melons in an EB. I do have 4 in a few 12 gallon containers. I think most people trellis their melons that are grown in EBs. If you do have the room, I'd let them sprawl on the ground. What you saw above was probably my cucumbers in a EB. I'm just gonna let them take over the table they're on and have them dangle off of it. I may eventually tie them up with some string if it gets to be too much. Hopefully somebody here with more melon experience could help you out.

Thistle...Looks like you have a good mix of color. Only 2 true Yellows. Pineapple is a Bi-Color...they're cool looking. Hope it taste as good as it looks. Kinda what I'm hoping for with the Hillbilly's I'm growing.

Speaking of buying seedlings. I'm kinda pissed at myself. I went to the nursery today to pick up some more potting soil. I must've got too close to the veggies...cuz next thing I know I was making a right(towards the tomato smell) instead of a left(to the soil smell). I saw a nice looking Box Car Willie and a Thessaloniki seedling. I grabbed them. Told myself...THAT'S IT, NO MORE! Then as I was walking towards the soil area...I passed the peppers. UGH! There was a few nice looking ones so I grabbed a Pequin, Tabasco and a few Jalapenos. I needed a few more hots apparently (Well, that's how I justified it). Anyways, $150 later(soil, plants, fert and yellow sticky cards)...I realize I need to leave the Credit card at home when I visit nurseries. I made it clear to myself $50 at the most, then out the door. I do that all the time lol

Bodies for fertilizer? Where's Richard Ramirez when you need him? But only a 50" base(for the 200 gallon pot)...we may need to hirer some "Good Fellas" to do some trimming and pruning so the bodies can fit :-) Shoot, I bet the Leprechaun Lumberjacks that hacked at my Jalapeno plants would be up for the job. I hear they work for free and are almost never caught.




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