Here is the first pic: My favorite one, and largest thus far of my tomatoes:
Latest pics of my garden
I have 4-5 boxes of corn planted and about 3 -4 of cukes and one lone ambrosia melon in a lay flat bag. Bought more melon seeds, more watermelon seeds and cantaloupe seeds. Planning on putting some in the lay flat grow bags I have left; but, how many melons per bag is the question and do I direct seed them or put in startings after I plant the seeds in the seed starting kit??? Anyone know?
One thing is for certain, your giving alot of stuff a try. Im guessing the results will be varied, altho it looks like you will get at least something from everything. Im interested in all those cukes in that hanging container. Hope they work, seems you could get alot of beans or anything that vines in it.
What makes fairy tale eggplant special? I see it advertised as special in several cataloques. I have never had good luck or much of any kind of luck with eggplant
but I sure would like to grow my own as the ones you buy never taste like thones my GM and Mom grew.
I started some hansle and gretel seeds this year...they got lost in the 'cat dump' Wonder if they 'go together', with the fairytale one. Im gunna try again in the fall
Annie: I ordered the plants from Burpees, that is why they made it this far. LOL I tried from seed with the black beauty and never got anything; so, since my mouth is watering for eggplant, I decided to trust Burpee with the startings of the fairy tale eggplants which is said to be perfect for growing in containers, the reason I got that kind.
Garden Glory: I hope some produces, I'm really happy with the tomatoes so far, and think I might be canning up some into sauce, spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, and salsa I hope anyways. Looking for a pressure canner now. My neighbor thinks I planted my corn too close together, as I have 16 stalks per box and have 5 boxes of corn planted.
Joy, great job there! A few observations:
*you can patch the holes in your flat grow bags with duc tape.
*your cabbages seem crowded. I grew three 50 lb Bonnie cabbages (you saw my pics) and put one per 24" container. Not sure of your sizes, but the leaves get big. And if you get an infestation of any kind, having them more crowded enhances the spread. Separate 'em and you have a shot at saving them.
Gymgirl: Yepper, they do looked a bit crowded and I think I will do just that. I went into Lowes today and bought some more potting mix and will now use some more of the totes to replant some of the cabbages into. Have you grown melons in your lay flat bags yet? How many per bag did you use if you did? I am thinking about trying that with my melons as I have two of the lay flat bags left.
I cant speak to the bags themselves...but having them lower to the ground like that would be a blessing. I lost squash and melons last year because the stems that hung over the side of the EB's snapped. I planted squash again this year...I will put a little balled up piece of fence of something by the box to help support the stems hanging over the side. Melons do come sith a whole new set of bugs. I dont have the will to try again this year on the melons. You just think you have a beuaty, then the next morning its full of pin holes. I lived vicariously thru tplants last year..
Garden Glory: Yep, I took one look at the lay flat grow bags and decided right away they would be excellent for melons, I had suspected that might happen with the stems on them in anything bigger. I'm just not sure how many melons I can actually plant in one bag though? I'm thinking 3; but no more than that. Lowes was out of the Jungle Grow for professionals for containers in the 3 cu bag, they only had the 1 cu bags, being that the 3 cu bag costs $11.97 and the 1 cu bags almost $6 I decided to look around and chose one that was really light, it's also by Jungle Grow for professionals for hanging baskets, and I'm giving that a shot now. Bought four 3 cubic bags; thus far and it is much lighter and has trace minerals in it. I'm down to the last little bit of coconut coir and I'm saving that for seed starting. I've used 12 blocks of the biggest blocks Bob carries of that so far. The good thing is I won't have to buy any new potting mixes next season, just reuse what I started this season with.
Joy, you won't have to buy new potting mixes for a LOT of seasons! That's part of the beauty of the coir -- it pays for itself in the long run!
Gymgirl: I got lots of left over seeds too, so next season will be fairly cheap for me and not a whole lot of work, I can then think about a AWS and also some soaker hoses for my flowers.