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« Reply #30 on: March 13, 2012, 01:49:44 PM »
I'm trying some Mucho Nacho jalapenos this year. It's a hybrid monster perfect for stuffed peppers. I also saved seeds from some good sized peppers I bought at the supermarket, but I don't know if they are hybrids or not. They germinated just fine.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #31 on: March 13, 2012, 01:58:41 PM »
I'm trying some Mucho Nacho jalapenos this year. It's a hybrid monster perfect for stuffed peppers. I also saved seeds from some good sized peppers I bought at the supermarket, but I don't know if they are hybrids or not. They germinated just fine.

they are probably hybrids but hey, what's the worst case scenerio? you end up with unappatizeing peppers (well I guess the WORST case is that monsanto sends a PI to your garden and sues you for theft of intellectual property but that's not likely). best case scenerio you find some amazing stabile variety and get famous selling it!
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #32 on: March 13, 2012, 02:01:58 PM »
I'm trying some Mucho Nacho jalapenos this year. It's a hybrid monster perfect for stuffed peppers. I also saved seeds from some good sized peppers I bought at the supermarket, but I don't know if they are hybrids or not. They germinated just fine.

I planted some Mucho Nacho's a couple of years ago, and thought it was a great pepper. You have the right idea to use those as stuffed peppers, one of my favorites to put on the grill!
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« Reply #33 on: March 13, 2012, 02:19:06 PM »
I'm trying some Mucho Nacho jalapenos this year. It's a hybrid monster perfect for stuffed peppers. I also saved seeds from some good sized peppers I bought at the supermarket, but I don't know if they are hybrids or not. They germinated just fine.

they are probably hybrids but hey, what's the worst case scenerio? you end up with unappatizeing peppers (well I guess the WORST case is that monsanto sends a PI to your garden and sues you for theft of intellectual property but that's not likely). best case scenerio you find some amazing stabile variety and get famous selling it!

After reading about what Monsanto does to farmers and others, I'll do my best to never buy their products again and I happen to like Roundup.

If they are hybrids, I think I'll just end up getting a small jalapeno, but I may get nothing at all. They'll be well marked in the garden. It's cheap fun. I bought Mucho Nacho seeds, so that's my back-up.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #34 on: March 13, 2012, 02:52:26 PM »
I'm trying some Mucho Nacho jalapenos this year. It's a hybrid monster perfect for stuffed peppers. I also saved seeds from some good sized peppers I bought at the supermarket, but I don't know if they are hybrids or not. They germinated just fine.

they are probably hybrids but hey, what's the worst case scenerio? you end up with unappatizeing peppers (well I guess the WORST case is that monsanto sends a PI to your garden and sues you for theft of intellectual property but that's not likely). best case scenerio you find some amazing stabile variety and get famous selling it!

After reading about what Monsanto does to farmers and others, I'll do my best to never buy their products again and I happen to like Roundup.

If they are hybrids, I think I'll just end up getting a small jalapeno, but I may get nothing at all. They'll be well marked in the garden. It's cheap fun. I bought Mucho Nacho seeds, so that's my back-up.

Yup monsanto is the devil.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #35 on: March 14, 2012, 08:19:31 AM »
Well I started a good  asparagus bed last year and they may
produce this year because they were 3 y.o. crowns. But may
let them be just to get good and established. 
The rest of it is prolly still 60 days away we have frost danger
until 1st of june.
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« Reply #36 on: March 14, 2012, 02:04:11 PM »
 8).  Wow, I am impressed most of you folks start your seeds.

I am a bit lame in that arena still.  Other than stuff that sprouts in place, I buy plants at the local greenhouse.  Maybe because my garden tends on the small side, and I cannot use a whole packet of certain seeds.  Like, I might plant one sungold cherry tomato, a couple of brandywine, 4 poblano and 4 jalapeno, etc.  I guess the greenhouse has a good selection, but probably more $pendy. ::)

I have been screening and packing compost.  Trimmed back the raspberries, planted some spinach, lettuce and cilantro.  Garlic just came up this week.


So onions.  I want to get onions right this year, and be able to stick a bunch away for use all winter.
My success with them in the past has been spotty, which seems odd to me because they seem simple enough.
I start with the little bulbs; is that what most of you do?  Most come up, but a lot went to flower right off the bat last year, which looks cool but does not make a large, storable onion.  Any thoughts on that?


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« Reply #37 on: March 14, 2012, 02:26:33 PM »
Good fertilizer will help your onions develop, but I've had the same problem in that they turn out too small.


Once you get started with a good insulated, heated seed bed, grow light, etc., you can save a bunch of money. It's actually one of my favorite parts of gardening.

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« Reply #38 on: March 14, 2012, 02:36:21 PM »
8).  Wow, I am impressed most of you folks start your seeds.

I am a bit lame in that arena still.  Other than stuff that sprouts in place, I buy plants at the local greenhouse.  Maybe because my garden tends on the small side, and I cannot use a whole packet of certain seeds.  Like, I might plant one sungold cherry tomato, a couple of brandywine, 4 poblano and 4 jalapeno, etc.  I guess the greenhouse has a good selection, but probably more $pendy. ::)

I have been screening and packing compost.  Trimmed back the raspberries, planted some spinach, lettuce and cilantro.  Garlic just came up this week.


So onions.  I want to get onions right this year, and be able to stick a bunch away for use all winter.
My success with them in the past has been spotty, which seems odd to me because they seem simple enough.
I start with the little bulbs; is that what most of you do?  Most come up, but a lot went to flower right off the bat last year, which looks cool but does not make a large, storable onion.  Any thoughts on that?

for storage purposes it's a good idea to start onions from seed. They store better than way and are less likely to bolt on you.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #39 on: March 14, 2012, 06:06:21 PM »
I started my onions from sets this year. Next year I will do my own and separate them come planting time.

Aren't onions cool a weather crop? And my understanding is that they are heavy feeders and drinkers.

Anyway hope mine turn out as they are what I use the most.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #40 on: March 14, 2012, 06:10:45 PM »
Nice euge!

I bought some asparagas root, horseradish root, and shallots today. I'm expanding the garden by 30% this year. I need to remove sod and backfill with some premium topsoil and mushroom soil blend. Looks like my work is going to be cut out for me in the coming weeks.

We should definitely include photos for our viewing pleasure.  8)
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Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #41 on: March 14, 2012, 06:33:24 PM »
I started my onions from sets this year. Next year I will do my own and separate them come planting time.

Aren't onions cool a weather crop? And my understanding is that they are heavy feeders and drinkers.

Anyway hope mine turn out as they are what I use the most.

We plant onions in the fall to overwinter and again in the spring for fall harvest.


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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #42 on: March 14, 2012, 06:45:47 PM »
Sort of off topic but. . .

I homebrew, make my own BBQ, raise a garden, preserve food, etc.  I used to think that was out of the ordinary but the more homebrewers I meet. . .

It seems to be more of a "If I want it right, I'll do it myself" mentality than a strictly beer mentality.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #43 on: March 14, 2012, 07:14:34 PM »
Here are pics of phase one and two:


Need to get some dirt delivered tomorrow or by Sunday the latest! Also, I need to set up some sort of drip system.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #44 on: March 14, 2012, 07:50:56 PM »
The big thing with onions IMO is to make sure you weed them like mad. They really don't do well with competition from weeds. I planted from sets last year and they stored just fine, but I couldn't keep up on the weeding as well as I would have liked and a lot of them were smaller than I had hoped. This year I preordered some bunches of starter onions so I'll see how they do compared to the sets.

Up here in New England I plant my onions around last frost (late April) and harvest in early fall.
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