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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #255 on: May 31, 2012, 05:48:13 AM »
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #256 on: May 31, 2012, 06:33:28 AM »
I have some tomatillos planted I started as seeds. They're about 1" tall right now. Is there any chance they'll get big enough to bear fruit this year, or should I give up on them and plant something bigger from the local nursery?
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #257 on: May 31, 2012, 09:16:02 AM »
I have some tomatillos planted I started as seeds. They're about 1" tall right now. Is there any chance they'll get big enough to bear fruit this year, or should I give up on them and plant something bigger from the local nursery?
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #258 on: May 31, 2012, 09:24:39 AM »
I have some tomatillos planted I started as seeds. They're about 1" tall right now. Is there any chance they'll get big enough to bear fruit this year, or should I give up on them and plant something bigger from the local nursery?

Plenty of time. Expect a harvest by September. Keep them watered and bug free.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #259 on: May 31, 2012, 11:03:02 AM »

what did you do for feeding when you transplanted?

Nothing. Should I have?


I like to work a couple of cups of sifted compost into the soil when I put a plant in the ground. It helps loosen up the soil so the roots can spread out and gives them a little boost energy wise. It also helps hold moisture so they are less likely to dry out before they are established and go into shock.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #260 on: May 31, 2012, 11:08:30 AM »
Checked the soil. Assuming I did the test correctly, I'm high in Potash, and low in phosphorous and nitrogen. PH is somewhere between 6 and 7 (6.5?). I guess I'll pick up some fertilizer next time I head to town.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #261 on: May 31, 2012, 11:15:39 AM »
Checked the soil. Assuming I did the test correctly, I'm high in Potash, and low in phosphorous and nitrogen. PH is somewhere between 6 and 7 (6.5?). I guess I'll pick up some fertilizer next time I head to town.

seriously just grab a couple sacks (or a yard or two, if you have access to a truck) of compost. It's really balanced and over time it will improve the soil so you won't need to worry about test kits, except perhaps for pH for specific crops.

If you can set up your own compost bin and save all your food scraps (except meat/dairy). Between kitchen scraps and spent grain and hops you can turn over some good compost pretty quickly. The grain attracts black soldier flies which, while horrifically disgusting to find in your compost pile, are really good at making compost.

all the scraps and detritus from putting your garden to bed in the winter can be chopped up and either put in the compost pile or gently turned into the soil right in the garden. You could also sow some barley or alfalfa in the late fall as a cover crop that will prevent weeds in the spring and can be turned under to increase the fertility of the soil over time.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #262 on: May 31, 2012, 11:21:36 AM »
My neighbor gave me a book on soil-less gardening, so the mix I'm using is about 1/2 compost, 1/4 rice hulls, 1/4 peat moss. I guess It's possible my mix isn't homogenous enough to get proper results from the test kit. I assumed with as much compost as I used, I'd have plenty of nitrogen. But, I also don't know what I'm doing, and just following my neighbor's advice. (different neighbor than the one who possibly over/under watered.) 
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #263 on: May 31, 2012, 03:27:46 PM »
Naw, poke is made with raw fish, not corn salad.  Corn does make awesome chowder though.

Whatchew talkin bout willis?

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #264 on: June 01, 2012, 04:29:36 AM »
Naw, poke is made with raw fish, not corn salad.  Corn does make awesome chowder though.

Whatchew talkin bout willis?

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And both lookin' yummy!  ;)
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #265 on: June 01, 2012, 05:44:14 AM »
Ahi poke:


So poke is just a fancy word for ceviche
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #266 on: June 01, 2012, 06:05:19 AM »
I think that my be the first time fancy and poke have ever been used in the same sentence.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #267 on: June 04, 2012, 03:42:59 PM »
Not food but in the garden and for your enjoyment.  This one made it
most the others got frost bitten.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #268 on: June 04, 2012, 04:12:46 PM »
Does anyone know of effective organic means to keep grasshoppers away? Some jerk-bug has been munching on my already-sad-looking basil.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #269 on: June 04, 2012, 05:54:38 PM »
Does anyone know of effective organic means to keep grasshoppers away? Some jerk-bug has been munching on my already-sad-looking basil.

At least they have good taste!

I believe a pyrethrin based spray would work well and be food-safe. Available everywhere.
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