Planning my organic garden
Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:37 PM
Anyway, I'm in a bit of a Winter slump and thought the best way to get out of it would be to start planning my Spring garden. A couple of question:
What are some of the easier veggies to grow?
What is a good, natural repellant?
Do you used raised garden beds?
I've read some good gardening books but also LOVE personal experience.
Any tips for a novice?
Posted 15 January 2012 - 02:19 AM
Zuchinni grows super easy, yields lots too!
Peppers are easy, just make sure you protect their tender leaves against bugs. Cold pressed neem oil works well for this. Einstein Oil is a good (expensive) brand. Lowes/HD neem works too.
My cherry tomatoes never suffer from blight like my bigger varieties. The right cultivar fed well will yield lots too.
Watch your zuchinni, tomatoes, squash for powdery mildew. This can be cured with a slightly akaline water or diluted milk spray. My favorite organic way to take care of and prevent PM (as well as botrytis on your strawberries) is inoculation with Bacillus subtilis. Its a helpful bacteria that will keep the nasties at bay. In can be purchased in the form of Serenade Garden. Warning: it does smell like if a foot had an ass, and the foot never ever washed his ass. Spray your seedlings before they go outside and every other week after. The smell dissapates outside within a couple hours. A cheaper way to innoculate is with aerated earthworm casting teas. Plants absolutely love this stuff.
Plant some herbs like cilantro, dill or caraway, maybe some white cosmos to help convince some ladybugs to come rage in your garden. They will help keep aphid populations low.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 04:05 AM
As for growing things....I know nothing (although our beanstalk in school grew a bean! It grew a bean!) but my neighbors always did well with cucumbers and tomatoes.
For strawberries I've been told by many that those pots are really key to growing them.
How about some herbs like basil or cilantro (I bought a window box 2 summers ago and have to actually get the herb plants!)
I'd suggest getting in touch with hemptress...not sure if she's on these boards anymore...but she has a kick ass garden!
Posted 17 January 2012 - 04:40 AM
Posted 14 February 2012 - 12:10 PM
Give Roger a try. Here is his e-mail: email@example.com
He loves helping out. Tell him you're friends with Kris, the professor and let him know your questions. He's a wealth of information
I'm full fledged planning the garden now so I'm going to print out this thread and write to Roger!
I got a wonderful seed catalog from a company called Fedco! It's as blast to read--they include all kinds of stories and opinions:lol:
Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:26 PM
updates ? ? ?? I have my snow peas, tomatoes and lettuce in - picking up the peppers this week. Freakin slug ate my tiny lil basil plant, even with all the mulch around it ! Prolly gonna keep the rest in pots indoors.
I've used crushed egg shells around the base of plants to deter slugs. Works pretty good but does not stop them all.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:30 PM
thanks for the egg shell idea, I head about DE powder and beer before, we'll see how bad it gets. I'll hafta post a pic of it tonight since the sun came back out for a bit today