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The soil mixture [Jul. 28th, 2008|11:14 am]
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[Current Mood |disappointeddisappointed]

I know, my third post. Sorry. I'm actually hoping to give the comm a kick start.

First, my cucumber plant didn't servive the move. So, no cucumbers for me. *sigh*

My garden is just stunted. And I don't know why. But I was wondering if it had to do with mixture.

I'm wondering if I put too much vermiculite in my soil. I didn't really even do the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 thing. I just looked at the picture in the book and continued adding the ingredients until it looked like his picture. But, at the time, I remember thinking I had used too much vermiculit. I'm wondering if that is preventing my plants from taking off. Though, before the move, the cucmber plant was growing like crazy.

My husband is pretty much giving me the "I told you so," saying that gardening the old-fashioned way is the way to go. And seeing my neighbor's huge, fruitful, beautiful garden, I have to wonder. I mean, he used his own dirt, just mixed a little potting soil in. He is out there everyday working his butt off. And he is seeing mega results. While my garden just does nothing.

So, what do you think about my mixture question?

P.S. If there is still a mod here, I wish we could use tags. They'd be so helpful!
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Moved a plant [Jul. 21st, 2008|03:04 pm]
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My cucumber plant was just flourishing like crazy. I was thrilled. But, it was growing in the wrong direction and latching on to my tomato plants. So, I decided to move it over a square.

And now it looks like it isn't going to make it!

Is there something I can do to help it? I'm hoping it is just in shock and is going to recover. But I"m really worried because it is pretty darn late in the season to try again. *sigh*

I'm very discouraged.
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I need to kick-start my plants [Jul. 17th, 2008|10:56 am]
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[Current Mood |pessimisticpessimistic]

I have two tomato plants that I planted in March. They had an extremely rough start experiencing everything from snow to extreme heat. They aren't flowering anymore. They are alive and green, but there are no flowers, which means, no tomatoes.

I bought two other tomato plants about a month or so ago, and they aren't do anything either.

I have....8 or 9 bell pepper plants. They aren't doing anything. Two of them had peppers on them when I bought them. Instead of growing and firming up, the little peppers have kinda become squishy.

I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I've even attempted to give them some miracle grow, but nothing seems to be working.

My cucumber plant, on the other hand, is trying to take over the garden! I'm going to move it to a different square tonight or tomorrow so that it has more room.

I'm really getting discouraged because my garden isn't doing anything. Even the two flowers I planted seem to be struggling. I mean, it doesn't get much easier than flowers! Nothing I started from seeds survived (radishes, cauliflower, and lettuce, all dead).

So, do you any of you have any ideas that might help my plants get started?
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(no subject) [Jul. 6th, 2008|10:50 am]
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Copied from my personal LJ:

Garden update:

Volunteer sunflower (we think) is about four feet high.

I finally got impatient and picked the one carrot that actually grew -- it was too teeny to even eat. Oh, well. I'll have to tell the little boy who planted it that I messed up and picked it too soon.

The cauliflower is flowering -- it never made a head of cauliflower, but the flowers are beautiful.

There's a big, fat blossom on one of the zucchini plants, and tons of buds on all of them. I think zucchini will be successful.

There are 20 or so flowers on the tomato plant.

There are 20 or so strawberries, in varying stages of ripeness, and I finally harvested our first strawberry -- that is, the first one that didn't get eaten by slugs the second it started to turn red. It only took three years to get that one strawberry! :-)

Let's see, what else? Oh, yes, the bean plant looks like it's doing fine. I may plant a couple more hills of zucchini, though, if that's going to be the real thriver in this garden.

Oh! And the apple tree has hundreds of lovely apples on it. In a couple months, I'm thinking we'll have a lot of pie and strudel around here.
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Just getting started [May. 1st, 2008|04:27 pm]
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[Current Mood |nervousnervous]

Well, it was hell to track down everything I needed for the box, but my hubby built it and we filled it with Mel's Mixture.

I didn't plant anything, and now I'm glad of that because it is May 1st and we've had snow all day! What the heck!?

I'm actually afraid to start planting. I'm just scared about knowing when to plant and rotating and all that. I thought it would be easy - just throw the seeds in there and wait. But the book talks about rotating crops and replanting, and you can't have lettuce all year, etc.

I'm scared to start! But I really want to.

I think part of my problem is that I can't wrap my head around the global climate change. I live in Colorado. And when I was a kid, Spring was March, April, and May. And now, Spring is like...End of April, May. And then summer starts. Doesn't give me much of a growing season for the spring veggies, which I really want to grow! My hubby loves cauliflower and we like to have salads every chance we get.

I just need to dive in, but I'm just scared I'll do it wrong.
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(no subject) [Apr. 27th, 2008|06:36 pm]
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One week ago I posted a picture of my variation on the SFG.  I can't believe how much it's grown since then!  

I'm so excited!

x-posted to naturalliving  and my_black_thumb
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(no subject) [Apr. 18th, 2008|05:25 pm]
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I have now got lettuce sprouts, and beans, and carrots where there were none a few weeks ago (from seed -- so exciting!). Also, the strawberries and purple cauliflower are doing really well, and the tomato seems to be doing fine.
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Garden, yay! [Mar. 23rd, 2008|06:48 pm]
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[Current Mood |happyhappy]

[Posted a few places; sorry if you see dupes.]

Well, I've been doing the garden in short bursts to keep from burning out, and I finally have the whole square-foot plot planted. I'll take pictures soon, but here's what I have planted:

rainbow chard?violet queen cauliflowerlettucerainbow bush beans
rainbow chard?violet queen cauliflowerviolet queen cauliflowerrainbow bush beans
red carrotsred carrotsmomotaro tomatoesfino verde basil
yellow onionsstrawberriesbeetsbeets

I only planted one tomato plant this year. I know tomatoes won't do all that well in my plot because of all the shade, but I can't seem to let go of the need to have fresh tomatoes. Maybe I'll plant some more in containers in stonebender's back yard (with his permission, of course) and see if they can handle only being tended once a week.

The "rainbow chard?" is because I planted some seeds that had spilled in my seed box, and I *think* they're chard, but I don't know for sure.

Oh, and since the last time I was there, there are suddenly leaves on the apple tree!
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Back in the garden [Mar. 3rd, 2008|03:21 pm]
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[Current Mood |peppy]
[Current Music |"You and me of the 10,000 wars" (Indigo Girls)]

[posted to my LJ and a couple gardening groups; apologies if you see it more than once.]

Well, it wore me out, as I thought it would, but I took it relatively easy. Spent a half hour weeding just my square-foot box. Tomorrow, I'll do a half hour in my plot and a half hour in the common areas. I'm shooting for an hour a day this way, 2-3pm. It made me really happy to see that the strawberry plant that twostepsfwd gave me is still thriving; I hope we get berries this year!

Sadly, the frog in the userpic got broken while I was away from the garden. Perhaps I will buy a new mascot.

Today, I'll do some plannin'. Tomorrow, some plantin'. Yay! Garden!
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Show and tell [Jun. 20th, 2007|12:29 am]
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I do some volunteer work here. They practice bio-dynamics, are certified organic, sell their wares at a farmer's market, and are trying to be self sufficient. I know this isn't quite SFG but I just wanted to share. Mods feel free to remove if this is too far off the mark.
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