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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 5/6/2012, 10:12 pm

Since I was late getting my garden box started, I had to rely on plants instead of seeds for some of my crops. I really want to have spinach but so far I haven't been able to find spinach plants. I'm going to two garden centers tomorrow so hopefully they'll have them. If they don't, then possibly I can get them at a flower and plant sale in NJ on Saturday. If I can't get them there, what else could I grow? The original plan was to grow spinach in 6 of the same squares that I have bell peppers in, so I would need something quick-growing and compact if I can't get spinach.

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Post  CarolinaGirl on 5/6/2012, 10:21 pm

I'll admit this is my first year gardening, but why is it too late to get spinach seeds and direct sow? I have a packet of Burpee's Baby's Leaf spinach that I planted that only takes 30-40 days. You can pick it at 30 days for things like salads and such or wait til 40 days for cooking. I'm much farther south than you are and it says I'm ok to plant through May. Maybe look at some different varieties?

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Post  cheyannarach on 5/6/2012, 11:57 pm

@CarolinaGirl wrote:I'll admit this is my first year gardening, but why is it too late to get spinach seeds and direct sow? I have a packet of Burpee's Baby's Leaf spinach that I planted that only takes 30-40 days. You can pick it at 30 days for things like salads and such or wait til 40 days for cooking. I'm much farther south than you are and it says I'm ok to plant through May. Maybe look at some different varieties?

+1

Or you could get you gobs of radishes, lettuce is pretty quick too!

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 5/7/2012, 12:04 am

I'll have to see if I can get that spinach variety. Thanks for the idea. What a Face

I just assumed that since I was late getting started, I should have spinach plants.

I already have 1 square planted with radishes and 2 more set aside for later. As far as lettuce goes, I have 3 squares with different varieties of leaf lettuce planted.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 5/7/2012, 12:17 am

i would direct seed your spinach Very Happy

not sure of your temps there....but...since you are planting them in with your pepers then they should get shaded when and if your temps get to hot for the spinach....they may then not bolt....that is the main problem with growing spinach late in some areas....the heat will cause the spinach to send up a flower before you are able to get a good harvest....

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 5/7/2012, 12:20 am

I'd like to get whatever I can out of the spinach. I figured since I have 6 squares set aside for it, I should get a pretty decent crop. Then I will replant again later for a fall crop. What a Face

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Post  cheyannarach on 5/7/2012, 12:27 am

I have tyree spinach and it is 37 days, doesn't take long to pop up either Very Happy

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Post  camprn on 5/7/2012, 7:12 am

Sow some spinach seed, they grow quickly. You still have time. What a Face

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Post  JustMe on 5/7/2012, 5:58 pm

Give the spinach a try. I planted two squares of spinach about 3 weeks apart. The second planting germinated much faster b/c the ground was warmer. Even if they don't get to full size, you can still enjoy the young leaves.

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Post  acara on 5/7/2012, 6:10 pm

Raddish ...

Just remember to direct-sow & not transplant ....

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 5/7/2012, 6:12 pm

I forgot about this thread.....

Well I went to the two different garden centers this morning and neither of them had spinach plants. So, I wound up buying seeds. Bloomsdale Long Standing is the variety. I planted the spinach in the 6 remaining pepper squares. I also added two more cauliflower plants to unoccupied squares.

While tending my box, I noticed the carrots have started germinating as well as the two different kinds of green beans, plus the sugar snaps. What a Face

The broccoli raab may have started germinating too. I can't tell if it's them or a seed that survived the composting process.

I have 1 square planted with radish seeds plus two more set aside for more radishes....different varieties What a Face

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Post  kimberlee on 5/7/2012, 6:15 pm

If you like it, my arugula has done wonderfully and sprouted pretty quickly. And it's mighty tasty when you pick the leaves young. Eat in salads, put on sandwiches, wilt in pasta. Gosh, my mouth is watering, I loooove arugula. (It's a veg-eh-tah-bull...)

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Post  acara on 5/7/2012, 6:16 pm

Raddish is my new favorite "filler" ... .a lot of the varieties are 30-40 days from "shove in the hole" to "shove in the mouth".

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 5/7/2012, 6:50 pm

@acara wrote:Raddish is my new favorite "filler" ... .a lot of the varieties are 30-40 days from "shove in the hole" to "shove in the mouth".
lol!

That just sounds funny!

The first variety I planted is "cherry belle". A neighbor gave me that in seed tape form so I figured I'd give it a shot. The variety I want to plant next is Watermelon. That looks so cool.

Since I don't have any more room for anything, I'm making a list of veggies to try in the fall. Arugula is one of them What a Face

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Post  RoOsTeR on 5/7/2012, 7:16 pm

I've never tried the watermelon radish either, but I think they look cool too. Heaven forbid I actually break down and buy another $1.98 packet of seeds Razz

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Post  camprn on 5/7/2012, 7:55 pm

@RoOsTeR wrote:I've never tried the watermelon radish either, but I think they look cool too. Heaven forbid I actually break down and buy another $1.98 packet of seeds Razz
Or build another box

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Post  RoOsTeR on 5/7/2012, 7:57 pm

rofl funny post

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Post  littlesapphire on 5/7/2012, 8:18 pm

Lol, seeds are so cheap I end up with more than I can ever plant!

I did buy some watermelon radishes this year though! Keep in mind that they're Asian radishes, so they're rather bigger than a conventional radish and they take 60 days instead of 30.

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 5/7/2012, 9:46 pm

@littlesapphire wrote:Lol, seeds are so cheap I end up with more than I can ever plant!

I did buy some watermelon radishes this year though! Keep in mind that they're Asian radishes, so they're rather bigger than a conventional radish and they take 60 days instead of 30.

The packet of Watermelon Radishes I have says 35 days to harvest.

However I just checked burpee's website and it says there 60 days to harvest. What's up with that??

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Post  JennAndCompany on 5/7/2012, 10:36 pm

LOL - I just asked my husband if we should build another square... he rolled his eyes and walked out of the room. We have the wood and I might have the room (on the other side of the house). Last year we had 10-4x4 squares (which was way too many squares for me). This year at our new house, we only have room for 3-4x4 squares. I have been carefully / thoughtfully filling each square with only my favorites, but all 48 square feet are spoken for and I still have stuff I want to plant!



I might have to try spinach or radishes or another fast/compact plant in the same squares with my peppers. (or maybe with my tomatoes?) I might also have to give up my 3 squares of fun gourds (Apple Gourds, Dipper Gourds and Tennessee Spinner Gourds) to plant more beans... somehow food feels more valuable and important to help the family since space is at a premium this year. I have never grown those gourds before, but thought they would be awesome on the trellis I will be putting up in a couple of weeks.

Maybe I should just stop pouting and deal~~

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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 5/7/2012, 11:06 pm

@JennAndCompany wrote:LOL - I just asked my husband if we should build another square... he rolled his eyes and walked out of the room. We have the wood and I might have the room (on the other side of the house). Last year we had 10-4x4 squares (which was way too many squares for me). This year at our new house, we only have room for 3-4x4 squares. I have been carefully / thoughtfully filling each square with only my favorites, but all 48 square feet are spoken for and I still have stuff I want to plant!



I might have to try spinach or radishes or another fast/compact plant in the same squares with my peppers. (or maybe with my tomatoes?) I might also have to give up my 3 squares of fun gourds (Apple Gourds, Dipper Gourds and Tennessee Spinner Gourds) to plant more beans... somehow food feels more valuable and important to help the family since space is at a premium this year. I have never grown those gourds before, but thought they would be awesome on the trellis I will be putting up in a couple of weeks.

Maybe I should just stop pouting and deal~~

Hey....if you have the wood and the room, I say go for it.

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Post  cheyannarach on 5/7/2012, 11:09 pm

When the hubby Rolling Eyes rolls his eyes at me when I come up with something to build I just tell him I'll do it myself.... Then he does it for me because he doesn't like me using the saw, muuuuahahahaaaa. Then presto, it's built

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 5/7/2012, 11:47 pm

JennAndCompany, I found squash (and gourds) will do well climbing a fence. If your property is fenced, and you have a couple of large flower pots you can put next to the fence, you have a way to plant your gourds and have the boxes for food production. Just a thought.

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Post  JennAndCompany on 5/7/2012, 11:56 pm



We originally built the all the squares together (my way) - he was kind enough to take them apart for the move last fall - the wood is in the basement. So Cheyannarach and Too Tall Tomatoes, I think your points are well made. Maybe I can squeeze one more 4x4 square in this season! Thanks for the positive thoughts... I will just ask him to get more compost on his way home and let him figure it out - hee hee

Putting a square back together will be a breeze!

Today I made a 2'x1' top hat for my potatoes (I thought 12" deep squares would be enough for them - hahaha). I decided today that they needed more height (since the plants were already 4-5 inches above the 12" height). Rather than mounding and messing with the squares around them, I used an old hand saw and cut up a couple of 1x6 boards to make a 2'x1' top hat! That made me proud!

Nonna - I DO have a fence (faces East) that isn't doing anything... I was wondering if gourds would climb a fence or needed a trellis - THANK YOU! I have some big pots too, maybe that would work for the gourds. Or I could take my spare boards and make a 2'x4' box, put that next to the fence, and plant the gourds in that. I would gain the 3 squares in the other boxes AND 4 squares in the smaller box with the gourds. Oooh - you guys are brilliant! I love it!


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Post  JennAndCompany on 5/8/2012, 12:06 am

@Too Tall Tomatoes wrote:Since I was late getting my garden box started, I had to rely on plants instead of seeds for some of my crops. I really want to have spinach but so far I haven't been able to find spinach plants. I'm going to two garden centers tomorrow so hopefully they'll have them. If they don't, then possibly I can get them at a flower and plant sale in NJ on Saturday. If I can't get them there, what else could I grow? The original plan was to grow spinach in 6 of the same squares that I have bell peppers in, so I would need something quick-growing and compact if I can't get spinach.

Any suggestions?
Have you ever tried Turnips? It might be a little warm in your area now, but if you can still grow radishes, you can grow turnips. They only take 50 days to maturity. My package says you could use the young greens, so if you want to do that, it would only take a couple weeks to get those. Very Happy

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