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Post  Jaodissa on 4/2/2013, 11:35 pm

Hello everyone! Heres my first post. I have been reading for a few weeks. This is what I came up with. Please give me feed back of where I should move plants around if they are in the wrong areas! Thank you.

(Sun rises on potato side sets on pumpkin side of layout)



Ohh yea in case you can't tell from pictures here's a list of what they are
Beans (Bush Snap)
Broccoli
Carrot
Cilantro
Cucumber
Lettuce (Leaf)
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Onions (Green)
Pepper
Potatoes
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Strawberry
Tomato
Watermelon
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Post  camprn on 4/3/2013, 5:53 am

glad you\'re here to the SFG Forum.

It looks pretty good to me. Please be mindful that your onions and carrots may be overcome by the watermelon vine sprawl. You can train the vines somewhat but these vines can grow many feet in a season. If there is any way to have the watermelon and pumpkin have their own separate area, that would be better for your other plants.
You can find information about individual plant growing requirements and conditions at myfolia.com

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Post  Jaodissa on 4/3/2013, 9:53 am

Originally the pumpkins where going in another box by themselves and still might! The watermelon Is a sugar baby which Im told is smaller so with pruning might be more controllable. (Heres to hoping lol!)

Thanks for the reply!!
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Post  DirtFarmer on 4/3/2013, 11:18 am

Vandenburg? My FIL served there for quite some time - my husband went to high school in Lompoc. Smile I'm a newbie too, but wanted to say hi and I hope all goes well!

I love the layout photo - did you use some kind of software or a website to create that picture? It would be so useful to have something like that to print for rotation reference. flower
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Layout chart~

Post  Windmere on 4/3/2013, 11:35 am

I also like your planting chart. What software or website did you use?
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Post  Jaodissa on 4/3/2013, 11:48 am

the website is called grow veg. (I can't post the link yet sorry) You can sign up for a 30 day free trial after that it is 40 dollars for 2 year access.

And hello and thank you DirtFarmer! I grew up in Orcutt. Married Military moved away and moved back home. Im sure the military will move us soon again, but for now it's nice!
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Post  svonstad on 4/3/2013, 11:59 am

The website is growveg.com/gardenplanner/gardenplanner.html
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Thanks very much

Post  Windmere on 4/3/2013, 12:01 pm

Wow you guys are "on it" when it comes to posting replies. Thanks svonstad and Jaodissa.

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Post  quiltbea on 4/3/2013, 12:47 pm

Hi Jao..... glad you\'re here to the forum.
Personally I would take the peppers, which don't need staking or trellising, and move them forward 2 sqs to replace the lettuce. Reserve that trellis space for another tomato or two.
You could move the lettuce to the watermelon area. They will be harvested by the time the vines take over.
The rest looks good. A Sugar Baby is a smaller watermelon, but it sure gets lots of vines so trail them out of the box. The pumpkin leaves will be huge so its good that is in the corner to trail the vines outward from both sides of the box tho' it would be better to be away on its own.
Everything else looks fine to me. I'm supposing the blank areas around the potato are for more potatoes?
Happy Gardening!
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Post  Goosegirl on 4/3/2013, 1:39 pm

Jaodissa - I did Sugar Babies and they trellis very nicely. The melons did fine hanging from the trellis and the vines were very easy to train up the trellis so I had room for the low crops around them. Just make sure that they are placed where they will not shade other crops or if so, the crops are ones that like the cooler shade - like lettuces and such.

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Post  yolos on 4/3/2013, 7:51 pm

Here is a picture of my sugar baby watermellon trellis.
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Post  camprn on 4/3/2013, 7:54 pm

Yolos, NICE! Was that last year?

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Post  yolos on 4/3/2013, 8:06 pm

Yes, the above watermellon trellis was last year. That was one large pot. I had 3 pots with watermellons but by the time I finished the trellis and planted the watermellons, it was July 1. Much too late to fully harvest the watermellon. They were also hit with a disease of some kind. I did get one watermellon that was very yummy.

Here is the actual trellis before I planted the watermellons.

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Post  Jaodissa on 4/3/2013, 8:27 pm

How large of a container is that?! Maybe I should just move my pumpkins to their own area too!!!

And yes the blank areas around the strawberries and the potatoes is room for growth. I hear both grow crazy also. Seems everything Im interested in growing is huge! Smile
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Post  yolos on 4/3/2013, 9:26 pm

Jaodissa wrote:How large of a container is that?! Maybe I should just move my pumpkins to their own area too!!!
I do not remember what size the containers were. When I get home from work tomorrow I will measure them.

I built these 2' x 2' x 10" beds to use to plant artichokes but last year I could not get the artichokes to germinate so I used them for squash. Home Depot cut them out of 8' long lumber. Cost was about $ 7.00 per box. I can move them around as I expand although they do not have bottoms and would take a little work to dig out the MM and move.


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Post  Jaodissa on 4/3/2013, 11:20 pm

forgive me yolos! I meant watermelon! But your pumpkins looks great too!! The black buckets the watermelons are in. How large are they? 5 gallon pots? I love the trellis for your watermelons! The look beautiful. I was really curious how you would get a watermelon to hang, but apparently it works! Thanks for the great pictures. I would love to see more.
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Post  Lillyz on 4/3/2013, 11:41 pm

Hi Jaodissa,

Just wanted to say hello! I lived in Lompoc when I was in high school. I have a sister who lives in Lompoc and a neice who lives in Vandenburg Village. They both have beautiful gardens!! and apparently green thumbs, they can grow almost anything there. I guess thats why they called it "Valley of the Flowers." Good luck with your garden.

Lilly

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Very nice - At what stage of watermelon growth did you plant?

Post  Windmere on 4/4/2013, 6:28 am

yolos wrote:Yes, the above watermellon trellis was last year. That was one large pot. I had 3 pots with watermellons but by the time I finished the trellis and planted the watermellons, it was July 1. Much too late to fully harvest the watermellon. They were also hit with a disease of some kind. I did get one watermellon that was very yummy.

Here is the actual trellis before I planted the watermellons.


Hey yolos: I am admiring you Sugar Babies from last year. You mentioned planting on July 1st and that it was too late to get a full harvest. I have some Sugar Baby seedlings that I plan to put in "Earth Boxes" when our weather stabilizes. Am I good on planting time?


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Post  yolos on 4/4/2013, 6:48 am

Windmere - I have only grown watermellons twice so I am not very experienced. But my seed pack says to sow outside 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and when temperatures are warm. Maturity is about 80 days. So if you wait awhile till it warms up, you will be fine.
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Post  Jaodissa on 4/4/2013, 10:26 am

Lillyz wrote:Hi Jaodissa,

Just wanted to say hello! I lived in Lompoc when I was in high school. I have a sister who lives in Lompoc and a neice who lives in Vandenburg Village. They both have beautiful gardens!! and apparently green thumbs, they can grow almost anything there. I guess thats why they called it "Valley of the Flowers." Good luck with your garden.

Lilly


How funny Lilly I have family who live in pueblo colorado right now also!!! Small world the internet is Smile Nice to meet you!
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