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Millenia's First Garden

Post  Millenia on 7/28/2013, 4:08 pm

Started with one raised bed. Then read Square Foot Garden and built two more and converted the one I already had.



I dug around my peppers and Okra, put the dirt in the bottom of my other two beds, and added Mels Mix to the rest of it. Here's my first pepper almost ready to pick. I bought transplants the end of May. It sure has taken a long time. My first pepper plant to fruit was decimated by a gigantic tomato worm because I didn't see it.



My okra, also planted the end of May. I've gotten one pod so far and it isn't setting on any more. It was attacked by ants and aphids so I'm guessing that was the problem. I've also read they like hot weather and we haven't had a typical July. I think I got rid of the ants and aphids so we'll see how it does.


I think I've saved my pumpkins from the dreaded pickle worms that decimated my cukes and squash. I pruned everything that looked like it had a worm in it and sprayed the heck out of them with Spinosad. I found a dead worm the next day so it must be working. I've been told I need to spray them with Copper. I think that's for the fungus on the leaves. I've been waiting to see if I can avoid that now that the monsoon season seems to be letting up. They are blooming but they look like all male flowers so far. The trellises you see have gourds on them. I've never grown gourds and wanted to see what I'd get. If I had a do over, I'd plant all kinds of pumpkins but I planted what I could find at the time.



At the urging from some on this board, I found some cucumber and zuchini seeds at Home Dept and decided to try again (now that I know to watch out for those pickle worms.) I'm going to try to run this zuchini up this stake. I was shocked that my cucumbers sprouted after only 3 days and zuchini after 4.


 I've also planted some carrots, beans, and peas. I plan to plant lots of spinach and lettuce but have to wait until August to plant those. I've got over 30 packs of seeds! I hope we get some tasty veggies out of all this. It has been fun so far and I'm learning how to compost. Some of the other plants you see are herbs I've bought, oregano, basil, and chives. I had cilantro but it bolted and I pulled it up.
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Post  yolos on 7/28/2013, 5:05 pm

Everything looks so nice and clean.  I love your mulch and such nice looking boxes.  Hope everything grows to a ripe stage.  I have had so many problems with diseases and pickle worms that I am about ready to cut down the tomatoes, cucs, watermellons and cantelopes.  The beans are doing great though so I have had some successes.  Good luck.
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Post  Millenia on 7/28/2013, 11:01 pm

The pickle worms get watermelons and cantaloupes too? I want to try watermelons next year, but the little ones, no big ones. I wish Florida would keep their pickle worm moths.
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Post  yolos on 7/29/2013, 10:46 am

I don't know about the pickle worms getting watermellon or cantelope. Downy mildew got my watermellon and cantelope and cucumbers. Pickle worms in the cucs finally did them in. Downy mildew on the cuc leaves and worms in the cucumber itself.
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Post  Millenia on 7/29/2013, 1:36 pm

I think my pumpkins are recovering from the downy mildew now that we're getting sunshine. The new leaves don't seem to be coming down with it and I keep cutting off the infected ones.
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Post  jimmy cee on 7/29/2013, 11:33 pm

@yolos wrote:I don't know about the pickle worms getting watermellon or cantelope.  Downy mildew got my watermellon and cantelope and cucumbers.  Pickle worms in the cucs finally did them in.  Downy mildew on the cuc leaves and worms in the cucumber itself.
Check on neem oil...If I remember correctly it may help eliminate mildew and others,.
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Post  sanderson on 7/30/2013, 12:09 am

Millenia, Your garden is absolutely gorgeous. My husband covets your barn! Everything so clean and well kept.
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Post  Millenia on 7/31/2013, 10:10 am

@sanderson wrote:Millenia,  Your garden is absolutely gorgeous.  My husband covets your barn!  Everything so clean and well kept.

 Thank you. That is my husband's 'hunting shed.' He complains that I've girlied it up. Wink  But guess who built my beds and trellises?
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Post  sanderson on 7/31/2013, 8:27 pm

He should think "classy" rather than "girlie."  Between the two of you, you've got one heck of an attractive area.  A side benefit of SFG is that it lends itself to creativity.  All you need are a couple of white Adirondack chairs with Tuscan-red slip covers on the pads to match the hunting shed!Very Happy
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Post  Millenia on 8/1/2013, 4:01 pm

@sanderson wrote:He should think "classy" rather than "girlie."  Between the two of you, you've got one heck of an attractive area.  A side benefit of SFG is that it lends itself to creativity.  All you need are a couple of white Adirondack chairs with Tuscan-red slip covers on the pads to match the hunting shed!Very Happy

 Ooh, adirondack chairs. Perfect...

I was thinking bird feeder but then remembered I don't WANT seed-eating birds near my garden. Maybe a birdbath, though...to go with my hummingbird feeder...
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Post  ncst8guy on 8/3/2013, 12:26 pm

I don't think there is anything "girlie" about having home grown food right next to the hunting shed. So long as you don't plant pretty flowers.

I think it looks awesome.
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Post  jimmy cee on 8/3/2013, 6:28 pm

I see nothing wrong with pretty flowers....I have them through out my garden and I enjoy them every bit as I do my veggies, especially now with Mel's Mix.
Next year I am going to do all of my wife's hanging baskets with MM
You wouldnt believe the nasturtium I just removed from my garden because it was over powering everything..

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