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Post  angelazeis on 5/20/2014, 2:39 pm

Hello all! We moved down here to TX from MN last August so this is my first time doing apartment SFG in TX :)Due to a small deck space I only have 6 squares but it's enough to have a bit of fun and keep my daughter happy :)I didn't use the Mel's Mix to a "T" as it was suggested at North Haven Gardens to use : Soil Mender topsoil, Garden Soil Builder, compost  & cow manure.

In addition to what I have in my planter I planted 3 other tomato plants, zuccini, herbs, flowers and hot pepper in pots and hanging deck fixtures. 

Any advice on planting and getting high yields in TX would be much appreciated. We are East facing so only get sun from about 7:30am-12:30pm. I'm hoping it will be enough!! Anyone else plant East facing? Problems? Success?

I also broke the rules by planting two pepper plants in one square - hope they will both survive. I planted a purchased cucumber plant but there was a random day it almost froze and it looked sad the day after so I planted a couple seeds a long it and I'm thinking to save the one that lookiest the healthiest over the next few weeks. I don't think I can grow them all in one square. Anyone else tried planting more than one larger plant in a square with success?

If I harvest the whole head of lettuce does it grow back or do I need to replant? I'm wondering though if I should wait on doing more lettuce though since I'm hearing the summer is hard to grow leafy veggies.

What are the best things to plant in summer in TX?

Sorry for all the questions - excited to find other planters here in TX who may have some experience Smile

Here is a picture of our start !




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Post  sanderson on 5/20/2014, 3:04 pm

Angela, Welcome to the Forum!  Very Happy  Very nice looking table top planter/box. The green fort is a little hard to read. It would help if you just use the default color font.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 5/20/2014, 3:12 pm

Hiya. Just a heads-up: I had to focus and refocus numerous times reading your light green text. I think others with worse eyes will have even worse problems. It's probably best to just stick with black if you want people to read and respond.

Re lettuce, do you have any space for more heads? Even a one-gallon pot is more than fine for a lettuce plant. I have four red roma lettuces, each in their own 1-gallon pot, and they've been doing great for months. And if you cram lettuces tightly in a square, they can still be productive if you keep picking them to keep their spread modest.

If you can manage it, having more lettuces and using the cut-and-come-again method, taking off a leaf or two or three at a time from each head so as to let the lettuce survive and keep producing, might be worth consideration. It's a very productive use of space with leafy greens. The problem with cutting off all leaves, even if they do come back again, is that you may have to wait a long time to get enough for another salad. Not only does that under-utilize space, but if you're left waiting too long, by the time you get substantial new growth it may get so hot the lettuce simply bolts as summer comes on and grows bitter.

Re just chopping everything off all at once, leaving a stub, and hoping for regrowth, I found it worked for me with cabbage, but don't have the experience to know if it works with lettuce. It just doesn't sound like a first option even if it works.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/21/2014, 7:49 am

Hi Angela.  Welcome!  Your box looks very nice.

What is the little black & red thing?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/21/2014, 7:43 pm

hi! Pick the lower outer leaves of the lettuce and it will continue to make new leaves from the center
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