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2016 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC

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Artichokes in SFG - NOT!

Post  ralitaco on 9/10/2016, 5:37 pm

Watch it Sanderson... Rolling Eyes


So I was thinking about putting artichokes in my SFG TT's b/c they are cool season. I missed that they take 180-240 days, but I'd be willing to wait.

When I picked up the package and read the back in the store, I saw:
Row Spacing 8"
Seed Spacing 4"

When I got home and read the package again...this time with my...errr...umm...reading glasses, I realized I mistook the ' for " So the row spacing is actually 8 feet and the seed spacing is actually 4 feet.  Embarassed 

I guess this mistake get chalked up to vanity
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Plant placement

Post  ralitaco on 9/10/2016, 11:34 pm

So I have picked up some plants and seeds from my local farmers supply store.
I have 6 early cabbage, 6 late cabbage and 6 broccoli plants.
I have seeds for carrots and lettuce.
I have 2 heads of garlic and a bunch of onion starts.

I have plenty of available squares but am concerned about where to place the plants as I had issues with shading on my other plants. What do y'all suggest I put in front. I am thinking the carrots should go in front of everything but beyond that I'm not sure. I am thinking the garlic will grow tall but not until the spring so that may be best in the back or on an end. I am thinking that the onions would be similar. 

Your thoughts are appreciated.
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Re: 2016 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC

Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/11/2016, 9:05 pm

My carrots got completely shaded out by my squash last year.  Unanticipated.  Carrots need no competition whatsoever.  I love 'em!  

I just echoed your same question on the garlic thread!  I had planted 3 cloves of soft neck type last year, the choicest in a container.  Got none.  Zero.  So I ordered some from Pinetree, hardneck.  Should be here this week.  

I planned to put in the 10 foot long container that I stick my trellises in.  Pole beans, cukes.  I thought I could put it in a line in front of the trellised items, since the box is both deep and 18" not 12".  But do not want shading of my beans and cukes....
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Re: 2016 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC

Post  ralitaco on 10/3/2016, 3:10 pm

I'm getting better...only 3 weeks since my last post. I hope to spend more time here and in the garden...I realized these are my 2 happy places  Very Happy

So did some more cleaning of my beds today...
Cukes - gone - The pickle worms won the battle this year. Although I did get lots of cukes, I would have had tons more if it weren't for those meddling worms (scooby do where are you) That bed looks bare now. 

Watermelon - gone - I have tried 2 years in a row with minimal success, if even that. No more watermelon for me...now cantaloupe I may try.

Celery - gone - while it grew, it did not get very big stalks. I am not sure if I will plant them again.

Eggplant - stems with no fruit gone but there are plenty of others that are still producing. I look forward to see how long they will last




Tromboncino - The vine is still growing, but my one squash grew to a few inches long then fell off and died. I have 2 more but I don't hold out much hope but I will let it go to see.
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10/3/2016

Pineapple sage - OMG - I don't remember going to "Mushnik's" to get it but I must have. It is starting to bloom so I will cut it down when it's done. (I just wanted to see all the pretty red flowers) I may try to relocate it but I am afraid the roots will be everywhere. I have read that you can root new shoots so I may try that and plant them somewhere else. 




Peppers - They are still producing small peppers just like they have been doing all season. I think they were in too much shade.




Lettuce - I had planted some lettuce seeds (4 per square) and some have popped up but we had several deluges and I think the ones that did not come up were drown. I will throw a few more seeds in and see how they do.




Carrots - I planted 2 squares with 16 carrots each and they have started coming up. however, the compost that I made using the cold method appears to have seeds of some kind in it as I have sprouts everywhere I put the compost. I am just letting all the sprouts in the carrot squares go until I can definitively say which are carrots
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Re: 2016 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC

Post  sanderson on 10/4/2016, 2:37 am

That is a huge pineapple sage!! Maybe take a knife and cut the roots like a 6' deep, 6-8" diameter plug and plant in a pot or in the flower bed. I have never started cuttings but I know Mexican sage will grow roots in a flower vase.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/4/2016, 7:50 am

Everything looks wonderful! And I agree with Sanderson about repotting part of that sage.
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Re: 2016 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC

Post  ralitaco on 10/5/2016, 12:19 am

thanks. I may or may not try to save the pineapple sage but either way it is coming out of the SFG. If I can't or don't save it, I am ok with that since all that growth was from 1 season.
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