Jay Angler wrote: I read about a different tree which seemed to *need* to get the tops knocked back regularly until the roots were strong enough that the plant would grow well, and quickly (an oak maybe?) My experience with the mulberry is mirroring that. Stress it, but don't quite kill it.
Morfydd St. Clair wrote:We had a super mild winter, then hard cold snaps in April, then it was a cold May, and then last weekend it was suddenly a bit too warm to comfortably garden (but we did anyway) and this week has been just miserably hot. It's weird seeing half my garden just peeking out from the ground and the other half already going to seed.
Tereza Okava wrote:Finally my mother in law took pity on me and dragged me off to the home of a friend of hers, another little old lady with a crazy urban garden mostly in paint cans, who dug out a little shiso plant and put it in my hands cackling. I packed that plant back on home, planted it, and it always self seeds and tells me when the cold weather is coming, and I have always, always had shiso since. But for so long I thought it was only a mythical plant!!!
John F Dean wrote:For 2020 I am on my third attempt ...
I don't consider myself an expert, but 1) cabbage family like less acidity than some plants, so I'd try toilet tubes or coir pots over peat pots, and 2) they're a cool weather plant, so I'd try to get the 75F down to 65-70F if you can. Maybe some of our more expert growies will add their thoughts! (Actually, if peat pots are all you can access, dried and finely crushed egg shells on top and watered in might help with the acid level. In my climate, traditional wisdom was to add lime to the soil, but there are pros and cons to that one as there are with every choice we make.)
John F Dean wrote:I am using peat pots with starting soil. The are in an indoor tent with temps at 75f. Yeah, I know. I should have bought a BMW to grow them in.
John F Dean wrote:For 2020 I am on my third attempt to start cabbage. It simply will not sprout. Yes, I have used different brands of seed.
Mk Neal wrote:Maypop plant I ordered arrived at the end of April just before a late frost that killed it.
Michael Moreken wrote:all comfrey did not sprout. Wrong! see one of 10 plants, up and doing ok. Elderberry bushes (3 of them) doing good, trees planted one still with no leaves, plus the one we clipped with lawn mower!
Graeme Johnson wrote:
So far the cilantro is the only think not coming up!
Michelle Czolba wrote:I love this thread!
So far, the deer tackled the new peach tree pretty hard. She's making a comeback but it's a race for time before the deer hit again.
A first year garden on bad soil often has a lot going against it. If plants even put down roots for a while, that will help the soil microbes get started and hopefully next year will be better. Digging a few "compost holes" where you compost anything you can, will help attract worms and worms poop microbes along with other things plants like.
James Sullivan wrote:Something ate all my cucumber stems where mulch meets air. My peppers aren't doing so well but it's all location, same with pole peas & my first strawberry bed. Not sure what happened to my horseradish, could have been the snow we had in May. Also my sweet potatoes are not doing so well. I've just started building soil in a few spots this year so I think that is most of the problem. For the peppers and strawberries it's the sun or not enough of it.
Or if you're trying to avoid plastic in your garden, use sections of tin cans - just be careful of the sharp edge when cutting and tape the edge. A little iron oxide in garden soil is usually not a bad thing unless you're in an area where there's too much already.
Anne Pratt wrote:Cucumber stems - cut worms? Plant them with little collars made out of plastic Solo cups (recommended here by somebody smart) slightly buried.
Anne Pratt wrote:Graeme, did the cilantro ever come up?
Mine are all bolting, even the very small ones, so I'm just planting more.
Parsley is a not bad substitute for cilantro in salsa if you get desperate. Last year I mixed tomatilloes in with the tomatoes and about 1/3 - 2/3, and that added some nice zing.
The first round did not! Not a one... at least that I saw. So I tossed some more seeds down in a different bed and got much better results! Hopefully they'll be ready for picking with my tomatoes and peppers so my salsa will be all homemade.