Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:My potatoes I planted indoors did so well. The weather was right to 'harden' them, putting them outdoors during the day. Went OK too. After some days, still warm weather, I decided they could stay outdoors during the night too ...
No, it wasn't a cold night ... not at all ... the temperatures were high enough to activate those tiny slimy bandits that liked eating all leaves off of my potato plants ...
John Weiland wrote:
Carrots will spank you every time....don't try to plant carrots unless you feel you are really in deep with the deity of your persuasion.
Deb Rebel wrote:I got cauliflower for the first time ever a few years ago, bought plants and put them in my heated hoop (small greenhouse of pvc pipe bent to make ribs and sheet plastic) that had a rain gutter heat tape buried 12 inches (30 cm) in ground with a brooder light for air temp heating... I got small store sized heads for the first time ever and they finished just as our summer arrived. To get that size head, the plants get huge (4 feet or more across, 1.3 meters). The broccoli, same thing. I had grown it at my parent's place but the florets were small and you had to pick through to get enough, no real heads. That year it went right and I got four harvests, first heads were store size.
Kelly Hart wrote:... until last year when practically nothing wanted to grow. Many plants that had flourished other years barely grew; it was very disappointing.
Then one of the members of our local permaculture group mentioned that he had a very similar problem, and he attributed it to the accumulation of glysophate from straw he had purchased! I think that this might be my problem also, especially when I realized that the goat manure was likely contaminated with glysophate-laced hay fed to the goats, and even the commercial alfalfa pellets could have been contaminated.