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Old 03-14-2010, 09:19 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Lets keep our fingers cross that this Spring will be different than the ones in the years past where everything is looking pretty then a freakin frost just ruins everything looking so pretty.
I am being optimistic since the weather has not been typical lately
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:23 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Last year we got the big orange buckets from Home Depot (I think they're 5 gal. size)...drilled some holes in the bottom, layed some rocks for drainage & filled with garden soil. We planted jalapeno peppers (got lots of them), red peppers (not too many), medium sized tomatoes & grape tomatoes. The grape tomatoes took off like crazy, got tons of them. We'll definitely grow some again this year.
That's a good idea for container gardening, Rosie. Lowes also has buckets the same size & I've seen them at True Value, Ace & even independent hardware stores. They are readily available for anyone who wants to do this. I would recommend that if someone does this on a patio, they should invest in a plastic drainage base to put under the container to catch water that runs out.
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:26 AM
 
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Lets keep our fingers cross that this Spring will be different than the ones in the years past where everything is looking pretty then a freakin frost just ruins everything looking so pretty.
I am being optimistic since the weather has not been typical lately
I'm with you, Sunny.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:30 AM
 
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Last year we got the big orange buckets from Home Depot (I think they're 5 gal. size)...drilled some holes in the bottom, layed some rocks for drainage & filled with garden soil. We planted jalapeno peppers (got lots of them), red peppers (not too many), medium sized tomatoes & grape tomatoes. The grape tomatoes took off like crazy, got tons of them. We'll definitely grow some again this year.

Thanks for the tip
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Old 03-14-2010, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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You're welcome for the tip! I grew up in the Bronx, not too many backyards there. Everyone had a "pickle bucket" that they grew tomatoes in. We had one on our 8th flr terrace, along with one we grew basil in. The buckets are great because you can get rich, black soil in there...no red clay...the tomatoes taste so much better! You can also move them around the yard if you need or want to when they're in buckets. The tomato cages fit in there too. I might get some more this year & try zucchinni & string beans, or cucumbers.
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:36 PM
 
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You're welcome for the tip! I grew up in the Bronx, not too many backyards there. Everyone had a "pickle bucket" that they grew tomatoes in. We had one on our 8th flr terrace, along with one we grew basil in. The buckets are great because you can get rich, black soil in there...no red clay...the tomatoes taste so much better! You can also move them around the yard if you need or want to when they're in buckets. The tomato cages fit in there too. I might get some more this year & try zucchinni & string beans, or cucumbers.
This year,try mixing some clay in with the soil for tomatoes & peppers, Rosie.

You know those Jersey tomatoes that they charge a fortune for in the NY stores? Most are grown in South Jersey in the area where I lived. Most of the ground there is Piedmont clay. (just a different color) The tomatoes that I grew last year were nearly identical in taste to the Jersey tomatoes.
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:00 PM
 
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The above links are provided by my SIL in Asheboro so her soil & weather conditions are pretty much the same
here another interesting garden item I never heard of before

Ambrosia Melons (http://www.tecklenburgranch.com/ambrosia.htm - broken link)
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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One of the veggies I'm trying to growfor a change is "snow peas" this year (The edible kind)....They are already transplant size. Growing them inside first.

From what I'm reading i can transplant these to the outdoor garden now, correct?
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:39 PM
 
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The above links are provided by my SIL in Asheboro so her soil & weather conditions are pretty much the same
here another interesting garden item I never heard of before

Ambrosia Melons (http://www.tecklenburgranch.com/ambrosia.htm - broken link)
Thanks, Sunny. I've never paid much attention to the melons, but I don't think I've seen those before. I saw seeds for white pumpkins this year. Those melons sort of remind me of the white pumpkins.
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:16 PM
 
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I got a couple of handy calendars from Renfrow Hardware in Matthews (the quaint old fashioned hardware store). They had a Poor Renfrow's Almanac with a holiday based calendar reminder of when to plant (ie ACC Tournament: start your mater and pepper seeds inside) with some general gardening rules. They also shared a Vegetable planting guide with dates, rec distances, depths, avg. days of maturity from Wyatt-Quarles Seed Company. The planting times on the latter were referenced for NC Piedmont and then starred for amended Mountain area, coastal plain, VA and SC. My young son likes to go into the store just to look for tools to make his next invention, drink a Coke from a glass bottle and check for chicken eggs. (if you see one, they often let the kids take it home -- my little guy was determined to incubate his rather than use it for breakfast). Just wish downtown Matthews had a quaint toy store and ice cream shop! Hope this helps!
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