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Old 05-13-2012, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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wow!
Can you share your secret on how you gone from seed to such beautiful plants??
How much did it all cost? How did you keep your cost down(fertilizer must be expensive)?

I am trying to get a veggie garden going but I don't have a lot of money or experience.

Thanks!
Thanks. No secrete, just years of experience, lessons, and help from mother nature. Cost is less and less each year once established. Hardest part is from seedlings to outside transplant because of the constant care needed for them.

Outside is more expensive then first 2 months inside only because I have sandy soil and every year I have to add compost and ammendments and mulch(sometimes) but compost can be free.

I buy a couple bags of potting soil for my peppers every year.

Other than that, its not really expensive. I am saving rain water now so even that doesnt cost anything. Support poles for tomatoes were free after a neighbor took down his 1000 bamboo plants.

I stopped looking at the cost end of it because it wasnt that much and plus having "Fresh" produce and access to it a few steps away outweighs the costs. Buying seeds every 2 years also adds to cost.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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May 13, 2012

Onions in front. Strawberry patch in middle, Lettuce and carrots at far end.


Closeup of Strawberies.



Corn seedlings - but realized trees overgrown and shades them 10 out of the 14 hours! Not good



Cucumbers are in (far right), Peppers are in (pots), Tomatoes ready to be held up.

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Old 05-19-2012, 09:00 AM
 
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Default Strawberry Patch in CT

Strawberries this morning.

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Old 05-20-2012, 01:17 PM
 
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Gorgeous strawberries!

I've only gotten two little ones thus out of the plants I put in a strawberry pot. When I put them to bed last night I had a perfect little one I was looking forward to having this morning. At 5:30am I took the dog out and something had eaten half of the strawberry.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Yup, let the challenges begin.

Aside from the sun never being out this month, its been cooler than normal with even nights dipping to 40s a few times.

But I believe this is a Nitrogen Deficiency. I added blood meal into the soil yesterday so we'll see if it gets fixed.

Leaves are light green and then turning yellow. We did have a lot of rain so far but the light green looks like it wants Nitrogen. They are looking thin because there hasnt been sun and plus lack of Nitrogen prevents the plants from producing new cells to grow so they thin out.



Some look fine but not good enough.


Peppers are doing well in the pots.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I have never tried strawberries, but my mom used to grow them, in So Ca every year. Next year I am thinking of trying them or maybe blueberries which grow really well around here. I doubt I can do as well as you, but I will try...

Nita
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:32 AM
 
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Very good! Nice job!!!!! :-)
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Gorgeous strawberries!

I've only gotten two little ones thus out of the plants I put in a strawberry pot. When I put them to bed last night I had a perfect little one I was looking forward to having this morning. At 5:30am I took the dog out and something had eaten half of the strawberry.
LOL I know it is tragic, but I can unfortunately relate. I got my first gopher in the hav-a-hart trap! Now there's only the other gopher and rabbit to get...hopefully before it reproduces and/or decides to start eating my stuff.

OP, thanks for posting the pictures! I grow my veggies from seed, as well. But I put the seeds directly into the garden. I'm apparently not cut out for starting things in little containers. The one year I tried, I decided to "harden them off" by putting the lot outside. I had actually managed to get little plants to survive in those teensy pots, in spite of the demanding watering schedule. It was really time consuming.

I left the little plastic cover thingy on and forgot to move them, and the little guys all fried. Wasting weeks of work and a good probably 10 bucks worth of seeds. Now whenever I use my seeds, I always save a couple in case of a catastrophe.
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:32 PM
 
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Cambium, how is that bloodmeal working for your 'mater plants?
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:17 PM
 
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Cambium, how is that bloodmeal working for your 'mater plants?
I'll post some pics tomorrow. Pretty impressed with something. I added the blood meal on all the marred but I added compost soil around half of them. The ones with the compost are unbelievable. The other half seem to have better color on them. So looks like compost and blood meal are working hand in hand.

And being that I got 7.50" of rain this month its really impressive. I was thinking I see.more yellowing.

And Having 22 days with clouds this month so far I'm further impressed.
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