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Discussion in 'Gardening' started by CJsmokeallday, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. Got some marigolds tomatoes some peppers growing its raining so this is going to be quick

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  2. Alright so in the first pic I have tomatoes and marigolds and some frosted plant that apparently keeps foxes and squirrels away and the second plot is cucumbers peppers marigolds and the frosted plants again. I picked off a few flowers from my tomatoes just the other day as I want it to focus on vegging until I feel its large enough to start producing.

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  3. Also wondering if anyone could let me know why my peppers are looking so sad and yellow. They get good sunlight and water and are in good soil

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  4. The garden looks great, brother!
    I'm growing some peppers as well and it seems to me like they're growing very slowly. I think nighttime temperatures here are still too low for the peppers to flourish,but, that is literally just a guess.
    I would also suggest some mulch. I tried cocoa bean shells but they get moldy and stick together, I don't really like those. I'm using some straw now and it seems to be doing alright but I read it takes a very long time to break down. I watched a film today called Back To Eden and the man in that film uses a variety of wood chips and his garden is almost perfect, in my opinion. I would like to try wood chips next, but avoiding cedar for it too takes a while to decompose.
    I hope that helps, bless!
     
  5. Cedar is also very acidic I'll catch a picture of my other two plots tomorrow as it was raining. But yeah if anyone could suggest me some other plants that are abjpy to grow let me know cuz I'd love to add to the garden this early in the season.

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    Hey guys! Your garden looks great! So you have two beds, 1 bed with tomatoes and one with peppers, correct? The tomatoes looks great and the spacing is very good also. Why are you going to veg your tomatoes? I honestly have never heard of it. But seriously, I want to know how you do it. The marigolds will keep certain animals away to an extent. I would invest in come cheap fencing and posts to go around your beds. I'm in south western Ohio and have all the woodland creatures in my backyard. I have a 3 foot fence around my raised bed and it does perfect. I would look into doing that if you're having pest problems.
     
    If your looking for what your problem could be with your peppers it could be a number of things. You could be watering them too much?  Also they look very young, did you grow them from seed or did you pick them up at a local nursery/Lowe's/Home Depot? If you did pick them up from the nursery then transplanting them incorrectly or leaving them un planted for a period of time after the purchase could cause problems. I'm not sure that this happened I'm just running shit through my head. There also could be problems with the soil. Is it just tilled ground or topsoil....what did you use?
     
  7. Okay for the first bed it is marigolds these strange frosted plants my dad suggested and tomatoes. Then the second bed is cucumbers and peppers with the marigold a and frosted things. Also everything is from seed. I think it might be that they (the peppers are just stressed from too much sun maybe and I'm in central Ohio and it is actually topsoil and some compost tilled

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    Yes, plants from seed can be stressed by too much sunlight. That could be it, keep an eye on them. Good luck!
     
  9. Thanks I might throw them some shade and see how they do with 8 hrs of sunlight instead of almost eleven

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  10. #10 Mattbo4, Jun 11, 2013
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    11 hours of direct sunlight is too much for young plants use to being inside.
     
  11. And by the way by vegging the tomatoes I mean since its so early in summer right now I've just been picking the flowers off so that it continues to focus on growing larger instead of fruit and in a couple weeks growing some tasty tomatoes.

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  12. My cucumbers and peppers are looking much better.

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  13. #13 oceansgreen, Jun 19, 2013
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    got any "weeds" trying to grow near the peppers?
     
    "weeds" make excellent, free shade that not only loosens subsoil but adds organic matter to the soil when you are done using it and slows evaporation and reduces the need to water
     
    in the spring i spread my seed and let everything come up, weeds and all, and after my intended crops come up and start to get about 4 inches or so (this is instruction for small plots as you seem to have, the technique is a bit different for larger areas) then i start pulling the TOPS of the weeds off and laying them down as a mulch (i.e. just droping them where they grew or where i have excess bare soil and poor germination) and thereby make the weeds a sort of living mulch/groundcover with the intended crop growing taller than the "weeds" do
     
    i also tend to get some free edibles every year as well, this year it looks like ill get lots of mallow and lambsquarter with a bit of pigweed, all three are edible but i really love lambsquarter and mallow and snack on them whenever i get the chance
     
    also in my personal experience (though not everyones im sure), purchased "topsoil" as they call it, tends to harden up at the surface, dry out fast and reflect a lot of heat and sun back to the plants growing in it, giving poor germination and survival rates, i recommend simply mulching with straw or dead leaves/weeds to remedy this, after there is some mulch on it, purchased topsoil will make some decent soil to work with from my experience
     
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  14. I'm thinking about putting straw and some grass clippings underneath and when I water the grass will break down. I just need the time to go get straw.

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  15. sounds great to me
     
    loosely with the grass, it tends to clump up and form anarobic mats that prevent water or oxygen from getting to the soil, i find it helps to scatter gregariously or simply mix with twigs or something else that helps keep it loose and airy
     

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