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Garden, Day 89

Well, my zucchuni had a little surprise for me. I had just checked on them the night before. Nevertheless today they had flowers!!!!!!!

 

Zucchini Flowers
Zucchini Flowers
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Garden, Day 87

 

Things are much better in my garden these days. It helps that some of the seedlings were replace with plants that I purchased (Veggie plants were only $.76 at the local nursery). All the rain and the heat from this weekend did wonders for my plants. I was even able to collect a couple of gallons of rain water.

Here are some pictures.

A brown thumb

So my greeen thumb is not so green. So in an effect to save my plants, I am posting this question on a couple sites in hopes that I get some help. Wish me luck!!

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I finally moved my plants outside and some of the leaves are turning brown.  The very same plants in the peat pots are doing just fine. Any clue as to what it could be?

Am I overwatering? Underwatering?

Not enough sun? Too much sun?

They are a ton of bugs in the pot (in the dirt). When I described them to the guy at the garden center he said that they were harmless “fungus gnats”. Could they actually be a problem?

Just as an FYI, the plants are all in containers. I used Miracle Grow Garden Mix for the soil.

Here are some pictures.

 

Tutorial: DIY Earthbox in a 5 Gallon Bucket

 Here is my version of a subirrigation/Earthbox. To learn more about the benefits of this type of plant watering system, check out this link https://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/d-i-y-sub-irrigation/

Materials:

  • 1 – 5 Gallon bucket
  • 1 – 12×12 vinyl tile, cut to the diameter of the container.
  • 1 – 24″ x 24″ piece of mesh
  • 3  –  3″ pieces of  PVC pipe (or small plastic containers). I used both 1.5″ and 2″ PVC
  • 1 – knee -hi stocking

Tools

  • Drill and drill bits
  • Saw (optional)
  • Hole saw drill bit

 

 Prep Work:

1) Cut the PVC to 3″ pieces. If you don’t have a saw, ask if they can cut it for you at your home improvement store

2) Drill several holes into what will be the bottom of the PVC (see picture below)Photo_050609_004

3) Cut the vinyl tile into a circle. The diameter of the circle will need to be slighter smaller than the inside of the container. In order to get the correct size, I placed the tile on the container and traced around. I cut just inside (1/4″-1/2″) that line

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4) Cut a circular hole into the vinyl tile slightly smaller than the diameter of the PVC. To accomplish this, I traced around the pvc and cut just inside the circle (1/8″)

5) Punch a dozen or so small holes in the vinyl tile  to allow for the humidity of the water to have contact with the soil

6) Drill a small hole (1″) into the side of the container, making sure the hole is below the 3″ mark (or below the level of the dirt) . This hole was serve as an overflow valve and a place to add water

 Assembly:

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 1) Place PVC  inside of the mesh. Make sure that the holes in the PVC are at the bottom

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 2) Gather the mesh together and thread it thru the hole in the vinyl tile. This mesh covered PVC will serve as your wick. As water enters the hole on the side of  the bucket, it will come into contact with the soil in the PVC (via the uneven bottom and holes on the sides) and will be sucked up by the soil and roots.

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 3) Even out the mesh, ensuring that the PVC is visible

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 4) Place the knee-hi stocking over the mesh covered PVC (not pictured) . The knee-hi will act as a safe-guard against soil erosion

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 5) Place the 2 other pieces of PVC inside the container

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 6) Place the vinyl tile, pvc side down, into the container.

7) Add soil, making sure to press the soil into the PVC. Make sure you are using Potting Mix, not garden soil.

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 8) Continue filing with potting soil

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D.I.Y. Sub-Irrigation

I’ll admit it. I have a teeny, tiny, itsty little fascination with self watering/sub-irrigation containers. Ok, so maybe it is a slight obsession. But I can’t help it!!! When I start a new project I always get so excited. It doesn’t help that making them also gives me a reason to break out my table saw and buy a set of hole saws!

 

In my excitement, I have come across several different versions. Using these tutorials, I have come up with my own DIY version (which I hope to post some time this week). Anyhow, here are some really great ideas for creating self watering/sub-irrigation/earthboxes.

 

If you are unfamiliar with the concept, the basic concept is that you place the water under the plants/dirt and provide a means for the plant/roots to draw water up as it needs it.  Basically, you are watering the root system (This is make it less likely (but not impossible) to overwater your plants. Also, not having to constantly expose your leaves to watering is healthier and helps avoid disease.

 

Benefits:

  • Water your plants weekly instead of daily (depending on the size of the container)
  • Use less water
  • Less likely to over/under water your plants
  • Provide water directly to where the plants need them
  • No concerns about weeds, soil quality and insects

 

 Links:

Earthbox.com

http://www.insideurbangreen.org/diy-sub-irrigation/

http://encyclopediahydroponica.wordpress.com/2008/05/17/diy-earth-box/http://www.instructables.com/id/Building-your-own-Earth-Box/

http://www.josho.com/gardening.htm

http://ournhplace.com/diyearthboxes.html

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mstarr79/sets/72157616448660920/

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/contain/msg062148144936.htmlhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/greenscaper/1111831232/

Guide to Container Gardening

As I started to look into container gardening, I started to compile this list of which plants works best in containers and what size containers each needed. True, I didn’t follow the list myself, but I thought I would post it in the hopes that it would help others who actually follow the rules 😉

 

Vegetable Variety Container Recommendation
Beets Baby Canning windowbox, 5 gallon
Beets Burpee Golden windowbox, 5 gallon
Beets Detroit Dark Red windowbox, 5 gallon
Beets Early Red Ball windowbox, 5 gallon
Beets Early Wonder windowbox, 5 gallon
Beets Little Egypt windowbox, 5 gallon
Beets Red Ace Hybrid windowbox, 5 gallon
Beets Spinel Little Ball windowbox, 5 gallon
Broccoli Any variety but Crusader 5 gallon
Broccoli DeCicco 5 gallon
Broccoli Green Comet 5 gallon
Broccoli Italian green sprouting 5 gallon
Broccoli Super Blenf 5 gallon
Brussel Spouts Any Variety 5 gallon
Brussel Spouts Evesham 5 gallon
Brussel Spouts Jade Cross 5 gallon
Cabbage Baby Head 5 gallon
Cabbage Discovery 5 gallon
Cabbage Dwarf Morden 5 gallon
Cabbage Early Jersey Wakefield 5 gallon
Cabbage Fast Ball 5 gallon
Cabbage Flash 5 gallon
Cabbage Minicole 5 gallon
Cabbage Red Ace 5 gallon
Carrot Baby Spike 10′ Wide, 10″ deep
Carrot Best of the bunch 10′ Wide, 10″ deep
Carrot Danvers Hald Long 10′ Wide, 10″ deep
Carrot Golden nugget 10′ Wide, 10″ deep
Carrot Little Finger windowbox, 12″ deep, 5 gallon
Carrot Nantes 10′ Wide, 10″ deep
Carrot Short and sweet 10′ Wide, 10″ deep
Carrot Short root or round 10′ Wide, 10″ deep
Carrot Thumbelina 5 gallon windowbox, 12″ deep
Carrot Tiny Sweet 10′ Wide, 10″ deep
Chard Any variety 10-12″ Deep
Chinese Cabbage Bok Choy 5 gallon
Chinese Cabbage Burpee Hybrid 5 gallon
Chinese Cabbage Michihi 5 gallon
Chinese Cabbage Wong Bok 5 gallon
Collards Any variety 12″ Deep
Corn F-M Cross 21″ wide, 8″ deep. Need 3 plants per container to assure pollination.
Corn Golden Bantam 21″ wide, 8″ deep. Need 3 plants per container to assure pollination.
Corn Kandy Korn 21″ wide, 8″ deep. Need 3 plants per container to assure pollination.
Corn Precocious 21″ wide, 8″ deep. Need 3 plants per container to assure pollination.
Corn Space saving varieties 21″ wide, 8″ deep. Need 3 plants per container to assure pollination.
Cucumbers Burpee Hybrid II 1 plant per gallon
Cucumbers Burpee Pickler 1 plant per gallon
Cucumbers Burpless 1 plant per gallon
Cucumbers Bush crop 1 plant per gallon
Cucumbers Bush Pickle 1 plant per gallon
Cucumbers Crispy 1 plant per gallon
Cucumbers Early Pik 1 plant per gallon
Cucumbers Fanfare 1 plant per gallon
Cucumbers Liberty 1 plant per gallon
Cucumbers Patio Pik 1 plant per gallon
Cucumbers Pickalot 1 plant per gallon
Cucumbers Picklebush 1 plant per gallon
Cucumbers Pot Luck 1 plant per gallon
Cucumbers Salad Bush Hybrid 1 plant per gallon
Cucumbers Salty 1 plant per gallon
Cucumbers Spacemaster 1 plant per gallon
Eggplant Bambino 3 gallon
Eggplant Black Beauty 3 gallon
Eggplant Dusty 3 gallon
Eggplant Ichiban 3 gallon
Eggplant Millionaire 3 gallon
Eggplant Morden Midget 3 gallon
Eggplant Rosa Bianca 3 gallon
Eggplant Slim Jim 3 gallon
Garlic Most 8″ deep container
Green Beans (Pole beans give a higher yield in a small footprint) Blue Lake windowbox, 5 gallon
Green Beans Bush Blue Lake windowbox, 5 gallon
Green Beans Bush Romano windowbox, 5 gallon
Green Beans Contender windowbox, 5 gallon
Green Beans French Dwarf windowbox, 5 gallon
Green Beans Greencrop windowbox, 5 gallon
Green Beans Kentucky Wonder windowbox, 5 gallon
Green Beans Tavera windowbox, 5 gallon
Green Beans Tender Crop windowbox, 5 gallon
Green Beans Tendercrop Stringless windowbox, 5 gallon
Green Beans Topcrop windowbox, 5 gallon
Green Onions Beltsville Bunching 12″ Deep
Green Onions Crysal Wax 12″ Deep
Green Onions Evergreen Bunching 12″ Deep
Horseradish Maliner Kren 5 gallon
Kale Any Variety 8″ wide, 8″ Dep
Kohlrabi Grand Duke 12″ Deep
Leaf Lettuce Beuttercrunch windowbox, 5 gallon
Leaf Lettuce Bibb windowbox, 5 gallon
Leaf Lettuce Black Seeded Simpson windowbox, 5 gallon
Leaf Lettuce Buttercrunch windowbox, 5 gallon
Leaf Lettuce Dark Green Boston windowbox, 5 gallon
Leaf Lettuce Grand Rapids windowbox, 5 gallon
Leaf Lettuce Green ice windowbox, 5 gallon
Leaf Lettuce Little Gem windowbox, 5 gallon
Leaf Lettuce Oak Leaf windowbox, 5 gallon
Leaf Lettuce Red Sails windowbox, 5 gallon
Leaf Lettuce Ruby windowbox, 5 gallon
Leaf Lettuce Salad Bowl windowbox, 5 gallon
Leaf Lettuce Tom thump windowbox, 5 gallon
Lima Beans Bush baby windowbox, 5 gallon
Lima Beans Fordhook 242 windowbox, 5 gallon
Lima Beans Fordhook bush lima windowbox, 5 gallon
Lima Beans Henderson Bush windowbox, 5 gallon
Lima Beans Jackson windowbox, 5 gallon
Lima Beans White Dixie Wonder windowbox, 5 gallon
Lima Beans Wonder Bush windowbox, 5 gallon
Onions Bunching types work best 10-12″ Deep
Onions Japanese Bunching 10-12″ Deep
Onions Pickling PBR 10-12″ Deep
Onions white pear 10-12″ Deep
Onions White Sweet spanish 5 gallon
Onions Yellow Sweet Spanish 5 gallon
Parsley Evergreen  
Parsley Moss Curled  
Peas Burpee Blue Batman 12″ Deep
Peas Early Patio 12″ Deep
Peas Laxton’s progress 12″ Deep
Peas Little Marvel 12″ Deep
Peas Melting Sugar 12″ Deep
Peas Snowbird 12″ Deep
Peas Sugan Bon 12″ Deep
Peas Sugar Mel 12″ Deep
Peas Sugar Rae 12″ Deep
Peppers Any variety 1-20 gallon containers
Peppers Apple (Hot) Red Cherry 2 Gallon
Peppers Bell Boy 2 Gallon
Peppers California Wonder 2 Gallon
Peppers Cubanelle 2 Gallon
Peppers Frigitello 2 Gallon
Peppers Jalapeno 2 Gallon
Peppers Keystone Resistant 2 Gallon
Peppers Long red Cayenne 2 Gallon
Peppers New Ace 2 Gallon
Peppers Red Cherry 2 Gallon
Peppers Robustini 2 Gallon
Peppers Sweet Banana 2 Gallon
Peppers Thai Hot 2 Gallon
Peppers Yolo Wonder 2 Gallon
Potatoes Charlotte 1-20 gallon containers
Potatoes Epicure 1-20 gallon containers
Potatoes Irish Cobbler 1-20 gallon containers
Potatoes Kennebec 1-20 gallon containers
Potatoes Red Pontiac 1-20 gallon containers
Pumpkins Autumn Gold Hybrid 5 Gallon
Pumpkins Baby boo 5 Gallon
Pumpkins Bushkin 5 Gallon
Pumpkins Jack be little 5 Gallon
Pumpkins small sugar 5 Gallon
Radishes (White) Icicle windowbox, 5 gallon
Radishes Avoid Winter Radishes windowbox, 5 gallon
Radishes Burpee White windowbox, 5 gallon
Radishes Champion windowbox, 5 gallon
Radishes Cherry Belle windowbox, 5 gallon
Radishes Comet windowbox, 5 gallon
Radishes Early Scarlet windowbox, 5 gallon
Radishes French Breakfast windowbox, 5 gallon
Radishes Scarlet Globe windowbox, 5 gallon
Radishes Sparkler windowbox, 5 gallon
Spinach America windowbox, 5 gallon
Spinach Any variety 4-6″ Deep
Spinach Avon Hybrid windowbox, 5 gallon
Spinach Dark Green Bloomsdale windowbox, 5 gallon
Spinach Melody windowbox, 5 gallon
Squash Baby Crookneck 2 Gallon
Squash Creamy 2 Gallon
Squash Golden Nugget 2 Gallon
Squash Ronde de Nice 2 Gallon
Squash Zucchini (Most varieties) 2 Gallon
Squash Summer Crookneck 24″ Deep
Squash Summer Early yellow summer 24″ Deep
Squash Summer Gold Rush 24″ Deep
Squash Summer Goldbar 24″ Deep
Squash Summer Park’s Creamy Hybrid 24″ Deep
Squash Summer Peter Pan 24″ Deep
Squash Summer Pic-n-pic hybrid 24″ Deep
Squash Summer Richgreen hybrid 24″ Deep
Squash Summer Scallopine 24″ Deep
Squash Summer Straightneck 24″ Deep
Squash Summer sunburst 24″ Deep
Squash Winter Bush Acorn 24″ Deep
Squash Winter Butterbush 24″ Deep
Squash Winter Cream of the crop 24″ Deep
Squash Winter Table Kind 24″ Deep
Tomatoes Basket Pak 5 gallon
Tomatoes Better Boy VFN 5 gallon
Tomatoes Burpee’s Pixie 5 gallon
Tomatoes container choice 5 gallon
Tomatoes Early Girl 5 gallon
Tomatoes Gardener’s delight 5 gallon
Tomatoes Husky gold 5 gallon
Tomatoes Husky red 5 gallon
Tomatoes Patio 5 gallon
Tomatoes Pixie 5 gallon
Tomatoes Red Cherry 5 gallon
Tomatoes Red Robin 5 gallon
Tomatoes Rutgers 5 gallon
Tomatoes Saladette 5 gallon
Tomatoes Small Fry 5 gallon
Tomatoes Spring Giant 5 gallon
Tomatoes Sugar Lump 5 gallon
Tomatoes sundrop 5 gallon
Tomatoes Sweet 100 5 gallon
Tomatoes Tiny Tim 5 gallon
Tomatoes Toy Boy 5 gallon
Tomatoes Tumbling Tom (Hanging) 5 gallon
Tomatoes Whippersnapper 5 gallon
Tomatoes Yellow Canary 5 gallon
Tomatoes yellow pear 5 gallon
Turnips Any Variety 10-12″ Deep

A well contained garden….

After all the great pesto and fresh tomatoes of  Italy, I decided to start a container garden. The goal was to to start with 3 herbs and 2 vegetables. Well, I think I got a little carried away…..

 

  • Basil
  • Spearmint
  • Dill
  • Cilantro
  • Oregano
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Squash
  •  Spinach
  • Peas
  • Asparagus Beans
  •  Carrots
  •  Hot peppers
  •  Mild peppers
  •  Collard greens
  •  Lettuce
  •  Rosemary
  •  Parsley
  •  Black Beans