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Rareseeds.com will be the death of me. Also, they have their new seed catalog out.

After several very pleasant evenings spent laying in bed and circling things, I finally narrowed it down to about a dozen.

Ask me if I have room for a dozen new vegetables. Ask me. Go on.

No. Obviously not.

But I did manage to score a half-dozen half-whiskey barrels for $10 a pop at an end of season thing, so I have someplace to grow some of the veggies. I am terribly smug. They had dried out and looked ratty and loose, but you soak ‘em and the wood swells and they’re happy again.

My list:

Good Mother Stallard beans — Oh my god, will you LOOK at these things?

Hidatsa Red beans – It says they’re rugged and 3 feet tall. We will see.

Rattlesnake Pole bean — Good for hot humid areas, apparently.

Miniature White cucumber – says it’ll work in containers. I am skeptical, but I can try. My Mexican miniature sour gherkins got et by worms last year and mostly scrambled without producing a lot of fruit, so I’m auditioning another cucumber. The Parisian pickling cuke remains a staple.

“Tigger” melon — It’s so PRETTY!

Lincoln pea – “Wando” is my go-to at the moment, since it gets hot fast here, but I’ll give Lincoln a shot. Fourscore and seven peas ago…

Fish Pepper – This one looked too interesting to pass up, and Kevin wanted a hot pepper. (Not that we won’t wind up buying Anaheim and jalapeno starts next spring anyway.)

Jewel Peach nasturtium — I learn from my mistakes occasionally. These are supposed to be dwarf nasturtiums!

Tall trailing nasturtium — I don’t learn that well.


And I’ve got a Parisian carrot and a white beet and “Bull’s Blood” beets and a couple others hanging out from a previous order, and some carrots and sweet peas from a trade, plus scarlet runner beans and “Wando” peas I saved myself so…uh…five whiskey barrels just need to hold…err…three types of plant apiece…and the one pot that was going to hold the pepper when the annual coreopsis died, except it’s not dying, so, uh….and I need to be able to plant about ten basil plants because we had such a lousy harvest last year…

Yeah, I’m screwed.

Originally published at Squash's Garden. You can comment here or there.

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I suspect you could do it if you trellised them -- though I'd go with little melons.

I learned to make a hydroponic bucket that's been astoundingly productive, and wished I'd had about five of them while I was living in an apartment. (We were between houses -- I was using the rest of the space for saving our baby pine and oak trees, and a tub of boysenberries.) I've got an Early Girl tomato, a Black Beauty eggplant, a Hungarian wax pepper, two basil plants, and some green onions (which are growing very slowly) in a space no bigger than an 18-gallon Rubbermaid tub.

(well, OK, to be honest, the tomato and eggplant have escaped the confines of the tub, but the tomato is wound on a trellis just outside it. It's pretty freaking amazing.)

Edited at 2012-12-14 04:59 pm (UTC)

Um, any links you can recommend?

Not really. I took a class for it, and they don't seem to have a website. All the websites I'm looking at have air movement attached. You actually don't need it.

... shoot, I should write up a blog page about it. I'll do that and post a link for you later, OK? I have to run some errands now.

That would really be wonderful of you! No rush - it is December. :-)


is my old post on the subject -- I hadn't realized I'd posted quite that much about it. You can see the basic construction there. You will need to drill an overflow hole on each long side of the tub, just below the edge of the Home Depot bucket. You will also need to drill several holes (I did about 12) in each of the water bottles. The PVC pipe needs no drilling.

The planting medium is a mix of coconut coir, coconut peat, and perlite. The fertilizer must be a leaf-absorbable type, with a recommendation of 15-15-15 or 20-20-20 depending on what you are growing. The brand I'm using is Grow-More All Seasons Plant Food. I use about a half-tablespoon every time I refill the container. Just drop the powder in the fill tube and fill it up.

I wouldn't try starting seeds in this -- put starts in it instead.

Use a long stick to measure how deep the water is when it is full, and mark it on the stick. Then you can check when your plants need watering easily. If your plants are drinking slowly, try to make sure you water them at least every two weeks. This will keep the roots above the surface of the slowly draining water from transforming to stems and drowning when you add more water.

I would love a link too. :)

I'd also love a link, if you don't mind.

*adds to the hopefulness of seeing a link later*

...heck, just ask if our Kind Hostess UrsulaV will re-post the link later? *wry*

How did you make your hydroponic bucket? Are there good directions somewhere?

I took a class, and I haven't been able to quickly find any links that resemble what I made. I'll post later with a blog post that describes it.

Check out www.windowfarms.org

Not hydroponics in a bucket, but in old bottles hanging in your windows.

Just don't ever grow peas in them... Unless you really want a living wall...

Here's a picture and description of my Windowfarm:
(Not running right now. Killed off all the plants during the summer... Really shouldn't leave for 3 weeks if the system only has liquids for a week)

This farm worked OK in the winter...
My air-to-air heat-pump(think of an AC running in reverse. Very efficient heater) didn't cause any problems, and the WF seemed to keep the humidity in my apartment at a more livable level, too.

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