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SEEDS! SEEDS! OH GOD, THE SEEDS!

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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http://www.auntiepasto.com/?p=285

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.

You're welcome! If you find this useful, please make a donation to Ag Pals. https://www.facebook.com/agpals?fref=ts

They are the nifty non-profit folks I learned from, and since I know most of you are not in San Diego to take their class, I couldn't just point you at their classes. (: Alex may be able to help you with questions about what will work better in the box in your area.

Meep, Facebook... (I do not have a Facebook account.) Do they have a PayPal Donate button somewhere?

I don't know. I'll ask Alex. (:

Alex says:

"Hi Leanne, They can contact us by email: agpals@luckymail.com , or 760-977-8892, and we would be happy to send them some info. Thanks, Alex"

If they want donations, they might want to make it a bit easier than random contact stuff... The more hurdles, the less likely people are to click the PayPal link.

Oh, awesome, thanks! I can totally do this in my apartment, assuming books don't eat up the space. =)

I'll look forward to trying it out. :-)

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