Newbie farmer here. Just planted out little farm. About 9 tomatoe
plants spread 2 feet apart, 1 green bean bush variety thanks to our
daughters Kindergarten class, and about 6 cucumbers planted 2 feet
apart. It was a busy morning.
So this week looks like temperatures will be mid 70's during the day
going down to about 50 at night. No rain for the first 4 days which
is probably a good thing. Had a lot of rain yesterday so the dirt is
nice and moist.
This year I even added manure to the little farm and purchased a nice
watering hose extension thing.
I have the area fenced in with chicken wire.
So now I just sit back and hope nothing wilts and water every now and
I have some of those tomatoe cages and I need to get those on asap.
Someone suggested using tomatoe cages for the cucumbers as well. I
tried to get my cucumbers to vine last year but they didn't seem to
cooperate. Seemed to want to stay on the ground. Should I just let
them grow as they want or try to get them to vine onto something?
Thanks in advance for any more tips.
Steve - tired farmer
Fish emulsion now and then every two weeks for about six weeks.
Odd thing about tomato cages, if I use them on some tomatoes or
cucumbers and not others, the ones with, grow faster. My tentative
hypothesis is that the metal cages transfer heat into the soil around
the roots and prompts faster growth.
Good. You just got a cardio work-out that would have cost you good money
at a gym. You got some sunshine that will increase your vitamin D and
increase your absorption of calcium. And, if your kids were with you,
you just set a good example for them as well as having quality time with
your family. What kind of price can you put on that?
Good going Papa.
Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
Good on ya, Dad! Many kids take to gardening.... diggin' in the dirt
and getting dirty and looking at all the little creatures and things.
My grandson and I just spent the last hour in the garden, pulling
little weeds, investingating all the little crawlie things he saw and
eating *really* fresh radishes and chives.
I have to go rest my ears now.... I still don't think I hve caught up
with all the questions and words!
Cages work pretty well for determinate (bush) type tomatoes.
Indeterminate varieties ( vining types, they may grow 6 -10 ft tall,
or more, unless you get medieval with the growing tips when they reach
a manageable height. These type (indeterminate), often heirlooms, can
be "tied to the stake", trellis, fence, etc. I have had them in cages
before and they go over the top, back to the ground and take off along
Keeping your maters off the ground helps prevent midew, rot and other
damp type problems. Easier to pick for us old fellers too. Take
care not to overfertilize the maters, as mentioned, they will produce
more foliage and fewer fruits.
Some types of cukes, particularly the asian varieties, will climb very
well. I plant Japanese Climbing Cukes, among several others, and they
haven't needed any assistance in climbing.
I have "trained" hybrid cuke to trellises and strings by using twine
to tie them on and gently weaving the growing points thru the wires
etc. You gotta keep on them.
Ditto what Bill says!
It is *very* rewarding, eating produce that you have planted and
watched grow, knowing that it likely has much less or no pesticide
residue and that it probably has many more micronutrients than
commercially raised produce. I certainly will taste better!
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