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Anyone into gardening here?

jc100

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I have a 4 tier light garden in the basement (vintage 1980) which I've retrofitted with modern LED grow lights and a 4 channel programmable WIFI switch to control the lights. It works great, I get 12 full trays in the top 3 tiers, hydro tubs sit on the ground for the 4th level. Works like a charm. I use the hydro setup on the bottom for non stop lettuce and for cloning. Each fall I pull a few of my fave exotics from the garden, clone & keep them alive over the winter. This winter I saved 2 colossal coleus and some prized Reapers. In January I chopped up the mothers and cloned twice now I have about 40 garden ready plants that would have cost $4each. Also layered a sting of passion fruit and mandivilla by placing them along side the garden and running a vine thru sole layring pots. Marginal results, about 1/2 rooted. Kept a few 420s cuttings for monstering, they look promising.

I got one of the little 3 pod Aero gardens for Christmas, they produce like crazy. For fun I did a few toms, they were 6" tall after about 2 weeks and starting to get bushy, I divided them and the Aeropod worked juts as well as a cloner, at least for toms. I don't use the pods -- pretty expensive -- instead I use quartered rockwool cubes stuffed into spent pods - they work like a charm and for about $10 you can refill almost 200 pods.
thanks for the rock wool tip!
 

r3r3r3

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Did anyone lose the frost gamble this year? stuck a few of my parsley plants out earlier in the month and all have managed to survive with a plastic bag cover this week. I usually wait until the May 24 weekend however the weather looks like its already on the way up.

my little grow rack is getting full. temping to start putting tomatoes and peppers in the ground.
 

Joe Bass

*probably eating right now*
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Did anyone lose the frost gamble this year? stuck a few of my parsley plants out earlier in the month and all have managed to survive with a plastic bag cover this week. I usually wait until the May 24 weekend however the weather looks like its already on the way up.

my little grow rack is getting full. temping to start putting tomatoes and peppers in the ground.
Just laid down a layer of sheep $#!+ and topped with triple mix.
My dad will come by next weekend and plant.
Who knows? We may get more snow still.

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jc100

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Did anyone lose the frost gamble this year? stuck a few of my parsley plants out earlier in the month and all have managed to survive with a plastic bag cover this week. I usually wait until the May 24 weekend however the weather looks like its already on the way up.

my little grow rack is getting full. temping to start putting tomatoes and peppers in the ground.
I've started to harden off seedlings outside. They have been coming in every evening this week though. Next few days looks like it might work for me to put them in the grow bags. I might be tempted to use a few plastic cloches though.
 
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Mad Mike

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Did anyone lose the frost gamble this year? stuck a few of my parsley plants out earlier in the month and all have managed to survive with a plastic bag cover this week. I usually wait until the May 24 weekend however the weather looks like its already on the way up.

my little grow rack is getting full. temping to start putting tomatoes and peppers in the ground.
Wait 1 more day, too cold tonight. Peppers and toms don't die at 3C however they will likely stop growing (stunt) for quite some time if they feel that kind of chill. If you want to see the difference, plant 1 plant tonight, the other tomorrow night. I'll bet plant 2 is twice the size of plant 1 in a month.

Most Toms don't like temps below 8C at all, keep them indoors or outside in pots till night temps are staying above 8.

Peppers like warm feet - I keep them in pots till mid June then put them into the ground, they thrive in soil temps above 20C.
 

jc100

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Got a few weedy tomato seedlings. Hoping they will pick up. Any tips? Others look nice and strong. I think I left a few too long in the aero garden and they fought for light.
 

shanekingsley

Curry - so nice it burns you twice
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Got a few weedy tomato seedlings. Hoping they will pick up. Any tips? Others look nice and strong. I think I left a few too long in the aero garden and they fought for light.
What do you mean by weedy seedlings? Are they from seeds that germinated in your garden from fallen tomatoes on the ground?
If so, I usually have a decent number of those that come back each year. They don't seem to produce as large a harvest as the others that are intentionally planted, but they do give some harvest.

So many bulbs and spring ephemeral's are up. One of my favourite times of year.
 

jc100

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What do you mean by weedy seedlings? Are they from seeds that germinated in your garden from fallen tomatoes on the ground?
If so, I usually have a decent number of those that come back each year. They don't seem to produce as large a harvest as the others that are intentionally planted, but they do give some harvest.

So many bulbs and spring ephemeral's are up. One of my favourite times of year.
no I planted them. They got crowded in the aero garden and are quite leggy.
 

Amazon

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I'm going to murder squirels.

I went outside to see they ruined most of my plants. In my raised bed (it's 4 feet off the ground like a table) they ripped up my lettuce (plant and the whole biodegradable pot), dug up the asparagus roots and what peas they didn't get the first day. In my front garden all the sunflowers were chewed to a stump, one watermelon plant gone and they dug and chewed some of the flowers too. I might as well just throw my money to the wind. This is bull.

I just put soap shaving out around the front gardens but that's all I had at home that people were suggesting I do. I thought gardening was supposed to be rewarding and relaxing, not creating murderous thoughts.
 

Gary

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Big bags of peanuts. Leave the nuts out near, around the garden. Saves them work.
Disclaimer: I got no clue if this works.
As soon as the rain dies down, I'm planting the rest of my onions and hot peppers. Everything else is in the ground.
 

Joe Bass

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Similar to @Amazon , I had a similar issue a few years back.
I may have mentioned on here about the beautiful Mulberry tree we had grown from a seedling. A few years ago my wife was on the back deck around 8pm. Heard a ruffling was spooked and came inside.
From the bedroom window we could see a family of 5 raccoons feasting on the berries. Two weeks later and the tree was down. We like to be outside and didn't want to give those critters an additional reason to be there.
Fast forward to now and we miss the privacy and shade the tree provided.

(tl;dr) -- looking for a non-fruit bearing, wide spreading tree to plant. Suggestions?

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Dirty Frank

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For the new cannabis growers putting out clones now is a poor idea as the days are not long enough yet the plants will start to transition into flowering then as the days get longer they will slowly switch back to vegetative growth bad for the plant and a waste of time.
Growing from seed or using autoflower seeds would be different tho.
Wait till the days are 17 or more hours of daylight to put out clones.
 

shanekingsley

Curry - so nice it burns you twice
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^ it all depends on the strain and genetic disposition of the plant. I've had great success with maintaining vegetative growth for many varieties while putting them out before June 1st.
A number of varieties won't even go into flower until August which is 6 weeks after peak daylight.

If you don't know the genetic traits - then yes, better safe than sorry for sure.
 

Mad Mike

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no I planted them. They got crowded in the aero garden and are quite leggy.
Don't worry about leggy tomatoes, in fact you might find they produce better. I always grow mine leggy.

Trim everything but the top 2 sets of leaves then plant them deep in compost -- only leave an inch of stem above the ground. Tom stems can be planted underground, roots will grow from the stem like crazy, the extra roots and deeper reach for moisture is actually helpful to the plant.
 

Trials

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I planted 4 Apple trees 🍎🍎🍎🍎 and 1 Bing Cherry tree 🍒
it's an experiment, if they grow I'll plant lots of them next year.
 

Mad Mike

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I'm going to murder squirels.

I went outside to see they ruined most of my plants. In my raised bed (it's 4 feet off the ground like a table) they ripped up my lettuce (plant and the whole biodegradable pot), dug up the asparagus roots and what peas they didn't get the first day. In my front garden all the sunflowers were chewed to a stump, one watermelon plant gone and they dug and chewed some of the flowers too. I might as well just throw my money to the wind. This is bull.

I just put soap shaving out around the front gardens but that's all I had at home that people were suggesting I do. I thought gardening was supposed to be rewarding and relaxing, not creating murderous thoughts.
A few things to try:
  • a dog
  • steal your neighbours bird feeder (they attract squirrels, when they are full they bury seed
  • 2" of heavy mulch - $3/bag at Walmart. They wont bother digging thru it.
  • cayenne pepper - lots of cayenne pepper sprinkled at the edge of your garden -- they don't like it.
  • a plastic owl from Dollarama
 

shanekingsley

Curry - so nice it burns you twice
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A few things to try:
  • a dog
  • steal your neighbours bird feeder (they attract squirrels, when they are full they bury seed
  • 2" of heavy mulch - $3/bag at Walmart. They wont bother digging thru it.
  • cayenne pepper - lots of cayenne pepper sprinkled at the edge of your garden -- they don't like it.
  • a plastic owl from Dollarama
+1 on the cayenne pepper. Even black pepper will work sometimes. See how they prefer to enter to your garden and sprinkle it there. Years ago I had a major squirrel and raccoon problem and put the cayenne down about 1x a month and that was all that was needed.
 

Joe Bass

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A few things to try:
  • a dog
  • steal your neighbours bird feeder (they attract squirrels, when they are full they bury seed
  • 2" of heavy mulch - $3/bag at Walmart. They wont bother digging thru it.
  • cayenne pepper - lots of cayenne pepper sprinkled at the edge of your garden -- they don't like it.
  • a plastic owl from Dollarama
My owl doesn't do $#!+

I bought the Critter Yard mate sonic thingy

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Baggsy

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Trilliums are blooming.
 

shanekingsley

Curry - so nice it burns you twice
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I really like trilliums. I have some white and some red looking really nice now. It's now been about 5 years since this front garden was planted and the spring show is pretty much where I was hoping it would get to. In the half of the garden closer to the house, it's almost all native woodland plants. In the summer the whole front changes to native pollinator plants - get's a little crazy, but I like it.
 

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