Gardening: My Tomatoe and Pepper Progress

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i like the compostable weed barrier! We used to use newspaper layered 1/4” thick then till them in at the end of the season. It got too hard to collect enough papers to do the job, but never considered cardboard would do the trick.
It keeps the neighborhood cats from using it as a litterbox too!
 

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I’m trying out this 100 gallon grow bag this year. Hoping it does well.
i like the compostable weed barrier! We used to use newspaper layered 1/4” thick then till them in at the end of the season. It got too hard to collect enough papers to do the job, but never considered cardboard would do the trick.
Had the same problem, it is hard to collect that much newspaper. Then I started using cardboard. I think this contributed to a massive slug infestation though, because slugs like to shelter under cardboard. They were wiping out most of my planted seeds for around 2 years or so until I figured out it was them. It just seemed like I was getting poor germination all the time until I went out at night with a headlamp. It was slug central, so I don't use cardboard anymore.
 

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Using things like cardboard creates an environment favorable to slugs and possibly anaerobic activity. A breathable fabric weed barrier like Pro-Shield would be better and can last years. Bags of pine bark are fairly cheap and they worked great in my raised bed last year. EZ-Straw worked well in another.

Timberline pine bark is under $4 per 2cuft bag. Their "soil conditioner" is mulched even finer and already composted but much harder to find.
 

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Good tips on the slugs. I'll put some slug bait out when I get home.
 

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Using things like cardboard creates an environment favorable to slugs and possibly anaerobic activity. A breathable fabric weed barrier like Pro-Shield would be better and can last years. Bags of pine bark are fairly cheap and they worked great in my raised bed last year. EZ-Straw worked well in another.

Timberline pine bark is under $4 per 2cuft bag. Their "soil conditioner" is mulched even finer and already composted but much harder to find.
I was using the cardboard mainly on the tomatoes but I have always used grass clippings too.

Good tips on the slugs. I'll put some slug bait out when I get home.
I try to stick to certified organic controls and there is one for slugs but it didn't work well. Not to say there's anything wrong with whatever you might use but if it doesn't work what I also do is pour a homebrew. Then I bring that out to the garden at night and pick the buggers off my plants and drown them in soapy water. Besides the homebrew, I like to use plastic gloves because it gets kind of gross without them. Oh and if I have any old forgotten bottles or a lousy batch, beer traps work very well and at least they drown happy.

Friends of mine have also recommended chickens and ducks but I don't want any more live animals to take care of than I already have!
 

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I use cardboard over weeds, you need to then cover it either with wood chippings for a path or compost/manure if you are going to grow stuff there. Check out "no dig" gardening for good use of cardboard.

I'm still a good few weeks away from putting my toms out, we just had two nights of frost. I do have onions and second early potatoes in so far.
 

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Our first year starting tomatoes and peppers from seed and they are really doing great! Now just trying to be patient enough to not get them in the ground too early. We are trying to have a very substantial garden this year as we have the space. Just got the fence almost finished. Weather has been crazy though, 86f yesterday and was 16f overnight last week. But definitely getting spring and garden fever.
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I have 7 flats of plants in my cold frame. Going down to 26 tonight. We will see what the temp inside is in the am. They have a month to go before planting. Woke up to 3” of snow this morning and it was 40 inside the frame. Need to get my fence built.
 

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New toy. My old 2 cycle would not start so i upgraded to the 4 cycle with a Honda motor. Everyone was sold out of the Honda mini tiller so i got another Mantis.


Jalapeno patch is done. Only needs minor weeding now. Cultivated in some of my compost i started around last July and a coffee can of Chick N Poo. All my coffee grinds and egg shells went in this patch all winter also.



Bean trellis spot converted for some maters. Cultivated in the same mix and a thick compost layer in the back to help keep weeds down.

 

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I've got the garden prepped for the season. I've also planted all the stuff that can handle it is we get a light Frost still (last frost date here is around may 24). Stuff like lettuce, beets, radishes, carrots, onions. Garlic from the fall is doing well too.
Greenhouse tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini continuing to do well.
 

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My chillis and tomatoes. We really have to grow chillies undercover here, some tomatoes can do ok outside but best grown in a green house. So these are my overwintered chillis which I intend to transplant into the greenhouse in a couple of weeks, along with some grown this year from seed that I will probably pot up and grow in my sunroom. Tomatoes are Ailsa Craig and a San Marzano, will try them both inside and outside. Also some summer savory that I should have repotted
 

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