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Monday, October 9, 2017

 

Container garden [to do list]

I had purchased two small concrete mixing pans to plant stuff in. Had dirt in them also which was dumped. I taped over the holes in one and use it for a mixing pan for the potting mix when I add the water saving crystals or potting mix with black cow and ironite. Five gallons of potting mix fit quite nicely in a pan.

The other pan is in the garage with holes in it. The pans are about two feet by three feet and about six inches deep. I was thinking of building a box around the pan and have the top lip of the pan rest on the sides of the box. Will put a few one by twos for a base to hold the bottom of the pan. When I am done with that I will use it for planting varieties of lettuce in it. Should be able to fit quite a few plants in it. Will space planting about every two or three weeks. A head of leafy lettuce from the store lasts me about a week. Might even plant some fresh herbs on one end.

For the space size of a container I like to use maximum production type plants. Tomatoes, peppers and squash produce quite a bit from a healthy plant. If I planted one cabbage or cauliflower in a container I would be tying up that container which costs about $25.00 for initial setup for one meal out of it from the length of time it takes from seedling to harvest. We have a two season growing season down here so that would be two harvest per year per container. Not counting crop failures Big Grin.

Seeing I have peppers, tomatoes, cukes and squash doing well so far What?. It is time to make some vegetable chimneys. I will call them chimneys rather than cages. Cages sound like I am putting the vegetables in prison. Can not treat them to harshly you knoowww.

For the chimneys I do not like the looks of the wire hoop spacing in the store bough ones. I am going to use concrete wire and make my own chimneys with about a twelve inch diameter and to the height required for each plant. Have room to put a hand in and if necessary I can run wire diameter wise for support. Cut the wire to have legs that go in the container for support.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/42-in-x-84-in-Sheared-Welded-Steel-Wire-06415/206514118

Another advantage to using steel wire is that it rusts. With the wire legs rusting below the potting mix the iron in the rust will leech into the mix. The rusting above the potting mix will wash down into the potting mix when it rains or by hand watering. That may solve some of the iron deficiency. Green laugh


Comments:
Raining pretty hard today.
Done some checking on crop yields per plant. Found this site to be informative. http://homeguides.sfgate.com/average-yield-tomato-plant-60969.html
An intermediate tomato plant has the highest production I see. staked about eight pounds per plant caged or in my case a chimney about twelve to 20 pounds per plant. The type of tomatoes I have cost about one dollar a pound and up to almost two dollars a pound at the market. So an average of about $30.00 per plant produced. Get into those sweet small salad tomatoes cost over two dollars a pound at the market.

Just one pepper at the market is like seventy cents and up for green peppers. The colored peppers run up to almost two dollars each. Cukes are something like seventy cents and up depending on the season.
I remember when I was a kid a half bushel of tomatoes use to be as low as a dollar or less. Same went for cukes.
Got thinking about those vegetable chimneys. If I build the chimneys about one foot taller than I expect the plant to grow and having a sixteen in square container i could take plastic and have like a tepee over the plants to see if I could winter them over. Does not get below freezing that often here.
Actually I do not have fall type crops planted any how. Just doing experimental run to work things out before next years season for those types of crops. Did not want to wait until next season with the failures I have been having sorting things out.
The only plant I have is that one called the Siberian tomato which is suppose to be a cold weather tomato.
Put some fish fertilizer on this afternoon according to instructions for a container.
Checked the container garden just before dark.
It is still alive and green.
Check in the morning again.
The tomatoes look like they grew a couple inches since transplanting them in the containers.
The potting mix drained real well after this mornings rain. Stuck my finger in it.

Reminds me of a book I read. They were talking about the head Gardner for the farm. It was mentioned that he could tell when the soil was warm enough for planting by walking bare foot in the soil. You can pick up recently turned soil and smell the nutrients in it.
That black cow I put in the dirt I emptied and spread here and there in the backyard has left an odor in the back yard. Smells like a cow sh!t pile after a rain. LOL
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