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Selecting plants for seed

31 October 2017 - 09:01 AM

Just trying to get an idea of what you're doing in terms of space. Here's what I mean: I have a nice sized garden, but caging/netting plants within my beds can be a bit of a PITA, since I intensively plant them with companions. So for next year, I was thinking of planting in-ground as my main "crop" then planting and bagging pots for seed. Does anyone else do that? It's just easier to bag pots and I don't companion plant them.


Is there any drawback to using potted plants as my seed source instead of in-ground? In the past, I have bagged pots and bagged individual flowers/fruits on in-ground plants (with limited success).


So essentially, I would have a copy of each plant for which I want seed in a pot...




23 August 2017 - 12:57 PM

I plant nasturtiums as companions to other plants. But they so rarely seed. Anyone else have this experience? One year, I planted nasturtiums all over and they seeded prolifically. But out of say 4 years, only that 1 year were there any significant seeds. I don't think planting with other plants inhibits seeding - it's just cukes, peppers, kale, etc.

Tomatoes are toast

16 August 2017 - 11:04 AM

I'm ready to make the official declaration. Way too much humidity, too much rain, and too many stretches of mild temps, including overnights in the 50s. Early blight whacked them early, which is disrupting the fruits' ability to ripen. By this time last year, I was rushing to preserve, cook with, do anything with, tomatoes. Now, the semi-ripe ones I bring in to try to "save" tend to rot.


I have hope for some peppers, but my harvest by this time last year to now is black and white. The comparison isn't even close.

Other's in NJ have relayed the same thing. Anyone else on the East coast having the same issue?

I'm a net buyer this year!


Edit: because of this trouble, I did plant two late Black cherry tomatoes that will probably produce a reasonable amount of fruit.


28 July 2017 - 07:34 AM

When I was a kid, Tom Kean was governor and he was pitching NJ tourism hard with his slogan: "NJ and you, perfect together." This year, my slogan is: "NJ and humidity: sh!tty for peppers."


The past, say, week and a half has been mostly high humidity and mild temps. It's beginning to affect some peppers. For example, heavy bearers, like Corbaci, are just stalled out - loads of peppers, no hint of ripening - and because they do bear heavily, I suspect not enough circulation is moving through the plants with the air so dense. I'm getting some drop there.


Of my super-hots, some are starting to bear heavily, but some are dropping a bit. I have one ghost that is dropping a couple fruits. Tabasco - never does well for me, so maybe I should stop growing it. Paprika, I think do to the plant's shape - tall and narrow - distributes the air pretty well and doesn't seem affected; starting to bear very heavily.


My potted pepps are faring better than in-ground, but might not be producing as much by this point last year. I looked back at my notes from last year and it seems I'm generally speaking 1 week off from both peppers and tomatoes. Early blight is starting to whale on my tomatoes.


How is everyone else in high humidity areas (outside of those who expect it) faring?


I guess I can provide better spacing next year (it's not bad now) and not let as many beneficial volunteers (borage, dill, calendula) take a foothold, but when they're coming up, I think they're helpful.

Hornworm on my pepper

26 July 2017 - 08:03 AM

But the first strange thing is, I had bagged this particular plant for seed and sealed it well at the bottom; I don't think a sphinx moth could've gotten under it because I weighted it down all around with pea gravel. The bag has been on for up to 4 weeks. The hornworm was just about fully mature. The second strange thing is that I noticed relatively no damage to the plant. It's healthy, growing fine, fruiting nicely. I would think a hornworm has to eat voraciously to grow.


Could a moth bave burrowed under the bag on onto the plant, then found its way out again?


Can hornworms grow without eating too much?