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« on: July 11, 2007 11:32:49 AM »

Ok this year was the first time we planted veggies, herbs, and flowers we have no knowledge of gardening and just did alot of experimental planting to see if we could grow stuff....

needless to say the toms we planted as a tiny plant is HUGE and crowding all the other plants crowding even more plants....

On with the questions:
I have marigolds I planted from seeds that are doing awesome but not flowering, sunflowers that are the same and artichokes - when is it safe to transplant to make more room in the bed? Is it ok to transplant?? Then, I have peppers, cucs and squash that needs to be scooted over - will I kill my little garden if I move anything....



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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2007 04:18:29 PM »

Don't worry, almost every new gardener does this - esp. with tomatoes. I never believe that tiny plant will get so huge.
I don't know what zone you are in, but at this point if anything has flowered and/or starting to sprout something - don't move it. They will just have to struggle along where they are. Don't worry, squash can handle just about anything. I do square foot gardening and you'd be suprised how close you can grow things.
Also, the only time I grew artichoke it was and aphid magnet - so keep an eye on that guy.
Good luck! I'd say leave everything alone and just make sure to water really well. Don't worry plants really do want to grow - they will find a way to achieve their destiny.

« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2007 05:33:59 PM »

thank you, I will keep an eye on the chokes and leave it be Smiley

« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2007 05:34:49 PM »

oh we are in washington what zone is that?? I sound like the worlds worst gardener!!

« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2007 10:55:01 AM »

Washington state? west or east?

« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2007 06:28:15 PM »

Yeah WA State, near Tacoma

« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2007 10:48:54 AM »

Howdy neighbor - I'm north of you by the border. You are zone 7/8 - hope that helps.

« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2007 04:35:42 PM »

thanks SO much!!

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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2007 11:58:11 PM »

Artichoke needs a cool period to set the blossoms. Last year, we had a hot spring and my large artichoke plants didn't set buds until after it started getting cold in September.

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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2007 11:00:15 AM »

I'm near Seattle, so same kind of weather, more or less. This was the first year for my raised bed veggie garden although I had grown them in pots before. I had a GREAT lettuce crop, started in April and becasue the weather has been relatively cool, I'm still picking alhtough next week I'll rip out what I have and put in more. I planted mesclan mix which is what we like along with some arugula and boy, it's great. Had bad luck with a small ball like zucchini. They flowered and fruited at the end, but all the fruit rotted at the stem so I pulled all of them. Tomatoes are so-so. Just haven't had the heat yet.

I bought an artichoke plant early in spring just for fun and it had one cute little artichoke on it. Can't wait for next year. Hopefully no aphids.

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