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« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2012 09:42:56 AM »

I tried growing luffa, but it didn't seem to like Colorado much Smiley

I'm not super worried about deer, but I may need to net the berries to keep birds off. Plus the giant pile of branches is blocking one side of the plot from deer, not that they couldn't jump over the fence on the other side....  If they start showing up and eating stuff, I may try your method though MW!

I live in a high-rise apartment about a mile from the garden. To get water there, I would need to fill containers at the tap, carry them down the hall, down the elevator, across the parking lot, drive them in my compact car up and down several hills, then walk through several other plots (no access for carts or wheelbarrows) to get to my plot. I can do this for seedlings and recent plantings in the spring, but there is absolutely no way I can do this for the whole plot in midsummer. So I'm trying to stick with drought-resistant varieties...
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« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2012 10:29:27 AM »

I can see how lugging water around would get very tiresome.  My brother's place had a plot like that.  It was crazy cheap to get a plot $1, but getting the water there was the problem.  I've seen people taking their water over in wagons.  Luckily these are townhouse structures so it's fairly easy to load up their wagon and then drag it across a field to get to the plots.  Still it was so time consuming that my brother gave up his plot which had a very old fig tree on it.  I was sad.  Thankfully he still has the old bay leaf tree in his backyard.
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« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2012 12:00:28 PM »

Yikes PW, that is a long haul!
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« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2012 10:12:10 AM »

I had put my seedlings on the porch last week to acclimate, then on Monday it was windy and all of the leek seedling containers were knocked over, killing all the leeks. I planted new seeds and put them out this morning....and now I am eyeing a large line of thunderstorms sweeping south out of PA. Perhaps direct seeding would be a better choice...
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« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2012 05:31:31 PM »

Here are a few of my luffas!  I recently learned that they can get shocked going into the ground.  My friend recommended taking them outside for a week until they get accustomed to being out there.  Crazy!

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« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2012 05:47:43 PM »

This is my very first year in my own house with a bit of yard! The soil is absolute crap: sticky clay full of rocks. My front flower bed was the worst, so I mixed in sand and put in a blue spruce bush, hens and chicks and some other succulent ground covers, pea gravel, river rock and some big brick pavers. It's a nice little rock garden. I'm waiting for yucca to show up in  stores so I can add that, and a neighbor has a lovely prickly pear patch I might beg some cuttings from. My very minimal Spanish skills should make that conversation amusing.

I mixed in compost and sand and put in irises my grandma gave me, tulips, and some orange tiger lilies with the ashes of my orange kitty who died in November. No little grave or anything, but the flowers will be a memorial.

For veggies, I haven't built the raised bed yet ( soil is crap and there might be electrical lines), but I did make a garbage can compost bin and I ordered seeds from Baker Creek Heirlooms: Genovese basil, a beautiful flat, deep orange pumpkin, cilantro, serranos, black tomatoes both cherry and regular, and purple sweet peppers. Oh, and cucumbers. I cannnnnooottt wait. I'm in Denver and I am expecting that last blizzard to hit as soon as I put seeds in the ground, though, so I'm going to start some of them indoors tomorrow.
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« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2012 06:32:18 PM »

myloveasdeep, can I suggest that you may want to get some water walls for your warm temperature veggies (peppers, tomatoes, squash). These really protect the young plants and they grow a lot faster at first. For peppers and tomatoes, you can just fold down the plastic when the plants get larger, but for squash you need to remove the walls.  If you set the walls out full of water a week or so before planting seeds, it helps the soil to warm up too. Squash don't like to be transplanted, so I'd plant the seeds in early May (this was when I lived in Boulder) with the water walls with no problem (without the walls you should wait until Memorial Day). The warm weather plants really don't like the cold nighttime temps in Colorado.
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« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2012 06:53:21 PM »

Thanks PW--I will get some of those!
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« Reply #28 on: March 29, 2012 02:25:14 AM »

My tiny sprouts now have true leaves and so need potting on: I hope to get the tomatoes done today.
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« Reply #29 on: March 29, 2012 04:31:27 AM »

I'm going to start more tomato seeds today, too.
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