Is anyone seeding for fall? I am trying pumpkins for the first time. I also tried loofah that is now starting to flower. What are you planting? Would anyone be interested in exchanging seedlings?
If you haven't covered your beds with beans or peanuts you still have time to nourish your soil before planting time. If you have never done this before, give it a try! It is very easy. Here are some tips.
Buy a bag of raw peanuts from the grocery store or produce stand. Nature's Food Patch does not carry raw organic peanuts any longer. I got mine from Tommy's Produce stand and I can not attest to how they were grown.
Gently crack open the peanut shells and take out the peanuts. Try not to disturb the thin red skin encasing the nuts.
Seed directly into your beds. They are very hardy and do not need to be started in pots. They will take anything from semi shade to full sun.
Water well until they have sprouted. Then water when they look wilty. Each plant will produce a handful of peanuts.
I love growing peanuts. They are "nitrogen fixers" and can really give your beds a boost. I especially recommend them for new beds. They are great for replacing lawns. If you leave a few plants alone in an area they will multiply quite fast. The neighborhood kids get a kick out of seeing peanuts growing.
In this zone I recommend Black Eyes Peas. I have never seen a plant yield so much so quickly. Buy a packet of seeds or stop by my house and I have tons of them.
Just stick the beans in the dirt and wait for a rainy day or water them. They will sprout in 3-4 days. They like full sun. The hotter the better. Put them in your worst areas, If the soil is too rich they will start to vine and you wont get as many beans. Which is another reason I love growing these beans.....you do not have to stake them up. If you let the beans dry on the plant the will replant themselves.
4 weeks later.........
Now your ready to plant your fall season garden. Turn the remaining beans and peanut plants into the your soil. If your planting a new tree or shrub toss a few of the plants into the hole. As they will provide nitrogen to plant as it decomposes.
I'd love to hear how your pumpkins are doing! I think our biggest problem will be keeping the humidity from molding them. I planted them in different areas just in case they didn't like one area they make like another better. I am so hoping to have pumpkins in my yard for Halloween or Thanksgiving. I wish you lived closer I'd give you peanut seeds. They come up so fast.
I've been growing black eyed peas for five years now. They have been my most successful and consistent crop.
I have some seminole pumpkin plants growing. They are native to Florida and more of a squash. So far no fruit are forming.
I've been emphasizing perennial vegetables this year. I'll probably still plant some annuals in the holes in the landscape, though I haven't decided what yet. Most of my summer stuff is still doing well.
If you do asparagus buy plants. It takes years to get your first crop if you seed them yourself. Fresh picked asp. is nothing like that hard stuff you get in the grocery store!
Andy K- Do you have any Seminole pump. seeds? I've heard they grow well here but have never been able to find any seeds.
Loretta-those vines get very long I think I'm going to ty just pile the mulch under them to keep them off the ground and see how that does.
I got my seminole pumpkin seeds from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. There are a number of places that sell them if you search on the internet. It may be too late in the year to plant them now.
I also tend to plant stuff in various places in the yard. I also tend to mix them with other plants to see what's compatible. I seem to have less insect problems when I mix plants and plant them in different areas at the same time. I know I have a lot of predator insects (wasps, ladybugs, etc.) in my yard.
My cousin in law is an awesome grower and he recently told me when he transplants his tomato plants he buries 80% of the plant. Does anyone else do this?
I haven't transplanted tomatoes before. I always grow from seed. But I need to move my plants from where they presently are since I need that space for a solar oven/food dehydrator I'm building.
I have heard that you are supposed to bury a significant portion of the plant when you transplant tomatoes. So I'll be trying it sometime in the next couple weeks.