Any gardeners out there?
I was wondering if any avid gardeners out there can tell me what it is like to garden, say vegetables, in a place with no seasons? Is the soil good or do you always have to amend it? Can you plant so you are aways harvesting something? How about the basic flowering perennials ? How about bulbs, say lilies and iris?
there was a thread awhile back on gardening, you could do a search on it. we have had good luck with tomatoes and peppers pasley and cant remember but one other herb. some people have great success with all sorts of things.
I grow cukes, cherry tomatoes, zuchinni, peppers and ginger year round. Some lilles grow, I've never seen tulips. The soil has a lot of clay and there isn't a lot of year round rain so raised beds are best.
That's good news, I use raised beds now.
Thanks for the web-site trw and I will seach this site for past conversations.8-)
I have heirloom tomatoes growing right now and it sure was easy. No lack of sun here!
Tomato & pepper plants & they're doing nicely!
I have tried to do hostas and cannas and they really get ate alive by the slugs. I think several of the veggies grow pretty well as long as you keep them up off the ground. I tend to have a lot of problems with mold/mildew killing some of my plants. I don't live on the northside, but it still stays damp enough to have to fight the mold and mildew.
it sounds like thats what i had happen to my pepper plants last year. we get plenty of sun??
sounds like STX has more than a few gardeners, hence the helicopters
Yes the mildew seems to love my cilantro even though it is in a pot on my balcony and gets lots of sun.
cresent, do you wet the foliage when you water the cilantro and others that get mold/mildew or do you wet at the soil surface? Seems like you get enough sun to dry the plant, unless you wet it when you water. A great organic treatment is a high pH product like postassium bicarbonate. It will change the leaf surface pH and the mold/mildew can't survive. The plant also gets a dose of potassium. There are a few brand names.
My garden pests are usually mealy bugs, aphids, ants (farming aphids), and caterpillars, oh yeah...chickens and peacocks.
aqua - with this last batch of cilantro I am trying not to water the foliage and to water in the morning so it has time to dry out by the evening. Since the mildew seems to start on the lower leaves. We will see if that helps. I will also try the potassium. I like to have fresh cilantro around!
cresent, I also try to keep my cilantro and parsley trimmed so the older leaves don't get long and droop to the soil surface. Just keep picking the older leaves to eat and let the young ones do their thing. Keeping the foliage dry should do the trick.