Misti’s Magnificent Musings and Maddening Menage forum: Growing your own Groceries

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ImageMistirose
Mar 6, 2014 11:59 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I would love to discuss growing our own plants for food. I am always looking to learn and share with others. I try to stay with Heirlooms for seed collection. How about you?

I grow a lot of greens, tomatoes, peppers, squash and I also have a Cherry and Apple tree this year.
What are you currently growing for your food?
What challenges do you have?

ImageMistirose
Jul 23, 2014 9:40 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
My challenge this year has been my tomatoes. I can not get them to produce to save my life. Now its just too hot, I'm hoping for fall tomatoes. But here are a few things I have learned to improve my crop next year.

1 Food! apparently compost for me isn't enough. I have too much nitrogen and not enough of anything else. I am now using Epsom salts bi weekly and side dressing with Garden Tone. I have also treated my whole garden with Sulfur.

2 Pruning! They need this if for no other reason than air circulation. Especially in more humid environments. I had to do a pretty hard prune on mine since I hadn't done any all year. but now I will keep lower limbs pruned and all suckers.

Hope this helps some of you too I tip my hat to you.
SCbuttercup
Aug 7, 2014 4:12 AM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
Chicken manure! Put some fresh in my lasagna raised beds in January, by late April ready to go...and everything has pumped out produce! I didnt use it in the beds where I was planting beans.
ImageMistirose
Aug 7, 2014 8:22 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ohh good to know! I do know a couple of ladies here at work with chickens. I may have to go to them and say ok weird request...LOL Whistling Hilarious!
SCbuttercup
Aug 12, 2014 6:46 PM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
Go for it! I called a complete stranger that I'd heard raised chickens, he also does co,outer maintenance for a business I know of. So now we are friends with him and his wife, I dropped off some veggies, herbs and zucchini bread halfway thru the season as thanks for the manure. He also gives me free eggs whenever I visit because they have chickens to keep down the ticks n their horses and show dogs, not really up for eating the chickens, it's more of a hobby for them. So they don't use a lot of chemicals. .
ImageMistirose
Aug 12, 2014 8:38 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
that's awesome Judy! I'm not sure how she would collect it though lol Rolling on the floor laughing I just envision following behind the chicken Rolling on the floor laughing but I'm working up to asking them *Blush*
SCbuttercup
Aug 15, 2014 4:09 AM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
They sweep out the coop where the chickens go at night to be safe from predators, apparently they do a lot of poo.
ImageMistirose
Aug 15, 2014 10:16 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ohhhh that sounds easy enough lol must better than what was in my mind Rolling on the floor laughing cool thank you!
Imagewildflowers
Aug 27, 2014 9:03 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I'll second the chicken poop for tomatoes! Hurray!

Also, consider getting a bag of Gypsum which will add some calcium to your soil - very important for tomato growth. Or some powdered lime, made from limestone. Both of these add calcium and can be found at Lowes or garden centers.

Gypsum is also good to help break down clay soil, while adding the nutrients.

FAITH over fear!

ImageMistirose
Aug 27, 2014 1:56 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ohhh Gypsum huh? when is the best time to add it? spring? I'm all for anything that will break down clay soil AND give me tomatoes lol
Imagewildflowers
Aug 27, 2014 4:13 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Add the gypsum whenever your current garden is finished, let it overwinter. It's not a fast fix, but a good one. After the gypsum, add any of your other amendments, such as chicken poop, compost, leaves, whatever you have, kinda like a lasagne bed, with layers. Then, come spring it will be ready for anything and everything!!! Hilarious! Thumbs up
FAITH over fear!

ImageMistirose
Aug 27, 2014 4:29 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
perfect! thank you! Hurray!
SCbuttercup
Sep 2, 2014 2:46 AM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
I have always used wood ashes for calcium, and never ever have blossom end rot (which is calcium problem.) plus it's free and gypsum I'm not sure how or where you buy.
ImageMistirose
Sep 2, 2014 8:58 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
hmmm I can collect ashes from when hubby smokes in the smoker. Our fp is gas. I will have to start collecting them. thank you for the tip. Gypsum is prob going to be avail at Lowe's. I haven't checked yet but its on my list next time we are there.

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