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April 17, 2018, 12:08 pmContainer garden [cool at night]

Cool temps at night are raising he!! with the pepper plants.
Been down in the low 50s
Best Weather for Peppers


Last Edited: April 17, 2018, 12:09 pm

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April 14, 2018, 1:14 pmContainer garden [update]

When I done the transplanting in the ground boxes recently I removed all the wire and screen covering on the ground boxes. I looked over the back fence yesterday and that critter is back digging up a couple ground boxes. So screw it, I am not going to bother with the ground boxes over the back fence. To hard for me to get around with my bad hip and arthritis using a cane to mess with that sh!t back there. Let them go and I can water them when needed using my 100 foot hose without going around to the back. Get anything out of the ground boxes will not need that many trips around to the back to get what grows for eatin.

The vegetables on the deck containers seem to be doing well except for the cuke transplants which appear to be dying off. Will need to do something about that.

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April 10, 2018, 11:11 amContainer garden [Ferlizer content]

Went out Sunday afternoon after the rain stopped. The container mix was real moist and checked the ferlizerBig Grin content in all containers showing it was a bit low.
Monday [yesterday] I went out after the rain shower and put what I thought was an appropriate amount of ferlizerBig Grin in each container including the ground boxes.
Just went out today [Tuesday] and checked the fertility in the deck containers and it appears the fertility level has increased to a satisfactory level. Had more rain showers last night to help soak in the ferlizerBig Grin.

So far all the plants look healthy and growing nicely.

Still have my chimneys [cages] to make for some of the plants.

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April 10, 2018, 9:32 amContainer garden [moisture content]

Just went out about an hour ago to check the containers for moisture content. We have had overcast skies and rain the last couple days. So I wanted to check on the drainage of the containers.

Moisture level gauge was mostly on high moist.
temperatures at 40 to 50 degrees at night and currently at 52 degrees this hour.
Light meter shows about 400 lumen's.

So with the temperature and sunlight lumen's I would consider the container drainage satisfactory. Could be my percentage formula for the perlite on bottom section of the wooden containers and vermiculite percentage on the top half looks satisfactory. The five gallon buckets with just vermiculite was in high moist.

At least the gauge did not jump up to the wet portion of the meter gauge.

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April 10, 2018, 7:29 amWe Fight...

We Fight…


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April 7, 2018, 8:02 pmContainer garden [the total cost to date]

From 08/01/17 to 04/04/18 the cost according to my receipts came to a total of $681.92

I ended up with seven wooden containers 16 x 16 x 16 inches deep with container mix.
One elevated wooden container about 3 feet x 4 feet x 8 inches deep with container mix.
One elevated wooden container about 4 feet x 6 feet x 6 inches deep. Which is now used for the 2 1/2 gallon pails.
Five five gallon pails with container mix.
Five ground boxes over back fence about 16 inches square with soil.
About 25 pails 2 1/2 gallons each with container mix.
Assorted other supplies.

No expansion planned so now it is just a matter of planting and tending to the vegetable and flower plants. Which are already planted in all containers.
No doubt there will be something for a fall crop here in South Carolina.

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April 6, 2018, 7:49 pmContainer garden [update: the marigolds]

I thought this morning on what to do with those two six packs of marigolds I purchased the other day. I already had one 2 1/2 gallon pail with one marigold plant in the center of the pail. I decided to add four more marigolds to that one pail. Two of one color and two of the other color. Wanted to set the pail up with a lot of bloom to have ready for the one hook on the shepherds pole in the front yard that contains a viola plant that I expect to die off after this bloom.

The remaining eight plants I took and planted in the four wooden containers containing the tomato plants. Two plants in each container.

I also read awhile ago about planting flowers in the vegetable garden for pest control. I looked up marigolds this morning and found this article.

Using Marigolds Around Plants – Do Marigolds Keep Bugs Away


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April 6, 2018, 5:51 pmContainer garden [update]

I had a couple 2 1/2 gallon pails available with potting mix in them.  A viola plant died off and the bunching onions did not come up in the other bucket. I decided to go and get a couple pepper plants today at Home Depot garden center and spotted these peppers. I do not ever remember seeing purple peppers. These should go very nicely in my 2 1/2 gallon pails.
I just pulled up the info on them and I am quite excited about the random purchase. Especially the size of the plant to fit the pails and thrives in southern climates.Hurray!



Purple Bell Sweet Pepper
"Plant size: 18 to 24 inches tall, 18 to 20 inches wide"
"This pepper tolerates high heat and humidity and thrives in Southern gardens."

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April 4, 2018, 7:39 pmContainer garden [update]

Done some work today on finishing my transplanting, straight eight cukes in one container I talked about, sweet million tomato plant replacement I talked about last post, one curly parsley I purchased that had about 4 or 5 plants in it [ I like fresh parsley in my stirabouts]. Looked for an oregano plant today while at Lowes and did not see any.

Picked up two six packs of marigolds today while out. Figure out something for those tomorrow.

Around five PM I got my snips out and harvested a few aragula leaves, a few spinach leaves, and a few red leaf lettuce leaves. Took them in and washed them up and added a couple green lettuce leaves from the bunch in the frig I purchased. Chopped that up and added some Parmesan cheese mixing in some zesty Italian. Delicious.Smiley

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April 3, 2018, 8:49 pmContainer garden [update]

Went to Loews and purchased one tomato plant that bears yellow regular size fruit and one sweet cherry tomato plant plus one container of yellow straight neck squash plus one container of parsley plants. Made up one bucket containing five gallons and one bucket that contains 4 1/4 gallons. planted my maters in those and when I was done transplanting the tomatoes I noticed the sweet cherry plants main stem was bent over and half broke. SOaB. Now I will need to go tomorrow and buy a replacement sweet cherry plant. Plus I am going to purchase a container of straight eight cukes. Not satisfied with the cuke box I put seeds in. Get R Done.

Took the container of straight neck squash out back to the ground boxes and split the container in half making two hills of straight neck squash.
The melon box seeds did not show. I had purchased a six pack of tomato big boy plants and only used two plants in my deck containers. So rather than throw the extra away I transplanted three of the tomato plants in the melon ground box and tossed the remaining plants over my shoulder into the drainage ditch that is near the ground boxes. If those maters produce anything will be a plus. Only have a strip of lawn back there about eight feet wide which we keep mowed to keep wild critters from living in the tall grass if we did not mow it. Seen a turtle in the drainage ditch one time. Did not check to see if it was a snapper or not.

Used up all my potting mix and all the vermiculite. Have enough containers now. That sh!t costs money, I have spent enough back there. I have all my receipts from when I started last year and will tally them up.

I do not smoke anymore [quit ten years ago] or drink alcohol [quit that 20 years ago]. So no big loss of money for a hobby back there.

But I sure do like my Stokers long cut tobacco. I use more than a pinch i will tell you. Reminds me when I quit smoking I was trying different types of chew tobacco and that canned stuff. Leaf tobacco was not that bad as I chewed it before but that snuff type tobacco is a different story. I put some of that snuff type tobacco between my cheek and gum and I will tell you that stuff knocked me on my ass. Things started spinning around. got dizzy and sick to my stomach.Puke  Took me a few days to get used to that stuff. Take a gob of that now between my cheek and gum is like candy to a kid.Big Grin

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April 3, 2018, 9:13 amContainer garden [update]

Been working on purchasing flower and vegetable plants and transplanting them. The seeds in the ground boxes are not sprouting except for two soyas that sprouted in one ground box. Those ground boxes dry out quick too. Purchased zucchini and straight neck squash plants and transplanted the straight necks in two ground boxes by separating the plants in the one container. They had about six plants in one container. I thought six was a bit much for one hill [ground box]. Planted the zucchini in a five gallon bucket as I ran out of deck containers. I also made up two five gallon buckets with an eggplant in each one. Put the three five gallon buckets on the deck sitting on a pallet I modified for the bucket sizes.

Going out today and purchasing one more zucchini and put that in a ground box. Also going to pick up some herb plants. I already purchased a rosemary plant and put that in one of my vacant 2 1/2 gallon pails.

See what else they have for the extra ground boxes that are not sprouting.

Should be done with the transplanting this week. Except maybe over the summer I may need a flower replacement now and then. The violas I planted last year have/are reaching the end of their cycle and dying off. I am not going to play nurse maid to plants. Just replace with new plants.

Last Edited: April 3, 2018, 9:20 am

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March 26, 2018, 9:58 amContainer garden [update]

Heading on over to Home Depot sometime today. Going to pick up a garden meter for checking moisture level and what not. Use it to check on whether I have the right mixture on perlite and vermiculite for proper drainage in top and bottom portion.


Also going to pick up the bolt cutters to cut the concrete wire mesh to make the plant chimneys [cages]


Needed to order both items online for delivery to the store as they were not in stock at the store.

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March 25, 2018, 7:59 pmContainer garden [update]

Not much has changed since last post on container garden. Still cold and most of the seeds planted have not sprouted.

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March 18, 2018, 10:36 pmContainer garden [update]

Went out today and watered the plants and watered the boxes with seed planted in them.
Have a tomato plant sprouted in one of the three inch pots with the test starting mix [ 1/3 garden sand, 1/3 mushroom compost, 1/3 vermiculite ].
Planted about 12 or 13 seeds in one pail with radishes and one pail with bunching onions. Two of the pails that had dead flower plants in them. Might as well get something to eat out of the pail containers.
My radishes I planted earlier have radish bulbs forming. Have maybe twelve radish plants that came up on that side of the 3 x 6 elevated bin. I tore the other side out for the six red leaf lettuce.

Finished another good book last night. Oregon Country by T J Hanson, the story of the 1843 Oregon trail migration. Mostly all factual with maybe four fictional characters to give an accounting of actual facts. Quite an interesting book.

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March 17, 2018, 10:20 amContainer garden [update]

Just went out and checked the container mix soil temp and it is at 60 degrees. Scratched up the Bush Crop cuke seeds yesterday that is in the wooden deck container and found one seed that had not germinated yet but did not look like it was starting to rot. Probably when the soil temp gets up to germination temp they may sprout. The seeds in my ground boxes behind the fence could also germinate when they get the signal from mother nature. Probably seeds in their natural environment that has dropped from the previous year stay dormant without damage to the seeds until the next year when the soil temp sends the signal to germinate for the next growing season. That sounds reasonable as we see new growth every spring in the natural environment from previous years seed drop.

The plants my daughter gave me, lettuce, kale and spinach I transplanted are doing fine. My radishes I planted are doing fine. Tore up half of my radishes in the 3x4 elevated bin to make room for the six lettuce plants. Figured I can buy radishes at the market for something like $0.90 cents a bunch. Get more value wise by having the six lettuce plants. Figure my growing space according to dollar value of what can be produced with my vegetable selection and preference.

Thinking of putting a ground box next to the deck to plant some Japanese eggplant. We like eggplant parm once in awhile. Japanese eggplant is touted to have nice flavor and stands up to hot weather.

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