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Old June 20th, 2021, 10:56 AM #131
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Who has a mini tiller or cultivator for between rows? Looking for a recommendation before buying some junk.
Or you can rent 1 from Home Depot.
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Fabric Pots, Grow Bags

I thought I would share my experience with fabric pots this year. For the last ten years, I have done raised beds, planters and large ceramic pots to grow just about everything. The raised beds were fine but the deer, rabbits and other critters are always a battle since the beds are away from the house. Watering further away was also more time consuming. Big planters have been fine for tomatoes, spinach and herbs but just about everything else has done fair at best or just died.

This year I have experimented with fabric pots and they have done incredibly well so far. I do need to water more often, daily when hot, but other then that, these grow bags have been great.

5 gallon for herbs, onions and garlic (garlic is the only plants not flourishing), 10 gallon for peppers and 20 gallon for potatoes and carrots. The larger bags are more difficult to move around and I suspect it will be a two person job to dump the bags to harvest the potatoes and carrots.

There are many bag manufacturers out there but VivoSun has a good variety of sizes, handles are very sturdy (don't buy bags without handles) and these bags should last for years. Even the big bags are $4.00 to $5.00 each so it's reasonable.

https://vivosun.com/collections/best...33356369297453

[IMG]Potatoes and carrots by Speed Freak, on Flickr[/IMG]

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[IMG]Eggplant by Speed Freak, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Carrots by Speed Freak, on Flickr[/IMG]

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My tomatoes are looking better than I expected, I got large oaks and a lot of shade
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We have one of these.. it works great, but not for a big garden.
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My tomatoes are looking really fantastic so far, but I’m sure there will be challenges to come. My brussels sprouts got hammered this week by moth caterpillars, hopefully not beyond saving. Peppers, corm, cucumbers, and zucchini all still young, fingers crossed. Pictures of the tomatoes and sprouts are from last Friday.
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We have one of these.. it works great, but not for a big garden.
True. But he was looking for something between the rows.
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2021 garlic harvest completed. This year all my garlic was grown from cloves from last year’s harvest! I have attained self sufficiency wrt garlic.
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2021 garlic harvest completed. This year all my garlic was grown from cloves from last year’s harvest! I have attained self sufficiency wrt garlic.
How long was that garlic in the ground? Could you have left it in longer for larger bulbs?
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How long was that garlic in the ground? Could you have left it in longer for larger bulbs?
That garlic was planted last October. I could have left it in the ground 1 maybe 2 more weeks but I will be on travel next week and who knows what the weather will bring in two weeks. It might be too soggy then whereas today the soil was very cooperative. I rather harvest a little early than a little late so that there are more intact wrappers and the shelf life is longer.
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That garlic was planted last October. I could have left it in the ground 1 maybe 2 more weeks but I will be on travel next week and who knows what the weather will bring in two weeks. It might be too soggy then whereas today the soil was very cooperative. I rather harvest a little early than a little late so that there are more intact wrappers and the shelf life is longer.
I don't have a root cellar but I do have an area in the basement that is dark, cool and dry. I never seem to be able to keep my garlic past Thanksgiving and rarely Christmas. What is your shelf life as you have a good amount of garlic.
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