The Two Fat Guys Guide to Plants that Repel Bugs
Basil repels… flies, hornworms and mosquitoes
Borage repels… tomato worms … read more here!
The Two Fat Guys Guide to Plants that Attract
Bugs and how you can use them as “Traps”
Plant these in places that you want to draw the pests. Not too far away but strategic locations that you can monitor them. When the bad bugs attack these “trap” plants you simply… read more here!
It is easy to start your own seedlings. Here are some of the materials that we selected to make dozens of basil plants. We need plenty of basil when the tomatoes are ready. Fresh
basil and tomatoes make a great sauce. Go to the next picture to see the transformation.
Genovese basil is incredible
They start out small and expand in water.
I put two seeds in each indentation and kept them wet for a week. Here they
Outdoor Beans, Peas and Tomato
We put a tomato plant in the center and we are growing peas and beans around the trellis.
Outdoor Peas and Lettuce
The peas are beginning to climb the trellis and the lettuce is in the background. I love fresh young peas! May 21, 2013.
We lost the first batch of tomatoes to frost. The second batch are doing fine. We hope to make our own salsa, marinara sauce and even catsup. Using tomato setter will increase our yield significantly. May 21, 2013..
May 21, 2013, the blackberry bushes are going well. Can’t wait to make so blackberry wine.
It’s May 21, 2013, and the okra are popping! We will pickle them when they reach 4 inches.
Last Snow of 2013
Probably the last snow of the year. I love the view of our front yard when it snows. You can see the bamboo that we harvested. Although the view of the back yard is beautiful when it snows, I’m anxious for spring.
The Fungus Is Among Us, Get Rid of Fungus Before It Starts
There are several fungus preventers available but two natural ones use copper and sulfur. Copper will burn less. Use Sulfur if copper won’t work. The copper works well if you use it regularly to keep the fungus from establishing itself on your plants. Don’t wait until you see the fungus, use this product for prevention and maintenance.
Double Your Tomato and Pepper Product…REALLY!
Spray this product on your tomato and pepper plants when they start bud. Make sure it gets all over the buds. Most stores won’t well this because you only need half the plants! It really works! If you have limited space, this product will surprise you with all the veggies you will get on just one plant.
Stop Those Nasty Spots on Your Tomatoes!
Those nasty looking spots on tomatoes are because they are lacking calcium. Make sure and put this product in the bottom of the hole you are making for your tomato plant and don’t forget the mycorrhizal fungi.
Tea made out of Buffalo Chips???
You mix this product with aged water, rain barrel water or spring water and then use it to water your plants. They will grow like crazy. Don’t use raw tap water. There is mychorrizea in this product. The chlorine is in our city water to kill microbes (both good microbes and bad microbes). Chlorinated water will render the good microbes useless so avoid using raw city water whenever you can. Get a rain barrel.
Secret Ingredient to Growing Giant Vegetables
Mycorrhizal Fungi must be worked into the soil if you want maximum results. The fellow who grew the 2,000 pound pumpkin finally confessed that microbes was his trade secret to growing monster veggies. Mycorrhizal Fungi can turn clay into great soil in just weeks but if you have relatively good soil, microbes can turn it into rich, wonderful hummus in a short time. Mycorrhizal Fungi makes the nutrients that are already in the ground more available for the plants to utilize. It doesn’t matter how much nutrient you put down, if the plant can’t utilize it, it is a waste of time and money. Microbes are like millions of miniature workers toiling around the clock to make your plants big, healthy and delicious.
Let’s start at the beginning. If we are growing veggies in soil, we need the best. Your plants will be in this container for a long time so give them the best nutrition available and they will reward you with a lot of healthy produce. There is almost no limits as to what you can grow in a container. We will show you how to get double the tomatoes from one container plant. Fox Farm is the best potting soil available. Packed full of nutrients. Stay tuned.
We use heirloom seeds whenever we can. Typically, they have a better
resistance to disease. A lot of problems can be avoided or minimized if you
just start out with the right seeds.
Trellis for Beans and Peas
The more we find out about all the stuff that is sprayed on our food, the more we are motivated to grow more of our own food where we control the quality.
Vicki and I decided to take all the information we have on growing healthy plants and put it to good use by producing veggies that have superior quality using natural methods with the least amount of cost.
Fortunately, I planted a gallon container of bamboo twenty years ago. I didn’t appreciate how this plant spreads. Today we have a twenty foot square area of tall bamboo. My lovely wife Vicki does not appreciate the crop of huge sticks which gave me an opportunity to remove most of the bamboo and put it into good use.
You can plant peas early and they have the ability to climb so we built a trellis for them. It also saves space. We used aluminum tie wire (so it didn’t rust) to fasten the bamboo together. Now we have the support to keep the veggies off the ground and as an added bonus, I won’t have to bend down to pick them.
I plan on putting the first batch of peas out around the middle of March. Every week we will plant a new section until we have a month’s worth of good, weekly staggered, pea picking. In two months we will be harvesting the first patch of peas. After we are finished with a section we will plant beans in that spot. Now we have fresh peas for a month and their position in the garden will be taken for the production of beans. Beans are safer if they are not exposed to frost. Peas, can handle a little frost.
One trellis, two crops. Well actually I plan on four crops here. After the peas are harvested in early summer and the beans are harvested in late summer, we can reverse the process by planting a third crop of beans in early fall and end the process by planting peas as it gets cooler. The cooler the weather, the sweeter the pea.
We are an hour south of Indianapolis and blessed with an average 180 day growing season. April 28-October 28th is what the experts publish. We stretch it quite a bit longer by starting and ending with peas. Mid March through mid November. It is taking a risk but that is part of the fun of gardening. Live on the wild side.
Are you planning a garden for this year? Grocery prices are going nuts. Why not give it a try? You can get a lot of veggies from a small container planting so your garden can fit in almost any area. Big or small. We grow herbs inside year around.
Stay tuned and we will be talking about the type of veggies, why we picked them over the others along with when and where to plant the rascals.
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