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June 02, 2008

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meg

Grow, babies, grow!

Janet Szabo

I send you good gardening thoughts from Montana, another place where gardening is, um, challenging. Rock on!

Cathy

Good luck! You are welcome to come out and see my gardens anytime. I have the same soil.

Nancy J

I highly suggest you tie the tomato cages to the rail. Also, feed your plants...fish emulsion or whatever someone more organically minded than I might suggest. The potted plants need food with their water.

Joanne

Cathy's gardens (and spinning) are worth seeing! Now, on to cheap gardening tricks...compost. Do you compost already? If not, start your own compost pile, and make rich soil on your own. Those tea bags, coffee grounds, and veggie leftovers should go somewhere good. #2. Bags of composted manure or a friend with animals...Either is inexpensive or free. You can actually buy a bag of composted manure, rip it open, and plant in it. Not ideal for greens you'd eat raw, but ok for most everything else. Cheap, and a slow and steady way to improve your soil and whole garden over the years. As you probably know, friends with horses, cows, or camelids are worth cultivating for this reason. :) #3. Small is good. Work on nurturing those tomatoes at a small level, even consider a bit of shade for them on occasion, if the sun and dry weather gets to be too much. I will be rooting for you! (pun intended!)

Deborah Robson

We've got compost, and the tie-to-deck instinct, thus reinforced, will be allowed to take over. The deck railing is on the downwind side of the pots, so with ties in place everything should be pretty stable. The tomato cages are currently wrapped, as well, to reduce some potential wind damage and maybe temper any hail we get in the next little bit, until the plants get used to their pots and reach their roots out into the new soil.

I just came home from the greenhouse with the marigolds!

Kris

I'll bring you down some of the pre-composted goodies from up here. The tomatoes and basil and marigolds will adore it, and it actually helps retain a bit of moisture.
The polymer beads are available in bulk over on Mulberry...
Another trick is to put pebbles in the top of the pots, to help slow evaporation. Cover the soil with pebbles, and they keep the soil warm and retard evaporation!

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