My first garden troubles

Discussion in 'Fruit and Vegetable Gardening' started by Lostmind, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. catmarg

    catmarg Member

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    Wow, thanks for all of the great tips everyone. This was my first garden as well. While I fared better than Lostmind, I did have some similar problems. I had the most success with pole beans and tomatoes. I found that planting Basil with the tomatos helped keep the pests away and the basil grew very well. I found that I had to pull of the "sucker" branches on the tomatos to keep the fruit from getting covered by the drying leaves.

    The pole beans were quite unruly and many times I had a leaning tower of beans. I felt like I needed to climb into the plants to get at the beans all twisted up. Next year I will use a arched trellis!! I know now to pick them when they are slim and small for the best right off the vine flavour.

    I didn't have to fertilise the zuccihni, but did have the same fungus problem. Perhaps having some other flowers about the garden to attract the bees works. I had lots of bees. My cilantro also didn't fare well, but I did get some home made salsa out of it. Yum.

    Any tips for growing vigorous Rosemary. Mine seemed to grow very slowly. Is this normal?
     
  2. Dave-Florida

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    I'm surprised that rosemary would even grow in a cold-winter location like Ottawa. In Florida (and also in Portland, Oregon), it likes well-drained sites and sun. Growth, at least here in Florida, seems slow fast and plants may or may not be long-lived.
     

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