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Old 6 Days Ago   #436
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The storms weren't that bad - there was a little hail and a lot of rain and wind. I did install the dragons mostly because the tomato and pepper plants were just planted 2 days ago. I would have done the same thing if the plants had been newly planted in-ground, so nothing different there.

I will always compare container growing to in-ground growing. I grew plants in-ground for most of my life. I have seen SS 100, Celebrity, and many others grow in our gardens over 8' tall and 4' around - okra that shaded me and I am 6'-1".

I expect a lot from container growing.
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Worth, glad you were spared from hail damage. Nothing more frustrating than losing plants you’ve invested time and money into.
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No hail I know of just a lot of rain.
Much needed rain.
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Here in SE La. we’re just about to get the same system that just left you folks in Texas—got the plants up against a fence, shielded by a tarp tied to fence posts & weighted @ the bottom w/cinder blocks. Hopefully this will be enough wind/hail protection. More importantly, I’m hoping that the fence doesn’t blow away!��
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Audrey17, I hope the storms turned out to not have the wind and hail. I did mean to ask you sooner. It has been a busy last couple of days.
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Post #422 (Year Two) means that it's the second year of this thread. I would like for us all to share our container gardening experiences. It happens to actually be my third year of attempting container growing, but the first year for me was a few plants that I ...really had no clue about.

Tom, thank you for sharing your pictures. They show me two things - one being an interesting way to plant in containers - the other is "any city street in the USA" Pictures I have seen of Hawaii all of life are either WW2 or tourist traps with hula dancers.
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The other thing I wanted to round up comes from another thread I started. All were in the right places, but here is where they actually belong. Everything I'm going to grow is in containers.

From the other thread:

"April can be the most erratic month of the year weather-wise here. Temperatures can vary from 30F to 90F. My father told me that he had seen it snow here in April, but I don't remember it snowing here in April. The latest freeze was May 2, but it was not official at DFW Airport - a lot of people lost their plants.

Knowing/experiencing this should tell me to find a new hobby, but I'm stubborn. Yesterday I finished making my 20 five gallon buckets of pro mix/MG/chunky perlite/10-10-10/ and others. A child's plastic wading pool was a good way to mix it all in. The buckets will be fed/watered with 4-18-38, 15.5-0-0 Calcium Nitrate, and Magnesium Sulfate. ...and rain."

The "...and rain" part used to be something I looked forward to. I still love the rain, but too much can wash away nutrients in containers. That's why I added a small amount of 10-10-10 that is distributed throughout the buckets. It may be weeks before I can water with 4-18-38, 15.5-0-0 Calcium Nitrate, and Magnesium Sulfate because rain may keep it too wet. The 4-18-38, 15.5-0-0 Calcium Nitrate, and Magnesium Sulfate is great for greenhouse growing because it doesn't rain in the greenhouse.

For us outdoors growing gardeners - we need to make our educated guess at what Mother Nature is going to provide and compensate.
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Salt,
Your very welcome. Happy Birthday !!! Your thread has brought many people to share their stories. Good or bad, we still continue to try.
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The past 3 days (Friday April 19th through Easter) I haven't done much with the plants other than monitoring them. The mix is basically perfectly wet/dry, so feeding the plants hasn't been needed. I did water the extra pepper plants still in Solo cups today and the tomato seedlings. The tomato seedlings will be potted up tomorrow (Monday) as I wrote, I got them started very late, but there's more to it than it sounds. They'll be fine.

One thing I was thinking about is that I'm a little uneasy about feeding/fertilizing young plants. I know a lot of you do, but after you read here throughout the years - you will see where others have burnt up their plants with fertilizers including organic ones. Then there is what you have witnessed. My father believed in a balanced man-made fertilizer, Fish Emulsion, and would use Agent Orange to control the weeds on the garden fence line. It worked.

Each of us uses what we read, have experienced, and just figuring it out for ourselves. Keep a positive mind, read, remember, and make it happen.
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