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ATP Podcast #58: Preparing for Summer, and Garden Design

By dave
May 29, 2014

With Memorial Day behind us, summer is sort of, kind of, well, is it officially here? Let's say yes. So with summer upon us, it's time to summerize our gardens! We'll talk about our best tips on getting your garden in tip top shape for the coming hot and dry months of summer. Also, Trish will share some great tips on planning a garden design. There is a bonus video attached to the show notes, showing our tomatoes.

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
May 29, 2014 7:52 PM CST
Dave and Trish - Enjoyed the podcast! Lots of good information for summer gardening! I sure wished I had a good eye for artistic planning of my yard. I am working on making it pleasing to the eye, but it is such a challenge! Do we have any landscapers on ATP that could give some of us suggestions if we posted photos or a video link of what our yards currently look like?

I would love to see the children's tomato garden (either in video or photos)! Mexico Midgets get that tall???

What is the raised garden bed a photo of that you posted with this postcast? Looks lush whatever you have growing in it!

Also.... I would love to see a photo of Jon's 10' x 10' key-hole bed! Maybe you or Jon could take a photo and post it? This is a "square" bed? Does it have a center area for adding food waste for composting/organic fertilizing? I am really curious about this. Always looking for ideas and I am determined to have at least 1 key-hole raised garden in my yard. I never considered a square key-hole raised bed. I thought anything over 6' in diameter was not as efficient for the keyhole concept?

I look forward to seeing how Jon's hybridizing and seedlings turn out in the future! I hope he gets some keepers from the seeds I sent him as well as the hybridizing that he is currently doing. I have tape on my scapes, too, but mine is for IDing purposes right now. I am probably not going to do any hybridizing this year because I am waiting on the new seedlings to bloom and that probably won't happen until next year. Keep Jon away from the Lily Auction! LOL! I really have to show some restraint when I browse the latest auctions at any given time (and I only purchase seeds on that auction).

Trish - Did you know that carrots are butterfly host plants for the Black Swallowtail butterflies? So carrots absolutely DO belong in a butterfly garden!

Those photos of Katie feeding the cow carrots is too cute! I think the cow would follow her anywhere! Thumbs up
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
May 30, 2014 8:18 AM CST

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Yeah we call our raised bed designs keyhole beds because they are in that shape but they aren't true keyhole beds like you may have seen.

Here's some photos of Jon's bed:

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Seedlings:

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Jon has indeed already spent money at the lily auction. So many great daylilies to buy!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
May 30, 2014 11:42 AM CST

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I added a video of the mexico midgets to the article!

http://garden.org/ideas/view/dave/1930/ATP-Podcast-58-Prepar...
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
May 30, 2014 9:11 PM CST
Ohhhhh! Jon's raised beds are actually U-shaped beds. And there isn't a compost area in the center of it like the key-hole beds in Africa. Now I can understand perfectly how Jon is growing his daylilies! Looks like his seedlings are up and going strong! Best of luck to him! Thanks for those photos, Dave! A picture is worth a thousand words!

I can not get over the size of those Mexican Midgets! Holy Cow! Great video explaining the tomatoe's growth! Opened my eyes to how big those tomato plants can actually get! Very cool! Thanks for doing that video for all interested!

My only question .... what exactly are the kids feeding those tomato plants to get them THAT big?????? Rolling on the floor laughing Thumbs up
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
May 31, 2014 7:25 AM CST

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Lots of compost, and vermicompost tea!
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
May 31, 2014 1:14 PM CST
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Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
Jun 1, 2014 12:36 AM CST
Great podcast! Very enjoyable, informative, and entertaining! I just can’t believe how far along all of your growies are.
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As you can see my mexico midgets, and kelloggs breakfast are WAY WAY behind you alls. I hated to lay down the Sluggo, but I wouldn’t have had any tomato plants left if I hadn’t. What a contrast our two photos are Rolling on the floor laughing

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Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Jun 1, 2014 6:35 AM CST

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Well, at least there is a lot of growing left in the season! Thumbs up
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Jun 1, 2014 6:37 AM CST
I wonder how the Mexico Midgets hold up in the heat of summer? I don't have the rich soil that your kids do, unfortunately.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jun 1, 2014 6:57 AM CST

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They do very well in heat. They continue to perform into the summer long after most of the other tomatoes have quit.
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Jun 1, 2014 8:11 AM CST
Oh good!!! Right up my alley! Now if I can just beat the bugs to pick them ripe before the insect have a feast! Sticking tongue out
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