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Chester, MD
ojust4today
Jun 2, 2020 6:00 AM CST
I am in the process of planing my first garden. I am very excited to begin this chapter and have been motivated by covid to do so. I have spent lots of time reading, watching youtube and asking my Grandma is very knowledgeable about gardening for all the tips and tidbits I can get from her.

Maryland Zone 7B
Just to give you all a slight back ground. I did my plants indoors in March. We has a few back to back frost. Therefore, I had to transplant my seedlings to larger pots. Finally last week I was able to get them planted. We are doing raised beds and I have not did a soil test because we brought dirt into the beds. I'm using topsoil, peat moss, composted manure and broken down chips for the beds.

Q.1 My question is I was just at the garden checking everything out and everything is blooming like crazy. The squash and cucumbers especially. I was wondering is it to soon for this much blooming. My concern is the roots may not have adapted to the space and all the flowering will take away from that happening. Did I wait to late to plant and that is why my plants are flowering the way they are. I have not seen one bee in the area and it is my understanding that pollination has to occur for these plants to be able to grow.

Q2. I ended up planting seeds when I was unaware of the spring fall cool weather crops. I planted cauliflower and cabbage. It gets pretty hot here in zone7. Most summer days above 85+. I did not put these in the garden because I was not sure what to do. I have a separate place for these plants not in the raised beds. The plants look good and healthy. There are about 20 of them in all. What should I do about planting them.

Q3. I have 10+ spinach plants still not planted in medium size pots. They look great. Should I plant them in the raised beds, garden bed or I have a few huge planters. The garden area is full sun and I was not sure if that would be good for the spinach. My lettuce indoor seedlings all died. Can I plant these at this point in time in zone 7 or is it to late to start lettuce? If I Can where should I plant lettuce?

Q.4 Last One..... My husband did our raised beds super small. They are approxiamately a foot in width and 10ft in length. Each has a trellis arch and we are using these beds for all vining plants. There may or may not be 6-8 in inches of soil in depth where the plants are located with ground underneath. We did not kill the grass so these plants were planted above the grass. What kind of fertilizer do you suggest and how often for plants that do not have the amount of dirt they need to be super successful?

Thanks in advance for anyone who takes the time to answer and help me with the questions I have.


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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jun 2, 2020 7:01 AM CST
I never worry about blooms.
I figure the plant knows what it's doing.

cool season plants?
I would plant them, and try to consume them before the heat kills them.

The heat is already affecting my cool season plants. the turnips were a compleat loss, but I'm cooking a lot of chard and kale... I'm making spinach omelettes almost daily... yummy.

lettuce?
I wouldn't bother... While it might grow, it would be likely to be bitter.
I grow talinum paniculatum as a lettuce substitute... never gets bitter...

fertilizer?
I use compost/manure.
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Chester, MD
ojust4today
Jun 2, 2020 7:21 AM CST
stone said:I never worry about blooms.
I figure the plant knows what it's doing.

cool season plants?
I would plant them, and try to consume them before the heat kills them.

The heat is already affecting my cool season plants. the turnips were a compleat loss, but I'm cooking a lot of chard and kale... I'm making spinach omelettes almost daily... yummy.

lettuce?
I wouldn't bother... While it might grow, it would be likely to be bitter.
I grow talinum paniculatum as a lettuce substitute... never gets bitter...

fertilizer?
I use compost/manure.


Ok, good to know about the substitute.

When you use compost manure as fertilizer how do you use it for the plants that are already planted. Just add it on the top of the dirt that is already being used?

Thanks for all the answers!

Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jun 2, 2020 7:25 AM CST
yup... just top-dress the beds.... the compost fertilizes when watered or rained on, and helps to keep the soil moist while preventing weed germination... of course... any seeds in the compost are likely to grow... bonus veggies!

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