Vegetables and Fruit forum: Vegetables Planted!...Now What?

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TheGoodSoil
May 28, 2017 2:46 PM CST
Hello all from a brand new gardener! Last week, I planted cucumbers, tomatoes, squash and peppers and I want to see them produce. I used Daddy Pete's planting soil when planting on sandy Carolina dirt. I also fertilized them with "Schultz Flower and Vegetable" extended feed. Currently I'm watering them every morning and so far so good.

What now? Any tips/suggestions for a newbie?
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Weedwhacker
May 28, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @NC_P .

It sounds like you're off to a good start -- with sandy soil you'll need to keep up the watering, and your plants will probably benefit from additional fertilizer (and/or the addition of compost) as the season progresses. Keep up with weeding, and keep an eye out for signs of insect pests and other problems (mildew, yellow leaves, plants wilting, and so on). Mulching can help retain moisture in the soil as well as slowing the weeds down.

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TheGoodSoil
May 29, 2017 5:57 AM CST
Thanks for the tips, @weedwhacker!

I'm thinking of adding a layer of topsoil as well. Would that be good?
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stone
May 29, 2017 3:16 PM CST
Are you in the Sandhills?
Or... Is there clay under your sand?

I would advise against "topsoil".
In Macon, Georgia... "topsoil" is nothing more than damp sand.

Purchasing a truckload of that.... Is a waste of time and money.

At my house in the Sandhills, I bring in horse poop, and woodchips, and whatever else I can get free.

I know someone that has some old round bales of hay... When I can catch him at home... He will get out the tractor and load a bale or two on my truck.... Perfect for mulch, but it don't go far.

I would not water daily.

At my house... My veggies might not do bettern monthly... In the drought!

I think that it's better to work on the soil's moisture retention, than to dump valuable drinking water on the sand.

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TheGoodSoil
May 29, 2017 6:04 PM CST
stone said:Are you in the Sandhills?
Or... Is there clay under your sand?

I would advise against "topsoil".
In Macon, Georgia... "topsoil" is nothing more than damp sand.

Purchasing a truckload of that.... Is a waste of time and money.

At my house in the Sandhills, I bring in horse poop, and woodchips, and whatever else I can get free.

I know someone that has some old round bales of hay... When I can catch him at home... He will get out the tractor and load a bale or two on my truck.... Perfect for mulch, but it don't go far.

I would not water daily.

At my house... My veggies might not do bettern monthly... In the drought!

I think that it's better to work on the soil's moisture retention, than to dump valuable drinking water on the sand.



Thanks for the info @stone. My fear is that not watering them daily (if it didn't rain of course) is that they'd dry up in this direct hot sunlight we've been getting. Nit positive about the soil but it seems it's just sandy as we're near the beach.
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Name: stone
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stone
May 30, 2017 3:46 PM CST
While the plants may dry out, allowing stuff to die is in itself a learning experience.

in the weather we're having this spring, watering is clearly unnecessary... and... near the shore, you will be getting breezes and a LOT of additional squalls due to your proximity to the ocean.

all you really need to do is build moisture & nutrient retention.

I try to do some of that with permaculture ideas...

Ie; the existing vegetation should never be dismissed as "weeds", but recognized for what it tells us about the soil's fertility, and... many of the existing plants actually help in soil building and insect control.

If the bugs would rather eat the "weeds" than the vegetables... that is helpful. If the existing plants help prevent hours spent hoeing, that is labour saved... If the plants bring up nutrients that the veggies can't reach... that's useful... also.
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Philipwonel
Jun 5, 2017 10:50 AM CST
Welcome! I agree with Stone.
Mulch compost leaves straw (not hay) wood clips etc. On top, cools soil, retains moisture, and enriches soil. Pretty much as you can get. Keep adding on top every year without working under and you have a no-till garden. Read up on no-till gardening. Its the way to go !!!
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