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krystenr1
Aug 23, 2017 10:17 AM CST
Very very novice gardener here. I recently planted beans for the first time (actually, this is the first time I've really planted anything) and am looking for advice to make sure I'm on the right track.

I planted Fin de Bagnol and Golden Wax Pencil Pod seeds that I got from Seed Savers into this wooden container, a little less than two weeks ago. As you can see, they have begun to sprout. They are both bush beans, so from what I've read I don't need to give them any sort of stake or cage, is that correct? As of right now I am watering thoroughly every morning, but not sure if I should change that watering schedule as they mature or not. They are sitting in my backyard and getting lots of bright south-facing sun here in Los Angeles. It looks to me from the speed at which they are growing that they may outgrow this container at some point?! If that's the case, should I pinch off a few? And if so, at what stage should I do that?

Any and all advice welcome! Thanks in advance!


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Name: greene
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greene
Aug 23, 2017 10:45 AM CST
Looks like you are doing very well. The plants should be just fine the way they are planted.
The only advice I can give at this point is to not handle the foliage while it is wet as that can spread disease. Keep up the good work. Thumbs up
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greene
Aug 23, 2017 10:56 AM CST
Since you are working in a container you may want to look at the spacing suggestions for square foot gardening. You can do a Google Image search using the keywords 'spacing square foot garden' and you will see lots of results showing spacing for various plants. This will help you to visualize your planter in terms of square feet (or partial square feet).
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Weedwhacker
Aug 23, 2017 7:12 PM CST
I agree with Greene's replies -- and also, although they are bush beans, I like to give mine a little support; I use cheap wire border fencing, but just some sort of stake at each end of the row and a bit of twine will help keep them in line. Smiling
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Aug 24, 2017 8:21 AM CST
Your container is deeper than 4 inches. I hope !

Dont pinch any out.
No stakes need.
I plant mine in ground.
Single row, one seed every 2inches and let them all grow. Thumbs up

Ownce they get a few true leaves, cut back on water. Let top 2 inches of soil dry some. They'll let you know if they get to dry.

And ! Remember !
Gardening, is a learning curve 😁.

Your doing great !!! Hurray!
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krystenr1
Aug 24, 2017 12:19 PM CST
Philipwonel said:Your container is deeper than 4 inches. I hope !

Dont pinch any out.
No stakes need.
I plant mine in ground.
Single row, one seed every 2inches and let them all grow. Thumbs up

Ownce they get a few true leaves, cut back on water. Let top 2 inches of soil dry some. They'll let you know if they get to dry.

And ! Remember !
Gardening, is a learning curve 😁.

Your doing great !!! Hurray!
😎😎😎


Thanks so much this is really helpful! My container is much deeper than 4 inches, yes!! I'm so excited about these beans, you have no idea. Thanks for your advice.
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Aug 24, 2017 4:14 PM CST
Nice bed you got there Kry !
I'm a mellow fellow.
Don't like to give brief answers.
I'm glad to help.
I'm excited for you to. Hurray!
I just love growing vegetables.
Plus ! Helping others. 😁😁😁
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krystenr1
Aug 24, 2017 5:48 PM CST
Here's a more recent picture! Growing fast!

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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Aug 25, 2017 8:04 AM CST
That is a pretty bed box Kry !😁!
If ya haven't sealed it. I sure would.

Ya do have good drainage holes in it, right ?

Another thing !!!!!!!!!
With container gardening. While plants are young. You don't want to water till water runs out bottom. Top can be dry and bottom sopping wet. Just water as deep as needed.
Use a bamboo BBQ skrew. Stick it down and see where wet.
Sopping wet bottom will dround roots. Trick is to water only as deep as needed.

They do grow fast.
I see some still coming up.
Funny thing when ya plant in summer. They germinate slow and less than if planted in spring.

Some seeds will just lay there in soil till next spring. I guess there just saying to themselfs : AH ! Its to hot, i'm gonna wait till next spring. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Hay !!! Sounds good to me. Shrug!

Grow On Thumbs up
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krystenr1
Aug 25, 2017 9:19 AM CST
I didn't seal the container, no. Should I have? It doesn't have drainage holes, but the slats on the bottom are spaced fairly widely so water can definitely run through.
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Aug 25, 2017 3:04 PM CST
# 1. You dont need to water seal outside.

# 2. Water needs to excape from bottom of bed. You don't want water standing at bottom of bed, for any plants.
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krystenr1
Aug 26, 2017 1:58 AM CST
Just noticed this discoloration today. What does it mean?

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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Aug 26, 2017 7:42 AM CST
Oh Crud Kry !πŸ˜•!
You used a good soil mix and haven't give them a full strenght fertilizer mix, i'm i right ?
Then probably over/under watering.
I say overwatering. Let top 2 inches of soil dry some.
I also bet bottom of soil is sopping wet. Get some shims under bed so excess water can drain out.
THATS ! ESSENTIAL !!!!!!!!!
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krystenr1
Aug 26, 2017 9:13 AM CST
Yeah, I used an organic vegetable soil and no fertilizer. Yesterday I put a wooden stake into the soil all the way down to check for moisture and it came out dry in two places. I will get some shims though!

Would you say I could switch to watering every other day? It's in south-facing sun and they seem to dry out fast! This sun even sunburns my succulents sometimes!
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Aug 26, 2017 2:21 PM CST
Don't buy no shims. Improvise. Leftover scraps, think outside the box. 😁

Good checking soil wetness Thumbs up .
Water them till water comes out bottom.

Raised bed dries out faster.
Sun reflecting of wall and tile, increases temp.
Plus heat were having.
They may need to be watered everyday. Till temps drop some.
Succulents burning !
Maybe get a bamboo screen or make a shade out of shadecloth, to put on west end of patio, when temps get high.
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krystenr1
Aug 26, 2017 3:49 PM CST
Okay I'll try just putting it on some wooden casters I have, that will lift it off the ground and then I can also move it around if necessary Smiling

It's only that single one that is yellowing, so I think I'll just pinch that one off, since I'll have to thin them out anyways.


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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Aug 26, 2017 4:36 PM CST
Thin that one out. The rest i'd leave. They look to be about 2 inches apart. Thats perfect spacing.

Hurray! !!! Castors !!! GREAT IDEAL. Thumbs up

Are you like me ? " I'm gonna save this or that ! I'll, use it for something, someday. "
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krystenr1
Aug 26, 2017 6:31 PM CST
I actually threw way more seeds than recommended in there and assume I'd need to thin out. You think this is okay?
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Aug 27, 2017 2:48 PM CST
I think so. You may want to fertilize a little more often. Say every 3 wks instead of 4wks. Get the ideal. You are doing pertty much square foot gardening.

Or ?πŸ˜•? Ha. Ha. Ha. πŸ‘Ή
Do you remember Bill Nye the science guy ?
A girlfriend of mine, sings to me : phil phil the science guy. And she's pertty much on target. I like to experiment in garden.
You could experiment too !
Thin half your bed, leave other side as is. See if one side produces better than other.
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krystenr1
Aug 27, 2017 3:30 PM CST
Okay awesome! When do you begin fertilizing and what kind of fertilizer do you use?

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