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Asked by
devongibson1 on
October 14, 2016
Surprise Arizona

Q. soil and vegetable planting

I am new to gardening and planting. Over the last month I purchased some soil here locally which was just not good. It held way too much moisture, I found, for planting in containers. I have since over the last week, had to toss out quite a large amount of money on this soil and the mold it caused to my seedlings. I recently purchased Vermiculite, Peat moss and Perlite and replanted everything. My question: is it possible to grow vegetables in containers with just using these three items and using a fertilizer (liquid fish fertilizer) every 3-4 weeks? And if Neem oil is safe on these plants to deal with mold on the leaves or whitefly problems?

Red/green bell peppers
jalapenos
red onions
green onions
beets
radish
chard
collards
squash
zucchini
lettuce
kale

Thank you kindly and God bless you all for helping.
K. Hopson.

Answered by
Alisma on
October 14, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Yes, seedlings can be started in a soil-free mix. An alternative to what you've proposed is a commercial mix that is specifically intended for starting seedlings.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/soilless-growing-mediums.htm

Liquid fish fertilizer is a good choice for seedlings and should be applied starting when the seedlings develop their first true leaf (besides the initial two cotyledons or seed leaves).

Neem oil may not be safe for young seedlings, so prevention is the best option for diseases and insects. Check the moisture on the tray often: keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy to prevent mold. If you see any mold, decrease watering.

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Asked by
Roger Opie on
November 25, 2016
TR15 1RG

Q. making my own growbag for tomatoes

I have a question. I want to make my own growbags to grow tomatoes next year in the greenhouse.
I have a horse manure pile in the garden [hopefully composting down] and have collected a few large bags of leafs which have gone over with the lawnmower [to make smaller] and put in black bags in the garden. I realize there is more to it than meets the eye [certain pH of the soil, etc]. Can you help, please?

Kind Regards
Roger

Answered by
Roger Opie on
November 25, 2016
A.

Appreciate any ideas please

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Asked by
sharonla on
December 5, 2016
Scituate, RI

Q. Planting a vegetable garden container

Planting a vegetable garden in off-the-ground container. I am wondering if an old oil tank cut in half, legs on the ground, could be used as a container for a small vegetable garden. Has anyone ever done this with success? If so, what needs to be done to prepare the half tank?

Answered by
Alisma on
December 6, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

The most important thing would be to clean out the tank thoroughly to make sure no oil residue remains on the surface. If the tank is plastic, it may not be possible to clean it thoroughly enough, since the plastic may have absorbed oil. In any case, you should line the tank with a plastic raised bed liner before adding the soil, to prevent the plants from absorbing any toxins.

Other than this, look over the raised bed articles on the site, such as the following, to learn about soil options, etc:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/best-soil-raised-garden-beds.htm

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