racerttx wrote:impressive tedln,
looks like a very nice setup, I'm so jealous at how much room you have. i would like to make my trellis system similar to how you have yours next time. we fish Ray Bob all the time since its so close. are bugs a problem for you out there? doing any heirloom tomatoes? what do you add to the soil to get it the way you like it? what about ferts (if any) and pest control?
I think my bugs are probably similar to most gardeners. I have plenty of predatory bugs to control them though. Lots of lady bugs and assassin bugs do the job for me.
I hate to tell this, but since I don't want to dig holes in other places for soil, I buy those cheap bags of dirt at Home depot and then amend it with composted sawdust/horse manure. Since the area around here is "horse" country, there is a good supply of compost available. Most people hate the Home Depot soil, but I've used it with success for many years in raised beds and containers. With the compost, I rarely need additional fertilizer. If I do, I have used commercial 10-10-10 in the past. Next spring and possibly this winter, I will start using aereated compost tea instead of commercial fertilizer.
I've just finished building a 30' X 4' raised bed for spring onions. I have seeded the bed for fall veggies, but will plant 400 onions in it in February. I will leave room for my regular tomato plantings plus an equal number of heirloom tomatoes. We are fortunate to have D&L farm and ranch supply in our area. I went there last week and talked with their nursery manager who gave me a list of the heirloom seedlings they will have available. They also have all the organic products available if you wish to grow organically or make organic teas. They also have a good bulk seed selection. They plan on reworking their seed area this winter and adding varieties people have been asking for. I went to the D&L in Aubrey, you have a D&L close to you on 377.