Planting Boxes

flyinroom

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Local to the DR?

The plant or the purchase?
The plant is native to South America, used frequently throughout Southeast Asia and the tropics in general.
The purchase however was local to me...Montreal.

 

johne

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Would you be so kind as to show us the tomatoes you planted in the planter boxes. Are they growing as well or did you transplant them?
 

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Agree with flyinroom, I'd go with herbs in planting boxes. Buy veggies. Start successive plantings of herbs. Nothing, absolutely nothing with the word mint gets planted on my property. They should just go ahead and add the word invasive. In a planting box on the second floor, yeah ok.
 
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johne

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Agree with flyinroom, I'd go with herbs in planting boxes. Buy veggies. Start successive plantings of herbs. Nothing, absolutely nothing with the word mint gets planted on my property. They should just go ahead and add the word invasive. In a planting box on the second floor, yeah ok.
Add potatoes and batatas to that invasive category. This morning I tore out (a good size duffle bag of them) from my garden. I warned my helper not to plant them about 3 months ago. Took over and was strangulating my tomatoes plants. There was no stopping them. Very much like a sci-fi motion pix. After he dumped them far away I got down on my hands and knees and worked with a hand rake to get all the bits of roots out of the soil. BTW there were no potatoes there, only red roots taking over the whole area and beyond.
 
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Add potatoes and batatas to that invasive category. This morning I tore out (a good size duffle bag of them) from my garden. I warned my helper not to plant them about 3 months ago. Took over and was strangulating my tomatoes plants. There was no stopping them. Very much like a sci-fi motion pix. After he dumped them far away I got down on my hands and knees and worked with a hand rake to get all the bits of roots out of the soil. BTW there were no potatoes there, only red roots taking over the whole area and beyond.
Always best to grow potatoes in a tub of some kind. Like the bottom of a 55 gallon plastic drum. When you harvest, just dump it over, pull out the potatoes and shovel the soil back in for next batch.
 

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So...
Where I come from the end of the growing season is creeping up fast.
Some plants are in their glory and others are just limping along.
I had big time issues with my geraniums this year and I don't know why. They are usually so dependable.
The mint?
Forgeddaboutit.
But I digress.
I know that everybody is on the edge of their seat...
Wanting to see what is happening with my passionfruit vine.
So without further ado...
(I'm getting ready to transfer one of these little guys into a larger 12 inch pot.)
Now, if I could just my bay laurel to look so healthy I would be a happy gardener.
It has now been about six months since my last report on my passion flower vines.
Someone, I think it was J.D., warned me that it could be a very invasive plant.
lol.
Take a look at them now...

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Can't wait until spring when I can get outside onto my patio.
In the meantime, I feel like a character in a 'Jack and The Bean Stalk' revival.
Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum and all that.
 

johne

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I have about 2 acres growing with 99% vegetable. When I search for advise on subjets for growing X, Y, or Z I get responses that are applicable to the states. ie: winter. spring summer and fall.
Not for me so I searched the subject about "do the bees know it's out of season " for pollinating? Do plants know its not summer and time for harvest? I live in the southern tier of the DR. Sure enough there is an internal clock, (associated with the sun and the moon?) that triggers those reactions with the plants no matter how much sun we have.I have followed this closely and I find some truth to it. However,I get eggplant, tomatoes, squash in addundace.Tomorow I will plant about 50 large cherry tommatoe plants and in 6 weeks I'll have my salsa for Sunday pasta..
 

flyinroom

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That's a lot of salsa and Sunday gravy.
Do you take any of it to market?
I remember when I was a kid and my dad's tomatoes were ripe and ready...we couldn't give them away.
Everybody was trying to gift tomatoes at the same time.
And then there was the year he grew eggplant.
omg...the eggplant casseroles.
Eggplant this and eggplant that...
An eggplant in every pot.
I always liked them in the garden as they reminded me of the black ball in the toilet tank.
lol.
Go figure.
 
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malko

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I have given up on vegetables 😭.
In my advanced age--- I passed over the hill--- I take great pride and joy in growing stuff to that needs zero interaction :

Avocados, lots of avocados. Upside : very easy to sell.

Mangos, too many of those, I had to cut down one of the older trees.

Lemons, the green kind.

Oranges, mandarines and bitter oranges (?)

And in lesser quantities, manzana de oro (sp?), cherries ( griottes, not sure of the english term), cranberries ( the tree/bush variety ), pomergrantes ( that are dying, supposedly because I planted them when the moon wasnt new 🙄), peppers ( harissa gustosas and picante ).

Anything that only involves me interacting once or twice a year, to prop up branches, or hack off branches, makes me happy......
Lazy, yeah, I know.😆.
 

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Never cut down trees; sell the fruit harvest to a neighbor. Might as well make money while your tree gets emptied.
 

malko

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Never cut down trees; sell the fruit harvest to a neighbor. Might as well make money while your tree gets emptied.

I cut down 1 mango tree last year, it was so tall and wide it was literally blocking sunlight for other trees. Mangos are so plentiful in the campo, they dont sell.
I kept its " sister" tree though.

I am in the process of cutting down another mango tree as it was planted far too close to constructions ( an outer wall of my property and a water tower ), and the roots are busting up the foundations...... live and learn, I guess 😖😖😖.
 

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I have given up on vegetables 😭.
In my advanced age--- I passed over the hill--- I take great pride and joy in growing stuff to that needs zero interaction :

Avocados, lots of avocados. Upside : very easy to sell.

Mangos, too many of those, I had to cut down one of the older trees.

Lemons, the green kind.

Oranges, mandarines and bitter oranges (?)

And in lesser quantities, manzana de oro (sp?), cherries ( griottes, not sure of the english term), cranberries ( the tree/bush variety ), pomergrantes ( that are dying, supposedly because I planted them when the moon wasnt new 🙄), peppers ( harissa gustosas and picante ).

Anything that only involves me interacting once or twice a year, to prop up branches, or hack off branches, makes me happy......
Lazy, yeah, I know.😆.
Do you make your own harissa? I love that stuff. I kind of agree with you but I still plant herbs, carrots, green pepper, cubanelles, and tomatoes.
 

malko

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Do you make your own harissa? I love that stuff. I kind of agree with you but I still plant herbs, carrots, green pepper, cubanelles, and tomatoes.

I am not very " hot stuff", my wife cooks with them.
She also jars the hot ones ( harissa picante) in oil, seeds and all.

Yeah, we have a bunch of herbs that have a life of their own, the 2 cilantros ( ancho and recaito ), some sort of thym, mint, etc .... but I don't tend them, they just exist lol.

We are blessed with good soil, and the DR climate is kind to green stuff in general.
Stick a twig in the ground, it grows.
Fruit falls off a tree, it grows.

Same goes for flowers and plants, we used to tour the island and knock on doors and ask for a flower or plant we saw and liked.
Now that we have orchids, cayennes of all shapes and colours, etc ..... it has become a " hassle" to sweep up leaves and flowers on a daily basis. And of course the pool seems to attract every flower and leaf 😑.
Not that we dont enjoy them, we do, and it also cools everything down. But we are not actively planting anymore.