My 2009 crop on the way
So far so good this year...no spider mites around my dahlias. I bought 80 new tubers (sorry Corry, never got around to that money order) which were potted up in 4" square pots on 3/30. I took 74 cuttings on 4/15, and another 41 on 5/4 giving me more than I need for my beds.
Of the 38 varieties I've planted, only Iceberg is having problems...neither of the tubers I bought have given me a sprout yet. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
I added pole beans to the cabinets based on a recommendation from the person I bought the predatory mites from. She said that any spider mites would first attack the pole beans before anything else, so they'd make a great warning sign. So far, my pole beans are doing just fine (and I'm amazed at how fast they grow!)
I've already put a few dahlias in larger pots, taking a queue from Vikingcraftsman. I'll be putting a few more in pots too, particularly where my pond overflow is as those near there last year rotted due to the excessive water.
While my 4 x T5 lights per shelf aren't "enough" according to the recommendations, my dahlias are not spindly and are filling out quite nicely. Others would have a tough time convincing me there needs to be more lighting. The lights are on for 16 hours a day.
Now I have to give more thought to staking. I think I'll be going with Corry's "rows" for my roadside garden, probably using 2 pieces of angle-iron spaced 4" apart at each end and whatever number in-between (every 8'??) and christmas twine.
What I haven't figured out is how to hold up the ones on the waterside. Those beds aren't rows, so I was thinking about 3 pieces of angle-iron per plant. They really need the support as they're subjected to the occasional strong winds off the lake.
Any suggestions would be welcome, particularly those with pictures.