Given the amount of posts I wrote with the 'pests' label I obviously need to take a more proactive approach toward pest management. I've been researching my options and right now I'm leaning toward neem. It also has the added benefit of stopping powdery mildew problems, which destroyed my cucumber plant before I even started this blog.
Without a doubt the biggest difference between this year and the next will be my timing. This year I started my seeds at the end of April, 2 months later than I should have. I could have bought transplants from a local green market, but I was really interested in learning about the process from start to finish and I liked having control over what went into the plants so I'm happy with my decision. Next year I'll buy seeds in February to give them ample time to grow into transplant size by the beginning of May. I'm also only going to buy them online since every seed packet I bought in a brick and mortar store were ultimately the only plants that succumbed to disease. I'm not use sure why that happened, but that's how it worked out.
Overall I'm very happy I got into container gardening vegetables and I can't wait to start again next year.
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