Ron Tucker, New Journal Experiment May 13, 2020

Ron Tucker- Container Garden Baton Rouge Louisiana Zone 9b

September 30, 2020

Planted in Container

Leda Radishes - 6 hills

September 29, 2020


Turnips - 3 containers

September 26, 2020

First Fruit


two small eggplants noted

September 23, 2020

Seed started

​Purple Top Turnips - 15 separate holes in 3 five gallon fabric pots with multiple seeds per. Used about half old potting soil, about a quarter cow manure compost and about a quarter new container bagged potting mix. Added about 4 tblsps of 13-13-13...watered down 

September 21, 2020


Albino Beets Amarillo Carrots

Albino beets, Amarillo carrots and Crimson Giant radishes all germinated


September 20, 2020


Bibb Lettuce germinated


September 19, 2020

Cool Snap started - night time temps down to high 60s


September 16, 2020 

Seed started 

Golden Beets - 21 total in one 12 cell egg carton and one bakery flat 

Unknown Beet - 18 in egg carton

Pearl Carrots - 24 in two 12 cell egg cartons

Bibb Lettuce - 2 five gallon containers sown


September 14, 2020

germination of Radishes - French Breakfast - 

Thinned out French Breakfast Radishes and made another carton making 48.

Radishes germinated Radishes germinated two


September 12, 2020

Seed started Radishes - French Breakfast two 18 container egg cartons using seed starter and new potting mix

Seed started Carrots - Finger one 12 cell egg carton using seed starter and new potting soil

Seed started Radishes - Crimson Giant - one 12 cell egg carton using seed starter and new potting soil


May 26, 2020

Fierce rain storm and wind

May 26, 2020

Three full sized okra blossoms

May 25, 2020

Picked one Better Boy deformed tomato turning

May 23, 2020

Cucumbers germinating from May 21

May 22, 2020

Threw away 6 BER tomatoes

May 21, 2020

Seed started two kinds of cucumbers

May 20, 2020

Gathered three cucumbers

May 17, 2020 

Japanese eggplants germinating

May 17, 2020

fertilize.jpg Fertilized all with 18-18-21. May 15, 2020

May 14, 2020 -  

May 13, 2020 -


Fertilized all Container plants with 18-18-21. Added 'Rot Stop' to tomatoes. The 18-18-21 water soluble is a Miracle Gro product labeled as tomato food. Used it instead of the Expert Gardener all.purpose 24-16-8. Just 7 days prior I side dressed all tomatoes with some 13-13-13 and bonemeal. Hope I haven't overdone it

May 13th, 2020 -


Seed started Japenese white eggplant and Louisiana Long Green Eggplant in egg cartons in Jiffy seed starting mix.

May 9, 2020 - Tomato overview

I have heavy fruiting, especially on Better Boys. The largest so far are about the size of a medium gangerine. There are numerous blemishes and some Mallory fruit where the fruit to rubber against the stakes.

There are numerous Florida Solar blossoms and some small F!orida Solar fruiting. No Rutgers have bloomed yet. The Better Bushes have a few blooms but very disappointing.. The Aces 55 has some blooms and a couple fruits.

I fertilized with 13-13-13 and bonemeal on May 7. It did 2to 3 this is of a mix per container side dressed and washed in.


April 18, 2020 - Tomato overview

Buds on 13 tomato plants.....7 Better Boys and remainder Florida Solars.

7 Better Boys have blossoms.


April 16, 2020 - The night of April 14, all day and night and until April 15, cooler temps ranging from 40 to 70 with strong winds from 11mph to 18 mph.

Covered a few on the 14th and lots of wind burn on those left uncovered. Covered much more on April 15. Used gallon jugs, cat litter bottles, and 33 gallon trash bags.


April 6, 2020First Bloom's in Better Boys. On four plants with numerous bud clusters


April 4, 2020 


Fertilized seedlings and non tomatoes with all purpose water soluble 24-8-16.

Fertilized tomatoes that were transplanted with 18-18-21.

Next batch will do 24-8-16


March 24, 2020

up potting.jpg

Up potted about 8 Rutgers and about 4 Celebration tomatoes.

Had to mix compost, raised bed soil and a tad potting soil. Concerned that it may kill them. Also watered down with a weak 24-8-16 water soluble.