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Weekly Gardening Thread 2009 Vol.2 May 22
FreeRepublic | 5-22-2009 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 05/22/2009 4:17:16 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232

This is the second edition of the 2009 Weekly Gardening Thread. If you are a gardener or an aspiring gardener please stop in from time to time during the next week and share your experiences. Last weeks thread was a great success. Thanks to all who participated!


TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Gardening; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: garden; gardening; weekly
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Weekly Gardening Thread

Memorial Day is Monday, May 25 it is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies. 
                             Moina Michael

Moina Michael, author of the poem above, adopted the custom of wearing a red poppy in memory of the sacrifices of war and also as a symbol of keeping the faith.

So buy a poppy, then grow some poppies. They are easy to grow and will self-sow so that each year you will have gorgeous poppies in your garden, or where ever the wind has blown the seed.


1 posted on 05/22/2009 4:17:17 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; Alkhin; ...
Ping to the Weekly Gardening Ping List.

I hope all of you will stop by.

This is typically a low volume ping list. Once a week for the thread and every once in a while for other FR threads posted that might be of interest.

If you would like to be added to or removed from the list please let me know by FreepMail or by posting to me.

2 posted on 05/22/2009 4:18:11 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Please add me to your ping list...


3 posted on 05/22/2009 4:21:06 AM PDT by alisasny (It's the oxymoronical existence of the average liberal moron that astounds anyone with a brain.)
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To: alisasny

You have been added.


4 posted on 05/22/2009 4:22:12 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Please add me to your list. Thanks!


5 posted on 05/22/2009 4:22:39 AM PDT by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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To: fleagle

You are added.


6 posted on 05/22/2009 4:25:20 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Please also add me.

We have about 40 hundred gazillion million daylilies that I need to split again. If any Freepers want some and will reimburse postage, I’ll be happy to share.


7 posted on 05/22/2009 4:25:22 AM PDT by LuLuLuLu (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything they don't own.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Checked on the garden yesterday. Radishes are done and will be harvested today. Chard outer leaves are ready enough for a small app type dish, squash blossoms stuffed with cheese will be the other app. Eggplant needs insecticidal soap applied, but rain is here.

Tomatoes, beans and peppers are all in bloom or forming small fruit. Herb garden is kicking.


8 posted on 05/22/2009 4:26:09 AM PDT by doodad
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To: Red_Devil 232

Please add me :)
First time gardner, I need all the tips I can get!


9 posted on 05/22/2009 4:26:53 AM PDT by AirForceMom (Locked and loaded, and sharpening wooden stakes.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Have been eating fantastic tomato sandwiches on white bread with mayo, salt, & pepper for over a month now. Great crop this year in Florida.


10 posted on 05/22/2009 4:28:53 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: LuLuLuLu
You are added. Wow that is certianly a lot of daylilies!


11 posted on 05/22/2009 4:29:56 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: mosaicwolf

LOL I thought hubby was weird after I started tomatoes inside and he said the same thing. I’ll have to try those!


12 posted on 05/22/2009 4:30:45 AM PDT by AirForceMom (Locked and loaded, and sharpening wooden stakes.)
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To: AirForceMom

Added. You have found the right place to get a lot of advice and help. I am a newbie to gardening also.


13 posted on 05/22/2009 4:33:21 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: LuLuLuLu

Do those need full sun?
I love those but have never tried planting any for fear of my black thumb. I’m trying to improve on my growing skills.


14 posted on 05/22/2009 4:34:02 AM PDT by AirForceMom (Locked and loaded, and sharpening wooden stakes.)
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To: mosaicwolf
I know you folks don't get a great deal of rain in Florida, how often and how much do you water your tomatoes?
15 posted on 05/22/2009 4:35:31 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - MARSOC DAD)
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To: doodad

Can I come to your house for dinner? I LOVE squash blossoms!

I’ll wash dishes.


16 posted on 05/22/2009 4:35:54 AM PDT by LuLuLuLu (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything they don't own.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
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17 posted on 05/22/2009 4:36:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Good morning!!!

Your Logo is AWESOME!!!!!!!!


18 posted on 05/22/2009 4:50:44 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: doodad
We have had a couple of zukes already and a few strawberries. My eggplants needed the soap treatment last week, they are doing great! Peppers, tomatoes and cukes doing great!
19 posted on 05/22/2009 4:51:19 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: AirForceMom

AFM, they are happy in full sun, but will do OK in shade.

They’re quite hardy here in SW Ohio — you can’t kill ‘em.


20 posted on 05/22/2009 4:55:29 AM PDT by LuLuLuLu (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything they don't own.)
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To: Gabz
Good morning Gabz! Thanks. If I had the talent I would have had the pots growing poppies for this thread!
21 posted on 05/22/2009 4:57:21 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Please add me to the list.

Every year my vegetable garden gets a little bigger; this year I added another plot. We live on 7.5 acres and try to grow as much food as we can. Last year I harvested about 6 bushels of sweet corn, 4 bushels each of potatoes, summer squash, and tomatoes, a couple bushels of pole beans, and a few hundred pounds of pumpkins and other winter squash, and lots of root veggies. All of this while holding down a full time day job.

My wife is the flower gardener.

22 posted on 05/22/2009 4:59:22 AM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Good morning. Please add me to your ping list. Thanks.


23 posted on 05/22/2009 4:59:41 AM PDT by lysie
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To: LuLuLuLu

Ah, that was my next question, I’m in NY and we’re finally past the frost warnings. I hope lol


24 posted on 05/22/2009 5:00:30 AM PDT by AirForceMom (Locked and loaded, and sharpening wooden stakes.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

“My eggplants needed the soap treatment last week, they are doing great! “

Does get rid of the pest that eats small holes in the leaves? I’m having that problem (last 2 years now) and I’m thinking about putting floating row cover over them. It would be good if soap works.


25 posted on 05/22/2009 5:00:34 AM PDT by DC Packfan (Hi, I'm Jimmah, and I'm a dumbass!)
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To: LuLuLuLu; AirForceMom
They’re quite hardy here in SW Ohio — you can’t kill ‘em.

LOL!!!! You haven't met me, when it comes to flowers. It seems all I have to do is look at them and PFFFFFFFFFT they're dead :(

26 posted on 05/22/2009 5:01:26 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: P8riot

That’s A LOT of veggies!!!!


27 posted on 05/22/2009 5:02:31 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Red_Devil 232

I just planted some Chichiquelite Huckleberry from seed in a huge pot. Has anyone ever had any experience growing these, any advice is welcome. I live in zone 7, east of Atlanta. Just thought I would experiment. My vegtable garden is well on it’s way.


28 posted on 05/22/2009 5:05:17 AM PDT by kacres
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To: lysie; P8riot
You both have been added.

P8riot wish I had the room you have. I have been expanding my garden every year as I become more confident in what I am doing. This thread (hosted by Gardengirl and Gabz last year) was a great help.

29 posted on 05/22/2009 5:06:05 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Gabz
Yep, and of all the things, my youngest girl and her hubby bought me an orchid for Mothers day. She says , “ Leave it to dry out, it's plenty moist” The next day, just by being in proximity of my black thumb, most of the blooms fell off :(
30 posted on 05/22/2009 5:06:46 AM PDT by AirForceMom (Locked and loaded, and sharpening wooden stakes.)
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To: Red_Devil 232; Gabz; All

Nice Logo for us! Sweet! :)

Let’s see...

I have lettuce and spinach coming out my ears! The tomatoes, peppers and squash are awaiting planting and still doing well in the greenhouse.

Husband tilled the garden again, and he proudly showed me that ALL of his asparagus roots that he planted last year came up! We will eventually have two 40’ rows of the stuff! Wa-Hoo! We had the last of our asparagus from our smaller patch last night at supper.

My car is FILLED with flats of plants that are going into work today; I started a lot of things for co-workers, so they’ll all be happy to get their ‘babies’ today...and it clears up space in my greenhouse for more goodies for ME! :)

The outbuilding painting project is coming along well. Husband and Son got two sides of the biggest pole barn painted, and it looks like a million bucks!

They finally started tilling the 700 acres around us...it LOOKS like it’ll all be Sweet Corn this season; they’d already have soybeans in, so...SCORE! Come August or so I’ll be putting up Sweet Corn that I didn’t have to grow myself. The growers are very nice about it; they have an easement through our land, so to say ‘thanks’ they tell us a few days before harvest to help ourselves. Mighty neighborly!

I’ll make a list later this weekend of the varieties of tomatoes and peppers I’m growing if anyone wants to try them in the future. Some old standbys, some favorites, some new stuff and some tried and trues.

I did find ‘Fourth of July’ tomatoes at my rinky-dink hardware store so I snapped up a 4-pack and re-potted them; a very pleasant surprise! :)


31 posted on 05/22/2009 5:07:02 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: AirForceMom

Pardon me for horning in, but...

“The next day, just by being in proximity of my black thumb, most of the blooms fell off :( “

That’s not YOUR fault! Orchids WILL drop blooms if they are moved around a lot or were re-potted while blooming.

I’d tell your daughter to take it back to the shop where she purchased it and demand her money back, or demand a replacement. That is not acceptable. I’d never do that to a customer; thought the shop where she bought it might not have the best-trained staff. But still...


32 posted on 05/22/2009 5:10:42 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: DC Packfan

Yes, an insecticidal soap does help. I think they are a type of Flea beetle. They leave those small holes all over the leaves.


33 posted on 05/22/2009 5:11:54 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Can you add me to your ping list?


34 posted on 05/22/2009 5:12:36 AM PDT by LibertyThug ("Equal rights for all, special privileges for none." Jefferson)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Oh thank you! I was sick when I got up the day after and saw the blooms had fallen off.


35 posted on 05/22/2009 5:15:02 AM PDT by AirForceMom (Locked and loaded, and sharpening wooden stakes.)
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To: AirForceMom

I know how you feel. Two years ago I got an Easter lily, didn’t last a week.

Our church youth gave all the ladies at church begonias for Mother’s Day. I put them in a hanging basket outside.......so far so good.

I’m fine with veggies and herbs —— but ebony black is my thumb when it comes to flowers or any kind of houseplant.


36 posted on 05/22/2009 5:16:19 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: LibertyThug

You have been added.


37 posted on 05/22/2009 5:16:48 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Hopefully the rest of the garden will get planted this weekend. We had a daughter get married two weeks ago and she sort of wanted her mom and dad there. Last weekend it rained. The grass is starting to come up so I will set the tiller shallow and knock it down then get the rest of the garden planted.


38 posted on 05/22/2009 5:17:27 AM PDT by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: Gabz; AirForceMom

Trust me!

When we moved in here in 1999 we had a small patch of daylilies — maybe 10” x 18”. As posted above, we now have gazillions! And I’ve given away as many as we still have.

FRMail is good, if there is any interest.


39 posted on 05/22/2009 5:19:12 AM PDT by LuLuLuLu (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything they don't own.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Thanks Diana. I would love to have some of those seeds!


40 posted on 05/22/2009 5:20:28 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; Red_Devil 232

My maters and peppers aren’t ready for transplanting yet, but today I’m going to transplant sugar baby watermelons, some kind of asian squash, cukes and yellow crookneck squash.

Our tiller is still on the fritz, so I’m doing all the “tilling” by hand...........before this summer is out I’ll have biceps sure to rival those of MO :)


41 posted on 05/22/2009 5:20:48 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Gabz

I kill all houseplants...usually. I have one that thrives. It’s a plant that friends sent me after my Mom passed away in 2001. She had a very green thumb ( why didn’t I get that gene?), I think she has a hand in my care of that plant. :)


42 posted on 05/22/2009 5:21:33 AM PDT by AirForceMom (Locked and loaded, and sharpening wooden stakes.)
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To: DC Packfan
Something I have found that seems to help is to apply Safer Insecticidal Soap and then immediately follow with 7% Sevin Dust. The soap will not kill flea beetles if that is your problem.

I am having the same problem this year too on my eggplants. This is what they look like:


43 posted on 05/22/2009 5:24:08 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: Gabz
My tomato plants have been begging for me to get them staked. I was planning on doing it last week - but ...

So now this weekend it is raining again and forcasted rain the next 5 days. I may have to do the staking between showers.

44 posted on 05/22/2009 5:29:17 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: RSmithOpt
From the Safer Soap Label:

What It Is: Safer® Brand Insect Killing Soap with Seaweed Extract is a special formulation of insecticidal soap. This ingredient kills insects, yet is gentle on plants with no unpleasant odor. What It Kills: Aphids, Earwigs, Grasshoppers, Harlequin Bugs, Leafhoppers, Mealybugs, Mites, Plant Bugs, Psyllids, Sawfly Larvae, Soft Scales, Spider Mites, Squash Bugs, Blossom Thrips, and Whiteflies.

45 posted on 05/22/2009 5:31:10 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Just don your jungle hat and a poncho and get on it!


46 posted on 05/22/2009 5:32:10 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: RSmithOpt

Yeah I did use sevin also.


47 posted on 05/22/2009 5:32:36 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Thanks for the ping.

We have been eating fresh straight neck yellow squash for the past couple of weeks. Those are SO good. I never thought I’d get the wife to eat them, but she ate the better part of two the other night.

We also have small yellow tomatoes ripe and actually had one red tomato that has ripened. The lettuce is on the downside, so I’ll pull it and plant something in that area today.

I may empty my compost bin today and start with a new batch. It has been done for several weeks, but really don’t have any plants that need extra compost now.


48 posted on 05/22/2009 5:38:30 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It took almost 250 years to make the USA great and 30 days for "The Failure" BO to tear it down.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

please add me to your ping list. Thank you!


49 posted on 05/22/2009 5:39:07 AM PDT by murrie (For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son..........)
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To: Red_Devil 232
I just dusted with Pyrethrum yesterday evening after the rains we had (2.5 inches in 3 days). I usually alternate between that and Sevins being careful to apply early morning or late evening. I like Pyrethrum because one can harvest the very next day.....flea beetles scram too when it goes on.

BTW Red, I need to tie my maters to their stakes this weekend too......amazing how quick the weeds come on once it warms up.

Looks like the rain will be in your area a while whis weekend.

I got a few hours (6+) I need to put in the garden this weekend too plus mowing and car cleaning.....whew.

How's the 'kids' this morning?

50 posted on 05/22/2009 5:40:48 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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