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Weekly Gardening Thread 2011 (Vol. 51) December 30
Free Republic | December 30, 2011 | JustaDumbBlonde

Posted on 12/30/2011 8:33:35 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Gardening; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: garden; gardening
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To: rightly_dividing

Happy New Year! I begin each gardening year with the best intentions of getting everything planted on time, yet it never happens. Figured out that I need to start my cole crop seeds indoors around the end of January, and my husband announced last night that he thought the 3rd week of January would be a good time to go on a ski trip. So, I’m scrambling in my head to refigure everything ... behind already! :)


51 posted on 12/30/2011 2:02:26 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Ok. Thanks. I thought it was advertised as zone 5 plant. I harvested about 1/2 the plant in October, but had hoped it was something I could keep going during the winter. Oh well, I’ll think of something else to grow in its’ place. LOL.


52 posted on 12/30/2011 2:02:36 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: tubebender

Love your wine stems! Nothing but chic in Benderville!


53 posted on 12/30/2011 2:04:02 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Gabz
You too, Gabz! Photobucket
54 posted on 12/30/2011 2:06:03 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; Diana in Wisconsin; tubebender; greeneyes; Redleg Duke; Red_Devil 232; All

Does anybody know anything about Maple Syrup? I have been given 2 qts. of real Wisconsin maple syrup. They might be quart and a half jars. They are big, and dirty, and have discolored rings. There is more where that came from. The syrup was made from the trees on the land that she is now leaving. Some of it is 2-3 years old. Her kids won’t eat it because they like Mrs. Butterworth’s (fools that they are).

I would like to open these jars and split the syrup into several smaller jars (’cause I don’t need to eat all that maple syrup either) to give to friends and family. The caps are tightly sealed.

Does anybody know if there is any danger here and I how I would go about doing it (splitting the syrup into smaller jars). Would I repeat the entire canning process?

I know how the syrup is distilled (a laborious process) but I don’t know how it was canned. The guy who gathers the sap and boils it down always gives an armload of syrup to my friend and she can’t use it all. She’s moving this month — hence she gave me the extra syrup.

Or should I just open this syrup and decant it into smaller jars, screw the lid on and tell people to use it right away. I’ve never seen maple syrup spoil — just crystalize and you heat it up and use it.

Anybody know?


55 posted on 12/30/2011 2:13:35 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Red Badger

Hey RB! That bunny would make stew for an entire winter!


57 posted on 12/30/2011 2:17:27 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Congratulations on retirement! That is awesome!


58 posted on 12/30/2011 2:19:16 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I really don’t know. If it was me I would put it into smaller jars, and can it according to instructions for my pressure canner.


59 posted on 12/30/2011 2:20:30 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Well, you can use the part that turned brown. After all, you are supposed to dry it for storage.

I lived in an area that was zone 8-9 when I grew Rosemary as a shrub.


60 posted on 12/30/2011 2:21:25 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin

Glad that your weather is nice! I have no idea on the rosemary, but hopefully will let us know ... I have 5 brown plants myself. I’m fairly certain that there is a lady up north that can give us some info.


61 posted on 12/30/2011 2:22:58 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Redleg Duke
"See my facebook for pictures!"

I'd love to, but I don't know how you're listed! :)

62 posted on 12/30/2011 2:25:21 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Just give some to your husband on his Hot Cakes and if he survives then it is safe to share...


63 posted on 12/30/2011 2:28:03 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: MtnClimber

Oh my ... your house is really stout to stand up to that kind of wind and snow! Stay safe and warm!


64 posted on 12/30/2011 2:28:18 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Jim Robinson
On behalf of the gardening gaggle, thank you for allowing us to gather in this wonderful place each Friday! Wishing you the Happiest of New Years, continued blessings from God, the best health possible, and a good dose of prosperity. Photobucket
65 posted on 12/30/2011 2:39:12 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: tubebender

Oh, I think it’s safe. I just don’t want to do anything to make it unsafe.


66 posted on 12/30/2011 2:41:28 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; All

My First Wife is absorbed in a few 2012 Seed Catalogs…

1 - Burpee
2 - Vessey’s
3 - Pine Tree
4 - Harris
5 - Johnny’s
6 - Gurney’s
7 - HPS
8 - Twilley
9 - Park
10 - Vermont Bean Seed
11 - Totally Tomatoes
12 - Thompson Morgan
13 - Stokes
14 - Gardens Alive
15 - Territorial Seed*
16 - Green World**
17 - Stark Bros**
18 - White Flower Farm**

* 2012 hasn’t arrived yet
** Trees & Plants

We have cut back drastically in the vegetable department but Lady Bender starts lots of annual flower seeds.
There was a time when we maintained 2 large veggie gardens, one here on the coast and one 70 miles NE in a warmer drier climate...


67 posted on 12/30/2011 3:11:05 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Happy New Year!

Asking for Zone 8 recommendations for “large” fruit cherry tomatoes. Getting ready next week to plant my flats under grow lights. Expect to repot mid to end of February for transplanting about 15 March.

This year I’m concentrating on tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet and hot peppers. Gonna try again with last year’s failed crops: squash, eggplant and pole beans.

Best to all,
R.


68 posted on 12/30/2011 3:24:30 PM PST by Racehorse (Always preach the Gospel . . . . Use words if necessary.)
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To: Racehorse
That's easy ... Husky Cherry Red ... can't be beat for hardiness, great tasting fruit, and exceptional production even in heat. I plant 2 of these every year, and we can hardly keep up with eating (and I eat my share while out in the garden). I am Zone 8 too.
69 posted on 12/30/2011 3:29:48 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I have done alot of reinforcing. A big pine tree in my neighbors yard was blown over.


70 posted on 12/30/2011 3:35:52 PM PST by MtnClimber (Tim Tebow will never be successful in the NFL - Leftist journalists who have sold their souls)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Just in from the chilly North!

I am glad to be home amongst my mango and avocado trees! :-)


71 posted on 12/30/2011 3:37:46 PM PST by left that other site
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To: Arrowhead1952

Congratulations on your retirement!


72 posted on 12/30/2011 3:44:29 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I have stored opened syrup in the fridge for better than a year - no problem. If you were to just decant it into smaller bottles and give some away, it should be fine as long as they pop it into the fridge.

Otherwise I suggest you contact a maple syrup “farm”, there are lots of small ones in NY and Vermont, and they should be able to advise.


73 posted on 12/30/2011 4:42:33 PM PST by Ladysforest
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To: afraidfortherepublic

There are some varieties that are supposed to be hardy up to zone 5. I’m planning to test one of those next year. I love rosemary.


74 posted on 12/30/2011 4:51:19 PM PST by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

A fellow FReeper and her daughter need our Prayers and perhaps a ping out to your list JADB? Please read post #280 for the latest update on Judith Anne...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2826075/posts?page=1#1


75 posted on 12/30/2011 5:06:21 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thank you for the info on rosemary. This is the first year I’ve had rosemary bushes and I didn’t know how they would fare. A couple of years ago I had a cilantro plant that survived almost the entire winter. It was about 4 ft. tall when it finally expired.


76 posted on 12/30/2011 5:26:11 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: tillacum

Please post photos of the stained glass project. I know it will be beautiful!


77 posted on 12/30/2011 5:28:18 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: left that other site

Welcome back South! Happy New Year to you!


78 posted on 12/30/2011 5:33:23 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Ladysforest

Excellent suggestions. Thanks.


79 posted on 12/30/2011 6:40:20 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

If there’s scum on top, skim it off, then bring the rest to a boil and can it like it was jelly.


80 posted on 12/30/2011 6:56:24 PM PST by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; tubebender; All

Peggy came home with all kinds of gifts and good eats that she was gifted with for her last day at work. One was a pristine - in the box - die cast replica (model) of Sam Walton’s 1978 Ford 150 pick up truck. It had never been opened. We pulled it out of the box and it was encased in a plastic housing and had a small bag of Ol’Roy dog food and the dog Ol’Roy and a couple of other items I did not recognize in the bed of the truck. I told her to just put it all back in the packaging as it came.

Anyone know about this Truck?


81 posted on 12/30/2011 7:55:09 PM PST 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: JustaDumbBlonde

There are plenty of new seed catalogues here to read and look through~~perfect for long dark evenings! If the winter continues not much colder than it has been, we could be as little as 6-7 weeks away from the very first flowers!


82 posted on 12/30/2011 8:01:24 PM PST by Nepeta
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Happy
New
Year!

Can’t wait to plant the garden in spring!


83 posted on 12/30/2011 8:01:59 PM PST by TheConservativeParty ( PRAY FOR AMERICA and donate to your conservative candidate)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Don’t know anything about that pickup Red as it took awhile fro Walmart to catch on in Calif. Eureka ia about to get it’s first in a remodeled building in the Bayshore Mall. It will be about 60,000 sf


84 posted on 12/30/2011 8:16:44 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
I found a few references to it in a search. Here is one
85 posted on 12/30/2011 8:21:38 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
There is one on eBay with a starting price of $299.00
86 posted on 12/30/2011 8:27:37 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Thanks! Just put a seed packet on order.

Can hardly wait for the Spring!


87 posted on 12/31/2011 12:29:55 AM PST by Racehorse (Always preach the Gospel . . . . Use words if necessary.)
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To: tubebender

Thank You for those links. It looks like she was given a somewhat rare Item. Neat.


88 posted on 12/31/2011 4:56:56 AM PST 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: tubebender
 
Picture Size:

You are looking at a very rare, never sold publicly die cast truck. It is an aged version replica of Sam Walton's 1979 Ford Pick Up Truck. This is similar to the condition of the truck Sam drove until the day he passed. He never purchased a new car. This truck has a tool box and a dog kennel transport box with opening kennel doors. The tailgate and doors open as does the hood - revealing a very detailed engine. I'm told by a good source that there was less then 100 of these produced. These were produced for a fund raiser and only one or two were issued to selected Wal-Marts stores around the world. Only employees could place bids on this model and of course the highest bidder would win it. The scale is 1:24th. It measures out at 9" Length x 3.5" Width x 3" Height. Manufactured by JTC Fine Collectibles.

89 posted on 12/31/2011 5:25:28 AM PST 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

Less than 100? ‘Somewhat rare’ describes it to ‘t’...


90 posted on 12/31/2011 5:34:12 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Another picture.


91 posted on 12/31/2011 5:39:17 AM PST 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: Silentgypsy; JustaDumbBlonde
Congratulations on your retirement!

Thanks. I'll be busy at home for a while.

92 posted on 12/31/2011 5:47:08 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: who knows what evil?
Another picture - Detail of engine under the hood.


93 posted on 12/31/2011 6:34:50 AM PST 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

Very nice...


94 posted on 12/31/2011 6:46:05 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Those trucks are between $200 and $300 on eBay. There are several listed. It is really cute with the dog and dog food!


95 posted on 12/31/2011 8:40:19 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: who knows what evil?

The internet catalogs may get you in trouble, but there is something to be said to curling up in a chair with a cup of coffee (or hot chocolate) and a gardening catalog, dreaming about sprouting seeds and spring. If we get over our 70 degree weather, I’ll try it out. :)


96 posted on 12/31/2011 8:44:35 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: 95B30
"Just harvested the last bushel of carrots in up-state NY!"

I am sooooo jealous. Those store-bought carrots don't hold a candle to fresh from the garden.

97 posted on 12/31/2011 8:46:53 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: who knows what evil?

I drove a 1979 F-150 (white) for many many years at work. I really liked that truck. It had an inline 6 300ci engine, manual stick shift. It was very easy to work on.


98 posted on 12/31/2011 8:56:35 AM PST 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: mrs. a

I hope that all of your garden planning reaps bushels this year! Haven’t gotten into the Jung’s catalog yet, but Shumway’s has me totally captivated. I love the old-timey look to it, as well as the excellent varieties available.


99 posted on 12/31/2011 9:03:36 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Why does it not surprise me that y'all are totally organized and ready for the transition??? Tell Peggy that all of my good thoughts and wishes are with her in her new store, and also that we once again enjoyed that special Christmas ornament and just placed it back in the tissue paper and box until next year.

We are enjoying some outstanding weather here too, although the ground is pretty soggy from all the rain. Looks like a cool front coming and I'm hoping for some good hunting weather.

Enjoy your week!

100 posted on 12/31/2011 9:07:55 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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