Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread (Useful links) Vol. 11, March 16, 2012
Posted on 03/16/2012 7:55:02 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
Good morning FRiends and gardeners! During the rain this past week, I've had a chance to do some reading and found some articles that may be of interest to you. So this week I am sharing links, and I hope you enjoy them and find some useful information. I also hope that you'll check in and let us know how your garden/garden planning is coming along.
In Kitchen Garden Creation, you'll learn about growing culinary and visual delights in the same place.
The following links are for those interested in improving the structure of their soil. If you have rocks or clay, or otherwise good soil that has been compacted, you will find excellent information on planting cover crops and the benefits of no-till planting.
Improve Your Soil With Cover Crops
Cover crops: blanket your idle vegetable plot this winter with a soil-building cover crop
Plant Cover Crops is an entire website dedicated to improving your soil through cover cropping and drawing earthworms. Second column from the right is an extensive list of categories covered. This is a must bookmark for any gardener.
Grow Spectacular Spuds is a great guide to growing taters. Seems that lots of folks on our garden list are interested in growing potatoes.
Plant Pollination: A Bounty to Buzz About explains the art of attracting natures best pollinators to your garden.
And, speaking of pollinators, I found some of my girls working over the holly hedge that runs along my front sidewalk, but oddly enough they won't touch the wisteria, that is loaded with an assortment of large bees, including carpenters and bumblebees:
The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you.
This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wont be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnt asked.
It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and that is part of the fun and interest. Jump in and join us!
Oh my goodness, Gabz. I pray that your allergies will improve quickly and that you have a week of peace and enjoyment and good weather!
You are welcome to as many as you would like! Your plans sound gorgeous. Send me your address via FReepmail.
Your tomato collection sounds yummy! I have taken to using strawberries in our salads, as I can’t find a decent tasting tomato anywhere. Sam’s sells little Cherubs, and they are okay, but still not like homegrown. Actually, we are liking the strawberries a lot ... with some raspberry vinegarette the salad is awesome.
Let us know how your soil analysis turns out ... you chose well on the level of testing. Did you figure out how big the brick path is? I found one of those last year as I was expanding my garden. Well, it was really a ‘pad’ rather than a path, but it had been outside one of the doors to the cow barn that was there before I was born. The bricks were really large and quite nice ... I’ve got them stacked and hope to do something with them in years to come.
It turned out to be more like a pad also, 3’x 5’. It is out in the middle of the Back yard and about 15’ away from a covered patio. It could have been used for just about anything. A base for a bird bath, planter or a BBQ pit, etc.
I will be glad to pass on the info from my soil test and what the Extension Agent recommends.
Not until the snow stops...
So you are having nice weather tubebender? I’m so glad.
It’s 75f and sunny here right now. It’s usually 30-45f here at this time of year.
AFTR, I’m going to throw some lettuce seeds in a bed just for the fun of it.
I could use a few wisteria seeds. I have a corner of the property, out by the Okra patch, that would be ideal for Wisteria, and I have always loved them.
Our St Patricks day was a green day for us, Mrs. r_d planted the garden yesterday, and took tomato seedlings over to several neighbors. We still have a few openings in the garden, so tomorrow I am going down to the seed store and get some more yellow squash and a couple of eggplants.
I just finished looking up some recipes using fresh raspberries that I wanted to try, because Walmart hasn't restocked for quite a while, but also in order to control the ingredients.
I like Romaine, onion, feta cheese, onions, and a sprinkle of Parmesan plus whatever fruit and nuts we have, topped off with the dressing.
I also grow a few tomatoes indoors during the winter, but they are slow, and I won't eat that supermarket junk. Hubby is not so particular though.
Bought two 6-ft. Kieffer pears, 10 fall gold raspberries, 4 latham and 4 heritage red raspberries.
Thank goodness for the hole digger attachment on my tractor! The ground is moist and mellow from all the rain.
I will send you some.
Hmm, sounds like those drone ants a chauvenists. Step on them.
I know we have to have a bag full of indentification to prove who we are, for just about everything, now the doj doesn’t want us to prove who we are to vote.
I found some wonderful strawberries at Sams and used them in salad, yogurt smoothies w/bananas, mashed and heated for waffles...I ate 2 eggs, hubby & guest got the waffles.PFHT!
We had some beautiful weather in Central Missouri this weekend. It rained yesterday morning, then the sun came out. Was sunny this morning, partly cloudy in the afternoon, but no rain.
Got my tomato beds ready for planting today, sowed lettuce and radishes, and a row of snap peas.
The peach trees are almost done blooming. Might get lucky this time...
Now that just makes me tired to read about it. LOL. Sounds awesome.
Expecting severe thunderstorms and flash flooding in and about San Antonio. NWS warns the storms may bring damaging wind, large hail, and even spawn tornadoes. Some areas may receive 5 inches, though 2 to 2 inches is likely for most of us.
I’ve got trays of peppers, tomatoes, squash, eggplant and cucumbers waiting to be transplanted. Except for a line of peppers and tomatoes, I’ve got 8 cherry and grape tomato plants in containers too big to fit under the patio awning.
But, this being San Antonio, maybe we’ll just get the 2 to 3 inches. That would be very nice. :-)
Still harvesting onions, collards, cabbage, lettuce and snap peas. Drat. The broccoli bolted.
You are absolutely right about Diatomaceous earth. It is a super thing to have around. We had a shade garden near one side of the house that became infested with snails/slugs. Diatomaceous earth solved the problem. You DO have to reapply after significant rain, but it’s great.
And guess what SUGAR does? It’s great for increasing the microbial content of the lawn, which can make it more difficult for some types of weeds. I discovered this when I was researching how to get rid of wild strawberry (which spreads like crazy and can infest any area via both its flower seeds and runners. It took hours of hand weeding (one small area at a time) to get rid of it....until I found this article: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Lawns-725/Wild-Strawberries-lawn.htm
My husband was chuckling when I decided to try a test patch of sugar on a VERY solid area of wild strawberry in a patch of lawn near the driveway. However, I am having the last laugh...and am fairly surprised as well. This really works! I have since used it on other areas and I have just about won my war with wild strawberry. And my husband is now a convert to sugar. :-D
I will read that and look into it. I’ve got some patches of weeds to deal with.
That reminds me.......I read that using a sugar solution for transplanting trees increases their survival rate.
I had to transplant a couple trees, one before I found out about the sugar and one after.
The first one has basically not grown in two years. The other one I used the sugar on never set back and is thriving.
Here’s a link to some information. IIRC the original research was done in England and I can’t find it now. Basically, sugar water provides the tree with enough sugar to promote root growth which the photosynthesis from the leaves does not do quickly enough. I seem to recall that it was only a few tablespoons per gallon of water. I did it several times with a weak solution rather than making a strong solution and overdoing it.
Sugar Helps Trees Survive
Some information from a garden forum....
Wow...thanks! I wish I had had that info yesterday. We planted a new Gala apple tree yesterday afternoon.
I’ve bookmarked those links in my Gardening folder. ;-)
I’m going to try the sugar-water feeding for 4 weeks per the article....for my newly planted apple tree. I may include another young apple nearby. I’m also going to try this on a maple tree that was not well planted by the people who owned this property before we did. We’ll see what happens...
I will definitely try the sugar. We have some really tenacious creeping crud that just takes over if not weeded constantly.
I wanted to share one more thing about my use of sugar. I was concerned that this would be attractive to ants...and thus result in an *unintended consequence.* That has not been the case at all. My favorite time to use this sugar is right before a good rain. Sometimes I will do it as it’s raining...if we have no severe storms.
Thank you SPV for the sugar information. I’m going to try it. I have a patch of johnson grass, about 2 feet tall next to one of my raised gardens. I’ve been loath to use Roundup, because of plants in the garden.
Cherry trees are in full bloom right now
This year marks the centennial that Japan gave Washington DC an incredible gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees.
I’m calling my daughter in ‘dead battery’. She has to be at work at 6 at the flattest part of Austin, and if I have to go kill that battery myself she’s not driving out into this at 5:30p.
I planted 2 pear trees, 3 blueberry bushes and 4 blackberry bushes today. Ordered 7 more fruit trees that will be here in a week. Still have 11 red raspberries and 8 gold raspberries to get in the ground.
Hope your peach trees are free from any cold snaps! I really think warmer weather is here to stay.
Such beauty in a such a spoiled city.
If I ruled the world, ev'ry day would be the first day of spring
Every heart would have a new song to sing
And we'd sing of the joy every morning would bring
A beautiful song by Tony Bennett. ENJOY!
You are way ahead of me with your veggies. Getting ready to direct sow some cukes, okra and sweet peas. Need to get the sweet corn planted, but the rain isn't letting the field dry out enough to get the tractor in there. The storm line you had is going to be here late today or early tonight.
Fox & Friends played “If I Ruled The World” last hour. :)
Thanks for the sugar info! With all the trees I’ll be putting in the next couple of weeks, I’ll give it a try. For the 2 Kieffer pears that I planted yesterday, I’ll sprinkle some sugar around the base before the rain later today.
My little local hardware store opened a garden center over the weedend. Finally got over there today, and it is so nice, I couldn’t believe the variety of roses ... walked up and down rows speechless. The had gorgeous blackberry and raspberry plants and I’ve never seen prettier veggie plants. Hope they keep it up the way it is now!
Big rains here in Marshall,Tx this morning. It is looking like an all day rain event or at least all morning.
Stormline is just getting here. Wife went into H early, at 4:30, for some OT. She is the only one there, she suspects everybody caught in traffic and storm at once. Out here in the neighborhood, we often loose power in storms for 6-14 hrs, plus there is a creek that overflows the banks about 600ft in front of the house in the Sam Houston forrest. Fortunately we are on a hilltop and not in the floodplane.
txhurl: I hope your daughter stayed safe and at home. I will investigate those Hill country sites that you recomended.
I wish the front and rain would move East a little faster. It just keeps streaming up from the Gulf and looks like it will continue into the afternoon for this area!
The day we got the rental truck unloaded here in our new digs a big T-Storm rolled through here in the evening and caused the power to go out for about an hour and a half. Luckily I always keep one of those six volt lanterns in my truck, easy to find. Lit up the whole kitchen when setup aimed at the ceiling.
The Jefferson Memorial is one of my three top sites in DC the Marine Corps Memorial and the Wall are my other two.
Earlier this morning, my wife emailed me a picture from a co-worker, of a tornado over Humble, NE Houston.
It looks like a long rainy day ahead for you.
It gives you a chance to unpack some more boxes! lol (We still have some boxes)
Thanks, she did stay home. She fought me at first until I showed her some radar.
Lake is rising nicely since we don’t have to over-irrigate the Wharton Co. farmers anymore.
What God tooketh away, he’s givething back!
I heard the lake may come up several feet, maybe as much as 8 - 10 within the next week or so.
It wasn’t really a storm here, just a steady rain that amounted to a little over two inches at my house. North and south of here was a different story though.
We had some heavy rains 35 NW miles of downtown Austin during the night. I had to go to LOWES in Cedar Park today and noticed the streams are still running just inside their banks. We had just over 3” here and really needed it for Lake Travis.
Hope y'all made it through without damage. Right now I'm glad I don't have anything in the garden ... it would have been blown flat by now.
We were down south on the small tail of the big system so we got a pass.
I believe this system it is still heading your way. It is still developing out in the gulf and streaming north and sliding east. I am still getting rain and may be out of it in about an hour. I was right about an all day rain here in Marshall when I posted this morning. It has not stopped all day. Winds were blowing before the rain hit here this morning. Turned out to be just a big all day rain event here. When I got up this morning the temp was in the low 70’s and dropped into the mid 50’s when the front went through.
I'm glad that the rain isn't hard so far, as the pond has time to go over the spillway without raising the pond very much. We have several goose nests in progress and we lost a couple to fast rising water last year. Broke my heart, even though I don't need a single additional goose. 32 is a lot to feed. I now have a strange little duck that has taken a liking to me. He is snow white, with the exception of a dark gray beak and black tail feathers. Cute as a button, and I have no idea from where he came.
Guess I'll put some tomato and pepper seeds in newspaper pots today since I can't get outside. I also have 50 or so pieces of woodenware to assemble and/or paint for my beeyard, but I don't know if I'll get that industrious. :)
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