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Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 15, April 13, 2012

Posted on 04/13/2012 8:19:42 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde

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PhotobucketHappy Friday the 13th, and good morning fellow gardeners and FRiends! I hope that you are enjoying weather as beautiful as what we are experiencing here in NE Louisiana. Nights and mornings are cool and breezy, and the days very warm.

I've planted 1.6 acres of bi-color sweet corn. We checked the seed the next day and it had already sprouted, and was pegged the following day. Perfect conditions!

Looking forward to hearing what's going on in your neck o' the woods.

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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 won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t 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!


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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Been trying to get to work in the garden today, but have other pressing issues. So far, everything is doing great. I am close to having to tie the tomato stalks to the rebar I used when I planted. Lots of flowers and the same with the cucumbers.
51 posted on 04/13/2012 1:49:02 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: evets
Good recipe. I don't use reduced fat anything but to each their own. I'm eating for the fats and calories required to sustain human life. And the better they taste, the better I eat. And that recipe is good. I don't care who you are. I might roast the corn kernels in the oven to a brownish black, but that's just my take on it.

You can bet I copied, pasted, and printed it.

/johnny

52 posted on 04/13/2012 1:49:24 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Two years ago I planted a dwarf peach tree. This year it is covered with baby peaches. Do I need to thin some of them out, or will they thin themselves?
Thank you for help!


53 posted on 04/13/2012 1:51:15 PM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: ApplegateRanch
We had a roasted fall vegetable recipe at one of the fine dining restaurants that I worked at that included the flesh of older, harder, summer squash, baked whole, and the innards cubed to be recooked with the potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, parsnips, etc.....

As long as it isn't chewy or fiberous when it gets to the customer, they eat it up.

/johnny

54 posted on 04/13/2012 1:54:35 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Good afternoon - I just noticed (yesterday evening) my first casualty of the season. My French Tarragon did not make it through the mildest winter I can recall in many years. C'est la vie!



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

55 posted on 04/13/2012 2:43:38 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

We’ve gotten some badly needed rain here in Central Missouri today. Light frost at my place the last two nights. I haven’t had a chance to check the peach trees for freeze damage. They are absolutely loaded with little baby peaches. If the frost didn’t wipe em out I’m going to have to thin the heck out of them before they get much bigger. They’re about the size of a dime right now and there are literally hundreds of them on every tree.


56 posted on 04/13/2012 3:21:15 PM PDT by Augie
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Wow...looking at several days of mid and upper 70’s here in New Sodom...this will give the tomatoes and peppers a shot in the arm after a period of more traditional April gloom.


57 posted on 04/13/2012 3:48:50 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Over the winter I grew lettuce and such which required a lot of watering. On my lot, watering the garden pretty much means watering the lawn, which is only allowed twice a week. And to be honest, I didn't do a very good job keeping things wet.

This week I completed the new sprinkler project, burying PVC running to the raised beds and into the corners of the yard where I have bananas, where it converts to 1/2" poly tubing. So far I just have a few drippers installed for the bananas, but now that it's all set up and connected with it's own zone to the automated sprinkler system it's simple to add drippers wherever I need to water.

Just in time for the rainy season.

I'll probably run some more PVC for another "irrigation" project once I finish the testing phase. This picture shows the fence the squirrels use to get from my neighbor's tree (aka "home") to MY tomatoes.

(It's a motion sensitive sprinkler with a three second burst).

58 posted on 04/13/2012 3:59:48 PM PDT by Darth Reardon (No offense to drunken sailors)
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To: JRandomFreeper
My kitchen is plant free for the first time in 2 months (except in the refrigerator, and I'm not sure that's a plant or some other lifeform).

LOL! My wife HATES this time of year, because I have tomato flats everywhere...kitchen, extra bedroom, top of the washer and dryer, etc. She gets over it when it is time to plant.

You think she'd be happy with a man who doesn't have any particular interest in sports...more time for her. :-)

59 posted on 04/13/2012 4:06:18 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Bee keeping sounds interesting, but not in my current location. On the other hand, an empty hive with a sign warning of ‘SWARMING BEES...DANGER!’ might keep the neighborhood kids away; not to mention that b**** of a neighbor who tweaks me by walking her pit bulls down the street. Hmmm...


60 posted on 04/13/2012 4:16:50 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Darth Reardon

Looks like you have a major leak in your PVC DR???


61 posted on 04/13/2012 4:20:30 PM PDT by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
I would absolutely love to have some of the onions you were writing about on last week's thread!

I'll let you know, sometime next week, when they're on their way, and we can work out something then.

If they look dried out or anything by the time they arrive, just soak them overnight, then plant them, and they'll be fine. These things really take a beating, and still survive.

62 posted on 04/13/2012 4:54:28 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Amen to your tagline. Had hoped we’d get something the last couple days but that didn’t happen. They’re saying maybe Sunday but not holding my breath.

Yours are further along than mine. Saw one flower on a tomato. IIRC, you put out cuke transplants whereas I just sowed the day of the big storm so all mine got washed into the low corner. The broccoli and cauliflower never came up so need to sow some cantaloupe or maybe see if the very old okra is still viable. Did dig a couple holes there for a potato that had sprouted in the kitchen so we’ll see. Weeds have never been this bad so that’s taking a toll. Lost 3 tomatoes from hubby’s truck parked too close to them and one pepper from who knows what. Beans, peas, squashes, asparagus, corn, etc. all doing fine. Having onions and salad greens on the table.


63 posted on 04/13/2012 6:14:51 PM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill
I had some cuke seeds I started in late Jan that I put into the garden about three weeks ago and they are thriving in the real dirt. I decided to plant seeds, rather than buy seedlings and every one is doing better than the four I bought at the local hardware store.

I gave a couple of my neighbors some leaf lettuce seed (since I buy my seed at a nursery in Elgin - 1/4 cup for $.50) and they have had exceptional luck. Same goes for turnips and spinach. I'll be pulling the winter crop out this weekend and planting new lettuce for the summer.

My neighbor planted about 50 potato plants and they are about two feet tall now. He got several seed potatoes and asked me how to plant them since I grew up on a farm. I told him to cut the taters with at least one good eye. He did and every one came up and are growing like crazy.

Yes, we do need the rain. I hope the lakes come up quite a bit before summer. Our congregation has had a prayer for rain during the service for several months. I did hear the first cigarette boat on Travis today since the drought hit.

64 posted on 04/13/2012 6:39:47 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I needed to get out and collect some broccoli seeds from an old plant but may do that in the morning.

I crossed the Pedernales bridge on 71 yesterday... still just a trickle.


65 posted on 04/13/2012 6:54:03 PM PDT by bgill
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To: who knows what evil?
I avoid that with the avoidance of the wife thingy.

Celibacy has its bright and shining moments.

/johnny

66 posted on 04/13/2012 7:43:52 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

What is the name of the corn you plant? I am trying a new kind this year, Mirai.

Has anyone planted this variety?


67 posted on 04/13/2012 7:49:03 PM PDT by JRochelle (Note to the MSM: Unemployment has been higher under every month of Obama than any month under Bush.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Things are humming along here now. Even with my relatively late start, I’ve got baby tomatoes and peppers setting, and bloom buds on melons, squash, and eggplant. My bell peppers are setting fruit like mad, they have already set 4-6 per plant and have lots more buds forming. Do you have to thin the fruit on bell peppers? I’ve never had them set fruit this well before!

In my eagerness to get a bunch of homemade pickles, I think I planted too many cucumbers. They are making flower buds now, and since I am growing parthenocarpic cukes, every flower bud is a potential cuke. If even a quarter of those make, I am going to be drowning in them! If they all do...I hope the neighbors don’t mind me leaving bags of cucumbers on their porches. The fun won’t last long, though. The mildew will almost certainly kill them by June or July, but I’ll be tired of making pickles by then.

The bunching onions and herbs are also looking good - nice healthy seedlings.

The bad news is that some of my plants were set back a couple of weeks by a nutrient deficiency. After basically everything in my new raised beds turned yellow I finally figured it out and started foliar feeding. The plants have now greened up and resumed growth. The okra was slowed the most; it’s still really small, but at least it’s not yellow any more.

I had to reseed my calaloo; something ate the first planting. If these fail...I can always stick another tomato plant in that bed. You can never have too many tomatoes, right? :-)


68 posted on 04/13/2012 8:19:21 PM PDT by FiscalSanity
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To: FiscalSanity
You can never have too many tomatoes, right? :-)

I ran out of my canned tomatoes in December. I've been eating hothouse or commercial canned since then. When I put up jalapenos last year, my neighbor said they wouldn't get eaten for years.... I just opened the last jar at the 1st of the month.

Never have enough tomatoes or peppers around here. Ever.

Store what you can. You just never know. And last year in Texas was harsh.

/johnny

69 posted on 04/13/2012 8:45:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: WestwardHo

I didn’t see where anyone had responded to your question. Yes, you need to thin the peaches. If you don’t, you’ll probably get a lot of undersized peaches that aren’t very sweet because the tree can’t make enough carbohydrates to nourish them all. You also risk branches breaking under the weight of the fruit.

Thin to about one peach every 6-10 inches along each branch. It’s best to do this about 40 days after full bloom, before the fruit reach marble-size. Try to remove the smaller, discolored or damaged fruits. Leave the biggest and best ones on the tree.

I’m really looking forward to having to do this job again. (My old peach tree died and I just planted a new one in January.)


70 posted on 04/13/2012 8:45:56 PM PDT by FiscalSanity
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To: FiscalSanity; WestwardHo
I am not qualified to answer the original question. But that's a good answer in my book, based on what I've read and seen, but not actually done myself, except with tomatoes.

I'm ruthless with tomatoes. Stems, leaves, fruit, trimmed. Leave a few to really pump up the tomatoes with sugars. And that's worked for me.

But I don't have a peach tree. So take it for what it's worth.

/johnny

71 posted on 04/13/2012 9:03:02 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: FiscalSanity

To clarify, 6” is the minimum recommended spacing to get good-sized, tasty peaches. The 10” spacing is recommended if you want extra large fruits.


72 posted on 04/13/2012 9:04:34 PM PDT by FiscalSanity
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’ve never been much of a pruner with tomatoes; I cage my tomatoes and play the “hunt for fruit” game, heh. I prune to keep the plant in bounds, to thin it enough for air circulation, and I remove diseased leaves and stems as soon as I see them.

But this year I am trying an experiment with two tomato plants - same variety, same bed, planted same day. One I am pruning in the usual manner and the other I am pruning most of the suckers. I know that anything I do with just two plants will be anecdote, not science...but it should still be interesting. I’ll be recording yield, quality, and pest/disease problems in my garden journal.


73 posted on 04/13/2012 9:27:27 PM PDT by FiscalSanity
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To: FiscalSanity
I prune them hard. Jalapenos also. I've done it enough years that I'll keep doing it because of the results I get.

Harsh. And big fruits with thick flesh. Not a bunch of paper-thin tomatoes or peppers.

But it's good to question and to see for yourself.

/johnny

74 posted on 04/13/2012 9:34:07 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: evets

If they are smallish, cut them in half, brush with olive oil..sprinkle with your spice of choice and grill them.


75 posted on 04/13/2012 11:52:38 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: DollyCali

Thank you, Dolly! Your accomplishments are great ... it only takes a few minutes to plant 1.6 acres of corn with a tractor and planter. :)


76 posted on 04/14/2012 5:14:56 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Gabz

Doggoneit, Gabz. I hope that the vehicle situation is resolved really soon.


77 posted on 04/14/2012 5:16:41 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Texas Fossil
"That is an amazing vehicle."

It really is ... auto (I'd rather have manual), air conditioning, sound system, front air bags, 4wd, headlights adjust up and down with a button on dash. I am lovin' it!

78 posted on 04/14/2012 5:19:59 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
"The purple is bigger and performs best but I’d recommend planting both..."

Thank you, I will plant both.

79 posted on 04/14/2012 5:21:06 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: dschoemaker

You’ve got a yummy variety of things going! That’s great.


80 posted on 04/14/2012 5:22:14 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: left that other site

I hope that you get all of the rain that you need!!


81 posted on 04/14/2012 5:23:03 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: MtnClimber

Oh, yum! I really need to get some mustard and turnip greens planted. Thanks for reminding me. :)


82 posted on 04/14/2012 5:25:25 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Bulwinkle

Good luck! Be sure and introduce those tomatoes and peppers to some filtered or indirect sun first. They might very well scorch if you go full sun at first. Silverqueen corn is great.


83 posted on 04/14/2012 5:27:50 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Oh my, YES! I got soaked walking the dog this morning.


84 posted on 04/14/2012 5:33:09 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: tubebender
Excuse me very much, Mr. Bender, but the Excursion is MINE! When farmer boy is not driving one of the farm trucks, he uses the Explorer that I drove before I bought the Excursion.

Glad you got the camera up! If you get too many rodents, adjust the sensor switch to 'low' and that may help.

Mark and I are leaving to do a bee hive cutout this morning. Same apartments that we used the man lift, but we will be getting these from inside the apartment. They are going in the wood and down behind the brick veneer.

85 posted on 04/14/2012 5:35:27 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Whoa! I thought this thread was about this year’s reappearance of the mooch-elle’s garden at the white hut that she tends every day.


86 posted on 04/14/2012 5:43:27 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Whoa! I thought this thread was about this year’s reappearance of the mooch-elle’s garden at the white hut that she tends every day.


87 posted on 04/14/2012 5:43:27 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Yes, I do grind my own grains. A couple of years ago I scored a Schnitzer Grano mill with stone wheel. Adjusts from cracking corn to the finest flour.


88 posted on 04/14/2012 6:40:51 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Peter from Rutland
"I did a 10” high raised bed."

I have one raised bed that I put in for lettuces and other salad fixins. It is around 8'x16', so I could devote 1/3 of it to asparagus. Is that too much??

89 posted on 04/14/2012 6:43:51 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: evets

Thanks so much for the recipe! Those sound awesome! Think I will use a generous dose of Tony’s seasoning in the place of the plain cayenne.


90 posted on 04/14/2012 6:46:12 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: SumProVita

What variety of figs do you have?


91 posted on 04/14/2012 6:47:06 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: painter
"Cajun recipie?"

Not really, I guess, but it could be. It is just something I made up one evening when I was contemplating the pile of veggies I had on the countertop.

Start with 2 tbs of olive oil, 2 tbs of butter, onions, peppers and garlic. Then just throw in tomatoes (with juice) and whatever else you have on hand. Spam cut into cubes is surprisingly good too. Use Tony's cajun seasoning liberally!

92 posted on 04/14/2012 6:51:56 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: trisham

Thank you! I do too! :^)


93 posted on 04/14/2012 6:52:59 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Those squashes are beautiful! That monster white one would be a beautiful bowl for a fruit salad or melon balls. It might be big enough to use as a soup tureen.


94 posted on 04/14/2012 6:55:06 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Probably another life form, but hey, so is penicilan, let it grow.


95 posted on 04/14/2012 7:28:26 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Yummy.


96 posted on 04/14/2012 7:32:00 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: evets

Thank you. We’ll have some of that for dinner.


97 posted on 04/14/2012 7:38:49 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: ApplegateRanch

Hmmm, I have that book. I like the recipes.


98 posted on 04/14/2012 7:44:53 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: FiscalSanity

I have a mini peach tree. It is full of tiny peaches and everyone of the peaches have a scab on the skin. What can I do to clear this up, or what? I also have a bunch of “wild” peach sprouts coming up and plan to replant a couple in the pasture. One year there were so many peaches we were looking forward to harvesting them. Well, we had a very hard wind come through and blew every ripe peach off the tree. We scooped up what we could, gave everyone one we knew some, but a lot of the peaches on the ground was put in the dumpster, they were ruined. This time those little trees are going to be pruned along the fence and kept SHORT.


99 posted on 04/14/2012 8:04:39 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

That should be fine. 10 roots is more than enough. Being a perrenial it will eventually split.


100 posted on 04/14/2012 11:12:39 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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