Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 16, April 20, 2012
Posted on 04/20/2012 10:06:22 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
Good morning to my FRiends, fellow gardeners, future gardeners, and lurkers! It is beautiful and sunny today here in NELA. We received 2-1/2 inches of rain earlier in the week and it is still very wet in the yard and garden.
I've been keeping busy with my bee yard ... I got called about a swarm day-before-yesterday, about 25 miles south of my house. I still had all of my bee catching equipment in my truck from doing a hive cutout last weekend, so off I went. Below is a photo of the swarm when I got there, and the latest photo of my bee yard with the newest hives on the right-hand side.
It is my hope that everybody is getting the weather they need, and none of what they don't. Check-in and let everybody know what you're up to in your neck of the woods.
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The obvious, to me, is that you need to mix that manure with compost or straw and some soil so that it will age/cure properly. Just my thought.
OK - that was easier than I thought - now to figure out how taht is going to relate to bobcat scoop fuls - but as I told the gal at the supply place - I’ll discuss it with her in the morning because she was speaking greek to me!
Thank you - I definitely have to talk to them in person. I just looked at the bags I used for behind the house and they are 1 cubic ft each. At $2.50 a bag, that will become cost prohibitive, hopefully their bulk is cheaper!
It is 7 x 7 and 1 foot deep
49 cubic feet or
1.8 cubic yards
Prayers up for Mark.
It is quite possible that they know how many cubit feet their loader scoop holds. I would if it was my business.
Thank you both. I will be heading over there in the morning.
Allowing for settling, and I know this from filling a raised bed last year, I would get 2 cubic yards.
one of local farmer friends told us where he piles excess dirt on the farm and we are welcome to it at any time. Depending on the price of all this topsoil I may go half and half.
I’m still planning to go and talk to them at the supply place in the morning (after I finish setting up the church hall for Sunday’s pancake supper) and talk with them. but because my husband has service calls tomorrow - 2 hours and 2 states away - it can’t be done tomorrow. So because of the storms that are coming in Sat night and hanging around all day Sun - I have to put it off another couple of days........grrrrrrrrrrr
I wouldn't because the extra water might interfere with what the field is supposed to be doing. But I really don't know. Mine is eased in around the septic lines so between not wanting to disturb them and having a tiny yard, the garden is at its max now.
I remember when I built my raised beds. The topsoil that was delivered was kinda lousy. Real heavy and clay like. I ended up mixing up a blend of 2 parts crappy topsoil, 1 part peat moss, 1 part sand. Thinking back I should have gone with more peat moss in the mix.
Keep in mind the beauty of raised beds is you can make the soil perfect and you don’t walk on it so it never gets compacted. Invest the added effort now as you build the beds and it will save a lot of effort in the long run.
Oh, one other thing I noticed over the years. Back when I planted everything on the ground, I lost quite a bit to rabbits. I was always chasing rabbits out of the garden. Now that I plant everything in beds raised 1 foot, the plants have not been touched by rabbits in 14 years!!!
Wonderful pics, JDB!
Prayers for Mark are on the way. Please keep us posted.
I love bamboo. It’s a great screen.
I don’t do well with the traditional bleeding hearts here in Massachusetts, but the fern leaf dicentra is mistake proof, and lasts all summer.
Looks like a very expensive, proprietary top-bar.
Thanks for the link...going back now.
Thanks for the tip!
Rabbits are not a problem around here - the foxes and eagles keep them in control. My biggest problem is with deer. they think baby canteloupe are snickers bars!
This raised bed is just for flowers. I don’t normally do flowers, but I caved into a fund raiser for the children of a friend. They were selling bulbs to raise money so the K and pre-K classes can go to the Smithsonian.
This is an experiment I have been promising my daughter for nearly 3 years. We shall see.
It is so warm and balmy here in So Cal that I’m having a hard time keeping my mind on my work.
A while back, I posed a question about small, green, mostly round pellets I see scattered as fertilizer. It is not for hydration, but food. I can’t find out what it is, though I’ve searched high and low. I’m wondering if it is lawn fertilizer. If anyone has any ideas about what it is, let me know. Thanks! The mystery is really bugging me!
My sweet corn is looking good. Was about to plant some purple hull peas, but the rain will put a hold on that.
Sounds like everything is growing really well, including the weeds! Think of the harvest ... it is a good motivator! LOL at your chubby dove. I have a pair that sit in the corn trailer under the equipment shed. Surprises me that they can even fly out. I’ve run across several baby doves that don’t fly yet out in the yard. Luckily, they’ve all been across the pond where the cat doesn’t hang out much.
Thank you so much for your prayers. Mark's wife said that he is still in ICU, of course, and he has been in and out ... complaining that his chest hurts. Well, I guess so! I can't even imagine.
Sounds great! I hope you continue success, and thank you for checking in.
Thank you for your prayers. Hopefully, it will warm up again so you can get those beautiful little plants in the ground. Let us know how the water crystals work out. I received a bunch of those big gel things packed around some of the fruit trees I ordered. They stayed wet for what seemed like forever.
Do you think the celery would have developed roots if you left it in a container of water before planting? I have no clue.
Prayers for Mark.
My dh and I are thinking about bees. We had never heard of the top bar hive. I found plans for diy at http://www.saveourskills.com/downloads/How_to_build_a_TBH.pdf
Are you just south of Monroe or further east?
I am on I-20 40 miles east of Monroe and 40 miles west of Vicksburg. You pass my house every time you come through.
Pretty thrilled to see our fig bush absolutely loaded with baby figs ...... three days later, it is bare ..... evidently the deer were thrilled about the baby figs, too!
Got this picture of the inside of one of the 'black' iris that are blooming around the house ... not really black, but so dark purple they look almost black.
Thank you for the link. That was an interesting and very well-done presentation and instructions.
And, thanks much for the prayers.
Thank you so much! Extra points for the lovely photos!
Could you please add me to your ping list? Thanks in advance.
Or is that how you disperse a hive? Do you use some pheromone?
Well, in the case of a swarm, I am not concerned with *finding* the queen, you know that she is in the middle of that ball of bees, which is why they are in a ball -- to protect her and keep her warm.
This particular swarm decided to gather in this tree, which was just outside the front door of this little 90-year-old lady's home. She was frozen in fear that she would be stung and killed.
The swarm was about 12 feet above the ground, and I wanted to get every bee possible because of her concerns, so I got up on a step ladder and vacuumed them up with the bee vac. I started at the bottom of the ball, and about 15 minutes later I was done. I could tell once I had the queen in the capture box because the bees started voluntarily flying down the hose because they were following her pheromone.
We do place pheromone, or lemongrass oil which mimics queen pheromone, into swarm traps to try to catch one that might be in the area. Have 4 traps up in a 5 mile radius of my house, but haven't caught a swarm in one yet. Trying to get permission to trap my husband's golf club course because he has seen a couple of swarms go by while playing.
Had the swarm been closer to the ground, or further from this lady's door, I would probably have just put a hive box under the ball and grabbed the ball of bees and dropped them in the box. Once the queen goes in, the rest of the bees that may be straying around will follow.
LOL ... your question reminds me of a Erma Bombeck's book, The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank. The answer is really, I don't know. Can't honestly say that I've ever heard of anybody doing so. I do remember that my Granny's kitchen sink drained directly out of the house into a kinda trench that went across the side yard. She had the most beautiful Tiger lilies that grew along there, but that was way back before they started banning phosphates in detergent.
Yay for trees!! I think it is wonderful that your doc will barter with you ... great going! No doubt, he will enjoy your canned goods.
Please don’t go! At least stop in for the gardening thread ... you know we don’t let politics interfere with our fun here.
You are only the 2nd person I’ve ever known that grew bamboo on purpose. It does make a great screen and barrier to noise, which is what my neighbor has done with it. He blocks the view and the noise from the interstate.
Breathtakingly beautiful iris! Good thing you got a photo of the figs to remember them by. :)
Missing parts are shipping on Monday.
Again, you’re very welcome for the onions; raised bed sounds perfect.
I hilled up a raised wide-row, and planted 150-200 of Bonnie’s Walla-Walla Sweets (http://bonnieplants.com/products/vegetables/onions/walla-walla-sweet-onion) started-onions today...among some other odds & ends. I buy 2 bundles of them, 75-100/bundle. If sweet reds come in, I’ll buy them, too, as they did good last year.
I left the celery in a saucer for nearly 2 weeks, and it looked like it was starting to put out roots, so potted it. After about 10 days in the pot, it suddenly began to collapse. It may need to stay in water longer.
Oh, we finally got a broodie hen; been glued to the nest for 4-5 days now. She’s one of the Black Jersey Giants; and since both roosters are too, at least hers will be pure, but I’ll bet she’s also stolen some of Slow White Cross Rocks’ eggs.
I can now start to thin the flock down to a manageable size, and still have excess eggs. Neighbors flee when they see us coming, and it isn’t even zucchini season. LOL Boiled eggs—I did over 50 last weekend; pickled eggs; 8-egg lemon-poppy seed pound cakes; omelets; deviled eggs; ... egg foo yung .
Monday, a game warden from Iowa & his buddy showed up to fill their last archery turkey tag; been here a couple of prior years, too. Today, the Minnesota Highway Patrol, 3 of them, rolled in right on schedule for their turkey hunting; 2 of the 3 have been here before, also. They’re all really great guys; they also know & are liked by several of the surrounding neighbors, too.
Sorry for the delay, been busy with other issues today and just got back to the computer. We are projected to have a low of around 36 degrees here in SE Missouri. Cold enough to bring all the tomato plants and citrus plant indoors.
I think all the plants close to the ground and in raised beds will be ok. The plants up higher in the air were the ones that suffered last time.
Back in the mid-70’s, our landlord, and another tenant on the property grew a large patch of bamboo in one corner of the yard. Pretty stuff, and practical, too.
It was a very effective screen for their joint pot garden. LOL We had a large planter box next to our unit’s door, and I had to watch it like a hawk every spring, because a former renter had dumped their seeds in it, and volunteer marijuana seedlings look very much like tomato seedlings, until they start getting a couple of sets of true leaves.
That’s what happens when you live in a ‘student ghetto’ in sunny southern California.
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