Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread – 2009 Vol.3 – May 29
Posted on 05/29/2009 5:08:50 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232
Good morning Freeper gardeners. This weekend marks the end of May and I hope everyones gardens are doing well. I know some have had to delay planting due to weather and we all hope conditions have improved for you.
So far this weekend is looking like a good one, weather wise, all across the Nation except for some lingering rain in the extreme NE. Lets get gardening!
Isn’t compost just the “bomb?”
Ok, now I realize I sound goofy.
Good Morning everyone :)
My garden is sprouting all over after warm days and rain.
For the heck of it I tried putting some taters in and they came up!!
I had the same thing with my indoor tomatoes but 2 days of rain and they have tripled in size.
Hey I wish some of the trees around here would learn to go dorment in the summer so I could have a bunck of brown to balance out the green! My wife thinks I am nuts when I mow the grass and then dump all the clippings on the driveway and let it bake in the sun for a few days and then run the mower over it to pick it all back up and dump it on my compost pile!
Let me think for a second.
Where do you live? A cool climate where your clippings need to be “baked?” If you’re in a warm climate, this is a waste of time, dear.
Compost requires green stuff AND brown stuff. It also requires a handful of lime (gypsum) and water. What are you
trying to do, here, chief?
I grew up on the back of a golf cart. Every Sunday, for my entire childhood, I went on “the tour.” My dad was a golf course superintendent. Never did I see anyone collect grass clippings, for any reason.
HiramQuick has a neat way of growing potatoes. Maybe he will share it again. I would like to know if it would work for sweet potatoes also. I saw some plants at the Co-Op a couple of days ago and would like to try them.
Usually, I snap and eat.
I get seeds from Territorial and really like them.
I don’t recall where I got my garlic from, but the selection was overwhelming. I finally picked one that I figured would do well in our climate and planted them in the fall.
They are going gangbusters this spring. Some even have two flower spikes coming up, much like any bulb that divides would.
I won’t be depending on Chinese garlic this year. I’m thinking that they just might make good Christmas gifts to my inlaws who like to cook with garlic a lot. Nice, homegrown, organic garlic.
When grass clippings are all you have, that is what you use!
It was exciting when they come up. This is my first real attempt at growing food lol. My black thumb hasn’t done much for indoor plants. ;)
Our squash, peas, beans, cukes, onions and zuchinnis are all coming up and growing nicely. I even tossed in some pumpkins for the kids and they popped up the last few days.
Anyone who is familiar with the climate here in Nashville, TN-zone 6-I need some advice. Never grown carrots. Do you think it is too late to start carrots? Can they be started in trays or should they be started in the ground?
I’m NC. Probably not quite as hot, but anyway, I keep several garlics in pots all year around. If I let them go to seed, they “escape” and then I dig up the seedlings. Thus far, this has worked for me. Just did down in the pot a bit and see if anything is the right size to harvest.
I’ve planted society garlic with my roses. They both do fine.
Got all my tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant in, just got tomatillos, groundcherries and other oddball tomato relatives left.
Spring stuff looks good for the most part, summer stuff germinating pretty well.
Lots of weeding and staking on tap for next week.
How about ideas on rabbit control other than my Ruger 10/22? I planted some Purple Bell Peppers last week and of 18, a rabbit got five the first night.
Lived here three years, this is an odd spring, but statistically may be more normal as there has been drought since I lived here - first spring officially out of drought.
We got through Mother’s Day without a hailstorm, a first for me.
We are moving, so I am digging up things - this includes about 200 rose bushes. Some are moving with me, some are being discarded and some are going to live with others. I’m also digging up a lot of other plants. The place looks like a wholesale nursery right now.
Started three kinds of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in the little greenhouse. Hubby added water and heat and they really got off to a good start. Interesting to see how the tomatoes do since it is so much wetter and cooler.
Started a bunch of flowers from seeds also - got surprisingly good results.
Some new dahlias this year that are standing up straight and are already blooming (in pots which may be the secret). My MIL lives with us - loves those dahlias. The ones I planted in the ground, fell over and crawled around like vines. I guess they need more support that I offered.
Went camping up in the mountains in TN several weeks ago - waterfall down in a gorge. The rock walls around the river were covered with hundreds of the fern leafed bleeding hearts. It was glorious to see.
I understand rabbits will avoid the smell of marigolds, dog hair and human urine.
Your one acre garden plot would be my whole yard! Were you growing for market?
I had a scare this week. The tomatoes I started indoors were gradually moved for longer periods onto the back deck. I have planted a few and am leaving the rest on the deck all day and night. The other day I went to bed and the temperature here in zone 4, 8500 ft elevation in the Colorado Rockies was in the mid 40’s. When I woke up the next morning the temps had plummited and there was frost covering my deck. My digital outdoor thermometer showed it had gotten down to 31F. Luckily the tomatoes were close enough to the sliding glass doors that they stayed above freezing and the ones I planted somehow survived too! I have those extra 4th of July tomatoe seeds that I can send you for next year’s garden. Will let you know how mine do.
I ordered some blossom set spray for tomatoes and vegetables that I mail ordered from Jumgs. I plan to try it on tomatoes and squash becausi I am worried about blossom drop with all the windy days here in the Colorado Rockies.
Yeah, still doing the quarter. Originally it was to sell, which I did for about 6 years, but the farmers markets really didn’t hit here till about 4 years ago - well after I’d had enough of beating my head against the wall.
May sell some this year of things that you can’t put up - we got a market going now in the town I live in - but mostly with the high prices and scary times growing it for myself. Rearranged the garden plan to put in some survival stuff like beans, grains, etc.
Mrs SLB told me that if I peed on the peppers she would not go near either them or me. :-)
As produce prices continue to rise; you will find 'ugly' drops quite a bit on your list of concerns. :-)
My wife used to worry about 'ugly' years ago...no more.
I didn't know that! I guess that's a good reason to have tomatoes in pots. I've got a lot of shade in my back yard and I've been moving them as I watch the shade/sun and determine what the best spots are for them.
She's a smart lady then.
The idea is to sprinkle the pee near the peppers.
We have a local farmers market but I heard it can be difficult to even get a stall let alone compete with the established growers. Seems to be kind of cliquish.
I’m pretty good at gardening in the north. I love the seasons and seeing what you can get a jump on, or make last longer.
When I lived outside of San Diego, it was a BORING “72-degrees and Sunny” every d@mn day, LOL! Zzzzzzzzzz!
OK, 4th of July seeds in the mail. Good luck.
Try planting a dozen Chinese Pink garlic as they mature 30 to 40 days earlier than my main crop here on Humboldt Bay
Yep...much more exciting to sit and stare at the ice cycles hanging from the light fixtures as the snow caves the roof in >:)))
I am also NC, Piedmont—zone 7, south of I-40. Re: garlic—what size pot and do you think it w/b too late to start some or should I wait till fall? I have tried planting it in the ground w/o success. Also, do you need special bulbs to plant or can I start it from a clove of garlic that I have on hand.
Thanks for your help.
I’ve been trying to grow tomatoes in my bedroom for almost a year now. Finally got enough light that the vines are growing, but even though there are flower buds the buds aren’t opening. Any ideas? Do they just need more light or is it a nutrient thing?
This started as a way to corner the locally-grown tomato market during the winter months, but has progressed to a personal challenge.
i have huge hostas all around my porch which goes around 3 sides of my house and they are georgous. they bloom in aug. and the scent is a heavenly lily-ish perfume that makes the porch a perfect perch.
What?!?! You mean you didn't shovel your roof off? What's wrong with you?
Sheesh, that was the highlight of my winter......
I’ve noticed that many veggies seem to need full sun.
Maybe you could try putting them in front of an open south facing window to get as much direct, natural sunlight as possible.
my grandma used to feed over ripe cucumbers to the chickens and they went nuts for that stuff.
Getting a jump on the seasons here usually means beating the heat/insects/hurricanes! LOL
OTOH, we get 2 seasons a year on cold crops, sometimes 2 on warm season stuff. Cold stuff we can plant in Feb and then again in Sept. Warm stuff we can slide in around March, and sometimes July/Aug.
San Diego? Yuck!
The summer forecast for here is—hot, hazy, humid with a chance of afternoon showers. Every day. :)
Try starting them around Feb/March, and again in the fall. Maybe Aug/Sept? Check with your local extension agent or the state college. They should have some stuff on line as well.
we’ve grown them in pots in the greenhouse. Just make sure you get deep pots so the carrots have room to grow! :)
They do! We’ve been giving them the leaves off our broccoli and cole crops as we picked the heads. Going to give them the pea and snow pea vines next week.
i would like to get chickens but hubbymayhem is not convinced. im not sure the dogchild would tolerate them well either. hes a spoiled brat sometimes.
The last snow in Eureka was 4 inches in 72 and the town came to a halt as none of us knew how to drive in it...
Thank you all for the garlic tips!
Take a 5 gallon bucket and put 3” of good, friable soil in the bottom. I use Yukon Gold seed potatoes but have also used kennebecs and red varieties as well. Kennebecs are a little large for the bucket ... they will be limited size wise. Red potatoes are perfect, especially if you like “new potatoes” ... just reach down into the bucket and harvest the youngsters without disturbing the plant.
But I digress. Seed potatoes do best if a cut piece has at least 3 eyes on it. For those that are not aware, most potatoes you buy commercially are sprayed so they do not produce buds and thus shelf life is longer. So buy certified seed potatoes. I always take my seed pot. and put them in a sunny window for about 10 days to get the buds to sprout ... then cut into pieces keeping at least three eyes per piece. Let them sit in the sun a couple days to let the cut callous over ... they are susceptible to rot if you don't Not so likely in buckets, because drainage is very good.
Oh .. I made an assumption (and we know what that means). Make sure you have plenty of drainage holes drilled in the bottom of your bucket.
So backtrack, 3” of good soil, 3 seed pot. with 3 eyes in each bucket, cover with 2” of soil and water. When the plant gets 3” tall, cover it except the top 1/2” with compost or a light airy soil mix. Potting soil with vermiculite is wonderful, cept it is tooo spendy for me, and just about all potting mixes have fertilzers (typically miracle grow) in them. That will make for a nice leafy plant, but no potatoes. So I go back to my cheap, self made compost. (gardeners black gold)
Keep letting the pot. grow 3 “ and then voer with more compost until the bucket is full. My buckets are full to the brim with compost and I have the most beautiful foliage that is already 2 ft high growing out of my buckets. I use the buckets in my sunny perennial beds to create interest of texture. Hey .. try that with tomatoes as well ... great looking foliage.
In SW OH, many plant potatoes by St. Paddy's day. Ifind it is too cold .. and seed will just rot. First of April still gives you plenty of time.
A not of caution. Buckets even filled with rich compost can dry out quickly in warm temps. We had a brief few days of 87 degrees and I soaked mine down after 3 days ... If drainage is good in your buckets, water until you just see water coming out the bottom of the bucket, over water and you will leech out all the nutrients in the soil.
I do not fertilize .. my compost seems to be ideal, but if you must, use a low nitrogen, high phosphate blend. Just stay away from high nitrogen, unless you want to develop lots of foliage and minimum potatoes.
End of Sept, dump them out in the yard. The fat boys way to capture potatoes. Short handled shovel do not fit this fat boys hand. Don't even own one anymore.
Back to new “reds” if you use compost your can harvest early by reaching down along side the plant and picking the size you want.
Again, I grow mine in buckets predominantly for the foliage interest in my landscape .. but a fat boy loves new reds, piping hot and swimming in butter and a little essence.
Hungry all of a sudden ... writing about gardening does that to me.
Hope this is useful to you.
Again I have not tied sweet potatoes .. we are tooo far north, but I imagine that they would work just as well.
LOL. Where I used to live, they wouldn’t plow for under 6 inches.
You just drove through it. Push on the gas and don’t make any sudden moves, starting, stopping, or turning. Going easy is the key.
Mine are in squat5s - the black 5 gallon nursery pots that are short and fat.
It wouldn’t hurt to start the plants - the worst they can do is seed and give you more for the spring growing season.
Hey, you are close enough to adopt a rose bush or two. Let me know if youare interested.
I don’t know about planting in the ground, since I’ve never tried that. I’ve asked clerks at the grocery store for the sprouted garlic cloves and planted those. They can’t sell them as they are not good for cooking.
I’ll happily give you some society garlic and some other things too. Husband is getting fed up with digging things up and potting them for the move.
Does anyone know what makes a healthy tomato plant suddenly wilt on half its branches?
All my other maters are doing fine, with strong blossoms or little maters, but one plant suddenly wilted on one side, has the tensile strength of a wet paper twel.
I LOOOOOOVE my Sun Golds!
Compost everything and fill all your beds. It will take you about 7 years to get over the clayey problem, but oh my ... how wonderful it is to be able to dig a hole with bare hands.
You live at 8,5oo feet in the Rockies?
I used to spend summers wrking at Sequoia Nmational Park at 7,200, and I loved it...the stars at night were so beautiful, the color in the day was this enchanting blues...I did get altitude sickness one year and that was the sickest I’ve ever been, I truly thought I was gonna die.
What town do you live in? I’ve always loved Telluride.
See post # 143 for a good nice simple way to grow potatoes! I knew Hiram would come through.