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Weekly Gardening Thread 2009 Vol.3 May 29
FreeRepublic | 5-29-2009 | Red_Devil 232

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 everyone’s 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!


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To: Daisyjane69
I will keep you posted. I can't remember the name of them but he bought 4. So that is about 5000 tomato's soon!
21 posted on 05/29/2009 5:28:45 AM PDT by angcat ("When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own dwelling, his goods are safe".)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Didn’t know this list existed and don’t know how to be added to the ping list, but please count me in. Not much gardening in MA this weekend as we’ve had several inches of rain and I can see the weeds growing. Any Hosta fans out there?


22 posted on 05/29/2009 5:29:14 AM PDT by WesternMA
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To: Daisyjane69

The pots are now on the east side of the house. In a few weeks, they will be in full shade,

You move yours based on the sun, or the sun moves relative to your pots? It is a serious question.


23 posted on 05/29/2009 5:29:23 AM PDT by wita
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To: lysie

All you have to do is watch the Accuweather long range forecast and take off a few degrees if you live much outside Syracuse.

http://www.accuweather.com/us/ny/syracuse/13201/forecast-15day.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=1&zipchg=1&metric=0


24 posted on 05/29/2009 5:29:27 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: snippy_about_it

I’ve grown garlic, when I lived in Ohio.

If the cloves are soft and mushy, cook them and restart your garlic project in the fall.

If they still seem firm to you, plant them either on the north or east side of the house (to shield from afternoon heat). You prolly will not want to use these for cooking this season; but will be growing them for next season’s stock.

The point is, if they are starting to emit an odor, they are reaching their temperature limit. They need to get into cool soil, and fast. Once you plant them, be sure to mulch them.


25 posted on 05/29/2009 5:30:19 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (GO CAVS !!!! No Cleveland championship since 1964. I'm not getting any younger!)
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To: gardengirl

Your FR page doesn’t have a flag but my guess is you are in the south, heat and bugs! Godspeed on your daughters delivery.


26 posted on 05/29/2009 5:32:26 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Looking for our Sam Adams)
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To: Daisyjane69

Utah! I got the idea for my drip irrigation system from the Utah State Univ. Cooperative Extension service.


27 posted on 05/29/2009 5:32:36 AM PDT 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: wita

Being down here, in the heat, my tomatoes are on the south side of the house until we are in the 90’s. Then we’re on the east side until we reach the 100’s. Once we get there, the plants are in full shade 24/7, in my carport.

Tomatoes (other than Heatwave) are DORMANT above 86 degrees.
They won’t ripen, pollinate, fill out or anything else.

In this climate, those things happen at NIGHT.


28 posted on 05/29/2009 5:33:17 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (GO CAVS !!!! No Cleveland championship since 1964. I'm not getting any younger!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
As of this morning in eastern North Carolina I've got a salad garden going great guns... the leaf lettuce looks like something out of a seed catalog, the growth has been so strong. I also planted Swiss chard for the first time, and that has been a winner also. The chard is a welcome addition to our green salads and the soup pot. I dressed the garden with some slow-release 15-5-10 fertilizer, which has helped the green leafies tremendously but was a bad idea on the radishes. The radishes started putting on stems and foliage at the expense of root bulbs, and I've already yanked them up and put tomatoes in their place.

I had started some really strong-looking Pink Oxheart tomatoes indoors and transplanted them outside, only to have the local bird life peck them to pieces. I'm not sure what it is about small tomato plants that attracts birds, but these poor seedlings were not long for this world.

29 posted on 05/29/2009 5:33:36 AM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: Daisyjane69

Thanks for the information. I was concerned about using them to cook with this season. I’ll plant them, even if I get less yield it will be fine. I’m originally from Ohio also, boy do I miss Ohio river tomatoes!!

I’m down in SC now and this is my first year growing plants in the south. The bugs destroyed my strawberry plants, something is pulling up my onions, the watermelons are slow but coming along. The only thing that appears to be doing great are my pole beans.

Between the bugs, critters and heat gardening down here is going to be more difficult that when I gardened in Ohio.


30 posted on 05/29/2009 5:37:56 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Looking for our Sam Adams)
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To: WesternMA

YOU HAVE

ADDED TO THE WEEKLY GARDENING PING LIST

31 posted on 05/29/2009 5:39:53 AM PDT 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: Daisyjane69

Tomatoes (other than Heatwave) are DORMANT above 86 degrees.
They won’t ripen, pollinate, fill out or anything else.

Well now, ten minutes on the gardening thread and I know more about tomatoes than I did. Thanks for the tip. We don’t get a lot of 100’s here and the short growing season limits varieties somewhat, so anything that will assist in their ripening is a big help.


32 posted on 05/29/2009 5:40:30 AM PDT by wita
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To: lysie

I put mine in Monday. Channel 9 changed the forecast mid afternoon to mild frost for the north country. Had to scramble to cover. We dodged the bullet. Beans, lettuce, basil are up. sd


33 posted on 05/29/2009 5:41:58 AM PDT by shotdog (I love my country; it's my government I'm afraid of.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Utah! I got the idea for my drip irrigation system from the Utah State Univ. Cooperative Extension service.

On the web or in person?


34 posted on 05/29/2009 5:42:06 AM PDT by wita
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To: wita

I got the info from the web.


35 posted on 05/29/2009 5:44:47 AM PDT 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
I have seen some aphids this spring on the leaf lettuce, mainly with concentrated infestations on just a few plants. Because I've planted so much leaf lettuce, I just yanked the plants and threw them in the compost bin. I'd prefer not to spray pesticide on the lettuce if I can help it, since we actually eat the leaves.

I did break out the Sevin on two cabbages in the garden however, as the cabbage worms have been going to town on them. A fortnight later they're looking much better. I have also used the Sevin on my volunteer yellow summer squash, which is prone to squash bugs, and the young hot pepper plants. I'm not sure what eats hot pepper plants, but the leaves were looking like swiss cheese, so they got the treatment.

Sevin was my bug killer of choice, since I remember using it as a kid. It's what my dad bought for use in the garden.

36 posted on 05/29/2009 5:46:31 AM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: WesternMA

Not much gardening in MA”

I just sold my house in RI last week and had to give up my beautiful gardens that I had worked on for 30 years. I moved to the lower south west corner of Illinois. Anyone know which plants do well here. It has been raining almost every day so I can’t get started yet but I do know that the soil is very clay like. Will probably opt for planting in pots this year.


37 posted on 05/29/2009 5:46:57 AM PDT by heylady
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To: metmom
Thanks. We live about 20 miles north of Syracuse.

Hubby tracks the weather. Me? I just open the door and look. LOL

38 posted on 05/29/2009 5:47:52 AM PDT by lysie
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To: metmom

Yikes! Saturday’s low is 42.


39 posted on 05/29/2009 5:49:29 AM PDT by lysie
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To: shotdog
Many years ago when mom was having chemo treatments in Philly I planted her garden June 7. It didn't take too long before her garden caught up to others.

Of course, I don't want to wait that long.

40 posted on 05/29/2009 5:52:55 AM PDT by lysie
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