Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 20) May 27
Posted on 05/27/2011 5:16:22 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232
Good morning gardeners. I apologize to all Freepers for the flame skirmish that occurred on the thread last week. This thread is intended to give like minded Freepers a place to share their gardening experiences and knowledge - a respite from the everyday problems we all encounter without encountering more on a benign gardening thread. Please be civil to your fellow gardeners, Thank You.
Ok, back to gardening. Every one of my plants I started from seed are doing great! This includes two varieties of paste tomatoes and three varieties of winter squash and a few pepper plants. Unfortunately some of the beneficial flowers, I started in a small raised planter were raided by a digging Cashmere (Irish Setter) hiding her Milk Bones.
My garden received a nice drenching rain shower yesterday afternoon. It supplied a good soak for thirsty roots.
If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion. Our Freeper community is full of gardeners, each with varying interests and skill levels from Master Gardener to novice.
My point here is: Its amazing what they can do if they have very limited TV and video games access.
I sure hope that is not the case!
why does he paint them white?
You and me both. Every year I tell myself that it’s not worth it to set out tomato plants before Memorial Day, and every year the beautiful weather comes late in April and I set them out the first week of May hoping for the best.
Two out three years I wind up replanting at least some of them.
Maybe one of these days I’ll learn. LOL
“You need to keep a grow light or cheap florescent light over you seedlings and down close to the young seedling 3 to 4 inches above the leaves. This helps to keep them from getting leggy.”
Agreed. But I think it’s worth it to buy a grow light bulb, IMO. The proper light spectrum makes a difference in the growth and health of the seedlings, in my experience.
High-intensity fluorescents are even better, but pricey. I used some daylight-spectrum high-intensity fluorescent lights for my seedlings one year. (I “repurposed” the lights temporarily from an aquarium.) They were the stockiest, healthiest seedlings I’ve ever grown. I don’t have those lights any more or I’d do it again!
In all honesty, that boy is one of “the most popular guys” in the school, and definitely in the 7th grade. That tells me a lot about the caliber of many of these kids. He’s an absolutely awesome kid who never complains and considers his “disability” as more of an annoyance than a hindrance.
Of course we took pictures........unfortunately hubby has yet to figure out how to email them from his phone, so I haven’t uploaded them to photobucket -— but I will.
YIKES -— your neighbors sound a bit uptight alright. I live out in the country and I don’t bother with netting anything but my one fruit tree -— but that’s because of bugs and birds, not deer.
I may be wrong, but I think if you connect hubbies phone to the computer by wire and load the pictures to the computer that way, you will have better picture. That is how I move pictures from my phone because I don’t have internet on my phone.
I am thinking that you would move the picture in its full size, rather than a reduced size picture through email. If this is right, it would give you the option of using the full size picture to print or crop or reduce or any other option in the future. But I am no geek and have been wrong before.
I’m heading outdoors to try to get my boxes prepared. We’ve had nothing but cold rain and storms, but today is pretty. My husband’s hospitalization and doctors’ visits (he’s doing great) used up all the time I would have spent starting seedlings indoors, so all my plants are purchased this year.
I have 16 various tomatoes (trying to make the harvest last as long as possible), 4 sweet basil, 2 parsley, 1 rosemary, and something else. In addition I have 2 zucchini, 2 acorn squash, 2 baby watermelon, and a couple of other veggies. I’ll start peas, lettuce, etc. by seed. Also, I have last year’s potatoes that have gone to seed that I’ll plant again.
Greetings from the land of supposedly constant rain, where my garden is suffering from drought. Despite watering, we lost the pears and apples this year, and even the radishes are suffering.
One call for advice - we have a bed next to the fence, and on the other side is a massive cedar that seems to kill everything planted in there! Any ideas on barriers to slow down the acidification of the soil? I lime it regularly, but it is simply not enough to keep the soil viable - not even weeds grow there at the moment!
Getting a touch desperate, as this bed is about a quarter of our available planting area!
ROFLMSS!!!!!! You just described me to a T!!!!!! This is one of the new "smart phones" that he was sent by his employer and he's still trying to figure out how to do much more than make or receive calls ----- and he's an IT Tech!!!!
But thanks for the idea, I will suggest it to him.
It’s bad enough that my computer is smarter than I am, but now my phone too?
Good morning Red. My wife’s sister in Golden Co has the week off and she just told me she almost stepped on a Rattlesnake yesterday! That would end my gardening days as my heart would fail...
Random pics for the week:
1. Pea vines all strung up.
2. Greens/roots patch and a nice stand of spinach.
3. Seed saving/herbs patch.
4. Gonna be a good crop of peaches this year, barring hail.
5.Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and tomatillos ready to get in the ground.
6. The old dog Tank standing guard over the garden.
Wow. Great looking garden. Do you have a tractor to prep the soil?
Me neither - I think I was in college before I learned righty tighty left loosey.
But, you buy a house and you have to learn. No more calling the landlord!
Nothing I've built is actually 'square', but none of it's ever fallen down either. I call it the handcrafted look.
1958 Allis Chalmer WD tractor? I am sooo envious! Do you have any pics?