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Weekly Gardening Thread 2011 (Vol. 33) August 26
Free Republic | 8-26-2011 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 08/26/2011 10:14:53 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232

Good afternoon gardeners. I hope all of you in the path of Irene heed the warnings and please stay safe! Not much gong on garden wise here in East Central Mississippi. I am just waiting to see how a few paste tomatoes do. And while I am waiting I decided to use some of my pears to make preserves. I am using the recipe I posted on last weeks thread, which calls for a little activity and a lot of waiting. I will be doing the final canning step this morning. This recipe may be way to sweet for my taste. So with all this waiting time I had, I needed to fill the time some how so I ordered a Beer making kit, which I understand includes a lot of waiting also. Now I am just waiting for FR to come back up so I can post this week’s thread. I have been doing a lot of waiting and it is tiring.

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.

I hope all your gardens are flourishing.


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1 posted on 08/26/2011 10:14:57 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; Alkhin; ...
Ping to the Weekly Gardening Ping List.

I hope all of you will stop by.

This is typically a low volume ping list. Once a week for the thread and every once in a while for other FR threads posted that might be of interest.

If you would like to be added to or removed from the list please let me know by FreepMail or by posting to me.

2 posted on 08/26/2011 10:16:23 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

In central NJ we are battening down the hatches, so to speak.


3 posted on 08/26/2011 10:27:51 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Zucchini and yellow squash are really producing. Tomatoes have produced nothing yet. Ready to start digging up some potatoes too.


4 posted on 08/26/2011 10:29:53 AM PDT by MtnClimber (A government powerful enough to tell you what to eat can tell you when you can breathe.)
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To: algernonpj

I ordered some Datil pepper seeds. Hopefully they will show up soon enough for me to germinate a couple and keep them indoors over the winter so they will have a healthy start for next spring when the warm weather returns. We are in Gerogia, which never gets hit by hurricanes, so good look to those not as lucky as we are. My sister lives in Virginia Beach and they are preparing for the worst.


5 posted on 08/26/2011 10:31:19 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Red_Devil 232

Harvested eggplant a Pablanos this week. Getting beds ready for fall/winter crops. Need rain.


6 posted on 08/26/2011 10:31:19 AM PDT by John 3_19-21
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To: Red_Devil 232

My Brussels sprouts are finally forming up. Thanks to those who answered ny question about them a few weeks ago.

Of course, now they’ll have to deal with Irene passing over!!

Off to pick as much as I can. I planted purple green beans and they sure do produce!! Too bad most of my harvest has been blanched and frozen. Have all coolers ready to go & will be getting ice tomorrow, just in case we lose power.


7 posted on 08/26/2011 10:31:32 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
We the canning of the pear preserves is now complete - it is a little looser than I would like so it is now officially an "English Style" preserve to be used on ice cream and pancakes. It has a beautiful pinkish orange color that I was not expecting.

My 5.5 lbs of fruit became 2 lbs of fruit after pealing and coring and cutting and a few of the pears were just to ripe to can and were eaten.

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8 posted on 08/26/2011 10:32:26 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; All

Thanks for the thread RD. I have been checking in all morning to see if we were back up and running. Not a lot going on here either.

With the break from the heat the tomatoes and melons have new flowers and some fruit starting. Green beans are flowering again.

Hubby’s grapes have been ripening. Yesterday morning the boards laying on the netting was disturbed, and all the grapes halfway up were gone. So he picked the rest. Got about 3 gallons. He has baited a trap hoping to catch the critter.

About 2 months ago, I had ordered some seeds and plants that were on sale, and they sent me a card saying it would all ship next spring. Most of it arrived yesterday instead.

It included some red potato starts. Will just barely have time to mature before first frost. Guess I’ll try it, and may be put some in containers that I can drag into the house if I need to.

Other stuff was stevia, and hardy kiwi. Seeds will be great for my winter garden, and next springs indoor seedlings.

Have a great weekend. God Bless.


9 posted on 08/26/2011 10:33:17 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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Everybody in New England bitching about green tomatoes...they certainly have taken their time turning, but now mine are really cranking up the color...I find more to pick every time I go out. Really impressed with Amish Gold tomatoes...shape and consistency of Amish Paste combined with flavor of Sungold...nom-alicious!

Eye of Irene passing close by on Sunday night...hoping it spends a lot of time over land before it gets here, or my 12-foot corn is doomed. My tomatoes are tied up on cattle panels, so they MAY make it...

10 posted on 08/26/2011 10:35:59 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Waiting for FR to come back up was VERY tiring......especially while also awaiting a visit from that huge witch in the Atlantic.


11 posted on 08/26/2011 10:37:08 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Hot an dry here in Texas, with temps expected to be close to 110 this weekend. We missed triple digits yesterday, but will have another full week of 100+ temps.


12 posted on 08/26/2011 10:38:41 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, please let it rain in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Gabz

Are you planning on Evac?


13 posted on 08/26/2011 10:38:41 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: MtnClimber

Our tomatoes have suddenly taken off here in north Idaho. We planted some heirlooms and they are all chock full...


14 posted on 08/26/2011 10:40:32 AM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: algernonpj

Here in coastal VA, we’re doing the same thing.


15 posted on 08/26/2011 10:41:41 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Wow the whole state of Texas is experiencing sever drought!


16 posted on 08/26/2011 10:44:22 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; MtnClimber

It’s a good thing I have “Remember in Benderville when”... on Face Book to occupy my mind when when FR is down...


17 posted on 08/26/2011 10:47:31 AM PDT by tubebender (The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some very good ideas)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I noticed Costco had Pears $5.00 per flat for those that don’t access to Red’s orchard...


18 posted on 08/26/2011 10:50:35 AM PDT by tubebender (The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some very good ideas)
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To: Red_Devil 232

There were a few showers in N & E Texas this week on Wed & yesterday, so it may not be quite that bad. The map reflects the conditions on Aug 23, but with the heat this weekend, that moisture will be gone.


19 posted on 08/26/2011 10:51:06 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, please let it rain in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

No, we’re staying put. We were supposed to spend the weekend in Delaware, but the visitor is going there as well.

We can’t even go to the Hurricane party being held on Chincoteague right now because they are only letting residents onto the Island and all visitors have to be off Island by 6pm.

The Chesapeake Bay coastal evacuation zone ends 1/10 of a mile west of my property. Unlike my friends to the north of me, we have had no rain and so I’m not worried about over saturated ground.


20 posted on 08/26/2011 10:52:40 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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