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Weekly Gardening Thread 2011 (Vol. 36) September 16
Free Republic | 09-16-2011 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 09/16/2011 5:18:08 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232

Good morning gardeners. It has been another beautiful week here in East Central Mississippi we have had moderate daytime temperatures with cool nights. Perfect weather to get out and do some garden and yard clean up. My Fig trees have finished producing and it is time to winterize them with a thick layer of straw. All my of the pears have been picked and either canned or eaten. My vegetable garden is basically through producing except for a few Jalapenos that are still hanging on and still producing large peppers. My Beer brewing experiment is still progressing nicely with 6 gallons of a Canadian Blonde still aging in bottles and I have a six-gallon batch of Irish Stout fermenting and almost ready for bottling.

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 09/16/2011 5:18:14 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; Alkhin; ...
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I hope all of you will stop by.

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2 posted on 09/16/2011 5:19:48 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 think I am going to need some major help. I’ve done small plot gardening most of my life. I think I have mastered most of the basic techniques and have even been involved with heirloom varieties. All of my gardening so far has been confined to areas pretty much out of reach of large numbers of wild animals.

I live in Michigan (Magslinger points with his right index finger to a point on the back of his left hand midway between the lowest knuckle of his middle finger and wrist.) In a couple of weeks we will be moving to new digs in the same area. The bright side is that for the first time in my life I will have enough room to make a decent sized garden. I am very much looking forward to that.

I have identified some potential problems with our new place. The location is near three large city parks, two cemeteries and two golf courses. It is infested with deer, has hot and cold running woodchucks and yet is within city limits. If it weren’t for the last, I could very easily reduce the other two problems with some 12 ga. slugs and a brick or two of .22LR. As it stands I am going to need some advice on what may work to keep uninvited pests out of the garden. I would appreciate any advice on how to keep ‘chucks from burrowing under out buildings and porches as well.

3 posted on 09/16/2011 5:24:49 AM PDT by magslinger (To properly protect your family you need a bible, a twelve gauge and a pig.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I have been so sick for the last two weeks that I haven’t been able to tend the garden...Now I have a yard full of WEEDS! EEK! Such work ahead for me.


4 posted on 09/16/2011 5:29:03 AM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Greetings from southern New Hampshire, where touches of color are appearing!

Last weekend, I finally finished the roof on the poultry complex. I plan to get the floor joists, insulation and flooring down and painted this weekend. The walls will have to wait. I have other fish to fry first.

The weather turned decidedly cooler last night and it was 50 this morning with a brisk breeze. Autumn is definitely in the air!

5 posted on 09/16/2011 5:35:40 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Morning, Red. Our garden is no longer producing anything, so I am going to cut it all down and maybe plant some collards.

Since I have such a small plot, I will be growing tomatos in pretty well the same place next year. Can anyone tell me what I may need to do to the soil to freshen it up for next year. Crop rotation is not an option here. I am sure that I should re-plenish nutriants in the soil, but don't know just what I need.

6 posted on 09/16/2011 5:46:18 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (1st Cor. 15:1-4)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Top 10

Today is my FReeper Birthday! 7 years and counting


7 posted on 09/16/2011 5:55:46 AM PDT by Dacula (When life gives you lemons, make apple juice and have people wonder how the hell you did it.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Feels like October here in Central Missouri. I managed to get a small patch tilled up in the garden and planted some green salad. It’s up and loving the cool conditions. Peppers, eggplant and okra are going nuts. Tomatoes are beginning to wither but are still blooming and setting new fruit. The peach trees that I grew from seed are waist high and look fantastic. Still haven’t seen anything popping up where I inoculated with mushroom spawn in the spring. Time will tell...


8 posted on 09/16/2011 5:58:58 AM PDT by Augie
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To: Red_Devil 232

We had a frost here a couple days ago and all my pumpkin vines died. What can I do to keep the pumpkins “fresh” till Halloween. I would like to carve them, and use the seeds and pulp for recipes. It just seems too early to save them for that. Any suggestions?


9 posted on 09/16/2011 5:59:35 AM PDT by momto6
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To: magslinger

Deer pretty much do what they want unless you build a very high fence they cannot jump over. A fence will also keep rabbits and ground hogs out.

We had ground hogs burrowing under our front porch (concrete slab). We tried moth crystals blown down the holes and fox urine (no effect), loud music piped down the hole, filling the holes with crushed stone and concrete (they just dug a new entrance holes), .22 use (got a couple) and have a heart traps (we let them go miles from here, but new ones always took their place).

This went on for years. Once in a while a skunk would decide to invade the burrow and we were treated to that wonderful smell in our basement.

If you want them removed professionally, it will cost you about $250 a pop.

Look into a con-a-bear trap if you want lasting results. Obviously, you have to keep household pets, children, etc. away from it. Then fill all the holes with crushed stone and concrete. Wash, rinse, repeat as needed.


10 posted on 09/16/2011 6:00:45 AM PDT by randita (Obama - chains you can bereave in.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Good morning. Weird change of weather here in eastern coastal Virginia. It reached 91 yesterday afternoon, but dropped to 51 overnight. Daytime high for the next couple of days not to exceed mid 60s, with lots of rain forecast, although the sun is shining brightly this morning.


11 posted on 09/16/2011 6:02:25 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

The garden is just about done, but I do have plenty of butternut squash left to pick.


12 posted on 09/16/2011 6:11:09 AM PDT by lysie
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To: momto6
As far as I know, you don't have to do anything to keep pumpkins "fresh," they'll keep for months without any fuss. Here are the rules:

Otherwise, they'll keep well anywhere in your house.

13 posted on 09/16/2011 6:18:29 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (When I grow up I'm gonna settle down/ Chew honeycomb and drive a tractor, grow things in the ground.)
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To: Augie

Tomatoes are declining but it looks as if we’ll have 50 or 60 green peppers for stuffing in a few days. Lake of the Ozarks keeps things milder than nearly.


14 posted on 09/16/2011 7:06:57 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Tarps out tonight...mid-30’s in Red Hampshire is forecast...


15 posted on 09/16/2011 7:11:52 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: magslinger
Not sure what the modern wood chuck control method is, but the old timers eradicated the prairie dogs with corn cobs soaked in “high life” (carbon tetrachloride). They dropped the soaked corn cob in the hole and tamped dirt on top.

Not sure you can still buy carbon tet, but I suspect that the seed fumigant like phosphene gas pellets that will do the same job.

16 posted on 09/16/2011 7:26:17 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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Groundhogs:

We don't have them here in New Mexico, but I was wondering if burying heavy wire mesh around foundations and such would work?
We have deer, coyotes, jack rabbits, raccoons, etc. Everything stays clear of the garden because of our chronic fatigued hound dog, except ground squirrels which we trap and shoot. Trap and release doesn't work because animals will travel miles to get back to their home territory.

17 posted on 09/16/2011 7:33:54 AM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: Red_Devil 232; All

Hey! It’s a Friday and I’m HOME! I’ll read through all the posts later today. Dr. Appt. this am for another x-ray on my foot to see how I’m progressing. Maybe I can go back to work part time? I’m getting a little squirrely here at home, LOL!

Mom harvested all she could from the garden yesterday - mainly cherry tomatoes. Beans are done, so are the zukes & cukes. Some green tomatoes remain, but with our cool nights, it’s not looking good for ripening. Fried Green Tomatoes or Green Tomato Pie are on the menu for next week!

Fried Green Tomatoes:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/fried-green-tomatoes-recipe/index.html

Green Tomato Pie:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/green-tomato-pie-recipe/index.html

Fall lettuces, beets and spinach are coming along just fine; we’re to have rain this weekend, so that’ll help some.

Later! :)


18 posted on 09/16/2011 7:34:33 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I pulled up all the dead plants last weekend and will be tilling my garden this weekend for my fall crops. Our back lawn made it through the hot and dry summer. Not so good for the front lawn. I am thinking about buffalo grass to replace the carpet grass. I just hope our trees don’t die from the drought.


19 posted on 09/16/2011 7:38:20 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, please let it rain in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Texas Fossil

“Not sure what the modern wood chuck control method is, but the old timers eradicated the prairie dogs with corn cobs soaked in “high life” (carbon tetrachloride). They dropped the soaked corn cob in the hole and tamped dirt on top.”

Raccoons got into our garage and ate the granulated cricket
bait. The whole family died. I don’t take any delight in telling you that, but they had been doing a lot of damage.
Those “flairs” you light and stick down the hole work well,
be really careful to follow the directions! I lit one in the garage, and then walked to the front yard to plant it..not smart!


20 posted on 09/16/2011 7:40:46 AM PDT by WestwardHo
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