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Weekly Gardening Thread 2011 (Vol. 41) October 21
Free Republic | 10-21-2011 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 10/21/2011 5:04:45 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232

Good morning gardeners. We have had the first frost of Fall this morning in East Central Mississippi. It will warm up into the 70s the next few days and possibly even up to 80s by Tuesday. Not much gardening will be going on for me until next Spring.

I hope all your Fall gardens prosper.

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.


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1 posted on 10/21/2011 5:04:51 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 10/21/2011 5:06:23 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
Add me to the list.

And, am I the only person on the planet who has had problems growing potatoes?

3 posted on 10/21/2011 5:15:17 AM PDT by PENANCE
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To: Red_Devil 232

You’re an early bird RD.

I’m all well now and looking forward to a small winter garden of greens, lettuce, onions and a few other cold hearty vegetables.


4 posted on 10/21/2011 5:21:37 AM PDT by poobear (Facts, the TURD in the punchbowl of Liberal thought!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Now is the time to start a second garden in a low tunnel. See the Eliot Coleman book called Winter Harvest. No bugs, no watering, no weeds. You can't grow tomatoes but any cole crop and lettuce and spinach thrive!
5 posted on 10/21/2011 5:24:56 AM PDT by netguide (Use this browser instead of Internet Exploder)
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To: Red_Devil 232

We need rain in Texas. Our area is 20 + inches behind for the year.


6 posted on 10/21/2011 5:25:49 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

We haven’t had our first frost yet here in southern Massachusetts. Was your frost a fluke?


7 posted on 10/21/2011 5:29:55 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: netguide
Greetings from southern New Hampshire! Our colors are starting to show.

I picked up Elliot Coleman's book in the Kindle version and have it on my Galaxy Tablet. I just started it, but it does sound interesting. I remember Crockett writing about French raised beds where the decomposing manure under the bed not only fertilized, but also provided warmth. I am still hoping to build that geodesic dome greenhouse next summer. We are going to swap some land with our neighbor to get rid of a 33' wide strip along his back lot line to another road for a 36' wide strip of his land on our northern boundary.

Two of our New Hampshire Reds are now laying and their eggs are in the 1.5 - 1.8 oz zone. Our five Marans pullets are getting used to their perches and a couple have started using them to get out of their cage in the dining room to explore the kitchen. Our dogs and cats are pretty tolerant of them.

I will be siding the carport this weekend, and trying to get my chimney back up on the shop, but I also need to till one of the raised beds. Winter is coming fast!

8 posted on 10/21/2011 5:39:17 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: PENANCE
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9 posted on 10/21/2011 5:39:17 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: trisham

Yeah a fluke. Our first frost usually does not occur until the first or second weeks in Nov. We will be back having lows in the 40s-50 with highs in the 70s - 80 starting tomorrow.


10 posted on 10/21/2011 5:54:20 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: poobear

I used to post the thread at 6am Central but one West coast FReeper said all of our chatter on the thread was waking him up way to early.


11 posted on 10/21/2011 6:03:39 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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We don’t have much of a fall garden, but I did get my first mess of Mustard greens this week. They were great. Still getting Okra and cucumbers. Looks like the squash and blackeyed peas are about finished.

My tomatoes , bell peppers and Peperoncini peppers are finally making. The plants grew large earlier and bloomed, but the temps were too hot to set the tomatoes and peppers.

Looks like the 4 fig trees I planted (along with a lot other tree) this spring will have figs soon if we don’t get an early frost.

Our temperatures are sure dropping since the 3.7” rain we got about 2 weeks ago. Hope that is a sign that the drought we have endured for the past year is nearing an end. Before that rain we recorded between 2.5-2.9” of rain for the entire year from October 2010-October 2011. That is a drought, no human living has seen that low of rainfall in Texas. (normal rainfall is 25” per year here)


12 posted on 10/21/2011 6:09:07 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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To: Red_Devil 232

Good Morning!

It is finally cool and sunny in S. Florida after a week of thunder, Lightening, Rain, Wind, flooding, and tornadoes.

I spent the morning cleaning out the planting beds of summer weeds! };-)


13 posted on 10/21/2011 6:12:26 AM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: Red_Devil 232

;D!


14 posted on 10/21/2011 6:19:48 AM PDT by poobear (Facts, the TURD in the punchbowl of Liberal thought!)
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To: PENANCE

No. I mean I get potatoes but not near the quantity I should. My harvests are always on the small side. I can’t ever figure why either.


15 posted on 10/21/2011 6:25:01 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: PENANCE

What sort of problems?


16 posted on 10/21/2011 7:18:15 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

It has really cooled down here in SC. Not much hope of getting anything that needs pollinated from now on. I was hoping to get some late sugar peas but my hopes are dimming. Last of the tomatoes are ripening still and still hoping the last sweet corn will mature.


17 posted on 10/21/2011 7:42:53 AM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: PENANCE
And, am I the only person on the planet who has had problems growing potatoes?

No,my potatoes haven't done so well the last couple years either.

18 posted on 10/21/2011 8:26:11 AM PDT by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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To: Red_Devil 232
We continue to have a pleasant Indian Summer here in Benderville in far north west California. I hope to get my 7 or 8 varieties of Garlic planted today as the bed in spaded, raked smooth and the rows marked out. The soil is nice and damp from the early 4" of rain we had the end of last month. We still have the flowers on the deck to pull and compost but that is minor compared to the garden cleanup.

Our 10 Day Forecast

19 posted on 10/21/2011 8:29:40 AM PDT by tubebender (She was only a whiskey maker, but I loved her still.)
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To: trisham

South central Nebraska got nailed night before last. Anything tender is gone.


20 posted on 10/21/2011 8:32:08 AM PDT by handmade
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