Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 41) October 21
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.
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And, am I the only person on the planet who has had problems growing potatoes?
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.
We need rain in Texas. Our area is 20 + inches behind for the year.
We haven’t had our first frost yet here in southern Massachusetts. Was your frost a fluke?
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!
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.
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.
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)
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! };-)
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.
What sort of problems?
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.
No,my potatoes haven't done so well the last couple years either.
Our 10 Day Forecast
South central Nebraska got nailed night before last. Anything tender is gone.
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