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Weekly Gardening Thread 2011 (Vol. 42) October 28
Free Republic | 10-28-2011 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 10/28/2011 5:05:33 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232

Good morning gardeners. We had our first frost last Friday but the weather has been beautiful ever since. I have been gathering leaves and other yard waste to add to my compost pile, which has grown nicely over the last few weeks and it is heating up and cooking nicely.

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 10/28/2011 5:05:35 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 10/28/2011 5:06:21 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

Good Morning!

Planting Season is HERE in S. FL!

I have put in seedlings for Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Bok Choy, and Cabbage, and have made little seed beds for green onions, sweet peas, and green beans.

I am going to EAT well in the Spring! LOL!


3 posted on 10/28/2011 5:15:03 AM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Good Morning and greetings from southern New Hampshire!

Last evening, I had the pleasure of driving through a mix of rain and heavy wet snow! We didn't get any accumulation where we live, but when I drove down the turnpike through south Nashua, it looked like close to 1-2 inches of accumulation on the median. A foretaste of the feast to come, I guess.

Not much to say about the garden, except I still need to till it and empty the compost bin and till that in. We are getting two chicken eggs (medium sized) and two-three large duck eggs per day. I need to threaten the rest of the ladies to start producing.

Our Marans pullets are getting used to being held and also getting out of their cage in the dining room to check out the rest of the house. Chickens as housepets isn't going to work out, I am thinking.

4 posted on 10/28/2011 5:20:28 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: left that other site

Thet are calling for a freeze tonight here in Maryland, and snow tomorrow. I think other than clean up my gardening days are over till Spring. So soon it will be time to browse the seed catalogs - that keeps me going through Winter.


5 posted on 10/28/2011 5:20:45 AM PDT by gramho12
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To: Red_Devil 232
Frost expected here, USDA 6B upper east Tennessee, for tomorrow (Saturday) night. I am cutting off/ bringing in the last of everything: my few green peppers still on the plants, the basil, Asian greens, turnips, parsley, beets. I'm giving out chard to my neighbors!

I'll leave the Kale out there. I'll mulch it. A frost won't hurt it.

Also I am going to ask my next-door neighbor for stem cuttings from his fine "Sweet Millions" tomato plant--- before it's too late! I want to try to raise a little 'mater over the winter. Not because I think it'll bloom and bear (we won't have good enough light for that) but because I want to use it for vegetative cuttings for early "starts" next Spring.

Hope Springs eternal!

6 posted on 10/28/2011 5:22:02 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Gardeners abhor a vacuum.)
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To: gramho12
Freeze forecast up here in SE PA. After that, time to start eating the collards, they taste better after a nip of frost. I have collards, Russian kale, chard and turnips left in the garden for the next month.

Had a really lousy year for beets - they just didn't germinate, and usually I have tons of them.

7 posted on 10/28/2011 5:23:08 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: gramho12

Ah yes...I remember those. I used to live in Boston.


8 posted on 10/28/2011 5:29:42 AM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: Red_Devil 232

It’s a cool and breezy 50º here this morning. Rain bypassed us again. I’ve noticed a lot of trees that are really stressed from lack of moisture.

There are even a lot of cedar trees dying. One community - Horseshoe Bay - is thinking about cutting down all cedar trees due to their water intake.

For all I care, Texas can hire every Hydro mulcher in the country, start at IH, and head south to the Rio Grande and shred every juniper / cedar they encounter.


9 posted on 10/28/2011 5:41:17 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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Mid 50s here. Just had a line of showers roll through here. I have a dog that seems to love being out in the rain. Can’t get her to come in out of the rain for anything. Have to get the towels ready for when she decides she has had enough.


10 posted on 10/28/2011 5:48:39 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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To: Redleg Duke

“Chickens as housepets isn’t going to work out, I am thinking.”

LOL! Been there and done that. A couple of years ago, my husband found one tiny chicken in our barn. The hen was gone and there were no other little ones. He assumed this one had hatched after a fox or coyote had gotten the mom and siblings. Anyway, he thought it was a rooster and called him Rooster Cogburn. Turns out, he was a she, so he changed her name to Ruby Cogburn. Ruby grew up in the house in a pet carrier. When she was big enough to go outside, he would put her out during the day and brought her back into the carrier at night. Eventually she started staying out at night, too.

When she started laying eggs, she would come to the door, he would put her in the carrier where she laid her egg, then he would put her back out. She was paying for her room and board.

During the summer, if he sat on the porch in the evening, she would come and sit on him like a dog or cat. Unfortunately, Ruby got sick and died a couple of weeks ago. I felt like I should send a sympathy card to my husband.


11 posted on 10/28/2011 5:51:28 AM PDT by Library Lady
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To: gramho12

“... in Maryland, snow tomorrow”

Think of us tomorrow, Gramho12. We’ll be freezing our tushies off while watching a high school football game. I don’t remember a possible snow of up to an inch this early here....


12 posted on 10/28/2011 5:55:46 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Red_Devil 232

Could you recommend a place to start educating myself (books, web sites, etc.) about vegetable gardening? I have never done this, and do not necessarily have a green thumb, but with empty nest coming soon, I would like to get into this more. Any suggestions? Thanks.


13 posted on 10/28/2011 5:57:34 AM PDT by cblue55 (It's either America, or Obama. It cannot be both!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Since 3-6” of snow is predicted for my little part of Connecticut tomorrow I have a question for the experts.

Can I leave collard greens, tuscany kale, and Brussels sprouts out in the garden to harvest later this Fall, or should I pick it all prior to the snowfall??

I’ve heard that frost enhances kale, but I don’t know about snow.


14 posted on 10/28/2011 6:03:18 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Tilled most of the garden in this week, still got a few herbs growing that I'm still collecting till the first freeze. Got a great crop of fall greens and roots, getting ready to make the hoop tunnel and put in the garlic and multiplier onions here next week.

Last pics for the year!

Collection of various beets: orange, yellow, sugar, red

Misato Rose radish cut open to the red inside

Some fall asters and goldenrod in the pasture

Fuseau Jerusalem artichokes in full bloom

Rox Orange cane sorghum and Mammoth Russian sunflowers behind

Fall greens and roots with lots of volunteers from my seed saving efforts

Hoop tunnel rows trenched and filled with compost

Hoop tunnel rows mounded and planted


15 posted on 10/28/2011 6:04:12 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: cblue55

First thing to decide is if you will be doing an in ground garden, raised bed (square foot gardening) or containers. There are plenty of good books dedicated to each type of garden.

Second thing is to come and visit and ask your questions on this thread. It is posted every Friday morning and don’t forget to revisit it throughout the week as more FReepers post. There are 489 FReepers on the ping list for this thread and I am sure one or two or more will have answers or advice to help you out! We have Master Gardeners and very experienced gardeners along with those just starting out who visit the thread regularly.

The thread is usually slow this time of year but really heats up (pun intended) as Spring nears.


16 posted on 10/28/2011 6:16:35 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: Redleg Duke

Unless you are selling eggs, that rate of production is going to start affection your cholesterol, methinks. (Just kidding, I don’t pay any attention to all that cholesterol stuff. I love eggs and insist on eating them at least once a week.)


17 posted on 10/28/2011 6:22:59 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Packer fan)
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To: Red_Devil 232; All

Anybody know anything about vegetable gardening in the snow (in a coldframe). I heard it can be done. Somebody posted a link to a website:

http://www.humeseeds.com/falwint.htm

Has anybody here tried it? It sounds like something I’d like to try!


18 posted on 10/28/2011 6:24:45 AM PDT by sneakers (EAT YOUR PEAS!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Question to all: I live in an apartment; it is about to become "winter" where all outside air access is gone and the hours of daylight diminish.

How best to prepare my many houseplants for the siege?? New potting soil? Bigger pots? Fertilizer? Lighting? Water with tap vs. distilled water?

Any and all suggestions would help....

19 posted on 10/28/2011 6:27:21 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (N/A)
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To: Free Vulcan

Those Misato Rose radish look so good. How big are they? The look huge.


20 posted on 10/28/2011 6:29:28 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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