Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 42) October 28
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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!
Had a really lousy year for beets - they just didn't germinate, and usually I have tons of them.
Ah yes...I remember those. I used to live in Boston.
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.
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.
“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.
“... 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....
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.
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.
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
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.
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.)
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:
Has anybody here tried it? It sounds like something I’d like to try!
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....
Those Misato Rose radish look so good. How big are they? The look huge.
Our Old English Sheep Dog also loves water. We have to keep her inside if we water or it rains. The wife likes to let her into the hot tub, and I wait on the patio with towels.
That one was pretty decent, raquetball/tennisball size or so. There were a couple of more about that. First year I’ve grown them, love the green/white skin and scarlet core and could almost could be a Christmas radish. Flavor is impressive too.
In fact with you down in Mississippi you could probably plant those about now and they’d be ready by Christmas!
The new front door is proceding. THey shoudl finish today, and the cement and brick contractor will come back next week. It looks marvelous from the inside. The outdoor look is still under consideeration. It’s very red. A lot redder than I had anticipated. But, since the white surround is not installed yet, that look will chnge. But, I am so sorry that I did not order the door in white.
They leaned the door against the house yesterday with the white side out. It was breathtaking. I never even considered ordering the door in white because I thought it would be boring. Not so, but I guess I could paint it if I hate it too much. Hate to do that since it has a factory finish.
I’ll have to plan lots of red flowers and containers next year to make this work.
I am about ready to harvest my last broccoli thanks to Mrs. Don-o and her generous offer of seeds.
I built a greenhouse on the back of my house - pvc and plastic sheeting. I already have lettuce and spinach seedlings - I hope I at least get enough to feed the chickens this winter.
My plan at night is to take a metal bucket of coals from my wood stove and see if it keeps it above freezing - I’m zone 6.
Of course since I worry about fire I will be checking on it all night long - I take naps during the day and my daughter tends the fire. :) My wood stove has a small capacity and tends to smoke at random times.
I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Your garden looks great.
Woke up to frost on the ground this morning here in Central Missouri. Garden is just about finished for the year. I’ve got some onions, leeks and salad stuff that will stay, and a row of red russian kale for winter greens. A few leftover brassicas still in the ground that I’m pulling two at a time and feeding to my chickens. We’re supposed to have nice weather over the weekend so hopefully I’ll be able to get my garlic planted.
visiting with my brother/wife in Oklahoma City. MUCH milder AND SUNNIER than NE Ohio right now. Dread the trip back.
To say they are NOT into gardening, yard & flowers is a gross understatement. A huge over acre lot with flower beds full of weeds. But grass is mowed.
Not everyone enjoys the yard/outdoors.
My brother & I have so much in common but this is one area we differ. I can walk over junk needing to be cleaned indoors to get outdoors to prune, preen, spruce ..
Thanks ALL for the comments & info. I always love visiting this thread
Still have some jalapenos in the garden but it’s mostly gone to weeds. Can’t wait until next spring. Goofy Texas weather going from 100+ to snow in a month’s time. Halloween night usually brings the first chill. Tax day, April 15th, is usually the last frost.
Garden is still thriving, believe it or not. It’s in a somewhat protected spot and managed to avoid the frost last week. We’ll see how it survives this coming weekend though. Just to be sure hubby dug up all three of the ghost peppers, and one of each of other stuff to see how well we can keep them overwinter in a garage with grow lights.
I’ve taken some cuttings from various tomatoes. Thanks Ellendra (IIRC) for that idea. My daughter loves sungold tomatoes and I hate to have to buy seeds for that every year.
Hubby’s built little tents for the remaining squash still ripening. He took some fencing, cut about a 4ft section, bent it into an arch and we’ve wrapped plastic around it for a little tunnel. We put two of those over the squash and along 6-7ft of the vine itself. We’ve had amazing growth even though we’ve had somewhat coolish nights lately. We’ll definitely do that again, probably next spring to get a head start on stuff. Also keeps the deer away.
Onions (vidalia type) sprouting nicely in their little flats and broccoli in. Have plans to plant more lettuce for the raised beds today as well.
It’s all good right now.
Hadn’t heard that about Horseshoe Bay but they have the money to do it. Packsaddle and the other hills are nothing but dead cedar. Many think it’s fall color and say it’s pretty. Uh, helloooo! NOT! It’s all dead trees. I’ve noticed it especially on the west sides of the hills which I’m assuming is from the heat of the afternoon sun. Looking out the window I can see that many trees have already lost the dead leaves and are nothing but bare branches.
Yeah, the rains missed us - AGAIN. It’s still a tinderbox and will be for the next couple years even with rain. Still bans on outdoor fires, even household trash. There’s been wind advisories the past couple weeks, too. Fine by me because I can just see this place going up like Bastrop. There’s only one road out of here and it’d be directly into the fire, so we’d for real be up the creek. Twice in the past 2-3 weeks our idiot neighors had their outdoor fireplace going. Mr. B went down there and hollered at them and we WILL report them next time. Ugh, can’t stand weekenders. Next, we’ll have to worry about the deer hunters, sigh...
How fun- I would love to watch your dog playing in the rain. Down through the years I have had a couple dogs that loved the snow, the deeper the drifts the better the plowing with the nose straight through. I also had one that dearly loved to pounce on dandelions when the seeds were fully developed but not yet scattered. He conquered them and ate them.
Animals, gardens, great gardening threads- that is a great way to live. Albeit the hail, storms, and cold wet winters/way too hot and way too dry summers are a challenge
Don’t repot anything until next spring. Yes, they need light so place them by a window and leave the curtains open so sunlight will come in. Close the cutrains on freezing nights. As for water, it depends on the chemicals the city has added to your tap water. Just use whatever water you’ve been using since they’re happy with it. People have killed their container plants when using water softener water (hmm, buy a clue, if it kills plants and you’re drinking it...). Can you set out a rain barrel?
I had a DR appt last Monday and we noticed an area north of RM 620 near US 183 that has a bunch of dead cedar trees. The oaks are stressed, and some have oak wilt. Most of that area is undeveloped for now. If it ever catches on fire, it will go up just like the Bastrop area did. There is so much dead wood and cedar there.
We also noticed the fall colors are not what we thought. My wife made a comment about that on Monday. If the trees lose their leaves, they will come back. If the leaves stay on the limbs during the fall, they are dead. I can’t believe anyone is using a fireplace. It’s not that cold.
Algoflash, late season sun, and artificial light. Holiday tomatoes and hot peppers? We'll see...
While some areas in Missouri have had a frost, we are still frost free. So I am leaving the tomatoes in the garden and using row covers. The tomatoes are gradually ripening. Once they have a little blush, then I bring them in, and wrap them in paper to finish ripening. We had BLT’s several times this week, and lots of salad with tomatoes.
I just put up some wild rose hips to dry. Harvested some persimmons and am going to try to make some persimmon candy later today. Hubby still has some corn left to harvest. I will be planting some more garlic and lettuce this weekend for the winter garden.
If I have time this weekend, I will prepare 2 raised beds for winter wheat, and the others will probably get some red clover down the road.
Even though the harvest wasn't as good this year for some of our favorites, we still got plenty of beans, berries, corn,lettuce, onions, and finally some tomatoes. Life is good! Have a great weekend every one. God Bless.
You're waiting for catalogs??? I've already got my 2012 seed list organized...get with the program. :-)
It is ski season up here in the Colorado Rockies. About a foot of snow on the garden today.
Light snow/frost actually improves the flavor of Brussels sprouts...I have picked them after snowfalls in the past, and they were delicious! A hard freeze would be a bigger threat. I am not sure about your other items...
Free educational site @ www.squarefootgardening.org for one type of gardening. I started with just one square foot bed next to my patio. It was so easy, I just had to do more. LOL.
Both my dogs like the cool weather we have been having in the mornings. The female is the playful one she will get down on her front elbows(?) butt in the air, in the “I want to play pose”. Toss her a Milk Bone and she will take off running then circle around and around a couple of times, at full speed, and try to pick up the bone, running at full speed. She will repeat the maneuver until she gets the bone and then settle down and munch away. Then she is up again in the “I wanna play pose” waiting for another bone. Her brother the big lumbering “I will get there when I get there” dog. just wants me to give him the bone and another and another.
Was wondering if you got snowed on. Saw the weather reports about the snow in Colorado and figured that you did.
I can't remember what the benefits he mentioned are, but my book on boosting your immune system notes the following nutrients: Several vitamins-B12,B5,biotin,folic acid,D,Iron, manganese, selinium(powerful anticarcinogen),and Zinc.
Truly a powerhouse of nutrients in addition to protein in a small package of less than 100 calories. Enjoy those eggs!
It worked out great. On days when the weather was mild I rolled the cover back, and harvested some lettuce and let the garden get sun. Then covered it back up. The row covers let in fresh air, and sunlight, so you don't have to monitor as much.
I just received a package from Full Circle Farms and in it was some Green Chard and baby Bok Choy.
What do I do with either? Are they soup ingredients only or can you eat them raw?
Anybody have a suggestion?
Chard is great in soup, and Bok Choy is the main vegetable in Stir-Fry. Swiss Chard is mild enough for mixed salad, along with sweeter lettuce and the more bitter arugula.
Here is one of my own recipes:
Stir fry Bok Choy, green onion, and some celery in a little bit of oil. Add cooked chicken (or beef) mushrooms, and canned water chestnuts or bean sprouts, and moisten with soy sauce. Add garlic and curry powder if desired and serve over rice or noodles.
healthier than restaurant food and VERY authentic! :-)
I’ve read that bok choy is good in stir frys. Never had either one.
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