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Weekly Gardening Thread 2011 (Vol. 43) November 4
Free Republic | 11-04-2011 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 11/04/2011 5:08:00 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232

Good morning gardeners. I hope all of you are doing well this first week in November. Daylight Saving Time officially ends in the U.S. and Canada, at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6th, when clocks are moved back one hour. We have had some nice weather with lows in the mid to high 30’s and up into the mid 60’s for highs the last couple of days. Forecasts are calling for lows in the 40’s with Highs in the low 70’s for the next week.

I hope all your Fall gardens are prospering.

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 11/04/2011 5:08:01 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 11/04/2011 5:08:55 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

My greenhouse plants are all sprouting and doing fine. I have a system for maintaining the temp at night.

Heat lamp until I retire at night - then I take a metal bucket of coals from my wood stove and put it on a conrete slab (some airflow leaks so no danger of CO2) - that lasts 5 hours - then a timer kicks on a low wattage heater.

So far so good.

Broccoli is almost done then I start on the seed catalogs and dream of spring.


3 posted on 11/04/2011 5:13:34 AM PDT by 30Moves
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To: Red_Devil 232

I had just put in tender seedlings of Bok Choy, Head lettuce, Romaine, Broccoli,Peas and Green onions...and then last weekend we had 14 INCHES of rain.

The backyard was flooded. I despaired of my little guys making it through.

But today, they are thriving. Amazing! :-)


4 posted on 11/04/2011 5:16:58 AM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Happy Friday, Red Devil! Something very cool happened here and it is sort of related to gardening. We had a Summer of weird pop-up weeds... everywhere. One of those weeds is vine like that has small “grape like” clusters of purple berries. We got rid of most of them BUT one large weed escaped our diligence. Last week, we saw two little birds eating those seeds... birds that I can honestly say I have never seen before in my life. After a bit of research, we found the birds to be Eastern Bluebirds. Very pretty little things with a rust colored chest and the most beautiful blue body. So... I guess I have learned a good gardening secret: even with weeds, beauty can arise.


5 posted on 11/04/2011 5:21:30 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Red_Devil 232

It’s 31 deg here with no frost. It’s still too dark to get out to the garden and look at the collards. They are going to be thinned out tomorrow. They went in late, but it was gamble on them or miss out.


6 posted on 11/04/2011 5:24:08 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (1st Cor. 15:1-4)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Hi everybody. I’m an amateur gardener from central Florida and wondered if anyone had any suggestions for seasonal crops? I don’t have a ton of property, but I’d love to grow some foodstuffs for the family.

I’ve successfully grown and harvested tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, and green bell peppers. I’d love to grow onions, shallots, asparagus, and a multitude of herbs, but I’m not sure if they would be appropriate for our clime.

Any links for research or friendly advice would be very much welcome.


7 posted on 11/04/2011 5:30:49 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Greetings from southern New Hampshire! We got about 15 inches of heavy, wet snow on Saturday evening. I was able to get the chimney back up on the shop on its stand-offs before the snow and the woodstove and heat exchanger are installed and working now.

We spent Sunday clearing snow and downed limbs. The fencing around the duck pond where the ducks and chickens usually spend the day was taken down by the weight of the snow. Jack and Barb corrected that and Barb shoveled a path from the coop and duck dorm to the duck hutch. The ducks were perplexed with their new ability to walk on water.

We lost power at 6 PM on Saturday and got it back at 8 PM on Sunday. However, the generator and transfer switch worked great and we had heat, water and lights as well as a full A/V center. Lost cable from about 9:30 PM Saturday until Wednesday morning.

We now have three New Hampshire Reds laying daily. Should get number four on line this coming week. Our five Marans pulleets are really eating and getting large, but may end up spending most of the winter in our dining room. At least, once they start laying, it will be convenient to the kitchen! They are characters.

8 posted on 11/04/2011 5:32:41 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
Thanks for the Ping.
Pulled my last six pails of peppers (jalepenos and hot cherry) into the garage ahead of 13 inches of snow.
Maybe another week and they'll all be red/ripe and can put mama's car back in the garage (hey, priorities).
Still have lettuce under glass in a small side garden - brushed the snow off and they're good-to-go.
And that's the last of the veggies for the year - can't wait for spring!!!
9 posted on 11/04/2011 5:43:00 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Whew, it went from the mid 80s down to the mid 20s here. What happened?


10 posted on 11/04/2011 6:03:58 AM PDT by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: bgill

“... it went from the mid 80’s down to the mid 20s here.. what happened?”

Global warming or global cooling or something like that! LOL!


11 posted on 11/04/2011 6:09:35 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Red_Devil 232

Hope all the Mass and CT residents are doing well after the freak Halloween storm. Now that the snow has melted, the cleanup begins. I lost a beautiful twenty year old Crimson Queen and part of a split rail fence. All the Oak trees in this area took a real beating because they are one of the last to loose their leaves. We lost power for about 48 hours and it looked a little like a war zone here. As bad as it was, Connecticut was worse. I never realized how much I depended on the internet. Having it out for four days was worse than losing our phone service.


12 posted on 11/04/2011 6:11:35 AM PDT by WesternMA
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To: Red_Devil 232

Still very dry in Texas. I have to water my garden twice a week. I’ll be turning the compost again this weekend.


13 posted on 11/04/2011 6:12:40 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: rarestia

When I lived there I planted lettuce, and any other cool weather crop that didn’t need pollination. I found that most of the greens worked.


14 posted on 11/04/2011 7:00:21 AM PDT by CynicalBear
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I guess I’m looking for a “what to plant when” guide. I have a great local landscaping/floral shop where I get seeds, but getting a knowledgeable green thumb can be a bit of a chore.

Any good websites out there that you’d recommend for this sort of information?


15 posted on 11/04/2011 7:03:31 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

We’re “supposed” to get some rain for three days. I hope it’s true. We sure do need it. What have you planted in your winter garden?


16 posted on 11/04/2011 7:03:38 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: rarestia
>> Any good websites out there that you’d recommend for this sort of information?<<

I left their in ’99 but there was a guy called the “garden rebel” that was an excellent source of information. He did have a web site and a show on one of the TV stations if I remember right.

17 posted on 11/04/2011 7:19:21 AM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: tillacum

I hope that forecast comes true. Yes, I have cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and onions planted. I hope my tomato plants didn’t get nipped during the night.


18 posted on 11/04/2011 7:19:46 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: rarestia

Check out seed companies which specialize for your area of Florida :
Kilgore Seed Company
1400 West First St.
Sanford Fla. (407-323-6630)

Tomato Growers Supply Company
PO Box 2237
Fort Myers Fl. (941-768-3476)

Both companies specialize in Tropical and Sub-tropical vegetable varieties.


19 posted on 11/04/2011 7:25:24 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt ( All of this hope and change has turned into Franks and Beans.)
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To: rarestia

The first thing you need to do is make a list of what you like to eat.

Your seed catalog/web site will tell you the planting times for where you live.


20 posted on 11/04/2011 7:39:38 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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