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Weekly Gardening Thread 2011 (Vol. 44) November 11
Free Republic | 11-11-2011 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 11/11/2011 5:06:00 AM PST by Red_Devil 232

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To: JustaDumbBlonde

That’s a heck of a lot of ‘maters you got there!


51 posted on 11/12/2011 11:46:05 AM PST by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
snow today too....can't complain...its our first snow...I always think that the days will get LONGER in just a short 5 weeks....

got three amaryllis bulbs hopefully trying to regenerate upstairs....got one new one but won't start that up until Thanksgiving...

my Thanksgiving cactus does well and looks like its about to bloom too....with my indoor plants, especially my cactus, its best if I almost completely ignore them...lol.....

52 posted on 11/12/2011 7:48:56 PM PST by cherry
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To: Red_Devil 232

Hot damn! 2012 seed offerings are starting to pop up in on-line catalogs...got my orders ready to go!


53 posted on 11/13/2011 7:28:01 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

What are the sites you are looking at to order your seeds?


54 posted on 11/13/2011 7:59:13 AM PST 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
I am starting with tomatoes, so I am checking out this one...how you can go wrong with a company that offers a 'pink furry boar' tomato? 2012 tomato listings are up here, as well. I am checking with a few others today...
55 posted on 11/13/2011 8:41:30 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Oooooo Tomatoes! Tomatoes! Tomatoes! So many to chose from.


56 posted on 11/13/2011 9:33:44 AM PST 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
The 'Tomatofest' site has an insane amount of tomatoes to choose from...I can vouch for them; excellent customer service, FAST shipping, and near 100% germination...a bit pricey, but worth it. I haven't tried Boar yet; although they come highly recommended by posters at the finer tomato forums, as does this one.

Happy hunting!

57 posted on 11/13/2011 9:48:40 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

WoW... wold and crazy tomatoes!


58 posted on 11/13/2011 7:38:44 PM PST by tubebender (She was only a whiskey maker, but I loved her still.)
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To: tubebender

If you like a big slicing tomato for your BLT’s or your jalapeno and cheese stuffed bacon burgers; allow me to recommend ‘Stump of the World’, ‘Marianna’s Peace’, or ‘Cuostralee’...all provided us with a steady supply of TASTY 1.5 to 2-pound tomatoes...


59 posted on 11/14/2011 4:04:09 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I was just looking for others’ experience with these plants/trees. Like “plant it here, but not there”. “Make sure you do XYZ every season”. “I use X to do A, and it worked really well”.

I was most concerned with planting something that would “take over” and cause problems with other parts of my gardens & pasture, etc.


60 posted on 11/14/2011 5:14:39 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB
I have a 2 acre thicket of black locust that I cut fence posts from because the wood does not rot. They send out a lateral shallow root from which little trees sprout. It is almost impossible to contain them. Once they get going they grow very quickly. I do absolutely nothing to care for them. The blossoms in the spring are intoxicating.

The mimosa grow very quickly and my honeybees love them. They are semi-difficult to contain and do best on the bank of a pond or a low spot that holds some moisture. They will grow away from water, but a bit more slowly. The wood is very green and flexible, so they tend not to break in storms. I do nothing to care for them except trimming low limbs to encourage them to 'umbrella'.

I have only 1 catalpa tree. It is kind of an oddity, so I keep it. I don't do anything to care for it. It is close to my garden and has never caused a problem that I am aware of.

61 posted on 11/14/2011 7:45:11 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Thanks for the info.

Sounds like the black locust needs to be on a property boundary or in a fence row.

One thing you might not know about the mimosa (lead tree, luecaena) is that it is a nitrogen fixer, which is why I wanted to use it. I have seen videos (Backyardfoodproduction.com) where they plant the mimoso between the rows in their garden to act as fertilizer. You can also cut the trees back to nearly nothing before winter, and till the organic matter into the soil, or feed the leaves & pods to rabbits.


62 posted on 11/14/2011 8:04:32 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

LOL, yeah, we had a clump of mimosa trees in a side yard when I was a kid. My dad would practically whack them down to stumps every year and we were climbing them again the next year. We loved them particularly for the flexibility ... you could hang on the limbs or ride them like a bucking pony. :)


63 posted on 11/14/2011 9:01:49 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I’m looking into an “alternative revenue stream”, and these things with their flexibility and their fast growth fit right in.

Hint: It drains money/wealth from green minded liberals.


64 posted on 11/14/2011 9:05:44 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: who knows what evil?

I love all home grown tomatoes but Eureka (Benderville) Ca has to be the worst climate in the US to grow them. We have COOL damp summers that lead to every tomato disease know to mankind, however there are areas in Humboldt county where they do grow and we buy those at the twice weekly Farmers Markets during the season.


65 posted on 11/14/2011 9:29:20 AM PST by tubebender (She was only a whiskey maker, but I loved her still.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

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66 posted on 11/15/2011 6:56:48 AM PST by satan69 (garden)
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To: tubebender

Have you tried growing Super Steaks or some of the new VFN brands?


67 posted on 11/15/2011 4:52:06 PM PST by satan69 (garden)
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To: cherry

HINT: My mother used to lock them in the closet for a week beforehand... Seemed to force them into bloom


68 posted on 11/15/2011 4:53:48 PM PST by satan69 (garden)
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To: satan69

The next sound you hear will be the late T. Bender leaping off the tail gate of his Silverado...


69 posted on 11/15/2011 6:02:15 PM PST by tubebender (She was only a whiskey maker, but I loved her still.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Just received my FIRST 2012 seed catalog (Pinetree) in the mail...am I first???


70 posted on 11/16/2011 10:13:50 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

NO...


71 posted on 11/16/2011 12:47:27 PM PST by tubebender (She was only a whiskey maker, but I loved her still.)
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To: tubebender

Really? Who else is shipping catalogs already?


72 posted on 11/16/2011 12:54:57 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

We have 5 so far. HPS... Thompson Morgan... White Flower Farm... Pine Tree and Stokes


73 posted on 11/16/2011 3:46:48 PM PST by tubebender (She was only a whiskey maker, but I loved her still.)
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To: tubebender

Wow...


74 posted on 11/16/2011 4:36:58 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

I listed them in the order we received them. We generally get 12 or 15 and Lady Bender gets very familiar with all of them before she orders our seeds...


75 posted on 11/16/2011 5:55:55 PM PST by tubebender (She was only a whiskey maker, but I loved her still.)
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To: who knows what evil?; tubebender; Red_Devil 232; All
For inexpensive Open Pollinated tomato seeds, don't forget this link. I can't remember who provided this information on this thread over a year ago, but it's worth mentioning again, I think.

www.wintersown.org

They have a big selection of tomatoes with descriptions. Click on the “your choice tomato SASE. You can select 6 varieties for free-just pay the postage. You can select more seeds with a donation.

They also have instructions for saving seeds, and sowing seeds in the winter. They have other seeds available in addition to tomatoes. A very interesting web-site.

76 posted on 11/17/2011 7:05:18 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes; All
Thanks for the link.

I found this guy on the side of my storage shed this morning:

Stick Insect Five inch long body

Photobucket

77 posted on 11/17/2011 7:45:48 AM PST 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

Did you ‘splain to him that he is not well camoflauged on the white shed? :)


78 posted on 11/17/2011 8:00:25 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Yikes! I have TEN extra geese this morning, and I’m wondering if some of the youngins have brought home mates, or if there is a strange group that is just visiting. I don’t NEED 42 geese.


79 posted on 11/17/2011 8:07:02 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Well I’ll trade you my two young bears that destroyed 3 bird feeders Tuesday evening. My wife heard a noise near the front of the house and called me to check it out so I grabbed a flashlight instead of a camera and stepped out on the entry porch to find the two of them not 10 feet from me. They both looked at me like I was a intruder. They have destroyed many neighborhood apple trees.


80 posted on 11/17/2011 8:50:11 AM PST by tubebender (She was only a whiskey maker, but I loved her still.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Are they looking for a hand out?


81 posted on 11/17/2011 10:00:35 AM PST 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

Holy Moly. That’s a pretty big one.


82 posted on 11/17/2011 4:53:21 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

I looked them up on the web. They are the largest of the insects. The biggest comes from Asia and has a body length of 20 inches. Seems like a lot of people keep them in terrariums as pets.


83 posted on 11/17/2011 5:04:30 PM PST 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

Interesting. My grand daughter is really scared of even the little ones.


84 posted on 11/17/2011 5:08:45 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
I don’t NEED 42 geese.

Thanksgiving/Christmas Dinner? . . . SMILE!!!

85 posted on 11/17/2011 5:31:38 PM PST by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
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To: greeneyes

That seems like a typical reaction to this insect. Just being ugly gives them a reputation of being poisonous or deadly. This is the first one I have actually seen in many many years. And yes he was big.


86 posted on 11/17/2011 6:09:23 PM PST 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: Sarajevo

dropped 40 lbs of 6-6-6 yesterday and it was not enough, I got another bag tonight and I will put the 2nd bag on the garden in the morning. That should do it for the rest of the season..


87 posted on 11/17/2011 7:16:05 PM PST by satan69 (garden)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I was coming home a couple days ago, driving through northeast Nebraska—went past a huge quonset that was painted white except for a red stripe on each end. Painted on the end toward the highway was
“The Home of the Free Because of the Brave”

It sure did look good out in the middle of nowhere. I made that drive a week before- but after dark so it did not show up.


88 posted on 11/17/2011 9:54:16 PM PST by handmade
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To: satan69

You should have another planting season coming up. My cool weather plants (cabbage, lettuce, beets) are still going strong!


89 posted on 11/18/2011 2:01:09 PM PST by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: Sarajevo

Yes sir, Jan 15thish.... Last year it was the 2nd week of Feb due to the record Global warming.. Got down to 22 degrees out here, I don’t care where you live, that’s cold... summer squash and greenbeans are coming in heavy. Winter squash, watermellon, brock, coliflower, Brussel Sprouts, cabbage all look great, Peppers are everywhere.. It is a good weather fall garden. A bit to much water in Sept but that can be cured... Take care...


90 posted on 11/18/2011 3:34:58 PM PST by satan69 (garden)
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