Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 46) November 25
Posted on 11/25/2011 5:10:38 AM PST by Red_Devil 232
Good morning gardeners. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. My day was nice, quiet and lazy. Mrs. RD had to go to work at one pm and did not get off until two this morning, so we will be having our Thanksgiving feast this afternoon. We are having a roasted Turkey breast with the typical side dishes. We usually have a Ham but Mrs. RD wanted Turkey this year so Turkey it is.
It is forecast to be in the low 70s today so I may get out and gather up some leaves for the compost and some pine needles for mulching.
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I plan to finally get some bulbs in the ground today. And about time. We had some rime (touch of frost)on the grass yesterday morning here in western MA., but it’s getting warmer and we still haven’t had a hard frost. Six squirrels hit the tree with all the bird seed this morning, as usual, plus some little red squirrels, mourning doves, chickadees, nut hatches, woodpeckers. And blue jays. The cardinals go to the feeder on the other side of the house. I’ve been rolling pine cones in peanut butter and sunflower seed for the birds, but that squirrel family steals everything.
I have four dachshunds very interested in everything I do, so I expect I’ll have to replant those bulbs a couple of times. They come right along after me and dig up everything.
“... they come right along after me and dig up everything”
Little devils are helping. They see you digging so they give you a hand. Of course, it would be far more helpful if they dug a hole BEFORE you planted the bulb... LOL!
My garden is doing well with the 1.75” rain we got. I may try to get the onions into the ground today if I have time.
I’ve received more than a dozen seed and nursery catalogs so far. They arrive earlier every year it seems.
Our raised beds are cleaned out and turned over with a bit of compost added. I might add a third raised bed nearby since there is adequate sun. We have a lot of big oaks so shade is a consideration.
Glad to hear you finally got some rain.
Tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet peppers in December?
Our average first frost date is 15 November. During the pre-dawn morning of the 11th we briefing touched 31 degrees, hit an afternoon high of 68 degrees, followed the next day by a high of 80 degrees.
Plants which survived the awesome summer heat are bearing fruit and the bees are still flitting from blossom to blossom doing their busy work. But, the tomatoes are still green, the surviving cucumber plants are producing fewer and smaller cukes. Bell peppers are decent producers but the peppers are smaller than in the spring.
Oddly, the seranno, jalapeno, and pablano peppers are going like gangbusters even with the fluctuating night and daytime temps, as are our cherry tomatoes.
Ten day forecast calls for night temps 38 - 48 degrees and day temps 64 - 76 degrees.
With a little luck, maybe we’ll have vine ripened tomatoes for Christmas.
Snow peas, broccoli, cabbage, collards, onions and garlic are coming along nicely. And so are all the potted herbs. Only the Thai basil seems to be giving up.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
For me, this is cause for Thanksgiving. We feel that this year we are finally making progress on the Haney Place. We hope you all have a restful winter and great success in next year's endeavors!
There is very little good soil around the Lake of the Ozarks so we had the garden soil trucked in. It was harvested from a river bottom north of here and is quite heavy.
We added cotton burr to fluff up the material.
Red_Devil, I am never here on Fridays to post a “hello” and a “thank you” so here it is. Hello, and thank you.
I have been fooling around in the dirt (er, soil) for a long time and am still learning. The best book I’ve read of late is this: http://www.amazon.com/Gardening-When-Counts-Growing-Mother/dp/086571553X The book is loaded, and I mean loaded, with good information about producing food anywhere under nearly all conditions. No snotty enviro stuff and it’s all written from experience for practical application at the low tech level. Very good and highly recommended for all gardeners at all levels of experience. Good luck, Eric!
Good to see you here this morning.
My gardening is pretty much over for this year. Did get some garlic in the pots but we dont care for greens so didnt plant any. Since I have to use buried pots since all we have is sand its just pulling the pot dropping in some compost and put the pot back in and Im ready for next year. Might seem tedious to some but it goes rather quickly.
In central Jersey, between the rain and the warm temps, we’re having a re-bloom of some early summer flowers.
I have often wondered about cotton waste. Do you get that burr from the gin?
Lady Bender did her usual masterful job on the Turkey and Fixins. Guests were my daughter and her husband and their son and his girlfriend (this is new). Her daughter is now married and went to his parents home in NE Calif near the border. Our son and his wife traditionally spend this week in Portland Ore shopping, going to shows and exhibits.
I have many things to be Thankful including the fact my daughter got me my Fotki account back. I assumed it was a password error but she spotted the problem within seconds. My account name had gotten corrupted and there was never a reason to change my passwords.
I made a quick pass through the garden yesterday and noticed about 90% of my 7 varieties of Garlic are up with several at 100%. My cover crop of Red Oats is also sprouting but I don’t see the Austrian Field Peas yet. We still have a few Raspberries producing in our patch so I had a few. The temp in the compost piles show they are still active but they are darn soggy from the rains even though they are covered.
A storm moving across the country. Just heard the heaviest rain is expected in the Mississippi valley.
Do you still have snow on the ground?
Lots of snow on the ground. Eldora Mountain Resort is a ski area I can see from the back window and they are open. it is 34F right now. Not too cold.
I bought it from a local garden store/nursery in 40 or 50 pound bags. Wife read a story about this stuff in her master gardener magazine and we were surprised to find it locally...
Good afternoon. It is another glorious day in Missouri. Shirt sleeve weather and beautiful sunshine. I got in my morning walk early before breakfast.
It was a great feast yesterday, all the usual plus everyone brought 1 new dish to try. Every space on my kitchen counters and buffet were full. My granny would have said we have enough food to feed Cox’s army. I have no idea who Cox is. LOL.
Probably going to bag a few leaves outdoors, and plant some more pots of herbs and spinach for indoor garden. Not doing the Black Friday shopping. No money, and I don’t like crazy crowds.LOL.
Everyone have a great Holiday weekend. God Bless.
Winter wheat is finally under snow cover.
Chickens are up to 5-7 eggs/day.
Venison has been harvested, processed and frozen.
Ready for garden catalogs.
It is a beautiful day here in Meridian, Mississippi also! Pocket T-Shirt weather - 70F, sunny with a very slight breeze. Very nice.
I love it when Thanksgiving has that Indian Summer type weather! Sometimes in Missouri, we have snow at Thanksgiving. Never a dull moment here with respect to the wheather. LOL.
Are you selling eggs?
How many ya want? LOL
Not yet, but it is keeping our friends supplied.
Also bought some cheese on sale for rarebit.
Dug out Betty Crocker & the on-line 1896 Fannie Farmer for “13 egg cake”; Lord & Lady Baltimore cakes; pickled eggs; flan....
I have to ask my sister (the only one left) if we still have relatives on our Mother’s side living in the Meridian area. Gorgeous sunny weather here in Benderville also and I should be out cleaning up the from perennial garden but this day is part of the holiday so I toured our Old Town area and took a few photos to post on another forum. Looking forward to left overs for dinner which I think tastes better than the original...
I am watching the LSU Arkansas game. Ark is chipping away at LSU. Have a feeling LSU will prevail.
It was a close game until after half time. LSU is running away with it.
Yep! LSU has a very good team. I just have a huge grudge against them that has been in place for many years!
I know what you mean. I went to the University of Florida so we played LSU often.
It just started snowing like crazy. visibility is only about 20 yards.
You’re so Lucky!!! It never snows in Benderville...
The only gardening I have going on is inside, now. The tomatoes I planted are a mixed success, One is reaching for the sky, it’s taller than I am already. One is about 2 feet tall and bushy. One decided it didn’t like this idea and died after I was sure it was rooting fine. The last one is alive, but it hasn’t changed at all from when I planted it. That’s a little wierd.
We’re still eating the tomatoes i picked green before the freeze. They’ve been ripening slowly in a bowl. And my squash and pumpkins are keeping nicely just sitting on the counter. I love how they do that.
Still working toward getting my house built.
Does anyone know when to pick them?? Also some leaves are turning yellow, should I fertilize??
The lime tree did not set any fruit this year.
I’ve read that iron chelate(?) might help with the yellowing leaves. I’m sure the internet might be more helpful, I might be mis-remembering.
I usually pick my Meyer Lemons when they’re all the way yellow. I’ve had them keep on my counter for up to a month. But we keep our house really cool in the winter.
It is 24F and blowing snow right now. I am thinking of growing a few tomatoes indoors this winter.
I see a band of rain moving through the heart of Texas from the Rio Grande into Ok
Came across this whilst looking for information on ferrocement aquariums for aquaponics...
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It seems that all of our older hens are now laying as we got 11 chicken eggs and three duck eggs...a maximum effort! The five Maran pullets are now integrated into the flock, and while not exactly bosom buddies, are accepted. Barb cleaned the kitchen and took down the crate and we are no longer infested with "house chickens"!
Having a four-day weekend is nice. Now to wrap up the outside chores while the weather holds.
Only a few things left in the garden, all my cole crops. I was thrilled to have Brussels sprouts fresh off the stalk with our thanksgiving dinner. They were a bit leafy as opposed to heads, but tasted wonderful when roasted. I have a couple heads of red cabbage out there, the bunnies ate all the green cabbage. Little bit of broccoli, too. Otherwise, we’re done. Not a bad year.
Dear #40 and gardening freepers,
I’m a long-time FReeper, (short and lousy-time gardener).
Got a great fence to keep deer out, raised beds with brand new soil, showed me where the food comes from off the plants. The next year weaker soil and then huge drought and extreme heat wave. No harvest this year in Central Texas.
Found out about Aquaponics and have given that a try, had the beds, fish & tank set up and as soon as the heat wave got below 100 degrees (in October) the plants started growing.
The leaves are HUGH & series. (Freeper talk from long ago)
Just waiting for cooler weather to give me tighter sprouts, lettuce etc. But for the LOUSY gardener, the Aquaponics WORKS!!!
>>But for the LOUSY gardener, the Aquaponics WORKS!!!
Ah, that’s good to hear. I’m building a small experimental solar greenhouse and am using water as thermal mass to store heat.
Aquaponics sounds like a good way to put the water to multiple uses.
What kind of fish you using in your system?
Better put your beebers on stune for those hugh leaves ;-}
Don’t eat fish so went with goldfish not Talipia. I do like Talipia of any fish and might change to that next spring. but for now learning on 0.27 cent goldfish. Alot died till I learned things. Goldfish are great for pooing and peeing. The plants are growing well.
From a neighbor.....Florida avocado Lula variety. Better than Hass. Plus small red finger banana. That banana stalk was full of red bananas but a lot got eaten
Bananas in my yard. Maybe ready in 4-6 weeks
We had a nice long Thanksgiving weekend here in Central Missouri. Hauled two 16x7 trailer loads of stall sweepings from the horse college before the rains came on Saturday. One load went on the compost heap and the other went to re-mulch my orchard trees.
What is that grass the Avocados are laying on? Must be in Florida...
Anyone have any info. I'm ready to build it now.