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Weekly Gardening Thread 2011 (Vol. 46) November 25
Free Republic | 11-25-2011 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 11/25/2011 5:10:38 AM PST by Red_Devil 232

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Greetings from southern New Hampshire! My son just got home from visiting his Mother and his old friends in northern Virginia where we lived for four years. Duty call for him and he drove down Wednesday evening, and came back last night arriving this morning about 6:45 AM. Oh to be young!

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.

41 posted on 11/26/2011 5:01:57 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Red_Devil 232

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.


42 posted on 11/26/2011 7:58:35 AM PST by Marie Antoinette (Proud Clinton-hater since 1998.)
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To: Red_Devil 232; MtnClimber; happydogx2; All
I took these photos today. First is the Garlic and Red Oats coming up and the second one is the Raspberries. There are enough to eat but not enough to pick and save...


43 posted on 11/26/2011 2:58:41 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: LomanBill

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!!!


44 posted on 11/26/2011 4:24:33 PM PST by The Bat Lady (I planted Arugala because of Obama, it is awful! Never again!)
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To: The Bat Lady

>>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 ;-}

=Bill


45 posted on 11/26/2011 4:50:23 PM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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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.


46 posted on 11/26/2011 5:09:57 PM PST by The Bat Lady (I planted Arugala because of Obama, it is awful! Never again!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
 


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


A small mango tree of mine putting forth new growth...always great to see on a young fruit tree

 


My tangerine tree.... It had some problems but is coming back


Bananas in my yard. Maybe ready in 4-6 weeks

47 posted on 11/27/2011 7:02:04 AM PST by dennisw (I heard the old man laughing What good is a used up world and how could it be worth having-Sting)
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To: Red_Devil 232

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.


48 posted on 11/28/2011 9:25:21 AM PST by Augie
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To: dennisw

What is that grass the Avocados are laying on? Must be in Florida...


49 posted on 11/28/2011 12:44:11 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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Has anyone ever built a Rodale winter sun garden cold frame? They had a book, which I have kept on my to-do list for 31 years.

Anyone have any info. I'm ready to build it now.

50 posted on 11/29/2011 3:36:37 AM PST by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is nigh.)
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To: dennisw

Great pics, and I am so envious! I’e been trying to grow citrus, banana, and mango in Central Texas for years. If the drought doesn’t get them, it’s the sudden freezing weather or the high pH soil. I kept them potted and brought them all inside this year.


51 posted on 11/29/2011 2:43:35 PM PST by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: Racehorse
Monday night's freeze took out some peppers, the watermelon, and the rest of the beans in the outdoor beds, despite being covered. Te winds blew off some of the plastic sheeting we use to protect the pants. We have some huge cabbage heads.

The pepper plants in my greenhouse are still producing well, as is the crazy papaya. Hopefully, I'll get some good fruit off of it this year.

52 posted on 11/29/2011 2:48:41 PM PST by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: tubebender

Yup green grass here.... St Augustine grass


53 posted on 11/30/2011 12:01:03 AM PST by dennisw (I heard the old man laughing What good is a used up world and how could it be worth having-Sting)
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To: Sarajevo

sent you freepmail


54 posted on 11/30/2011 12:08:52 AM PST by dennisw (I heard the old man laughing What good is a used up world and how could it be worth having-Sting)
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To: Sarajevo

We pretty much dodged the bullet.

Sunday morning the overnight forecast called for freezing temperatures over four hours down to 27 degrees. I thought my earlier post about picking garden tomatoes at Christmas had jinxed the weather.

But by the early afternoon the forecast changed again to a low of 32 for about an hour. So, I decided to risk it. I saturated the garden and containers with water and waited.

Taking the risk paid off . . . this time. But when after dark the wind which had been forecast to be 5 to 6 mph went to zero, I worried . . . a lot.

I’m particularly impressed with the baby cucino cucumber plants. The other three varieties have stopped producing and what they produced in cool weather have been half the size they should be. Skins were tough and some were bitter. But, the cucinos were the right size and ever so tasty.

Ten day forecast predicts overnight temperatures well above freezing. If that doesn’t change, I probably won’t get new tomatoes but I’ll probably get to see the ones I have ripen on the vine. Some of the big cherries will be ready to pick today.

This year, both in the Spring and the Fall, I had terrible luck with beans (Blue Lake and Kentucky Wonder pole beans). Can’t understand it. They just never produced. But snow peas and sugar snaps are full of pods.

Sweet and hot peppers seem to be holding on quite well. And of course, collards and cabbage are loving the cool weather as are the leaf lettuces and spinach.


55 posted on 11/30/2011 4:51:56 AM PST by Racehorse (Always preach the Gospel . . . . Use words if necessary.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

SOUTH FL GARDEN PICTURE UPDATE:
ENJOY:

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56 posted on 11/30/2011 6:35:51 AM PST by satan69 (garden)
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Shameless thread hijack:

It has stuck in my mind that you have said before that you were with electric service for 2 weeks after Katrina. I dont know if you have an all electric home or if you have gas, but if you have gas, this is an interesting link that I post here. If you are electric, please disregard.

http://www.propane-generators.com/

The beauty of converting a generator to LP is not having to get in those lines to fill a bunch of gas cans every day or two, or having them sitting around as a fire hazard. Tap into a gas line, run a flex line and presto!

Just a thought.

57 posted on 11/30/2011 7:49:01 AM PST by rightly_dividing
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To: rightly_dividing

We are all electric.


58 posted on 11/30/2011 11:22:53 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: satan69

Your garden is still looking good!


59 posted on 11/30/2011 3:30:55 PM PST by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: rightly_dividing

Interesting. I checked out the web site. They don’t have any information on run time after conversion from gas to propane. Do you have any expertise in this area?


60 posted on 11/30/2011 4:09:24 PM PST by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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