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Weekly Gardening Thread 2011 (Vol. 48) December 9
Free Republic | 12-9-2011 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 12/09/2011 6:08:33 AM PST by Red_Devil 232

Good morning gardeners. As many of you may know, my wife is a manager at a Wal-Mart Superstore. About a month or so ago she was approached, via email, by Wal-Mart, informing her that there was a position opening up in one of their stores in Shreveport, La. and they wanted to do a phone interview with her if she was interested. She agreed and did the interview. Well last week they called her back and told her the position was hers if she wanted it. We were given an hour to make the decision. Job wise this is a good move for her and Shreveport is her hometown and a few of her family still live there or near there. She has 4 brothers and 4 sisters. The decision for her was easy but for me it was very hard to agree to the move. We own the property and the small house here in Meridian. This house and property will be very hard to sell. We will have to find a rental house that has a fenced in yard and that will accept our two dogs.

The reason for me sharing this information with all of you is, I may not be able to keep posting the Weekly Gardening Thread and I don’t know if I will even be able to have a garden next year. So I am hoping someone in the gardening community will be willing to continue the thread on a reliable and weekly basis. Currently there are 490 Freepers on the ping list and quite a few look forward to the thread every week. I am hoping at least one or even more of you would like to do the posting or even share the responsibility in posting the thread and keep it going.

They said that they want her in Shreveport sometime after Christmas but have not given a specific date yet. I will be staying here and keep posting and she will be staying with one of her sisters until she can find a suitable house.

The store she is being transferred to is on the extreme west side of Shreveport and she is looking in the Marshall, Tx area for housing. So if any of you know anything about the area please let me know.


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1 posted on 12/09/2011 6:08:39 AM PST 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 12/09/2011 6:10:15 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
Greetings from southern New Hampshire! Congrats to your wife and her opportunity. Remember, the Good Lord never closes a door without opening a window. Look at this as an opportunity to grow. I was approached yesterday about a dream job as an enterprise architect, but it is in a town in Massachusetts over two hours from my home. That is just too darned far and I do not want to move again!

Our hens are now laying productively and our five Maran pullets are four months old. Chocolate brown shelled eggs two months away.

I finished the duck dorm and wired the coops and pens permanently so they have heated quarters for winter. The doorways are too low and Barb keeps whacking her head!

We are about ready for the snow season. I want to try and till the raised beds this weekend and install the wall panels on the south side of the carport. I am going to enclose the end with openings for two 9' by 7' garage doors and put in a mezzanine and convert the carport to a real garage.

Plenty to get done before my left shoulder replacement surgery next spring.

3 posted on 12/09/2011 6:30:23 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

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4 posted on 12/09/2011 6:31:53 AM PST by satan69 (garden)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Oh, no! I know how much you love your garden! But, everything will work out. I know that you have lived many places throughout your life, and you will find the perfect one again.

BBL. Have to run!


5 posted on 12/09/2011 6:38:34 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: satan69

Excellent! Great looking veggies. What type of peppers are those?


6 posted on 12/09/2011 6:41:15 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

Managed to get one more picking of salad before the real cold temps hit. Eating on it like crazy, I figure the more vitamins I can consume before winter the better.

Got the garlic and winter onions planted and the plastic tunnel put together. I tamped them in pretty good this time to see if I can avoid them pushing out when the ground freezes. Nice hard rain the next day so I’m hoping that will work.

The garden is done for this year, now it’s time to crack open the catalogs and see what new wonders await.


7 posted on 12/09/2011 6:43:26 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

There are chili peppers and California Wonder, Somewhere in there are 2 of the indian super hot ones for the Kimchi I am going to make my son.. Kimchi, UCK!


8 posted on 12/09/2011 6:57:52 AM PST by satan69 (garden)
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To: Red_Devil 232
The broccoli and cauliflower are starting to form heads. Cabbage is also starting to tighten its leaves.
9 posted on 12/09/2011 7:13:01 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
If you need me to take the ping list, I could, if it was agreeable to the other members of the list. You've always done such a great job and I appreciate all of your efforts more than you'll ever know.

The prospect of having y'all join us as Louisianans is exciting, but the Marshall Tx area is beautiful and I know you'll find it suitable. There are several small towns out that way that will make a nice home, but there are a few towns east of Shreveport that would make nice hometowns too. Great gardening soil out that way in the piney woods. Known for growing the finest of peaches and other fruits.

10 posted on 12/09/2011 7:56:13 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Freezing temps here in Central Missouri have my garden chores down to cleanup, mulching and waiting for spring.


11 posted on 12/09/2011 8:31:09 AM PST by Augie
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To: Red_Devil 232

Oh, wow....great for your wife, but know how you feel...having moved about 10 times (major) in 25 years....and planted gardens from OREGON to Saskatchewan...it’s challenging, but having family close should be helpful. I look forward to these threads (don’t post much)....will miss your postings...but, look forward to new ones.

On another note....it’s 24 degrees here in Western Oregon this a.m......bbrrrr


12 posted on 12/09/2011 8:31:58 AM PST by goodnesswins (Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine....)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Best wishes and a Merry Christmas to you and your wife!


13 posted on 12/09/2011 9:38:32 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Congratulations on your wife’s new challenge and I can imagine how it affects you and your routine there in Meridian. Does Wal-Mart offer any extended relocation programs like buying you out of your home and helping you find a acceptable place in the new work area? I must say that these weekly garden threads are the highlight of my week and by far the most enjoyable.

On the local scene we have had several days of frost with overnight temps 5 to 8 degrees lower than average. Not much damage that isn’t expected at season end. The Garlic is all up and we will take the bird netting off soon unlike last year when we waited too long as we stripped off a lot of growth on the plants but no damage done as we had a great crop. The Raspberries are still producing but the birds are keeping them from going to waste.


14 posted on 12/09/2011 9:41:33 AM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: Red_Devil 232; All

Greetings from Missouri. We are totally overcast at 36 degrees and on our way to 16 tonight. A gray day for sure. This thread does indeed always bring a little feeling of sunshine to my world.

Congratulations to your wife, but she’s got to find a place with a little gardening space, or at least a big deck for global buckets - right? Smart to live in Texas. Has that region had any rainfall?

Winter garden is full of lettuce. Indoor garden has a couple of cherry tomatoes and a lemon ready for harvest, one serving of spinach left, and several new ones are growing. Basil is going to have to be harvested - It is totally over running it’s container.

Have a great weekend everyone. God Bless.


15 posted on 12/09/2011 10:05:58 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Augie

“Freezing temps here in Central Missouri have my garden chores down to cleanup, mulching and waiting for spring.”

LOL. My garden chores are down to reading catalogs and computer research huddled in front of the space heater.(except for the indoor garden, which is not much effort).


16 posted on 12/09/2011 10:12:15 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; Red_Devil 232

JADB, of course you would be a great choice to help RD through this transition. I can’t imagine anyone objecting. You were the first person I thought of by the way.


17 posted on 12/09/2011 10:18:34 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Seconded. Or thirded.


18 posted on 12/09/2011 10:27:06 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: Red_Devil 232

You and your wife need to follow your heart>


19 posted on 12/09/2011 10:27:34 AM PST by left that other site
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
I think you would be great to take over this thread.

Got my Baker Creek seed catalog Thursday and already have a list started for seeds.

20 posted on 12/09/2011 10:28:47 AM PST by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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