Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 48) December 9
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 dont 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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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.
South FL GARDEN PICTURE UPDATE:
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!
Excellent! Great looking veggies. What type of peppers are those?
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.
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!
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.
Freezing temps here in Central Missouri have my garden chores down to cleanup, mulching and waiting for spring.
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
Best wishes and a Merry Christmas to you and your wife!
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.
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.
“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).
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.
Seconded. Or thirded.
You and your wife need to follow your heart>
Got my Baker Creek seed catalog Thursday and already have a list started for seeds.
I've got a short stack of catalogs already, and have to take breaks from browsing them because I want to plant everything that sounds/looks good. LOL! Like a kid in the candy store!
Got 2 garden chores yet to do ... relocate the compost pen and clean the dead tomato and pepper plants out of the garden and into the compost pen. Well, I need to bushhog the speckled butter beans too, but I could classify that as a yard chore, I guess.
After rain delays, they started bringing in the material to construct the solar system this morning. Lots of angle iron and aluminum bars to build the standoffs on the roof of the equipment shed. The shed is white, and I was impressed that they had painted all of the metalwork white so that it doesn't show on the shed. Of course, the solar panels themselves will stand out like a sore thumb, but at least what is holding them in place will look like it belongs there.
Be cautious of putting the tomato plants in the compost pile incase they harbor diseases that can be carried over. Check with your Ag agent...
LIME! I use a lot of if to keep the blossom end rot away, Also the rabbits don’t like the taste.. The plants don’t seem to mind it all. I have managed to get the PH to a 7.0.. WOOO HOOOO!
Thanks for the warning ... I’ll put them in the burn pile instead, just to be sure. Really am not in need of any additional material for the compost heap anyway. We’ve got a semi-truck sized load of oak leaves that need to go somewhere :) I’m going to layer the leaves with litter from the donkey barn (have no shortage of that either).
Wood ash from the fireplace as an additional layer in the compost pen. I’m about ready to add a couple of side ‘compartments’ to the main pile, in order to store ash and donkey poo.
Thanks to all of you on your best wishes for our move.
JADB, I agree with all who have agreed that you would be a super choice as Keeper Of The Ping List - thank you for Standing up for the cause. I keep two separate ping lists the one I ping the FReepers with, it is in the order in which each FReeper joined the thread and the other is an Excel spread sheet that is sorted alphabetically. I will FReepMail the list to you.
It is satisfying to know the thread will be in good hands.
We have already started packing - Jeez so much stuff! Boxes everywhere. I think my wife has laid claim to every box that her Wal-Mart gets in.
I can’t believe we are moving again.
At my wife’s level of management All Wal-mart will do is pay for all of our moving expenses. And that is about all. It might be different at the higher up levels. I don’t know.
You may end up loving it.
Transitions and moving are the pits though.
I know I will never like leasing or renting a home. We probably will just keep this house and check on it every month or so. A fall back position of sorts in case TSHTF.
Thank you and Best wishes to you and your family.
I don’t much like cold weather, but after being cooped up in a stuffy office all week long I try to spend as much time as possible outdoors on the weekend.
I’d love to build a heated greenhouse but Mrs. Augie still hasn’t bought a good lottery ticket. ;-)
I don’t know about the rain fall in that area that is one reason why I asked for advice about that area.
I hear ya on that lottery ticket!
SOUTH FL GARDEN PIC, 2nd UPDATE!
We dump our extra veggies at our church by a large oak tree. These are the eggplants I added this morning from the garden. Hard to get rid of all this stuff when it comes in all at one time. The Rednecks out here share a lot of great stuff they grow. One day I drove by the church and there were 50 watermellon dumped out there, Wow were they sweet!
Have you ever tried winter squash or watermellon on a compost pile? My sister has horses so she has a lot of “COMPOST”,, Wondering if it’s just to warm to plant some winter crops ontop of a compost pile..
Oh wow. Me too. Once those catalogs get here, I want it all.LOL.
Oh jeez. Me too. I would love to have a green house, but no money to do it either, unless something changes.LOL.
I agree with tubebender. Highlight of my week.
Do a search for Sun Valley Floral Farm for more information. I'll post a photo of my latest green house later
What was stark and confusing is that you could almost draw a line at the Louisiana border and it was much greener. Don't get me wrong, we have been classified as drought and extreme drought, but obviously there had been rain at critical times in Louisiana.
I don't know if the Sabine River has anything to do with it, because there are so many times that rain will be coming at us from the east and it gets to Vicksburg and never comes across the border. I've watched it for years and years. Granted, the Mississippi is larger than the Sabine, but it would seem that the river has something to do with it.
South FL Gardening Pictures!
I worked for 2 hrs this morning in the Garden, Feeling funny so I am going to stop for the day, Sorta warm today in South FL... I found these while out playing in the Garden.. The Green one is a Burpee Original Hubbard. Yes it’s really that big and it was hiding under the leafs. I am in the garden every day but I missed these!
Does it affect the taste? I wonder if it would make tomatoes sweeter?
Oh My! Nothing so ginourmous. We only have a one acre lot. Double car Garage size would be great, but I’d settle for an 8 by 8 that could with stand tornados.
I actually have a patio that is 10 by 22 feet that would make a great sun room/green house combo, if I ever win the lottery. Then I could walk directly from the basement office/computer and family room into the sunroom and harvest my tomatoes in the winter with out ever going out into the cold. LOL.
Not that I know of, My dad taught me to do that long long ago, There again they used to mix DDT with the Lime.. Kept the bugs away for years, Perfect cabbage heads! :-}
Now that I might be able to save up and get since we have a social security cola next year. Depends on how much everything goes up. LOL.