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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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To: greeneyes
Are you thinking along these lines for your dream greenhouse? This is what I wish for when I think of a Green House. It is 50 ACRES UNDER GLASS growing fresh cut flowers for wholesale to large store across the country. This operation is in the town of Arcata Ca which is 5 miles north of us plus they have 2 other operations in the U.S.

Do a search for Sun Valley Floral Farm for more information. I'll post a photo of my latest green house later

41 posted on 12/09/2011 3:45:55 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: greeneyes
The Bender & Bender greenhouse.This is my "temporary green house"and is 8 X 8 and cost less then $300 from Lowes delivered… The seedling flats are 1/3 of the flats of flowers Lady Bender starts every year.


42 posted on 12/09/2011 4:02:48 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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This was my greenhouse for almost 30 years until wood rot caused it to cave in. It was 13 feet in diameter and was glass with a extra plastic cover and It grew thousands of seedlings over that 30 years…


43 posted on 12/09/2011 4:17:31 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: Red_Devil 232
The rainfall in the area has been non-existent and, when hubby and I came through there in Sept., everything was on fire. Smoke was choking us in the vehicle.

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.

44 posted on 12/09/2011 6:35:02 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

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!

http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/4646/1000355a.jpg

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/4626/1000356u.jpg


45 posted on 12/10/2011 8:44:47 AM PST by satan69 (garden)
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To: satan69

Very nice!


46 posted on 12/10/2011 8:48:15 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: satan69

Does it affect the taste? I wonder if it would make tomatoes sweeter?


47 posted on 12/10/2011 8:49:51 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: tubebender

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.


48 posted on 12/10/2011 9:04:53 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: trisham

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! :-}


49 posted on 12/10/2011 9:10:56 AM PST by satan69 (garden)
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To: tubebender

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.


50 posted on 12/10/2011 9:12:08 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: satan69

LOL! How things have changed. :)


51 posted on 12/10/2011 9:16:39 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: tubebender

I woke up in the middle of the night, and I’m watching Crazy Christmas Lights and they are featuring the lighted tractor parade from Ferndale. (Humboldt Co.) Do you ever go to see that? It looks like a blast.


52 posted on 12/10/2011 11:38:42 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Ferndale is just a few miles south of us and our daughter and family go every year but we have never been. Ferndale also features the tallest living Christmas tree in their community parks. My SiL grew up in Ferndale where his father was a history teacher in the high school. Very interesting town. We enjoyed the lighted truck parade last night just a few blocks from the Vast Bender Estate...


53 posted on 12/11/2011 1:44:33 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: Red_Devil 232

LOTS OF SEED CATALOGS!
Perfect for the winter weather...
ENJOY

http://www.rickharrison.com/texts/info/seedsources.html


54 posted on 12/11/2011 4:04:55 PM PST by satan69 (garden)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Thank you for volunteering, so thoughtful and you are so busy too. A Great Big Thank You!


55 posted on 12/12/2011 2:38:33 PM PST by tillacum
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

We went out to the chicken farm, and inquired about the chicken manure. The owner pointed to a pile by the chicken houses and said, “take what you need”. Now, I’m asking my hubby to help me blow the oak leaves from the berm onto a tarp to be put into the compost pile, plus pot ash, plus chicken manure, then come Jan or Feb, disk up and plow the area I have selected for our garden enlargement..oooo weee, I’ll just watch the steam and compost break down and into the garden area.

Oh, I need some prayers if ya’ll would mention the community garden. Seems there is a bit of a snag transferring the land from the owner to our little town. The lawyer, I’m told is dragging his pen (?) feet in the transfer. Don’t know why, I’m not involved in that, I’m just involved in getting the property ready, the gardeners their plots, the money for the electricity and water, stuff like that. There are people interested and would like to do some gardening and some people willing to help the gardeners.


56 posted on 12/12/2011 2:53:25 PM PST by tillacum
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

The same happens here. West and north of the Brazos will get rain, but not us. But we do get the humidity from the river.


57 posted on 12/12/2011 3:00:58 PM PST by tillacum
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To: satan69

I’m jealous. So nice.


58 posted on 12/12/2011 3:02:58 PM PST by tillacum
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To: tillacum

Thank you and thank god for FL!


59 posted on 12/12/2011 3:15:49 PM PST by satan69 (garden)
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To: satan69

Outstanding group of seed companies in one convenient location...I do business with quite a few of them...thanks!


60 posted on 12/12/2011 3:22:37 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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