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Weekly Gardening Thread 2011 (Vol. 49) December 16
Free Republic | 12-16-2011 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 12/16/2011 5:47:03 AM PST by Red_Devil 232

Good morning gardeners. I hope all of you are doing well and wish you a Merry Christmas. Today’s thread will be the last one I post as the host of the gardening thread. Thankfully the thread will continue to be posted by Freeper JustaDumbBlonde. Not only is she is a very experienced gardener, she and her husband run a large acreage family farm growing corn, cotton, wheat, soybeans and various other crops. Her large kitchen garden is so successful she has set up a roadside stand to sell her produce. I am confident the Gardening Thread will be in very competent hands. She gardens and farms in Northeast Louisiana and has been a member of the gardening thread since Freepers gardengirl and Gabz started the original thread in January 2008.

It has been my great pleasure to host and post this thread every week for the last couple of years. I actually learned to garden from this thread and have enjoyed my garden and reading the posts and meeting new Friends on this thread every week. I will continue to read and post on the thread if I think I can add to the conversation. I hope all of you have very successful gardens next year.

If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion. Our Freeper community is full of gardeners, each with varying interests and skill levels from Master Gardener to novice.


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Weekly Gardening Thread

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1 posted on 12/16/2011 5:47:07 AM PST by Red_Devil 232
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; Alkhin; ...
Pinging the gardeners. I have passed the ping list to JustaDumbBlonde so if you want on or off the list please send a FReeMail or post your request to JustaDumbBlonde
2 posted on 12/16/2011 5:52:11 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

Thank you for everything you have done, Red Devil 232. I miss you already but Justadumbblonde is a wonderful person and can certainly take on a challenge! I hope your move is easy as pie and your wife loves her new job and location. The two of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Bless you!


3 posted on 12/16/2011 5:53:19 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Red_Devil 232
Thanks for your efforts, R_D....I really enjoy the thread and the pictures, discussions, comments, etc from all those that show up. Got a few pointers the last couple of years from the thread.

Once again, many thanks!!

4 posted on 12/16/2011 5:53:37 AM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Although I am a newcomer to gardening and this thread, I enjoy it very much! That you for your efforts. I wish you health, happiness and peace, and a very Merry Christmas, Chanukah, and New Year (I celebrate them all! LOL)


5 posted on 12/16/2011 5:59:16 AM PST by left that other site
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To: Red_Devil 232

Thanks for operating the garden thread all this time. This thread has motivated me and taught me a lot about gardening. I had all but given up on gardening fresh veggies till I discovered this thread. I hope you do well in your move and your wife’s job works out well for both of you. I also hope that you can find time to chime in here when time allows. Good luck!


6 posted on 12/16/2011 6:12:22 AM PST by rightly_dividing (1Cor. 15:1-4)
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To: Red_Devil 232

definitely want to stay on this thread! Although I don’t post a lot I sure would love to develop the art of gardening!


7 posted on 12/16/2011 6:17:19 AM PST by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Good luck Red Devil!
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I did all heirlooms last year and plan to do the same this year. I planted golden bantam corn last year and I just wasn't that pleased with it. Can anybody recommend another variety? Perhaps I need to try different golden bantam seed? Who has experience with heirlooms? I'm also looking for a good cantaloupe heirloom variety if anybody knows of one. I'm zone 4/5.
8 posted on 12/16/2011 6:28:16 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Red_Devil 232; JustaDumbBlonde

Thanks for all you have done RD. Look forward to seeing you back on this thread when you get settled. And a big thanks to JDB for picking up the list. One of the best threads on FR. Good luck and God Bless. Merry Christmas everyone.


9 posted on 12/16/2011 6:30:37 AM PST by ConservativeOrBust
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To: left that other site

ah ha...... so you are here too! LOL.
Polly waving good morning to LTOS!


10 posted on 12/16/2011 6:35:16 AM PST by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: Red_Devil 232

You’ve made a good choice for your replacement. She will do a good job.
Please keep me on the ping list, as I need all the help I can get.
You will sell your home lickety brindle and find a fine home with acreage. I know you’re the kind of people who make lemonaid when given lemons. We’ll be awaiting your new found home and how your preparing your new garden site.
Please keep us informed.


11 posted on 12/16/2011 6:38:57 AM PST by tillacum
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To: Red_Devil 232

I hate wild turkeys. We have a group of about 20+ coming to our garden every day for the corn my spouse tosses out for them. With pickings getting slim in the wild, the ate off all the leaves and growing points off the plants in my big sedum bed and are scratching the heck out of my hen and chicken theme garden. I don’t know if they’re eating them yet. Now, with snow on the ground and more difficult foraging, they’re scratching through the snow to the lawn. They’re also attacking some planted pots I have set high. We finally covered those with netting in the hope to discourage them. I wish turkey season was open. I’d be tempted to get a tag and also encourage 20 or so of my friends to do likewise.


12 posted on 12/16/2011 6:44:43 AM PST by IM2MAD
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To: Red_Devil 232
Thanks for all your work on this thread. This is my favorite one and I have learned a great deal here. Not only I'm a better gardner I like starting things from seed.

By the way this Christmas Eve when my family comes over for dinner I'll be serving Fresh sliced vined ripened tomatoes.

This past summer I had several tomatoes planted in "Global" double 5 gallon buckets. one of them is a determinate Carolina Gold. I brought it in this fall and now it sits in front of a sliding glass door that faces South. It is doing great with several good tomatoes hanging on it with new ones setting on.

13 posted on 12/16/2011 6:49:24 AM PST by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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To: Red_Devil 232

SOUTH FL PICTURE UPDATE:

the first picture is a triple bud super steak, It sure is ugly....

http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/6024/1000359f.jpg

http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/2529/1000360d.jpg


14 posted on 12/16/2011 6:54:07 AM PST by satan69 (garden)
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To: satan69

South FL Note on Picture:

The Triple Bud weights about 3 lbs!


15 posted on 12/16/2011 6:56:21 AM PST by satan69 (garden)
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To: goodwithagun
Check out Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.www.rareseeds.com. Their catalog has no less than 40 different types of melon seeds available.
16 posted on 12/16/2011 7:02:03 AM PST by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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To: Red_Devil 232; JustaDumbBlonde

Thank you for all your efforts the last few years. Everybody on this thread has taught me so much. Just because you are moving, I hope it won’t keep you away from this thread. Just because you don’t have an active garden at the moment doesn’t mean you can’t participate. After all, those of us in northern climes don’t have active gardens for much of the year.

JADB will do a magnificent job — just look at her pictures!


17 posted on 12/16/2011 7:07:33 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Red_Devil 232

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfR9nDsvBk8&feature=share

I’m gonna try this. Need more thermal mass in the greenhouse anyhow. ;-)


18 posted on 12/16/2011 7:07:50 AM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Good luck with the move RD.


19 posted on 12/16/2011 8:02:27 AM PST by Augie
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To: Red_Devil 232

Thanks RD for posting this thread. It’s a fun little stop on the FR road every week. Hope your new digs allow you to have a garden.

All - I swear you learn something new all the time gardening. We had a low of 7 degrees one morning last week. Some snow on the ground, but I still figured the greens would be dead. They aren’t. Beat down some but still kicking. Even got some lettuce still.

Looks like maybe salad for Christmas.


20 posted on 12/16/2011 8:13:11 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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