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Weekly Gardening Thread 2011 (Vol. 51) December 30
Free Republic | December 30, 2011 | JustaDumbBlonde

Posted on 12/30/2011 8:33:35 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Gardening; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: garden; gardening
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I wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous 2012! My goodness, so much has happened in this country in the past year, yet we meet here once a week to exchange triumphs, failures, tips and tricks about growing beautiful flowers and feeding our families. Many of us look forward to this every week, and feel that our fellow gardeners are really a group of FRiends.

May your seedlings be strong and your plants perfect, my FRiends.

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1 posted on 12/30/2011 8:33:47 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; Alkhin; ...
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2 posted on 12/30/2011 8:36:03 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

FIRST!!!???


3 posted on 12/30/2011 8:50:23 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: JustaDumbBlonde

Happy new year to you too!

I just ordered some seeds and can’t wait to get them and get them started in the greenhouse. I ordered Green Zebra tomatoes, Qinoa, Stevia and Market Cucumbers.
The rest of my seeds for this year I have saved from last years garden.

This is the third year I’ve ordered from Baker Creek Heirloom and have not been disapointed yet.


4 posted on 12/30/2011 8:51:01 AM PST by John 3_19-21 (A lie told over and over again is still just a lie and the one telling it a liar.)
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To: tubebender

Do you get a prize? Good mornin’, Mr. Bender!


5 posted on 12/30/2011 8:51:42 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

RD232 always sent me a bottle of Bob’s Really Good Red when I was the first to call in...


6 posted on 12/30/2011 8:54:18 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: John 3_19-21
Congrats on being organized enough to have ordered already!

I promised myself that I would not buy seeds this year because I have 3 rubbermaid totes with seeds. Then, my catalogs started coming in and I received a Shumway's that I've never seen before. Suffice it to say that my promise has gone out the window!

Also got a Jung's catalog that I've never received before. Haven't had time to sit down and thumb through it yet, but it looks really good.

7 posted on 12/30/2011 8:57:24 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: tubebender

LOL! I’ve got a bottle of homemade muscadine and a homemade plum, if you want to swill the good stuff!


8 posted on 12/30/2011 8:59:18 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Happy New Year to you, too.

I noticed yesterday when I was in Lowes that they have their seeds and seed starting supplies out. I guess that maybe I should get my seeds out and round up my stuff so that I can get an on time start for a change.

9 posted on 12/30/2011 9:01:48 AM PST by rightly_dividing (1Cor. 15:1-4)
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To: All

I’ve got to go clean fish, so I’ll be away from the ‘puter for a while. Caught about 30 lbs. of beautiful large mouth bass!


10 posted on 12/30/2011 9:02:13 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
I ran out of BRGR one day so I drank the next cheapest bottle...


11 posted on 12/30/2011 9:02:13 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: JustaDumbBlonde

Happy new Year to you and yours!


13 posted on 12/30/2011 9:03:29 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: John 3_19-21; JustaDumbBlonde; Diana in Wisconsin

My first catalogs arrived in the mail this week. Burpee’s and Henry Field’s. I’m still awaiting Jung’s..........(hint to Diana :^) )


14 posted on 12/30/2011 9:05:51 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: tubebender

I’m proud of my wine but not proud enough to post a photo twice. FR has not been user friendly for me lately with 20 to 30 second hang time making a connection. Is it my ISP or a FR problem?


15 posted on 12/30/2011 9:06:54 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: tubebender

I think those glasses are such a hoot!!!!


16 posted on 12/30/2011 9:07:16 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Hoppy New year to you!................

17 posted on 12/30/2011 9:13:10 AM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: tubebender

I’ve seen similar comments from other folks, so I would say it is probably a problem with FR.


18 posted on 12/30/2011 9:15:00 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Thanks for sharing I just orderd some Sweet Woodruff seeds from Shumway. Jung looks interesting too.


The new Baker Creek catalog has instructions with glossy pictures on how to save different seeds. I thought that was pretty cool for a company that sells seeds.
19 posted on 12/30/2011 9:15:07 AM PST by John 3_19-21 (A lie told over and over again is still just a lie and the one telling it a liar.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Happy New Year to you too. I’ll have plenty of time to work in the yard and garden now. I officially retire from work today.


20 posted on 12/30/2011 9:17:30 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Congratulations! And a very Happy New Year!


21 posted on 12/30/2011 9:20:07 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; All

Happy New Year to one and all. We have a great looking sunny day here in Missouri. I think it may get warm enough to slip on a sweater and harvest some lettuce from the outdoor garden.

I will be planting some indoor spinach, chives, and mint this week. Maybe harvest a lemon.

Now I have a question about rosemary. I brought in a nice plant, because hubby didn’t get the bed made where I intended to plant it(a sheltered location). It was nice and green, and has been turning brown. Is this normal? Does it get brown during the winter and turn green next spring?

Everyone have a great weekend. God Bless.


22 posted on 12/30/2011 9:23:10 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Gabz

Thanks. I just got three seed catalogs in the mail the past two weeks. My wife saw several - other than seed - products she is interested in and wants to order.


23 posted on 12/30/2011 9:30:38 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: tubebender

Yes, there’s been hang time but it’s been like that for several months for me. I have to have two FR windows open.


24 posted on 12/30/2011 9:38:38 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

My catalogs started arriving this week. I haven’t had much luck with ordering plants, rather than seeds, so this year I will stick with just ordering seeds and purchase any plants locally.


25 posted on 12/30/2011 9:42:48 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Red Badger

Pffft...I’ve seen jackalopes bigger than that.


26 posted on 12/30/2011 9:45:33 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: JustaDumbBlonde

And the same to everyone! I will be putting the roof on our new deck connecting the house to the garage/shop this weekend! See my facebook for pictures!


27 posted on 12/30/2011 9:47:24 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

We are having very high wind here in the Colorado Rockies. It is making a mess with the 3 ft of snow that fell before Christmas. The highest gust measured near here was 102 mph. Lots of whiteout highway closures.


28 posted on 12/30/2011 9:51:44 AM PST by MtnClimber (Tim Tebow will never be successful in the NFL - Leftist journalists who have sold their souls)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

That WAS us about 0400 the morning of the New Year. We’ve slacked back a bit.

My neighbor and I are getting ready to till up the new area where we’re enlarging the pasture garden. We’re putting in compost and chicken and horse litter, we even have llama pellets that we’ll spread around and some of the hay the horses have spread around, plus turning over the garden that was put in last summer. I’m still waiting for the powers that be to release the lot next to the Sr Center for our beginning Community Garden. I need to get someone with a plow to root plow the area then just turn everything over.
Patience was never put in my cradle so I’m sitting here on pins and needles to get things started. In the meantime, I’m planning a stained glass table for the dining room. That takes up the unused energey from going nuts waiting for the start of the Community Garden.


29 posted on 12/30/2011 9:53:40 AM PST by tillacum
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Still no snow on the ground here in the People's Republic of Red Hampshire...bring on the global warming!

Looking at 135 different kinds of tomato seeds right now...now I have to find a place to plant them. :-)

Needless to say; I have no business looking at paper catalogs as they arrive...the internet catalogs and forums have got me in enough trouble.

30 posted on 12/30/2011 9:53:47 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: Arrowhead1952
I got in the Burpee’s this week but that's the only one I've requested. I have too many seeds than room already so will just be looking at the pretty pictures. I'm really looking forward to starting the garden again. I'd like to increase the size a bit but don't know that hubby will go for it since I couldn't handle it as well as I wanted last year. Last summer, I just wasn't in any sort of physical shape what with knee problems to enjoy it and by fall it was just too much of a struggle. Things are much better now.

With the burn ban lifted, we've been clearing some brush. Haven't done anything in the garden but there's a couple broccoli making so might have some for dinner next week or so if we keep this sunshine.

31 posted on 12/30/2011 9:56:59 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: Gabz

I’ve never received a Jungs or a Burpees. I have received my Baker Creek a couple of weeks ago. I like their array of goodies.


32 posted on 12/30/2011 9:59:55 AM PST by tillacum
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To: Red Badger

Holy Smokes, that is the biggest rabbit I’ve ever seen. WOW!


33 posted on 12/30/2011 10:02:33 AM PST by tillacum
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To: tubebender

LOL Gotta love that Ball Jar goblet! Is that fer real? That’s gotta be the best snooty redneck symbol yet!


34 posted on 12/30/2011 10:02:58 AM PST by CynicalBear
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To: Gabz

That’s what I do too. Wife ordered some heirloom tomatoes a few years ago. Only two of the dozen made it, so she called and they sent another dozen. Same thing happened, but the two surviving were a different variety. The next year, after I had the garden filled, they sent two more orders of the same tomato plants.


35 posted on 12/30/2011 10:06:08 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: tillacum

It’s Russian......


36 posted on 12/30/2011 10:06:28 AM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: tillacum

I’d love to do stained glass for the dinning room windows that look out into the neighbor’s house. I’ve done some decent sized pieces but I don’t have the $ or the guts to go all out on such a large scale.

What type table frame and support do you have? What’s the pattern going to be? Pictures?


37 posted on 12/30/2011 10:07:20 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: tillacum

For some reason I haven’t received a Baker’s Creek in about 2 years.


38 posted on 12/30/2011 10:13:13 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Just harvested the last bushel of carrots in up-state NY!
39 posted on 12/30/2011 10:14:49 AM PST by 95B30 ( The Professional Left: "Their morals are crooked, their take logic is flawed, their honor is stolen)
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To: Arrowhead1952
Congratulations! I am approaching 2 years retired and will have an expanded garden this spring!
40 posted on 12/30/2011 10:16:51 AM PST by 95B30 ( The Professional Left: "Their morals are crooked, their take logic is flawed, their honor is stolen)
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To: bgill

We have some real nice broccoli already. Our daughter cut one head when she was in for Christmas. The cauliflower is starting to make heads too.


41 posted on 12/30/2011 10:42:38 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

So far, I have only received my two favorite catalogs - Jung’s and Shumway’s. They make excellent January reading.

Every year, I plan my beds carefully - order my seeds and get them started - order my plants - and then the livestock start having their babies and everything dies before I have the time to get it into the ground.

No spring babies due this year, so I’m planning for my beds...hope springs eternal!


42 posted on 12/30/2011 11:35:35 AM PST by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Happy New Year to ALL!

Today is Peggy’s last day at her current Wal-Mart. She has to be at her new store on the 7th and will leave here on the 5th which gives her time to get settled at her sister’s house and make a trip to her new store to introduce herself before starting. We have been using her last couple of work breaks to pack up her sewing and craft area, clothes etc. Just about everything is in boxes and neatly stacked. All that is left is my stuff and the furniture and appliances which we will move when a new house is found. I am not expecting to have to make the big move until the end of March. So Cashmere and I will be here.

We are not planning on selling our current home at this time. We plan on using it for storage and a fall back position if it is needed. I will have to make periodic trips back here to check on the property and do up keep.

Beautiful weather here in East Central Mississippi today. High blue skies and Sunny with the temp at 68. It could get to 70. Feels like spring.

Later this evening (5:30 CST). I will be tuning in to watch my Miss. State Bulldogs take on Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl. Go Dawgs!

William


43 posted on 12/30/2011 12:10:28 PM 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: JustaDumbBlonde

South FL Garden Pics... Might get some cold on Tuesday. AHHHHHHHH! I knew if I planted new seeds 3 weeks early the cold weather would come.. Also I gave the Brussle Sprouts a hair cut. Enjoy the pics. Squash is going NUTS!

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44 posted on 12/30/2011 12:12:33 PM PST by satan69 (garden)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I want to wish you and your wife a Happy & Healthy New Year Red and that you find some good Texas soil to play in soon...


45 posted on 12/30/2011 1:24:02 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: Gabz; JustaDumbBlonde

I got my Jung’s catalog in Wisconsin yesterday, but they are based here. I got about 6 catalogs yesterday, and I hardly ever order.


46 posted on 12/30/2011 1:46:25 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: tubebender
Our solar system was turned on and certified 2 days ago, and our meter is whirling backwards. Yay!

The first photo is from the back porch, and is all we can see of the panels from the house.

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47 posted on 12/30/2011 1:52:32 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: greeneyes

Rosemary dies during the winter unless you live in a mild climate. (Think Rome, Italy) I used to have one that I treated as a shrub in CA, but they are annuals here. They would live indoors in a pot if you had a cool place for it, but the dry winter heat gets mine, so I never try. I just buy a new plant every spring.

One of my daughters was just appalled when she was about 4 and saw me break off a sprig, run it under the faucet and strip it directly into the spagghetti sauce simmering on the stove. It put her off of spagghetti for years. She told everyone that I put “sticks” in the sauce.

I always admire those rosemary plants trained as topiaries, but I never buy them because they would die in the winter here.


48 posted on 12/30/2011 1:55:05 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: tubebender

Thank You, Mr. Bender and a Happy & Healthy New Year to you and your First Wife also. Tonight we are going to have homemade biscuits with a homemade savory sausage gravy - They are delicious and very filling - one of my wife’s favorite comfort foods.


49 posted on 12/30/2011 2:01:30 PM 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: bgill; tubebender

Me too. (hang time)


50 posted on 12/30/2011 2:01:30 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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