Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation) Vol. 5, February 03, 2012
Posted on 02/03/2012 6:59:49 AM PST by Red_Devil 232
Good morning gardeners! Red Devil here. JustaDumbBlonde and her husband are on their way up to Montana for a well deserved vacation. She should be able to post the thread from her remote Montana location next week. I am sure she will continue with her plans for a soil structure thread next week. Her Thread subjects are so informative and interesting. Although I have not been real active on the thread, I read each and every post. Y'all have been doing a great job!
I should be able to get some sort of a garden going this year, at our new location in the Marshall, Tx area. Crossed fingers on the garden! Peggy has done a super job of juggling her new job at a Shreveport Wal-Mart with all the running around to find a house, with a nice sized fenced in back yard, and getting the utilities turned on. It has been real hectic and energy draining for her. What a great Wife and partner! I am one lucky guy!
Lets get gardening!
The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you.
This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wont be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnt asked.
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Just moved from RI to Texas last Sept. Evidently my HOA does a drive by and cited me for having weeds in my “turf”. I am new to this environment and have never seen some of the weeds that are popping up in my lawn. I spent most of the winter pulling up these twig like weeds, enough to fill 3 lawn bags. I have put Scott’s weed 2 on my lawn and it is starting to turn the clover brown but there are other weeds that seem to be thriving on the weed killer. I would appreciate anyone from the Texas area that has any advice short of replacing the whole lawn?
What part of Texas did you land in?
HOAs are the bane of conservative home owners. HOAs are populated by noisy liberal busybodies!
It's wonderful to have a great wife, ain't it? We should do a thread sometime on how great our wives are; a chance to talk-up our better halves.
The big maple tree is tapped and the sap is flowing!!!
The boiling down to syrup will begin tomorrow.
East Tennessee maple syrup.....yummm!
So glad you’re both safely settling into new home!
“East Tennessee maple syrup”
Where can we purchase?
The weather here has been WAY too warm. Noticed the fruit trees are budding, I even had a dandelion that had bloomed and gone to seed under the plastic tunnel. The rest of February is looking decent but all it takes is one cold spell. Sure going to miss my sweet peaches this year if they get zapped.
Got all my seeds ordered and managed to spend more than I budgeted, surprise surprise, but a few things I’ve never planted like tartary buckwheat and red lambsquarters and quinoa. Excited about that.
Started some sprouts for eating, going to be starting the first seeds for plants really soon.
Sounds like I might need to brew up a nice East Tennessee Maple Irish Stout!
I excused myself from veggie gardening for the past 6 months, due to the horrendous drought we are suffering from in central Texas.
Fighting the heat & paying for high water bills just made it unrealistic - so I folded the garden & let it rest...
This past 2011 we had all of 14.2 inches of rain. The normal is a little over 30 inches.
Due to the slight increase in precip so far this season, I decided to try again.
Late this January, I planted some carrots, beets, onions & turnips. Everything is looking good so far.
The onion sets seem to be getting a foothold & the turnips have broken the soil surface.
I got taters ready to plant in the next day or two.
January 2012 we’ve had 1.7 inches of rain. So that’s a fair start.
On the horizon, the forecasters are giving us a 50% chance of showers the next couple of days. I’m praying.
Barb is expecting her new ducklings (Indian Runners) early next week. I surprised her with a collapsible brooder and a heat source for the ducklings. It will accommodate up to 20 chicks, so come my birthday, April 4th, when the first group of chicks (6 each of Black Jersey Giants, Red Stars and Cuckoo Marans) arrive, the ducklings should be out in the yard and the chicks will be in the brooder.
The remaining chicks, Balck Copper Marans, will arrive in August.
I have the design for Coop II almost ready to submit for a permit. Fortunately, the town doesn't require frost-proof footings (48") for separate sheds, so we can use deck blocks. That will save a lot of time. This design will be more "people" friendly, so Barb shouldn't be whacking her head like she did on the first one.
I need to get Coop II done so that I can be ready to work on the raised garden beds. With the "Obama Recovery", gardening and preserving is going to be very important!
Are you growing the quinoa for its grain?
What city or what part of Texas didja move?
Yeah, the whole family likes it and it’s good for you. Sister is wheat intolerant so in part growing for her too.
I read about your tragedy on last weeks thread. I am glad to hear that you are making a nice recovery with a new Coop and new residents!
Raining here in Mississippi also!
Good Morning Red... I glad you can have a garden down yonder. I haven’t been feeling well lately but I’m sure some sunshine will help but I’ll be 79 this year so I may just have to slow down. I’m headed to the Church to load up some trimmings and Redwood needles and branches to dump in the gulch behind my storage shed.