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Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation) Vol. 5, February 03, 2012
Free Republic | 02-03-2012 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 02/03/2012 6:59:49 AM PST by Red_Devil 232

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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!

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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 won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked.

It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and that is part of the fun and interest. Jump in and join us!


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1 posted on 02/03/2012 6:59:59 AM PST by Red_Devil 232
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2 posted on 02/03/2012 7:03:33 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

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?


3 posted on 02/03/2012 7:13:06 AM PST by heylady
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To: heylady
I cant help with the weeds, but be forewarned, come summertime there will be BUGS!

What part of Texas did you land in?

4 posted on 02/03/2012 7:19:23 AM PST by rightly_dividing
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To: heylady

HOAs are the bane of conservative home owners. HOAs are populated by noisy liberal busybodies!


5 posted on 02/03/2012 7:20:43 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
Its great to hear from you and know that you are beginning to get established a bit in Texas.

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.

6 posted on 02/03/2012 7:25:34 AM PST by rightly_dividing
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To: Red_Devil 232

The big maple tree is tapped and the sap is flowing!!!

The boiling down to syrup will begin tomorrow.

East Tennessee maple syrup.....yummm!


7 posted on 02/03/2012 7:27:20 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Red_Devil 232

So glad you’re both safely settling into new home!


8 posted on 02/03/2012 7:27:50 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: bert

“East Tennessee maple syrup”
Where can we purchase?


9 posted on 02/03/2012 7:30:11 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

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.


10 posted on 02/03/2012 7:33:47 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: bert

Sounds like I might need to brew up a nice East Tennessee Maple Irish Stout!


11 posted on 02/03/2012 7:34:22 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

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.


12 posted on 02/03/2012 7:36:16 AM PST by texanyankee
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To: Red_Devil 232
Greetings from southern New Hampshire! Last weekend, I hired a lady and her son with a dumpster and we cleared the debris from the site of the coop fire. It was a mess, but now we are getting on with life.

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!

13 posted on 02/03/2012 7:36:53 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Free Vulcan

Are you growing the quinoa for its grain?


14 posted on 02/03/2012 7:46:01 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: heylady

What city or what part of Texas didja move?


15 posted on 02/03/2012 7:49:10 AM PST by texanyankee
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To: Red_Devil 232

Yeah, the whole family likes it and it’s good for you. Sister is wheat intolerant so in part growing for her too.


16 posted on 02/03/2012 7:50:54 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Hallelujah! It's RAINING!!!!!


17 posted on 02/03/2012 7:56:00 AM PST by left that other site
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To: Redleg Duke

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!


18 posted on 02/03/2012 7:57:45 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: left that other site

Raining here in Mississippi also!


19 posted on 02/03/2012 8:00:46 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

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.


20 posted on 02/03/2012 8:02:46 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: heylady

Best advice is to never ever move into an HOA neighborhood.

Feb. is the month to put out weed and feed. Just keep at it and kept the lawn mowed for the nosey busybodies.


21 posted on 02/03/2012 8:03:05 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Howdy, howdy. We finally were able to replace our riding mower and coolbreeze made a point of getting one that is user friendly for the manual transmission challenged woman of the house! So I will at least be able to pull that chore off his hands and maybe then he will be more inclined to get to work on tilling before mid July :)


22 posted on 02/03/2012 8:03:16 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

My trial green house (pvc and plastic) has worked well. A few nights I would turn on a heater or put a bucket of wood-stove coals in the g/house.

All I grew were greens for the chickens - nothing tricky. I did try a new fertilizer - kinda gross but it was very diluted chicken poo. The plants loved it and are thriving. I could eat those same greens however I refer you back to my previous statements regarding poo.

It has been so warm - East TN - everything is sprouting - not good.

Last year’s pickles were not as good as last years. Does anyone know if vinegar loses its potency with time?

Will I ever get used to raising animals for food? I mean,,,they TRUST me.....guilt.


23 posted on 02/03/2012 8:03:48 AM PST by 30Moves
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To: Red_Devil 232
Hey! from Charleston, SC! Weather has been averaging highs in the 70's and sunny - perfect raised bed manufacturing weather.

13 raised beds filled with compost and dirt Project Complete - I'll spare you pics of fresh dirt - will share when they're sprouting later. Planting early season seeds this weekend. Woohoo!

We have received seeds from 5 other gardeners who offered to share their heirloom seeds (1 via this thread, the others via youTube). Buying seeds in nice, but using seeds from other people's gardens adds something extra special to the experience.

Here are some of my favorite YouTube gardening channels:
Praxxus 55712
Voodoo Garden
Growing Your Greens
Ahavah Farm
MI gardener

Garden on!

24 posted on 02/03/2012 8:04:21 AM PST by ImProudToBeAnAmerican (We were born citizens. Now we are subjects. Currently on the path to become serfs.)
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To: Free Vulcan

It’s warm in Texas, too. There isn’t a year that goes by without people wringing their hands that the Fredericksburg peaches aren’t going to make that year because of a freeze in April. Happens every single year. Good luck with yours.


25 posted on 02/03/2012 8:06:09 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: rightly_dividing

I am in Keller.


26 posted on 02/03/2012 8:06:29 AM PST by heylady
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To: heylady

My suggestion is to employ the HOA people - since you are new to the area and unfamiliar with the flora, so to speak, ask them to please tell you what are weeds and what are not. Use their finickiness to your good!


27 posted on 02/03/2012 8:07:04 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: rightly_dividing

Two days after I moved in I walked into my bedroom and was greeted by a enormous spider. I swear it was something out of a sci-fi movie.
I planted pansies in my flower bed and the rolly poly bugs thought I was serving lunch. Don’t get me started on fire ants. I will never go outside barefoot again.


28 posted on 02/03/2012 8:11:59 AM PST by heylady
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Please keep yourself and your first wife healthy, Mr. Bender. Don’t over work yourself!


29 posted on 02/03/2012 8:12:11 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: bert

so cool, my big maple got zapped by lightning a year ago and fell down. I was so sad we had lots of good syrup from that tree. It’s amazing how much sap you need to make a small jar of syrup.


30 posted on 02/03/2012 8:18:06 AM PST by CJ Wolf
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To: Red_Devil 232

We haven’t had rain this year yet, so this is BIG.


31 posted on 02/03/2012 8:18:23 AM PST by left that other site
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To: heylady
I hate Fire ants! I was training my female pup, an Irish Setter (Cashmere) to sit and stay one afternoon and had her sitting almost on top of a new Fire ant bed that I did not see. She would not sit and I kept putting her right back in the same place! Once I realized what I had done I had to take a water hose to her and tried my best to get them off her!

Jeeze I have never felt so bad!

32 posted on 02/03/2012 8:41:59 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: heylady
I am new to this environment and have never seen some of the weeds that are popping up in my lawn.

Be advised, every year in Texas exotic weeds fly in on the wind. The stuff I'm digging up in San Antonio, with deep, thick roots, I've never seen before. I've been here for a VERY long time.

Good luck!

Welcome.

33 posted on 02/03/2012 8:57:09 AM PST by Racehorse
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To: Red_Devil 232

Temps hit low 80s on Wednesday and will be close to that today. Some trees are already budding out. My garden likes the weather, but we have had freezes in March. Tomato seeds are in pots.


34 posted on 02/03/2012 8:59:40 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I’m on the way to the doctor this AM, and mayber the hospital later. I slipped and fell on our lovely ice last week and pulled my husband down right on toop of me. Hubby is fine. I am still hobbling around, so I’m finally seeking medical treatment. As near as I can tell, I streched ligaments that were never meant to be streched — at least not in those directions. As a consequence, I have swelling in my knees which makes it difficult and painful to move.

OMG, I hate going to the doctor. I’m told by my SIL (who played football and who has had 2 knee ops) that they’ll probably stick a needle in my knee(s) to drain fluid. Wish me luck.


35 posted on 02/03/2012 9:10:33 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Oh No! My prayers and wishes are with you!


36 posted on 02/03/2012 9:26:29 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

Big snow storm here in Colorado! Got 2 feet of snow over night and it is supposed to snow all day Friday.


37 posted on 02/03/2012 9:59:06 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: Red_Devil 232

It’s so good to hear from you, Red Devil! I hope JADB has a wonderful vacation!


38 posted on 02/03/2012 10:16:06 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Red_Devil 232; All

Good to hear from you. Glad to hear you will have a place to garden at your new place.

Not much going on here in Missouri. We have had a rather mild winter interspersed with freezing temperatures, and a little snow. The new map shows us in zone 6, so as I go through the nursery catalogs, I anticipate having some increased choices with respect to perennials.LOL

Have a great weekend and God Bless.


39 posted on 02/03/2012 10:25:50 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
She should be able to post the thread from her remote Montana location next week.

Trial "bug-out" run? LOL

Only about a trace of snow "cover" here, with that "cover" just in the shady areas.

The snow promised 2 weeks ago got lost in the mail, so was reshipped for delivery on this Tuesday. That package got rescheduled for Wednesday; then that delivery date got moved back to yesterday, then today; now, it appears to be on indefinite back-order.

Without it, the ground will thaw way too soon, causing plants will prematurely break dormancy, and maybe even need to be watered.

40 posted on 02/03/2012 11:37:22 AM PST by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: heylady

Crab grasses are a real problem in Texas. Up where you are...I can’t remember the name of the tall, grassy weed... but if you pull it out wrong, it sprouts more and more tall grassy weeds. UGH. I lived a little north of Dallas and nothing short of crawling around on hands and knees performing extensive weed extraction helped get rid of those things.
It’s been so warm this season that grass is now starting to grow in San Antonio and my neighbors on either side are popping crab grass that is seeding like crazy. It’s all I can do to keep it from my weed free lawn. The birds are nesting and my begonias never faded from summer!

Good luck and welcome to Texas!!


41 posted on 02/03/2012 11:44:48 AM PST by nagdt ("None of my EX's live in Texas")
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To: MtnClimber

I have been watching the weather and y’all are supposed to be getting pummeled with big time snow! It has been raining here all morning and was supposed to get up to 70° here today but I doubt it gets out of the 60s.


42 posted on 02/03/2012 12:49:19 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: Gabz

Great that you got a new mower! Glad you will get to ride and mow now! I will have to haul mine back and forth between here and Texas to keep our property here in Ms groomed.


43 posted on 02/03/2012 12:54:36 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: momtothree

She didn’t say what they were doing but I bet they are going up there to hunt! Hope she bags a big ol’ Elk!


44 posted on 02/03/2012 12:59:44 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: Red_Devil 232
In SW Ohio, it looks like mid-March. Buds are swelling. Spring bulbs are growing, catnip is actively growing, some roses have broken dormancy, and daily temperatures have been in the 40s and 50s. Accuweather is projecting that they will stay in this range for the next 2 weeks.

I am thinking about trying some cold-tolerant salad greens. It's been that warm.
45 posted on 02/03/2012 1:18:56 PM PST by Nepeta
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To: Red_Devil 232

Your prayers are powerful. My doctor prescribed a diuretic (instead of a needle in the knee) and another week of rest! He also said I ould postpone a planned colonoscopy for a couple of weeks (Yay!) which means that I can take aspirin and Aleve and stuff like that. I feel better already. All in all it has been a good day!

Thank you.


46 posted on 02/03/2012 1:48:00 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: bert
East Tennessee maple syrup.....yummm!

That sounds like a song lyric...

47 posted on 02/03/2012 1:51:47 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Free Vulcan
Waldo, the Woodchuck from Waukesha, Predicts an Early Spring
48 posted on 02/03/2012 2:00:12 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Redleg Duke

Any plans for curtailing your complaining neighbor? Does he dislike your architecture? Animal noise? Smells? Or, is he just a jeolous curmudgeoun who hates the fact that you have pretty birds and he has none?


49 posted on 02/03/2012 2:04:24 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Redleg Duke

Sorry about your chicken and duck mini-holocaust. That’s awful. Glad to hear you are re-building and getting more ducks. Will you be giving some of the ducks the axe? For your dinner table and freezer? Duck eggs sound good?


50 posted on 02/03/2012 2:15:30 PM PST by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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