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!
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it is very rare and not for sale........ biscuits and pancakes soak it all up
The high temp today was 26F and there is currently about 3 ft of snow. It is supposed to continue through tonight.
ouch! Prayers up for you!
During the winter, my aunt keeps a large salt shaker of sand in her coat pocket. When she has to cross over an icy patch, she’ll shake sand in front of her to walk on... I have a shaker, just need the sand. Too old to fall down like that anymore.
LOL! With the mild-to-no winter we’ve had, I think any of us could have made that prediction!
Well, I bought two more Bonnie tomatoes, Goliath (bush with large fruit) since none of my heirloom dealers have anything in stock other than pansies and herbs. Both the Goliaths and the Tami G grape maters are flowering, and I’m hand-pollinating so I’m expecting March 1 fruit to pick.
Last year’s robust pepper plants never died and are sending large side-shoots, so I may have salsa by Easter!
I will second the C’mon Spring!
That’s a good idea. I’ve lived here 27 years and have never fallen on the ice before. It didn’t even look icy, but that’s where it get’s you.
I’d grow by seed but I’m just not as good as professional growers. Have a neighbor out here in Volente who grows strawberry, tomato and other plants for sale - good ones - she
sells at the Firehouse market day every quarter.
I roasted them in the oven and peeled the skins off and then caned them. I use them for color and slight flavor in stir fries and such.
Roasted and peeled.
I feel for you! Best of luck.....If ligaments need repair prolotherapy might help. Lots on the internet about it
What are them round little brown things?
Wait for the diagnosis.....
The pimientos are the best for stuffing with cream cheese and crab or what have you, wrap in bacon and grill. Nice figs..... brown turkey? Mission? Wrap those babies in bacon and grill, too!
I’m going to get another pimiento plant this year, thanks for reminding me. They’re so full and pretty.
Those are few Figs from one of my Fig trees. I am going to take some cuttings and try to get them to root and bring the fig trees to Texas with me when I move.
Figs volunteer in TX, so you’ll have no problem there.
Miss it....Love figs!!
Did not recognize those...!! Ha!!
My neighbor just pulled up his last tomato plants from last year. He had a bumper crop in the fall. We got several bags of various ‘maters.
He had eight foot tall okra plants and we had fresh okra whenever we needed some. He has a strawberry patch that is about 3 X 30 and picks every day.
He has an “onion forest” of shallots that he started from a few plants I gave him years ago. Those have been on the farm for years.
I noticed you also posted a reply about figs. A couple down the street (we dog / cat sit for them when they are out of town) have a fig tree that is taller than their two story house. They let critters eat the fruit.
I do not know what type of figs they are. The plant I got was from FReeper gardengirl. She sent me a bare root tree a few years ago. It is from the East Coast of North Carolina, she did not know what type it was. It is now known as a gardengirl fig in this house hold. Tasty! It should produce really well this year - and here I am Moving! Drats! I am going to try and take a couple of cuttings with me to Texas.
I hope this fig does well in TX. I was so hoping to make a fig Mead/wine in the near future.
I saw this new for '12 Bonnie tomato today, didn't get it, looks like it's for commercial grower as everything ripens at once but it blooms and pollinates in the heat.
Fruit Size: 10 to 12 oz.
Matures: 60 to 70 days
Plant type: Determinate
Phoenix tomato really shines in climes where summer heat makes the thermometer hover in the 90-plus-degree range. Developed for South Texas growing conditions, Phoenix sets tasty fruit in summers most intense heat. Youll see flowers and fruit on plants at the same time.
Plants ripen heavy loads of medium-sized red tomatoes that are ready for harvest over a short 7- to 10-day period. If the fruit-ripening window shifts to rainy weather, Phoenix tomatoes wont crack. Phoenix performs well as a fall crop in warmer zones.
Plants are resistant to alternaria stem canker (Aal), gray leaf spot (Ss), and verticillium Race 1.
I may go back tomorrow and get one. It was 100+ here for 120 days last year, so none of my tomatoes set blooms from July thru September, when you need them to.
Thanks for the ping Red!
Whoa! That Phoenix mater sounds Good!
It is nice and clear right now. But needs the aging process to take effect.
That’s prettier than any Rose I’ve ever seen! What’s the alcohol content? Do you bottle it as gifts? wow
If not, you should!
I do plan on sharing if it ages well and tastes good. Results will be posted here on the gardening thread :)
Posting a photo of ripe Figs is just down right mean...
Love the Black Jersey Giants we got last year. And they ARE giant!
Our “spare” roosters (we got straight run) dressed out at 10 pounds, but were still tender & full flavored. So big that our friends that shared them for dinner with us now refer to them as “chirkeys”: “Taste like chicken; big as a turkey.”
They didn’t look that large, since their coop mates were White Cross-Rocks, which also dressed out to between 9+ & 11 pounds each, at 18-24 weeks old.
The two remaining roosters have mellow attitudes, and the girls are friendly, reliable layers. Hoping at least one of them is good & broody this Spring.
I tripped twice and stumbled once last month. Whacked my head on the sidewalk one time but had time to get my arms down to break the fall. My FRiend lost his cousin last month when he fell and hit his head on his patio.
Doctor seems to think it is more of a sprain and the fact that I’ve been taking ibuprophen that is causing the fluid dretention. So, I’m to l=keep legs elevated and have been prescribed a water pill. Also, he doesn’t kknowhow many hours I’ve spent at the keyboard entering names into a data base so that (verifytheRecall.com) Another week of rest prescribed. I’ll take it. I’m getting new front windows next week, so I have to be home anyway.
GREAT! It makes it so much easier to FReep while mowing, if you get to ride instead of push, AND don't have to shift gears.
Unless, of course, Distracted Mowing is a crime where you are. LOL
You're not alone. Southern California; Northern California; Oregon; and now, South Dakota,: the sweeter the pepper, the worse it does for me, even planted right next to the hotter ones.
I try every trick in the book, but always the same: the hotter they are, the bigger they get & the more of them there are.
Well that came out garbled.
Doctor seems to think it is more of a sprain and the fact that Ive been taking ibuprophen that is causing the fluid retention. So, Im to keep legs elevated and have been prescribed a water pill. Also, he doesnt know how many hours Ive spent at the keyboard entering names into a data base (VerifytheRecall.com) so that we can challenge those pesky recall petitions aimed to oust our wonderful Governor, Lt. Governor, and 4 more Republican Senators from office.
Another week of rest is prescribed. Ill take it. Im getting new front windows next week, so I have to be home anyway.
I had a hard time keeping up with my Giant Jalapenos last year! They just exploded with growth - I told my wife that I was tired of picking them. She told me to stop picking them! She does not like hot peppers - My most successful produce and she can’t stand them - heat wise! What to do?
Wish I could help, but I don’t really like them either; I just know how to grow them!
We pick them ripe, then let them sit until slightly wrinkled & fully red; then either sliver & dry, or dry & crush them for use in both gifts & in my Thai cooking.
One or two smallish ones sliced per pint of sweet dill pickles is good. I make (have to look it up on the Net; I don’t have it handy) “Lazy Woman’s Sweet Pickles”. I additionally lime the cukes first, then use that recipe, adding dill seed & weed, and the peppers. IIRC, I also toss in some parts of the Candy Dills recipe. A little Kentucky windage while the syrup is cooking always takes place, too.
By the time they are ready, they are mildly warm; the syrup is almost thick enough to cut, and the pickles are sweet like a gherkin, but dilled enough to give a good flavor.
Fortunately for me, Anaheims are far enough on the hot side to do well for me, and those are cool enough for my taste: they mainly go for rellenos of several persuasions; or into the wife’s stir frys.
Sprain is much mo better!
Perhaps your wife does not dislike the heat of hot peppers, but the taste of Jalapenos. That is the way I feel about them.
I like most hot peppers for their heat and taste, but not Jalapenos.
A few years ago, I was following a friend out onto the lake to ice fish. Slipped forward and fell flat out. ugh! It’s like falling on steel. Absolutely no give whatsoever.
Sure hope you’re feeling better this morning.
Your homepage was fun to look at. :o)
Been thinking hard about what to do for a garden this year, if I want to attempt a raised bed or not. Last year, I tried various vegetables in pots on the deck. My biggest issue were the darn squirrels and chipmunks. They got all but one of my green peppers and took more than their share of cherry tomatoes. I can cage things up to keep squirrels out but not sure about chipmunks.
I doubt Waldo will be that enthused about the Brewers once he finds out what happened to Prince Fielder...
Me too, we sure need more rain. Today looks cloudy.
I know I couldn’t. I’d probably name them all.
LOLOL! Waldo will have to go back to our regular lackluster seasons.
I don’t know anyone who likes those critters. Once a year I use Over and Out. Sometimes I have to re-spread.
This year we’ve been invaded by wild verbina and they have long roots, beautiful flowers, but untrained. They even invaded one of my raised gardens, what a mess. It’s free now and waiting for plants.
Oh my, how awful. If the fluid needs removing, the nurse will give you and anelgesic to deaden the area. Prayers your knee will heal quickly.
Dallas grass and the long grass sounds like Johnson grass. Johnson grass have roots, long, long and deep roots. I use Roundup and completely cover from tip to ground. I had one devil of a time in one of my raised gardens. Evidently I’d put it right over some Johnson grass, and it took over the okra the first year. We carefully pulled the okra, at the end of the season I then cut each grass down the doused each stub with Roundup. Now I’m fighting thistles..with Roundup.
From what she’s written, I think she loves to hunt and I think you’re right.
Good news. YAAY
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