Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation?) Vol. 6, February 17, 2012
Posted on 02/17/2012 12:49:07 PM PST by Red_Devil 232
Good afternoon gardeners. I have been debating all day if I should post this weeks thread. And cant help myself at this point. I do not like stepping on JADBs ownership of the thread and I hope yall and she understands.
As many of you know my wife and I are moving from Meridian, Ms to Marshall, Tx and I was not sure I would be able to keep on gardening at the house we are leasing. Peggy has received a written approval letter from the owner for us to put in a small garden. So I will be trying my best to get one started this spring. I have already started some Marion tomato, Jalapeno, and Pimento seeds that I saved from last seasons garden. I received my Jungs catalog this past week and have been flipping through it.
We will make the final move March 6 8. She is using her vacation days that week for the move. We are moving ourselves, renting a 26 Penske truck. We have used them in the past and they have given us great service and the trucks are top notch. Wow just as fuel prices are rocketing sky high, just our luck! I expect Diesel fuel to be at $4/gal, in our area, by then.
Good luck on all of your gardens!
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.
Ping to the list!
Glad to hear you’ll be getting to do a bit of gardening at the new place. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for you to leave all you have accomplished in your Mississippi garden.
It will be colder in Marshall than Central TX, but some people here in the San Antonio area are already planting their 602 and tycoon tomatoes...
An early “Welcome to the Lone Star State” at you.
We lived in the San Antonio area a few years ago, and loved it.
Marshall, awesome. We’ll be neighbors. You can come take care of my want-to-be garden.
With this nice weather here in the northeast, I’m just itching to get going on the garden. The long range forecast looks good so I got my lettuce and peas started indoors to put out ASAP.
Thanks Gabz! I learned a lot from your and gardengirl’s original Thread!
I hope that things are going good for you and the big move. It can really be nerve wracking to move. I hope that you have good luck selling your house
I got my soil analysis back and went to the local ext office yesterday for a sit down talk with the head of the master gardener program that translated all the technical talk to plain English for me and told me just the right amounts of stuff to add to my soil. The local office is just great to deal with, and near my home,too. My little plot had almost no nitrogen and the PH was way too low. It's a wonder that I was able to grow anything last year.
My seedlings are doing great. I have about 200 maters of four varities, about 20 red chilis, and the other peppers did not sprout. My plan is if they grow as well this year as they have in the past, I will supply all my friends with mater seedlings for their gardens.
The good thing about Marshall versus SA is we get a lot more rain up here.
What kind of peas do you plant that you can start them indoors?
Yep! It is the middle of Feb. and it is 70° out right now! Strange winter! I hope AlGore stays wherever he has been hiding!
We settled our claim with USAA for the coop fire and plans are ongoing for a bigger, better one!
We ordered a Sears Craftsman GT5000 garden tractor with gear drive. It came in on Tuesday and the wheel weights and chains are in and I will pick them up on the way home.
I ordered a Johnny Bucket and Plow combo for the tractor. Barb and I have been wanting a small, frontend loader for a while and this will be just the right size for us.
Our new ducklings are thriving. They arrived a week ago this past Wednesday and are four or five times their original size. Barb has been handling them and they like being cuddled.
The bucket on the garden tractor is going to make gardening and poulty raising so much easier.
It is suppoed to be in the forties this long, holiday weekend, so I am hoping for a lot of progress on the deck roof and garage.
By the way I am not even going attempt to sell the house here in MS. I will have to make trips back here to maintain the place, it will be a fall back position in case TSHF. I have a good friend who has agreed to stop by the house every once in awhile just as a check and let me know if anything needs looking after.
Here on the north side of Conroe, rain has been plentiful for the last several months. It comes in 4in increments every few days.
Great news on your new coop and the new tractor!
Nice to hear from you Red. I almost forgot that it was Friday without the early morning Garden ping.
I received my Jungs catalog too — yesterday. But, I haven’t had a chance to look at it yet. It is snowing today, just as all the past snow is disappearing. I am almost healed from my fall on the ice THREE WEEKS ago. I can’t believe how crippled that made me.
I voted today because I have been transferred to a different polling station to wor at next week’s Primary. It’s only a Primary for the municipal elections here — no Presidential choices yet. I think we get those in April.
I went into the Municipal Clerk’s office today and had to show my picture ID. Yay! This is the first election where I have to do that. I’ve been waiting for more than 25 years to have to show ID in Wisconsin. It’s been a long, painful slog to get that through.
Because I haven’t been out much since my spill on the ice, today was the first time I’ve headed south from my house in weeks in the day time. I noticed that the farmers around here have plowed and smoothed their fields. They might even be planted already. I suspect winter wheat has gone in in my absence. The fields look so nice.
Nice to “see” you back!
Happy Friday Everyone
Question for all the experts - where’s the best place to get the last frost date for your area?
I’ve been all over the Internet and for my area, Zone 6b in Connecticut, the dates run from April first to May 30th.
Don’t want to start my seeds too early, but don’t want to end up behind, either.
Oh, just one other thing...Welcome to Texas!
This photo was from earlier this week.
It has been raining in Marshall also. I talk to my wife every morning and she tells me to expect rain if it is raining there, as the typical patterns move from west to east!
Your coop, poultry, and projects are coming along fine. How is Jack? Is he out of HS yet? I’ve lost track of time.
Back to gardening. Have you tried a Keyhole garden? This came up a few months ago on the Texas forum and I thought it would be a great idea where I live because our HOA wouldn’t like a regular tilled up garden but to do something like this in the back yard I could easily say it is just a raised bed and make it look more decorative.
That would be welcome back! We have lived in the Katy area and San Antonio a few years ago.
Where are you in Tx?
Longview, just West of Marshall.
Oh yes. I got my new front windows in last week while I was laid up with my strained ligaments (both knees). They look so great — it’s been a long time coming. 2 big windows and a new front door in my 50 year old house. 25 years waiting for that. The windows are so pretty that I’m not even going to cover them with curtains — just folding shades that can be taken up entirely out of the way.
The carpenter who put them in is a genius at restyling the the headers, and there will be very little maintenance. I have one window left to fix in the front and about 6 in the back and every window in this house will have been replaced.
Oh, I was just joking about coming over and taking care of my garden. :->
Somebody pinged us all to a site for the First and Last Frost Dates yesterday. I’ll see if I can find it.
Thanks, my FRiend, but back then all I did was the posting - I didn’t know diddly squat!
I do hope you feel much, much better as time goes by! Falls can be hard on us older folks!
As you may remember I did not know diddly either. The original thread really helped me get into gardening!
One of my wife’s brothers lives in Longview.
Hi Red_Devil, new gardener here, could you add me to your weekly list?
I am just subbing for JustaDumbBlonde until she gets back from her vacation and I will pass on to her your request to be added.
I need help!
Husband gave me red cut roses for Valentines. They are ready for the compost pile. When I took them out of the vase I saw that they are sprouting short stems and leaves!
But, there are no roots. Does anyone know how to keep these alive until they root?
You may have some problems - usually the cut roses you get from a florist have been grown on a root stock and under a very controlled environment.
Thank you very much Red_Devil !
After moving to Texas from Alabama, our first 14 months here we only got about 4in total. I had to dig a hole near the end of the drought and it was like shoveling sand at the beach.
I have some tomato plants just coming up to plant in the garden. I picked fresh spinach yesterday and we will eat it for dinner tonight.
I tilled part of my garden yesterday. I still have fall veggies that are producing. Lettuce is going crazy. Onion sets are doing great.
Welcome to Texas!
I’m guessing that for the most part, the soils & pH of NE Texas are similar to those of Mississippi.
Once you get west of IH 45 & especially west of IH 35, then you get into more alkaline soils & of course, lower rainfall.
Hello Red, Thanks for the thread. Glad to hear you will have some gardening space. We have had some nice days here in Missouri. If the weather holds, I will plant some red clover in my raised beds to turn under later this spring for soil improvement.
Just received some Arkansas Traveler seeds. Will be starting some now (a bit early) and some spinach. Will grow these in pots which will eventually be placed on the patio ASAP this spring, with the ability to bring in and out of the house as needed.
Have a great weekend. God Bless.
Snow peas..... :)
Seriously, I start them in peat pots and then dig a trench and place them in the trench.
They start much better indoors where the soil is warmer. Once they’re up and the weather isn’t horribly freezing, I put them out. They can take a light freeze, down to about 28 and bounce back.