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Weekly Gardening Thread (Home Sweet Home) Vol. 8, February 24, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde

Posted on 02/24/2012 7:48:38 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde

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Greetings from hot and sticky NE Louisiana! We set a record high yesterday at 89 degrees. I miss the mountains of Montana already. It averaged around 15 degrees while we were there and I was walking around in shirt sleeves. Without the extreme dampness, the cold is really comfortable.

I want to extend a big THANK YOU to Red Devil_232 and Ellendra for taking care of the thread in my absence. Y'all did wonderful work and I appreciate your efforts more than you will know. I had expected to be able to post the thread for the past 2 weeks, but things did not go as planned and the only internet access I had -- when I could get a signal -- was my smartphone. Trying to post a thread from that is just beyond my level of patience.

Most of you have healthy and happy plants started indoors by now. I am getting mine started this weekend, about 2 weeks later than I should have, and the anticipation is really exciting.

My short series on soil structure is coming along nicely, and I apologize that it is not ready to publish today. Structure is such an important part of growing a healthy plant. Now that vacation and some health issues are out of the way, I will be able to devote a bit more time to this endeavor that I love so much.

Let us know what you doing! I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you! Happy 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!


TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Gardening; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: garden; gardening; soil
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To: Petruchio
"I just placed my order for this year’s seeds."

Yay!!! Sounds like a yummy list! Maybe you could put a solar panel on your gardening hat for extra energy ;^)

101 posted on 02/25/2012 6:24:20 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Girl, I don’t know to this day how you do all that you do! How many/what kind of chicks are you anticipating?


102 posted on 02/25/2012 6:26:08 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I just ordered them. It’s a special project they are involved with and you get THREE hazelnut bushes for just $20.00.

This seems to be an exceptional offer to me. Thanks again for the link.


103 posted on 02/25/2012 6:41:43 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Lots more people pulling water from it now.

Yes. Just this past year, the cities of Cedar Park and Leander added another 78" pipeline to draw more water. The Sometimes Islands are out so far, you can walk to them.

104 posted on 02/25/2012 6:42:17 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
Wow, you got a really good deal on the barrels. What are they made from? What kind of fruit trees are you pondering?

We found the barrels on CraigsList - sturdy black plastic - used to ship pickles from India.

Olives, almonds, fig, pomegranates - so far!

105 posted on 02/25/2012 6:45:46 AM PST by ImProudToBeAnAmerican
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To: SumProVita

You’re most welcome. I’m going to order some too.


106 posted on 02/25/2012 6:48:22 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

My beets, radishes, red onions and white ones going in tomorrow, the potatoes are almost ready for the dirt, just one more day of hardening off and in they go. Peas and beans will be micowaved, iceboxed, microwaved, iceboxed and into the soil next to the potatoes. Tomatoes are loving the heating pad, and will be planted along the fence and into some pots. Gardening is exciting, especially watching the plants grow.
A couple of years ago, I bought a weeping rose and it’s FINALLY putting out new stems and leaves. It just sat there looking like a lost rose. I guess it was deciding if it would or would not be the main specimen in the flower area.


107 posted on 02/25/2012 7:11:36 AM PST by tillacum
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

It’s nice having you back. We know you had a GREAT time in that dry Montana air.


108 posted on 02/25/2012 7:12:56 AM PST by tillacum
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Nice looking couple.


109 posted on 02/25/2012 7:19:10 AM PST by tillacum
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To: Arrowhead1952

We had some wind, here, but it wasn’t bad. I’m putting in some lettuce between the beets and radishes tomorrow. The seeds will be soaking tonight.


110 posted on 02/25/2012 7:30:09 AM PST by tillacum
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Our Clemsons are resting between some damp paper towels.


111 posted on 02/25/2012 7:32:01 AM PST by tillacum
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

We farm also. Believe it or not, I don’t remember when we sampled soil. (at changing of the guard phase from my father)

Our farms are all dry land, except for one that my brother owns.


112 posted on 02/25/2012 7:33:26 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: tillacum

I never soak the seeds. My black seed and butter crunch are growing like crazy. We just go out and pick what we need for a salad or burgers. I’ll be planting more in the near future to get us into late spring.


113 posted on 02/25/2012 7:42:50 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

Chances of that are slim to none! LOL


114 posted on 02/25/2012 8:12:53 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Red_Devil 232

Why don’t you just let her ride on the seat? That’s where Max rides. If you think that the rear seat of your truck is too narrow (I have a non-functioning F-150 — an older model) you can just place boxes (storage tubs), or coolers, on the floor in front of the seat and cover all with a cushy comforter so the dog can stretch out. We’ve taken our Max coast to coast that way. That way you don’t have the work of removing and re-installing the seat.


115 posted on 02/25/2012 8:23:40 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Texas Fossil
We have most of our fields grid-sampled at least every other year (so we are probably doing half of them a year), and then the needed lime and/or nutrients are applied with a TerraGator that is using the GPS grids. Parts of the field may require a ton of lime, while another may require none. The computer handles it all.

Liquid nitrogen is knifed-in on corn and cotton in the required amounts around 2-3 weeks post-emergence.

116 posted on 02/25/2012 8:52:16 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: tillacum

Thank you! If I get around to it, gonna throw some mustard and turnip seeds out this weekend. Hopefully, I’ll get my tomatoes and peppers potted this coming week.


117 posted on 02/25/2012 8:55:06 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Darth Reardon

What a gorgeous February harvest. It’s snowing here. You suck. :)


118 posted on 02/25/2012 11:45:23 AM PST by agrace
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To: afraidfortherepublic

She is used to back seat crew cab area. It is one of those four door trucks and the back seat area is big and comfortable. Every once in awhile she will come up and sit in the front seat. She does not stay there long. Every time we go under an overpass she ducks her head. It is funny to watch. The back rest for the back seat does fold down and makes a nice flat area. When Aladdin was alive he grew too tall to stand comfortably on the folded down back rest so I just removed the entire seat and put their dog beds down on the floor. Made for easier entry access for them also.

I have removed the back seat once. It has never been put back in. It is kept in storage.


119 posted on 02/25/2012 12:41:27 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: tdscpa

Thank you for the info! I can’t wait for the mail next week. We’re setting up a starter table in our basement to get a jump start on some of the seeds. Others will be sown directly into the soil. I’m going to like those best. Less hassle! :o)


120 posted on 02/25/2012 12:53:08 PM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Just came back from the early spring garden. I’ve got cabbage (including red), 2 types of broccoli, and onions set out. It’s so windy. I wanted to plant beets and radishes today, but it’s blowing 30mph out there. I’m also going to start an asparagus patch (hopefully tomorrow). I have about 50 crowns of Mary Washington and Jersey Giant to put out. When I was very young (kindergarten) growing up in Wisconsin we always had lots of asparagus, and I’d run through the ferns with a stick busting it all to pieces. Great fun. Can’t wait to do that again with my own plot (not!). I wasn’t sure about asparagus in NC, so I visited the farmer down Cecil Road across from my house. His name is Cecil Jones, and the road is named after him. He’s 87 years old. He said asparagus grows great down here, and cited several folks he knew that had plots set out. He doesn’t have any of his own, however, and that makes me suspicious. He grows everything, including catfish. Why not asparagus? My wife and I help him out and his wife, Virginia, because they’re too old to shift for themselves completely, though they do a pretty good job. I hope I’m half as spry at their age.

Other than that, this weekend I’ll be starting seeds in my 72-plot Burpee Seed Starting Green House kits, with the water-expandable peat pills. Mostly tomatoes, peppers, and various herbs, including two types of dill, for pickling. It’s too early to start squash and cucumbers indoors, in my opinion. I’ll wait another couple/three weeks to start those inside, although I’ve had very good success just direct planting the seeds in the garden after April 15th.

I usually do 7 or 8 rows of Pontiac red potatoes, but not this year. I’m going to do a potato box that somebody on this forum posted about a few weeks ago, which is basically a 2’ by 2’ box, 3 feet high. I’ve bought the lumber but haven’t screwed it together yet. Plus I’ll still do at least one row, but I won’t be digging it up. I’ll plant over it later in field peas around May/June. I’ve found that potatoes do pretty well stored in the ground, and I’ll just let them set there until I need some, then I’ll dig them up. Ditto with the potato box. When you need potatoes, you just remove one of the boards at the base of the box, and reach in and grab out what you need, then screw the board back in place.

If I can figure out how to do it, I’ll post some pics.

P/


121 posted on 02/25/2012 1:46:18 PM PST by perchprism (To those about to revolt, we salute you.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

“How tall will your deer fence be? Around here they can clear 5-6’ without even thinking about it.”

Good question! Thankfully most of our deer are out of shape city dwellers.

Orinally I was planning a simple 5’, 2” x 4” welded wire type with metal posts. Then I found a cool 6’ Deer & Orchard fence with small openings on the bottom third then larger 6” x 6” openings up top, it would be great for the little critters on the bottom, keep the deer out, keep my Siberian husky in.

But can’t find anyone that sells it closer than a 300 mile round trip, they don’t seem to want to ship single rolls.

So I think we’re back to sq one with a 5’ welded wire fence but with cheaper wood posts. I need something that will hold up to snow instead of just netting, etc.

Deer are a concern but gophers are my biggest problem!


122 posted on 02/25/2012 6:26:53 PM PST by Sparky1776
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To: Sparky1776
5' welded wire should work just fine, but 6' may be better. With what you're trying to accomplish, welded wire should be strong enough. I kept goats and miniature donkeys in a welded wire enclosure for years, until we expanded and replaced it with 4" square net wire (commonly known as sheep & goat fence).

If you have gophers and critters that will dig, you can put a 12 to 18" strip of the welded wire on the ground outside the enclosure and hold it down with landscape pins. That works really well.

123 posted on 02/26/2012 9:03:31 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: perchprism

Thanks so much for the awesome update! I would so love to have an asparagus patch, but just haven’t done it yet. Please keep us updated on that ... if you need help posting photos, I’ll walk you through it.


124 posted on 02/26/2012 9:05:47 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Pete-R-Bilt; NormsRevenge

We’re over here boys...


125 posted on 02/26/2012 2:55:32 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: Red_Devil 232
I have removed the back seat once. It has never been put back in. It is kept in storage.

LOLOLOL! That's what usually happens. I forgot for a minute that you were talking about a truck! That is higher off the ground than my 4 dr sedan where Max rides. So far, he is not having any trouble getting in, although I notice that he is now stepping on the floor first instead of jumping directly to the seat. He's at least 11. My Terra (may she RIP) was really unable to get in and out of the car during her last years. Had to be lifted, which was a chore when she weighed 80-85 lbs.

My older F150 (which is confined to the barn with an oil leak which only leaks when running) is a 2 door truck with a small back bench seat -- like half a row. Strictly for children, dogs, or guns! Adults would not want to ride back there for very long -- certainly not an adult over 40. It will fold down to a flat floor.

126 posted on 02/27/2012 7:18:54 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
In case there was any question this was an unusual "winter".

I looked out last night and was shocked to see plumeria with full grown leaves. Normally we start seeing signs of buds sometime in March.

The only ones with leaves are the ones right next to the flood light for the flag, so I suspect that may have something to do with it. Even the ones a few feet away are acting normally.


127 posted on 02/27/2012 9:24:52 AM PST by Darth Reardon (No offense to drunken sailors)
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To: Darth Reardon

I love the aroma of plumeria!


128 posted on 02/27/2012 11:11:17 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: JustaDumbBlonde; All

My wife and I made the trip from Meridian to Marshall yesterday with my modified trailer loaded down. It took about six hours. 360 miles. I could only go about sixty mph any faster and that small trailer would start to wobble. We head back on Sat to pack up the major stuff. Light rain and drizzle all the way but cleared up when we hit Texas.

In honor of our trip I see Jim Rob shut FR down for the day just so I would not miss anything. LOL

JADB, did you hear me honk as I passed by?


129 posted on 02/29/2012 2:40:20 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

Red, I didn’t hear you honk as I had a doctor’s appointment in Pineville. But I have another chance when you come by Saturday. How do you like my flag display? :)


130 posted on 02/29/2012 4:40:33 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I have some tomatoes and peppers in one of the gardens, some lettuce between the onion rows, and the mixed salads are popping up. The beans are going to be nuked, I didn’t do it the other day, so tomorrow is the day, then into the ground they go. My beets are doing beautifully, but the radishes got pounded during the rain, so I’ll replant them.


131 posted on 03/02/2012 6:51:22 AM PST by tillacum
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