Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread (Home Sweet Home) Vol. 8, February 24, 2012
Posted on 02/24/2012 7:48:38 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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!
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.
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!
Yes, it is extremely early for warnings about tornadoes - but it is also too bloody early for it to be in the mid 70s in this part of the country. Of course the forecasted high temp for tomorrow is around 50.
The okry garden is going to be in a new patch, with open access for pulling equipment! My wife LOVES orkry. I am gunna call her on this one, I hope to fill a freezer with it this year. LOL Guess we will be eatin lotsa Gumbo, and fried okry, and okry and maters, and fried okry and fried green maters together. I guess I had better put in some eggplant to fry, also. I guess ya can tell she's a 'Ssippi gal!
San Antonio Express-News, 24 Feb., 2012-- Colin McDonald
The drought isn't over, but San Antonio is in for a respite from watering restrictions and a welcome display of wildflowers.
With rainfall this year three times the normal amount, plus a wet December, the Edwards Aquifer has steadily climbed to 664 feet above sea level at the J-17 monitoring well.
If by March 5 the well still is above 660 feet, the once-a-week watering restrictions will be lifted by the city on March 6. Residents again will be allowed to water their lawns any day of the week between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m., something that hasn't happened since April.
"I'm thinking we will come out of Stage 1 for awhile," Karen Guz, conservation director at the San Antonio Water System, said Thursday.
But she does not believe the once-a-week restrictions are gone for good. With Medina Lake, Canyon Lake and the Edwards Aquifer all lower than they were at this time last year, another summer of drought with watering restrictions is likely, she said.
The National Weather Service is predicting slightly below-average rainfall through May. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map, Bexar County continues to be in a moderate drought. That's an improvement over the extreme and exceptional classifications last year.
"Short term, we are doing really well," NWS meteorologist Mark Lenz said. "The aquifer is back up. People's lawns are nice and green. But in the long term: no."
[Which lawns is Mr. Lenz looking at? Those belonging to people who watered and nurtured their lawns illegally . . . or had teenage sons water their yards by hand every day or so . . . or every day? And charged them with digging up the invaders?
On San Antonio's far west side, we're digging up four foot high, flowering, mystery weeds plus some spreading weeds which look like lettuce and parsley.
Every year something new, exotic]
The peanuts seeds I bought on a lark are reaching for the sky. I hope they'll do well outside. We'll have plenty of tomato's and beans also. The hoophouse I built last year was such a success that I'm going to expand the center section and add more raised beds. I'll post pictures when it's up and running.
JADB- That white stuff looks a tad chilly!
My modified utility trailer. We have used this same modified trailer to move some of our "stuff" from San Antonio, Tx to Meridian, Ms in the past. It has new plywood, which I cut and painted yesterday and installed today. The cargo area is 4'w x 8'l x 3'h. and will have a plywood top and closure on the rear. It is only designed to hold boxes and those plastic storage boxes.
The rear seat of the crew cab is removed from the truck and Cashmere's bedding well be installed so she will ride in comfort.
yes I believe we are neighbors. I am in the Northfield area
So, did you tear up the slopes?
Great photo, especially with the peeking pooch.
Grumble. Half a foot of the heaviest, wettest snow it has ever been my misfortune to move. Well the driveway is plowed and the steps are shoveled. For today. How long to gardening season in lovely, frozen Michigan?
Again thanks for adding me to both of your lists!
Any thoughts on DIY soil tests like this one at Agway (or similiar):
“Rapi-Test Soil Test Kit performs 40 total tests for soil pH, nitrogen, phosphorus and potash.”
To be honest I wasn’t even going to bother because my backyard is pretty much solid peat and hasn’t been farmed for 60 + years and figured it must have some nutrients in it but you made me think JustaBlonde that perhaps I should.
That was a timely chart - a rumble went through about 15 minutes after the initial post, didn’t last long, some rain received later in the afternoon. Hope more follows!
Damm Goats??? I got a little weeding done in the Blueberry patch today and Lady Bender finished weeding the Garlic plot then a Church member/friend brought a PU load of garden debris to dump in the gulch. The Church has about 10 volunteers for the gardens that have won the City Beautification a couple of years ago. They give one award per year...
Just found this.. compost sifting.
It’s giving me ideas.
Well, I done did didit.
I just placed my order for this year’s seeds.
Sweet Peppers, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Golden Beets, Swiss Chard, Summer Squash, and Honeydew Melons.
Where can I place an order for the energy to plant all this???
Not much going on ‘round here garden-wise; still a little early to start tomatoes and peppers...but I’m doing a lot of sprouting for salad greens and we have the third floor walk-up attic prepped as the ‘Chick-a-Torium’ come April. (We have a brooder pen - they don’t get the full run of the attic!)
We had a clear, cold day with no snow, so we did get a lot of the orchard trees trimmed and the scrap trees that were crowding out the chicken coop are now GONE - and Good Riddance! I can FINALLY paint the west side of the coop, and there’s more firewood to boot. Happy, happy! :)
Nice contraption he has designed.
Do not panic! You are not late. I’m 300 miles west of you and probably 2 weeks behind your season, because of higher altitude.
Previously, I usually started peppers about March 1 and Tomatoes about March 15. I have decided that is too early, and will delay those dates by about two weeks this year. Last year, we were still having freezing temps on May 15, which is considered our “last frost date”, and my seedlings were huge, and a pain to take care of before I got them set out.
Good plan on the early/late tomato crops. There are many members of this group that report tomatoes not producing in extreme heat, but I’ve never experienced that. Wish I knew why. What variety of eggplant are you growing?
What kind of fruit trees are you pondering?
Enjoy that cold frame!
Very nice selection of veggies! Y’all will be eating very well :)
Do you have the cheddar cauliflower or the purple? Have you grown colored ones before and, if so, is the taste similar to the white?
Thanks, trisham! Good to see ya.
Thank you! It’s good to be back home and in touch with my gardening FRiends. :)
I don't know much about hazelnut bushes, except that the Arbor Day Foundation has been working on bushes that grow well almost anywhere. This is the link, if you're interested in checking them out. I was planning on trying some.
Sounds like your gardening is well underway! Thanks for checking in!
Hey! I’ve been following the ducklings on Facebook and they are precious. Sounds like y’all are pretty good at doctoring too. Be sure and post some pics when you get all those implements going in the garden. I’m so excited for you.
Glad you checked-in, Dolly, and doubly glad that you are enjoying a pleasantly mild winter. With no more cold weather than we’ve had here in LA, I cringe to imagine the insect pressure we’ll have in the Spring/Summer. I’ll really have to be on my game with the spraying.
Good luck with the okra! I was grocery shopping in Bozeman 2 weeks ago and ran across some fresh okra in the produce section. $5.99/pound. People in the Deep South would die laughing as they walked on by.
Don't be apprehensive, you'll go just fine. Check with your local county extension office. They will have tons of useful information and you can get your soil tested. Hey, we pay their salaries anyway, might as well take advantage.
I don't know a thing about 4-in-1 fruit trees. If they are offered by a reputable company, you don't have to worry much.
Did the maters make it through all that wind??? We had a cool front come through, and thankfully it was a dry line. Little bit of wind, but nothing close to what you had.
Thank you, Gabz, it is good to be back. I have to agree on the weather ... it is absolutely strange.
We’ll keep you in our prayers for additional rain. I can’t imagine seeing Lake Travis that low. I have an aunt that lives there and I never remember low water levels when we visited during the summers of my youth. Lots more people pulling water from it now.
How tall will your deer fence be? Around here they can clear 5-6’ without even thinking about it.
Lord Bender, I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I will pray for a quick recovery. Is the berry thief keeping you full of chicken soup?
Neither wife nor I detect any difference in flavor...it's more of a 'presentation' thing...people always ask if the 'sunset/cheddar' variety tastes like cheese...it would save a few steps when preparing it for dinner, but alas...it just tastes like good 'ol snowball cauliflower.
Too much of the purple can make you tipsy, though... :-)
If you have some experience in gardening and amending the soil to achieve a certain result, DIY is fine. For myself, I prefer a professional analysis like you would get from the county agent or similar lab. They not only analyze, but offer guidance on what and how much to add. I posted a link just above for some soil test strips that are available.
Sounds like you’ve been busy, as usual. You need to talk the husband into solar while the tax rebates are still available.
Central VA here - 3.5 inches of snow last Sunday, 80 degrees yesterday. Opened the windows & enjoyed until the ‘cold’ front blew through during the afternoon. No tornadoes here, just watches, heavy winds/rain, & hail (enough to make my aunt’s yard look white) across the river.
Funny story and great photo! Those green beans are beauties! Great looking good doggie too. I love bully breeds.
Thanks so much for checking-in! I haven’t seen you in a month of Sundays. :)
Let us know when you get that garden started!
Looking forward to those photos!
Interesting ...because these are the exact hazelnuts that my sister just got. I think I’ll try them too. They are much less expensive for one thing. ;-)
Thanks for the link.
Nice job on the trailer! I hope the move goes smoothly. Honk at me on the way by :)
Yes, we did tear up the slopes. After I got my ski legs back for a couple of days, I took a full day advanced lesson and learned some really good stuff. Was enjoying black runs by the end of the lesson, which was okay, but I prefer to cruise a challenging blue. Not too many of my friends ski black at our age, so more company to hang with on the blues as well.
Sparky, I am a strong proponent of soil tests. They are inexpensive and give you much better odds of success. You can have all of the nutrients in the world, but if your pH is off, the plants will not be able to utilize the nutrients. A good year of gardening always starts with tests. Seeds and plants are too expensive to gamble.
Took all afternoon, but the fence is repaired.