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Weekly Gardening Thread (Soil Structure Part 1) Vol. 9, March 2, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde

Posted on 03/02/2012 8:10:56 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde

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To: afraidfortherepublic

>What does she do for a sunny location?<

Sunny? I guess she would move away from the coast for a sunny location...


51 posted on 03/02/2012 3:16:13 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: afraidfortherepublic

Vincas are full sun look-alikes of Impatiens and come in several colors and are great for hanging baskets and urns. That is what we used a lot of in our full sun home in Mobile. Also, there is a variety of flowing Petunias that look great in urns and hanging baskets, but I am not sure if red is availible, my wife always favors purples!


52 posted on 03/02/2012 3:38:11 PM PST by rightly_dividing (You cannot put a gun rack in a Volt !)
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To: Darth Reardon

I grow all tomatoes in containers; so I am giving some of the new ‘dwarf’ varieties from Tomatoville’s ‘dwarf tomato project’ a test drive this spring...I was able to get my hands on all thirteen that have been released to the public to date...


53 posted on 03/02/2012 3:54:28 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Ellendra; Diana in Wisconsin

yes. I’ve used those before. Diana’s Garden Center has something this year called fuseables which arre pelletized seeds with several colors in one pellet. Ther is one called Key Lime Parfait which looks interestin — lime green, bright red, and white all in one pellet. The trouble is I would have to start them from scratch. I’d like somethimething that I could buy already started.


54 posted on 03/02/2012 4:16:33 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: tubebender

Good grief. If only we paid teachers more, they wouldn’t be forced to deal in illegal weed. sarc/off


55 posted on 03/02/2012 4:33:17 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: rightly_dividing

I’m not familiar with the vincas whereof you speak! Vincas I know are a ground cover with little purple flowers, or a green and white vine that we use as “filler” in combined pots. When that stuff escapes the pot, you can never get rid of it. It is definitely “cold hardy”.


56 posted on 03/02/2012 4:36:12 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Have you looked into Baccopa. It is a prostrate plant with lots of small white flowers.


57 posted on 03/02/2012 4:45:55 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: tubebender

Baccopa is one of my favorites. I’d forgotten the name. It looks great combined with other flowers. It comes in several varieties — some of the flowers are miniscule and some are as big as my thumbnail.


58 posted on 03/02/2012 5:06:30 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: boxlunch; JustaDumbBlonde

Love the thread JaDB, thanks!

Boxlunch, I found an article written by a master gardener that you should check out. I also emailed them about needing to mow the leaves, and they replied....

“Letting the leaves fall where they may, works very well. The advantage to cutting-up/going over the leaves with a mower is that it helps/quickens the decomposition process, but it is usually not necessary. Personally, I leave the leaves on the flower beds/garden i.e., where they fall, but mow (mulching mower) the ones that fall on the lawn (feeds the lawn and saves raking them up). Note: Oak leaves are very slow to decompose so you may choose to chop them before spreading on your flower beds/garden.”

http://mgottawa.mgoi.ca/media/Trowel_Talk_—_February_2012.pdf
That is what I’m going to try this year.


59 posted on 03/02/2012 5:14:15 PM PST by fanfan (This is not my Father's Ontario. http://www.ontariolandowners.ca/)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thats why I rarely mention varieties except where talking to another southerner. Things are vastly different 1000 miles northward! What we were getting came from Lowes and they buy from pretty much local nurseries.


60 posted on 03/02/2012 5:14:53 PM PST by rightly_dividing (You cannot put a gun rack in a Volt !)
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To: rightly_dividing

Yes, we all pretty much get into our regional ruts. I struggled for years at my house in the Houston area trying to install California landscaping into a Texas yard! It isn’t just water, temperature, and sunshine. There are so many other variables. Hot winds were my bane. They dried out my plants.


61 posted on 03/02/2012 5:41:59 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Hi!

The most classic look would be white and green. Depending on the look you want, verbena, petunia, nastursium, nicotana, candytuft, or any combination of them.

Or you could do some thing with yellow. I think red might get lost.


62 posted on 03/02/2012 6:04:34 PM PST by fanfan (This is not my Father's Ontario. http://www.ontariolandowners.ca/)
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63 posted on 03/02/2012 6:20:16 PM PST by Sarajevo (Money cannot buy happiness, but it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Storms hopped over my little homestead and hit Henryville , IN and tried to wipe it off the map.

Wind ripped one of my raised beds out of the ground and drug it across the yard.

I was hoping to plant onions today. Instead I hunkered down and sheltered from severe weather.


64 posted on 03/02/2012 6:34:58 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: boxlunch
The leaves don't need to be broken down to till them into the soil. My garden is absolutely covered in leaves by the time Spring rolls around and I've never cleaned them up before working the soil.

You are correct that the bad smelling ones should not be used. Bad smell is a sure sign that anaerobic bacteria is present, and you do not want that in the garden.

Not sure the area of your garden, but you may not want to use all of the leaves you have. Several garbage cans sounds like a lot. Maybe you could compost the ones you don't use immediately.

65 posted on 03/02/2012 7:29:00 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Doneel

I’m not really sure about putting the fert on before you sow the seed. When we plant pasture, the grass is up and growing before we fertilize. Best way to be sure is checking the instructions on the bag of grass seed, or looking up the grass variety on the web and following the recommendations for fertilizing. It might very well give you a formulation recommendation as well, such as 13-13-13.


66 posted on 03/02/2012 7:34:14 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Augie
Glad that you avoided damage from the hail. I hear ya on the trees coming out too early. With fruit it is especially painful to watch. At least other trees can come back with leaves, but you only get one chance with blooming.

Our wheat fields are so far ahead of where they ought to be that we are in serious trouble if we get a freeze. Strange year.

67 posted on 03/02/2012 7:42:06 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

We had a late 28 degrees this morning and I had a water leak in the garden because I had already turned the water back on.


68 posted on 03/02/2012 7:55:08 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: afraidfortherepublic

Fortunately, Conroe is almost the same exact climate as Mobile and we see the same vegataion as we were accustomed to. Our big change came from having full hot sun to our current full shade. We now have only three sunny spots, each about the size of a small car, out of a 2/3 acre lot.


69 posted on 03/03/2012 3:27:16 AM PST by rightly_dividing (You cannot put a gun rack in a Volt !)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Happy to find this thread this morning. Yesterday was a rough, stormy day here in Middle Tennessee. Thanks to God, we had no major damage...nor did other family members. I’m looking forward to learning more about soil in the days to come.

AND...I really like that you have all the links to previous Gardening threads here. That makes it much easier to go back and re-read something that made an impression... or to find a link that was given.

;-)


70 posted on 03/03/2012 5:02:14 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican

“The trick to successful composting is sunshine, moisture and turning pile often.”

Yep...and it really helps to have a sister who invites you over several times during the year to take away her well composted horse manure...so that you can add it to your pile.

;-))))


71 posted on 03/03/2012 5:05:17 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Ellendra

I am very interested in your hulless oats. How large a patch do you plant. etc.? Any and all information would be welcome. ;-)


72 posted on 03/03/2012 6:20:14 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“I want something that grows lush and trails.”

Dichondra maybe....along with something else?


73 posted on 03/03/2012 6:29:28 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: tubebender

Ahhhhh, yes! Those are the beautiful compost bins that inspired me to start composting in the first place. How often do you turn yours?


74 posted on 03/03/2012 6:41:48 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: MissMagnolia; scottteng

Thanks for the info on edible flowers. I have two desert tortoises, so flowers are eaten in my house everyday. Pansies are particularly yummy and absolutely beautiful sitting on top of a salad. Dandelions are another favorite.


75 posted on 03/03/2012 6:48:20 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Darth Reardon

Thanks for the photos! Very healthy and beautiful tomato plants.


76 posted on 03/03/2012 6:49:28 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Ellendra

You’ve got a great plan going and I wish you bounty and success!


77 posted on 03/03/2012 6:50:56 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: fanfan

I was thinking of going yellow. I know I want some of that lime green color — whether it be some form of petunia, or sweet potato vine. Green and white is a thought too. I think red is hard. Getting something red that is a reliable bloomer all summer and lush is hard. Geraniums are the first thing that comes to mind, but they are so common.

I’ve always gone to hot pink and shades of purple. I suppose I could still do that and just ignore the door. It would still look good. 6 inches of white stuff on the ground this AM, so I have a little while to decide. LOL.


78 posted on 03/03/2012 8:59:01 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SumProVita
I had to look this up because I always though dichondra was a grass substitute. I had a lawn made up of it in Berkeley, CA and no, it wasn't "no mow", probably because it had clover mixed in. But, I see that there are other forms of dichondra.


79 posted on 03/03/2012 9:05:01 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: TASMANIANRED

PTL that you are OK, and I hope your neighbors are too. Loss of a raised bed is nothing to worry about.


80 posted on 03/03/2012 9:06:50 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
When that stuff escapes the pot, you can never get rid of it. It is definitely “cold hardy”.

Hmm, maybe I should add vincas to my erosion-control plans.
81 posted on 03/03/2012 9:08:34 AM PST by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: rightly_dividing

I should think you’d be grateful for a little shade in Conroe. It took almost 10 years for me to get trees and shrubs high enough so that I could open my drapes in the living room in Missouri City (Ft. Bend Co.). My piano still bears the craze marks that developed before I got the drapes up when we first moved in.

I know you want more sunshine for growing veggies, but it is so HOT in TX.


82 posted on 03/03/2012 9:10:56 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: fanfan; boxlunch

You probably already know this, but for the sake of anyone reading who isn’t aware: never use black walnut anything in the garden. All parts of the tree leach a chemical that inhibits the growth of other plants. That extends to the leaves as well.

On the other hand, I might use black walnut leaves to mulch a path.


83 posted on 03/03/2012 9:23:04 AM PST by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: Ellendra

You are in a slightly different zone than I, but those variegated vincas that everybody plants in their mixed pots every year are definitely cold hardy. Once they take hold, you cannot get rid of them. I have a vinca minor that I planted on a steep slope in my back yard about 20 years ago. It took forever to get started, but it is holding the slope just fine, and it is still there with no care whatsoever.


84 posted on 03/03/2012 9:30:25 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SumProVita

I’ve never actually grown them before, but I assume that they can bne planted like other grasses. We’ll see if I can find a spot for them this year. I’m still hacking out a garden space on my land. It was abandoned for 15 years before I bought it, so the weeds are really thick.


85 posted on 03/03/2012 9:40:47 AM PST by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Conroe is entirely different than Houston. Being in the Piney Woods region of eastern Texas, it is more like the south than Texas. Conroe ws founded as a logging town amongst all the pine forrest and being on the railroad line. There is a distinct change in the land and vegetation when you cross the San Jacinto river, just a few miles north of Houston on I-45.

The weather is the same, but we were accustomed to the hot and humid before coming to Texas.

Thank the Lord, Conroe is a whole different world than Houston, just down the road.

86 posted on 03/03/2012 10:46:08 AM PST by rightly_dividing (You cannot put a gun rack in a Volt !)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I only turn them if the Temperature doesn’t come up. Other then that I take off the unfinished material and put in a new pile when I empty the bin. I just don’t have the stamina to go “By The Book” anymore...


87 posted on 03/03/2012 12:55:35 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: fanfan; JustaDumbBlonde

Thank you both for the great answers!


88 posted on 03/03/2012 1:44:45 PM PST by boxlunch
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Thanks for the thread, and all the great links/educational info. We have had some beautiful spring like days, and I feel so guilty for wasting them. All kinds of gardening chores have been put off in favor of sitting in the glorious sun and drinking tea.LOL.

The winter lettuce continues to produce, and is no longer under cover. The spinach indoors and out has all been harvested and eaten, so will soon be replanting. Indoor lemon tree is very scraggly, but has new blossoms and a new lemon bud growing.

We will be planting some more blackberries, blueberries and strawberries this spring. A new strawberry bed will be made and planted, and the blooms will be pinched off. The old bed will have it's 3rd and final harvest. It will plowed under in June. We haven't decided what will be planted then. Hubby thinks maybe corn. I think maybe something to help build the soil.

Have a great weekend and God bless.

89 posted on 03/03/2012 1:57:54 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I love impatiens for urns. I think blue white and/or yellow would all be stunning colors to go with your decor, and depending on where you place the urns.


90 posted on 03/03/2012 2:18:53 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I love yellow. Also yellow and purple. I have a bed of flowers that has a bunch of Johnny Jump ups surrounding yellow tulips and purple hyacinths in the spring, and miniature yellow roses in late spring and all summer.
91 posted on 03/03/2012 2:28:51 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: MtnClimber

AHHH you poor thing. When it warms up a bit the freezes, it’s called clear so you’re in 0001 one, extra clear..


92 posted on 03/03/2012 6:38:02 PM PST by tillacum
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To: MiddleEarth

I haven’t been bothered by any critters. I guess it’s too HOT. We have chicken barns nearby and every once in a while I go over an bum a molasses bucket full and spread it over the compost, turn it, fluff it up a bit and let the little thing steam. So if you have neighbors with chickens, see if you can bum some chicken litter from them.


93 posted on 03/03/2012 6:46:29 PM PST by tillacum
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To: sneakers

bttt


94 posted on 03/03/2012 7:13:56 PM PST by sneakers (EAT YOUR PEAS!)
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To: greeneyes

Those all sound like good color schemes. Thanks for the suggestions.


95 posted on 03/03/2012 8:12:21 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’m grateful that it was only a raised bed.

Prayers lifted for my neighbors.


96 posted on 03/03/2012 9:06:29 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: Library Lady
"When we bought this place 20 years ago, the garden was as hard as concrete.

Serious lack of organic matter, as you corrected, and the soil was probably compacted from being worked too much. So glad that all the work is paying off!

97 posted on 03/04/2012 8:34:21 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
My color choice would be reds and yellows, with maybe an orange something thrown-in here and there. The yellow would really 'pop' and a little orange would bridge the color gap between the red and yellow.

I really like the new door and windows.

98 posted on 03/04/2012 8:37:36 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: rightly_dividing

Good morning! I’m slowly but surely working my way down the thread and wanted to let you know that I really liked that link. Thanks so much.


99 posted on 03/04/2012 8:39:04 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: fanfan

Thank you, fanfan! Good to see ya.


100 posted on 03/04/2012 8:41:18 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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