Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread (Useful links) Vol. 11, March 16, 2012
Posted on 03/16/2012 7:55:02 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
Good morning FRiends and gardeners! During the rain this past week, I've had a chance to do some reading and found some articles that may be of interest to you. So this week I am sharing links, and I hope you enjoy them and find some useful information. I also hope that you'll check in and let us know how your garden/garden planning is coming along.
In Kitchen Garden Creation, you'll learn about growing culinary and visual delights in the same place.
The following links are for those interested in improving the structure of their soil. If you have rocks or clay, or otherwise good soil that has been compacted, you will find excellent information on planting cover crops and the benefits of no-till planting.
Improve Your Soil With Cover Crops
Cover crops: blanket your idle vegetable plot this winter with a soil-building cover crop
Plant Cover Crops is an entire website dedicated to improving your soil through cover cropping and drawing earthworms. Second column from the right is an extensive list of categories covered. This is a must bookmark for any gardener.
Grow Spectacular Spuds is a great guide to growing taters. Seems that lots of folks on our garden list are interested in growing potatoes.
Plant Pollination: A Bounty to Buzz About explains the art of attracting natures best pollinators to your garden.
And, speaking of pollinators, I found some of my girls working over the holly hedge that runs along my front sidewalk, but oddly enough they won't touch the wisteria, that is loaded with an assortment of large bees, including carpenters and bumblebees:
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.
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Good morning and thanks for the links.
Good morning! You’re very quick today!
Make an Easter Garden! I just came across this this week.
I LOVE your tagline.
I figured out how to reimburse someone for mailing me the mimosa seeds I’m looking for -
I’ll donate $5 to FR!
Anyone that can come up with about 20-30 of them, let me know.
Thanks for the link! We’re enjoying warm weather too ... a bit too warm when you factor in the humidity.
What a great idea to post links to previous threads.
Please add me to list. Planting garden this year for the first time in my life. Could use all the help I can get......Colin
Thank you, metmom!
I’m sure glad I planted a cover crop last fall because our rain has returned and is hell bent on making up the 9” deficit we have built up when it should have been here. Cover crops are a must in the rainy Pacific North West. Our local paper had a article from the AP on composting yesterday and I’ll post if I find it.
I went over to our Church and changed the oil in the little pavement sweeper yesterday but I had to make some changes to drain the old oil so it doesn’t run all over the motor mount and floor.
lol lol lol ohhhhhhhh.
I bought two heat wave and two hot spell tomato plants yesterday and put them in the garden. I have about 24 other seedlings that will be in the ground by next weekend.
Cucumber seedlings are almost ready to transplant. Lettuce and spinach are doing great with the temps. Onions are growing well too.
Left to nature, my garden grows its own cover crop of henbit, and it never fails to leave me with a beautiful, mellow structure that accepts and nutures new plants like nothing else can.
When I no-till, the only thing I have to keep an eye on is cutworms, which I expect will be fericious since we've had no winter.
I love wisteria. Last year I planted two seeds in flower pots from a wisteria bush that my sister gave me. They are almost two feet high now. I’ll be putting them in the ground soon. I don’t expect blooms this year. We don’t have springtime here. As far as I’m concerned it’s summer and hot already.
All of my bulbs were early this year ... I fear they will be over with before Easter gets here. Hope you continue to have a great season!
You changed your tag line. I love it too.
A week and a half ago the garden was still covered with snow. Today there are daffodils, crocus, and early tulips blooming.
My knees are still bothering me, so I can’t work out there yet, but I still have pictures from Easter a couple of years ago when all my blooming bulbs were buried in snow.
I moved the snow shovel off the front porch, and dumped the bucket of salt into the water softener (my husband actually did that. I can’t lift it). But, I didn’t take that shovel too far away. I could need it yet. I still remember the year we got a heavy, wet, snow on May 5. It broke all the blooming trees.
Zone 5a Wisconsin
I like the way this years CC is growing in a more manageable manner. I planted the usual Red Oats but tried Austrian Field Peas this year instead of the Bell Beans which grew to 6’ tall and were a major pain to cut down.
Any other takers, let me know. There are plenty to go around, and wisteria will grow all the way up to zone 4.
I’ve got to run for a couple of hours ... 3 shipments of woodenware for my beeyard that needs to be painted. All of my hives are making honey already, when they should really just be starting to come out of overwintering.
I detest iceberg lettuce! I love romaine.
Wow! Very nice.
I had these stupid ants (look different than fire ants with black butts with a sharp tip) come out and infest/colonize my container tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, everything with aphids for them to milk.
I’m good with romaine, too. If I’m having to buy lettuce to make a salad, that’s usually what I get if I’m not buying a spring mix or something like that. I really liked the mesclun I planted last year - ate a lot of great salads. :-)
Mesclun is good for sandwiches, too. And great for lining an Easter party tray for deviled eggs, stuffed celery and the like. I like the baby ‘red sails’ lettuce that comes in the mix, such pretty crimsom against the bright lime green.
Very attractive .... making me long for a fresh salad, too!
Black Simpson was one of the lettuces mentioned in the article on heirloom lettuce ... might give that one a try this year (will do mesclun again, too!).
Stuffing romaine stalks with your favorite toppings is a forkless salad for picnics.
That looks great!
If you want to make it high-protein, you can sprinkle chopped eggs and ham, turkey, swiss, cheddar and some parmesan ranch for a forkless chef’s salad.
Or you could make a forkless Cobb, BLT, Crab Louis, or bacon bits, cheddar and ranch for the kids.
It’s YOUR romaine :)
We had some weird ants at work a couple of years ago. They were much faster than any other ant and were hard to kill with the stuff our “pest contractor” used. We were not allowed to treat pests. I sneaked some Boric acid and spread it in our infected area and they were gone.
I got a book (on the sale rack) summer before last called “Simple But Perfect Salads - the tase of summer all year round”. It’s worth having it just for the pictures of the salads, but there are some really, really good ones in there. Lots of ideas for fresh summer produce and some of the recipes are super simple. I made a couple of the salads with what I was growing in the garden and they were just fabulous. Some are classic like fresh tomato slices with red onion, chopped herbs & an oil/vinegar dressing. Others, like prosciutto, melon & asparagus salad are a bit more on the ‘elegant’ end of the spectrum. They don’t have a ‘stuffed romaine’ salad, but this looks like something that easily could have been included. It all looks SO good ... can’t wait for fresh greens/veggies from my garden. If you every run across that book, it’s a “buy” (put out by Love Food, Parragon books Ltd.)
I’ve never seen these things. They’re regular fire-ant length, but have fat black butts with a little stinger on the end which they carry high. They’re slow and go single-file and not too organized.
My neighbor is a Vietnamese electrical engineer mega-gardener who imports lots of exotics so these ants probably ain’t from around here......
I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that here. I also use Ortho fire ant powder in the yard. Kills them in less than one hour, but stinks like heck. We’ve had hardly any wood ants the past two years.
Ahh, my favorite thread! Such a relief from the politics and doomsday headlines I get hammered with all week.
I keep poking seeds in the ground, even though I know they’ll most likely freeze in April. It’s t-shirt weather outside, and all that bare ground is just too tempting to resist. I’ve got peas, beets, radishes, and sunflowers planted so far. I’m thinking of being daring and planting cucumbers, tomatoes, and watermelons tomorow if the weather holds. Like I said, I know they’ll probably freeze out, but maybe I can cover them in time?
I realized yesterday that I may have gotten myself into a bit of a pickle with the trees I ordered. Me and the family are going to be out of town for a week, about the time those trees are due to arrive!!! So, we’re looking for a cat-sitter who is also willing to pack the trees in damp sand when they arrive. That way they should ok until they’re planted, right?
I should get a picture of my cat supervising my planting. She likes to go outside and just lay in my shadow. We keep her on a leash and harness so she doesn’t get in trouble.
Today’s task - start seeds.
This is about 5 weeks early, but when I see nothing but 70’s for the next 2 weeks I’m goin’ for it!
You know what can work well against all that?
It's completely harmless to mammals etc, but will kill any bug it contacts. The diatoms cut up their shells and they dehydrate to death. IIRC, it's what's used in flea powder.
It's cheap enough and can be bought at a pool supply place and sprinkle it around the base of the plants and on them. It does need to be refreshed after it rains.
Another thing that works well is sugar and borax. I was having trouble with carpenter ants in the house from the tree outside, so I mixed a 50/50 mixture of sugar and 20 Mule team borax and spread it out along where they were traveling. They got to it and I NEVER saw another carpenter ant around after that.
That too needs to be replenished occasionally as the sugar tends to absorb moisture and if it's really humid out will get funny, but even that level of borax mixed in doesn't deter them from going after the sugar and then they get the borax as well and it kills them.
Just store it in a really airtight container.
That’s a great idea.....
Your cat gets in that much trouble?
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