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Weekly Gardening Thread -- Vol. 12, March 23, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde

Posted on 03/23/2012 8:53:54 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde

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Good morning, FRiends and fellow gardeners! Hopefully everyone has received beneficial rain this past week. We've had an additional 2 inches, which was a blessing because just to the south and southwest of us as much as 10 inches fell. While the area needed the rain, it didn't need it all at one time.

Looking forward to reading what you're doing with your gardens and plans this week. Photos will earn you bonus points! :^)

It is too wet for me to do anything in the garden, but I do have lots of raspberry bushes to get planted. Then, the beeyard. They are already capping honey in the supers and I will have a bountiful late spring harvest. Mark and I have 2 cutouts of bees in buildings that are coming up this week, which will make a total of 7 hives in my beeyard. We did a huge cutout 2 weeks ago and Mark added those to his beeyard.

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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
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Previous weeks' threads:

Weekly Gardening Thread (Catalog Fever) Vol. 1 Jan 6, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Seeds) Vol. 2, January 13, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 3, January 20, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (U.S. Hardiness Zones) Supplemental Vol. 1
Weekly Gardening Thread (Soil Types) Vol. 4, January 27, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation) Vol. 5, February 03, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation) Vol. 6, February 10, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation?) Vol. 7, February 17, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Home Sweet Home) Vol. 8, February 24, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Soil Structure Part 1) Vol. 9, March 2, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Transplanting Tomatoes) Vol. 10, March 9, 2012
Weekly Gardening Thread (Useful Links) Vol. 11, March 16, 2012

1 posted on 03/23/2012 8:54:06 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; Alkhin; ...
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2 posted on 03/23/2012 8:55:52 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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3 posted on 03/23/2012 8:56:02 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

After an insane 5 straight days over eighty here in New Sodom (NH); it has cooled off to seventy today. Back to normal Monday; highs in the 40’s, lows in the twenties. Can’t believe I had to protect my peppers from sun scorch in mid-March.


4 posted on 03/23/2012 9:04:38 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I just put some green onions in. I like to snip off the tops and put them in my salad.


5 posted on 03/23/2012 9:05:15 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Greetings from southern New Hampshire! The ducklings are now spending the days in the abreiviated pen around the pond and waterfall. Barb cleaned the pond on Saturday and got the waterfall back up on Sunday while I put a temporary fence around it. Of course, while enjoying the heck out of the pond, at dusk, they march to the arbor gate to demand to be taken into the house for the evening.

Our runt, Anna, who we nearly lost to a blockage, showed the rest how to climb the deck stairs on Wednesday evening, and let three of them up the stairs last evening. This morning, she led all of them out of the house, down the deck stairs and to the pond.

We do not allow spoiled animals in our house!

The seedlings are doing well and we need to start getting the raised beds in shape as the Forsythia are blooming down near Concord, MA already!

6 posted on 03/23/2012 9:06:53 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; Diana in Wisconsin; Ellendra; tubebender; rightly_dividing; greeneyes; fanfan; ...

I sit here in a fog bank accepting rain off and on all morning. My bulbs are in full bloom in the front of the house and the forsythia (I have a late blooming variety) is already a gorgeous, blazing yellow. In fact, some of my daffs and tulips are already curled up and brown because of the heat.

It’s been 80 degrees all week — most unusual for the middle of March. Yesterday I saw that they had erected the temporary greenhouses in the parking lot of Shopko. Are they going to fill them with plants? Now? And what are we going to do with those plants?

I don’t remember much, but I remember a snow storm the week after Easter that froze my little bulbs and killed them dead for the year. And another year, (about 1989 or 1990) I remember a wild snow storm on May 5 that broke all the blooming trees, including one of mine.

Ellendra said it best a couple of weeks ago. It is wise to remember that we probably have 2 snowstorms and a deep freeze to go yet this spring.

On the few remaing farms around here, I’m seeing green fields of winter wheat already up an inch. Of course, winter wheat will withstand any change in the weather.


7 posted on 03/23/2012 9:14:42 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

It was the companion to this tree that I lost in 1989, or 1990, in the freak storm of heavy, wet snow on May 5. This picture is from 2 years ago. It won't bloom until the end of April, at least.

Do I get my extra points?

8 posted on 03/23/2012 9:20:43 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; All

Finally .... the Kumasaka Camellia is blooming!! :-)

9 posted on 03/23/2012 9:22:06 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Beautiful tree and I LOVE your flag pole!


10 posted on 03/23/2012 9:40:10 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (ABO)
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To: MissMagnolia

We had a very mild winter (sounds redundant for Houston but still, milder than usual) and I’ve had azaleas blooming all winter. This is the best they have ever looked...and I put in all of my garden plants/seeds during the past two weeks and everything is doing well. Leaf lettuce is the most fun to grow because those tiny seeds germinate so quickly


11 posted on 03/23/2012 9:42:41 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (ABO)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
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12 posted on 03/23/2012 9:45:54 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Starting over, here at the border of 8b/9a in Florida. I haven’t gardened much in a few years, except for a few fruit trees and a couple of grapevines that I mostly neglected but got fruit from anyway. This spring I have a couple of brand new new raised beds for veggies; I’ve never used raised beds before. I also have a few EarthBoxes.

I transplanted tomatoes, peppers and eggplants into the garden just over a week ago, and I direct-seeded my other hot-weather crops a week ago as well. I have seedlings everywhere. It’s so much fun watching everything come up!

I also seeded a few carrots, lettuce, and radishes, and a little cilantro. Usually I can plant those through March here, but it’s so warm this year that it’s probably already too late for them. I thought it was worth a try, though. If they fail, I’ll just start over in the fall.

Oddly, the marigolds are not germinating well (less than 10% are up after a week), though everything else is coming up on schedule with very good germination rates. It’s fresh seed, and I’ve never had trouble starting marigolds before, so I don’t know what the problem is. If they are not up in a few days I’ll go get a different brand of seed and try again.

We haven’t had any significant rain here in weeks (spring is a dry season for us), but we are expecting some rain today and tomorrow.


13 posted on 03/23/2012 9:49:12 AM PDT by FiscalSanity
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Thank you.

The tree was originally one of three, I’m told. There were only 2 here when we bought the place in 1987 and we lost one in a storm. I don’t know how much life is left in the remaining one. It has some splits in the trunk that worry me.

The flag pole has been here at least 40 years and has gone through at least 3-4 flags per year. It is lighted at night, and the flag flies 24/7. We love it.


14 posted on 03/23/2012 9:49:28 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

No rain here this week, but it has taken most of the week to dry out from all we had the week before. Supposed to start raining mid day tomorrow and continue through until Sunday.

We’ve been patiently waiting for a “5 in 5” rocket launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, but the weather has been totally uncooperative. The launch window has between midnight and 3 am every night this week and it really looked like a go last night (this morning) but the weather went to crapola over the New Jersey viewing site and so it was once again scrubbed. It’s supposed to be really cool with 5 rockets going off with in a total of 5 minutes. it’s already a no go for tonight, so because of the forecast it looks like next possible window will be Sunday night/Monday morning.


15 posted on 03/23/2012 9:50:08 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: MissMagnolia

Gorgeous! That is one plant that I cannot grow in Wisconsin. I used to enjoy them in Texas, California, and Washington, however.


16 posted on 03/23/2012 9:53:05 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

The sugar snap peas, snow peas, collards, spinach and lettuce we planted 1-2 weeks ago are just starting to come up. I’m not sure we should have planted the collards so early, but we’ll cover them up if there’s going to be a frost. It’s unusually warm her in western Pa too. Forsythias, crab, all blooming like crazy. The potato experiment I tried is semi-successful. I planted seed potatoes last November. I dug up a few to see if they were still there. One was just a ball of mush, but two were healthy and sprouting. I covered them over again. Mr S wants that bed for something else. Can I move potatoes?

I put in all raised beds last year since Mr S has heart problems and can’t dig much. He is loving the raised beds. The soil is just as fluffy as can be, and all I did was add a bit more top soil and compost.


17 posted on 03/23/2012 9:55:03 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Wow! The competitive streak in me just loves those 10 bonus points. TY.


18 posted on 03/23/2012 9:55:39 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

It’s been a soggy week here in Central Missouri. I expect that all of the seed I planted last weekend has been washed out and will have to be replanted. On the bright side, my pond is back up almost to the point of overflow. I’m sure to be in need of that water for the garden later in the season.


19 posted on 03/23/2012 10:06:23 AM PDT by Augie
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To: sneakers

Have you ever seen the video of using a black trash bag to grow potatoes? Google it - really looks interesting


20 posted on 03/23/2012 10:07:20 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (ABO)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Usually, we’re not safe to plant tomatoes, etc. until mid-May. I am thinking I’m going to take a chance and plant a very early garden this year - if it turns cold, it shouldn’t be for long and I’ll just have to be prepared to cover it. My cousin works in Houston, lives in Spring & spends a lot of time in the yard - I’ll have to ask him how his azaleas are doing (ours just have buds right now).


21 posted on 03/23/2012 10:19:26 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: All

Finally cooling off..raining all day. The redbuds are the most beautiful I can remember.
My brussel sprouts are producing in the garden. Did not get frost kill.
Onion and garlic have grown through the winter.
Got summer clothes out, but will probably need winter next week.

Planned on mowing yesterday and the rain started....Guess it will be ready to bail by the time we get to it.


22 posted on 03/23/2012 10:19:41 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

I tried growing in a trash can. That was a waste of time, because the plant did, indeed, grow up to be nice and healthy, but the potatoes were down around the bottom of the barrel and none grew above that. HOWEVER, I might give the black trash bags a try. I could keep the dirt in in shallow - maybe 12”. I’ll bet it works. I might give it a try. I’ll let you know if I do! :-)


23 posted on 03/23/2012 10:20:15 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
You survived the storm the other night? Whew, it was a doozie here. Thought I was going to see the SS Minnow float by as we had no phone, no lights, no tv, and no internet for a day or two. I had just put in the last of the seeds and put out my tomatoes and peppers the day before. Why didn't you tell me not to?!?! Just came in a few minutes ago and some of them aren't going to make it after being beaten down. Thankfully, I have 4 extra tomatoes so will wait and see which ones they'll have to replace. I won't know about the seeds for a couple weeks but am sure those will have to be resown because garden soil was washed out. Blah!

The new glads are tall and happy but the lilies are just the same as when they were planted several weeks ago. The caladiums still haven't come up so wondering about them.

Hubby is in the dog house for chopping down my grapes after I told him not to touch them. He has a bad habit of doing that. He also mowed through the garlic but I kept my mouth shut on that. Doesn't do any good to tell him. Had to run out and dig up some unknown bulbs before the lawn mower got to them. Just threw them in a big clump in a hole inside the safety of the garden fence so maybe one day I'll find out what they are.

He did do good the evening of the storm by killing a big rattlesnake on the back porch. I'd found a little snake in the garden that morning but thankfully it was already dead or I'd still be running. Ugh, snakes!

24 posted on 03/23/2012 10:20:34 AM PDT by bgill
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I dug up the old broccoli plants to make room for spring veggies. I have turnips growing, four tomato plants and lots of onions. I will be putting all the other seedlings in the garden this weekend. The three inches of rain sure helped the yards and pastures.


25 posted on 03/23/2012 10:26:33 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; sneakers

I am using my black fabric grow bags for the 3rd year now. So far, great luck.


26 posted on 03/23/2012 10:26:45 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I live in the Adirondacks and it has been in the 70s-80s for the past week! Unheard of in March here! Daffodils, hyacinth and crocuses are up and blooming. Tulips are up but not in bloom yet. Forsythia is already fully in bloom! It’s been wonderful, but there’s no way anyone can plant anything because we could still have a good 6 weeks of winter ahead! It will be a very interesting spring.


27 posted on 03/23/2012 10:47:07 AM PDT by MomofMarine
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Being a bit challenged when it comes to gardening space, last spring I put up a 6" mesh of 20lb test along the side of the house where I have a raised bed. This way, the peas and beans and such could grow up the back. It works pretty darn well. In this picture, you can see some volunteer green beans flourishing in front of the bedroom window. It's hard to get a good angle, but you can also make out cabbage, cauliflower, New Zealand spinach, lettuce, serrano pepper, rosemary, and celery.

Oh, and there should be a squash in there somewhere.

And here we see the girl dog taking time out from her busy schedule of laying in the sun to get in a quick yawn.


28 posted on 03/23/2012 11:08:32 AM PDT by Darth Reardon (No offense to drunken sailors)
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To: bgill
Holy cow, a rattlesnake? Ugh - I'm so sick of people who think snakes are so wonderful (a whole other story in my life).... Well I am sorry for your washed out garden. Although we had hard rain (several inches) and wind, the storm really wasn't that horrible here. I feared my little lettuce seeds were going to be washed out but everything survived just fine. I was shocked at that to be honest.

And I have to say I laughed when I read that your husband was chopping down grape vines. I planted some blueberry plants a few years ago and after several times of my husband weed whacking them to nothing I got mad and just pulled up the almost dead roots. Now I see that is a common issue with me. ;^)

29 posted on 03/23/2012 11:09:29 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (ABO)
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To: Bigg Red

Oh cool! If I had a large area that had no grass I would try using the big bags of soil and just dropping in watermelon seeds - I’ve seen several videos of using the cut open bags instead of ground to plant. However the vines would cover areas here that would have to be mowed so it isn’t feasible


30 posted on 03/23/2012 11:12:39 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (ABO)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

We have had such an early spring I’ve been missing the Gardening thread to plant. I have never had this much in this early.


31 posted on 03/23/2012 11:45:04 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I got my peppers started indoors.

Hopefully, we’ll have an early last frost (no snow on Mother’s Day this year) and I’ll be able to get them in early.

The peas and lettuce are doing fine.

I transplanted some bushes to better locations and tried watering them with sugar water to lessen the transplant shock. I’ll find out how that went when I get back from FL in two weeks.

And the lawn really needs mowing badly.


32 posted on 03/23/2012 11:58:28 AM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: sneakers

My collards grew all winter long, deep freeze didn’t hurt them at all.


33 posted on 03/23/2012 12:00:47 PM PDT by John 3_19-21
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Well, I done did went and did it.

Me. Stingy, penny pinchin’ miserly, cheap, (did I say stingy?) broke down and called the local County Farm Bureau to order a few soil testing kits on Monday. They came on Wednesday and within hours were on the way to the lab.

This was a shocking event on many levels. Topping the list is I really did this! I was also amazed that Cook County, home of Chicago, actually has a Farm Bureau. Even more yet further surprising is there are really honest to gosh farms in Cook County that grow stuff other than pot! I thought the corrupt democrats in charge of everything had outlawed them years ago.

The reason for this outrageous extravagance was that after reviewing my garden’s harvest for the last 2 years, I came to the logical conclusion that it sucked. Not just Hoover sucked, but Tim Allen’s Bimford Industrial strength Tornado Shop Vacuum sucked.

* 8 Squash plants and 1 squash to show for it.
* Beets that were lucky to grow to golf ball size
* Sweet Peppers . . . What Sweet peppers?
* Cucumbers - planted 20 plants, got maybe 8 or 9 cukes out of the deal

I am tired of guessing what could be wrong. I sent in the samples and within 2 weeks I will get the results back. A detailed analysis of what is in (or not in) my dirt. Along with a plan of what to add to get things to grow.

If this does not work I will let everything go and say . . .

“Those aren’t weeds, they are Prairie Wildflowers!”

grumble . . . grumble . . . grumble . . . grumble . . .


34 posted on 03/23/2012 12:38:48 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Bees! The Mrs and I were just considering bees this AM. What is the best way to start? How do you keep them around?


35 posted on 03/23/2012 2:04:30 PM PDT 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: Petruchio

LOL!!!

Everyone has some bad years. I wasted money on watermelon seeds one year and got one watermelon to show for it and it was overripe by the time I picked it so was no good anyway.

I’ve wasted lots of time and garden space trying to grow things that just don’t work for me, potatoes, onions, and carrots being the tops. But they are so cheap anyway, that it’s not cost effective to grow them.

I get pretty good results with tomatoes, zucchini, peas, beans, scallions, and decent with peppers. The lettuce almost always bolts. I guess giving it a couple more days isn’t always a good idea.


36 posted on 03/23/2012 3:06:32 PM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

i forgot the year as well, but i do remember that it was May 9...


37 posted on 03/23/2012 3:09:47 PM PDT by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: Sarajevo

I have some friends who raise bees. They also sell nucleus colonies every year about this time. I could check and see if they have any available...


38 posted on 03/23/2012 3:18:20 PM PDT by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: stefanbatory
It could have been the 9th. All I remember is that we were on our way to Florida the next morning, and we had a tree down. Had to leave it until we got back. We were not as badly hurt as they were out in Brookfield and in Oconomowoc. I just know that it was early May. MAY! MAY!!
39 posted on 03/23/2012 3:31:49 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
I just checked my mail and my Soil Test Results came in today. Looks to me like I will need small additions of P, K, Ca, Mg and Sulfate Sulfur. My small garden will be approximately 600 sq. ft.

I will make an appointment with the County Agent Monday and get his advice and share his info with all. It took 7 days from mailing to receiving the results.

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40 posted on 03/23/2012 3:36:50 PM PDT 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: John 3_19-21

Thanks! I’ve never grown Collards before. In fact I never had them at all until a friend gave me a bunch from her garden. Didn’t know they grew in Pa. Mr S and I loved them!


41 posted on 03/23/2012 3:40:58 PM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Despite the crazy weather, lettuce doing very well. Parsley seeds have been sown and rosemary seedlings have sprouted and the second set of leaves starting to appear. In the house, basil seeds are sprouting. Looking forward to all he goodness of home grown veggies.


42 posted on 03/23/2012 3:53:39 PM PDT by tob2 (November can't come soon enough for me.)
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To: sneakers

I’ve become a collards fan too.

I’m in Connecticut and I put in collards last year. I just kept picking the leaves and always left the small new ones on top. I left 4 plant in over the winter. Picked my last batch of leaves on new years day and took them to a pot luck dinner. Eating collards on new years day is suppose to be good luck

Now we had a really mild winter and 2 of the plants made it through and the leaves are taking off again. I’m just going let them keep going.

Has anyone had collard plants last for 2 years ?


43 posted on 03/23/2012 4:03:44 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: sneakers
There great! (no of fence Tony) Here is a quick recipe I use:

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion (minced fine) 3 cloves garlic (chopped) 1 slice bacon (turkey if you must)(minced) 1/2 teaspoon salt - 1/4 teaspoon pepper 3 cups water 1 mess of collard greens (2 gallons cleaned and chopped) 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce 1 teaspoon vinegar


1. Place olive oil in a large pot on medium heat 2. Add onion, garlic, bacon and salt and pepper. Simmer 8-12 minutes until well browned and onions smell cooked. 3. Pour water into pot, add greens and cover. Simmer 3-4 minutes and then stir. Geens should be wilted and semi immersed in liquid. Cook 45 - 55 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add hot sauce and vinegar and enjoy.
44 posted on 03/23/2012 4:09:42 PM PDT by John 3_19-21
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To: Petruchio
Your on the right path.

Testing your soil will help. Most soils have a severe lack of organic matter(decomposed leaves, compost, etc.)



45 posted on 03/23/2012 4:18:49 PM PDT by John 3_19-21
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To: John 3_19-21

I think collards are supergreens as are kale. I like to curry anything that will stand up to the stove :)


46 posted on 03/23/2012 5:28:25 PM PDT by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I decided to be brave and planted my warm-weather crops. We’ve had temps in the 80’s lately. I know it’s a risk, but I made sure I had enough seeds to take the chance. So my tomatoes, cucumbers, and melons are all planted now.

Haven’t had a chance to plant out at the land yet, but maybe next week.


47 posted on 03/23/2012 5:46:22 PM PDT by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: John 3_19-21
That might be part of it. When I built the raised beds I ordered a truckload of topsoil. I was real disappointed with what was dumped. It was real heavy, lots of clay in it. So I filled the raised boxes with a mix of:

* 1 part Peat Moss
* 1 part sand
* 2 parts topsoil

The raised beds are 4' x 4' x 1' high. (16 cubic feet) I built them in 1997.


Last year's fiasco

Last year I added a coffee can of vegetable fertilizer in each box because I guessed that after 14 years the soil probably needed it.


Color me surprised. those 4x4 boxes can be seen from space. This google earth pic shows them behind the garage.
48 posted on 03/23/2012 7:03:01 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Petruchio

The reward in gardening is not the harvest but the quest. I like your raised beds.


49 posted on 03/23/2012 8:08:25 PM PDT by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: John 3_19-21

Oh man that sounds good!

Copying and printing!

Thanks!


50 posted on 03/23/2012 8:23:36 PM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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