Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread -- Vol. 13, March 31, 2012
Posted on 03/31/2012 4:00:04 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
Good evening, FRiends and gardeners! I deeply apologize for the delay in posting this week's thread ... this is an extremely busy time here on our farm, and when you've got just a handful of folks farming 3,000 acres, there are times when it is all hands on deck all night long. The rain has been spaced exactly right to be wrong, and we were down to the wire getting our corn crop planted.
With that out of the way, how in the world is everybody doing with their gardens and plans for gardens? We have so many members with interesting projects underway that I'm looking forward to details.
For the most part, I'm going to direct sow my garden because it is certainly warm enough to do so. I have a few tomatoes that I seeded in newspaper pots, but mostly flowers. This week I will plant about an 1/2 acre of sweet corn and a 1/4 acre each of various cow peas and butterbeans. It is my intention to have several plantings of each, about 10-14 days apart, so that all of my harvest doesn't come at once. It is already too warm for the sweet peas to make, so those will be a fall crop.
Now that I am spending so much time in the beeyard, I've decided to plant a full compliment of veggies for our personal use and canning, but only sell 5 or 6 different things. Those will be sweet corn, a few varieties of peas, speckled and green butterbeans and okra. Those are the least work with the greatest reward. I will also be selling honey.
So far this spring, I have planted 2 pear trees, 13 red raspberries, 10 gold raspberries, 5 blackberries, and 5 blueberries. My last order of fruit trees came in yesterday and includes 3 additional mayhaw trees (we currently have 5), an italian white fig (I already have 2 brown turkey figs), an elberta peach to compliment my other 2 peach trees, a bing cherry, and a montmorency cherry to go with my stella sweet cherry that I planted last year. I ordered these from Ty Ty Nursery in Ty Ty, Georgia, and they are about the best looking stock of trees that I've ever received! We are very excited.
The most fun I had this week was a trip to a local nursery where I found ... get this ... a dwarf redwood tree!!! It was amazing to me that there was a redwood tree that would grow in Louisiana! It is about 8 ft. tall now that I have it in the ground and is supposed to be very fast growing. Final height will be somewhere around 70 ft. Label reads that it will grow in zones 6 through 10, and we are in zone 8, so I have high hopes.
Have a great week, and I hope to see y'all all on time next week.
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Planning on first planting next weekend.
Good job! I have resisted, thinking that we would have another frost, but in reality I could have planted a month ago and it wouldn’t have hurt a thing. The insects are already here in droves!
Hello! I was beginning to be concerned about you.
We have inch worms falling like rain today! WAZ UP WIT DAT?
We haven't had rain for 9 days and it's 91 degrees now. Much too hot for March (Texas panhandle).
Our peppers, hot and sweet banana, orange and yellow bells, and some hot chilis, are growing like weeds. Our maters and squashes are doing great also, lots of growth.
Wifes container plants have been outdoors for a week now and are looking good after being cooped up on the back porch for the winter. Her flower beds all have new stuff planted, and older stuff doing good, with all being remulched last week.
Now, If I can get her bird houses put up and her new fountain and surrounding bed built, I can move on to some of my projects, like my old car that gathers dust in the garage.
I had my new employee orientation training today at Lowe’s. I will be working in Outside Lawn and Gardening.
Sounds like you're pretty busy too!
--H.L. Mencken, The Sage of Baltimore
Luckily, I haven’t seen inch worms yet :) The white flies are out in full force though. You can hardly go out a door without enhaling them. I’ve got to the get mistblower out and spray them one evening after my bees have gone in for the night.
Is that cherry an ornamental, or does it produce edible fruit? The blossoms are gorgeous!
Lowes is an excellent organization. My stepson is a risk management manager at their corporate headquarters in North Carolina. Do you get a generous employee discount?
Hope that everything thrives for you!
--H.L. Mencken, The Sage of Baltimore
I am seriously thinking about just doing a few raised beds this year instead of an in ground veggie garden. I will apply lime to my planned in ground garden area this fall prepping for next spring/summer.