Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread -- Vol. 14, April 6, 2012
Posted on 04/06/2012 7:46:05 AM PDT by dennisw
Open for business...ready for your recent gardening adventures
Went to the supermarket, and bought 4 bunches of spring onions. Stuck ‘em in the ground. They’re doing just fine! Not much of an adventure.
Bought two peony plants yesterday and some tomatoes and peppers. I am looking for a bridal wreath spirea but can’t find it anywhere. I’m in SC anyone know where I can get one?
Been watering my heirloom tomatoes for 6 weeks now exclusively with rainwater from my barrels...
Some of my tomatoes are already 3’ tall...
I’m near Houston
We have been drying some of the gorgeous spring flower blooms in the garden for later use in craft projects - cards, bookmarks, etc. What we are using to dry the flowers is the 'Microfleur' Flower Press Kit for Microwave Ovens. It works very well - you can dry flowers in minutes rather than weeks. We have been quite pleased ..... here's a link:
Thailand-Vietnam mango variety. Coming along.... maybe ripe in two months
Below is different tree. Another Thailand-Vietnam mango variety. You can see four mangoes developing. One is black and will drop off. No disease here .... the tree is just selecting what mangoes to carry.
Putting in first spring seeds this weekend here in SE PA, looks like we had our last freeze overnight.
The ping list is at the bottom of JustaDumbBlonde home page. I can ping the list if you would like.
oh yeah please do!!! (she must be on Good Friday sabbatical)
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Question: My spirea (little princess and firelight) is not leafing out on all the old wood. On some shrubs the leafing out is very spotty. Should I cut them them to the ground? The shrubs are 4-5 years old and have never been trimmed back.
My squash plants, planted SEED on March 9th, are already a foot tall and blossoming!...................Cukes, planted same day, are starting to climb and tomatoes are blooming!............
I started an asparagus patch this year for the first time ever; we'll see how it goes. No signs of life yet, but the roots have only been in the ground for about a week now so it's clearly too soon to tell.
Wife reported a dozen white potates sprouting in the bin in the kitchen. You guessed it... into the garden they went. Never had much luck with white potatoes in NC for whatever reason, but maybe this year will be the one.
I have decided to plant my peppers directly into the garden this year instead of starting the plants indoors. I always have high mortality due to poor hardening-off when I start them inside, and I'm thinking that growing them from seed in the garden will solve that problem.
This is a bit of a tangent, but it is garden related and it is Good Friday.
I am raising $500 to help a small Christian orphanage in Pakistan start a chicken farm and vegetable garden - so they can feed and support themselves.
The Facebook page is: ‘Love and Hope Christian Orphanage’.
50 X $10 buys 50 chickens and everything they need to make this dream a reality.
You can ‘buy’ a chicken via PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org.
18 chickens raised so far - only 32 to go.
50 X $10 buys a chicken and everything they need. 18 chickens raised so far - 32 to go.
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Not a regular here, but visit often. My bamboo stand (70ft x 15 ft plot) is doing great, in it’s (I think) 4th year. Last year I had some get around 10 ft tall. This year, I’m hoping some will get close to 15ft. Hundreds of new shoots - lovin it!
Oh, the Mrs. and I have a garden too :-) Nothing started here yet (Eastern Nebraska).
Anyone have suggestions on Blueberries? Our soil is sooo alkiline. Last week, I sprinkled ammonium sulfate around them. I’ve got 7 plants, and they’re just so spindly. They’re about 5 years old.
God Bless and Happy Easter!
I yanked ours around February 1, and planted some watermelon and cuke seeds immediately....the seedlings are around 4 inches tall as of now.
I’m one of those people I love to grow just about anything I can grow. Have a 1/5 acre so have the room to grow alot of different things, and I don’t tend to grow alot of any one things.
Probably if I had to list the companies that are my favorite sources for different stuff, it would have to be Fedco, Baker Creek, Seed Savers Exchange, Bountiful Gardens, and Horizon herbs. Some of the new stuff being tried this year:
Pipian for Tuxpan seed squash
Enjoying my home grown lettuce and Swiss chard very much. Plenty of pansies and other spring flowers to decorate the house with. Happy Easter to all. Happy Passover as well.
Sadly, I forgot how to identify a sucker from any other growth.
Can anyone out there set me straight?
Also harvesting radish, onion, several type peppers, and turnips while Cukes and green beans develop.
There are really 2 different schools of thought on the pinching of suckers; one that insists it must be done and those that don't. lol
It used to be that the oldtimers swore you HAD to pinch suckers to get the best fruit and with some open pollinated varieties, that may still be true. I have grown tomatoes both ways, and have some to the conclusion that it isn't necessary.
The size of the fruit may be slightly larger on pruned tomato plants, that depends more on the fertility of your soil than the pruning. There is no doubt that you will grow more fruit if you do not prune heavily.
The website for Bonnie Plants, probably the largest plant supplier in the South at least, indicates that the plants they sell do not require pinching. It is really a matter of personal preference. Do what works for you.
Thanks for the ping Red, and the thread dennisw.
None of my 140 varieties of tomatoes will have their suckers pinched this year...I get enough tomatoes as it is.
My wife pinches suckers when I'm not looking, but she has a mean streak. G-d forbid if you're a hornworm and she finds you before me...
You need to seriously acidify your soil for blueberries. IIRC, they grow best in a soil pH of 4.0-6.0.
I'm experimenting with hydroponics this year. I have 2- 10ft long troughs circulating through a 600gal stock tank where I'm trying to grow more tomato's and peppers. The tomato are doing well (so far), but the peppers seemingly failed to germinate.
I know I am late to the thread, but I thought I would tell you how a friend who owned a nursery told me to plant blueberries.
She said dig a really big hole, and put a big bag of sphagnum moss next to it; Cut an x in the bag and stick a hose in it and let it soak all night. Next day, plant the blueberry in the hole with the wet moss. Don’t use any dirt, just the moss. That makes it acid enough.
I planted a row of mixed lettuces and a row of kale/collards, and re-potted my peppers and tomatoes. It's still too early to set those out.
Brought home a dozen chicks and got them set up in the brooder house.
I’m planning to do some work with greenhouses and hydroponics in years to come when I have my own home. Would you be able to post some pictures of your setup?
We had salad from the winter garden for Easter. Only have one head left. Perennial bed is almost finished. I have stevia, french tarragon, lavender, and rosemary to put in so far. Hope to get that done this week.
We made flower pots out of newspaper and started a bunch more of tomatoes. All heirlooms. Hubby likes the big tomatoes so that one slice covers the bread on a sandwich. I also like smaller tomatoes for salads so that I don't have to put them in the fridge which ruins the texture. So we have several sizes. LOL.
Have a good week. God bless.
At first glance I thought that was a picture of baby rabbits attacking your lettuces! LOL
You can find several different plans for the expanded dome greenhouse that I had built at WorldFlower Garden Domes They are easy to build and very strong. Mine is 20ft wide x 32ft long, and 13ft high. Here is a picture at night:
and a shot of the interior before it was fully covered:
The main problem I found with this greenhouse is the heat in the summer. When outside temps get in the 80's, the inside is easily pushing the mid-90's and the plants go dormant or grow long and leggy and won't produce.I run a large fan inside and had a misting system, but it's a losing battle, even after I added ventilation. Since you are up north, you shouldn't encounter those issues. On the flip side, it is an excellent place to protect many plants in the winter. The total price for this setup was in the neighborhood of $7000.
Another option you can look at are hoophouses. I set this one up last summer as an option for my raised beds: It's main purpose is to protect the raised beds from the marauding deer we have in the area. It is built from 1 3/8inch toprail, available at Lowes or Home Depot. They are easily bent with a Quick Hoops High Tunnel Bender and they also have a downloadable .pdf instruction file. The materials for my hoophouse came to approximately $400, but I used materials I had laying around the house for the raised beds and the manure I filled them with was free. I believe that it can be done for $700 if all materials are new. As you see, I built large square beds to avoid a lot of cutting. A better option is to build slimmer beds that extend along each side of the hoophouse. That will give easy access down the center. If you have good soil, you won't even need to construct raised beds.
If I had to do it all over again, I would have just built several hoophouses. I grew cold weather plants (cabbage, radish, brocolli, peas, and lettuce) in them by simply protecting the plants with plastic drop cloth when there was a freeze warning. You'll note that I used green 70% shadecloth on the top, which was inexpensive. If shading is needed, a 30% shadecloth is more suitable.
I'll have to wait until morning to take photo's of the hydroponic experiment. If I forget, ping me and I'll get on it. In the meantime, you can browse the Farmtek website. I used the GT80 series channel, lids, and end caps.
Thanks so much! I was leaning heavily towards the hoop house route. I will need end caps and sheeting that can stay in place over winter though...:)
As I promised, here is a picture of the "experiment:
It's a real simple setup. The channels are 10ft each. The stock tank has fish in it. Water is cycled through 12hrs on/12hrs off with a 285gph pond pump using a timer. The water returns to the pond by gravity feed and provides aeration for the fish.
I'm not sure how the plants will do in the heat in the greenhouse. I previously used a misting loop and a fan for evaporative cooling, but that left a lot of calcium residue on the leaves of the plants I'm hoping that the plants will prosper by simply keeping the roots well watered and cool.
It's real difficult to see, but the channel in the foreground has tomato plants that were started from seed. The back channel was seeded with peppers, but I haven't seen any growth so far.
this looks like a sensible step 2 after I have gotten the hoop house part of things figured out...I also have a friend nearby from grade school who has been designing and building his own hydroponic systems...(for vegetables)