Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread (Happy Easter!) Vol. 14, April 6, 2012
Posted on 04/06/2012 9:30:28 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
Good morning, FRiends and fellow gardeners! The weather has cooled-down a bit, the sun is shining and my grandgirls have been here all week. I am one happy blonde today.
It rained again 2 and 3 days ago, so I haven't even disked up the garden spot yet, but that will get done Monday.
All of the fruit trees and bushes that I've planted are doing very well and the regular rains have been perfect to keep them moist and off to a great start! Some of the raspberries that I planted were established plants, and some were bare-root canes. Many of the canes have come alive with new growth, and the others are showing buds this morning.
A visit to the apiary this morning showed a good buildup of comb and honey stores. They say that the Spring following a drought will yield little honey flow, and half of my hives are going along with that. The other half is building comb and producing honey like crazy, so I don't know what to think.
For those of you traveling for the weekend, I wish you a safe trip! And I wish each and every one of you a blessed Easter. Enjoy!
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What is the Variety? That looks like a Gourd?
Thank you so much!
Found an interesting link, on the Old Farmer’s Almanac site, by accident: http://www.almanac.com/plant/celery
I’m posting the celery link because it has hot-links to Zones 2-10, which is more than any of the other plants I checked.
Clicking on a numbered Hardness Zone link bring up a page of links to individual flowers, veggies, and fruits —with a picture— that grow in that zone.
Clicking on a plant’s link brings up a wealth of general information on growing that particular plant.
I tried every which way to find a direct link to the Zone links, but couldn’t find one, so the “celery” page will have to do.
For that matter, the entire site is well worth a gardener’s time to visit: http://www.almanac.com/
I’m pretty sure that’s a cocozelle zucchini. Unfortunately, I guess there’s a big resell market for plant labels, because all of mine have disappeared.
I suspect they mean 3 through 12, as they list for some other zucchini, not 3 AND 12. I only know this because I looked at that page less than a minute before I read your page and thought, "Hey, that's a lot".
That could be a Coczelle DR. I have never grown them but have seen them in catalogs...
Yeah, that should be 3-12. Love cocozelle, more so than zukes. I grew some in SoCal that got to be the size of a large banana squash. They were still good eating, stuffed & baked.
Cocozelle: is that the large, 24” and 15lb squash that I see at some veggies stands here in Texas? That picture looked like a baby pic of ones that we see here.
I hope that everyone had a happy Easter and gave thanks for the risen Lord.
Wifey had Fri. off so we had a day of shopping at garden centers for just the right planters for her container garden/bird-butterfly sanctuary that is just outside from our dining room windows. Her flower beds are looking good; caladiums, lillies, and ferns all doing great in the shade, and the sunny beds are thriving too.
Garden is growing nicely, squash has blooms, the tomatos have gotten taller than the peppers now, about ready to stake before long. I am looking forward to fried green tomatos!
Normal picking sized zuke in back; approximately 'equally young' cocozelle in front...not my photo/squash.
Look what happened to my heirloom squash! They're enormous (biggest my husband and I have ever seen) and I finally harvested them. Organic cocozelle taste similar to zucchini but a little sweeter. You can purchase seeds from Botanical Interests. I donated the largest squash to our church food ministry because we have plenty, what will we do with them? (:
That gal, whoever she is, is holding mature cocozelle about the size of the ones that I grew in Southern California using rabbit manure compost that I mentioned earlier. Those bushes got to be over 4' high & 5'-6' across, with enormous leaves that made it easy to miss picking some until they were big enough to use as a canoe. Shucks; there were times those plants made my wife disappear while picking under them.
I’ve got some seeds started indoors, and the easy stuff (crookneck squash) is up. By this time next week I’ll probably be killing a giant in the clouds, wait, that’s wrong...
Those purple things are not cabbages?
Red, here is some information, please pass it on to other vets who may not have gotten the word. For those of us shopping at Lowes and other stores which give vet discounts, this helps.
Veteran Driver License:
The Dept of Public Safety shall include the designation “Veteran” on the face of any class or type of Texas driver license issued to a Veteran.
To be elegible for the Veteran designation to be placed on their driver license, the Veteran must present a DD-214 or DD215 (corrected copy of DD-214) signifying they received an honorable discharge or general (under honorable conditons) from the branch of service in which the person served.
The website: htt-://www.tvc.state.tx.us/latest-news/entry/information-from-the-department-of-public-safety-regarding-the-veteran-driv
If one likes, there are specialty license plates. You can support your service by displaying military or veteran plates. Same rule applies, as above. The website is:
Or one can call the Waco district office: 254-772-6225 - Shelly
The Granbury district office: 817-573-9622 - Taylor
I set some type of new record this month when I got 99% gemination of my Sugar Snap peas that I started in the foam Speeding trays plus Lady Bender got 94.3% of her dwarf Snoo-Peas in cells. Now if the blast rain would stop we could transplant them...
Thank you very much for that info. I knew about the special Tags but not about the Veterans designation available for the Tx DL. I wonder how many other States do this?
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