Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 15, April 13, 2012
Posted on 04/13/2012 8:19:42 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
Happy Friday the 13th, and good morning fellow gardeners and FRiends! I hope that you are enjoying weather as beautiful as what we are experiencing here in NE Louisiana. Nights and mornings are cool and breezy, and the days very warm.
I've planted 1.6 acres of bi-color sweet corn. We checked the seed the next day and it had already sprouted, and was pegged the following day. Perfect conditions!
Looking forward to hearing what's going on in your neck o' the woods.
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Still too cold for warm weather crops to be planted here in (M)assachusetts. My spinach came up a couple of weeks ago and is doing fine despite the drought (because I’ve been watering it). My asparagus is in it’s second year since planting the roots and has not come up yet.
We just had a frost last night. I may be planting either next week or the week after and let nature take it’s course. The seed will come up when it’s ready.
We planted our first asparagus last spring and observed some wispy tops appear. Following the directions, we left it alone for 2011 and now are pleased to report a bumper crop !
Transplanted my tomato starts to larger pots this morning. They also are spending the night outdoors. My kitchen is plant free for the first time in 2 months (except in the refrigerator, and I'm not sure that's a plant or some other lifeform).
Thanks so much for checking in! I’ll be asking both of you lots of questions, as I am planning on starting an asparagus bed (hopefully this year). I know nothing about it except it takes a year or three before you get a crop to eat.
When they are that small, you can cook them without peeling. Cut them up and cook them as you would any squash.
But this is my favorite use for them: Cut off the top inch of the stem end and hollow out the squash, leaving walls about 1/2" thick. Take the squash that you removed and add seasoned meat, breadcrumbs, other veggies ... whatever strikes your fancy. Stuff the squash "bowl" and bake at 350 until done (depends on what you stuffed it with). Top with grated or shredded cheese the last few minutes of baking. If you ever make stuffed bell peppers, you can do the same thing with the squash.
you have planted 1.6 acres of corn! Gads, My accomplishments melt into smoke next to you!
Still waiting for weather to climb out of 40s here
After enjoying 6 days of beautiful Florida Gulf Coast weather, my daughter and I returned to frost/freeze warning in Virginia :-(
Weather is supposed to be much better starting Sunday. I had hoped to get some tilling done this weekend, but my poor husband has his head stuck under the hood of not only his pickup, but also of my car. Our normal 3 vehicle household is down to one - it is not fun. Without the pickup, I can’t go and pick up the tiller I’m borrowing.
That is an amazing vehicle.
Talk about hiding in the bush.
We planted purple and green varieties.
The purple is bigger and performs best but I’d recommend planting both...
Have cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and romaine lettuce coming along nicely. They survived the frosts this week nicely, can’t say the same for my basil.
Have tomato, San Marsano, Mortgage Lifter, Brandywine and Sweet 100, and pepper, Pepperocinni,Habanero, and California something or other, coming along nicely. Was actually pleasantly surprised at the germination rates especially on the peppers, got at least one in every cell.
I just re-sodded my front lawn and have been trying hard to keep it watered so it wall “take”. I’ve been praying for rain...
It just DID! :-)
Oh, my! Those look delish!