Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD
Posted on 11/02/2012 11:55:57 AM PDT by greeneyes
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 wont be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnt asked.
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Prayers up for all our Freepers in the areas affected by the storm.
Have a great week end. God Bless..
Pinging the List.
2nd crop of potatoes are growing strong. I just picked some tomatoes, and pulled some of the 3rd crop of radishes.
Lettuce is failing, but hey, not everything works well.
Now I know what’s been happening to my green beans. The fall crop started out good but then it started disappearing. Hubby was sitting out one evening and saw a couple yearlings stop by for dinner. He just watched them without shooing them away.
I put up 2 quart baggies of sliced bell peppers yesterday.
Don't forget to vote - and vote like your life depends on it (it does).
What!!!! A Non-Political thread. Sounds like complete manure to me.
Just getting my seed order together for next spring. With the economy looking like it might crash no matter who is elected, I’m ordering early this season. (and expanding the garden)
Please add me to the list....
Love it that you’re still getting tomatoes. That will be me next year! We’re building 24x28 sun room onto the west side of our house. The foundation is poured and the forms were stripped yesterday. I expect all of the floor joists will be in place when I get home this evening. WooHoo!
I’m hoping to clean up the tomato vines and get my garlic planted this weekend.
LOL. I would be happy with a 6x10 right against the house on the back patio!
What is you temperature today, and when does your season usually end?
You really need to figure out a way to get him to get with the program?
When we get to freezing, I’ll still have some cool crops next to the back patio, backed by a retaining wall and covered with row cover. As temps get lower, I’ll add a layer of straw.
I’ll also grow some spinach,lemmons,peppers and tomatoes indoors.
Last week I went to Mississippi (Wed. Thur. and Fri.) to check on my house and property and mow the lawn. Every thing is fine and in good shape. I did bring back a couple of big garbage bags full of lawn cuttings and leaves for my raised bed. Beautiful weather. My wife says that I can’t go back until hurricane season is over. Every time I have gone back a hurricane has hit the U.S. - They seam to know where I am and follow me except for Sandy! Prayers up for all the people in the northeast and in it’s path.
MANURE = The Other BLACK GOLD! LOL
You’ve been added to my list.
JDAB and Ellendra, Fyi for your lists.
I am soo jealous. I would like turn my basement patio 10x24 feet into a sunroom. No bucks to do it though.
I vote with your wife on hurricanes.LOL Glad all is ok with your unoccupied residence. Have a good one.
Quick and dirty...small but minimal work and expense
We are in our Cleanup Season and this year we will bypass the composting as age is taking it’s toll on both of us. I pulled the cornstalks and will let nature take care of them while my wife pulled a large bed of Statice and mulched a flower bed with them. I will plant a cover crop in the beds that the deer can’t get to. I have never had Garlic be this far along for this time of the year and I am going to take the row cover off and put down the bird netting to keep the Skunks from digging in the rice hull mulch as the Remay is not garlic friendly at this stage. OH MY... Lady Bender just brought me a Hot Brandy with a slice of lemon on top so I’m taking a timeout ...
THANKS!! I think I actually have enough carpentry skills to build this one and I like that it has some height to it. We also have enough scrap wood & ‘cattle panels’ laying around, would just need the plastic. Hmmmmm .... you’ve really got me thinking about this!
It is ingenious, I really want to try it.
Thanks what a great Idea! Nice video!
I got my sweet potatoes dug, my guess is around 200 lbs. I still have lots of clean up left in the garden before the ground freezes solid.
I ran across this story and wondered if you had seen it. I do not know if this is any where near you as cats hunt. The drought may have forced some animals to seek new territory to hunt.
Greetings from western PA. It finally stopped raining after a week of hurricane Sandy’s effects. My cabbage plants both green and purple look glorious with the raindrops glimmering on their leaves. My marigolds do well in the mix of 40’s temps and rain. However it’s supposed to drop to just above freezing tonight so I brought my potted plants of marigolds inside. It will go back up to 50 degrees by Wed and I’ll set them back outside. I try to keep them going every year as long as I can, then harvest the flowers for storage for planting in the spring. Marigolds don’t do well inside with the furnace on, so I eventually cut the stalks and put them in a vase for decoration and to dry out.
If it don’t rain tonight I will dig sweet potatoes and turnips tomorrow. Still a few carrots coming up. Otherwise garden is ready to be put to rest
Ellington is about an hour or so away. Thanks for the link. I had not heard that we had an occasional Mountain Lion.
I see a fox come through my backyard now and again, and my daughter hit a deer driving to work. I also read a while back that we have some bears now too.
Glad to hear that you and your plants are doing well.
That looks pretty good - same concept!
I posted a reply to this several hours ago, but computer has been slow all day, and it appears it never finished posting. So sorry - I wasn’t ignoring you.
I too just don’t have the energy to do a lot anymore. My composting consists of dumping kitchen scraps, some shredded paper or fall leaves on top, and the occasional dump of a pot of flowers that have finished blooming.
That brandy sounded good - have never tried it hot. Hope you enjoyed it.
Planting more pansies this afternoon.
I doubt you would see this big of a cat unless it wanted you to. Anyway, it is at least confirmed there is one in your area, and more than likely where there is one there are more.
I admire your industry. All I will do this weekend is peek under the row covers to see if anything needs a bit of water.
Thanks for the link. I showed it to Hubby. He is really interested in it.
Beautiful day here and I have waited all day for the cable guy to call. Grrrrrrrr
Yes my plants are doing well. Temps were 40 degrees today no rain and the kohl plants will hopefully keep their leaves thru the first big snow, whenever that comes.
We are working hard to finish our back porch remodeling job. It had been enclosed by the previous owner into a storage room and had a roof leak that rotted the plywood siding walls. Lovie wanted a screened porch, so I ripped out the outer load bearing wall and rebuilt it, along with an end wall that has the rear entrance storm door. It's finally down to the painting, then the screening. This porch is where we will move all the container plants to for winter. Last year, when it was a falling down storage room, we hung (2)48" grow light fixtures connected to a timer that gave the plants 12hrs of light automatically every day. Our plants survived the winter in better condition than ever and because of that, they had a great year this year outdoors. We will use staple on plastic sheeting for wind resistance and may place an electric heater in the on real cold nights. Over the course of this project, I had to learn some basic brick laying skills, move and add new electric outlets(dealing with HOT wires) insulate the ceiling, and stretching screen yet to come. Before and after photos will be posted after I am finished, shortly, I hope.
Looking forward to the pictures. My granny always had a back porch or side porch on their house in rural areas. It usually was a lean to style with one wall being the house, and waist-high window and 1 door on the other walls.
In addition to an old fashioned mud room, there were always several plants. There was an old fashioned table, basin, and a bucket of water with a dipper.
You could not enter the house for supper, until you cleaned up at the basin. Before bedtime, you had to wash your feet in the basin too. LOL.
Sure wish I had one of those porches here.LOL.
Would squirrels do that? I would think they would eat the peanut butter/oatmeal though. You have a mystery! Keep me posted, I am curious.LOL.
The state of my 2013 garlic crop as of 12: 56am this date. It germinated 98.932% which is .032 better than Rush Limbaugh's honesty rating with the Sullivan Group
So it was a RAT?
Not just any Rat GE!!! This guy is half the size of a Possum (almost) I think it is a Wood Rat
and I picked what I think is the last of the salad cucumbers and cleaned out the garden shed and found another dead Rat
Great Pics. Wish I had some of those raspberries. We have tried for 3 years in a row to plant some, but they all have died.
Wild Blackberries and some thornless blackberries have done okay though.
RATS - Don’t remind me. DemocRATS poured out of the woodsheds last yesterday, and I am still in shock.
Need advice for trans-planting dwarf blueberries, rasperries, and largger stuff now in 15 gallon tubs, like meyer lemons which shoud look like a tree but looks like a good yielding bush, and a mandarin organge tree with fruit turning orange.
San Antonio. Caliche soil. Should I leave them in the pots or put them in the ground?
Really need to make a decision.
He filled that hole under and around the plants with topsoil he bought by the truckload from a farm. The blueberries had to have acidic soil which he tested with a tool he got from Walmart. One of the local garden supply stores sold him the stuff to add to the soil.
Hope that helps. Friday I will start a new thread, and maybe one of the more experienced gardeners will have some advice, if you re-post your question. I also rely on College extension office for my state, so you might want to check that out too for your state university