Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 46 NOVEMBER 16, 2012
Posted on 11/16/2012 10:38:39 AM PST by greeneyes
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Well, it’s hunting season now, so she may be off on a trip.
Our Mayor was working on that here last I heard. He called it a community garden though. It’s a great idea.
I just hope she’s ok.
Well, that could be, but I am suprised she hasn’t posted since August. I have to get online here at least once a week. LOL.
She’s been MIA for over 3 months. When FRiends go missing that long I worry.
In TX, we’ve had a few night light freezes and daytime temps of 60s. So far, knocking on wood, everything survived. I’m leaving what’s left of the “deer’s” beans to dry so I can replant next spring but I’m moving them to an inside fence so Dufus 1 and Dufus 2 can pretend to guard them. There are tomato plants popping up everywhere. Still not getting tomatoes from some of the ones I started last December so will till them under in a few months and start over. Harvesting mustard and spinach. Kale looks to be coming on so might get some before it gets too cold. Planted some elephant garlic a couple days ago.
Well, there’s harvest and then there’s hunting. She could be just very busy. I hope it is nothing more than that.
Once again, I want to thank you, greeneyes, for taking charge of the gardening thread!
My usual response to stress is to work on getting closer to a self-reliant homestead. So as I’m sure you can imagine, the gardening bug has bitten rather hard since the election, and about 3 months early. More than once I’ve even found myself browsing wistfully through LAST YEAR’S seed catalogs. This is going to be a long winter!
Earlier this week I went out to my land with a load of carpeting to lay down, since the landscape fabric I’ve got isn’t quite up to handling those weeds. I have a neighbor who farms one end of my land, and it seems he’s got a new hired hand working for him, one who never quite learned how to color inside the lines. Thankfully the only thing that got shredded was one end of the landscape fabric, I would’ve been really steamed if he’d gotten my saplings!!! Still, I think I’m going to have to come up with some kind of fence for that area. It’s going to be rustic, I lost my job last February (and because it was due to medical reasons, I was told I didn’t qualify for unemployment, and my disability insurance only covered one paycheck instead of 3 months like they promised), so I’m going to have to build this fence out of whatever I can find on the land or scrounge up on craigslist. There are some woven willow fences that look really cool out there!
I figure I can fence off a 6-foot strip of land that was cleared but shouldn’t have been. That would put it about where the edge of the field used to be. All that nice cleared land can’t be allowed to go to waste, of course, so I’ve got my graphing paper and seed inventory out and am planning what to grow there. That edge of my land is a little over 250 feet long, so at 6 feet wide, that’s about 1500 square feet of gardening space! Plus, If I can’t find a job I’m going to be camping out there most of the time, so hopefully I can make a little off of selling my extra produce. There’s a local-foods store that buys from individual farmers and gardeners, and they’re usually short on cucumbers.
This also gives me space to expand my seed supply, some of the “survival stash” varieties I have, such as hulless oats, I only have a little packet of the seed. I’d rather have 5 pounds or more, so that if I have to I can grow enough to live on. (Oats aren’t the only grain I have, I’d be doing that with lots of things.)
The person I want to order popbeans and flour corn from still hasn’t posted her seed availability for this season yet. I’m starting to get antsy waiting for the new seed catalogs to arrive.
You are welcome. I am happy to do it. I do feel a little discouraged not and then since we have so many who used to be regulars, that don’t post any more.
However, I really appreciate those that do all the more.LOL.
Yes, planning is a great stress buster. Also, cleaning and organizing is a great way to get rid of tension. Something very satisfying about taking a drawer or cabinet, taking everything out, sorting and reorganizing/cleaning it all up.
JADB just stopped pointing during a discussion of her extensive Solar Panels. I have run a few search engines to see if I could her but nothing showed up.
That’s right. She was having them installed this year. I wonder if she is having trouble with them?
Yeh, It is kinda a worry. She was really going to be busy, so I wasn’t suprised at first. But then as time went on and no one heard anything it just makes me concerned.
Only thing I can really do is pray and hope for the best.
I’ve checked JADB’s posting history: nada, so she isn’t just ignoring us.
I’ve FReepmailed twice, with no reply.
I looked up her phone number, and called, but only got a machine, and no call-backs.
I’ve checked her local area newspaper online, but no mention of her or her family. Sort of good news, since no accident reports or listed obituaries involving her.
I’m going to try sending a Thanksgiving card via snail mail, and see if it’s ignored, comes back, or whatever.
Unfortunately, I have no idea what area of Montana their other place is located, so can’t do much about searching there.
Thanks. Hoping all is well for her.
This past week has been yard cleanup. Last mowing of the lawn for the season and leaf pickup. There are around 18 trees in the front yard and a few more on the west side of the house.
All trees are naked now except for an oak, a willow and a Bradford Pear. I use contractor heavy duty trash bags to store the leaves until I can put them in the compost. These bags will be placed in between the blueberry plants to ward off the roving deer who love to prune the plants.
Yesterday I got my first new seed catalog for 2012/2013.
Thank you for your diligence and knowledge of the internet. She posted some great photos.
Ellendra, wishing you the best of luck in selling your produce. Hello to the list from western PA. Overnight temps are below 30 degrees and we wake up to frost on the lawn. The purple and green kohl plants are hardy enuf for the low temps. Everything else was cut back and made into sprigs we call tussie mussies.
Hubby usually just mows over the leaves and lets them stay on the yard. I pick up a few and stuff them in the compost pile on top of kitchen scraps.
We’re kinda lazy when it comes to leaves. LOL.
Good to be back after a long tough campaign season. My guys didn’t win but we gave them a good race.
Garden is put to bed, didn’t even have time to put any greens under the tunnel or get my grains in, so it’s completely empty except for the herb garden and the jerusalem artichokes.
I discovered a website via my facebook awhile back called Cultured Food Life - http://www.culturedfoodlife.com - and now I am brewing my first batch of lacto-fermented vegetables. Will let y’all know how it goes.