Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 47 NOVEMBER 23, 2012
Posted on 11/23/2012 10:54:50 AM PST by greeneyes
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Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I am thankful to report that Applegate Ranch has reported that JDAB is alive and well. Thanks for the research AR.
I am still eating on the homegrown tomato harvest which is now various colors of red and only a handful of small green ones. They made an attractive holiday display.LOL.
Got almost all of the rye and winter wheat seeded. It was so warm this week, that I took off all the row covers for 3 or 4 days and let everything soak up the sun, wind, and rain. It kinda looked like spring and felt that way too.
Have a great weekend. God Bless.
Pinging the list.
Right back at you! It is just a glorious day today.(big smiles all around).
It is lovely here too! I have to work this afternoon (which means using the car) but maybe this evening I will take a little zip on the Harley.
Daughter has to work. Babysitting with grand daughter. Another Grand daughter just came in from college, so had to chat and catch up.
I have just been putting up some dried herbs in jars today too. I have quite a few seeds from 2011 harvest. This year’s crop was pitiful, so didn’t get too many seeds.
It’s a cloudy 74º in the Hill Country today.
I moved the majority of my potted plants into the greenhouse for safekeeping. All the pepper plants are still producing, and I harvested my first batch of peanuts yesterday.
Sounds like beautiful weather. I am going to try peanuts again in the Spring. We didn’t have very good crop in 2010, so I’ll work on soil and hope for better return.
Hope you’re enjoying your weather. We went from low 60’s yesterday (record highs here) to down into the teens overnight. Darn near from summer to winter overnight. But hey, it’s not often you can sit outside and eat your Thanksgiving dinner in comfort. :o)
Got a question about rosemary. I found a package of rosemary seeds a couple of months ago, and planted about 24 in pots. 4 or 5 came up, 1 has survived, and it looks pretty good.
I'm keeping it outside in a 3" pot, and we've had one frost so far, it survived it well, but the thing isn't even an inch tall.
What in the wide, wide world of sports do I do with it over the winter? Bring it in? Replant it in a larger pot and leave it in a protected spot?
I've had bad luck with rosemary on this property, neighbor's is doing great.
The Chinese climate model did a remarkable job with the drought during the summer. I have no idea if the models correct are not with its winter forecast but it shows a pretty impressive pattern for the East Coast. In fact if the Chinese models correct this would be a historic winter for most of the East Coast as well as the Tennessee Valley and the lower Midwest.
The nice part of saving seed is that you can shape the characteristics of the plants.
Took advantage of the warm weather and the day off to put the garden to bed for the winter. Still have some Russian Kale, chard and collards.
I don’t think it will survive indoors. It is too dry. I have had no success over several years indoors.
I am not sure what zone you are in. I am in zone 5-6. Mine is planted out doors in a sheltered spot behind the house to see if that will work.
I have a cement retaining wall in back of the bed, and Milk Jugs of water on the sides(works better if painted black). It faces south west. I covered it with a row cover which is good down to 28 degrees. This lets in a good deal of sun and moisture, so I don’t have to adjust it on a daily basis.
As the weather gets colder, I put a second layer of row cover on it, and cover it with straw as needed. Sometimes I cover it with a thin, old styrofoam matteress about 3/4 inch thick. If I have an unusually nice day, I roll the cover back and let the full sun in, water etc.
This has worked well for my winter garden in the past. I have grown lettuce and a few other crops year round this way. I am hoping it will work for the rosemary.
I have also been giving some thought as to how to rig up a light bulb in case we ever get a colder than usual winter. Course, I would really like a green house, but no way to afford it, so I just improvise with what I have.
If you get sunny days, and have a bunch of rocks, these can be stacked around it with some sort of cover that lets in the sun. Plastic might have to be adjusted to avoid too much heat. The rocks will absorb the heat in the daytime, and release it at night.
Define HISTORIC, please. Would that be cold, mild, other?
Took advantage of the warm weather and the day off to put the garden to bed for the winter.
Something very satisfying about these simple activities; It always makes me feel a certain sense of accomplishment to get the outdoor chores done.
“Historic” for us would be very cold and a lot of snow. :-(
I'm in 8a, nominally, but my microclimate on the north of the property can get much colder than the rest of the property.