Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 48 NOVEMBER 30, 2012
Posted on 11/30/2012 10:59:19 AM PST by greeneyes
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Winter whear grows at temps above 35 degrees, IIRC. Visited all the beds planted for the winter, and they are doing well.
I have the following to harvest this afternoon. Lettuce, parsley, stevia, tarragon, rosemary, and lavender. Indoors I have 9 green bell peppers ranging from pea size to ping pong size. Harvested some basil to dry, and still have plenty left.
Still enjoying fresh tomatoes and lemons from the 2012 crop. Will plant some more spinach and lettuce out doors and start some pots indoors of chives, mint, and spinach.
Hope all is well with everyone. Have a great weekend. God Bless.
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I swear I only posted once, and it took forever, but now there’s 3 pings. Sorry, but it wasn’t me.LOL
Making me jealous?
30 degrees this morning in NJ, no tomatoes for two months, two lemons ripening on the potted tree.
Haven’t even planted bulbs yet, got a new dog who is taking all my time.
Postponed delivery of apple trees to spring for fear of early hard winter.
15 Tetsukobuto squash is all that’s left of my harvest - maybe some arugula out back.
I noticed a day or so ago that the garlic I planted earlier in the month has started to come up. Aside from that there’s not much gardening going on at my house right now.
Work on the new sun room is progressing. The guys got about half the roof shingled yesterday before my wife noticed that the shingles they were using didn’t match what was on the rest of the house. Ooopsy...
Well, I AM enjoying the weather. Just a few days ago we were down below freezing at night, and high 30’s and 40’s, so we’re not all that cozy, but so far enjoying a mild winter. I hope it continues all winter.LOL.
Say I didn’t know that peppers were self fertilizing. Wish I had tried growing them indoors earlier. I think I’ll plant some annaheims too.
I never feel like doing anything with the garden, unless it is sunny and mild. If it is cold or cloudy, I just skulk around indoors, drink coffee, and look at seed catalogs, or read the prepper threads. LOL.
Good news on the garlic then. Mine is up to about 5 inches. I need to get a fence around the 3 sides, but Walmart was out, so I’ll have to check around or improvise.
We got below 30 degrees a few days ago, so I threw some straw on top of the row covers, and it kinda squashed things a bit.
How often do you look at your roof? I wouldn’t care about the shingles as long as I got that sunroom done. My SIL added one to her house, and it is soooooooo awesome.
We have to get a truck for Hubby, and a storage shed to shift some stuff out of the garage. Can’t even get my car in there or anything else. It is so stuffed, can’t get to the stuff when we need it.LOL.
Also have a storage room in the basement that we want to shore up to withstand an EF4-5 tornado. Then we get a cistern or a sunroom, but the money will probably run out before then, and I don’t want any more debt.LOL.
Still counting the days until I can start planting in the spring. I can’t remember ever getting this tense about gardening. There’s something in the air, and I don’t like it.
Finally starting to get this year’s seed catalogs! I’ve been going through last year’s over and over for no reason at all. I just needed that gardening fix.
Thought I had my garden planned out already, but the plan is changing. Last summer I made some zucchini pickle relish for my mom, she’s the only one in the family who eats pickles regularly. I’m sensitive enough to onions that I can’t even be in the same room when they’re being cut, so for the pickle recipe I used frozen pearl onions instead of fresh. Mom said she had been kind of eating around the onion and pepper peices, but a week or so ago she accidentally bit into one of those onions, and fell in love. Then earlier this week the same thing happened with one of the pepper chunks. So, now I’m making room for onions and bell peppers. I already have the pepper seeds in my stash, but I’ll be looking for some eqyptian walking onions to grow this spring.
(Mom says “After eating one of those pickled peppers, I finally understand why Peter Piper picked a peck of them!”)
Tinkering with designs for a pedal-powered garden tractor. Maybe if there’s leftover wood from building my fence I might try making a prototype.
Am roasting two big turnips fresh out of the garden; in the oven right now. Have some lettuce still hanging in there in the garden to harvest tomorrow. - Today is warmish; but we’ve had some real cold nights lately. - On another subject; herbs: I’ve heard that the herbs LOVAGE and BORAGE are good substitutes for cucumber and celery. Comments?
Anyone got coldframes growing this winter? First time for me in central Ohio. Broccoli are starting to sprout heads. So far so good.
I don’t use coldframes, but I do cover my cabbage, broccoli and kale with plastic sheeting when we have a cold front moving through. The residual heat from the ground keeps them in good shape until the weather warms up. Lettuce seem to really like the cooler temps and grow fast.
I always make a refrigerator pickle and put slices of red onion in it. Those onions are my favorite to put on a salad.
Haven’t ever tried the pickled peppers though. Maybe I’ll put up a few jars of pickled peppers and onions next summer.
I had not heard that, and have never tasted those particular edibles. Let me know if you try some, how it turns out.
I have modified cold frame. When the weather is cold, and the sun is shinging, I don’t want to have to go outside to see if there is too much heat building up or something.
So I put raised beds next to a retaining wall for the back, fill milk jugs with water along the sides, and the front faces south west. Then I cover the bed with a row cover and weight it down with wood we have for the fireplace.
If needed I put anouther layer of row cover and/or straw. I only go out to harvest or take the cover off during nice sunny days with mild temps.
The row covers let in light and rain. Lazy daisy gardening.LOL.
“... got a new dog who is taking all my time”.
CONGRATULATIONS!! Maybe by the Spring, you’ll have a gardening buddy right by your side.
You are pretty calm for a lady who is related to the family that won $300,000,000.00 in the Power Ball Lottery this week???
Say what? I heard they were from Missouri, but haven’t heard that any were related.LOL.