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WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 2 JANUARY 11, 2013
Free Republic | Jan 11, 2013 | greeneyes

Posted on 01/11/2013 11:16:21 AM PST 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 won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked.

It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and that is part of the fun and interest. Jump in and join us!

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TOPICS: Gardening
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Greetings from Missouri. It's a great sunny day; above freezing, and the snow has melted just in time for the next snow storm coming in tonight.

Nothing new here on the gardening front. I am enjoying the green green winter wheat. On a day like today-it looks like Spring.

Black Agnes has a link that you might be interested in regarding regulations coming down the road:

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020075438_treefruit07m.html?syndication=rss

Have a great weekend. God Bless.

1 posted on 01/11/2013 11:16:40 AM PST by greeneyes
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To: greeneyes

Phoenix is expecting hard freezing temperatures the next four nights, so we’ll be covering up the roses, the hibisci, and the lemon tree.


2 posted on 01/11/2013 11:22:34 AM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Pinging the Garden List.


3 posted on 01/11/2013 11:25:20 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Pinging the Garden List.


4 posted on 01/11/2013 11:26:14 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Pinging the Garden List.


5 posted on 01/11/2013 11:27:18 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Bumpity


6 posted on 01/11/2013 11:28:22 AM PST by JDoutrider
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To: AZLiberty

Is this unusually cold weather for Phoenix?


7 posted on 01/11/2013 11:31:32 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Snowing and windy in northern Colorado.


8 posted on 01/11/2013 11:37:50 AM PST by real saxophonist (I show my friends my 1911. I show my enemies my Glock.)
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To: JDoutrider

I have forgotten the exact name of that granny’s thread. Do you remember it?


9 posted on 01/11/2013 11:40:33 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: real saxophonist

I went out in shirt sleeves for a bit at noon. It felt good, but the temps will be going lower fast later on today.


10 posted on 01/11/2013 11:42:20 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Mid 20’s during the day in N Idaho. We had 12’ of snow which melted away, but two more inches last night.

We have sheltered our rosemary and it is doing very well....rest of the garden will have to wait...

Great weekend to all....


11 posted on 01/11/2013 11:43:14 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: greeneyes

It is a balmy 54 degrees today in the Florida of Iowa. Got some very much needed soaking rain yesterday. Checked the garlic/onions/shallots, none of them have heaved out, next week I might put a little straw/leaf mixture on the rows to prevent that as the weather looks to get a fair amount colder.

Just tried some of my batch of fermented vegetables, they were quite tasty. Put radishes, horseradish, potatoes, carrots, dried tomatoes, dill and coriander seed this go around, plus some ground pepper. Mmm, spicy!

Also bagged up some sprouts and starting another round tomorrow.

Starting the 1st of my plants the 20th of January. Can’t believe it’s already that time!


12 posted on 01/11/2013 11:54:25 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! [You can vote Democrat when you're dead]...)
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To: illiac

I shelter my perennial herbs etc. too. I really should have uncovered them for a bit today, but I didn’t catch that it would be so nice on the weather report, and didn’t get out and get it done.

I’ll try to do better next time.


13 posted on 01/11/2013 11:57:20 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Free Vulcan

We had a few days of precipitation this week too. What seeds will you start first?


14 posted on 01/11/2013 12:02:35 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

The original:

Home gardening offers ways to trim grocery costs [Survival Today, an on going thread]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts


15 posted on 01/11/2013 12:05:36 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! [You can vote Democrat when you're dead]...)
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To: Free Vulcan

That’s a great link; looking forward to reading more of it this weekend. Thanks.


16 posted on 01/11/2013 12:11:36 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
Is this unusually cold weather for Phoenix?

They're calling this the coldest spell since the winter of '88, nearly a quarter century ago.

17 posted on 01/11/2013 12:25:30 PM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: greeneyes

Still just counting the days until spring. The restlessness is getting to be unbearable.

I do have a job interview next week, if that goes well it will change my gardening plans. I was looking forward to camping out for months at a time, but maybe they’ll have a part-time position and I can get the best of both worlds?

Spotted something on the university’s auction website that I’ve been watching for for a while . . . only now money is so tight I’m trying to find a way to justify getting it. There’s a freeze-dryer being sold, starting bid is $20 and so far nobody’s bid on it!

I did get parts to build some book-sized spinning wheels. If the job doesn’t pan out the plan is to try and sell those. There are several specialty yarn and spinning shops in the area that might be interested.


18 posted on 01/11/2013 12:26:45 PM PST by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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To: greeneyes
Glad you're having a sunny day. A sunny day after snowing is just beautiful.

We had some rainy days early this week, then three nice sunny days, but then comes rain until next Thursday.

We got some new grow lights and seed starting soil and are planning to get started Sunday afternoon or Monday. With a week or two of procrastination, that should work out just about right.

19 posted on 01/11/2013 12:38:22 PM PST by rightly_dividing (Left behind; 4 Americans in Libya)
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To: AZLiberty

Wow, 1988, seems like a blink of the eye, and it’s already a quarter of a century almost. Time truly does fly.


20 posted on 01/11/2013 12:43:31 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Ellendra

Prayers up for the job interview.


21 posted on 01/11/2013 12:44:57 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: rightly_dividing

LOL. The older I get, the more procrastinator I get. Funny how that works.LOL.


22 posted on 01/11/2013 12:46:03 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Indeed we are enjoying unseasonably mild temps here in Central Missouri. Personally, I wish it turn back cold. I’ve got work to do outdoors and until the ground freezes again I can’t get where I need to be without rutting things up something awful.


23 posted on 01/11/2013 1:18:37 PM PST by Augie
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To: greeneyes
Thread #1:

Home gardening offers ways to trim grocery costs [Survival Today, an on going thread]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=9901

Thread #2:

Is Recession Preparing a New Breed of Survivalist? [Survival Today - an On going Thread #2]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2181392/posts?q=1&;page=1

Thread#3:

Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition [Survival Today - an On going Thread #3]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2299939/posts?q=1&;page=1001

24 posted on 01/11/2013 1:25:38 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: greeneyes

Enjoy!


25 posted on 01/11/2013 1:27:06 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: greeneyes

We got just over 4” of slow, much needed rain the past two days. Thank God, but we also need runoff to fill the lakes.


26 posted on 01/11/2013 1:34:28 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (0 bummer inherited a worse economy in 2012 than he did in 2008.)
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To: greeneyes

Some seedlings up and roaring already...broccoli and Purple of Sicily cauliflower looking good, my Iditarod Red dwarf tomatoes are cranking, hot peppers like regular Bhut Jolokia and the ‘Peach’ variety are up, along with both Trinidad Scorpion and the TS Moruga strain. Yellow Devil’s Tongue also up, but still waiting on another Naga Morich...first one had ‘helmet head’, and I couldn’t save it. I was testing my saved tomato seed, and I got 100% germination...now I have these beautiful 8-10 inch plants in the middle of January in Red Hampshire. Swell.


27 posted on 01/11/2013 1:58:40 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Augie

LOL. I feel your pain. We gave that problem too, but we switched gears and Hubby put down a path made from patio squares marked to look like bricks.

A friend gave us several to use and now the path from the North patio to the backyard gate and compost container is no longer a muddy place where grass can’t seem to grow. It looks like a nice brick path.

Also, he cut up some boards to finish a pantry shelf and some dollies for plants.


28 posted on 01/11/2013 2:08:18 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: JDoutrider

Thanks for the links.


29 posted on 01/11/2013 2:09:46 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Praying for rain, and a return to normal rainfall for you and all areas impacted by the drought.


30 posted on 01/11/2013 2:12:39 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Sounds like a good start. Do you know what peppers are used for regular chili powder? Just spicy, not hot?


31 posted on 01/11/2013 2:14:57 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Generally the cayennes...some people also use cayennes for tinctures in case of a cardiac event...a good all-purpose pepper to have around...


32 posted on 01/11/2013 2:24:16 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Someone else mentioned cayenne and heart attacks. I hadn’t heard it before. All I have ever heard is to put an aspirin under your tongue.


33 posted on 01/11/2013 3:01:00 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

10-15 drops of cayenne tincture in water...I did it once for the hell of it...you’ll know it’s pepper.


34 posted on 01/11/2013 3:14:44 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

I finally got some tomatoes and peppers started indoors. They should have been started at Christmas but the moon wasn’t right. Now we’ll see how long before the cat knockes them over. I couldn’t find the jalapeno seeds I wanted so am trying some grocery store jalapenoes that I saved some seeds from - one some unknown jalepeno and a Hatch. Hey, nothing lost and can’t be worse than the RIDICULOUSLY HOT ones I’ve planted the past two years. I have some air drying and used one (no seeds) in a crockpot of chili this week and it made it plenty spicy hot.

Finally baked up and put up the last of the tomatoes harvested at the first freeze.

We’ve had a couple weeks of freezing nights but the lettuce is still popping up here and there. Yeehaw, we had RAIN yesterday! Today was so nice I threw open the windows and the dogs were happy snoozing in the sunshine but it’s supposed to turn cold again tomorrow.


35 posted on 01/11/2013 3:18:26 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: greeneyes

Snow melted off the patio today when the temps hit fifty-four degrees. The kohl plants survived after fifteen inches of snow in western PA since Christmas.


36 posted on 01/11/2013 4:33:47 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: Ciexyz

Yipee Skippy. Survival is nifty.LOL


37 posted on 01/11/2013 5:35:04 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
It is 7 degrees and windy here in the Colorado Rockies. I have a tomato (Fred Limbaugh's Potato Top) growing in a container indoors in front of a big west-facing window. Two tomatoes about ready to pick.
38 posted on 01/11/2013 5:41:56 PM PST by MtnClimber (I did not vote for 0bama, someone else did that!)
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To: MtnClimber

I love growing indoor tomatoes. No pesky squirrels can beat me to them, and I can let them mature on the vine. I really need to figure out a way to get a green house/garden room attached to my house. LOL.


39 posted on 01/11/2013 6:00:43 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

This may be off the trail a bit, but I just ran across this article about using tires for compost containers and I was wondering if anyone had ever used this kind of method?

I’m a total newby to composting, btw. Done a lot of reading, but never actually been involved with it.

http://www.countrysidemag.com/issues/91/91-1/Paul_Farber.html


40 posted on 01/11/2013 7:20:22 PM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: greeneyes

I found this one too.

http://www.countrysidemag.com/issues/93/93-3/kiss_your_compost.html


41 posted on 01/11/2013 7:27:25 PM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: greeneyes

Some red and yellow alpine strawberries, bee balm, and something called naranjilla which will ultimately be a houseplant. Then the hot peppers a few days after that, then the brassicas.


42 posted on 01/11/2013 8:18:05 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! [You can vote Democrat when you're dead]...)
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To: greeneyes

Here’s the rest:

#2: Is Recession Preparing a New Breed of Survivalist? [Survival Today - an On going Thread #2]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2181392/posts

#3:Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition [Survival Today - an On going Thread #3]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2299939/posts


43 posted on 01/11/2013 8:21:11 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! [You can vote Democrat when you're dead]...)
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To: greeneyes
22 0f the 26 Garden Catalogs we have on hand with 3 or 4 still due. We have cut back on the vegetables and increased the annual flowers as age creeps up on us and our appetites wane. We gave over 500 canning jars to a friend and she is off and running. I don't post much on FR as the Slow downloads and uploads are eating into my hobbies…


44 posted on 01/11/2013 8:24:43 PM PST by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: TEXOKIE

I confess I am not a very good composter. We have a patch of land behind the woodpile that is basically a cirlce of chicken wire. Everything just gets pitched in and occasionally stirred. It doesn’t stink (amazingly) and it never seems to get full.

I also have one that looks like a trash can that we put kitchen scraps, leaves, and shredded paper in. It does not lend itself to easy mixing. It also has never been stinky, and in the summer it shrinks quickly.

I suppose the worms do their thing since both composters are directly on the ground. I was quite interested in using some old tires that we had to plant potatoes.

You start out with your soil/compost in a tire and add tires and compost/straw as the potatoes grow. Hubby said the tires weren’t used enough.

That was 3 years ago, and they still haven’t been used anymore. They were studded tires I took off a car and I no longer have to get out in winter since I retired.

Maybe this Spring Cleaning season will be the one where he decides I can use them.LOL.


45 posted on 01/11/2013 8:44:09 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: TEXOKIE

I like this one. It sounds like me. No worry and no fuss. It will all rot sooner or later. LOL.


46 posted on 01/11/2013 8:53:31 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: tubebender

Thanks for your continued support on the garden thread. It just wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t send us a message or two.


47 posted on 01/11/2013 8:56:07 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Free Vulcan

Those alpine strawberries sound interesting. We will have 3 of those 6 foot circle terraced strawberry beds this year to replace the patch we have had for 3 years.

I am hoping to grow something other than Ozark Beauty, even if it’s just in pots on the patio.


48 posted on 01/11/2013 8:59:23 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Free Vulcan

Thanks for the links. I want to start reading them maybe just a few per week.


49 posted on 01/11/2013 9:01:31 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Baker Creek has them in their Garden Berries section. Start them in winter and you have strawberries by fall. Alpines are the best, 1/4 the size of regular ones but twice the flavor.


50 posted on 01/11/2013 9:54:37 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! [You can vote Democrat when you're dead]...)
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