Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 4 JANUARY 25, 2013
Posted on 01/25/2013 11:53:34 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.
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There's not a lot of gardening to do right now other than planning and taking advantage of some sales. However, some of the warmer regions are no doubt beginning to start seeds indoors.
Black Agnes has sent me a link about technology, I thought I would share it with you in case you missed it:
What's going on where you live? Have a great weekend. God Bless.
Pinging the garden list.
I swear I only posted once!
Working hard on getting my aquaponics system set up in time for spring which is very soon here in SC. Some of my started plants are already begging to be outside. Hoping this cold snap is the last for the season.
Started snowing about an hour ago here .... we should get 1-2 inches so it won’t cause any havoc beyond tonight when the idiots who don’t know how to drive in a little snow try to get home from work. The ground is frozen (what? I don’t think it froze once last year!) so it’s all sticking. The most “happening” place around ... the birdfeeders! Put out suet cakes today with the usual black oil sunflower seeds so the birds are really happy!
I’ve gotten beyond being a ‘snow lover’ .... a barn full of horses to care for some years back cured me of that! I’ll take a mild winter any time .... this one started mild, but has been getting colder. Evidently, the first week in Feb. we have a good chance of a couple of snow storms. Before then, the middle of next week should see temps in the 60’s .... aaahhhh .... my kind of winter weaher! Right now, all I can do is look longingly at the frozen, snow covered spot where we’ll be putting in a new garden this spring!
I replaced my tiller this week. Found one that was refurbished, with a warranty, and saved about $200 on it (along with my veteran's discount).
Only problem was the tines were installed backwards when I got it, and it took me a full day to figure that out. It beat me half to death before I figured that out.
Slowly, I'm getting my winter tilling chores done, when the days are good.
Nothing moving. Frozen Tundra, LOL!
I am getting my Garden Center all set up for Spring seed starting, though. The first weekend in February are when things start to rock around here for that.
At home I am enjoying forced Paperwhites, and my three Amaryllis are in glorious bloom! My Christmas Cactus are done for the season and resting, after putting on a gorgeous display.
Starting some salad greens and micro-greens indoors under lights and I always have sprouts going. Green Goodness in a dark Wisconsin Winter.
The month of February is always the l-o-n-g-e-s-t one for me, despite the chocolate and jewelry gift aspect of it mid-month, LOL!
It’s 73 right now. Highs for the next week are supposed to be in the mid 70’s as well. It isn’t time to move stuff outside yet BUT it means all the blueberries and other stuff will be budding out. Hopefully we won’t get a hard freeze after they bloom. Who knows. This is the reason pretty much nobody in our general area got blueberries last year. We covered ours with plastic tarp for the 2 coldest nights and were the only game in town wrt blueberries.
I am going to try to root some cuttings once they do come out though. And start things that need to be started in cooler weather in flats on my porch. IF it gets brutally cold I can just bring them in for the night. I’ve got a bunch of echinacea, lavender and strawberry seeds to get going.
Sadly, all the warm right now means the bug population probably will NOT get appropriately zapped this year. For the second year running. *sigh*.
I am ready for all the cold snaps to be over too. Trouble is, we still have more than a month of winter left, and we have actually had snow in March and April once in a while.
I used to commute 150 miles round trip to work. I don’t miss dodging the idiots. LOL.
I am still dreaming about adding a garden room to the house on the backyard patio, so that I can just walk directly into it from the house, and grow all my favorite herbs and flavorings.
I’d especially like to have at least 2 more lemon trees. I love fresh lemon juice on so many things.
We don’t have a tiller, so we just kinda make do with what we have. My raised beds don’t really need it anyway, and Hubby is converting some of his garden patches to raised beds too.
In Oregon spring comes early then shuts down and then finally summer will come late as well like end of June.
If you are lucky you can get the garden going before the 2nd batch of rain soaks the ground making gardening/tilling impossible.
If you miss it, then the garden gets a very late start, but the good news is summer usually runs long into September and October.
This year I'm going to start early inside, I still want a green house someday. Maybe this year I can budget some $$ for it.
I also discovered Hops this past year, grew several varieties and they are very easy to grow here. They were growing several inches per day last year and our last batch of beer was very good using them.
This year my plans are some giant pumpkins, any advice?
I’ve planted some carrots, winged peas, some bulbs and flower seeds along one side of the garden shed. I’m getting ready to start some beets and radishes, all of these are and will be in pots. The I’ll begin on a pile of debri I started some years ago. I’ll pile a bunch of soil intil I have a neat garden area and fill it full of all sorts of perrinels. Lots of poppies, day lillies, and any other reseeding flowers. I still have some money seeds from Carolina Mom and I’ll spread those around too, as If i needed to...I’ve found they spread themselves, in the veggie garden, the lawn, you name it. On one side of the garden shed I’m planting some TX A&M maroon bonnets. Oh, I found a black, or nearly black iris and will plant a couple plus other flowers, because the “maroon bonnets” won’t last but a few weeks. Oh, I forgot, I’m going to plant some onions in the front raised garden, as soon as I remove all the oak “seeds” acorns. They are every where this year.
Maybe you could post some pictures of the blooms? We also just kinda kill time around here during January and February.
Mid April is technically the time to do our seedlings for the tomatoes etc, but I usually do plant some things earlier to get a head start, and then just grow them in the pots and bring them in and out during the warm days before our last frost date.
I will add you to the ping list. I don’t have much luck with squash, pumpkins, or watermelons.
I hope that one of our other gardeners will be able to help you out.
Of course, single guys can do that. ;)
No flowers here, except for Russian Sunflowers, and the old flowers that were here 50 years ago, and come back every year. If I can't eat it, I don't plant it. Except for tobacco. ;)
Hi johnny. Good to see you. We’re pretty busy with our community garden. We’ve had it plowed, found some interesting stuff during the planting. On old, rusted, bent horseshoe, some plate shards, thick glass from soemthing, other stuff used with horses. We disked a small area and one of the fellows planted 3 rows each of mustard greens and collards. We’ve put 4 raised gardens in the mid-back for the youngsters, then we’ll design the rest. I want both, raised gardens and in ground gardens, even acouple for wheel chair participants.
We also get large swings in temperature. Just recently we had 50 and 60 degree weather bookended by below freezing temperatures.
I think that the bugs here have been roundly zapped this winter.LOL.
We cover our blueberries and strawberries etc. too. However, the larger fruit trees often have a problem and get zapped during a spring cold front. Years ago we had a big peach tree, and we would only get a good batch once every 4 years or so.
I am not sure whether the dwarf trees we planted are supposed to start fruiting this year or next. I’ll have to check with Hubby-they are his babies.
I grow my indoor plants on the southwest side of my office which is in the basement. They are in front of the sliding glass doors that leads to one of our patios.
I would like to build the greenhouse so that it is attached to the house, and I can just leave the door open and walk in and out during the day.
We also have windows facing southwest upstairs in the kitchen and the utility rooms. These I would like to replace with greenhouse windows and fill them with herbs, green onions, chives, etc.
Married people can be flexible too. Now that the kids have moved out we have lots of room to be flexible.LOL.
We’re thinking of putting dwarf fruit trees in the front yard as part of a edible landscaping strategy. Dwarf because they won’t get massive and becuase they’ll be easier to cover in the event of an unseasonable frost. Right now I’m leaning to the disease resistant dwarf apple trees from Jungs. Possibly some dwarf low chill hour cherries from Bay Laurel as well. We’ll have to see how our financial situation works itself out next month. Definitely in the list are a couple semi dwarf ‘Warren’ pear trees. Those are supposedly one of the best dessert pears and also one of the most disease resistant varieties too.
I’ll have to investigate my strawberry bed after the past 2 days of upper 60’s/low 70’s. It’s time to grub it out and move the runners into more appropriate places.
Any particular varieties of herbs you’re starting? I’ve got some ‘plain’ rosemary seeds to start but i’ve seen some of the ‘foxtail’ plants in various places online. Those look wonderful. Any experience with the gourmet varieties?
We’ve got a mole family that’s been doing our tilling for us. I’m agnostic right now because they eat SVB grubs. We’ll see how I feel if they get in my strawberry bed.
The south end of the kitchen is almost like a greenhouse, with all the windows facing every direction except north.
We were putting the nut trees in the front yard, but couldn’t ever get any of them to grow. We have tried all sorts of flowers and shrubs over the years too. Nothing ever surivives.
I am thinking we should try some Paw Paws. They are native to Missouri, and I thought they might actually survive. I have never tasted the fruit, though. They say it tastes like a banana. I’d kinda like to try the fruit and make sure I like it first though.
That’s good to know. They’re kinda spendy too. Dependable is important.
I think pawpaws are the one i’ve heard smells like dead animals when it blooms. You might verify that because I can’t remember for certain. There was one tree we considered planting in our back yard but nixed because of smell. No sense making enemies of the neighbors.
I GOTS to have those, and I prefer to have them grown in my own garden.
Some things, like peppercorns, and cinnamon, I obviously can't grow here, but the others, I put a lot of effort into having fresh on the property.
That matches my ‘to do’ list fairly accurately. Except for the lemon grass. I’ve seen seeds and plants for that. Any preference? Does it take For. Ever. to grow from seeds or is it just easier to buy the plant?
WoW, A flash from the past Diana! Good to see you posting on my favorite thread.
I regret that I did not design a bigger window in the kitchen when I was working on the house plans, but at least I did put 5 feet of window in the utility room.
We did make the patio footing such that we could add on a room or greenhouse to the back, so we are seriously considering it among other things such as a cistern or root cellar/storage shed etc.
Any suggestions on using lemon juice? I picked about 40 lemons this year to try dehydrating lemon zest (I don't think it's going to work out). Left a couple hundred on the tree. I've still got probably a gallon of juice frozen from last year.
I haven't figured out how to take close up pictures with my camera, but here's a shot of a lemon tree beginning to bloom to brighten up the thread.
My fall Amelia tomatoes continue to produce.
And some lettuce.
Yikes! I’ll have to check that. I only want good smells. Well, I will accept the smell of manure in the spring.LOL
Good to see another north west gardener join the forum. I’ve been growing veggies on the shores of Humboldt Bay for almost 60 years and tried Dill’s Atlantic Giant “Pumpkins” but we don’t get enough heat units for them. I think the biggest one was around 80 pounds. Can’t grow tomatoes here either without being a masochist of some sort.
I know all about FALSE SPRING and ours came in January this year. It is usually February...
Do either of you know anything about growing hibiscus for tea or bay leaf? I drink a hibiscus tea to help my blood pressure, and bay leaf is one of my favorites to use in soup.
Not much happening here. My job interview went really well, and the second interview went even better, but then the company’s client backed out, which meant the job I was applying for no longer existed. So, I’m back to planning out my 3-season gardening campout.
The person with the corn variety I want still hasn’t updated her list for this year, so I emailed her asking if she was going to offer it. There’s an alternate variety, but I’d need to order before February to get the free shipping deal, so I’d like to know soon.
Still the highest bidder on the freeze dryer I found. The auction site was down for several days, so the auction got extended. Otherwise I’d have it by now. When i go to pick it up, I might see what their glass labware is going for, and get enough to distill my own water.
Got one project brewing. Years ago, my dad was in France as part of his job, and really loved this raspberry drink he tried. He said it was raspberry cognac, but when I looked it up nothing like that existed, so I think he meant cordial. So, mom and I got a fancy glass bottle and some ingredients, and I’m making it using my own home-grown raspberries that we had in the freezer. There were several recipes, the simplest one being just equal parts fruit, sugar, and vodka.
Wish we had a few degrees of your warm weather. Thanks for the pictures.
I bought a handful of about 18” stalks 12 days ago and put them in water. The ones in my aquarium, in front of the south window, have over a foot of new growth. Actually, make that the one in the aquarium, as the other one went in the ground an hour ago. Haven’t tried seeds, but rooting stalks in water seems to work pretty well.
We have several of the cheddar cauliflower plants this year. They taste just like regular cauliflower, but a little sweeter. Store got them by mistake, but I’ll take them any day.
That’s good to know. There’s an upscale grocery store not far from where hubby works. I’ll have him look for some of the stalks along with some gourmet sweet potatoes. We’re going to try growing our own sweet taters this year.
I got some hibiscus seeds from tmseeds.com this year but I have NO idea if they’re the tea/edible sort. Maybe one of the forums at gardenweb would know?