Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 16, APRIL 19, 2013
Posted on 04/19/2013 1:07:02 PM PDT by greeneyes
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This weekend is predicted to be perfect for outdoor work though. I will be concentrating on patio cleanup which involves lots of leaves and green shoots that the squirrels have been pulling off the trees as well as some leftover fall leaves-more compost for the garbage bag compost experiment.
We have finally received most of the seeds and plants we ordered and have been busy with starting seeds and planting/protecting the plants.
The peanuts I received are only showing a 1O% sprout rate, so I will be exploring non-GMO heirloom seed companies for peanuts. If anyone has a particular company that has peanuts, please let me know. I did a search at Baker's Creek Seeds, and didn't find them.
I did run across this list of companies late last night that I thought someone else might also be interested in exploring.
Hope all is going well with all of you. Have a great weekend. God Bless.
Pinging the list.
Sign me up! I love gardening but as I grow older, my patience with insects and weeds grows thin.
Nearly five inches of rain scraped some of the gravel away from the blacktop on our downhill driveway. Some of the asphalt is undercut.
I’ll be working on this repair this weekend.
Look at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange:
I’m going to order the ‘Georganic’ because they’re supposedly more disease resistant than the traditional heirlooms but aren’t GMO.
This might be a good one too, supposedly more cold tolerant and earlier than most peanuts :
Haven’t grown either variety and haven’t done business with the last company but they’re supposedly OK according to ‘Tomatovillians’.
We have a tornado watch until 10 p.m.!
Will do. Patience wears thin for me too lately. Fortunately, I don’t have many weeds to deal with. I use raised beds and plant the plants very close together, so the weeds can’t grow.
I will put you on the list - I only ping once a week(Friday afternoon), but the thread keeps going till the next Friday.
Got another 9” of snow this week, but not before last week’s single-storm & April-total records setter was gone.
It was sort of dry just long enough to see a couple of garlic coming up, before everything was buried again. More rain & snow in the forecast until Tuesday.
On the positive side, we are no longer in the Exceptional Drought status, but on the border line between Moderate Drought * Abnormally Dry. More rain & snow in the forecast until Tuesday.
Oh yeh, I forgot to mention the gusher we got this past week. Torrential downpour, flash floods, all day and all night. We didn’t have any damage though.
Hubby was wishing he had got busy with getting the swimming pool up. The rain came so fast the guttering was over run too.
Thanks so much for the links. I’ll try them for sure.
Well, the reduction in drought classification must be the silver lining in the rain clouds.LOL
I hate when that happens, and it does happen often around here. In fact, the surrounding towns call us Tornado Alley, because we have had so many tornadoes that have hit somewhere in town. Shopping centers, Schools etc.
We actually lived in our house for 35 years before we put guttering in, and never had a problem with indoor dampness. Of course Hubby built our house, and he made sure to it all just right.
Our interest in gutters was to be able to channel the water better for rain collection.
I am glad you had no water damage indoors.
Johnny is growing peanuts, maybe he has a good place to get them.
The cherry tomato plant I put in a bag of potting soil to grow is almost twice as tall as the one in a pot and the truck is twice as thick as the pot one. It is growing on steriods. The cherry tomatoes on it are twice as large as the ones on the pot one.
Wellll, I’m planting whether the seeds come up or not. See, I can’t imagine a plant growing from a small seed. If any of these seeds grow, Ill change my mind that it works and I can do it.
The seeds I have planted in the ground in the places where the rose plants died and that I have planted in a planter attached to a brick wall and two long planters on the ground are marked by an x. The rest, except the strawberries, will be in the ground in another week for sure. Directions said to freeze the strawberry seeds for three weeks before planting to get a larger number to grow, so Im doing that.
All are heirloom:
x Leaf Celery
x Wild Galapagos Tomato - plant later today
x Romanian Sweet Pepper
x Black-Seeded Simpson Lettuce
x Kentucky Wonder Bean (Brown)
x Zappallo de Tronco Squash - plant later today
x Evergreen Bunching Onion
Alpine Strawberry ‘Ruegen’ in freezer another two weeks
Borettana - Cipolini Italian Onion
Armenian Pale Green Cucumber
Jalapeno M Pepper
Little Finger Carrot
truck = trunk
Does anyone here have chickens in the city? We’re chicken owners for the first time and am confused about the best options for what to put down in the coop and the best way to keep it clean. I’d love any and all opinions to confuse me even more. :o)
The earthbox juniors that I grow the herbs have been planted. They are small tha I can bring them inside if we are expecting a late frost.
That’s a great list - pretty ambitious for a beginning. Great Job!
I just got some tomato plants and the seedlings are still not ready to transplant, plus we seem to be having an extended cold period ie: late spring. I’ll for sure be using the bag method for some of them, since you are having great success that way.
First strawberry blossom popped up! Yay!
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