Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 21, 2013
Posted on 05/24/2013 3:09:29 PM PDT by greeneyes
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Well, just when we thought that good weather was truly here, we had a dip in the temps down to the 40's. Not good for the melons or tomatoes.
I got a lot of the beds prepared. Potatoes planted, peanuts planted, corn planted, watermelon planted, peppers planted, and rosemary.
Melons didn't flourish. So I'll try again with the extras. Tomatoes I went ahead and just brought them back indoors in the 3 inch pots.
Lettuce and spincah is growing like crazy. High winds Monday broke one of our young apple trees in half. So thankful we avoided the tornadoes-they passed north and south of us. Hope you are all well and not unduly put out by the stormy weather too.
Have a great weekend. God Bless.
Greeneyes your weekly thread here is golden—or would that be green instead? (’
Frost warnings tonight in Northern Ohio. Glad I haven’t planted anything yet!
Pinging the list.
Maybe both.LOL Golden waves of grain and plenty of greens.LOL
Frost advisory here tonight but I doubt we’ll get it.
We dropped to 32 this a.m. It was not as bad as forecast, thankfully, as the fruit trees are in full bloom. The next couple of days will be lucky to see 60F but the nights won’t go below 40. The chickens are finally heading out to the chicken tractor on Sunday...4 more weeks and they’ll be in the freezer. Late springs focus a lot growing into a short period resulting in more color. The Lilacs are having a banner year all across the northern midwest.
Boy ain’t it the truth! LOL
Anyone up there in the northern climes using cold frames to harden off the seedlings before planting to the garden?
Ping to the list- you’ll be added.
Hope you are right.
How old are your chickens when you process them? Around here they get ordered around easter and processed in September.
Everything is doing pretty good. I got some damage from the storms to my sunflowers and the tobacco got a little beat up, but everything is growing well.
The tobacco finally started growing UP instead of out. I harvested the bottom leaves and they are hanging in the kitchen to cure.
And we got another 1/3" of rain today. The drought is officially over as far as I'm concerned.
My daughter-in-law and I skirted that Oklahoma mess on Monday when we were coming home from that area. Stopped in Nevada MO and St Jo Mo and spent some time- many large trees twisted and down. One huge tree we saw barely missed the house it was near. Another one missed most of the house but not the large porch. Sad to see. Sad for the homeowners too.
Roses were in full blown in northwestern Arkansas. Of course- it is just that being in south central Nebraska the roses are still to come. We have been having trouble in the day time getting very much into the 60s; That will change soon enough and we will be melting.
I don’t really use a cold frame. I use something similar, except I use a row cover instead of glass. That way sun and rain gets through to a certain extent, and it doesn’t overheat or get sunburned.
I also have a side yard that gets a limited amount of sun, so I put a lot of plants from the indoors out there to adjust.
Knock on wood. Hope that drought is really and truly over for all you guys.
In other news, we had a horrible storm with hail and strong winds earlier this week. My neighbor lost his porch roof and we were without power most of the night ... I got to try out my new lil generator from Harbor Freight. It worked! The next morning I discovered a lot of my corn plants lying on their sides. I tried lifting them up ... waiting to see what happens.
I came home from doctor and x-rays about 11:30 and bout died in the heat, fortunately I set the A/C to come on before I left.
I'm gettin impatient watching these maters, I am about ready to pick some for fried green tomatos this weekend. We have been eating green onions for a few weeks, but not picked anything else yet. I am really looking forward to see how well the watermelons and cantaloupes do since this will be our first time.
Hope everybody came through the Ok. and Tx. storms okay with no damage or injuries. Praying for those involved and for those lost.
This Cornish/Rock cross we got this year take 8 weeks after the chicks arrive. We remove the food at night as they will often outgrow their legs if left unchecked. This is our second year doing chickens. Last years breed took 12 weeks. This years “frankenbirds” growth rate is amazing. We may do a second run as we now have two chicken tractors in use...which make a marvelous mulch in the garden.
Glad you made it through the storms.
In the 80s here also, but feels like it’s hotter. I weeded, lopped branches off crepe myrtles, mowed my entire yard, then weed-whacked just the back yard today, before I finally had to call it a day. When I got in, my clothes were drenched through to my skin. A shower revived me, but I dread the long, hot summer that’s starting. Oh, my aching back.
LOL. You might want to plant some sort of early tomato that matures in about 60 days, and go ahead and start it indoors too. I always have trouble waiting for the maters too.LOL
I hear these are a really good cash crop and great nutrition even if you don’t want to sell them.
They’re only about a $1.50 a lb at the market. I would never sell them, but I sure do love to eat them.
I love pecans. Good luck with it.
We have been having a good bit of slow drizzling rain over the last two weeks, and most of the spring, actually. We have grass runners going toward the bare spots from the drought and we trans-planted some grass plugs along with spreading some grass seed earlier this spring that is also doing good. Slow rain and spreading grass runners are important to us because we live on a hill were erosion control is important. At the height of the drought, our soil was like beach sand for about a foot deep or more, and we have a shaded lot with very little sun. There was no sign of recovery last year, even though we had plenty of rain.
We did plant 3 Early Girls that are covered with maters. The Brandywine and Big Boys are bigger and closer to ripe. There are other varieties, but I don’t remember which is which. It is a year of experimenting with varieties for us.
And then I pulled them up and used them for ground cover and compost.
It seems to be working ok.
Praying for everyone suffering from tornadoes, too. Our onions look great but I don’t understand things that are underground. Glad you’re enjoying your green onions!
Holycow! I hope you get pecans in the future!
Here in the southern reaches of Puget Sound we had a teaser of hot weather, then back to rain, wind and 60s temps. We’ve had good asparagus yields plus the beans, tomatoes, strawberries, peas, and cukes are all starting well in spite of the cool conditions. Our 92 rhododendrons are blooming beautifully. Compost is king.
I am always so impatient in spring, because I have all this beautiful lettuce and spincach and no tomatoes that are ripe for the salad. LOL.
Sounds like a potential for a great year.
I thought I had been banned from the thread...
I have seen green gold... but the jeweler told me it was brass
It’s at 70 here now but was higher earlier. And muggy! We got about 1 1/4” of rain this afternoon. That’s good so I didn’t have to water the yard. It’s been so hot that I’ll take this weather any time.
The poison whatever has mostly quit itching and is starting to heal. Still haven’t figured out what it was but the lettuce patch is gone, gone, gone.
Have blooms on the volunteer tomatoes and squash. Something ate the new transplants - again. The corn is starting to make.
Would you do me a favor and keep those weeds in Texas!!!
Hey, I thought you were banned. ;)
All the planting is done; we're mostly in the gathering and weeding stage now. Mrs. fidelis has lots of tomatoes green on the vine, but it seems to me they're taking their time ripening up, except for the cherry tomatoes: they've been producing steadily, if not meagerly. We got lots of squash too, mostly zucchini which is great because it keeps me fixed for zucchini bread. Mrs. fidelis has a low carb recipe for Z bread that she's been slowly perfecting.
Sorry to hear about everyone's horrid weather. Our stormy season comes in July or so with the summer "monsoons". It can get nasty, but it's extremely rare to get tornadoes, etc.
We cheated this year and bought tomato plants from the store instead of starting them from seed. We’re trying to sell our house and I didn’t want the mess. Anyway, my 7 year old daughter and I split the first cherry tomatoe from our garden this afternoon. I almost cried tears of joy it was so good! Hope you don’t have to wait much longer!
I don't know how much rain I got since the glass tube to measure it was in the kitchen to be cleaned. It's still there.
I had planted plants in six Miracle Gro bags and set them in the garden. Squirrels and birds ate the seeds out of four bags. One remaining bag is, I think, sweet peppers growing well. The other bag is, I think, Jalapeno peppers and they are growing well. No veggie on any of them yet.
The decision is, grow in containers covered with bird net and forget garden dirt. I have more heirloom seeds from Terroir Seeds and until two bird nets get here, nothing is getting planted.
I got the grow bags to put potting soil mix in as homes for the seeds and will set them in the dirt garden but that isn't going to happen until the nets get here. I'm not losing seed to animals murdering seed again. Seed is a living thing and animals (I include birds in animals) are murdering them. I would need many tombstones out there for all the seeds murdered.
The huge, round, composter came and I'm leaving it in the box as my son comes for a few days visit next week and he gets the pleasure of putting it together. He and I also need to load it with all those leaves that are everywhere and the whole garden area, including the upper deck and lower deck (lower one has a roof), needs cleaning up.
I'm still reading and learning and won't be planting until the son leaves to work on his documentary film, this time filming in Dallas.
Oh, yes, I've had ripe cherry tomatoes to eat. It's nice to know nothing has been sprayed on them and no one has handled them except me, the master gardener (to be). The Roma tomatoes are still growing and I have managed not to lose any from the freaking birds and squirrels.
Marcella if you can mulch up those leaves with the mower and get them in smaller pieces for the compost the better and faster it will break down. I didnt do that with my oak leaves and they are taking a lot longer to break down to compost but next time I’m gonna mower them down first.
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