Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 42, OCTOBER 18, 2013
Posted on 10/18/2013 1:07:54 PM PDT by greeneyes
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My replacement batch of cabbage seedlings got put under the cold-frame today. We had enough rain that the extra batch of wheat I sowed has germinated and started coming up from last Friday. Rain barrel is full, life is ticking over adequately.
Does anyone here have experience growing dahlias and EATING the tubers? I’m trying to grow edible plants wherever possible in my front yard.
Ha! Good one!
Ping is on the way. Marcella has a bunch of pictures on photobucket that she would like posted. I don’t really know how to do this, if someone would give me some instructions, I would try to do it for her.
It’s a nice day today in the 60’s and sun is shining. Well be down in the forties and high thirties the rest of the week, with chance of rain on Monday.
I have dug up and transplanted 5 peppers and 2 tomato plants to pots to bring in to the house. Will be setting up the indoor garden this weekend. I like to line the cart where the light is with aluminum foil.
I have tomatoes, peppers and watermelons still trying to ripen. I will be getting some plastic to try and take advantage of the sun shine and heat up the environment enough to try and accomplish that.
I have the bed prepared for the lettuce, spinach and carrots, should have already had that going by now. I need to finish clearing out one of the tomato beds to prep it for the garlic.
Gotta make hay while the sun shines-except I need the first frost before I plant the winter wheat. Probably will wind up planting more rye than planned, if I get tired of waiting for the wheat.LOL
Have a great weekend. God Bless.
Depending on how low the temps get tonight it may well be the end of gardening in the garden proper for this season. I picked over a bushel plus of beans yesterday and today, got the sweet potatoes dug and sorted. Hopefully it won't get too cold to zap the fall snow peas that are in full bloom. Tomatoes and green and yellow hot peppers picked and await some kind of processing... Last watermelon picked ... now wait for the leaves to fall to get collected for IF I put out a big garden next year mulch.
Oh weeded one of the strawberry beds and mulched with sawdust earlier in the week. They look really happy to have those weeds removed.
Dang I am exhausted ... a very cold rain has moved in and the plants I would like to save over the winter have been put in my tiny greenhouse. My body is ready to hibernate until spring.
How do I put my garden “to bed”? Right now, it looks like Miss Michelle’s garden.
Well that’s kinda fancy, and sure does look pretty. I was thinking along the same lines though. Hubby usually has some plastic around for his concrete work, and several of those lights that have a metal case and hook to hang up when you work on cars.
I have a small stockpile of 100 watt bulbs, and I was thinking that I could kinda do that. We have an outdoor electic recepticale on the retaining wall just about 4 feet away from the tomatoes.
It should work to hurry stuff up a bit. Tomatoes don’t do much other than hang on when the nights get less than 50. If Mo. weather acts like usual we could get a freeze, followed by Indian Summer like weather with high 70s in day and 60s in the night.
And a lawnmower.
Generally, I just pull up the big stuff and compost it and then till in the rest.
On the no-till part of the garden, I pull up the big stuff to compost and just leave it with a top-dressing of yummy bacteria food.
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Ha. No. We grow dandelions in the front yard, and roses for our edibles.
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You throw this stuff on a compost pile? My tired-looking tomato plants?
As long as it doesn’t look like Miss Michelle, you’re doin’ good!
As usual, a dollar short and a day late. Have at it!
I do run my compost pile pretty hot to kill off bad bacteria.
Those metal case lights would be a good idea. I might get me one of those as there’s a place to hang from in the corner. I see what you mean about them just hanging on though. We’ve only had 2-3 tomatoes since we moved in in Sept., but boy, oh boy, even though they weren’t quite as tasty as the hot summers ones, they were still better than anything store bought. So I hope we can get a couple few more anyway. Maybe I’ll get two (or ten!) of those metal case lights. -lol-
/johnny (not appleseed)
Anyone know of some veg or edible plant to put in a shady spot? I don’t understand if glads can grow there that beans should. I figured beans would grow up to the light and be ok but apparently not. Well, not when critters eat them but still.
Ha! Try to put Rinos in if you can catch them!
Apples don’t reproduce true from seed.
What you can do is find some rootstock and/or someone who is familiar with grafting and graft some sprigs of your tree on to some appropriate rootstock.
What you may have is the rootstock itself. Since you mentioned you let it grow from the root.
IF so, then just root some cuttings next spring when it starts to bud out. Lots of places on the net that give advice/tips on that. My only added tip would be to pick a root/transplant day from the farmers almanac calendar.
Well, here’s what I do-can’t swear that it is any good. I rip out all the old plants. Those that look diseased (cukes and tomatoes usually)I put in the burn pile.
The healthy looking stalks and stuff either get added to the compost heap or I just dig a trench in the bed throw in the plants and cover them up.
Then I either pile on a bunch of leaves on top, or plant them with winter soil improvers like winter rye or hairy vetch. In the around late Feb or March I plant red clover to turn under for green manure a few weeks before planting.
Non-hybrid apples do great from seed. This is a non-graft, so that doesn't apply.
I always feel like hibernating with a cup of hot coffe, tea, or cocoa etc once the winter comes. I hate cold weather. I try to avoid going out side at all till spring.LOL
Miner’s lettuce, and chives grow well in the shade.
Go for it. Get several started so that if something gets one maybe the other survives. Nothing to lose by trying.
These aren’t the apples the tree used to produce before I cut it down. The neighbor seems to think I’m getting the apples the rootstock originally produced.
Seems to be pretty thorough. Since you don’t really know what type of apple you have your best bet for reproducing that particular one seems to be grafting or just rooting some sprigs.
If you don’t know of any other apple trees nearby planting the seeds would probably work too although they might not be that *exact* variety.
It sounds like what you’ve got is a ‘rootstock’ plant though. And if you like that one enough to eat it if it were me I’d just take cuttings and root them. No need to graft on something tolerant of cold or soil diseases as that’s why things are usually grafted.
Everything I’m reading says 30% germination for apple seed is pretty standard.
I’ll plant a couple dozen. If they sprout I’ll keep a couple for myself and give the rest away.
Most fruit seeds do need a season of cold before they germinate. Some also like to be lightly scored.
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You really know what you are doing. Sadly, I couldn’t even find winter rye when I looked for it several years ago...
I, mostly, keep a herb garden. Most of them come back the next year. But I’m getting rid of my tomatoes and eggplants and I usually just dump them. They get kinda nasty at this stage...
Another item: Polk Greens. We have poke greens that grown up to 6 foot tall around one of our walnut trees. Hubby and his family love poke salad and stir fried poke with bacon grease and onions.
I started an asparagus bed this year as well. In a few years I’ll actually be able to eat.
I’ve got a couple of pear trees that produce good pears but I’ve got to cut them down because whoever planted them put them too close to my well pit. Thinking about replacing them with paw paws. (I’m a fan of natives)
My cucumber plant is producing A cucumber.
Yeh, I don’t usually compost my tomato stuff, because by this time it has ugly stuff starting to attack the leaves.
I have no experience with egg plant.
Hello Miss M. . . . Lowe’s and Home Depot carry Rye Grass seeds.
I’ll send you the info. by regular email right now.
—Hubby and his family love poke salad and stir fried poke with bacon grease and onions.—
Your hubby sounds like a southern guy.
Thanks. I’ll get it. I’ve seen it but I thought maybe it wasn’t the correct thing. I’m probably the worst gardener the world has ever seen - that’s because I don’t know any other gardeners. Sad, really!
Ha! We had two squash plants, same thing. A butternut! But it was good... :)
I started an asparagus bed several years ago until I ran into my waterline.
Anyone know what pepper looks somewhat like a habenero but a wee bit larger and only mildly hot? Too hot to eat straight but a nice flavor used in a dish. It starts out very dark green and later a dark red. It looks nothing like the packets I planted.
Thank goodness for the rain. Lake Travis has risen more than a foot but upstream at Buchanan only about an inch last I heard. We’ve had about 1.25” inch nearly every day so the tomatoes are bursting. It sprinkled again this morning just enough so I can’t get out there.
When Wayne was here, he set the stuff on the new camera I got, so I knew what to click to take a picture. It hooks to my computer so I got them in “My Pictures.”
Then, it took me forever to get them on Photobucket. I don’t have the upgraded Photobucket so had to sit through a commercial every time before it loaded one picture, did that picture after picture. I got them all on there with labels on the pictures, then I quit.
I figured someone would know how to get them on here.