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WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 48 NOVEMBER 29, 2013
11/29/13 | greeneyes

Posted on 11/29/2013 3:57:22 PM 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!

NOTE: This is a once a week ping list. We do post to the thread during the week. Links to related articles and discussions which might be of interest are welcomed, so feel free to post them at any time.


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1 posted on 11/29/2013 3:57:22 PM PST by greeneyes
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To: greeneyes

This is greeneyes’ daughter. I have lost the password to my account, but I told my mom that I would post here for her so that no one would worry about her.

She went to the eye doctor today, and they dilated her pupils. She is not supposed to drive for a couple more hours. So, she is cruising around the Super WalMart, where the vision center is, trolling for Christmas present ideas.

She will return to her regularly scheduled garden thread later tonight.

God Bless!


2 posted on 11/29/2013 4:00:03 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Thank you so much for the update! I hope your mother is having a wonderful time. :)


3 posted on 11/29/2013 4:04:39 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: greeneyes; Marcella
Thanks for letting us know.

/johnny

4 posted on 11/29/2013 4:06:18 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: greeneyes

You sure she wasn’t up real early this AM busting down the front doors of the local Walmart’s Garden Center getting a jump on those deeply discounted black friday peet moss bales? (’


5 posted on 11/29/2013 4:06:33 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: greeneyes
You are a kind and thoughtful daughter. Thank you! ♥
6 posted on 11/29/2013 4:18:55 PM PST by mlizzy ("If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic Adoration, abortion would be ended." --Mother Teresa)
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To: tflabo

I think you nailed it, from Wally garden center to Lowes, Home Depot. :)


7 posted on 11/29/2013 4:26:22 PM PST by rightly_dividing (Phil. 4:13)
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To: JRandomFreeper; greeneyes

Thanks, Johnny, I wondered why we didn’t have a new thread. We will have to pass a law among us that greeneyes can never leave her house from about noon on Friday until about 11 p.m..


8 posted on 11/29/2013 4:27:32 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; Alkhin; ...

See post #2


9 posted on 11/29/2013 4:30:40 PM PST by rightly_dividing (Phil. 4:13)
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To: Marcella
Setting rules for freepers would be like herding catz.

My feral tobacco plant is growing like it had good sense. In fact, I need to repot it to a larger pot tomorrow. This thing may survive until spring.

/johnny

10 posted on 11/29/2013 4:31:05 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: greeneyes

Thank you very much for the update! She knows we worry if she’s MIA!


11 posted on 11/29/2013 4:43:42 PM PST by Silentgypsy (Mondays should be outlawed.)
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To: JRandomFreeper; Marcella

Yay, tobacco!!! P.S. Our Berkey arrived this week!!!


12 posted on 11/29/2013 4:45:28 PM PST by Silentgypsy (Mondays should be outlawed.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Do you have any experience growing Elderberry Trees from Seeds? Do you know if it is normal for them to produce true, without grafting?

Same for Chokeberry bushes from seed?

I am considering adding some for food for our quail. The population is very low because of the drought. It will take some time to rebuild.

Thanks for any advice my friend.


13 posted on 11/29/2013 4:57:38 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil
No, I don't have any experience with that. It doesn't cost anything to try them from seed, though.

Fireants have hit the quail population pretty hard, too. I don't remember the last time I flushed a covey when out walking. When I was a kid, I did all the time.

/johnny

14 posted on 11/29/2013 5:01:07 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

That’s a shame. Quail are delicious.


15 posted on 11/29/2013 5:03:10 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Silentgypsy

I am so glad you have that. It will sterilize any water you find down to muddy water in a ditch. Use regular coffee big filters to filter out as much dirt/gunk as possible, then put it through your Berkey and it’s pure.


16 posted on 11/29/2013 5:14:58 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: JRandomFreeper

Did not know about the fire ants harming quail.

We have fire ants, but not terribly bad. At least not in our tight land farms. In sandy land farms it seems worse.

When I was growing up, we were serious quail hunters. I remember my father hunting almost every day. One of the last years I was home before moving away after college, he hunted 47 of the 54 day season. He had a great English pointer, a really smart animal.


17 posted on 11/29/2013 5:40:36 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: trisham; sockmonkey; greeneyes; rightly_dividing; All
Four more seed packets came and this finishes what I got. Some blackberry plants will come whenever it's right for them to send them and I'll get some herbs from Lowes in early spring.

My plan is to have early spring food to eat and mid-summer to eat and fall/winter to eat. Will it happen - who knows?

Here are the seeds:
Tokyo Cross Hybrid Turnip - 35 days to eating them - got them because they are an early spring crop and are still good ones to plant in fall. They can be harvested when two inches across.

Tomato Fourth of July Hybrid - ripens here in June to eat.
Also have some cherries that are really early.

Tomato Better Boy Hybrid - 72 days to eating

Tomato Burpees Long Keeper - 78 days to eating for me in fall then wrapping the tomatoes to last six to twelve weeks.

That's the plan but figure in too much rain, not enough rain, too much sun, not enough sun, etc., etc.. and hope I get some tomatoes at some time and some of the veggies I plant actually produce.

18 posted on 11/29/2013 5:44:53 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: greeneyes

I really hate having my eyes dilated. Every time I go to the eye doctor, i make some excuse as to why they can’t do it day (Riding the Harley home, Too Sunny, etc etc)

I suppose i shall have to submit to it sooner or later!


19 posted on 11/29/2013 5:45:30 PM PST by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Marcella

A few days ago I received a catalogue from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. I plan to spend some time looking at my options for next spring, and I hope that this season I will be able to start my seeds much earlier. This season, seeds for cherry tomatoes and jalapenos are definitely in, along with lots of basil and chives. Not so many summer squash, because we had so many last summer that I grew sick of them. Some parsley and cilantro are musts.


20 posted on 11/29/2013 5:51:30 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: greeneyes

Walmart on Black Friday? Your mother is braver than I am! Hope she had fun.


21 posted on 11/29/2013 6:01:13 PM PST by Ellendra ("Laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt." -Tacitus)
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To: trisham
Wife and son, plus his wife and I visited Fiery Fork State Park, just north of here for an afternoon hike. The Little Niangua River feeds through the park and the hillsides feature several glades with remarkable stone outcrops and unique trees.
We packed a picnic basket with some TG leftovers and a bottle of Bogel cab. We were warmed by a surprisingly warm afternoon sun. The park is primitive and some of the trails hard to follow but deer were in abundance and we caught the gobble of several wild turkeys.
Down on the river front, a beaver had left a half dozen pointed saplings stumped, with the tops carried off somewhere.
22 posted on 11/29/2013 6:04:55 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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I’ve just now gotten the last of the tomatoes canned. I’ve been waiting for a day when I could have the kitchen to myself. Sure enough, as soon as I started somebody came home and started crowding me out. I managed, but I had to make a big dinner for everybody, too, just so I could have my space.

My plantar fascitis has been killing me the last few days. Being on my feet all day is just what I needed!
*whimper*


23 posted on 11/29/2013 6:06:22 PM PST by Ellendra ("Laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt." -Tacitus)
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To: greeneyes

Thanks for the thread…


24 posted on 11/29/2013 6:06:22 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: Eric in the Ozarks

That sounds lovely!


25 posted on 11/29/2013 6:07:15 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
I misspoke.
The Missouri Department of Conservation calls this place a “conservation area,” not quite a state park, which explains the primitive aspect of the place.

Son and his bride live in Seattle and they are outdoors people.
This seemed to make more sense to us vs. shopping.

26 posted on 11/29/2013 6:12:29 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Marcella

I saw that you had one so I had to be a copycat lol!


27 posted on 11/29/2013 6:12:53 PM PST by Silentgypsy (Mondays should be outlawed.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I love being outdoors. I’ll take it any day over going to a mall.


28 posted on 11/29/2013 6:23:32 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
We sure couldn't have asked for nicer weather this late in November.

btw, we've been getting garden catalogs awfully early and, even though we just recently cleaned out our raised beds, the seed starting bug has bitten.

I think we'll stick to more traditional tomatoes and peppers next year; stuff we can use everyday.

From three plants, I have enough ground paprika powder to last several years.

29 posted on 11/29/2013 6:31:06 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Yes, I’m definitely going with the tried and true this coming season. We did have some luck with our Cherokee Purple tomatoes last summer, but not as much with our Brandywine. Our yellow hot peppers were all right, but we missed having jalapenos. Rosemary is a sure thing this season as well.


30 posted on 11/29/2013 6:39:47 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
We started paprika and pimento peppers last winter and they were all productive residents of our raised beds. The thing is now, we are “long” on dried and ground paprika...I think we could have a pig roast and supply sufficient spice for pork.
Winter's still ahead and the only thing that would put off outdoor grilling is hail, which we're sure to avoid for now. I like to cook ribs and roasts over charcoal. Life is good.
31 posted on 11/29/2013 6:47:09 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

We have a sage plant in one of our deck planters that has somehow survived the last few winters. Container planting seems to be working best for us lately, so that’s a consideration when I’m ordering seeds. Grilling is an option as long as the deck isn’t too deep in snow and the temperature isn’t too low. We also have a smoker that we use during spring, summer and fall.


32 posted on 11/29/2013 7:13:26 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: greeneyes
 photo 959e30f3-d0de-48ec-9516-a9c9899042a5_zps7644f726.jpg Merry early Christmas everyone.
33 posted on 11/29/2013 7:14:07 PM PST by murrie (Mark Levin: Prosecuting stupidity nightly.)
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To: greeneyes

Hello. First time poster here. Any recommendations for dent corn for home-gardening? I’ve tried “Bloody Butcher” in the past. Bought an inexpensive grain mill and enjoy making my own corn-meal for corn bread. Thanks in advance.


34 posted on 11/29/2013 7:39:32 PM PST by alphabeta
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To: greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...
Pinging the list.

So sorry. I had intended to send Johnny a freep mail to let him know that I might be delayed, and ask if he would post for me, if I didn't get done in time.

This was the only day that I could get my eyes checked prior to my Doctor's appointment on Monday; I sure did not want to hit the road on black Friday. I almost NEVER go out on black Friday. I was dreading it.

Turns out it wasn't too bad, I guess the big crush was on Thursday night and this AM. It wasn't too crowded, and I even managed to get a space close to the door. I was at the vision center for 5 hours.

Long story short, there were problems with their computers etc. Then I had forgotten about the dilation thing and needing to have a driver or wait. Boy oh Boy, I also forgot that those drops sting like crazy.

Thanks to improvement in my distant vision, my RX has changed again. I am no longer required to wear glasses for driving, yahoo! However, I do see better with glasses, until my right eye improves again.

We had a great Thanksgiving. Lots of food. Surprised my daughter with some home grown rosemary for the turkey. She says it is powerful compared to what she usually gets at the store.

Had some stir fry with homegrown onions and peppers on Wednesday. Still picking some persimmons each day to eat one or two. Nothing beats a fresh one off the tree.LOL

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, and will enjoy the weekend. Have a wonderful weekend. God Bless.

35 posted on 11/29/2013 7:39:42 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: tflabo

I don’t do mornings. Sometimes I just barely get to sleep by 4 or 5 AM. I never go out for sales with the idea of beating the crowd. LOL


36 posted on 11/29/2013 7:41:52 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Marcella

During this time of the year, no law is needed. I have to be dragged kicking and screaming, or else have a major responsibility that can’t be delegated. Otherwise, I hibernate till spring or warm weather, whichever comes first. LOL


37 posted on 11/29/2013 7:44:40 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Silentgypsy

She asked me why I didn’t just wait till I got home, and I told her that there are some people on the thread that will be worried and disappointed if someone doesn’t post the thread.


38 posted on 11/29/2013 7:46:23 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

I was pretty smug about my home grown rosemary for my turkey too! Hubby got a kick out of me being so proud of something so simple.


39 posted on 11/29/2013 7:47:21 PM PST by Tammy8
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To: Silentgypsy

Good news on Berkey. Let us know how you like it.


40 posted on 11/29/2013 7:47:21 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: trisham

My step grand father used to raise quail. My dad used to hunt them. They are good to eat.


41 posted on 11/29/2013 7:49:06 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Marcella

I have no doubt that you will be rewarded for your efforts.


42 posted on 11/29/2013 7:51:04 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: left that other site

I had to drive 30 miles to get the vision exam. No way am I going to put off anything. Got to get it done. Besides, I wanted to make sure there was nothing optical behind the headaches I’ve been getting.


43 posted on 11/29/2013 7:52:56 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Ellendra

No fun, but I did find a nice jacket for half price that matches my gray corduroy pants.


44 posted on 11/29/2013 7:54:50 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Silentgypsy; Marcella

When it comes to preparedness, it is wise to copy Marcella. LOL


45 posted on 11/29/2013 7:57:41 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: murrie

Thanks so much for the beautiful picture. Love the flower.


46 posted on 11/29/2013 7:59:55 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: alphabeta

I haven’t really done that yet. I just love eating corn on the cob so much, that we never have any room for dent corn.

I do need to experiment though, because I would like to make my own corn meal. It’s the only way that you know for sure that you aren’t getting GMO or pesticides.


47 posted on 11/29/2013 8:02:44 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Tammy8

Simple is more! These are the pleasures of life that are so helpful to having a great life. JMHO


48 posted on 11/29/2013 8:06:02 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

I was in the garden for a few minutes today and noticed about 95% of my Garlic is up. The Vetch is growing slow due to the low light conditions this time of year but I’m sure the roots are working overtime. We’re hoping the grandson comes by tomorrow to empty the heavy deck planters. The Lady and I both have stressed our shoulders on the smaller pots plus she has lot of pain in that worn out hip that will need help soon. The weather continues to be unreal nice for this area that normally never sees the sun but I’m sure we will be on water rationing next summer unless we get a few massive storms.


49 posted on 11/29/2013 8:28:39 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: murrie

Beautiful Amaryllis you have there. We just put our 2 in the greenhouse to over winter for next years blooms


50 posted on 11/29/2013 8:30:54 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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