Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 48 NOVEMBER 29, 2013
Posted on 11/29/2013 3:57:22 PM PST by greeneyes
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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.
Thank you so much for the update! I hope your mother is having a wonderful time. :)
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? (’
I think you nailed it, from Wally garden center to Lowes, Home Depot. :)
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..
See post #2
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.
Thank you very much for the update! She knows we worry if she’s MIA!
Yay, tobacco!!! P.S. Our Berkey arrived this week!!!
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.
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.
That’s a shame. Quail are delicious.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Walmart on Black Friday? Your mother is braver than I am! Hope she had fun.
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!
Thanks for the thread
That sounds lovely!
Son and his bride live in Seattle and they are outdoors people.
This seemed to make more sense to us vs. shopping.
I saw that you had one so I had to be a copycat lol!
I love being outdoors. I’ll take it any day over going to a mall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Good news on Berkey. Let us know how you like it.
My step grand father used to raise quail. My dad used to hunt them. They are good to eat.
I have no doubt that you will be rewarded for your efforts.
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.
No fun, but I did find a nice jacket for half price that matches my gray corduroy pants.
When it comes to preparedness, it is wise to copy Marcella. LOL
Thanks so much for the beautiful picture. Love the flower.
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.
Simple is more! These are the pleasures of life that are so helpful to having a great life. JMHO
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.
Beautiful Amaryllis you have there. We just put our 2 in the greenhouse to over winter for next years blooms
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