Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 50 DECEMBER 13, 2013
Posted on 12/13/2013 12:25:11 PM PST by greeneyes
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Temperatures are heading down again. Sleet and Snow are on the way again. Please tell me where Globull Warming is again, because our little chill is here again.
Johnny says his is not a normal day. Well I didn't have a normal week. School was closed all week. My grand daughter is a tween, and now suffering from cabin fever, as the snain has been falling for quite some time today.
I am filling up my report with weather, because gardeining is almost totally at a stand still here on the One Acre Ranch deep in the heart of the little chill.
Coming up for Lupper (Late Lunch/Early Supper) is Hash Brown Mix. That's hash browns cooked in fat with all sorts of leftovers-like onions, peppers, ham-anything you need to use up.LOL
My gardening report is simple and dull. I have watered plants, turned grow lights on and off. Inspected the plants, they'll need a bath this weekend. The big excitement was 2 fooled you jalepenos that I picked and added to the pickled pepper jar.
I am hoping for some reports from somewhere of moderate temps, and gardening activites - any pictures of food or flowers would be welcome. If any one is desperately seeking gardening activities for the winter, you might want to check out www.wintersown.org.
They have a method that can get you started very early, and also sometimes some free seeds and small quantities cheap to try out something new. I do not know their religion, politics, or anything else about them, but their method will help you use up those milk jugs you might have been putting off disposing of in the cold weather.
Marcella has posted a good report on the containers on last week's thread. Thanks Marcella. They should hire you for marketing. Thanks to your post, I am now planning on buying 2 sets instead of one.LOL
Have a great weekend everyone. God Bless
Time to start my tomatoes indoors.
It was sub zero the last week in Vegas, going out now to see what died. Maybe my grapefruit tree. I think I saved my Meyers lemon.
Pinging the List.
big burning question is why one of my newly planted indoors Amarylis is about a foot taller than the other two.....:)....I wanted to have them all flowering the same time, for effect...
The stubborn little tobacco plant, repotted. Who would have thought I'd be growing tobacco in December?
Things are back to normal, and I'm back home. Love the grandkids, but I can only handle so much of them.
I had been thinking that I might try growing some sort of dwarf orange. The news was reporting on the infestation that is endangering the orange crop in Florida. I love oranges and grapefruit, but Missouri climate is not conducive to citrus growth.
I got nuthin’. Chickens are well, but no eggs now. That’s all the excitement from round here.
Genetics? Slightly different nutrient, sun, water conditions. I truly do not know, but I have noticed that my plants don’t mature all at the same time indoors or outdoors.
I sometimes really really look forward to weekends. LOL
That's the only gardening I've done since October. :)
Nice picture. Thanks for posting. After all the white around here, it’s nice to see some green.LOL
It looks very healthy.
Do you have a rooster?
Sunday we're supposed to get sunshine, so maybe I can look at my garden and see how the onions fared under the ice pack.
Got a couple of seed catalogs in the mail. I’ll be browsing through them as soon as cookie baking season and the Christmas holiday is over. The week between Christmas and New Years is when I start thinking of what to plant next spring.
Yeah .. amen to the no eggs ...14 layers, eating like pigs, giving up 2 or 3 a day ... maybe.
We are supposed to get a little more of the little chill. Bummer!
My concern is the ones I grow outside get to be about 5 ft tall, and the leaves grow to 2 ft long. That's a lot of space in my little shotgun shack for this one little rebel.
But I feel the need to caution our friends in Florida and California about the dangers of decorating palm trees...be careful out there.
I'm a bad grandpa. :)
We have been getting some too. One of my favorites is from Baker’s Creek which we got this week, and I am restraining myself in order to make headway on Christmas Chores, and Late Fall/Early Spring cleaning. LOL
It’s only one month till I start my seeds. I am excited because I have new heirloom mater seeds to grow. We will only be growing one hybrid this year. Big Boy maters are so good they we will keep growing them. I am reducing the count of seeds that I start since I cannot find anybody to give the excess seedlings to; 280 plants are just too many. One tray of seedlings will still be too many to plant but will let me choose the strongest of each variety to plant.
too young to eat them ... yet .... but another year and a half ....
Thanks for the photos. They are very cheery even if they aren’t food. LOL Stay safe and stay warm. I gotta say that I admire the people who have the fortitude to live in our Northern Midwest States!
Nice pictures. Pretty good lookin landscape. So tell us again, what’s under the tarp?
Gorgeous pictures; thanks!
-lol- Gotta send this one to my sons... they’ll get a kick out of it for sure...
Me too! I have so many seeds left from last year’s purchase that sprouting just a few from each package would exceed all the space I have. Gonna have to do better with the selection process from now on.LOL
It’s not fortitude...we just hate termites. It also provides more opportunities for hermit types.
LOL. Fortitude, termitude, or hermatude. I knew it was one of those tudes.LOL
I'll have to plant the three Ouachita blackberry plants tomorrow in the containers I have for them. I'll go to that website again and get their instructions as they are not in the box. These blackberry “sticks” are about two feet long, each with a root bundle. I got these from Greenwood Nursery on line. I got Ouachita because those grow best in Texas according to my research.
I'll start pepper seeds under the grow lamp in a week. I've got a number of varieties (sort of got carried away by those “bred” for containers) and only one of the regular peppers is hot. I've also got those Fooled You Jalapenos but they don't have heat.
So, I have things to do. rightly, aren't you going to start seeds soon or am I the only one?
Under the tarp: collard greens, chinese kale & a beet plant or two. The collards have been doing the best, chinese kale sort of ok and I think only two beets came up & are not growing. I planted about 1.5 - 2 months late, but I just couldn’t stand bare dirt after I cleaned the garden out. The ground is now frozen here so I’m thinking the plants won’t make it ... but we’ll see. Gives me something to mess around with outside. Recently, it was decided that a 10 year old pile of yard debris should be moved and instead of hiring somebody else using a “Bobcat”, I’m the one who will be doing the digging. I’m hoping to find some good compost near the bottom - plan to expand the garden for next year with at least one, perhaps two 6 x 6 plots. Come on Spring!! :-)
Isn't it amazing what a little sunshine does for the attitude? All I want to do today is huddle up and drink tea by the heater and let my fingers do the exercising. LOL
I’m getting ready to start the cole crops myself. Probably in the next couple of weeks to set out mid Feb & cover with tarp if it gets below the mid 20’s after that.
I’ll probably start peppers/tomatoes sometime in late January/early Feb.
My saffron crocuses all have little poofies of green at the tops of their stemmy bits right now.
That’s a big plant. Do they require much attention?
I'll have to re-pot my rebel at least one more time, because the root balls of the ones I grow in the garden are at least gallon sized, if not larger.
Good thing they don't mind being transplanted repeatedly.
Where do you dry them?
“Ill probably start peppers/tomatoes sometime in late January/early Feb.”
You know this will be the first “spring” planning I have done. I’ve made a sheet telling me when to start seeds of what and I think I remember the peas, of which I have three varieties, have to be started very early, too, like next week. I’ll need to study that paper as I haven’t looked at it in the few weeks since I made it. Too many veggies on there to remember each one without that paper.
With lots of cover and mulch those veggies can survive a lot. It will be interesting to see. There’ a book somewhere around, but I can’t recall the name exactly about 4 season gardening in one of the New England states.
One of the methods involves using a “hot bed”. Basically you use manure/compost pile, put some boards on top, and set the potted plants on the boards, then cover it all up.
The heat produced by the compost helps keep the pots warm enough to continue growing as they drink in the winter sun too.
In the house. I have parachute cord high up on the walls streched across rooms, and when I harvest, it's almost difficult to walk through with all the leaves hanging down.
I only get away with that because I'm a single guy.
I did do some experiments with sun drying some on the chain link fence this fall, but I'm still not sure about that.
I use my garden calendar to write down when I plan to plant everything and other garden tasks and then note on the calendar when I do it. That way I can see everything that has to be done for the month. I also use the notebook, so I've got planting dates, &ct... in two places.
This is the time of year to organize all that.
I need to get a 2014 calendar, now that I think on it.
That picture made me laugh. Naturally grand daughter wanted to see what was so funny. She said, I’ll never eat another cookie.
I think I’ll hold her to it.LOL
“I need to get a 2014 calendar, now that I think on it.”
I did that - went to a place on the web to print each month of the calendar - there is enough space on each day to write what I did. I printed this December, too, since that is when I’m starting some seeds.
At least you remember where the paper is. I made one and misplaced it before I got it filed. Still hoping to run across it as the cleaning project continues.
This was my first seed order in about 5 yrs. We still have plenty in our freezer from the past. This place I bought from really worked out great, lots more seeds in the packet then were supposed to be.
Excuse me please if I dont make any sense today, I am on cold meds on top of my regular stuff. 2X whammy. I went to the Sick Peoples Convention(dr office) the other day and picked up what they had. I really shouldn’t be behind a keyboard in this condition.