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WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 4, JANUARY 24, 2014
Free Republic | Jan 24, 2014 | greeneyes

Posted on 01/24/2014 12:24:31 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!

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Winter greetings to everyone from Missouri. We have warmed up to freezing today. The weather and wind chill has been bad enough that most of the area schools were closed several days this week due to cold.

Our grand daughter's school was open, since their bus routes are not as bad as the other area schools. I did have a couple of days in the 40s that I was able to get outside and do some work.

I saw that a huge strip of Texas was in the deep freeze also. Hope everyone everywhere is doing ok in the freezing weather.

We contiue to get catalogs, and many are from places that are new to us. I am trying to get the indoor cleanup done in January, so that I can spend more time in February planning and organizing for this years gardening season.

Hope you are all doing well. Have a great weekend. God Bless.

1 posted on 01/24/2014 12:24:31 PM PST by greeneyes
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; Alkhin; ...

Pinging the list.


2 posted on 01/24/2014 12:28:59 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

contiue = continue


3 posted on 01/24/2014 12:30:54 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
41F here now, and bright sunshine. It sounds like it's colder in the south of the state.

/johnny

4 posted on 01/24/2014 12:34:41 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I saw pictures on the news that showed cars and streets that appeared to be covered with ice.


5 posted on 01/24/2014 12:40:09 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

We have global warming hanging off the gutters and vehicles here in Texas.


6 posted on 01/24/2014 12:46:07 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: greeneyes
Not around DFW. I'd love to have some precip, even ice. It's dry here.

/johnny

7 posted on 01/24/2014 12:46:10 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: greeneyes; sockmonkey; JRandomFreeper; rightly_dividing; All

It’s 35.7 right now and the weather device is pointing to a cloud with something coming out of it but that isn’t happening at this time.

greeneyes, sockmonkey on the other thread said her bunching onions, since last night, have brown tops and she asked if she should cut those off. Please answer that for her as I don’t know what she should do, if anything.


8 posted on 01/24/2014 12:49:23 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: greeneyes

I’ve finally caught it dry enough to work the garden ,plowed and leveled, gonna try and get it rowed-up tomorrow. 32*F here ,snowing just to the south of us.


9 posted on 01/24/2014 12:54:18 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: greeneyes
Brussels Sprouts seeds are sprouting !
10 posted on 01/24/2014 12:54:20 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Marcella

marcella,, the onions should be O K , mine have been burnt back half a dozen time so far this year.


11 posted on 01/24/2014 12:57:28 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: Marcella; sockmonkey

I am not certain. The brown tips could be a fungus, or pest, but I am thinking it might also be from cold. I would probably cut off the brown tips and dispose of them.


12 posted on 01/24/2014 1:04:06 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

LOL. I always think of global warming when the weather is freezing. I heard on the news that Alaska was warmer than some areas of Texas.


13 posted on 01/24/2014 1:05:36 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I think it might have been around Houston? The ice path started in the mid south west and went across the state and a little more to the north and east, on the picture I saw.

Hope you get some good rain/moisture so your garden can flourish this season.


14 posted on 01/24/2014 1:08:34 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: piroque

Yikes. You are dedicated. I won’t go outside, unless it is at least 45F.


15 posted on 01/24/2014 1:09:35 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Tough little sprouts aren’t they?


16 posted on 01/24/2014 1:10:06 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

47, cloudy, and windy. -2 two nights ago, flurries, and windy. Almost up to freezing yesterday, and windy.

Ground is frozen solid, and a lot of it still has over 6” of frozen snow on it, though the south facing slopes are pretty much clear, and finally dried out: they had turned to semi frozen mud.

Time to start a new pot of cat grass: the natives are restless.


17 posted on 01/24/2014 1:14:17 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ApplegateRanch

LOL. I am getting a little cabin fever myself, the sun is shining and the green winter rye makes it look like spring. However, the temps today clear that up in a hurry. The weather says we have another artic blast coming this way.


18 posted on 01/24/2014 1:17:29 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

They’re the firt ones “up” this season (or pre-season.)
I’m going to start some live oak acorns I picked up last fall in San Antonio. They’re not native here.


19 posted on 01/24/2014 1:17:34 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Will they survive our winters?


20 posted on 01/24/2014 1:18:49 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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Here's one I ran across that might actually be helpful. Looks like it would be easy to cover, as well as being a water saver.

Step by step plans, with photos

ppb book plan came from

21 posted on 01/24/2014 1:33:58 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ApplegateRanch

That’s super. Thanks for the picture and link.


22 posted on 01/24/2014 1:44:19 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

The seeds are in a plastic tent contraption wife purchased last year. It has a two tube grow light with a heating pad to keep things toasty.
We got a late start last year...


23 posted on 01/24/2014 1:50:27 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: greeneyes; sockmonkey

“The brown tips could be a fungus, or pest, but I am thinking it might also be from cold.”

Onions were fine but last night she had the cold from hell and that caused onions to turn brown over night.


24 posted on 01/24/2014 1:51:42 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: piroque; sockmonkey

“the onions should be O K , mine have been burnt back half a dozen time so far this year.”

Glad to know that. I didn’t cover my Walking Onions for last night and that probably has frozen them. The woman who grows them says they will die back in winter and come back every spring. It seems one can’t kill these things and that’s good.


25 posted on 01/24/2014 1:54:28 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: greeneyes

“I think it might have been around Houston? The ice path...”

Yes, I’m 40 miles north of Houston and all of us, including Houston, had ice.


26 posted on 01/24/2014 1:56:31 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: greeneyes

27 posted on 01/24/2014 2:03:50 PM PST by Sarajevo (Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank, give a man a bank and he can rob the world)
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To: Marcella
I didn’t cover my Walking Onions for last night and that probably has frozen them.

Ours came through a full winter without any protection, with temps down to at least -15, just fine.

28 posted on 01/24/2014 2:05:32 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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Got an email from my favorite nursery over in East Texas. It is a nursery that I have had great service from, and they gave quality products at good prices.

They have a flash sale going on “Native” fruit & nut trees at $5 per tree.

The sale ends today (Friday).

Legg Creek Farm, LLC

Website: http://www.leggcreekfarm.com/

Here is the link to the trees on sale: native fruit tree sale page:

Native Fruit Trees
http://www.leggcreekfarm.com/fruit-trees.html#!/~/category/id=3360575&offset=0&sort=nameAsc

Native Fruits and Nut Trees
http://www.leggcreekfarm.com/fruit-trees.html#!/~/category/id=1998442&offset=0&sort=nameAsc

Note- I am in no way connected with the company, only connected as a customer.


29 posted on 01/24/2014 2:18:39 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: greeneyes
I really forgot who mentioned the technique of regrowing celery by placing the cut end into a glass of water and letting it re-root, but here is my progress after 2 weeks:


30 posted on 01/24/2014 2:21:36 PM PST by Sarajevo (Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank, give a man a bank and he can rob the world)
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To: greeneyes
Sunshine and 36 here. All around us had ice but, as usual, not a drop of precipitation on us. The silly drool monsters are out enjoying the cold instead of inside where it's halfway warm.

I've been trying to finish watching all of a very informative lady's youtubes (http://www.youtube.com/user/imstillworkin/videos) that I'd started a couple years ago. She home cans and dehydrates what her garden produces. What I like is she researches everything.

31 posted on 01/24/2014 2:33:42 PM PST by bgill
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To: greeneyes

Hi Everyone.

Cold and the ground is covered with a few inches of snow here in Connecticut. Possibly more snow tomorrow.

Trying something new this year, winter sowing. Got some of my cold weather seeds in plastic containers outside in the cold. Hope this technique works as it just seems too easy. I put them out last week before our most recent snow, but that isn’t suppose to hurt plants started this way. May try a few more varieties, just for a lark.

Nothing started inside yet, but most of my seeds are ordered or already here. Going for some different things this year: a hollow tomato, ground cherries, little red eggplants, little green striped eggplants, and pink stalked celery. Put both hard and soft neck garlic in in the Fall, so at least there’s something planted.

Only two more months and maybe I can actually start prepping the garden.


32 posted on 01/24/2014 2:37:12 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Sounds interesting, do you have a picture, a link, or a name for the tent?


33 posted on 01/24/2014 2:59:08 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Marcella

My least favorite precip is ice. Especially when people who don’t know how to drive in it go out out any way. They act like 4 wheel drive allows them to speed down the road like it’s summer time.


34 posted on 01/24/2014 3:02:48 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Sarajevo

LOL.


35 posted on 01/24/2014 3:03:26 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Thanks, for posting that info.


36 posted on 01/24/2014 3:06:31 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Sarajevo

I think it was Tex Okie maybe? Thanks for the update, especially the pictures. Those little stalks on top are perfect for using in soup!


37 posted on 01/24/2014 3:08:10 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: bgill

Thanks for that link!


38 posted on 01/24/2014 3:09:00 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

If you go to the header on the website, it has the native trees listed on sale. But the pictures don’t work right there for me. But the prices are right.


39 posted on 01/24/2014 3:10:57 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: greeneyes

Greetings from Massachusetts. It’s 8 degrees here at 6:22 PM.


40 posted on 01/24/2014 3:23:04 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: Sarajevo

Cool.


41 posted on 01/24/2014 3:26:38 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: KosmicKitty

Some one tried this last year or year before, but I don’t remember who it was. I think it worked really great. I read about this method on the website: http://wintersown.org/

They also have some free or inexpensive heirloom seeds in small quantities so people can try out other varieties.


42 posted on 01/24/2014 3:39:58 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: KosmicKitty
I was out screening compost for my seedlings earlier today. The next 2 months will be pretty busy for me, since our season starts earlier than up north.

BTW, never leave a bus tub half-full of screened compost in the kitchen floor. The catz think it has another use. Yuk.

/johnny

43 posted on 01/24/2014 3:47:20 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: trisham
I was going to ask if that was 8C or 8F, but it doesn't matter. It's freeping COLD. Spring will come eventually.....

/johnny

44 posted on 01/24/2014 3:48:53 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: trisham

Brrrrrr. We are hovering just above freezing, so you are really colder than here.

Plus, my bones can tell it’s warmer than it was, and my feet aren’t tingling from the cold floor. We have carpet on the basement floor, but somehow it’s really cold on the feet anyway, even with shoes and socks on.


45 posted on 01/24/2014 3:49:45 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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Our local weatherman, Dale Nelson of KRIS TV, Corpus Christi, Tx has a serious green thumb and has even created his own highly sought-after tomato formula prized by backyard gardeners. He is highly sought after by Home and Garden shows.

Dale Nelson's tomato formula:

There are two Tomato formulas... One formula for sandy soil and one for clay soil. The first time you use the tomato formula use the "Original" formula no matter what type of soil you have.

Original Formula / Sandy Soil 1 cup 10-20-10 (1-2-1 ratio) fertilizer 1/4 cup super phosphate 1/2 cup gypsum 2 cups cow manure Dig a hole and mix ingredients. Then, add regular dirt on top of formula before placing tomato plant in hole. Otherwise, formula will burn the roots of the plant. Don't let formula touch the roots when they are first planted. Let the plant grow into the formula. Water regularly. Stand back and watch them grow! Best varieties are Sonny, Bingo, Carnival, Heatwave, Celebrity, Big Boy, Better Boy and President. Best cherry tomatoes to use are small Fry and Cherry Grande. Everything needed is available at any local nursery.

Caution: Please be aware that excessive use of phosphorus in our clay soil over a long period of time can be non beneficial to your plants.

Clay Soil* 1 Cup 21-0-0 (1-0-0 Ratio) Ammonium Sulphate 3/4 Cup Gypsum 2 Cups Cow Manure Mix these ingredients together with existing garden soil and plant one tomato plant per hole mixture.

*Most clay soils in this area already have too much super phosphate, which tends to stay in the soil for a long period of time. The local nursery people tell me, the best way to correct this is by adding ammonium sulphate which is 21-0-0.

46 posted on 01/24/2014 4:07:35 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: JRandomFreeper

We’re getting a new puppy in a week, so I hope it warms up a bit. Housebreaking isn’t easy when it’s this cold.


47 posted on 01/24/2014 4:30:12 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: ApplegateRanch

I’ve seen those online and they called them strawberry pyramids.


48 posted on 01/24/2014 4:35:58 PM PST by rightly_dividing (1st Cor. 15: 1-4)
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To: greeneyes

I wore my warmest parka today on a trip down to see some puppies, one of which is going to be ours in a week. I was barely warm enough. Thank goodness the breeder had a fire going in her fireplace. Having 13 dogs and 4 puppies in the living room helped, too!


49 posted on 01/24/2014 4:37:12 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: Sarajevo

My mom used to do sweet potatos the same way. My wife does that too, but in a saucer.


50 posted on 01/24/2014 4:40:48 PM PST by rightly_dividing (1st Cor. 15: 1-4)
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