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WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 9 FEBRUARY 28, 2014
Free Republic | Feb 28, 2014 | greeneyes

Posted on 02/28/2014 12:35:18 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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Greetings from a sunny but cold Missouri. We are getting ready for the next storm which is supposed to hit this weekend.

I have 4 olive size tomatoes and some flowers growing. Basil is needing to be harvested and cut back. Lemons are pingpong ball size and growing. Still have some blooms making the room smell great.

Have had a sinus infection, and fever this week, and haven't been on line. I will try to backtrack on the threads and answer any questions I didn't get to yet.

Hope everyone is doing well. Have a great weekend-stay warm and safe. God Bless.

1 posted on 02/28/2014 12:35:18 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 02/28/2014 12:40:42 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Missourian transplanted to Kansas. I have just started tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and flowers. I have a heated greenhouse to place these plants. This is my first year of trying this.


3 posted on 02/28/2014 12:54:01 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Starstruck

Well, Kansas is a bit colder than Missouri in the winter. Good luck with your gardening. What area in Kansas are you living in?


4 posted on 02/28/2014 12:56:10 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Pinging Godzilla. I just saw your request. You’ve been added to the list.


5 posted on 02/28/2014 12:57:27 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

I’m starting hydroponics this year. I’ve hand made much of the containers and reservoirs over the winter. It is alot cheaper to make the containers and reservoirs yourself. The pumps, aerators and hoses and misters you have to buy yourself.

The hydroponic containers I’ve made revolve around 5in x 5in blank plastic fence post with end caps. Drill a 4in hole every 12in, or smaller for if you’re doing herbs and baby stuff. Run a 1/4in pvc hose inside with 1/16dia hole matching the 5in hole you’ve made and plug the end. Setup at a slight incline with the lower end poking into your reservoirs and everything runs back into the reservoir.

The larger stuff goes in 5g Lowes buckets that I have setup like a dutch pot system. PVC drain pipe 2in from the bottom from bucket to bucket to reservoir and 360degree sprinkler misters on the top.

Next order of business that I’ll do over the summer is use my Arduino and modules (very small computer) and build a setup to monitor temperature, ppm, and control watering cycles. Automating the PH and the Liquid nutrients to the water is very doable, but not this year, it’s pretty expensive for the PH probes and they don’t last long.

Going to grow Cilantro and Flat Leaf Parsley to make Chimichuro over the summer, For the winter it’s baby Bok Choi and baby spinach, then the summer standards ... Heirloom tomatoes, Zuchinni and a never ending box of loose leaf lettuce.


6 posted on 02/28/2014 1:03:54 PM PST by Usagi_yo (Standardization is an Evolutionary dead end.)
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To: greeneyes
What area in Kansas are you living in?

Outside of Gardner. Is that appropriate for a gardening thread?

7 posted on 02/28/2014 1:06:00 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: greeneyes

Could you add me too.I’d like to follow along.Thanks.


8 posted on 02/28/2014 1:07:23 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: greeneyes
A cool 65 degress and windy here in east central Florida. Tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, collards and broccoli are in the ground.

Trying some new types (to me) of tomatoes this year: Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, Charger and Everglades. Also trying a variety of different eggplants: Thai Long Green, Casper and my old favorite Ping Tung.

I've grown Ping Tung and Casper before. They do well down here. It'll be interesting to see what happens with the tomatoes.

9 posted on 02/28/2014 1:08:13 PM PST by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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10 posted on 02/28/2014 1:15:17 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: DJ MacWoW
We've got peppers, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and a few others are doing well.
A fellow gardener will post some of my pix.
11 posted on 02/28/2014 1:26:53 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: greeneyes

It’s all about the dirt.

< EOM >


12 posted on 02/28/2014 1:29:18 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: Starstruck

Sounds perfect.LOL


13 posted on 02/28/2014 1:38:58 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Usagi_yo

Sounds great, but totally beyond me. Good luck with your system.


14 posted on 02/28/2014 1:39:59 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: fatima

will do.


15 posted on 02/28/2014 1:40:33 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Jed Eckert

I have grown Cherokee Purple before, and they were delicious.


16 posted on 02/28/2014 1:41:46 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

Looking forward to it.


17 posted on 02/28/2014 1:42:43 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

So true. The dirt is always important.


18 posted on 02/28/2014 1:43:23 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes; Godzilla
I don't think your ping worked, since it didn't contain godzilla in the to: field. ;)

/johnny

19 posted on 02/28/2014 1:44:17 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Uncle Miltie
It's all about the microbes in the dirt. ;)

/johnny

20 posted on 02/28/2014 1:45:17 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: greeneyes
I ordered seeds for these beans. They're on their way to me now:


21 posted on 02/28/2014 1:45:38 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: trisham

Do they keep their color when cooked ?


22 posted on 02/28/2014 1:48:09 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: greeneyes; Marcella; SisterK

The rebel, outside, sitting on the new tobacco plot. Imagine 50 or 60 of those on 2 foot centers. ;)

Shovel shown for scale.

As the bottom leaves get damaged since it's in the house, those have been getting cut off, and hung up to dry.

/johnny

23 posted on 02/28/2014 1:48:24 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I hope so! This is the first time I will plant them, so it’s going to be interesting!


24 posted on 02/28/2014 1:50:49 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: Eric in the Ozarks

Here is one of your pictures. I guess this is your seed starters. Much neater than mine. I'm a messy gardener.

/johnny

25 posted on 02/28/2014 1:58:24 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: greeneyes; JRandomFreeper; rightly_dividing; sockmonkey; Nepeta; Silentgypsy; ApplegateRanch; ...
greeneyes, sorry you have been sick. I've been doing something gardening every day I think, either physically or on my computer researching something.

The cucumbers I transplanted, look perkier today as they looked flat yesterday, but they aren't as great looking as they were before transplanting in their final containers.

Looked at the Egyptian Walking Onions a bit ago and they are standing straight up and looking strong. Darn, that reminds me I have 80 onions bulbs to plant and I'll use some of the black two gallon pots for that. I can't plant 80 bulbs but the price was so good I bought them anyway - $1.68 for 80 bulbs! I'll get as many as I can planted tomorrow. If all my onions produce, I guess I need to can onions - anyone canned straight onions with nothing else in the jar? Hmm, pickled onions?

The other types of onions transplanted into their final pots look good and the tomatoes look good. The blackberry sticks are growing limbs/leaves fast. The strawberries are growing parts to be flowers. Every plant out there says it is spring. Still have smaller plants in greenhouse that are not grown enough to put in big pots.

Have 21 Dixie cups with seeds in them under the grow lamp. I think I need MORE large pots, at least more 2 gallon ones. I have more types of tomatoes under the grow lamp and they will take up most of the big pots I still have empty.

I'll have fingerling potatoes coming about the middle of March.

I had a stir fry today made from veggies I cut up yesterday with the Mandoline.

26 posted on 02/28/2014 1:59:13 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: JRandomFreeper

Nice!


27 posted on 02/28/2014 1:59:18 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
Those are Eric's. I'm just posting the image for him.

/johnny

28 posted on 02/28/2014 1:59:54 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Thanks very much.
This is three of four little hot houses.

Most of this produce was started Jan 20.

29 posted on 02/28/2014 2:06:51 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: greeneyes

I am sorry about your sinus infection. Dry, cold air is hard on them. I am filling small pots of water and putting them on every heat register, and still having problems. The fever may be from the infection. I have a recipe for nose spray that helps, though, when winters are extra cold, I still stay at borderline infections. I will post the recipe, if you would like. Do know- I am not a doctor, nor play one on TV. (grin) Oh... A mist humidifier helps a little.

My seeds are waiting. Planner mapped out. Snow and frozen ground have me instead getting ready to dye a few tubs of wool and lockerhook some area rugs. Meat is on sale, I will be making and pressure-canning some meatballs. I do not do boredom very well.

We are adding chickens, and maybe ducks. A win-win venture and will not break our budget. Meat and eggs, free manure and they love bugs.


30 posted on 02/28/2014 2:09:46 PM PST by hearthwench (Debbi - Mom, NaNa, and always ornery)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; JRandomFreeper
I like your seed-starting racks! They're practical and attractive.

This is a piece of equipment that arrived this week. I'm going to keep it inside for at least a part of the winter, and wheel it out on the deck during the warm months.

This is not my kitchen. :)

31 posted on 02/28/2014 2:14:40 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: hearthwench
We've kicked around getting some chicks but that would mean a chicken house, chick grit, training our cat to leave them alone, etc.
Critters that can keep the wood ticks and other bugs down sounds attractive...
32 posted on 02/28/2014 2:17:29 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; rightly_dividing

Eric's peppers, it looks like.

/johnny

33 posted on 02/28/2014 2:20:29 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: trisham
The seed starters are available at Lowes and Menard's (a regional big box/lumber yard) for little money.
When the seeds are just up, we keep the plastic closed and push the humidity up.

The soil mix was sterilized in cooking bags and trays were sterilized with a 10 percent bleach solution.

We've added heating pads and plastic trays from WalMart. Grow lights and fixtures are from Lowes.

34 posted on 02/28/2014 2:21:56 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: hearthwench

It’s my understanding that they love to eat ticks. That would be a blessing here, but we have no one to care for them when we go away. I don’t think that the dog kennel would take them.


35 posted on 02/28/2014 2:21:56 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: Eric in the Ozarks

Excellent technique. You really know what you’re doing.


36 posted on 02/28/2014 2:23:09 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: hearthwench
It's 86F here now. But Sunday night is supposed to get down to 19F. It's that time of year here. Fans running one day, heaters running the next.

/johnny

37 posted on 02/28/2014 2:23:17 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Poblanos, jalapenos and Trinidad scorpion (2 zillion Scoville units)
38 posted on 02/28/2014 2:23:50 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Poblanos aren’t too hot, but “Trinidad Scorpion” peppers? They must be something.


39 posted on 02/28/2014 2:25:34 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
Also note a sprinkling of chick grit on the tops of the little trays.
This stuff came from a local feed store.
40 posted on 02/28/2014 2:26:26 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: trisham
I dry and grind these little devils for soups, stews and chili...
41 posted on 02/28/2014 2:28:02 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: greeneyes
I have grown Cherokee Purple before, and they were delicious.

Good to hear. Did you have any major issues with fruit cracking? I hear this variety is more prone to it than normal.

42 posted on 02/28/2014 2:29:22 PM PST by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I wondered what that was. What’s it for?


43 posted on 02/28/2014 2:30:46 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

Sorry to hear of your sinus infection. They can get pretty nasty.

I harvested my Meyers lemon the other day. It took almost a year to ripen. Most of last season, I thought it might be a lime. Long story on this plant. I killed it 4 years ago, and refused to give up. Then it sprouted new growth from the rootstock 3 years ago, and budded this lemon last year.

I could probably waited another month, but got antsy and picked it when I saw yellow everywhere on it. We haven’t yet made a couple of glasses of lemonade yet.


44 posted on 02/28/2014 2:34:07 PM PST by rightly_dividing (I used to be indecisive, now I’m not so sure)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I made a mistake last year; I didn’t plant any jalapenos or other varieties of hot peppers. For some reason, I planted only one type of hot pepper, and I wasn’t happy with it. It was hot, but it was a one-note hot.


45 posted on 02/28/2014 2:34:39 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: trisham
Prevents stem rot and attenuates the amount of moisture at the surface.
Wife is a master gardener. She picked up this from one of her gardener classes.
We have had zero dead plants since starting the seeds.
46 posted on 02/28/2014 2:34:48 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: trisham
We also grow paprika peppers (dry and grind in a coffee grinder) and have grown habanjeros. The scorpions (ghost peppers) are supposed to be hotter than the Mexican variety.
47 posted on 02/28/2014 2:37:28 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

That’s an excellent tip. Your wife has my deepest respect. It was my husband who taught me how to garden, and I remember when we put out our first transplants. I asked him how he could tell the plants apart. I still remember the look he gave me. :)


48 posted on 02/28/2014 2:39:07 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: Eric in the Ozarks
I use the paprika powder on ribs or other pork products. The variety I plant is medium hot with a sweet “tang.”
49 posted on 02/28/2014 2:39:26 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: trisham
Get the “chick grit” extra small.
This is essentially ground lime stone.
50 posted on 02/28/2014 2:41:36 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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