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WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 16 APRIL 18, 2014
Free Republic | 4/18/2014 | greeneyes

Posted on 04/18/2014 12:29:02 PM PDT 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 Gardening Fans. It's Good Friday and God has blessed us with sunshine and perfect temperatures today. We are at 68 degrees with lows to night of 44. Our forcast is to have continued nice temps and lows in the fifties until next Friday, when we'll revisit cooler temps and low in the 40s and 30s.

I have some more ripe Cherry tomatoes with others slightly orange plus other little tomatoes ranging from pea size to slightly less than ping pong ball size.

Lettuce and spinach kicking into gear, and basil is almost ready to harvest again. Potatoes in the bucket putting on leaves, and about an inch out of the dirt.

This is a non - political thread, and I don't want to get us off the subject, but I feel I must speak from my heart about this historic day in history of the USA.

Two hundred thirty nine years ago, Paul Revere and William Dawes began their historic ride to warn that 700 Redcoats were heading to Concord to confiscate the cache of weapons, gunpowder, and supplies. Samuel Adams and John Hancock were to be arrested.

On Lexington Green, 70 men under the command of Captain John Parker faced the Redcoats, the "shot heard round the world" was fired, and the American Revolution began.

Even though the Redcoats advanced to Concord with little losses, they must have been suprised to find themselves surrounded by hundreds of our Patriots. As they retraced their sixteen mile journey, Indian style attacks on the Redcoats resulted in casualties of 300 vs 100 for the patriots.

I just had to pause this morning and give thanks for these brave citizens and all those in our history who have stood up to tyranny, and tried to keep us free.

That Freedom is always just one generation away from being lost, we know. So a salute to all who stood up in the past through all the troubled times and wars, and a prayer for the future that we continue to be blessed with such brave citizens....... Now back to gardening.

Hope you are all doing well, enjoying your gardening, and making good progress with your various plants and projects. Have a great weekend. God Bless all of you and yours.

1 posted on 04/18/2014 12:29:02 PM PDT by greeneyes
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To: greeneyes
Radishes and lettuce went in this morning.
We covered up the raised beds at 2 pm today.
Tomatoes looked a little wilted.
2 posted on 04/18/2014 12:30:56 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: greeneyes; twyn1; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Pinging the List.


3 posted on 04/18/2014 12:31:30 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Do you think they were too cool, or did they maybe just need some water? We are at temps of 68 here, so I don’t have anything covered.


4 posted on 04/18/2014 12:34:27 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Beautiful weather we’re having today here in Central Missouri. The frost earlier in the week wiped out a couple of my basil plants that I’d stuck in the ground. Should have covered them up I guess.

Pulled the deck out from under the lawn tractor yesterday. Sharpened the blades and replaced the belt and idler spring so it’s ready to cut grass now.

Welding shop was able to repair the busted exhaust elbow from the loader tractor for the paltry sum of $80. Saved me a little over $1400 compared to buying a new piece!

Planted a row of snap peas a couple nights ago.

I’m gaining...


5 posted on 04/18/2014 12:36:24 PM PDT by Augie
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To: greeneyes

Maybe short of water.


6 posted on 04/18/2014 12:40:34 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: greeneyes

I got my lettuce and some peas in. The freeze we had took out some of the peas even though they were covered. But some made it. I also put seeds in.

I plants some bush bean seeds, which I can cover if we get a frost. I can’t wait for fresh veggies from the garden.

I am also putting in some potatoes.

All the tomatoes are doing well in their little peat pots. I won’t take any chances with them until May.


7 posted on 04/18/2014 12:42:53 PM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: greeneyes

Here is north Idaho....

Got strawberries, asparagus, and tomatoes planted.

Also planted Walla Walla sweets.

Garlic going crazy!

All doing very well and growing quickly.

Still have to watch for night time frost - but cover them, if needed.


8 posted on 04/18/2014 12:44:11 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: illiac

We got a gift of hard neck garlic last fall and planted the cloves.
Now we have a very nice looking stand of garlic tasting leaves.

When do we harvest these things ?


9 posted on 04/18/2014 12:47:26 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: greeneyes

Can I be added to the ping list? Thank you!


10 posted on 04/18/2014 12:51:16 PM PDT by aberaussie
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

We harvest ours as we need it for recipes and leave the rest on the ground so they can continue to grow and multiply.


11 posted on 04/18/2014 12:51:33 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: greeneyes; JRandomFreeper; sockmonkey; rightly_dividing; All
I put this on old thread a short while ago, so am putting it here, too:

Cilantro revisited - again:
I have planted Cilantro seed. Had a ceramic (plain, not glazed), pot of about one gallon with saucer with it and decent surface area. It had some kind of potting soil in it as I saw vermiculite bits in there. It’s been sitting in a corner of the covered deck for several years. I stirred that up, wet it completely down to get water through it, stuck a couple of Jobe’s spikes down in it and topped it with an inch or so of new potting soil mix.

Went by directions and planted seed 1/2 inch deep over the top. Put the pot close to roof so it will stay in shade most of the day. I’m not giving up on Cilantro. So, added a pot, at least 112 containers out there now.

After shade sets in later today will transplant several Tromboncino squash into big pots.

greeneyes, there has to be a way to grow Cilantro in a pot at my house. I am willing these seeds to grow and will offer free counseling to them if they have personal problems. :o)

12 posted on 04/18/2014 12:53:21 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: greeneyes

It’s 76 and beautiful sunshine today, heading down to 52 tonight.

Our garden is doing great, with the maters begging to be staked. I will try to get pictures in a few minutes.

Scooter is up and running again. :)

Wife is home today. Life is good!


13 posted on 04/18/2014 12:54:13 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (I measured twice and cut twice and it's still too short!)
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To: Marcella

You might have gotten a bad batch. It happens to every seed company. If you go to walmart or another big box store try a pack of the cilantro they probably have out there. It doesn’t sprout when it’s over 80F really good for me but it hasn’t been that warm for long at your house. So it might be the seeds themselves.


14 posted on 04/18/2014 12:55:44 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Harvest garlic when about half the leaves have turned brown.


15 posted on 04/18/2014 12:58:51 PM PDT by bgill
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To: rightly_dividing
Scooter is up and running again. :)
Wife is home today. Life is good!

Sounds like you will have a good day today. Glad you got your wheels back in working order.

16 posted on 04/18/2014 1:00:06 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: Augie

Progress for sure. Today’s weather is my absolute favorite for working in the garden, so I am looking forward to the weekend and next week.

Have to get some house work done and food prep for a Sunday feast and Easter Egg hunt, but I have plans to get out there and make some forward progress on the raised garden beds, and patio clean up.

That’s a big savings on the repair job!

Have a good one.


17 posted on 04/18/2014 1:06:29 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Good that’s easy to remedy. I have actually read that a little dehydration now and then helps improve the flavor.


18 posted on 04/18/2014 1:07:39 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: metmom

I always wait until at least May for tomatoes and corn and other warmer weather veggies.


19 posted on 04/18/2014 1:08:44 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: illiac

Good progress for sure. Spring is wonderful isn’t it?


20 posted on 04/18/2014 1:09:34 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: aberaussie

Yep, Welcome to the thread.


21 posted on 04/18/2014 1:10:57 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Marcella

Wishing you luck with all your endeavors including cilantro.


22 posted on 04/18/2014 1:12:43 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

It is...can finally get some time on the deck, listen to the birds, and imagine those fresh tomatoes....


23 posted on 04/18/2014 1:13:16 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: rightly_dividing

What a difference sunshine brings to the day - Right?


24 posted on 04/18/2014 1:13:36 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Yes, it makes the birds sing, makes us happy, makes us sing, too. Oh, the joy!


25 posted on 04/18/2014 1:22:16 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (I measured twice and cut twice and it's still too short!)
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To: greeneyes

I’ve been on your ping list for several years now and our garden is a small plot in the ground with about 12 containers going around the patio. The spouse is very into gardening this year. His early Father’s Day gift was a membership to Mike’s Seed of the Month Club from averagepersongardening. It’s a great hobby for him. We have peas, tomatoes, cukes, Swiss chard, radishes, melons, all kinds of peppers and more herbs going now. The youngest caught the bug and she has all kinds of flowers going as seedlings and has given some away to friends and teachers. She planted some in egg shells(we recently got backyard chickens and always have an abundance of brown eggs). So thank you for your dedication to running this thread and for the pings. I look forward to it each week.


26 posted on 04/18/2014 1:27:46 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: Marcella
Turns out I've been accidentally walking on some volunteer cilantro that self-seeded. Oops. I did quit walking on it.

/johnny

27 posted on 04/18/2014 1:28:46 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: greeneyes
White house Blaming Fox for Destroying Michelle's Garden
28 posted on 04/18/2014 1:37:28 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: sockmonkey

It’s been a wonderful day for us. Sunshine, warm temps, freshly groomed puppies, Scooter part of the family again.

My wife is cooking a ham and trimmings today, so we will have plenty all weekend. She may be making a chess pie or buttermilk pie, I didn’t ask because I don’t care which she makes.

The only downside is the Ms.Gang cancelled on coming out tonight. So no family get together. It’s just us old folks and poodles this weekend.


29 posted on 04/18/2014 1:40:29 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (I measured twice and cut twice and it's still too short!)
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To: greeneyes
Texas has had wonderful weather this week. It was supposed to have rained the past couple days but, as usual, nothing here. Temps in the 70s.

About 95% of the garden has been planted. All that's left are the melons and to fill in the empty spots later on. The berries are blooming and most of the transplants are perking up... except the tomatoes that hubby insisted on helping with and wouldn't listen about not wearing big leather work gloves on delicate little plants, sigh. Those will be some of the empty spots that will need filling in with something else. Ha, I know just the thing. Spaghetti squash! He hates spaghetti squash. Oh, I did another very bad thing and planted the hot peppers where the deer begin their munch fests, tee hee!

Speaking of a very bad thing, there were feathers all over the garden this morning. At first, I thought it was white berry petals. There was no other sign so hope the bird is ok. The dogs should have sounded the alarm but they were too exhausted helping with the garden this week so slept hard. One was so tired, she could barely wake up enough yesterday afternoon to go out with me. Poor little sleepy face. They rush to the door when they hear, “It's time to go to the garden.”

30 posted on 04/18/2014 1:48:16 PM PDT by bgill
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To: rightly_dividing

I opened the kitchen door to get some fresh air, and my doggy has been enjoying going in and out, and laying on the patio getting some rays.LOL


31 posted on 04/18/2014 1:48:17 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: secret garden

Thanks for the feed back. Keep posting and let us know how you are progressing. I am jealous of your chickens in weather like today, but during the winter, I don’t miss the responsibility.LOL


32 posted on 04/18/2014 1:50:28 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Gotta watch yer step!LOL


33 posted on 04/18/2014 1:51:03 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Black Agnes; JRandomFreeper; sockmonkey; greeneyes; rightly_dividing; All
Agnes, I just got these Cilantro seeds from Bountiful Gardens, so these are new. I'll see what happens. The Cilantro plants that came are a bust. I was able to transplant several but I expect them to die as they are still totally limp.

I transplanted two T squash so that is 5 I have in their permanent pots outside. Still bothered by tomatoes, and there was a Big Boy and 5th of July and Cherry Punch in the backup set of tomatoes that looked very good, so put those each in a large container. I have no idea how many tomatoes in large containers are out there now. I'll check on that tomorrow.

Now, I have a number of cucumbers that need to be in large containers but I am now out of potting soil mix. Have to go to Lowes soon.

Sunflowers:
I have five or six or some number, of sunflowers in small pots that need out of there. I think I'm going to actually dig holes in the dirt next to the back wall, and stick them in there in a row. That part is dirt not covered by the landscaping material. That is where I had beans last year that were baked by the sun as they were attached to the wall. I'll do that tomorrow. I have one of those round hole metal thingys to punch in the ground to plant bulbs. That should make the holes.

34 posted on 04/18/2014 1:55:07 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Here in Zone 4b, we usually harvest the last week of July. Be gentle, don’t bruise them. Let them dry in the shade for a few days.


35 posted on 04/18/2014 1:55:27 PM PDT by fanfan ("If Muslim kids were asked to go to church on Sunday and take Holy Communion there would be war.")
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To: rightly_dividing

Our group will be smaller than usual, but we’ll have a few.
Youngest daughter is cooking lamb roast. I’ll be making the taters, and some green beans from last year’s garden.

Thinking about making a blackberry cobbler from our wild blacberries that I canned last year. Usually have salad fixin’s from the garden, but my lettuce is behind this year.


36 posted on 04/18/2014 1:55:55 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Wait, you mean Moo wasn’t out tending HER garden during the shut down? You mean it’s really professional gardeners on my tax dollar tending it?!?

The shut down was six months ago so why is this just now making headlines? Slow day and nothing else available to put 0’s name in the papers?


37 posted on 04/18/2014 1:58:21 PM PDT by bgill
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Well, her arms, fingers,and hands weren’t broke, so why didn’t she attend her own danged garden? It’s plant abuse and neglect of the highest seriousness!


38 posted on 04/18/2014 2:00:09 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Turns out I’ve been accidentally walking on some volunteer cilantro that self-seeded. Oops. I did quit walking on it.”

See, you have Cilantro all over so that stuff grows for you. I still want some seed from you as whatever you have must have a strong will to live and not be a picky as what I got in plants. I don’t know if these present seeds will come up.


39 posted on 04/18/2014 2:01:02 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: bgill

Well, I don’t have much luck getting Hubby to listen to me sometimes either. However, I do often get to say I told you so. And then the Schadenfreude if especially delightful.LOL


40 posted on 04/18/2014 2:04:14 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes; rightly_dividing

My Yorkie is worn out going outside to bark at squirrels and cats on the walls around garden to keep them out of the garden. She is sleeping on my chair, now.


41 posted on 04/18/2014 2:05:35 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

When about 1/3 to 1/2 of the leaves are brown, pop them out of the ground. Do not pull them up. Gently rub clumps of dirt off, but don’t disturb the wrappers. Let them dry a day or two and then gently remove more dirt, especially from the roots. Keep doing thus every couple of days until the leaves are dried out. At that point you can trim the roots and tear the dried leaves off from the main stalk. Then you can store them. At any point you can eat them.

Hardneck garlic will send out scapes that will curl a couple of times and then straighten out. After the scapes have curled once, snip them off and cook with them. We crave garlic scape soup: http://otherpeoplesfood.blogspot.com/2007/06/garlic-scape-soup.html


42 posted on 04/18/2014 2:05:44 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Marcella

I am looking forward to see what your first harvest is this year.


43 posted on 04/18/2014 2:09:18 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

“I am looking forward to see what your first harvest is this year.”

Within a few days, I will have a bowl of ripe strawberries - that is the first harvest.


44 posted on 04/18/2014 2:11:42 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Marcella

My doggy is a Jack Russell/Rat Terrior mix. She’ll be out the door johnny on the spot if the murdering squirrels come near my baby peas. Took all the seed boxes out to enjoy the sunshine today, and clean off grow light table.


45 posted on 04/18/2014 2:19:20 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Marcella

Now that’s gonna be a treat for sure!


46 posted on 04/18/2014 2:21:21 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

About the Walmart potato buckets. There are two growing in each of two pots and four growing in the third pot.

About the Fingerling potatoes: Just looked at them and next week some time most should have one inch growths out of the eyes - a few already have that much. I think you said wait to plant until there was one inch.? I really will have to go to Lowes to get potting soil mix for that big bag from Mega Greenhouse to plant those potatoes.


47 posted on 04/18/2014 2:26:06 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: greeneyes

Ours has a tree she constantly keeps an eye on. Critters live in a hollow in it which keeps her constantly upset. No trespasser leaves her yard alive. Back in her younger days, she’d jump straight up 10 feet so 50 thousand times a day trying to get at the hollow. A few nights ago, right at dark, I spied a big coon going into it but I didn’t tell her because it was larger than she.


48 posted on 04/18/2014 2:29:12 PM PDT by bgill
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To: greeneyes

About planting those Fingerling potatoes in the big Mega bag. Am I right as this is what I plan to do, so stop me if this is wrong. I was going to put about 8 inches of potting soil in, then plant the potatoes, then cover them up with about 4 inches of potting soil and wait for plants to come up, then cover them when they are about 4 inches tall and keep doing that.

You know the bag I’m talking about since you have one - the tallest of the bags. Tell me if you would do it differently to plant them.


49 posted on 04/18/2014 2:31:35 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: bgill

Ahhhh yes, the jumping. I know it well.LOL


50 posted on 04/18/2014 2:35:03 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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