Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 18 MAY 2, 2014
Posted on 05/02/2014 12:25:41 PM PDT by greeneyes
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On the brighter side, we have avoided the damaging storms that have been hitting all around us so far, so we are thankful for that.
I am continuing to plant according to my schedule, but indoors instead of outdoors. Learned my lesson last year. The weather has to be right. First batch of corn is beginning to sprout indoors.
Hope everyone is doing well, staying safe from the storms, and having good luck with your gardens. Have a great weekend. God Bless.
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Here’s a link to a nice article by the University of Mo. on Making and Using Compost, for those who may be interested.
The weather has been a major factor this year all over, it seems. The only thing that I have that is on schedule is the potatoes.
The sun came out this am and I get to mow grass today. The front part of the yard is almost done... I have 3 acres to mow.
Strawberries in full bloom and unless something weather wise changes for the ‘bad’ for strawberries, I should have a bumper crop. Of course can’t count blooms as produce. So we shall see what the next couple of weeks brings weather wise.
I have planted all the early veggies, and they for the most part have survived the cold and very wet conditions.
Back to the lawn mowing.
Found a tropical plant store in St Pete that had three of the plants I’ve been looking for, Bay Laurel (Bay Leaves), Kaffir Lime (leaves used in Thai recipes) and Tea.
Sorry to hear that Johnny. I'm down in your beautiful and warm state visiting right now from just outside of KC. My tomatoes went in 10 days ago and I just missed a frost yesterday, according to my daughter. I had replacements, but now it looks like the neighbors get them.
Weather’s been cool the last several days, but it’s supposed to heat up again next week. I have little buds on my Tromboncino Squash that look like females, but I haven’t seen any males. Hope I get flowers for both at the same time. I have two dinky cucuzza plants, and ten that aren’t up.
I have lots of green tomatoes-lemon boys, romas, yellow pear, tycoon, valley cat, and mystery tomatoes. Lots of lettuce, and swiss chard. I pulled up the non productive brussels sprouts. My gypsy peppers are loaded with blooms, and I need to transplant mucho nachos out of the greenhouse.
Also, armenian cukes and two more tromboncinos, and a bunch of zinnias. My Pentas are stil the size of pin heads. My ginger root I planted from the grocery store is starting to get growth above ground, as well as the roots. My potatoes have lots of top growth, not so much underground. I think I overwatered them.
I need to mow the yard, and my water bill was 86 dollars. We need rain. That is all from the TX Hill Country.
Potatoes grow in mostly chilly places.
With all the cow flatus causing globull warming, I am surprised you can get them to grow for you! hehehe
I keep the water bill low with lots of mulch, and only using drip irrigation. That, and stored rain water. I hand water a lot. I have more time than money.
The potatoes in the compost towers are doing great. I look forward to seeing how the harvest goes.
My youngest daughter is Queen of the Garden, and radishes are her special favorite. She's very proud of them.
I understand but I start thinking about that first BLT with home grown tomatoes around Thanksgiving. Mid July is usually the date I get it but this year I'm hoping for the end of June. I hope the pigs keep their end of the bargain.
We have less to mow every year, as we continue to plant fruit or nut trees, berry bushes, and new garden plots.
We also keep a couple of corners as “wild” uncultivated areas. We have blooms, but no berries formed yet. One of our warmer springs, we did have a few that ripened in mid May.
It’s been very nice cool, low humidity all week, but no rain. It’s so dry I got Scooter stuck in the sand in the backyard, but I knew that was coming, I had been slip sliding through the sand for a week.
Where we are from, Southern Al and Ms got around 20-24inches of rain. There are still roads closed from the flood damage. One area in an adjacent county had 7ft of water in some low lying homes.
I woke up one morning this week to what I thought was squirrels on the roof, but it turned out to be buzzards, 4 on the roof, 4 on the gazebo roof and about 25-35 more in the yard and street. They just ignored the pups barking, but when I pitched a rock at the roof and hit the rain gutter and made a loud noise all flew at once and not been back. We do see lots of them overhead all the time, for some reason.
The maters in the GLG are blooming big time, but no maters still. The 2 in the RCG are growing like crazy but no blooms, but the peppers in the containers next to them are blooming, as are my ghost peppers, which are root bound and needing bigger pots.
Wife’s zennias are a foot tall or so it looks from the window. All her other flowers, annuals, are blooming, but none of the perennials yet, except for lilies. The ferns are beginning to make a comeback from the ice storm, as are a few of the larger container plants in the patio area.
That’s it from the north side of town, Marcella will report on the conditions on the in-town area, I’m sure.
I use Bay leaves all the time in cooking especially soups. I don’t think that our weather would allow us to grow it here though. They are hard to find, so congrats.
My wife was speaking just yesterday at supper of having a mater and mayo sandwich with a glass of tea as soon as we get some maters ripe. I like mine plain, sliced and on a plate with pepper. I can easily eat two large ones per day in the season.
After your cucuzza success, I couldn’t stand the suspense - emptied out my two cups and looked to see if the seeds had any sign of germination. Nada. So, I now have two new seeds soaking (will soak for much longer than 12 hours) and then they’ll go in that warm window sill right away. Maybe I’ll get lucky with the second try although I’m not sure where I’ll put them if they do germinate since they are such climbers & I already have the two Trombettas. It would be a “nice” problem to have!
Plenty of rain our way .... April showers bring May flowers ... and as of yesterday, clouds of gnats ... UGH!
Well you have a pretty good bunch of plants going. The potatoes won’t even have small new potatoes until they have blooms. Potatoes also need lots of organic material in the soil.
If you get lush green plants with no blooms, then you nitrogen ratio to other nutrients may be off.
Globull warming has been avoiding us lately. We are experiencing record cold, and seem more likely to be entering an ice age here.LOL
Eat some Beans!
Are there any Amish stores in your part of Mo?
We use a lot of bay leaves, too. We buy them in bulk from Amish stores or other bulk suppliers, where they are so much cheaper than grocery store prices. Same for chili powder and cumin.
That’s so great that your daughter likes to garden. It will be knowledge that serves her well.
Buzzards??? Maybe looking for water or wild life dying from lack of water? Never seen a real buzzard.
Stress sometimes helps plants produce fruit.(Desperate to propogate)LOL.
What’s the GLG? I can’t remember.
I did that, too with the first batch I planted..of which two of six are up.. Those seed cases are hard as a rock. It took the first one forever for the leaves to work the brown seed case off. I thought it was a clump of hardened dirt. On the second one, I pried it off..probably not good to do, but it's still alive, and the leaves are greening up. I know they say not to keep the soil wet, but I have it on the soggy side of moist right now.
I love those blts. I made a BLT wrap(lower fat kind). I used the lower fat cut of bacon-just one strip, and a soft tortilla.
Spread the tortilla with lite mayo, put the bacon in the middle, and warmed in the micro wave. Then sprinkled with a little cheese, dice up my two ripe homegrown cherry tomatoes, and some shredded lettuce, and rolled it up.
Fastened with toothpicks, and sliced into half inch slices.
You never know when that kind of knowledge may come in handy.
Planted most of my sets in empty shrub pots set into the ground. Drilled holes in bottoms for drainage and (hopefully) root growth.
Plan is that Mr. Gopher will only be able to gnaw up to the plastic.
Last year lost many to gopher and others to the cursed tomato worm.
every day for the fiber.
Good Stuff! :-)
Not sure. We have an Amish Deli about 40 miles away. Noot sure if they have groceries too.
The GLC is the Ground Level Garden, which Marcella calls her dirt garden.
the buzzards had a dead armadillo in the street, but were just hanging out after the meal was over.
The water table is high even with the lack of rain. We have a spring in the front yard by the street that will dry up when it gets really dry. We have a small stream(4-5ft wide) along the bottom of the dune on one side plus, it flows into a much larger creek about 1/8mile in front of us in the woods(Sam Houston National Forrest) so the critters have plenty of water.
We have been entertaining some of the grandkids with the same. Took them to tour some of the organic farms around here too. Showed them how to skim the cream off the milk, and make butter etc.
Dutch Country Store
18268 Kelsay Road
Phone: (573) 378-4395
H & M Country Store
21910 State Hwy 190
Dutch Kountry Market
10117 Knob Knoster Road
Knob Knoster, MO
Phone (660) 563-2941
Rt. 6 Box 872
Phone: (826) 776-3275
RR 1 Box 1
Rutledge, MO 63563
Phone: (660) 883-5766
Windmill Ridge Bulk Foods
4100 Highway T
Shelbyville, MO 63469
Phone: (573) 633-1020
Dutch Maid Bulk Foods
17567 Hwy 71
St. Joseph, MO
Phone: (816) 279-8712
Camps Market, Inc.
13157 Hwy 52
Phone: (573) 378-4395
Weaver’s Country Market
13920 Market Rd.
Versailles, MO 65084
Phone: (573) 378-4672
Schrock’s Country Store
26998 Highway 65
Warsaw, MO 65355
Phone: (660) 438-0019
Kuntry Bulk Grocery
1274 Northeast 1031
Hope it works. My garden is small enough that I can usually protect my tomatoes, by pulling off the worm, and cutting him in half/squashing under my boot heel on the concrete.
That blt wrap sounds good, but your cherry maters make it into the house? We thought they were appetizers while picking large maters.
Wife make tortilla wraps with cream cheese and various items and sliced, also.
These Cherry Tomatoes never left the house. They are the only homegrown tomatoes available here at this time of the year, so one has to savor what one has.LOL
Thanks. I don’t recognize all the names, so I’ll have to check them out. Most of the ones I do know, are about 2 plus hours away.
Ok. Got it GLG. I figured those buzzards must have had a carcass somewhere.
Oh don't get me wrong. I love homegrown tomatoes on everything. Salads, cheese and tomato sandwich. Tomato, lettuce and mayo. Hamburgers. Gyros. But BLTs are my nectar of the gods when it comes to tomatoes.
Weaver’s has a webpage.
—But BLTs are my nectar of the gods when it comes to tomatoes.—
I’ll have to remember “nectar of the gods”
I haven’t had a blt in many years, since I quit lettuce, but bt sammies are good, too.
I recently retired and the one thing I will miss is taking heirloom tomatoes, jalapenos, tomatatoes, cilantro, lime juice, etc. and chips to work and watch people become absolute addicts to salsa.
I took your advice and grew some replacement tomatoes and peppers. Unlike you it seems I didn’t grow quite enough in reserve for comfort level plus I was a little dumb and hasty in transplanting a few too small plants especially those slow growing peppers. Still have a scant tiny few in reserve and they are hardly growing out of their sprout stage but I have them outside in the warm sun now so here’s hoping they have a growth spurt and in the ground they will go then.
Careful...my addiction to salsa led to planting 400 varieties of tomatoes and 30 or so varieties of super-hot peppers in just a few short years. I’m not sure what happened...
Always interested in composting. Thank you!
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