Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread VOLUME 19 MAY 9, 2014
Posted on 05/09/2014 10:16:25 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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.
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Add me to the ping list please
greeneyes is out of pocket today and sent an email asking some one else to post for her. She may have sent the email to others, so if it is multiple posted, that is why.
I didn’t do it right, so sorry. Pinging for greeneyes.
It’s 57 degrees with light precipitation here in Massachusetts. Our lettuce is happy.
String beans are up. Squash starting to blossom.
Anyone know anything about artichokes? Looking for help with planting and cultivating.
Thanks for stepping up.
I am just substituting for the regular host today, but when she gets home tonight and reads the thread, she will add you to the ping list.
Welcome to the garden thread.
We have fun here and are regulars, so welcome to the family, also.
Looks OK to me! Raining today in SE Wisconsin, but at least it’s warmer. I might even plant a flower.
Spring has finally sprung here in west Michigan. The garden is double dugged, and I have my romaine lettuce about 2 inches high under glass in a big pot. Also just started my pepper seeds. I know it’s late but I just didn’t want to start anything inside this year. Will probably plant some radishes later today after the rain stops.
You did just fine! thank You for filling in! :-)
Here is the forge with the modified leaf blower and the autotransformer that I use for a bellows.
The thing eats lots of charcoal. I need to find a source for coke instead.
I have nickle to quarter size tomatos on most plants today. My banana peppers are about 2” long on one plant and just budding out on others. I have no jalapenos yet, but the plants are growing and looking good.
My experiment of growing tomatos in the raised containers has not produced any flowers yet. I principle difference is the amount of water. They are not on a timer yet and depend on me to water and that is not as much as the in-ground tomatos get.
Thanks Johnny. I did not quite get it right, I had to get the admin to make an “adjustment” for me. :(
You’ve made a bunch of people happy by starting this thread. :)
That looks about like I had pictured it.
Good luck having fun with it.
Glad you are getting rain.
We are getting very light sprinkles, not enough to read in the rain gauge.
my plants in my small unheated green house look eager to get into the ground....
Squash plants have lots of little squash. Bean and tomato plants are blooming and putting on. Cucumbers are growing faster than I ever remember.
Can't wait to see some expert answers. I'm in the same boat as you. I planted 2 about 3 weeks ago.
I transplanted a few pepper plants into the garden yesterday, and spent some quality time with Nanner working in the pond. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the elevation where the pump is laying is close to five feet below the original level of the pond basin.
Goal for the weekend will be to get the rest of the peppers and the tomato plants into the dirt.
I planted mine 3 weeks ago. Still haven’t broke the soil.
I know I posted a bit earlier than she does, but thought that some who read FR from work may see it for the first time.
Glad it’s finally springing in Michigan, and raining too.
I’m a lurker on this thread, because I remember fondly when my family had a garden..wished I had had the time & energy to have one when I was younger. Now my disabilities totally prevent me from doing just about anything.
Question: Can someone please tell me the name of the tomato I should buy in the store that is the sweetest tasting at this time of year? I live in the Fox Lake, IL region. Many thanks.
All I know about artichokes is they are great marinated or stuffed. I know, that’s not what you wanted to know. :)
Maybe after we get some expert replies, I will be motivated to fill the empty space in our garden with some.
Sorry to hear about your disabilities, I understand completely. I dont get around very good myself.
Several people on here grow tomatos in containers, is that something you could do?
I got that message, too, and figured one of you would put it up. rightly, you did it and it’s here, excellent.
No.Va.... Will start putting stuff in the ground tomorrow; garden gets only limited sun light. Ruby cabbage and cucs first; peppers Wednesday; tomatoes Friday ; then my experiment for the summer: baby butternut squash and Trombetta squash.
It’s that much more gardening talk time!
I put in plants that I found at the local nursery. I’m going too talk to them about the plants when I’m there tomorrow.
We love them, which is why we’re trying them. They “can” be perennial here, but are normally treated as an annual - I’m going too try to them, and see if I can overwinter them. I’m going to get another one and put it in a pot that can be brought indoors.
They’re this year’s big experiment for me - husband now wants chickens........
Not even a sprinkle at my house.
It was so light I was able to stay outside in it while watering the dogs. It did not even make a crust on the sand.
My wife wants chickens, but they are not allowed in our neighborhood.
Went way over budget with gardening supplies this month. I had to buy garden soil for my raised beds and planters. My backyard is clay and nothing would grow in that. I grew some things, squash, peppers, lettuce, eggplant, beans, and zucchini from seeds but bought tomato plants. I must confess I spent a lot of the budget on flowers. I like to mix the flowers and the vegetables in the backyard.
So far 2 of my cherry tomatoes are loaded with fruit, my squash and eggplant have blossoms and I have one tiny pepper. Lettuce is doing great on the covered back porch.
I’ve been vacuuming the oak tree stuff and related gold dust from our screened porch and front porch area today. We had a good rain yesterday and washed a lot of this stuff out of the air. The oaks out class and out dump the cedars. Cedars really make me sneeze.
We live in an unincorporated part of the county, have nearly 2 acres and are zoned ag/res - so we can have just about anything we want - including a road side stand.
Two years ago, I planted some of my leftover tomato plants in flower beds around the yard. It was quite a sight having them together.
The pond is really getting there.
Sounds like you have the plan to make it happen.
We have marginal sunny hours in our tiny garden. There’s just too many large trees in the yard.
If I had a choice between buying plants and buying groceries I would buy plants every time. Working in the garden I am hot, covered in dirt, and so tired I can barely move but darn it I love it.
Finally due to get some rain this weekend in the upstate of SC.. been almost 20 degrees over our normal highs here this week, into the low 90s!
Does anyone know anything about growing asparagus? We planted some but feel pretty unsure about our skills
—If I had a choice between buying plants and buying groceries I would buy plants every time—
That’s my wife. Every payday she loads her car up with more plants.
What I'm looking for right now is a good tasting tomato to buy at the grocery store, but I don't know the names of tomatoes or which ones are the sweetest to eat at this time. What about Roma tomatoes..are they tasty, with some good flavor?
I use to have a plot at a community garden; last year was the first time at the house; garden only gets sun from 1:30 to 5
Other than Romas, all we have in the store is Tomatos, or vine ripened tomatos.
Try the romas, they often taste better than the others. They have more solids and are used for canning a lot.
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