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Weekly Gardening Thread VOLUME 19 MAY 9, 2014
Free Republic | May 9, 2014 | rightly_dividing

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.

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.


TOPICS: Agriculture; Chit/Chat; Gardening; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: gardening
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To: rightly_dividing

Add me to the ping list please


2 posted on 05/09/2014 10:19:11 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: rightly_dividing

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.


3 posted on 05/09/2014 10:19:16 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; Alkhin; ...

I didn’t do it right, so sorry. Pinging for greeneyes.


4 posted on 05/09/2014 10:21:32 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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It’s 57 degrees with light precipitation here in Massachusetts. Our lettuce is happy.


5 posted on 05/09/2014 10:22:02 AM PDT 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

String beans are up. Squash starting to blossom.

Anyone know anything about artichokes? Looking for help with planting and cultivating.


6 posted on 05/09/2014 10:24:35 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary"S)
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To: rightly_dividing
Looks like a thread got started, so you did it right, in my book.

Thanks for stepping up.

/johnny

7 posted on 05/09/2014 10:24:53 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: heartwood

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.


8 posted on 05/09/2014 10:27:53 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: rightly_dividing

Looks OK to me! Raining today in SE Wisconsin, but at least it’s warmer. I might even plant a flower.


9 posted on 05/09/2014 10:28:31 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: rightly_dividing

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.


10 posted on 05/09/2014 10:29:50 AM PDT by MomwithHope (Please support efforts in your state for an Article 5 convention.)
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To: rightly_dividing

You did just fine! thank You for filling in! :-)


11 posted on 05/09/2014 10:29:50 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: rightly_dividing

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.

/johnny

12 posted on 05/09/2014 10:31:49 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: rightly_dividing

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.


13 posted on 05/09/2014 10:34:57 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: JRandomFreeper

Thanks Johnny. I did not quite get it right, I had to get the admin to make an “adjustment” for me. :(


14 posted on 05/09/2014 10:37:03 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: rightly_dividing

You’ve made a bunch of people happy by starting this thread. :)


15 posted on 05/09/2014 10:39:11 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

That looks about like I had pictured it.

Good luck having fun with it.


16 posted on 05/09/2014 10:40:48 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Glad you are getting rain.

We are getting very light sprinkles, not enough to read in the rain gauge.


17 posted on 05/09/2014 10:43:12 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: heartwood
still cool with nights in the 30's...I've got red cabbage in and loose leaf lettuce and garlic from last year doing well...walla walla's are up and at least surviving....

my plants in my small unheated green house look eager to get into the ground....

18 posted on 05/09/2014 10:43:57 AM PDT by cherry
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To: rightly_dividing

Squash plants have lots of little squash. Bean and tomato plants are blooming and putting on. Cucumbers are growing faster than I ever remember.


19 posted on 05/09/2014 10:43:57 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Anyone know anything about artichokes? Looking for help with planting and cultivating.

Can't wait to see some expert answers. I'm in the same boat as you. I planted 2 about 3 weeks ago.

20 posted on 05/09/2014 10:45:56 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

That’s great.


21 posted on 05/09/2014 10:46:30 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: rightly_dividing
We were blessed with a badly needed rain shower last night here in Central Missouri.

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.

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22 posted on 05/09/2014 10:49:25 AM PDT by Augie
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To: Gabz

I planted mine 3 weeks ago. Still haven’t broke the soil.


23 posted on 05/09/2014 10:50:47 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary"S)
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To: trisham

Thanks.

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.


24 posted on 05/09/2014 10:53:00 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Globe artichokes or Jerusalem artichokes?
Globe takes a looooong season or mild winters.
Jerusalem can be invasive.
25 posted on 05/09/2014 10:54:25 AM PDT by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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To: MomwithHope

Glad it’s finally springing in Michigan, and raining too.


26 posted on 05/09/2014 10:54:37 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: rightly_dividing

Excellent idea!


27 posted on 05/09/2014 10:56:44 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


28 posted on 05/09/2014 11:00:01 AM PDT by itssme
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To: Gabz

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.


29 posted on 05/09/2014 11:00:09 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: itssme

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?


30 posted on 05/09/2014 11:06:46 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: rightly_dividing; JRandomFreeper

I got that message, too, and figured one of you would put it up. rightly, you did it and it’s here, excellent.


31 posted on 05/09/2014 11:08:52 AM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

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.


32 posted on 05/09/2014 11:09:03 AM PDT by Bulwinkle (Alec, a.k.a. Daffy Duck)
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To: Marcella

It’s that much more gardening talk time!


33 posted on 05/09/2014 11:14:26 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: EQAndyBuzz

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.


34 posted on 05/09/2014 11:17:42 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: rightly_dividing

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........


35 posted on 05/09/2014 11:21:50 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: rightly_dividing

Not even a sprinkle at my house.


36 posted on 05/09/2014 11:22:53 AM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Marcella

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.


37 posted on 05/09/2014 11:26:03 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: Gabz

My wife wants chickens, but they are not allowed in our neighborhood.


38 posted on 05/09/2014 11:27:49 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: rightly_dividing

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.


39 posted on 05/09/2014 11:36:03 AM PDT by heylady
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To: rightly_dividing

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.


40 posted on 05/09/2014 11:44:56 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: rightly_dividing

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.


41 posted on 05/09/2014 11:45:37 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: heylady

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.


42 posted on 05/09/2014 11:51:36 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: Augie

The pond is really getting there.


43 posted on 05/09/2014 11:53:34 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: Bulwinkle

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.


44 posted on 05/09/2014 11:57:37 AM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: rightly_dividing

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.


45 posted on 05/09/2014 11:58:10 AM PDT by heylady
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To: Marcella

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


46 posted on 05/09/2014 12:01:25 PM PDT by 4everontheRight (And the story began with..."Once there was a great nation......")
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To: heylady

—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.


47 posted on 05/09/2014 12:02:02 PM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: rightly_dividing
Thanks. There's really no way I can do container gardening...live on the 4th floor of an independent living senior complex..I have a balcony, but it's a flower community here, and container gardening just would not work.

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?

48 posted on 05/09/2014 12:04:34 PM PDT by itssme
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To: rightly_dividing

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


49 posted on 05/09/2014 12:07:11 PM PDT by Bulwinkle (Alec, a.k.a. Daffy Duck)
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To: itssme

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.


50 posted on 05/09/2014 12:11:55 PM PDT by rightly_dividing
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