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  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 41) October 21

    10/21/2011 5:04:45 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 71 replies
    Free Republic | 10-21-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. We have had the first frost of Fall this morning in East Central Mississippi. It will warm up into the 70s the next few days and possibly even up to 80s by Tuesday. Not much gardening will be going on for me until next Spring. I hope all your Fall gardens prosper. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion. Our Freeper community is full of gardeners, each with varying interests and skill levels...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 40) October 14

    10/14/2011 5:20:03 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 71 replies
    Free Republic | 10-14-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. The October weather here in East Central Mississippi has been nothing but amazing this past week. We have had a few rainy days that have helped keep my compost pile moist as I am still working on building it up. It is satisfying to see the steam rise from it when I give it a turn on these cool mornings. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion. Our Freeper community is full of...
  • Olive Garden Responce

    10/13/2011 6:59:26 PM PDT · by satan69 · 46 replies
    email from Presiden of Olive Garden | 10/13/2011 | self
    Dear Guest: We are very sorry for any misunderstanding about this issue. We do not have a policy at Olive Garden concerning bringing the American flag into our restaurants. Some members of our team were misinformed about company policy by our corporate office. As a company we take responsibility for that and we regret it. We take pride in how we communicate to our restaurants and we are correcting this so it doesn’t happen again. Like all Americans we have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the American flag and everything it symbolizes. In fact, we periodically provide...
  • The Race to Grow the One-Ton Pumpkin

    10/08/2011 9:57:39 PM PDT · by FritzG · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 05 Oct 2011 | Julia Scott
    EARLY one morning about a month ago, Don Young peeled the floral bedsheets off the giant pumpkins growing in his backyard. Tiptoeing around the jungly vines, he carefully checked for holes. Then, bending his ear down over the nearest gourd, which was as high as his gut and wider than a truck tire, he gave it a solid smack and listened intently, like a doctor with a stethoscope. “This one’s thumping pretty good,” he said with a grin. Mr. Young is one of a number of amateur gardeners whose heart’s desire is to raise a pumpkin bigger than anybody else’s....
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 39) October 7

    10/07/2011 5:03:50 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 88 replies
    Free Republic | 10-07-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Wow the first week of October! The garden has been officially put to rest and my compost pile has been tilled into the garden and is now depleted. It’s going to need a lot of leaves, grass clippings and other plant materials to build it back up for next years garden. The leaves on the trees here in East Central Mississippi have awhile yet before they turn color and start to fall in quantity so I am letting about half of my grass clippings turn brown before adding them to the compost pile and mixing them with...
  • Caption Michelle harvesting her garden

    10/06/2011 9:51:17 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 43 replies
    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama holds a piece of green onion as she conducts the fall harvest with local students in the White House Kitchen Garden in Washington, October 5, 2011 U.S. first lady Michelle Obama eats a pizza made with vegetables harvested from the White House Kitchen Garden.
  • Peace and Tranquility – Pictures of an English Garden…

    10/03/2011 9:37:10 AM PDT · by sussex · 9 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 03/10/11 | The Aged P
    "…if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden…" These days on the cusp between September and October have been gloriously sunny and warm so it seemed appropriate for us to take a wander around nearby Sheffield Park. With grassy slopes, peaceful lakes and sweeping trees it’s a fitting memorial to the genius of Lancelot “Capability” Brown who originally laid it out 250 years ago.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 38) September 30

    09/30/2011 5:02:33 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 116 replies
    Free Republic | 9-30-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Fall is in the air here in East Central Mississippi on this last day of September. It has been beautiful weather for cleaning up outside and taking care of the yard. Our daytime temperatures have been in the 70s with an occasional bump up into the 80s and the overnight lows are ranging from the 40s to the 60s. While I am waiting for Spring to arrive I will be occupied by continuing to hone my skills at home brewing. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 37) September 23

    09/23/2011 7:28:24 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 76 replies · 2+ views
    Free Republic | 9-23-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I am getting a late start posting the thread this morning. Cleaned up my garden plot and will be tilling in some of my compost and wheat straw when the soil dries out a little more. I put a bail of straw around the base of my Fig trees in the hopes the straw will help them through the winter. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion. Our Freeper community is full of...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 36) September 16

    09/16/2011 5:18:08 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 144 replies
    Free Republic | 09-16-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. It has been another beautiful week here in East Central Mississippi we have had moderate daytime temperatures with cool nights. Perfect weather to get out and do some garden and yard clean up. My Fig trees have finished producing and it is time to winterize them with a thick layer of straw. All my of the pears have been picked and either canned or eaten. My vegetable garden is basically through producing except for a few Jalapenos that are still hanging on and still producing large peppers. My Beer brewing experiment is still progressing nicely with 6...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 35) September 9

    09/09/2011 5:02:47 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 122 replies
    Free Republic | 9-9-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. It has been beautiful weather here in East Central Mississippi. We received about 3 inches of rain out of TS Lee on Monday and the daytime highs have been in the mid to high 80s with overnight lows in the 50s. It is 50 right now. This is quite cool for this time of year for us. My garden is basically done for the year. I bottled my first batch of beer yesterday, 30 quarts. Now it is wait for two weeks and maybe up to a couple of months, while it conditions, until it is ready...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 34) September 2

    09/02/2011 5:25:52 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 103 replies
    Free Republic | 09-02-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I Hope all is well with you, your gardens and your endeavors. To make saving your prized tomato seeds easier than ever try using some Oxy-Clean. Oxy-Clean? Yep the same stuff that Billy Mays pushed in all those TV commercials! Thanks to Freeper “who knows what evil?” for the heads up on this easy to do technique. Here is a link to a web page that describes the procedure - Saving Tomato Seeds Now how easy is that? If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just...
  • Man finds $150,000 in garden

    09/01/2011 6:32:32 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 08/31/2011 | By Claudine Zap
    As the old saw goes, money doesn't grow on trees. But sometimes it sprouts up in the garden. An unemployed man in northern Illinois was out working in his backyard when he came across some serious green: bags filled with $150,000 cash. Wayne Sabaj was headed to pick some broccoli to go with his roast. The carpenter spotted duffel bags that looked like trash by the peppers -- but they turned out to be a cash crop: stacks of $20 bills that added up to about $150,000. The 49-year-old, who is living with his dad, did not exactly jump for...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 33) August 26

    08/26/2011 10:14:53 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 227 replies
    Free Republic | 8-26-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon gardeners. I hope all of you in the path of Irene heed the warnings and please stay safe! Not much gong on garden wise here in East Central Mississippi. I am just waiting to see how a few paste tomatoes do. And while I am waiting I decided to use some of my pears to make preserves. I am using the recipe I posted on last weeks thread, which calls for a little activity and a lot of waiting. I will be doing the final canning step this morning. This recipe may be way to sweet for my...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 32) August 19

    08/19/2011 5:01:37 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 203 replies
    Free Republic | 08-19-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Weather has been great here in East Central Mississippi but my garden is basically done for the season. I do have some paste tomatoes coming along just fine and hope they produce before the first frost. They have a good chance to produce because the first frost around here is usually in late October or early November. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion. Our Freeper community is full of gardeners, each with...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 31) August 12

    08/12/2011 5:28:22 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 160 replies
    Free Republic | 08-12-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. There is not much garden news to report from East Central Mississippi this morning. I am just trying to keep everything watered and alive and picking a couple of peppers and a zucchini every once in awhile. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion. Our Freeper community is full of gardeners, each with varying interests and skill levels from Master Gardener to novice. I hope all your gardens are flourishing.
  • Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

    08/06/2011 3:22:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    MyFoxDetroit ^ | ALEXIS WILEY
    "The price of organic food is kind of through the roof," said Julie Bass. So, why not grow your own? However, Bass' garden is a little unique because it's in her front yard. "We thought it'd be really cool to do it so the neighbors could see. The kids love it. The kids from the neighborhood all come and help," she said. UPDATE: Story becomes internet sensation around the world, click here.>> Bass' cool garden has landed her in hot water with the City of Oak Park. Code enforcement gave her a warning, then a ticket and now she's been...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 30) August 5

    08/05/2011 5:38:05 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 154 replies
    Free Republic | 08*05*2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I transplanted 10 young paste tomato plants into my garden last Friday and wouldn’t you it, the heat gets turned up again. The area of my garden where I planted them gets shade from about 3pm on but I am having to supplying them shade from late morning until then. So far they are doing ok. I hope they survive. My pepper plants are doing well and producing nicely and I may get another round of zuke production. I got a very nice hard rain yesterday evening. Probably about 1/2 inch. If you are a gardener or...
  • corn type worm problems south florida

    07/29/2011 7:56:18 PM PDT · by satan69 · 18 replies
    self | today | me
    last falls corn crop had a lot of worm damage. It didn't come in through the silk. They seem to have bored right into the side of the corn.. I lost 50% of my crop to the worms.. When the corn was ripe I was very sad to see so many of the worms in the corn eating away... They attacked the sweet yellow corn more then the white corn. I sprayed and sprayed every week but the worms still got in.. Looked like the bored into the center of the ears as most had a hole in them... Any...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 29) July 29

    07/29/2011 5:22:39 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 271 replies
    7-29-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. This past week here in East Central Mississippi has been great, weather wise. There have been numerous and very beneficial pop-up T-storms almost every day, which have helped keep the temperatures down and my garden watered. I hope TS Don will give some relief to those of you in drought stricken Texas. Forecasts are for it to dissipate in about 36 to 48 hours after landfall. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion....
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 28) July 22

    07/22/2011 5:42:39 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 178 replies
    Free Republic | 7-22-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I canned all the tomatoes I had picked the previous week this past Wednesday. Sadly it did not take very long to do the canning. I also roasted (chared and peeled) about half of the Jalapenos I had picked and froze the other half. I also cut up and froze some green Bell Peppers and zucchini squash. On Wednesday I had a pop up T-storm visit the garden and then yesterday it was cloudy all morning and around 11 am a very nice, lazy, soaking rain started falling and it lasted for about two and a half...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 27) July 15

    07/15/2011 5:13:42 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 356 replies
    Free Republic | 07-15-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. It has been another week of hot humid weather. My little garden got its small share of a 60% chance of rain yesterday afternoon. A nice pop up T-storm spent about half an hour dropping a nice steady rain on my garden. There is a 70% chance of rain today. If the percentage for rain is not above 50 the pop up T-storms seem to pass me by. I did get to harvest about a dozen ripe tomatoes this past week but they are on the small side. My replacement paste tomato plants are coming along just...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 26) July 08

    07/08/2011 5:13:39 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 267 replies
    Free Republic | 7-08-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I have been planting 2 zucchini plants every year I have had a garden and this year is the first year they have produced more than my wife and I can use. I think their production is due to the four-foot spacing between plants I gave them. I may be able to participate in the annual “leave a zucchini on your neighbor’s porch day” this year. It is on August 8th. I should be getting some ripe tomatoes soon; a few are developing a slight blush. Some netting will have to put up to protect them from...
  • 2 bodies found at Napa County marijuana garden

    07/07/2011 6:29:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 7/7/11 | AP
    Napa, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the killing of two men in a massive marijuana garden in a remote area of Napa County. ... .. the operation was believed to be part of a larger Mexican drug trade operation. ... About 3,000 marijuana plants were found at the garden,..
  • Julie Bass of Oak Park Faces Misdemeanor Charge for Vegetable Garden (in front yard, video)

    07/07/2011 3:51:43 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 61 replies
    Fox 2 ^ | 6/30/2011 | Fox 2
    OAK PARK, Mich. (WJBK) - "The price of organic food is kind of through the roof," said Julie Bass. So, why not grow your own? However, Bass' garden is a little unique because it's in her front yard. "We thought it'd be really cool to do it so the neighbors could see. The kids love it. The kids from the neighborhood all come and help," she said. Bass' cool garden has landed her in hot water with the City of Oak Park. Code enforcement gave her a warning, then a ticket and now she's been charged with a misdemeanor....
  • Green monster - Dangerous giant weed on the loose

    07/07/2011 12:14:43 AM PDT · by shibumi · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 6, 2011 | Kate Sheehey
    It's got beautiful flowers as big as umbrellas -- and sap that causes blindness and third-degree burns -- and it could be coming soon to a city park near you. Giant Hogweed, a monster plant that looks like Queen Anne's Lace -- but is more akin to the man-eating-plant Audrey II from "Little Shop of Horrors" -- is spreading in New York state, with dozens more confirmed sightings since last year, experts said yesterday. The botanical beast is so rampant that the state Department of Environmental Conservation has even set up a special Giant Hogweed Hotline -- and ordered a...
  • EU bans Egypt seed imports after E. coli outbreak

    07/05/2011 8:10:18 AM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 1 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | July 5, 2011 | MARIA CHENG
    BRUSSELS — The European Union says it is temporarily banning the import of certain seeds from Egypt after some were linked to a deadly outbreak of the E. coli in Germany and France. The EU said Tuesday member states also have to ensure that all "seeds imported from one Egyptian exporter between 2009 and 2011 are withdrawn from the market, sampled and destroyed." The bloc's Safety Authority said earlier Tuesday that the fenugreek seeds blamed for the recent outbreak are still on the market and were shipped to more countries than was previously believed, including Austria, Britain and Spain. ........snip...more...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 25) July 01

    07/01/2011 5:21:16 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 288 replies
    Free Republic | 07-01-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I hope your gardens are doing well. Mine is doing so-so as far as my tomatoes are concerned. A couple of tomatoes that I thought I would lose due to the heat have revived a bit and will survive because of the shade I have been providing in the afternoons. My new tomato seedlings are coming along great and need repotting very soon. I received a very nice quantity of Texas A&M yellow Jalapeno seed from Freeper Texas Fossil and plan to plant a couple today and see how they do. If you are a gardener or...
  • Raleigh woman's garden became her husband's grave [Buried in garden she "worked obsessively"]

    06/27/2011 10:37:57 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 06/27/11 | Renee Elder
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Ruth Huber Bostic carefully tended to her flower garden every day, even though the rest of her home and property were in shambles. Neighbors said she appeared to talk to herself while she cared for the hosta plants and violets. These seemed to be moments of tranquility for a troubled elderly woman whose husband had apparently departed long ago. Then, more than a year after she died at age 78, police discovered Bostic had not been entirely alone during her daily garden visits: Underneath the ivy and bricks, detectives found the remains of her husband, David...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 24) June 24

    06/24/2011 5:15:19 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 318 replies · 1+ views
    Free Republic | 06-24-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Well this past week brought a respite from the sunny hot weather here in Mississippi. We received two days of beneficial rains, which helped to revive my garden. Watching the radar it looked like a good portion of south-central Texas from San Antonio to the northeast corner received some rain also. I hope it was helpful to our gardeners over that way. My winter squash are growing like mad and my hot and sweet peppers are doing great. What is left of my tomatoes seem to have revived a bit during these rainy and cloudy days. I...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 23) June 17

    06/17/2011 5:12:35 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 210 replies
    Free Republic | 06-17-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. My tomato plants are struggling to survive these hot brutal sunny days. Their leaves are all curled up trying to save water. Temperatures are consistently in the mid to high 90s. My winter and summer squash along with all of my hot and sweet pepper plants are doing great. It does not look like any of my Opailka or Viva Italia paste tomatoes will make it through so I have restarted some more seeds in the hopes I can get them transplanted in time for a late harvest. I have about 4 Marion tomato plants that are...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 22) June 10

    06/10/2011 6:10:49 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 227 replies
    Free Republic | 6-10-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I lost a total of three of my Marion Tomato plants due to the heat this past week. The good news is that all my other plants are surviving this heat wave and a wonderful cooling T- storm visited my garden Wednesday afternoon dumping about ľ of an inch of much-needed rain. Here in East Central Mississippi the forecast is for highs in the mid 90s with isolated thunderstorms for the next week. I am keeping my fingers crossed that one or two of them will pass over my garden. If you are a gardener or you...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 21) June 03

    06/03/2011 4:18:59 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 212 replies
    Free Republic | 06-03-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Here in East Central Mississippi the heat has arrived. It was 101 yesterday and is expected to be in the high 90s and pushing 100 for the next week. A heat advisory is effect. My garden is surviving these hot afternoons. Some of my younger plants have needed watering every afternoon. My established tomato, squash and pepper plants have been doing well with a deep soaking of water about every three days. Looks like it is going to be a hot summer. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 20) May 27

    05/27/2011 5:16:22 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 217 replies
    Free Republic | 5-21-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I apologize to all Freepers for the flame skirmish that occurred on the thread last week. This thread is intended to give like minded Freepers a place to share their gardening experiences and knowledge - a respite from the everyday problems we all encounter without encountering more on a benign gardening thread. Please be civil to your fellow gardeners, Thank You. Ok, back to gardening. Every one of my plants I started from seed are doing great! This includes two varieties of paste tomatoes and three varieties of winter squash and a few pepper plants. Unfortunately some...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 19) May 20

    05/20/2011 5:49:39 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 330 replies
    Free Republic | 05-20-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. The past week here in East Central Mississippi has been beautiful with cool mornings and sunny moderate afternoons. It has been great weather and temperatures for a garden with young plants just starting out. I have been watering them with a solution of AlgoFlash and Sea Magic Seaweed and the plants are doing very well. Have any of you ever used a product called Humic acid along with your fertilization program? From what I have read it is supposed to help make the fertilizers more available to the plants. If you are a gardener or you are...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 18) May 13

    05/13/2011 5:13:23 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 197 replies
    Free Republic | 5-13-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I hope all of your gardens are doing well. Here in East Central Mississippi my garden is coming along very nicely. I have been worried about some of the very young plants because of steady hot sunny days this past week. The Weekly Gardening thread continues to grow. The thread currently has 452 members. Two to three additional FReepers are added each week. I have had many requests for those who post on the thread to include a general location of where they are gardening or at least to let us know in what USDA Plant Hardiness...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 17) May 6

    05/06/2011 5:10:06 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 157 replies
    Free Republic | 5-6-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. The weather has been beautiful the last few days and my plants are so happy to be in the ground. Now it is just a matter of watering and waiting for all the veggies to grow. Lets see I have Marion, Arkansas Traveler and a couple of verities of paste tomatoes, a couple of verities of winter squash, zucchini, egg plants, jalapeno and sweet peppers. I am hoping they all do well. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 16) April 29

    04/29/2011 5:22:58 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 128 replies
    Free Republic | 4-29-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Well folks my garden soil finally dried out enough for me to get it all tilled and ready for planting but then that severe weather outbreak the other day delayed planting – the soil has been to wet and muddy. I bought a couple of bails of wheat straw yesterday to use as a mulch and cover for my landscape fabric. I may get the planting done today that is if my wife’s yard sale does not interfere. My PVC drip irrigation system has been working very well and I will be using it again this year....
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 15) April 22

    04/22/2011 5:21:17 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 176 replies
    Free Republic | 04-22-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Let this joy of Easter fill up your heart today and forever. Happy Easter! I am so disappointed. The soil is still wet and I have not had a chance to till my garden yet. I did build a small raised bed planter for the beneficial mix of flowers and herbs and sewn the seeds. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion. Our Freeper community is full of gardeners, each with varying interests...
  • ANNUAL FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW, ST. JOHN'S COUNTY, FLORIDA

    04/16/2011 2:37:04 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 34 replies
    SELF | April 16, 2011 | swampsniper
    I spent about 3 hours at the flower and garden show, got tired long before I covered everything. The exhibits were spread out over at least 4 or 5 acres, and there were more displays in the main conference room. They were running gardening clinics in another room.It's a charity event sponsored by the garden clubs.The turnout was impressive and it's still got another day to run.Y'all keep the noise down, I'm gonna take a nap!
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 13) April 15

    04/15/2011 5:07:49 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 230 replies
    Free Republic | 4-15-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Today is NOT tax day! Y’all who file last minute can put it off until Monday the 18th. Why? In 2011, Washington, D.C., will celebrate Emancipation Day on April 15, a day earlier than normal, since April 16 falls on a Saturday. Emancipation Day marks the anniversary of the day that President Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act. The Act, which was "for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia," freed 3,100 slaves in the District, making DC residents the "first freed" by the federal government. Ok back to...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 13) April 8

    04/08/2011 5:07:25 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 194 replies
    Free Republic | 04-08-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I hope things are going well for all the gardeners. My seedling trays are over flowing with growth. I have heirloom tomatoes, Marion and Arkansas Travelers ready for repotting. Paste tomatoes and squash were repotted a few days ago. I Also have a few types of flowers also doing well. I will plant some hot peppers in my garden also. Hot peppers have always done well for me. Sweet Bell peppers I have always had problems growing but will try them once again. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 12) April 1

    04/01/2011 5:34:48 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 260 replies
    Free Republic | 4-01-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Wow April 1 and there is snow falling in the Northeast! Y’all just can’t catch a break! Here in East Central Mississippi we have had some cooler Temperatures this past week but are looking for warmer weather starting today. Forecast id for upper 70s and 80s for the next week. I will have to do some repotting of some of my seedlings today. Butternut and Honey Bear squash are up and thriving. My paste tomatoes are up and will need repotting late next week. I also have some Salvia and Teddy Bear Sun flowers that need to...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 11) March 25

    03/25/2011 5:45:10 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 241 replies
    Free Republic | 3-25-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Spring has officially arrived! Time to get serious about gardening. For those of you thinking about building a green house here is a link to a web site that has Free plans for building your own. Greenhouse Plans - from MyBackyardPlans.com There are 4 pages of different plans. The web site has plans for Arbors, Potting Bench, Trellis, Storage sheds and more. Most plans have pictures/drawing and a list of materials needed. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join...
  • Springtime in an English garden – “To cultivate a garden is to walk with God”

    03/23/2011 7:51:24 AM PDT · by sussex · 11 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | the Aged P
    It is remarkable that since Nymans Garden was created in 1890 it has seen only three Head Gardeners: James Comber from 1895-1953; Cecil Nice, who began working at Nymans in 1924 and succeeded James Comber as Head Gardener in 1953; and currently David Masters, who took over when Cecil retired in 1980. Who cannot envy those three men for as we walked around those beautiful grounds we felt certain that Christian Bovee was right when he said “to cultivate a garden is to walk with God”
  • So you think you can...GROW YOUR OWN?

    03/21/2011 5:51:03 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 157 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal/77 Square ^ | March 20, 2011 | Sandy Cullen
    Eager to join the grow-your-own-food movement and don’t know where to begin? Tried your hand at gardening with less than satisfying results, while your neighbor’s front yard overflowed with beans and cabbage? With the start of the traditional gardening season just around the corner — and four-season gardening offering never-ending opportunities — the time is ripe to formulate a plan of action that nurtures mind, body and spirit. Here’s a pack of tips to help you plant the seeds for growing your green thumb: 1. Cultivate your inner gardener Gardening is about so much more than simply growing vegetables, flowers...
  • Michelle Obama will write a book on her White House garden

    03/20/2011 9:38:40 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 64 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 03/20/2011 | Jill Serjeant, Reuters
    Michelle Obama will write about what inspired her garden and will also share favorite Obama family recipes.US first lady Michelle Obama will write a book about the kitchen garden she started at the White House and her efforts to promote healthy eating, the Crown publishing group said on Wednesday. The as yet untitled book will be published in April 2012. It is expected to include an explanation from Mrs. Obama as to what inspired her to plant the first edible garden on the White House's South Lawn since Eleanor Roosevelt's World War II era "victory garden." She will also share...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 10) March 18

    03/18/2011 5:11:02 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 153 replies
    Free Republic | 03-18-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Wow! We are blessed with a Beautiful weather forecast for central Mississippi this next week. It will be sunny with highs in the low 80s starting today. Time for this Freeper to really get serious out in the yard and especially in my garden. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion. Our Freeper community is full of gardeners, each with varying interests and skill levels from Master Gardener to novice.
  • chelle Obama wants to grow shamrock at the White House

    03/14/2011 1:23:06 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    IrishCentral.com ^ | 3-14-11 | JAMES O'SHEA
    Request by First Lady for shamrock seeds for her garden Michelle Obama, has requested shamrock seeds to begin growing Ireland’s national plant in the White House garden. Living Shamrock, the company that grows the shamrock that the Irish Prime Minster gives to the US president every year on St.Patrick’s Day has received a request from the First Lady to grow her own for next year. The shamrock presented to the president is always destroyed afterwards because of security protocol. The shamrock for the White House is grown in County Kerry in a unique, soil-free environment. "Our shamrock is grown in...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 09) March 11

    03/11/2011 5:12:56 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 147 replies
    Free Republic | 03-11-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. It has been a rainy first part of the week with a little cooler weather following the rain here in Central Mississippi. We will be back into the low 70s for high temperatures for the next few days. I have been busy putting up a small 8’X 8’ shed in our back yard and running electricity to it. My tomato seeds have started sprouting. I also have some Ground Cherry seeds that still have a few weeks until they sprout. My squash seedlings are doing well. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out...