Skip to comments.Weekly Garden Thread - December 7-13, 2019
Posted on 12/07/2019 6:42:01 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin
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I'm surprised at how much they've actually gotten "in" the rain gauge ... not a very big opening!
The 'poopsters' are so cute ... the two that hang around are male bluebirds with their blue 'jackets' & rust upper chests & they puff all up in the cold weather. We have 2 boxes where they nest ... one is a "good" one, with a clean out door, etc. The other was at least 20 years old & literally fell apart last summer - I replaced the roof (split in half) with a mama bluebird sitting on a nest! I moved super slow & was as quiet/careful as I could be & she never budged, even when I briefly used a drill to help take out the screws. I ordered a nice house (a clean out door, wire sub floor, etc.) & took the top off the old one (again) very carefully to make sure there wasn't a 2nd set of eggs ... there was! So, they fledged two nests of babies out of that rickety old house. Finally, the babies were out & I was able to replace it with the new house. They're perching on it & seem to be ok with it so far, so I'm looking forward to more babies next year.
The "derelict" house, after I scrounged a roof off another junked house & replaced it, trying to get the old house through the nesting season:
The new house:
What was in the old, derelict house when I went to put the new one up:
New house, up & ready for the bluebirds. It's a great spot for them - when I mow the surrounding fields, they get really active, catching bugs:
That is a LOT of suet! I think I went through maybe two cases last year - we have quite a few woodpeckers of various types that spend their time on the suet, but the nuthatches & some of the other birds like it, too. I’ve not bought any suet yet, but I need to in the very near future.
We live on 11 acres of mostly heavy old woods. Many kinds of woodpeckers and other birds like the suet as well. Chickadees, nuthatches, titmice and cardinals too. Our suet cage holds 2 cakes, could hold more. It has 2 small shelves at the bottom for a perching birds to stand on. It’s a Birdola cage but I don’t buy Birdola suet cakes. For one they are pricey and for 2 they just don’t have enough suet and crumble away too easy.
It was driving me crazy, and that’s a short trip, so I went out in the garage and looked through all my plant markers. The pepper is the Costa Rican Red pepper. Better flavor and sweeter than the Carmen. Consistent too we grew them for many years.
Unlike the picture it had a plastic stem and I looked out my window just in time to see a squirrel bite it off and roll it in to the woods.
Ah yes squirrels can be a problem. Our suet cage is on a iron crook which I keep greased. That and we have pretty much decimated the fox squirrel population, The black squirrels moved in and they don’t come anywhere near the house or feeder. Usually starting in January the pileateds start hitting the suet. They are feeding babies then. They can really go through it.
They aren't all on one plant they are on 3 separate plants: Jalapeno Orange Spice, Jalapeno Lemon Spice and Jalapeno Pumpkin Spice. If you were into grafting you could make a Frankenpepper plant. I know people who have done that successfully.
I like the Jason and the Argonauts reference.
If you do social media, there are some really neat backyard bird watching pages on Facebook.
Howdy. First off, it’s Anniversary of PEARL HARBOR today. I just want to give thanks for our Great Military and prayers for all of our service members and their families. May God be with them.
My Dad was in the Coast Guard. He participated in the Atherton and USS Moberly’s sinking of the last U boat of WWII, off the coast of POINT JUDITH LIGHT-New England.
We got our first seed catalog yesterday-Seeds n Such-never seen it before. Today we got BAKERS CREEK—ShamWow! I’m letting hubby have first dibbs. Just briefly reviewed some notes on growing your own fertilizer from Ecology Action booklet.
I opened my garden folder to start thinking about what to plant this Spring, and the article on top was GARDENING IN THE SNOW. So I was going to set up a link to the article, but didn’t find it.
However, I did find many others of interest, that I’m going to post here for later reference/reading in case anyone else wants to take a look.
8 Snow-Hardy Vegetables You (Really) Can Grow During Winter ...
It is known that scallions, onions and leeks can survive under the snow if mulch has been used to create a layer of protection. The best time to harvest your winter produce is when temperatures are between a high 20 degrees Fahrenheit and low 30 degrees.
Winter Gardening Guide | Fix.com
Zone 8. Temperatures usually stay above freezing in this zone but in rare cases they can dip to negative 12 degrees Fahrenheit. Some regions in this zone get snow and others get heavy rainfall. In arid areas without much wind, mulch may be the only protection needed to keep winter crops thriving most of the time.
18 Delicious Vegetables to Grow on the Winter and How to Grow ...
So keep this in mind if you are saving plants from your summer garden, so you can have a fresh tomato or pepper over the winter months. 3. Overwinter and Plant in a Heated Greenhouse. This final option is for people that want to be able to grow anything they want, any time they want.
How To Grow Vegetables Outdoors in The Winter | Empress of Dirt
Oct 3, 2016By planting a winter vegetable garden in the late summer and early fall, the vegetables have time to get established (tender roots and shoots will freeze, older ones will not) and you’ll have lots of food to harvest throughout the winter and into spring.
Winter Gardening: Best Crops to Extend Your Harvest ...
Aug 13, 2019Planting enough crops in late summer and fall to harvest throughout the winter. These late-sown crops reach maturity before the cold hits, but they hold well in the garden so you can harvest them when the rest of your crops has long tapered off.
Your Guide to Winter Container Gardening | Earth911.com
Jan 8, 2018The Basics. Since plants in containers are more vulnerable to cold than plants in the ground, the general rule for winter container gardening is to choose plants that are hardy to at least two zones colder than your own. Of course, this isn’t completely ironclad, as many trees, shrubs and perennials that are hardy in your zone can live...
PDF Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening in the Pacific Northwest
Many cool-season crops produce well in the fall and, in mild-winter areas of the Pacific Northwest, hold through the winter if protected. You can plant these vegetables in mid- to late summer after you harvest spring crops and as space is available.
Snow Tolerant Vegetables - Harvest to Table
Snow on the winter vegetable garden does not mean the end of harvest. Snow will insulate winter crops from freezing temperatures and protect them until harvest. A killing frost or freeze will do more damage to winter vegetables than snow. Carrots, turnips, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage, chard, and head lettuce can be harvested from under a blanket of snow.
Winter Gardening Tips: Best Winter Crops - Mother Earth News
But many gardeners are discovering the joys of harvesting fresh produce all winter long, which allows for feasts of cold-hardy crops that are just-picked and just right for the time of year. According to Jodi Lew-Smith of High Mowing Seeds in Wolcott, Vt., the seed-buying season used to be January, February and March.
Top ten winter vegetables | Life and style | The Guardian
Dec 6, 2013Savoy cabbage. Winter-cropping plants are incredibly forgiving, as long as they’re given the chance to build up a strong root system in summer. Good-sized heads will naturally follow. ‘Alaska’ ( Marshalls) is a favourite of mine because it’s compact and stands incredibly well through the winter.
Now I have to go do some bible study until the glare on the computer is gone—afternoon sunshine to enjoy in the greenhouse —great for reading fine print. Ha.
HAPPY WINTER GARDENING—LOL—God Bless you all.
If you haven’t seen this YouTube channel you should check it out. Very nice if you like nature shows or birds.
Thanks! Looks interesting :-)
Put another notch in the ‘Beaver’ column. I can’t think of any other critter that would do that. What a shame, but they’re industrious critters, for sure.
I had Beau look at it. He’s the Love Child of Ted Nugent and Jeremiah Johnson and he said, ‘Beaver,’ too.
Made a note of the Costa Rican Red Pepper, as ‘Carmen’ is one of my favorite peppers and has been for years. I’m doing more peppers this next year for sure. I have GOT to cut back on the tomatoes - I’m killing myself here, LOL!
Also - if I even THINK about growing any winter squash - somebody shoot me!!
Those bratty Squirrels! However:
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