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WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 43 OCTOBER 26, 2012
Free Republic | October 26, 2012 | greeneyes

Posted on 10/26/2012 11:50:41 AM PDT by greeneyes

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!


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Greetings from Missouri. We have a bright sunny day - kinda cold here. Freeze warnings last night and tonight. I put row covers over everything still left in the garden and the sprouts of garlic and lettuce planted for the winter garden.

Still enjoying lots of tomatoes as they ripen indoors from the limbs I cut off a few weeks back.

Have a great weekend. God Bless.

1 posted on 10/26/2012 11:50:41 AM PDT by greeneyes
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To: greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Pinging the list.


2 posted on 10/26/2012 11:52:58 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Thanks for da ping... Wife’s sister is visiting from Colorado for a few days. More news at 11...


3 posted on 10/26/2012 12:03:02 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: greeneyes
Anyone else out there using Earthbox? I really like these.
4 posted on 10/26/2012 12:16:51 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: greeneyes

Thanks for the ping. We are still getting some peppers and the ghost peppers are growing larger. Light rain is falling at the moment.


5 posted on 10/26/2012 12:19:10 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (really good tag line wanted here.)
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To: 5thGenTexan

I have dozens of them...my highest recommendation!


6 posted on 10/26/2012 12:21:20 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: greeneyes

Had our first skiff of snow in the valleys. Mountains have had 1-2 inches. Will be back inthe 50’s next week whichis normal. Some rain and snow mix thru the weekend.

Planning on raising our gardens using pavers and great soil in preparations for next spring.


7 posted on 10/26/2012 12:21:34 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: greeneyes

Temps dropped 30 degrees in 24 hours in Texas. We had a little welcome rain for about 3 minutes earlier today. I walked out the other day and something had killed the squash. Every year I plant different squashes and everytime they’re up and blooming, they get swarmed with something and immediately that’s it.

Am still getting beans, peppers and greens.


8 posted on 10/26/2012 12:23:17 PM PDT by bgill (Evil doers are in every corner of our government. Have we passed the time of no return?)
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To: rightly_dividing

My peppers are all grown in 3-gallon pots...I am loaded with orange, purple, red, and chocolate bells at the moment; along with a number of others...


9 posted on 10/26/2012 12:24:31 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: 5thGenTexan

I have been wanting to get an earthbox mostly to use indoors during the winter, but they are kinda expensive, so I have just been muddling by with what I have on hand.


10 posted on 10/26/2012 12:25:18 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: tubebender

you are welcome.


11 posted on 10/26/2012 12:25:58 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: rightly_dividing

What’s your temperature there?


12 posted on 10/26/2012 12:27:17 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

I received my FIRST packets of 2013 seeds in the mail yesterday...any other ‘early birds’ out there?


13 posted on 10/26/2012 12:30:56 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: illiac

I really like raised beds.


14 posted on 10/26/2012 12:33:42 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Yes, I have to admit, I have some heirloom seeds that I ordered from Baker Creek - a Missouri Company.


15 posted on 10/26/2012 12:42:57 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
61°F in the Texas Hill Country.
I had to put socks on today. It's freezing, I tell ya"!
16 posted on 10/26/2012 12:43:13 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: greeneyes

Greetings from New Joisey - right in the path of Hurricane Sandy. Will be covering my little fig tree so it survives the storm. My knockout roses are still blooming and I just took inside three beautiful Charles Aznouzar (sp?) roses. They are the longest blooming and the most beautiful in my garden.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.


17 posted on 10/26/2012 12:46:19 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: greeneyes

It is 56 as I type. Don’t think it ever got to 60 today. Just been a nasty grey day here, and in Houston, according to my wife.


18 posted on 10/26/2012 12:47:59 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (really good tag line wanted here.)
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To: who knows what evil?

It is time to transplant the ghost peppers to larger containers. They will be brought indoors and babied through the winter and looking forward to spring and our first crop of ghost peppers. Our other peppers are grown in ground, and we had a good crop, for the first time. I forget how many jars my wife put up, but it was over a dozen. I credit the soil test that we had done this year.


19 posted on 10/26/2012 12:56:44 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (really good tag line wanted here.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Do you bring your peppers inside for the winter?


20 posted on 10/26/2012 12:58:54 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (really good tag line wanted here.)
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To: greeneyes

Need to “downsize” lifestyle due to economic circumstances.

Looking for a safe community for relocation where I can afford an inexpensive house with lot to garden.

Anyone have suggestions?


21 posted on 10/26/2012 1:00:53 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: rightly_dividing

I have over-wintered my hot pepper seeds as an experiment, but I wasn’t impressed with the results. Red Hampshire may not have the best climate for such trials; but I may try again when I get back to the south...I do bring everybody inside when it gets cold to let the peppers finish ‘coloring’...


22 posted on 10/26/2012 1:02:34 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: BenLurkin

East Tennessee...many believe that it will become a ‘secondary bread basket’ for America as California falls to Mexico.


23 posted on 10/26/2012 1:33:49 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Sarajevo

LOL. Come to Missouri - you’ll need more than socks!


24 posted on 10/26/2012 1:37:41 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Thx


25 posted on 10/26/2012 1:39:12 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: miss marmelstein

Be prepared for floods and power outages. Be safe.


26 posted on 10/26/2012 1:39:23 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: BenLurkin
Click here to check out housing prices in East Tennessee...I would just avoid the city of Knoxville...of course; I would avoid ANY city. :-)
27 posted on 10/26/2012 1:39:26 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: BenLurkin

Southwest Missouri. Several small towns close to Springfield. Native SW Missourians are usually friendly folks. That area tends to be Reagan Country, bitter clingers hunting and fishing often. Lots of social conservatives. State Bonds are still AAA rated.


28 posted on 10/26/2012 1:44:17 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Thx


29 posted on 10/26/2012 1:45:17 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Sarajevo

Socks at 61 F????

Wimp......


30 posted on 10/26/2012 4:00:13 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: greeneyes

Just got back to Texas about an hour ago. Had made a trip to Mississippi to check on my house and property. It was 80 there yesterday afternoon - nice for mowing my lawn and picking up the cuttings - a two day chore now days.


31 posted on 10/27/2012 8:58:33 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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It does get to be a real pain - driving to another property to mow the yard etc. We have a home in the Branson area, about 4 hours away.

I finally found someone that will keep it mowed for me for a reasonable price. We still have to go in to check on things - just not as often. Since our parents have died, we don’t really vacation there much. We’ll probably sell it if the housing market ever recovers.


32 posted on 10/27/2012 10:20:17 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: BenLurkin

Many small towns in Central & West Texas are just what you asked about.

Many homes sell for 25% of new construction cost and land is pretty cheap.

Look for one with good water, that is the grabber in many places.

Pretty hos in the summer, but winters are generally very mild.

I live in a town of 600 population. Some of the families (like mine) have been here since the 1880’s.


33 posted on 10/27/2012 10:37:35 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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This morning I put out the remainer of my 6 flats of pansies. As I was down on my knees I was thinking of this thread - some of you may be like me - over 50 - and my back & knees are beginning to be an issue as I garden. Any tips?

I am sure there must be better tools than I have.... I know many, many retired people enjoy gardening. I took 2 Advil this morning before I began as I knew I would need it.

I've had back problems since my 30's but they aren't getting any better with age :)

34 posted on 10/27/2012 11:35:05 AM PDT by Momto2 (I am praying for Israel...)
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My house is doing fine - no problems. We cleared out a rental storage unit (10x20) we had been renting for years and all that stuff is now stored in the house, saving us a few $ each month. We keep the electric service and water service going there. It is a very small house, (2 BR, LvR, large den, and a small kitchen) on a one acre plot. It is not worth $40K and would sell for much less if we sold it. The house next door is on 2 acres and much larger and has been for sale for over three years for 250K. They think the land is worth much more than it is. The house might be worth $80K, if that, in this market!

I am afraid if Obama gets reelected we might need that house as a fall back position just encase TSHTF. I just turned 65 yesterday and we will no longer have to pay property taxes on it and that is a good thing, unlike being on Medicare, which the TV commercials keep telling me is a good thing! Blue Cross and Blue Shield will be the primary through Peggy’s work at Wal-Mart - so I am told.

I really mis my garden at the old house.


35 posted on 10/27/2012 11:49:22 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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We turned off the water, our Ins. policy won’t cover water damage unless you have stayed at the house during the 30 days prior to an incident.

We too keep it because it is paid for, but if someone made the right offer, I would sell it and pay off our current house. We rented it at one time, but that has its drawbacks too.

I just received my Medicare Card effective Dec. 1, 2012, and am filling out papers for a supplement this weekend. I figure I better get everything I can done before January 2013. If Obamacare persists, I figure it won’t be long before we are all labeled as “useless eaters”. Sigh.

I miss hearing about your garden too. I hope you will be able to do more next spring and summer. Hope the beer and wine projects are going well.


36 posted on 10/27/2012 1:11:11 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Momto2

I have a retaining wall next to my patio, and one the other side is 3 raised beds about 21 ft. by 3 ft. I can stand on the patio, use the wall to hold stuff, and reach most of the bed to plant, weed, etc without bending.

For my other beds, I turn over a big planter and sit on it. It doesn’t do away totally with the strain, but helps a lot.

I use rice socks, heated or cold as needed for the various spots that hurt, and one of those massage therapy covers on the recliner. That usually is enough that I can avoid medicines.


37 posted on 10/27/2012 1:26:00 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

How long does the trip to your true home take from your temporary place RD?


38 posted on 10/27/2012 1:45:25 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: 5thGenTexan

I’ve made my own earthbox, it works pretty well.


39 posted on 10/27/2012 2:17:43 PM PDT by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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To: tubebender

This morning I left Mississippi at 4:30 am and arrived at the house in Texas around 10:15 - 6 hours or so. But no traffic at that time in the morning - 360 some odd miles at 70 mph most of the time except for an idiot who was going 45 in 60 mph construction area! Damn that had me puzzled and the trucker behind me also! It was zero dark thirty and no workers in the area. A twenty mile mile stretch of interstate made into a one lane. I would have been going 70! Not a lot of time wasted but damn annoying!

Oh Well. Made it safely back to Texas to my Wife Peggy and Cashmere - the Irish Setter who was wondering where I had gone with the riding mower without her!


40 posted on 10/27/2012 3:28:10 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: tubebender

By the way I told my Wife, when I left, I would be back at the Texas home to watch the Mississippi State - Alabama game tonight on ESPN. I don’t think State has a chance. I was at the 6-3 win that State had over the then #1 Alabama team on Nov. 1, 1980. We did not beat them again until 1996! So this game tonight is special to me. Both teams are 7-0. But Alabama IS Alabama and we are going to their House to play! Drats!


41 posted on 10/27/2012 3:49:09 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I guess that means you’re not a SF Giants fan... >;(((

I thought of you yesterday when we were at a apple farm and they were pressing 6 gallons of juice for a couple of young guys and they had a white bucket with a clear one way valve in the lid. I asked them if they worked at one of the local brew pubs but they said no...


42 posted on 10/27/2012 4:07:44 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: greeneyes

I would never think of renting my house out - being so far away from it.

I missed posting my beer thread this week - no internet at the house in Ms. So will just continue next Friday at Beer Thirty!

I have been doing some Hard Apple Ciders which have turned out very Tasty! Nice and easy ! Now I understand the mission of Johnny Apple Seed!


43 posted on 10/27/2012 4:11:39 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: greeneyes
A couple of todays photos...This years Cinderella pumpkins and Sweet Meat squash. We also gave away 4 pumpkins and 2 squash not pictured here…

Even I had a mutation squash in my patch like someone posted a couple of weeks ago…


44 posted on 10/27/2012 4:21:54 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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What beautiful pumpkins. Thanks for the pics.


45 posted on 10/27/2012 4:39:08 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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One of the things I did get to see on over the air TV, while in Ms was the first two games of the WS! The First Major League Game I saw was at Candle Stick Park. My father took me and two of my young friends to a game! The big hi-lite of the the game for us was the guy selling peanuts. He was chanting “Get Your Peanuts Here!” And all of us heard it as “Get Your Peanuts Hair”! Quite funny for three young 15 year old teens! We had to tell my Dad to listen to him - he got it and laughed along with us! And we all got our peanuts Here! Hair!

As far as watching the Giants - Watching Miss State play Alabama takes first choice tonight!


46 posted on 10/27/2012 4:49:02 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: greeneyes
heh heh heh… I have Garlic coming up that I planted 2 weeks ago…


47 posted on 10/27/2012 6:23:48 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: greeneyes
Another early Garlic, this one from Vietnam. It will mature in May but this varity will only be about the size of a old 50, cent piece but It is our daughter's favorite…


48 posted on 10/27/2012 6:58:05 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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I have a few really really short shoots not nearly as many or as tall as yours. Hoping mine will be done no later than June 1, but we’ll see.


49 posted on 10/27/2012 7:25:10 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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The pomegranate bush in fall colors. We did harvest some of the fruit, but left quite a bit for the birds and bees. I never paid much attention to this old bush, but have a new-found appreciation of it after watching it change with the seasons this year.

50 posted on 10/28/2012 4:57:42 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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