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WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD
Free Republic | Nov 2, 2012 | greeneyes

Posted on 11/02/2012 11:55:57 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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TOPICS: Gardening
KEYWORDS: agriculture; food; gardening; hobbies
Greetings from Missouri. It is a beautiful sunny day at 58 degrees. I am really enjoying ripe homegrown tomatoes daily now, as the limbs harvested, stuck in dirt, and brought inside have lots of ripened tomatoes.

Prayers up for all our Freepers in the areas affected by the storm.

Have a great week end. God Bless..

1 posted on 11/02/2012 11:56:05 AM PDT by greeneyes
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To: greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Pinging the List.


2 posted on 11/02/2012 11:59:04 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: All
This is what I want Santa to bring me for Christmas (not 'gonna happen, but I'm saving the link for future reference!):

The Benefits of Building a High Tunnel

3 posted on 11/02/2012 12:12:39 PM 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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To: greeneyes
Fall gardening still continuing here in NC.

2nd crop of potatoes are growing strong. I just picked some tomatoes, and pulled some of the 3rd crop of radishes.

Lettuce is failing, but hey, not everything works well.

4 posted on 11/02/2012 12:12:48 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (My game is disruption. I will use lethal force --my vote-- in self-defense against Obama.)
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To: greeneyes

Now I know what’s been happening to my green beans. The fall crop started out good but then it started disappearing. Hubby was sitting out one evening and saw a couple yearlings stop by for dinner. He just watched them without shooing them away.

I put up 2 quart baggies of sliced bell peppers yesterday.


5 posted on 11/02/2012 12:19:12 PM PDT by bgill (Evil doers are in every corner of our government. Have we passed the point of no return?)
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To: greeneyes
Thanks for the PING.
Emptied one of my compost bins last weekend - 12 wheelbarrows full of rich, black soil into two new raised beds.
Will pull out the rest of my Hot Cherry and Jalapeno peppers this afternoon - below-freezing here in Konnecticut and no sun for the next few days.
Last of the carrots comming out of the ground, too.
And that's it until the spring.

Don't forget to vote - and vote like your life depends on it (it does).

6 posted on 11/02/2012 12:20:10 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: greeneyes

What!!!! A Non-Political thread. Sounds like complete manure to me.

Just getting my seed order together for next spring. With the economy looking like it might crash no matter who is elected, I’m ordering early this season. (and expanding the garden)

Please add me to the list....

Thanks


7 posted on 11/02/2012 12:20:54 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: greeneyes

Love it that you’re still getting tomatoes. That will be me next year! We’re building 24x28 sun room onto the west side of our house. The foundation is poured and the forms were stripped yesterday. I expect all of the floor joists will be in place when I get home this evening. WooHoo!

I’m hoping to clean up the tomato vines and get my garlic planted this weekend.


8 posted on 11/02/2012 12:59:00 PM PDT by Augie
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To: MissMagnolia

LOL. I would be happy with a 6x10 right against the house on the back patio!


9 posted on 11/02/2012 1:13:04 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: backwoods-engineer

What is you temperature today, and when does your season usually end?


10 posted on 11/02/2012 1:17:00 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: bgill

You really need to figure out a way to get him to get with the program?


11 posted on 11/02/2012 1:19:49 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Psalm 73

When we get to freezing, I’ll still have some cool crops next to the back patio, backed by a retaining wall and covered with row cover. As temps get lower, I’ll add a layer of straw.

I’ll also grow some spinach,lemmons,peppers and tomatoes indoors.


12 posted on 11/02/2012 1:25:25 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Last week I went to Mississippi (Wed. Thur. and Fri.) to check on my house and property and mow the lawn. Every thing is fine and in good shape. I did bring back a couple of big garbage bags full of lawn cuttings and leaves for my raised bed. Beautiful weather. My wife says that I can’t go back until hurricane season is over. Every time I have gone back a hurricane has hit the U.S. - They seam to know where I am and follow me except for Sandy! Prayers up for all the people in the northeast and in it’s path.


13 posted on 11/02/2012 1:27:53 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: tired&retired; JustaDumbBlonde; Ellendra

MANURE = The Other BLACK GOLD! LOL

You’ve been added to my list.

JDAB and Ellendra, Fyi for your lists.


14 posted on 11/02/2012 1:32:03 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Augie

I am soo jealous. I would like turn my basement patio 10x24 feet into a sunroom. No bucks to do it though.


15 posted on 11/02/2012 1:36:06 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I vote with your wife on hurricanes.LOL Glad all is ok with your unoccupied residence. Have a good one.


16 posted on 11/02/2012 1:41:16 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: MissMagnolia

Quick and dirty...small but minimal work and expense

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd9mNKuRtSE


17 posted on 11/02/2012 1:45:00 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Viva Christo Rey)
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To: greeneyes

We are in our Cleanup Season and this year we will bypass the composting as age is taking it’s toll on both of us. I pulled the cornstalks and will let nature take care of them while my wife pulled a large bed of Statice and mulched a flower bed with them. I will plant a cover crop in the beds that the deer can’t get to. I have never had Garlic be this far along for this time of the year and I am going to take the row cover off and put down the bird netting to keep the Skunks from digging in the rice hull mulch as the Remay is not garlic friendly at this stage. OH MY... Lady Bender just brought me a Hot Brandy with a slice of lemon on top so I’m taking a timeout ...


18 posted on 11/02/2012 1:58:15 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: TASMANIANRED

THANKS!! I think I actually have enough carpentry skills to build this one and I like that it has some height to it. We also have enough scrap wood & ‘cattle panels’ laying around, would just need the plastic. Hmmmmm .... you’ve really got me thinking about this!


19 posted on 11/02/2012 2:00:10 PM 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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To: MissMagnolia

It is ingenious, I really want to try it.


20 posted on 11/02/2012 3:02:48 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Viva Christo Rey)
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To: TASMANIANRED

Thanks what a great Idea! Nice video!


21 posted on 11/02/2012 3:53:32 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
Thank you for the ping.

I got my sweet potatoes dug, my guess is around 200 lbs. I still have lots of clean up left in the garden before the ground freezes solid.

I ran across this story and wondered if you had seen it. I do not know if this is any where near you as cats hunt. The drought may have forced some animals to seek new territory to hunt.

http://www.semissourian.com/story/1909681.html

22 posted on 11/02/2012 6:38:57 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: MissMagnolia
You mean like one of these?


23 posted on 11/02/2012 9:02:00 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 western PA. It finally stopped raining after a week of hurricane Sandy’s effects. My cabbage plants both green and purple look glorious with the raindrops glimmering on their leaves. My marigolds do well in the mix of 40’s temps and rain. However it’s supposed to drop to just above freezing tonight so I brought my potted plants of marigolds inside. It will go back up to 50 degrees by Wed and I’ll set them back outside. I try to keep them going every year as long as I can, then harvest the flowers for storage for planting in the spring. Marigolds don’t do well inside with the furnace on, so I eventually cut the stalks and put them in a vase for decoration and to dry out.


24 posted on 11/02/2012 9:03:10 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: greeneyes

If it don’t rain tonight I will dig sweet potatoes and turnips tomorrow. Still a few carrots coming up. Otherwise garden is ready to be put to rest


25 posted on 11/02/2012 9:14:57 PM PDT by o_zarkman44 ("When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Just mythoughts

Ellington is about an hour or so away. Thanks for the link. I had not heard that we had an occasional Mountain Lion.

I see a fox come through my backyard now and again, and my daughter hit a deer driving to work. I also read a while back that we have some bears now too.


26 posted on 11/02/2012 9:20:23 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Ciexyz

Glad to hear that you and your plants are doing well.


27 posted on 11/02/2012 9:22:35 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Sarajevo

That looks pretty good - same concept!


28 posted on 11/02/2012 9:24:33 PM 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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To: tubebender

I posted a reply to this several hours ago, but computer has been slow all day, and it appears it never finished posting. So sorry - I wasn’t ignoring you.

I too just don’t have the energy to do a lot anymore. My composting consists of dumping kitchen scraps, some shredded paper or fall leaves on top, and the occasional dump of a pot of flowers that have finished blooming.

That brandy sounded good - have never tried it hot. Hope you enjoyed it.


29 posted on 11/02/2012 9:30:41 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Planting more pansies this afternoon.


30 posted on 11/03/2012 12:37:20 AM PDT by tob2 (Go Romney!)
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To: greeneyes
Ellington is about an hour or so away. Thanks for the link. I had not heard that we had an occasional Mountain Lion. I see a fox come through my backyard now and again, and my daughter hit a deer driving to work. I also read a while back that we have some bears now too.

I doubt you would see this big of a cat unless it wanted you to. Anyway, it is at least confirmed there is one in your area, and more than likely where there is one there are more.

31 posted on 11/03/2012 6:41:09 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: tob2

I admire your industry. All I will do this weekend is peek under the row covers to see if anything needs a bit of water.


32 posted on 11/03/2012 10:50:51 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: TASMANIANRED

Thanks for the link. I showed it to Hubby. He is really interested in it.


33 posted on 11/03/2012 11:30:25 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Beautiful day here and I have waited all day for the cable guy to call. Grrrrrrrr


34 posted on 11/03/2012 3:31:18 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: Ciexyz

btt


35 posted on 11/03/2012 7:28:54 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Ciexyz

btt


36 posted on 11/03/2012 7:29:26 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: greeneyes

Yes my plants are doing well. Temps were 40 degrees today no rain and the kohl plants will hopefully keep their leaves thru the first big snow, whenever that comes.


37 posted on 11/03/2012 7:35:01 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: greeneyes
Thanks for the ping a ling. I didn't think that we had anything new to say this week, but Lovie picked a shoe box of banana and hot peppers today.

We are working hard to finish our back porch remodeling job. It had been enclosed by the previous owner into a storage room and had a roof leak that rotted the plywood siding walls. Lovie wanted a screened porch, so I ripped out the outer load bearing wall and rebuilt it, along with an end wall that has the rear entrance storm door. It's finally down to the painting, then the screening. This porch is where we will move all the container plants to for winter. Last year, when it was a falling down storage room, we hung (2)48" grow light fixtures connected to a timer that gave the plants 12hrs of light automatically every day. Our plants survived the winter in better condition than ever and because of that, they had a great year this year outdoors. We will use staple on plastic sheeting for wind resistance and may place an electric heater in the on real cold nights. Over the course of this project, I had to learn some basic brick laying skills, move and add new electric outlets(dealing with HOT wires) insulate the ceiling, and stretching screen yet to come. Before and after photos will be posted after I am finished, shortly, I hope.

38 posted on 11/04/2012 4:50:20 PM PST by rightly_dividing (Left behind; 4 Americans in Libya)
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To: rightly_dividing

Looking forward to the pictures. My granny always had a back porch or side porch on their house in rural areas. It usually was a lean to style with one wall being the house, and waist-high window and 1 door on the other walls.

In addition to an old fashioned mud room, there were always several plants. There was an old fashioned table, basin, and a bucket of water with a dipper.

You could not enter the house for supper, until you cleaned up at the basin. Before bedtime, you had to wash your feet in the basin too. LOL.

Sure wish I had one of those porches here.LOL.


39 posted on 11/04/2012 8:45:58 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
Some type of Critter has eaten through two layers of plywood and is eating the bird seed in my garden shed but not the cheese and peanut butter in the traps or set foot in the sticky traps. I will clean out the shed today and see what I can find…


40 posted on 11/05/2012 7:57:11 AM PST 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: tubebender

Would squirrels do that? I would think they would eat the peanut butter/oatmeal though. You have a mystery! Keep me posted, I am curious.LOL.


41 posted on 11/05/2012 1:17:08 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes; All
The repeat prowler in my garden shed was found DoA at 10:43 AM this date. The Police haven't ruled out suicide at this time…

The state of my 2013 garlic crop as of 12: 56am this date. It germinated 98.932% which is .032 better than Rush Limbaugh's honesty rating with the Sullivan Group…


42 posted on 11/05/2012 4:50:37 PM PST 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: tubebender

So it was a RAT?


43 posted on 11/05/2012 5:10:56 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Not just any Rat GE!!! This guy is half the size of a Possum (almost) I think it is a Wood Rat


44 posted on 11/05/2012 5:20:20 PM PST 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
We had another beautiful day here on Humboldt Bay so Lady Bender picked about 3 quarts of late Raspberries this afternoon…

and I picked what I think is the last of the salad cucumbers and cleaned out the garden shed and found another dead Rat…


45 posted on 11/06/2012 10:04:05 PM PST 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: tubebender

Great Pics. Wish I had some of those raspberries. We have tried for 3 years in a row to plant some, but they all have died.

Wild Blackberries and some thornless blackberries have done okay though.

RATS - Don’t remind me. DemocRATS poured out of the woodsheds last yesterday, and I am still in shock.


46 posted on 11/07/2012 4:20:34 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Awesome pics;

Need advice for trans-planting dwarf blueberries, rasperries, and largger stuff now in 15 gallon tubs, like meyer lemons which shoud look like a tree but looks like a good yielding bush, and a mandarin organge tree with fruit turning orange.

San Antonio. Caliche soil. Should I leave them in the pots or put them in the ground?

Really need to make a decision.


47 posted on 11/07/2012 7:18:07 PM PST by Racehorse
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To: Racehorse
The pics are from tubebender. I am pretty new at the gardening scene so I am not sure what to tell you. I do know that when Hubby transplanted the blue berries and blackberries, he dug out the clay soil about 6 inches all around and below the plants.

He filled that hole under and around the plants with topsoil he bought by the truckload from a farm. The blueberries had to have acidic soil which he tested with a tool he got from Walmart. One of the local garden supply stores sold him the stuff to add to the soil.

Hope that helps. Friday I will start a new thread, and maybe one of the more experienced gardeners will have some advice, if you re-post your question. I also rely on College extension office for my state, so you might want to check that out too for your state university

48 posted on 11/07/2012 7:38:15 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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