Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 8 FEBRUARY 22, 2013
Posted on 02/22/2013 1:35:16 PM PST by greeneyes
It's a cold, cloudy day with plenty of snow on the ground. Not much good for gardening, but the kind of day when you want to put a stock pot on the back burner, and turn on the oven to bake bread, casseroles, and/or roasts. All to make you warm inside and out.LOL
I have been reviewing some of the heirloom grains this week and need to narrow the list down to 2 or 3 that I will order. Teff and Quinoa are 2 that may make the cut.
I will be planting some crimson clover this week or next as a soil conditioner in a few beds to turn under in April or May. The rest already had winter rye planted last fall.
Have a great weekend. God Bless.
Do you have those beds under cover? How are you planting clover with snow on the ground?
My indoor early starts are taking over the house. The peppers got transplanted into their 16oz containers, so take up a lot more room now.
I'm ready for mid-march/early april when I can start putting some of this stuff out. ;)
My amaranth seeds sprouted again! This time I had them on a soil pellet which we’ve been keeping moist. Today we put them on the window sill for some sun.
I got my amaranth seed from the bulk food bin at the health food store. I took out some of them to see if they are viable and they are! I bought them last spring as a rice/grain alternative for $1.99/pound.
The sweet potato sprout is happy too. It’s starting to put out roots. However, when it is time to put soil on its toes, I’m not sure what I need to do. I’m thinking of potting it, but would that keep it from having babies if the pot is too small? How much room do you think it would need? I’m totally new to potato growing of any kind! It’s all a lovely science experiment at this stage....and hoping it doesn’t become more serious than that...
A friend of mine is quite an experience gardener and she was telling us that asperagus does well in our area, and what I need to do is get a package of the little rootlets in dirt which the the box stores sell. Dig a trench and scatter the rootlets in after the danger of frost. Then cover lightly, and as they grow gradually add the dirt back over them. She said that if put too much dirt on them, they’ll “get lost.” I am hoping to do that soon, after the snow we got the other day melts off. (No complaints here...we REALLY needed the moisture!)
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Sorry for the delays in posting. I have had numerous interuptions from telephone calls, and people at the door.(don’t they know they should hibernate during this winter?)
Was in the mid 40’s in N Idaho (still freezing at night).
Snow thru the weekend and back to mid 40’s next week.
A little too early to get starts going for us - even with the wife’s new greenhouse. We have to “wait until the snow is off Mica Peak” before we get too serious....
I will plant the clover after the snow melts sometime this week, or next.
Thanks for sharing those great pics. The pictures always help me to feel better and put me in a great mood.
I am juggling too many unexpected things today, and a bad case of insomnia kept me up most of the night, so my energy and focus is not conducive to fast action today.
I am really feeling the same way about the snow. Love the moisture - hate the cold.
I just finished assembling a mini greenhouse/starter shelf together.
I gotta remember step A.1 “Check to make sure head is extracted from butt to avoid obstructing vision during assembly.”
Those look awesome. If it continues warming up here in Arizona, I expect the wife’s vegetables will take off, too.
The sun just came out, but it’s still just 35 degrees, so we have some melting. When the temps go down this afternoon and evening, it will be slicker than a dogs hind leg.
After my nap today, I hope to pot some oriental Iris bulbs.
Zone 6(+) Just put out some onion sets, sowed a few fava beans and kale seeds.
Started lettuces, broccoli and other cold-weather seeds in doors.
Plan on repeating every 2 - 3 weeks.
Last year had frost April 11 and 12 but that’s unusual.
Might try a tomato plant or two this year.
Anyone recommend an easy kind that doesn’t all get ripe at the same time?
I'm happy with the results (so far). They are much stockier than my usual starts, which sometimes get leggy.
How cool! According to the label on my packet I just bought, the rootlets are supposedly 2 years old. Would they still need 3 years once in the ground, or just one year, do you think? (They are Mary Washingtons)
Slightly warmer than usual in the East.
LOL. I always convince Hubby to do that stuff for me. I don’t have the patience or focus to read directions anymore.
Love the smell of baking bread. They ought to bottle that stuff.
Stupice is a great early tomato and is good for:
cool or fluctuating weather, drought resistant, bears early and continues till frost. Fruits about 2”
Mid season: Arkansas Traveler, Brandywine, or Cherokee Purple.
Late season: Mortgage Lifter and Costoluto Genovese.
Paste: Amish Paste, Roma, or Myona
LOL! Well said. My darlin just told me the weather man has us down for another winter storm in a few days. That’s both the good news AND the bad news! LOL!
I’ve been looking at my catalogs too. Narrowed down my order to something reasonable, and plan to send it off early next week...God willing and the Creeks don’t rise!
(Learned recently that the “Creeks” referred to in that expression actually started out being a reference to the Creek Indian tribes, rather than flooding of small streams!)
My co-worker, poor guy, lost all his vegetable plants in big freeze we had a few months ago. If all my pepper plants survive, I might give him some, maybe the pepperonchini's.
Thanks for the amazing pictures!
My seeds have arrived:
Cherokee Purple (OG)-Packet
Vegetables > Tomatoes > Heirloom > Black 1
Vegetables > Tomatoes > Heirloom > Pink 1
Vegetables > Squash > Summer > Zucchini > Striped 1
Vegetables > Eggplant > Dark Purple/Black 1
Slick Pik® YS 26 (F1)-Packet
Vegetables > Squash > Summer > Yellow 1
Fertil Pots Round 4” dia. x 4” h (OG) - 50 Pots-1 Unit
Tools and Supplies > Seed Starting Supplies > Biodegradable Pots 1
along with trays to hold the little pots. I have one more packet of seeds (cucumber) to be delivered, with these little plants:
Pepper, Hot, Lemon(20249 - 3 Plants) HEIRLOOM. From Ecuador, as hot as any Cayenne, but with a truly unique flavor.
I’m not doing any container planting this year. Everything that sprouts is going directly into the ground at the end of May. Our back yard is south-facing, our house is a light grey, and with the sun bouncing off the house and shielded from the north, the microclimate back there is quite warm and sunny, even though the trees that are outside the fence provide much more shade in the early morning and afternoon than they did when we first moved here. Still, I’m very excited about this new strategy this season.
OK. Thanks. That’s good. I’ll set my expectations to the “Patient” gear...and try to remember not to pull it up as a weed! LOL!
Stupice is always the first of my many tomatoes here in Red Hampshire...
Oh yes. Baking Bread and Cookies. The best kitchen aromas ever!
I give my extras away or trade them.
I only grow two types of peppers, the New Mexico, and the jalapeno. More conservative cook behavior. Those are the main ones I cook with, those are the ones I grow. Neighbor may bring me some banana pepper plants because she likes those and hates to garden, but she'll have to pay for the plants. ;)
Well, no matter where it came from way back when - I always heard it used to mean water might flood the road - only thing is we always said “crick” not “creek”. LOL
We still have plenty of people in our rural district who can become housebound for a few days when the low water bridge gets covered by water from the “crick”. LOL.
I made the mistake of putting a compost pile under an elm in the back yard, and noticed over the last few years that it was shading more and more of my garden.
Duh! I moved the compost pile, and will sacrifice the tree. It shall be ash and wood chips when I'm done, and make restitution to the garden in it's new form. ;)
I found some olive trees that are supposed to grow well in this zone, so I'll put some of those in, along with some fruit trees.
That’s a good list of crops to grow.
Myself, I am going the opposite. I am going for more containers this year. They will be closer to the house and easier to get from a distance as well as saving the back bending over.
I am thinking about a cover crop for a couple of my beds to renew the soil, and then plant a fall crop and winter crop in those.
I want to reduce what I am doing in July and August to avoid the heat and drought period.
Like my gardening simple and easy and cheap... but I’m gonna try tomatoes anyway!
After a non-exhaustive search, it seems the jury is still out on origins of the phrase.
Wickipedia has it as small streams of water flooding, and another site, “ Wicki Answers” has it as the Creek Indians...but that is not final. They both work, and I like the dual imagery!
And here is another which indicates the “Creek don’t rise” originated in the war of 1812.
I’m in zone 6b, in the Ohio Valley to be exact, and I’m thinking about planting sweet potatoes in containers. Anybody do this that wants to share info?
Stupice is supposed to be an easy one - in addition to other attributes.
So use Creek for the Indians and crick for the water - works for me.LOL.
And here is another which indicates the Creek dont rise originated in the war of 1812.
WOW!!! I was on one of those far left websites when I learned of Free Republic. I said wow because the last thing I was expecting to find here was someone talking about gardening. I need to learn how to post pics here because I garden too!!
That website, whose name I can’t remember because there are many of them, was as you’d expect making fun of Free republic and the people who post here. They were poking fun of an article where a Freeper was writing about dealing with street gangs after the collapse of society.
Like usual that site ‘reproduced’ their own version of the freeper article. They claimed they did that “So that their dear readers would not have to come here and read it themselves” They did provide a link to Free Republic but it was a broken link that did not work. I’m sure that was intentional.
The lefties basically gave me the impression that this place was full of hateful old white men who will soon be dead. They said this place was anti-gay,anti-woman,anti-poor and I don’t need to go further because we have heard it all before.
Even worse than the article was the commenters.
One said that he was a white male teen and that he would be happy when the entire white race died out.
Most made fun of the idea that society might collapse.
Others felt that if society did collapse a few old white men will be easily dealt with. Some felt that taking things from conservatives would be as simple as sticking a gun in their face and telling them to hand it over. They went on to fantasize about old people on their knees begging for their lives.
I posted no replies there myself. I had the feeling that doing so would have given them the excuse to hack me and disrupt my life. People like that are good at shutting down one’s right to free speech. Besides...I’d rather deal with people like that face to face. Give them an education that there are some of us that are full of surprises and won’t do as they want us to do.