Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 10, MARCH 8, 2013
Free Republic | March 8, 2013 | greeneyes

Posted on 03/08/2013 1:17:48 PM PST 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!


TOPICS: Gardening
KEYWORDS: agricultural; food; gardening; hobby
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-80 next last
We are finally experiencing days above freezing here in Missouri. I have harvested some peppers, lettuce, and spinach from the indoor garden this week. It's been a busy week of non-garden activities.

Hope you are all doing well with your garden activities. Have a great weekend. God Bless.

1 posted on 03/08/2013 1:17:48 PM PST by greeneyes
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: greeneyes

It’s blossom time here in the valley.. time to get cooking uhhh gardening.. no sales tax week-end at OSH,, time to get the veggies.. peace and out from a biodegradable environment we call home..

Bees seem to be doing OK here on the west coast,, perhaps good news for food consumers all over..

I’m eating all of mine I grow here but.. if the harvest is good,, nothing like passing on fresh from the garden booty. :-} GB backatcha


2 posted on 03/08/2013 1:21:46 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes

IBTP!


3 posted on 03/08/2013 1:22:24 PM PST by Hoodat (I stand with Rand.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Pinging the list.


4 posted on 03/08/2013 1:23:21 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Don’t forget to preserve some of the produce for winter eating too. LOL.


5 posted on 03/08/2013 1:25:31 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes
We've had 15 to 18 inches of snow since last night. It's like wet, sticky cement.

Not much is happening in my gardens.

6 posted on 03/08/2013 1:25:51 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes
WooHoo! I felt 3 raindrops today!

No, it wasn't a duck passing overhead........

7 posted on 03/08/2013 1:30:36 PM PST by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trisham

I should say not. LOL. I will have a mess to clean up out doors. The lid blew off the trash cans, and one bag got dragged into the yard. Got to pick that up.

The other trashcan got filled with water which is still frozen solid. Not looking forward to that clean up once it softens a bit.

Ugggggh.


8 posted on 03/08/2013 1:34:14 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes

We had an unexpected day of high winds here in NC (Raleigh area)and my 6’x8’ greenhouse blew over, but not away (luckily).

I had a few celery starts in pots, but that was all, so no harm done. I’ll have to anchor it more securely, because this weekend I plan to start my tomatoes, peppers, pickle cucumbers, and squash. Out in the garden I’ll be planting the Pontiac red potatoes. It’s supposed to get to 71 degrees next Monday (warmest day this year by far). It’s been below freezing just about every night/morning for several weeks thru winter.

I’ve got 6 new apple trees and I’m hoping this has been a cold-enough winter season to satisfy their ‘chill-hours’ requirement. We’re in a 7-B zone.


9 posted on 03/08/2013 1:35:15 PM PST by steerpike100
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sarajevo

I’ll say a little prayer for your area to receive the much needed rain.


10 posted on 03/08/2013 1:35:15 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes
My starters have all moved out to the coldframe, and are out of the house now. I've been very busy for part of the week, so the garden is on autopilot, besides watering. It may get another week of that. This is the low maintenance part of the season for me.

/johnny

11 posted on 03/08/2013 1:35:39 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes

We still have massive snow banks on most properties. Bare ground is not visible anywhere. The City snow plows “took out” my political signs. I don’t know if it was deliberate, but I have my suspicions. One candidate is for mayor against the incumbant. One candidate is for school board — against an incumbant. And the other sign was in favor of “Keep(ing) Christ in Christmas” that was frozen into the ground so hard that we couldn’t remove it.

I can see city workers “taking out” the signs opposing the mayor and the school board incumbants, but Christ? All I can say is that my candidates are in good company in their sacrifice.


12 posted on 03/08/2013 1:36:15 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes

Spring has sprung out here in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. I was wandering around the yard & wondering for the hundredth time how to get rid of onion grass? Any suggestions would be appreciated!


13 posted on 03/08/2013 1:36:38 PM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: steerpike100

I am still waiting for the few plants I ordered to be delivered.


14 posted on 03/08/2013 1:36:39 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes
Rainy, rainy day in Arizona. Haven't been outside much except to run errands and to keep stuff outside from getting wet. I moved a lot of young plants outside last week to start hardening up, and everyone looks happy so far.

One good thing is we're catching lots of rain water in containers. Should keep the plants well watered for at least a week. I'd still like to pot a few bulbs this weekend if I have time.

15 posted on 03/08/2013 1:40:42 PM PST by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: steerpike100

Those high winds are really a challenge sometimes. Missouri has it’s share too. I am always thankful when our area only has high winds, because it could be worse.

People around our county refer to my town as “tornado alley”.


16 posted on 03/08/2013 1:42:44 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes

We’ve still got a huge mess from all the snow down here in CoMO, but it’s melting away now. I planted some garden in late March last year, don’t see that happening this time.

On the bright side, Mrs. Augie’s sun room is nearing completion. The carpenters said yesterday that most of their tools and mess would be leaving today.


17 posted on 03/08/2013 1:45:53 PM PST by Augie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes

Ahhhhhh..I hate that too! Spring cleaning the outdoors is not fun, but I always have such a sense of accomplishment when I finish picking up all the trash that was dumped, blew into the yard, or was just a part of our yearly struggle with winter. My husband once even saw someone stop his truck, take a couple of trash bags out of the back, and start to put it in our already full trash containers. When the man saw my husband watching him, he threw the bags back in his truck, jumped in, and sped away. :)


18 posted on 03/08/2013 1:46:31 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: steerpike100
We had an unexpected day of high winds here in NC (Raleigh area)and my 6’x8’ greenhouse blew over, but not away (luckily).

*************************************

Oh, my goodness! I'm glad that you didn't lose it!

19 posted on 03/08/2013 1:48:41 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper

Hubby hasn’t started his seeds yet - it’s early days for that here.

I had developed a garden plan, but it got lost, and I can’t remember what it was, so I’ll have to redo it from scratch, unless it turns up in the next few weeks. I like to rotate the beds.


20 posted on 03/08/2013 1:52:48 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes
I had developed a garden plan, but it got lost

Single guys can tape all kinds of engineering type drawings on the wall, and no-one complains.

Of course, my house will never appear in "Better Shacks and Gardens" ;)

/johnny

21 posted on 03/08/2013 1:57:42 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

I don’t live in the City by choice. My county has almost zero zoning laws, so I live in the county. The subdivision is about a mile outside the city limits.

We don’t have a homeowner’s association. The restrictions were very few in the purchase contract. No noxious animals(they said that was pigs), dogs on a lease or in a pen, house must be 35 ft back from the road, only 1 outbuilding allowed(any size). House must be at least 1300 sq ft. No mobile homes.

Junk is not prohibited. LOL. That means when your junk out grows your out building, you can just stack it out side anywhere.LOL.

Not that I would do that, but just shows how silly some restrictions can be. LOL.


22 posted on 03/08/2013 2:00:32 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: fidelis

We plan to set up the swimming pool this weekend to catch the spring rains to water the garden. We have new guttering put up so that we can direct the rainwater to the pool from the roof.


23 posted on 03/08/2013 2:07:01 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Augie

Great news about the garden room. I just want one of those connected to my house sooooo bad.LOL


24 posted on 03/08/2013 2:09:55 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: trisham

Now don’t that take all? Who knew you needed to have a “trash patrol”? LOL.


25 posted on 03/08/2013 2:11:02 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper

LOL. My walls and refrigerator in the basement are so covered with stuff, that I had no place to hang it. I probably had some brainstorm about where to put it, and then forgot what it was and where I stored it.

I’ll be doing some spring cleaning at the end of the month, so maybe it’ll turn up. Some people might say that my desk is messy- I just say “My Desk Backed Up”.

I have a few “off limits” areas upstairs, so that I can get away from the clutter when I need too.


26 posted on 03/08/2013 2:16:32 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Twotone

Use 2-4/D (broad leaf herbicide)


27 posted on 03/08/2013 2:17:58 PM PST by beefree
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: trisham

Didn’t you get a little snow today?


28 posted on 03/08/2013 2:22:46 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes
We were rather surprised.

I filled multiple trash bags with all kinds of junk when we first moved here. Many, many empty alcohol bottles, a large trash container full of salt (for the roads in snow-we actually saved that), a car battery, numerous fast food cups, broken glass, glass bottles, cigarette butts, it was amazing.

Every spring we have new additions to our yard, but never as much as we did when we moved in, thank goodness.

29 posted on 03/08/2013 2:35:22 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: who knows what evil?

Yes. Around 15 to 18 inches, and we still had as much as 4 inches on the ground in some places. By the end of this month I will be starting seeds on the kitchen table. This will be fun. :)


30 posted on 03/08/2013 2:38:02 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: trisham

Good afternoon all. I am new to this thread. Tomorrow my lovely and I will be starting a Square Foot Garden. Can anyone provide some advice for the new gardener?

I am in San Antonio so what is good to plant? When to plant? So many questions, so little time...


31 posted on 03/08/2013 2:38:52 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Got a problem? Nothing a drone strike can't fix.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: trisham

Our weekly county newspaper is full of no trespassing or dumping ads. The property is also posted. That way people can be prosecuted if caught.

It was a new concept for me. Never had to worry about that kinda dumping where I grew up.


32 posted on 03/08/2013 2:43:11 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz
Welcome! We love new members! I've never done a square foot garden, but I am certain that at least one us can offer some advice.

I'm in Massachusetts, with around two feet of snow still on the ground, but we have gardening aficionados here who live all over the country.

33 posted on 03/08/2013 2:43:51 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes

I called the board of health once because of trash blowing into our yard from the property across the street. I had tried to call the place, but no one answered, and there was no answering machine. The board of health was very helpful. I was impressed at their quick response.


34 posted on 03/08/2013 2:48:29 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

I’m new here, too. I’m in the Northern part of Houston. I have two garden spots ready to go. One is around 1200 sq ft and the other is big enough for 12 tomato plants. I’ve got 24 tomato plants that are about to be moved from the garage to the garden. I just made tomato soup with my last package of frozen tomatoes from last year.

In a few days we’ll be setting out some, pepper, squash and cucumber plants. And we’ll be planting some green beans, raddishes and green onions and some cucumber seeds so I can harvest a few weeks longer. I can’t wait to get started! Tomorrow will be the day if it doesn’t rain.

The only advice I can give you is you’ll need to pick your tomatoes when they’re starting to turn pink and let them ripen inside. Otherwise the squirrels and birds will get them. I put up a temporary fence then cover the plants with bird netting. I want them to ripen on the vine.

We get an early start here but our gardens burn up fast, too.

Good luck!


35 posted on 03/08/2013 2:56:36 PM PST by Terry Mross (How long before America is gone?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: beefree

I’d better try something. It’s really spreading!

Thanks.


36 posted on 03/08/2013 2:58:31 PM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes

Snow is gone (wet snow yesterday)....

50 - 60 coming next week...

Do some light garden work this weekend...

Time for serious planning now...


37 posted on 03/08/2013 2:58:42 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trisham

I’m glad it didn’t blow away, too. It’s a nice little set-up, but a friend of mine who lives about 100 miles away said I can come get his for free-—it’s an 8’x12’ greenhouse with all the bells and whistles-—twice as big as the one I’ve got. So I’m going to have to get it. Right now the yard is too wet-—I’d ruin half the lawn trying to get it to the backyard after hauling it. I found a place to rent the trailer I’m going to need to fetch it home.

I’ve always wanted a real greenhouse. This one even has a door that locks. Wow! :>


38 posted on 03/08/2013 3:01:21 PM PST by steerpike100
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: steerpike100

That’s great! I’ve always wanted a greenhouse, but our land is too wooded and hilly. Good for you!


39 posted on 03/08/2013 3:05:07 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

Welcome. I’m a bit north of you and just came in from putting out tomato and a few pepper transplants I started from seeds. It’s kinda too late to start yours from seeds so get some transplants this year and save seeds for next year. Now is the time to start getting things in the ground. I’ll try to FR-mail you a Zone 8/8b growing guide since it’s really too long for a thread. Check your local agriculture extension office website or stop by their office and they’ll give you lots of free info.


40 posted on 03/08/2013 3:10:08 PM PST by bgill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: steerpike100

We had 64 mph winds a week and a half ago. That ended my squash plants but I figured I’d have to replant them so whatever. Everything outside, including the kiddie pool, went down the street and it pulled off some of the roof.

It’s misting out today and we’re supposed to have rain tomorrow. The night temperatures are in the 40s so hopefully they won’t dip too low.


41 posted on 03/08/2013 3:16:27 PM PST by bgill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

Welcome to the thread. I have added you to the ping list per your request.

Try the website:

www.squarefootgardening.org

Sq. Foot gardening is what got me started a little over 3 years ago. I started with one 3’x8’ bed next to the patio. Hubby laughed the whole time he built it for me.

It was a great success, so hubby offered to build more and encouraged me to expand. Which I did.

I used Mel’s mix. Vermiculite is expensive, but superior to Perilite. You must have compost to use to replenish the mix. I plant crop covers in the fall to plow under in Spring, and add compost from my pile, and manure from various sources.

My suggestion is that you try one with Mel’s mix, and one with top soil to see which you think does best.

Several of us are using the sq. foot methods or raised beds, so just chime in as you go. I found the sq. foot divisions helpful at first. Now, all those divisions just get in my way.

I just mark the wood around the beds in 12” lenths and visualize the sq. foot. It’s close enough for my purposes.


42 posted on 03/08/2013 3:17:39 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: trisham
Yeh, we had some property a few hundred miles away. I had hired a caretaker to come and look after it and make sure the outside looked good mow yard etc.

City health department sent me notice and threatened fines if I didn't get it mowed within a certain time frame. Most of the neighbors had my number, but the one that didn't had called the health dept. No one called me.

I knocked on the doors of everyone, and apologized for what had happened, told them I fired the guy, and to let me know if the new one fell down on the job.

It was embarrassing, and of course they track the number of incidences and become less and less tolerant even if the recurrence is many years later.

43 posted on 03/08/2013 3:24:18 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Terry Mross; EQAndyBuzz

Last year, the squirrels were picking the green ones too because of the drought, they needed the moisture.


44 posted on 03/08/2013 3:27:25 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes
"We plan to set up the swimming pool this weekend to catch the spring rains to water the garden."

That sounds great. We don't get enough rain here to fill up a pool, but it would definitely would be nice to have at least a rain barrel. Right now it's just containers--buckets and stuff.

45 posted on 03/08/2013 3:39:00 PM PST by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: greeneyes
I would never have called the health department without making multiple calls to whoever owned the land. I would never call the health department because someone didn't mow their lawn. I'm very sorry about what happened to you, because imho, it was not right.

We try very hard to respect the rights of our neighbors, and we hope that they do the same. It's not easy, but we believe in individual freedom.

46 posted on 03/08/2013 3:45:50 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: illiac

We have 2 days of moderate temps and rain is forcasted for the weekend. Then it’s back to 40’s and high 30’s during the day and freezing at night.

We won’t get the same opportunity for early planting that we had last year - that’s clear.

I was planning to do some weekend garden work outside, but that’s not happening now, so I have decided to go out of town to a seminar on growing native Missouri plants, and get some R & R with my daughter.


47 posted on 03/08/2013 3:52:05 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: fidelis

We had a bunch of barrels, and before last year they were sufficient to get through the July and August drought. Last year they were empty by mid June, and little or no moisture.

We hauled water daily for the perennials, fruit trees and bushes and let the garden burn up except for the batch of heirlooms grown as seed stock.

This pool is about 4000 gallons IIRC, so we should be okay this year, if we get decent spring rains.


48 posted on 03/08/2013 3:56:50 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: trisham

Well, yes I agree with you and wish it had happened differently. However, I don’t hold it against the man, he was trying to sell his house.

A call to city hall to find out the owner and look up the phone number would have been possible, but I just said sorry, and he took my number and promised to call me first next time.

He never sold the house - bad market, but he has been quite friendly and helpful with watching the place since then. Alls well that ends well.


49 posted on 03/08/2013 4:00:30 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: steerpike100

WOW. I wish I had a friend like that. I just want one of those garden rooms AKA sun rooms. LOL.


50 posted on 03/08/2013 4:08:21 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-80 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson