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WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 11, MARCH 15, 2013
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Posted on 03/15/2013 3:25:57 PM 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 are experiencing a warm snap today. Great Weather for gardening. Unfortunately, I was called away for an emergency early on today.

On the way home, the road was shut down for an accident. Hence, my lateness in posting and apologies for the lateness too.

Hope all is well with you and your gardens. Have a great weekend. God Bless.

1 posted on 03/15/2013 3:25:57 PM PDT by greeneyes
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To: greeneyes
Just glad you're ok. Hope all is well. Prayers up as appropriate.

/johnny

2 posted on 03/15/2013 3:27:10 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: greeneyes; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...

Pinging the List.


3 posted on 03/15/2013 3:28:32 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
Thanks for posting the thread, greeneyes.

Take care.

4 posted on 03/15/2013 3:28:53 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Thanks. Prayers are always welcome.


5 posted on 03/15/2013 3:30:02 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
And an armload of shamrocks to you all!


6 posted on 03/15/2013 3:30:51 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: greeneyes
Let me say up front that I HATE BERMUDA ROOTS!!!.

I've been opening up some new garden space and hired a guy to till it. I still wound up going over it with a shovel. Every square foot of it.

Did I mention that I'm not fond of Bermuda grass roots?

Next time, I'll find some agent orange, or a nuke... or something.

/johnny

7 posted on 03/15/2013 3:36:18 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: trisham

Thanks right back at you.


8 posted on 03/15/2013 3:39:22 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks for that. A picture is worth a thousand words. LOL


9 posted on 03/15/2013 3:40:03 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

:)


10 posted on 03/15/2013 3:40:33 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Bound to be something other than nuclear???? LOL


11 posted on 03/15/2013 3:41:03 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
I was sort of doing poorly last week, and the weather wasn't very helpful, but the last 3 days have been a bunch of work out in the garden. I really didn't want to also dig Bermuda grass roots. I was hoping the tilling would take care of that.

But that's what gardening is. Lots of rush, rush, rush work, with slower times in between.

We passed our local freeze date on Wed. and next Wed. is the vernal equinox. So right after Easter, I've got lots of stuff that needs to leave the cold frame and go into the ground. And the cold frame needs to go into storage.

The tobacco is getting too big for the little pots and is begging to go in the ground.

/johnny

12 posted on 03/15/2013 3:46:53 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Tomorrow will be a beautiful day in the southeast. We will be in the woodland are near our home removing some underbruh, dead trees and such to build a naturalized greenway. No chainsaws or other mechanizations will be used. Only a simple handsaw and the might of our own hands. To The Lord be the glory for the world he has blessed us with as stewards.


13 posted on 03/15/2013 3:57:09 PM PDT by Deathtomarxists (collapse death heartburn heartache dingdongs diaherea)
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To: greeneyes

Spring is definitely in the air but our temps are running 5 to 7 degrees cooler then our 130 year average temp here in Benderville. We have taken on being parents to a 8 week old pup that was up for adoption but she is a very quick learner and I’m hoping she is a good garden companion. Been working on the permanent over mature landscaping which we let get out of hand and I may call in some help with that. The main garden is still growing a nice cover crop as we plan what goes where.


14 posted on 03/15/2013 4:18:26 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: JRandomFreeper

We have a ways to go yet. Hubby hasn’t even started his seeds indoors yet. May is the month everything begins to jump around here. He’ll be transplanting like crazy then.


15 posted on 03/15/2013 4:24:45 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
Same here. I haven't started my seeds either. I have everything that I need, and will be working on my seed starting at the end of the month. We can still get a killing frost here until the end of May, so fragile transplants are vulnerable.

Much of our snow cover has melted, but the ground is still very hard.

16 posted on 03/15/2013 4:29:32 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That is a beautiful picture.


17 posted on 03/15/2013 4:32:54 PM PDT by real saxophonist (You can't take the sky from me)
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To: tubebender

You are braver than I am, to take on a puppy, but I know they are great to have. Cooler weather seems to be an issue in a lot of places this year.

We are going to have cooler weather again in a few days. Our cover crops are doing well too. I think I’ll plant some lettuce and spinach in the bags of mushroom compost we had leftover last year.

If we do get a freeze, I think that we can get through with some row covers and straw.


18 posted on 03/15/2013 4:32:56 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

I started some tomatoes from seed for the first time this year. I think it will delay my first harvest since I usually buy starter plants at the nursery around the end of March. But I got to admit, the seeds were much cheaper.


19 posted on 03/15/2013 4:32:58 PM PDT by Hoodat (I stand with Rand.)
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To: trisham

For the most part, I am just going to get the shortest DTM varieties that I can, and plant them outdoors. I absolutely have no room left to start anything in front of my basement windows and doors.

The upstairs windows and doors are all dedicated to Hubby’s plant projects. I can hardly wait to be able to take my indoor plant out to get some great sunshine, and give them all a good shower.


20 posted on 03/15/2013 4:37:13 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Hoodat

I usually just plant the seeds outdoors. Mid year 2011, I had ordered some Arkansas Travelers during an after spring sale pretty cheap.

They backordered them. Then finally sent a card saying that the were out of stock and crediting back my account. Imagine my suprize when the spring of 2012 rolled around and they sent me the order, and just charged the sale price!

It was great to have the plants to transplant too, but of course starting your own is still the best.


21 posted on 03/15/2013 4:41:27 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

We’ve got tomatoes, onions, carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, beans, and zucchini started. All of them are from heirloom stock.


22 posted on 03/15/2013 4:47:47 PM PDT by EricT. (The Republican Party is a friend to conservatives the way Pakistan is an ally in the War On Terror.)
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To: greeneyes

Still holding right around the freezing mark. Maybe if I dance nekkid in the moonlight it will warm up . . .

23 posted on 03/15/2013 4:51:41 PM PDT by Petruchio (Democrats are like Slinkies... Not good for anything, but it's fun pushing 'em down the stairs.)
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To: EricT.

Sounds like good progress to me.


24 posted on 03/15/2013 4:53:58 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Petruchio

Petruchio, great to hear from you. Nice picture. Be careful where you dance. Spies are everywhere these days. LOL.

Gotta go now, be back later.


25 posted on 03/15/2013 4:55:54 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes; JRandomFreeper

OK, OK. I planted one cherry tomato in a pot. Kudos to me! I’ll do more tomorrow. Last time I looked, the tobacco was still growing in the teeny/tiny pots.

But, I now have Cuesta Mesa Gold Tequila and Baja Bob’s Non-sugar Margarita Mix and Jose Cuervo Margarita Salt - does that count for somehing?


26 posted on 03/15/2013 5:15:30 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: greeneyes

Put in a late order with Springhill week before last. Got my order in today. Wow. Got 30+ Trinidad Moruga Scorpion seeds for $3.00. Which is a steal. Very very pleased with them.

Second batch of tomato seedlings is ready for their first transplant. They’re about 5 or 6” tall right now. First batch got eaten by mice! Augh. We had the garage door open one day doing some cleaning and left it open way past dark by accident. Sneaky little critters. Took traps + poison to get rid of them. I *think* they’re gone now.

Also put in a late order to Cooks Garden for some Biker Billy jalapeno seeds. Hubby loves those as they’re extra hot. Picked up a chive plant called ‘Cha-Cha’ that looks interesting. Ordered the patio corn variety from Burpee along with the 2lb sauce tomato. I couldn’t resist. Got the bush melon ‘Honey Bun’ and a spaghetti squash ‘Goldetti’. We’re watching ‘Biggest Loser’ and a couple of the contestants rave over spaghetti squash.

Finally got around to putting my Jungs order in. Algoflash, Sluggo-plus, one of the little squeeze bulb pro seeders, some ‘Barbeque’ rosemary and ‘Hot and Spicy’ oregano too. Trying some ‘Kakai’ pumpkin that has the no hull seeds. My chickens love pumpkin seeds. Re-ordered my Rumbo pumpkin seeds too. We love that variety, planted early we can get 10-12 10-15lb pumpkins/vine.

Now comes all the hard work.

Tomorrow I’ll be starting all the peppers. About 2m too late. But I wanted to make sure my garage was mouse free before I chanced the expensive seeds once I saw the destruction, utter destruction, of my maters. have to plant all my herbs, eggplants, tomatillos, ground cherries, and some zinnias to grow under the lights.

I’ll be starting some zucchinis, cucumbers, bush watermelons, and about half of my winter squash in peat pots for transplant.

Then I get to work in my strawberry bed. And preliminary work on a front yard ‘decorative’ herb bed. Have 2 fig trees coming in and need to get their home prepared too. Hubby’s got to prepare the ‘big garden’ so we can plant corn there in a couple weeks. Weather has been dicey this year. The project should feed our chickens once we’re done.

Sunday I’ll probably be immobile on a heating pad.


27 posted on 03/15/2013 5:24:37 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes

I really admire you to be able to work/plant like you do. I like reading about it even if I can’t do it. Good health to you as you go through this process.


28 posted on 03/15/2013 5:30:05 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Black Agnes
Sunday I’ll probably be immobile on a heating pad.

Oh... I'm there at this point. I finally crashed hard about an hour and a half ago and just now woke up with a crease on my forehead. I shouldn't fall asleep at my desk. ;)

I've got several more days ahead of me of the same kind of work. And the SIL is coming over with his truck to help me get about 4 yards of mulch early tomorrow AM. If I can hold on for a week, then everything will be on autopilot for a while.

/johnny

29 posted on 03/15/2013 5:37:55 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Marcella

The strawberry bed really needed doing about 3m ago. But, we had 3m straight of torrential rain. I have to dig up the bunched up runners from last year, spread them out a foot or so apart, cull the older ratty plants that won’t make anything and neaten up the edges. Then I take cardboard from cereal boxes, pasta boxes, toothpaste boxes etc (the small thin cardboard) and cover over all the open space between the plants. Pinestraw goes on top and when I’m done it looks like a landscaped bed with groundcover of some sort. You have to get close to see all the strawberries. Keeps down weeds and only requires half or less of the water in the summer than it took before I started covering it over.

The problem is it’s time intensive, involves sitting on a stool and mucking about. The great part is it only has to happen once a year. After that, no weeding. Just picking!


30 posted on 03/15/2013 5:40:08 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Marcella
You did well, for someone that really doesn't like dirt. :)

Enjoy your margaritas. That would be totally not required for me to crash very hard tonight. (Again).

/johnny

31 posted on 03/15/2013 5:40:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: yorkiemom
Don't know if you've seen the Weekly Gardening Thread. Here's a ping, just in case.

/johnny

32 posted on 03/15/2013 5:41:16 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Hubby got 2 big bags of cow poop and will get 2 or 3 big bags of pinestraw from the local nursery supply gal. I *really* need to remember to sweep my parents yard and get it free this year. Really I do.

I got a pack of rice seeds (carolina gold) that I’m going to plant somewhere wind protected. It sounds delicious!


33 posted on 03/15/2013 5:43:18 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes
We're far enough along down here in Texas that I'm late on getting things going.

Tomatoes and tobacco will go out right after Easter. Corn and sunflowers will get planted ASAP (Monday?). I've already got squash, zuchinni, and okra just started in their little pots. Peanuts will be in the ground by Good Friday (I hope).

/johnny

34 posted on 03/15/2013 5:48:07 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

We got peanuts too this year. SESE had something that looked delicious at the time. Never order seeds or plants while you’re hungry! That’s how I ended up with 6 new tomato varieties. And a dwarf tangerine tree. And 2 new fig trees. And the Cha-Cha chive plant.

I’m still looking for black oil sunflower seeds. Supposedly chickens love BOSS. (and deer and other critters too)


35 posted on 03/15/2013 5:51:01 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: greeneyes

Thanks for continuing to include me! Here’s a shameless plug for my Garden Center. I’m in Madison, WI. We have 5 stores; mine is the biggest (and best!) :)

http://www.jungseed.com (Ask for a FREE catalog - you won’t be disappointed!)

I’m readying the Bare Root Room to open on March 23rd!!

I have potatoes (a dozen varieties) and my packaged roses came in today. Lots of lovelies in that bunch! Cannot WAIT to add a few more shrub roses to my garden border!

Fresh seed is in for 2013, though I am still missing a few varieties due to supply and demand; we ship all over the USA.

I have fresh houseplants up from Florida and some herbs and lots of bloomin’ lovelies to brighten up the windowsill while we’re watching the snow melt up here on the Tundra - it’s slow going - we were in the 70’s and then into the 80’s in March of last year - which was insane, but made for great sales!

Doesn’t look like any of us up here will get our peas or potatoes planted on March 17th, LOL!


36 posted on 03/15/2013 5:55:51 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Black Agnes
I've got the big eating sunflower seeds, but around here they sell the little Russian oil seeds in bags for bird feeders. I grew those last year, and MAY grow some this year, if I survive the next week.

/johnny

37 posted on 03/15/2013 5:56:27 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Blah, keep those three leaf ones away from me. They’re weeds in the garden. Four leaf ones are more than welcome.

Half the garden is planted and for some reason half of that went poof, disappeared, not even a dead leaf. Then I let the inside transplants get a little droopy dry so hoping they’ll perk up so they can go outside this weekend. Then I can start over with seeding some more inside to transplant later. It’s supposed to be near 90 the next few days.

Hubby finally tilled the side garden today and I worked on cleaning out the herb bed. Spread weed and feed on half the yard. There’s so many fix it chores that I don’t know what to do first. I’ve been out to the garden three times today and still never managed to cut the asparagus.


38 posted on 03/15/2013 5:56:47 PM PDT by bgill
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To: JRandomFreeper

I hadn’t thought about just using those. Did you just plant the ones that come in the bird feed bag? That might be ridiculously cheap.


39 posted on 03/15/2013 6:03:43 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: greeneyes

Got the basic tilling done for the ‘pea patch’, but still need to go over it at least one more time at full depth. I plan on 7 50’ double rows of Sugar Snap. That’s about 2,100 seeds.

Good thing we like them!

Yes, they are going in mainly for soil improvement; also, a certain restaurant in town may well be interested in taking some off my hands...and I know the food bank will.


40 posted on 03/15/2013 6:03:50 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: JRandomFreeper

If the agent orange doesn’t work, next time you have to run outside without trousers on make a detour through the new garden. That should shock the Bermuda right outta there (ducking!).


41 posted on 03/15/2013 6:05:09 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Black Agnes
Yep. Last year I begged a half-cup if the bird sunflowers from the neighbor lady across the street and planted them. Wound up with a bunch. They started just fine.

Those are the oil heavy small Russians.

/johnny

42 posted on 03/15/2013 6:07:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ApplegateRanch

That’s a lot of peas!


43 posted on 03/15/2013 6:08:08 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: bgill
LOL! Always with the pants... Some things, I'll just never live down.

/johnny

44 posted on 03/15/2013 6:09:33 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Black Agnes

Not to worry; I’m also planting potatoes and carrots to serve with them. ;-)


45 posted on 03/15/2013 6:11:24 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ApplegateRanch
Do you use an innoculant on your peas? I'll be using innoculant on the peanuts this year because it's been so long since peanuts were grown on this ground.

And since I've got it in hand... I'm going to use it on my pinto beans, too.

/johnny

46 posted on 03/15/2013 6:11:50 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Have you thought about dehydrating them?


47 posted on 03/15/2013 6:11:54 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Marcella

The husky cherry tomato transplants are happy (knock on wood) but they didn’t put on last year until right before the Nov. freeze. They are my favs, just like candy, but not when they sulk and not give me anything all summer. The slicers and romas didn’t put on either but the yellow pears went crazy growing to the roof. It’s all or nothing.


48 posted on 03/15/2013 6:15:31 PM PDT by bgill
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To: greeneyes

I asked to be on the ping list and didn’t get pinged, please add me when you get a chance. Thanks!


49 posted on 03/15/2013 6:16:35 PM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: JRandomFreeper

We used to grow peanuts commercially. But I’ve never done anything for the garden peanuts. Just poke ‘em in the ground and they’re happy. Just make sure they get lots of sun and sandy soil.


50 posted on 03/15/2013 6:27:10 PM PDT by bgill
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