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  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 25, June 22, 2012

    06/22/2012 7:06:41 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 65 replies
    Friday, June 22, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Anybody enjoying the heat???? Good morning, FRiends and fellow gardeners! My thanks to Red Devil_232 and his beautiful tomato plants for hosting last week's gardening thread. Here in NELA, we welcomed the first day of summer with temps in 3 digits ... at one time yesterday afternoon, our digital weather station had the temperature outside at 102.4! The remote unit that is transmitting the temp is on the north end of the house, tucked up under the eve and out of the sun. Whew!Lots going on here. We've been enjoying sweet corn (var. Serendipity) all week, and the harvest...
  • Composting 101

    06/19/2012 6:49:08 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 87 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | June 17, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    Composting. Learn the basics, benefits, components, no-no's, and six ways to get started...
  • The case for mandatory GMO labeling

    06/18/2012 3:53:02 PM PDT · by southern rock · 26 replies
    Natural News ^ | 06/18/2012 | Mike Adams
    The case for mandatory GMO labeling - even if you believe in limited government and the free market (NaturalNews) Now that the GMO labeling ballot measure has been officially accepted onto the California ballot, Monsanto is gearing up its propaganda campaign that aims to convince people you don't need to know what you're eating! Trust us, we're the food companies! We never lie, do we? For the record, I'm an opponent of most government mandates against individuals. When the government says you have to give your children vaccine shots, that's a violation of your liberty. When Mayor Bloomberg says you...
  • Woman Sues City of Tulsa For Cutting Down Her Edible Garden

    06/16/2012 11:07:10 AM PDT · by Altariel · 87 replies
    News on 6 ^ | June 15, 2012 | Lori Fullbright
    TULSA, Oklahoma - A Tulsa woman is suing the city's code enforcement officers after she said they cut down her garden with no cause. Denise Morrison said she has more than 100 plant varieties in her front and back yards and all of them are edible and have a purpose. She knows which ones will treat arthritis, which will make your food spicy, which ones keep mosquitoes away and treat bug bites, but she said none of that matter to city inspectors. Last August, Morrison's front and back yards were filled with flowers in bloom, lemon, stevia, garlic chives, grapes,...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 24, June 15, 2012

    06/15/2012 5:33:15 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 64 replies
    Free Republic | Red_Devil 232
    Weekly Gardening Thread Good morning gardeners. JustaDumbBlonde has been very busy lately and asked me to post this weeks thread for her. She felt bad about not being able to respond to posts on last weeks thread. I hope all of your gardens are doing well. My little 6 x 6 raised bed tomato patch is coming along fine. It has benefited from a couple of good rain showers in the last couple of weeks. "> This picture was taken at about 3:30 pm yesterday. The shade starts moving on to the tomato patch at about 3 pm and...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 23, June 8, 2012

    06/08/2012 7:26:30 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 125 replies
    June 8, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning! Hope that all of my FRiends and fellow gardeners have had a good and productive week.Began the Spring harvest in my apiary yesterday, which yielded 7 gallons of beautiful honey from 3 hives. Still have 3 hives from which to pull the honey boxes, and the remaining hives will not harvest until Fall because they are relatively new. Bit of trivia here ... a gallon of honey weighs 12 pounds.The wheat harvest is over and the farm is buzzing with tractors getting cotton and soybeans planted on the wheat ground. The field corn has tassled and pollinated,...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 22 (Keywords 2) June 1, 2012

    06/01/2012 8:06:36 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 123 replies
    Friday, June 1, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning and happy June to my gardening FRiends and fellow gardeners!You may have noticed that I titled last week's thread "Keywords", and then totally forgot to write the first word about the topic. That illustrates perfectly how frazzled my mind is these days. As I was getting ready to hit the post button, I kept thinking there was something I was forgetting, but finally convinced myself that it probably wasn't *that* important, and I posted the thread. I apologize.There has been more than once that great information has been posted by one of our members, but I can't...
  • Garden Herbs: Attractive, Tasty, and Surprisingly Useful

    05/29/2012 6:14:45 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 9 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | May 29, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    A plant part valued for its medicinal, culinary, or aromatic qualities, for centuries herbs have been used to make medicines, add flavor to foods, make teas, mask odors, and attract bees and other pollinators into the garden...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 21 (Keywords) May 25, 2012

    05/25/2012 8:00:24 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 96 replies
    May 25, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Huge thanks to Red Devil_232 for posting the thread last week!!! It is absolutely crazy around the farm, with everybody going in different directions at the same time and trying to stay coordinated with one another.The wheat harvest is well underway, and the yields have been above our wildest dreams. The field corn has tasseled and is pollinating nicely. Several hundred acres of cotton have been planted and it is now being fertilized, sprayed for weeds, sprayed for bugs, etc. Still have about 900 acres of cotton left to plant behind the wheat.My sweet corn patches are looking good,...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Harvesting Wheat) Vol. 20, May 18, 2012

    05/18/2012 5:59:55 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 102 replies
    Free Republic | 5/18/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. JustaDumbBlonde asked me to post the thread this morning because she and her Husband are out in the fields harvesting their wheat. Looks like they will have good weather. I hope all of your gardens are doing well. My gardening efforts have been scaled back this year to a 6x6 raised bed planted with eight of my three favorite tomato varieties. I am also continuing to pursue my Homebrewing hobby and will be brewing up a Honey Bee Ale later this afternoon and also bottling a Cranberry Mead that I started last November with a cork popping...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 19 (Getting Projects Done) May 11, 2012

    05/11/2012 8:02:17 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 97 replies
    Friday, May 11, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning FRiends and fellow gardeners!! Here's wishing all mothers and grandmothers a very joyous and beautiful Mother's Day. We rock! It has been a very busy couple of weeks in my yard. Lots of projects going on and I was able to finish a few of them in between serious dumpings of rain. My rain gauge has registered just over 4" since Monday. We have a 50% chance of more by the first part of next week. Need to be harvesting wheat, but can't really be upset with the rain after the drought we experienced last year.A look...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 18, May 4, 2012

    05/04/2012 7:31:41 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 206 replies
    Friday, May 4, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning FRiends and fellow gardeners! I really enjoyed all of you that participated in last week's thread. I've been so busy that I didn't have time to respond to each and every comment, but I think about what y'all write and the photos that you post while I'm out working on my own projects. You truly inspire me!Looking forward to reading your updates this week. We welcomed 2 new members to the ping list last week, bringing us to 525 members. That is fantastic, and we are on track to add 100 members this year.In my own little...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 17, April 27, 2012

    04/27/2012 8:13:43 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 88 replies
    Friday, April 27, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning everyone! I'm looking forward to hearing your gardening challenges and successes today. Please check in and let us know how it's going.This morning I've put together a little pictorial of how Mark and I cut a honey bee hive out of a wall or similar place. This is a medium-sized cutout that we did back in March. The hive was located in an old shed that the owner wanted to tear down, but they were trying to reclaim windows and the old boards and the bees weren't having any of that. So, the owner got her building...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 16, April 20, 2012

    04/20/2012 10:06:22 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 148 replies
    Friday, April 20, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning to my FRiends, fellow gardeners, future gardeners, and lurkers! It is beautiful and sunny today here in NELA. We received 2-1/2 inches of rain earlier in the week and it is still very wet in the yard and garden. I've been keeping busy with my bee yard ... I got called about a swarm day-before-yesterday, about 25 miles south of my house. I still had all of my bee catching equipment in my truck from doing a hive cutout last weekend, so off I went. Below is a photo of the swarm when I got there, and...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 15, April 13, 2012

    04/13/2012 8:19:42 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 130 replies
    Happy Friday the 13th, and good morning fellow gardeners and FRiends! I hope that you are enjoying weather as beautiful as what we are experiencing here in NE Louisiana. Nights and mornings are cool and breezy, and the days very warm.I've planted 1.6 acres of bi-color sweet corn. We checked the seed the next day and it had already sprouted, and was pegged the following day. Perfect conditions!Looking forward to hearing what's going on in your neck o' the woods. The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds....
  • Tomatoes: A Complete Planting Guide

    04/11/2012 5:31:07 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 63 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | 04/11/2012 | Rick Bickling
    Complete planting guide for Tomatoes including state specific varieties, planting dates, nutrition facts, planting, watering, fertilizing, insect and disease control information...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Happy Easter!) Vol. 14, April 6, 2012

    04/06/2012 9:30:28 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 67 replies
    Friday, April 6, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning, FRiends and fellow gardeners! The weather has cooled-down a bit, the sun is shining and my grandgirls have been here all week. I am one happy blonde today.It rained again 2 and 3 days ago, so I haven't even disked up the garden spot yet, but that will get done Monday.All of the fruit trees and bushes that I've planted are doing very well and the regular rains have been perfect to keep them moist and off to a great start! Some of the raspberries that I planted were established plants, and some were bare-root canes. Many...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread -- Vol. 14, April 6, 2012

    04/06/2012 7:46:05 AM PDT · by dennisw · 33 replies
    free republic | April 6, 2012
    Open for business...ready for your recent gardening adventures
  • Weekly Gardening Thread -- Vol. 13, March 31, 2012

    03/31/2012 4:00:04 PM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 93 replies
    Saturday, March 31, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good evening, FRiends and gardeners! I deeply apologize for the delay in posting this week's thread ... this is an extremely busy time here on our farm, and when you've got just a handful of folks farming 3,000 acres, there are times when it is all hands on deck all night long. The rain has been spaced exactly right to be wrong, and we were down to the wire getting our corn crop planted.With that out of the way, how in the world is everybody doing with their gardens and plans for gardens? We have so many members with...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread -- Vol. 12, March 23, 2012

    03/23/2012 8:53:54 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 157 replies · 1+ views
    Friday, March 23, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning, FRiends and fellow gardeners! Hopefully everyone has received beneficial rain this past week. We've had an additional 2 inches, which was a blessing because just to the south and southwest of us as much as 10 inches fell. While the area needed the rain, it didn't need it all at one time.Looking forward to reading what you're doing with your gardens and plans this week. Photos will earn you bonus points! :^) It is too wet for me to do anything in the garden, but I do have lots of raspberry bushes to get planted. Then, the...