Skip to comments.Weekly Garden Thread - February 1-7, 2020
Posted on 02/01/2020 10:32:50 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin
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Ahhh like this one a lot. Grew up on the southeast side of Chicago. The mills were always dirty then and the snow was only white and clean right after it fell. Sometimes I would wake up in the middle of the night and just look at that white clean blanket. It covered everything with beauty. By the next day it would have black sprinkles all over it.
Being the 2020s... Will the gardening thread evolve to growing MJ?
Still going to do sweet corn this spring...
I was waiting in too long a line at the local grocery store a couple weeks ago. As often happens, I was balancing the goods because I didn't grab a cart on the way in. I added to the pile the Rareseeds catalog, "", runs about $13, beautiful catalog, inch thick "The Whole Seed Catalog".
“Will the gardening thread evolve to growing MJ?”
I did have one poster ask about it, but after consulting with a few other members, we decided he should start his own pot-grower’s thread - with Jim Robinson’s OK, of course. ;)
I’ve got enough on my plate as it is, and besides, I already have plenty of it growing wild at my farm with no assistance from me! ;)
It’s actually hemp - but people still get a chuckle out of it. Since 2017 industrial hemp and hemp for CBD oil (all the rage!) has been allowed to be grown as a crop again in Wisconsin after being banned for 50 years. The stuff we have that pops up here and there is still leftover from many years ago. Totally harmless, but fun to add to flower bouquets, LOL!
Yes, Baker Creek. Lots of fans here. Simply gorgeous. Garden Porn, for sure! :)
Southern New Hampshire Duckling Report...Final count is four. Hewey, Dewey, Louie and Fred. All doing well, eating well, growing like crazy and loving water.
The last four eggs were duds. I cleaned up the nest and remaining eggs and now I need to put up rat barriers along the lower edge of the walls.
I have read some, and Purple Coneflowers, Aster, Hydrangea are candidates. A mixed package may be better.
So, this week my gardening adventures included starting a batch of sprouts for salads and sandwiches, and sorting through my two shoe boxes of seeds and thinning the herd!
Every few years I grow a ‘Patchwork Garden’ meaning I’ll use up the mish-mash of seeds I have left (that are within 2 years old) and not have to buy much for this season. I will grow out things just to use them up and give them to friends and/or donate them to a little Spring Fundraising Sale out teeny-tiny Library has in the spring. (Note to self: Get exact dates for that, so I can start planning/planting backwards!)
I have a list of 12 seeds I NEED, and just a 10-15 seed packet of each, so I’m hoping to bring my garden in ‘on the cheap’ this year. Of course, SOMETHING will catch my eye, but that’s already baked into the pie, so to speak. ;)
I’m also going to grow more Dahlias, so there will be some expense there, and rumor has it I’ll finally get the two raised beds around my greenhouse for roses and perennial herbs. At least I can keep the FOOD part of the garden in check...for a change! ;)
I did decide that instead of cutting back on tomatoes (paste and red slicers) I’m going to keep those numbers up and make and can homemade tomato soup this coming summer. I have no idea why I didn’t think of that sooner; Beau and I LOVE tomato soup!
And I am sticking with my PLEDGE of NO WINTER SQUASH this year. Fer Pete’s Sake! I always over-do that and we don’t have a decent way to store it, and by the time I’ve peeled and chopped the 20th squash - I’m ready to peal and chop anyone that comes near me, LOL!
So, those are my PLANS. What REALITY will be is always a surprise! ;)
The weather has been overcast, but very MILD. This time last year were were trapped in that bloody ‘Polar Vortex’ but this year we are above average. Sunny this afternoon - Yay - with a sunny day tomorrow and highs in the 40’s! Unheard of! I hope the rest of the ‘ready-to-landslide’ snow slides off the new metal roof, tomorrow.
Photos later of various garden ‘stuff’ past and present.
Sorry I was off to a late start today - I stayed at my Mom’s last night for a birthday party for my Sister, and then helped Mom make breakfast for her teen Confirmation class this morning. That was a LOT of fun! :)
:^) That’s the one!
This year I'm going to try to get a second crop.
Need a picture!
Cool.. I can’t believe how many ‘Medical’ MJ places are popping up in MD...
Only 6-8 more years of this place... Have to admit though, it is easier to grow vegetables here then Michigan! Go Blue!
That was me that inquired about the MJ.
Have not contacted Jim yet about starting a new MJ Thread and I will Not without his approval. Been kinda busy.
It is his house and we must respect that.
Feel free to email be separate from this thread as I do not want to hijack it.
And I agree it’s best to get Jim’s OK. We’re more vegetable and flower gardeners, landscapers, fruit growers, cooks and preservers over here.
Personally? I consider myself a, ‘ConservaTarian.’ That’s a Libertarian without the pot smoking. ;)
Go, Ducks! :)
I DO need to replenish the supply of Pickle Relish, and I have a friend that makes the best Whiskey Pickles, so I’m working on getting the recipe out of him!
Our Asparagus Patch is in it’s third year now, so I can start harvesting - looking forward to Pickled Asparagus to go with my Bloody Mary mix for Fall Football tailgating. :)
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