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What Are You Gardening Today?
May 15, 2011
6:38 pm
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aprilejoi
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My usband just reminded me that we have also used newspaper instead of straw in our tomato and pepper cages.

May 15, 2011
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*husband* lol.

May 15, 2011
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I too was planning on setting up my herb garden this weekend. I was looking forward to it all week & low and behold I came to find we were expecting showers & high winds. On the other hand, I love this weather! We do need rain, and so I guess my herb garden can wait until next weekend. For now, staying indoors, drinking a hot cup of pikes place roast & cozing up in bed with my laptop reading through Chickens in the Road, is wonderful! snuggle

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May 15, 2011
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aprilejoi
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sounds great RoseR! Are you growing anything us mid-westerners can't grow? Avocado, cumquates and maybe a Bouganvilla?  I'm a Cali girl but its been 20 years since I lived there. Miss the citris and the CRAZY big pinecones from Big Bear and Blue Jay!

May 16, 2011
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I think I was so relieved that Spring finally came that I got carried away, haha. Last night I threw a sheet over them. It's supposed to warm up again in a few days, in the meantime I'll make some cloches.

Heather B.

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May 16, 2011
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I found a bunch of wonderful heirloom tomato plants this past weekend for 69 cents each or a 4-pack for 98 cents! bug-eyed They are nice and big-- much bigger than my seedlings, so I got several and am going to put them out today. I also got several heirloom pepper plants and flowers to get planted. For that price there is no sense in me starting anything from seed next year!

May 16, 2011
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langela, wow that's a great find!!!  pawprint

May 16, 2011
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aprilejoi said:

sounds great RoseR! Are you growing anything us mid-westerners can't grow? Avocado, cumquates and maybe a Bouganvilla?  I'm a Cali girl but its been 20 years since I lived there. Miss the citris and the CRAZY big pinecones from Big Bear and Blue Jay!

Hi aprilejoi! I have absolutely no garden growing yet. This would be my first try at gardening herbs. I'm learning a lot from this website however, and am looking forward to spending quite a bit of time out doors this spring and summer. :) If the weather fairs well, I'll be getting started this week. To start me off, I'll be planting some small plants: thyme, basil, parsley, oregano, lavender, and spearmint. I wish I was able to grow some citrus. I love oranges and grapefruit...maybe some day. :) And yes, Big Bear is nice and the pine cones out there are huge! Love Camp Engedi. :)

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May 16, 2011
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Here in Michigan?...lol....Not a thing.  I'm afraid to plant the veggie garden because of my past experience with frost...So, here I wait...wait for Mother Nature to back off with the rain a little.  But, in my head the garden is beautiful...lol

 

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May 17, 2011
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Last night I planted my tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, and celery.

My potatos, carrots, peas, lettus, spinich, rutabaga, kohl rabi, onion, and cabbage seeds were planted late last week, I also planted some asperagus.

At this time of year up in central Saskatchewan we still have to worry about frost, so I will have to cover my garden up if it looks like it will get cold one night

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May 17, 2011
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It is still cool here in the Missouri Ozarks.  I covered my tomatoes last night--it was supposed to go down to 36, but I think it was a bit warmer than that. 

I am hoping to get into the garden tomorrow night to plant my beans and corn and such.  It has been too rainy here for much gardening.

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May 17, 2011
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You folks are really making me want to plant! But...it's 50 degrees and windy. So instead I raked my mounds for the 3 Sisters planting. I am very excited to do that. A neighbor puts up stakes around the area where her squash is planted and wraps burlap around the perimeter. This is meant to keep the vines from taking over her entire garden. I plan to do that around my 3 Sisiters area, just to keep everything in check. 

     Might be 70 by Friday, maybe I can get caught up with all of you!

May 22, 2011
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Here In Central La. I live only 1/2 Mile from The Miss. River on the West Bank, Lots of water behind the Levee system, but here on this side of the Levee we need a rain, My garden is doing Fine, I use Drip Tape Irrigation system on my garden, so as far as the Garden goes it is fine, My Irish Potatoes will be ready to havest in a couple weeks, Have been eating some for about 3 weeks, along with our Snap Beans, my snap beans ( green bean to some ) are finished, my Bride Canned 65 Qt. for hard times, our yellow squash is in full swing now, will be about 2 or 3 weeks before we have Tomatoes ( can't wait)

We have about 160 Onion plants that are doing real good, they should be ready to pull in 3 or 4 weeks, our Garlic looks good, should be ready about the same time as the onions,

The farmers around here planted lots of corn this year, some has started to tassel about a week ago, I am looking forward to Cream Style Corn made with field corn, one of my favorite Meals, we always try to freeze some to enjoy once the corn turns hard, there is a small window to get the corn before it gets hard maybe 3 or 4 days at most, so one has to watch the different patches and track when they start to tassel, its about 17 or 18 days after you see tassels to roasting ear time,

May 23, 2011
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I finished planting and setting out today.  Tomatoes, Romas, cherry tomatoes, basil, sage, parsley, jalapeno/serrano/long green chiles, red and green bell peppers.  Green beans and slicing cukes are coming up, lettuce is a green carpet in it's box.  DH is finishing up the drip irrigation system.  Now we just sit back, relax and wait for harvest!  Not! happy-flower

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May 29, 2011
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Mary B poke- I can't locate the thread about kale/collard greens but found an internet site about collard greens.  As soon as the leaves reach 10-12 inches in size they may be picked, leaving the inner three leaves in place and new leaves will grow.  Maybe this will work with kale. 

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May 29, 2011
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Well, I've had quite the spring. I split up with my husband and spent a couple of months living in hotels & friends' basements. A tough time, but the toughest thing was leaving my garden behind! I resigned myself to yet another summer without a garden....Until I found a wonderful basement apartment with a big (albiet wild) backyard. With permission from the landlord (who is also a big gardener), I tore out a bunch of ancient rose bushes, swathes of daylillies and other miscellaneous ground coverings. The only thing that got to stay was the nice big rhubarb in the middle. Finally, today, I skipped church, family barbecue, and everything else, and spent the day turning over my new plot, working in fertilizer and compost, and planting my very first in-ground garden!! I am soooooooo excited. Anybody else get their garden in today??

Tomatoes-San Marzano, Early Girl, Cherokee Purple, Big Beef, Beefsteak, Better Boy & Brandywine. 
Peppers-Big Jim & California Wonder 
Some kind or other Sweet Peas 
Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans 
Some kind or other of bush beans 
Some kind or other of pickling cukes 
Sugar Baby watermelon 
Jeanette F1 carrots 
Tri-Star & Quinalt strawberries

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May 29, 2011
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MrsFuzz, I bet you are probably sore and tired after a full day of gardening. I planted some of the same tomatoes earlier but the frost got the Cherokee Purple (my favorite) and the Brandywines. Crazy weather!!!

Sorry about your split. No matter how bad things were in the relationship I am sure it hasn't been an easy spring for you!

Sounds like you're ready to make some changes and "dig" right in and enjoy life! (sorry for the pun).wink

May 29, 2011
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LOL  I am absolutely exhausted (only 4 hours of sleep in the last two days may be contributing to that....), but it's my favorite kind of exhaustion.  WHen you get to the end of the day and can look out at what you've accomplished...That's worth all the exhaustion & sore muscles & joints & the sunburn.  

I'm sorry you lost your tomatoes.  We've had an abnormally cool spring.  Even though this weekend feels really late for planting, it's really the first nice weather we've had all spring.  Of course, then the weather is going to go straight to scorching, so the poor garden won't know what to do.  

Thank you so much for the words of encouragement.  No split is ever easy, but I firmly believe that this is the right move for me, and that my life is going nowhere but up to awesome!   :)  I'm having fun learning how to take care of me as a person, instead of pouring everything into another person.  

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May 30, 2011
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MrsFuzz, attitude is 3/4 of the battle! I am sure you know that you will have some bad days but ...that just makes you appreciate the good days more!

May 30, 2011
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I planted a bit of Romaine lettuce today, as we've enjoyed having fresh salads and will want more. The thing with lettuce is you just have to do lots of little plantings so you don't get a ton of it at once! I also planted some broccoli, cauliflower and chinese cabbage. Those 3 are all new for me, so we'll see how they do!

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