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What Are You Gardening Today?
May 3, 2011
4:56 pm
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Miss Nellie
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Thanks folks for all the garlic information it is a big help.

May 3, 2011
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JeannieB said:

Cindy, how did you harvest the chives, I have some this year, and the little book I read said to only use them fresh.  Can I cut them about halfway, and leave them to grow more??

I keep trimming mine all year (until the snow covers them) as I need them.  The clump is quite big now.  I trim them all down to about 2-3″.  They regrow and I trim them again.  I dry them (later in the year, I love them fresh now) or freeze them.

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

May 3, 2011
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Me, I don't dry my chives before freezing.  I use them fresh (tonight, in pesto with oregano, sage, and thyme) or I freeze them.  To freeze them, I chop them then lay them on big trays.  I put them in the freezer and let them freeze.  Once they are frozen, they won't stick together.  (This is the chopped bits.)  Then I load them into jars and put them back in the freezer.  When I want chives, I just reach in the freezer and grab what I need!  They are easy to spoon out if you dry them on trays before putting them in jars.

 

I don't like drying chives.  I don't think they work out as well, and they lose flavor.

Clover made me do it.

May 4, 2011
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Joyce
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Suzanne I do chives in the same way you do,  and also parsley.  Love the flavor of the frozen chives or parsley in dumplings, muffins etc.  eating

May 4, 2011
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I got a few flowers yesterday to plant. I also bought….I mean, my kids bought me a hydrangea for Mother's Day. I love when they get me what I want (really I pick it out and tell them what they got me. works best that way). I think we are finally headed for some warmer weather this week. sun I can't wait!

May 4, 2011
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Am considering whether to get a bridal wreath spirea (in honor of my grandmother, who had them all along the north side of her house), an azalea (one of my all time faves), or a hydrangea (one of my Mom's faves) to plant in an isolated, fairly dark with afternoon sun and heat, difficult to get to corner.  Think the spirea will win out on this one since we have other azaleas and hydrangea, and they really require no care at all.

Otherwise, still working on getting plenty of annuals collected, potting up hanging baskets, finding a few great bargains at the garden centers.

Best bargain this week was finding some yarrow.  Haven't had any for many years, and wanted to add it anyway.  Unfortunately, what they had on clearance was the yellow, but it will be fine.  For $1 for each large pot (5 inch?), figured I can learn to love the common yellow color!

Also got some clearanced, slightly damaged fushia in baskets.  They were loaded with buds and are showing great promise already.  And have my eye on some veggie plants.  We have graduated down to buying single plants these days – it's actually cheaper for us in the long run.

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May 4, 2011
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I’m going to plant 5 more tomatoes today, the Cherokee Purple FINALLY! Also I want to add thyme and orageno to the herb garden, I bought plants though, I can never get those going from seed. Gotta harden off the herbs though, so they can wait a day or two.

May 4, 2011
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Re chives…I potted up a small clump of mine last fall, brought them inside, cut them off to about 2″, put the pot in a sunny window, and they are still going strong! I just cut off whatever I needed all winter and they grew back thicker than ever. I'll plant them back outside soon.

Fresh chives whenever you want. Try it!

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May 4, 2011
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WolfWalker
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Well trying my hand at container gardening, have tomatoes coming up , as well as lettuce and peas. Here is to hoping i don't kill them lol. Tried last year to grow beans but the cats (they were still kittens), thought they were something to play with and killed them all in one night while we were sleeping. We are down to one cat, and so far he is leaving the plants alone, but then they are still quite small so he don't notice them much lol.

May 5, 2011
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Last night I watered and thinned the lettuce. And then I watered and picked some asparagus. We're watering right now as other parts of the country are getting our rain and it is dry as toast here. C'mon y'all, share some of your unwanted rain. :)

May 5, 2011
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I would be happy to send you a few inches, if I could.  We had 20+ inches of rain last month.  My garden is bare and cold–I am hoping the storms hold off til tomorrow afternoon–I would like to plant corn and beans, and the pepper/tomato plants that I started.

I tried early peas and lettuce–they either washed away or the bunnies ate them.  (The only good bunny is a dead bunny, here on my ranch!)  I put my broccoli, brussels sprouts and celery out–half the row washed away.

I do have some lettuce and kohlrabi coming up from a second planting. 

I just haven't been the same since that house fell on my sister.

May 5, 2011
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Window On The Prairie said:

Last night I watered and thinned the lettuce. And then I watered and picked some asparagus. We're watering right now as other parts of the country are getting our rain and it is dry as toast here. C'mon y'all, share some of your unwanted rain. :)

 

I wish I could!  I'm getting a bit nervous now as my broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower should have been in the ground over a month ago.  I've got flats of seedlings lying around everywhere waiting to go in, but it's just too wet to till or walk in the garden.

I really don't know how I can live on top of a hill and still have a swamp!  confused

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May 10, 2011
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mammaleigh
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OK, I finally got my garden in, I worked everyone (mostly my hubby) like a dog on mothers day and got it done. We have corn, beans, squash, zucchini, okra, cantaloupe, potatoes, carrots, garlic, potatoes in a box (giving that a try), pickling cucumbers, the tomatoes are still in flats, it just was not right to plant them yet. I am so tired from the past few days but it is a good kind of tired! Has anyone tried this? One of the older people around me told me to try it, letting the beans grow up the corn…I am trying it this year but I didn't know how it would work.

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

May 10, 2011
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The Southwest Indians on the Colorado Plateau and northern New Mexico used to plant beans and squash amongst the corn.  So it should work very well for you.  I've never tried it as we don't have enough room to plant corn.

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May 10, 2011
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I've been working hard in mine too!  With hubbiy helping, we laid gravel paths, planted rhubarb, strawberries, herbs leeks, beetroot, spinach and mangetout.  Checked out the blackberries, black and red currants and even had room for two small rows of potatoes.  The seeds went in too, lettuce, corriander, and raddish.  Just enough room left for two lots of runner beans.  I am determined to make a go of the veg patch this year.  I'm trying tomatoes in pots too.  The last few years I have lost all of them through blight.

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May 10, 2011
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Pete said:

Am considering whether to get a bridal wreath spirea (in honor of my grandmother, who had them all along the north side of her house), an azalea (one of my all time faves), or a hydrangea (one of my Mom's faves) to plant in an isolated, fairly dark with afternoon sun and heat, difficult to get to corner.  Think the spirea will win out on this one since we have other azaleas and hydrangea, and they really require no care at all.

Aw, Pete. So happy to hear the bridal wreath will win out. My grandmother had these, too and they always make me think of her. My dad still has a bush (or 2) grown from the original which thrived at his mom's place. I used to play “bride” with it when I was small. Great memories, thanks.

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May 10, 2011
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Journey11–if your cauli/broccoli/cabbage plants have been in the little 6-packs you bought them in, they may not be worth planting by this time.  If those kinds of plants get too rootbound, they don't produce–they just bolt. 

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May 10, 2011
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That's what I was afraid of… They are looking very lanky now and they've missed their opportunity to grow in the cooler spring weather.  I am really bummed out about it because I started them myself from seed and they were nice and healthy at first.  I guess I will just have to try again later with a fall crop.  cry

I'm going to have to put in some more raised beds so I'll not get skunked by this wet weather again.  There are so many things I usually have growing by now that I couldn't get in the ground this year.

Dang this WV red clay mud!!  hissy-fit

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May 10, 2011
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We have our cool weather crops in.  Also planted spuds and onions.  Holding off as we had frost this morning for other things.  Today has been beautiful.  It is finally Spring here!  Did jump the gun.  Put in zucchini plants and are covering them up at night.  Fresh vegies.  You can tell I am a little bit impatient.

May 10, 2011
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I have lettuce ready to pick…green onions will be ready in a few days…peas are up about 4 or 5 inches tall (growing sloooow) Slenderette green beans are looking good… spinich has the bigger leaves now…beets are slowly coming along…yellow squash(in an old wash tub) looks good.

We replanted (because of frost) tomatos,eggplant,and peppers. All of this in our little sq ft. garden. We have 2   4×4 beds and 1  3×8 bed.

There won't be enough to do any canning…but the fresh veggies are so good. I am wanting to get a couple of cucumber planted this weekend.

I can't believe we have downsized so much. I used to can over a hundred qts of beans and tomatoe juice every year. My son's garden spot has stayed so wet the past two years it isn't even workable yet.

I hope Wolfe's ( in Ohio) has plenty of U-Pick tomatos this year. We brought 2 bushel back from Ohio last year…I am hoping for at least 5 this summer!

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