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What Are You Gardening Today?
May 10, 2011
10:45 pm
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Journey11
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Mamawolf, I tried the Three Sisters companion planting last year and was really pleased with it.  You put in the corn and the squash first, then once the corn is a foot tall you plant your beans.  I would use a stronger stalk, taller variety of corn next time though.  The squash did a wonderful job of keeping the weeds down!  I thought the whole thing was rather pretty to look at too.

Miss Judy, I go over to S. OH and get tomatoes, peppers, etc sometimes too.  For $5 a bushel, you can't beat it!  I like to grow my favorite heirloom varieties and favor Costoluto Genovese for sauce, but if for some reason they should tank, I like having those U-picks so nearby.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do , do it with thy might…

(Ecc. 9:10a)

May 10, 2011
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u-pick's and overabundant produce from neighbor's and friends keep me busy most of the summer. I would love to have a small acerage in the country but at our age that is not going to happen. However my grandad lived 30 years after he retired.happy-flower

May 11, 2011
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We always loved having varieties of lettuce.  As summer progressed it would get too hot and the lettuce would bolt.  A friend told us to plant our lettuce in the corn rows so they were shaded.  Worked great.

May 11, 2011
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Cant work in the garden right now, too much rain!  Hope some of it comes back in July and August.

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May 11, 2011
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No outside work today for me either.  We. Had. Rain last night.  Whooo hoooo.  Did plant collards, dill and green beans yesterday and basil is ready to transplant.  I'm getting there, just a little slow!.shimmy

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May 11, 2011
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I am hoping to get out in the garden this afternoon to plant beans, corn, cukes, zukes and some more lettuce.  It is supposed to rain tonight and all the rest of the week.  :(

I may be out there til midnight to get it all in.

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

May 12, 2011
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The last week I have been working between rains to get my garden planted. I have planted potatoes, cabbage, peas, carrots, beans, cucumbers, pumpkin, watermelon, and today peppers, and cushaw squash. I still have corn to plant,..I am planning to do the three sisters method with it. I have never done it, but I have heard nothing but good things, so Im giving it a try,…that is when it decides to quit raining. We need sun

May 13, 2011
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Nothin'.  Rain, rain, rain.  It might have been dry enough to till last night, but my tiller is down, and I had a meeting. 

Did I mention rain?  No gardening this weekend–except I won a big coneflower at my meeting last night, will find a place to plant that.  I already have all the containers done, all the perennials planted, but I want to get my corn and beans and such out. 

BUT IT IS STILL RAINING!!!!  nonono

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

May 13, 2011
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Hoping to get the rest of the herbs in today.  Looks like rain.  Smells like rain.  But there may be time to get a few things in?  Let us hope…

Finally got the hanging baskets finished, and picked up 5 past-their-prime baskets of petunias from a dumpster!  All they need is a little trim, a good soak of water, and they are beautiful!!

If I hurry, I can get out into the new herb garden in time for it to start raining!

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

May 13, 2011
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Put in pickling cucumbers, zucchini, yellow summer squash and potatoes.

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May 13, 2011
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I had no idea so many of you were planting . Here in Mid Michigan it has been 80 the last 3 days but I wasn't willing to bet my tomato plants that it would stay that way!  We did get the tilling done , though.

     I am thinking about the 3 sister method too. But i would like to use corn, cucumbers and squash or melons.  And intermingle my tomato and green peppers with onions and beets.

May 13, 2011
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LOL, Aprilijoi!  I just KNOW it's going to snow yet this month!

I planted some lettuce and spinach in the herb bed, but I'm not putting out any plants for a couple more weeks.  I've pretty much got the boxes ready for planting, some more work to do this weekend.

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

May 13, 2011
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You know it Cindy! I am busying myself with hardening off my plants and enjoying my salad garden. Temperture fell tonight and thunderstorms are rolling through so i will wait…Probably till June!

     Oh, and i loved the thread on chives. I use mine dailey but this year I will try to freeze them as someone suggested. BTW_ how long will they be good frozen?

May 13, 2011
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I got a lot done the past couple of days!  sun  Put in my kitchen herb garden yesterday (right by the back door, real handy!  happy-butterfly )  Planted all my dahlias and glads, as well as a whole flat of tall snapdragons for cutting.  Transplanted a bunch of hollyhocks to one big bed and poked in a few datura (devil's trumpets) in the bare spots.

I had a lot of nice volunteers in the big garden.  Lots of herbs and some large red-halo rudbekia.  I dug them up and put them in other places.  Then my husband was able to till for me this evening, so I'll be ready to go tomorrow morning.  The rain's not supposed to arrive until noon, so maybe I'll get all my tomatoes in first thing.

I passed through the Wally-World garden dept this evening and found two nice pear trees and a red plum on sale 50% off.  The big ones in the 5-gal pots!  They were $9.00 each, so go check your Walmart tomorrow.  happy-feet

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do , do it with thy might…

(Ecc. 9:10a)

May 13, 2011
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aprilejoi
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Thanks Journey11. I will look tomorrow.

May 15, 2011
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I'm a bit new to the forum, but I'm trying to catch up on the topics I've been lurking at.  wave

 

I finally got to till, weed, plant & sort out my gardens last week.  Was on a couple of weeks of vacation before, so I missed all the rain we had here in central Illinois.  It's catching up to me now, though.  Luckily, I had 3 days of dry weather before all this, I got some plants in the ground.  I always get plants for mother's day, too.  Got an Okame cherry tree & a variegated red twig dogwood.  We decided not to plant any zucchini or squashes this year, too.  We have onions, 4 different kinds of peppers, 4 kinds of tomatoes, bronze fennel, cilantro, parsley, oregano, chives, purple popping corn (kids request-more like wheedling!) & peanuts!  We want to add a few more vegies, too.  Maybe an eggplant, as I love moussaka.  I've been posting in my Facebook about wanting adoptive parents for my plants, too.  Every year, I have a lot of extra, from volunteers & seeds & I always have a hard time pulling them out & throwing them, it's almost painful, so I try to find homes for them.  Our neighbor's tree cracked & fell over in the past ice storm, so I'm losing shade on the side of my house, too.  There will be a lot more transplanting & moving plants around, hopefully before the summer heat hits!

May 15, 2011
5:42 pm
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We finally had a dry, warm week and I got my veggie garden done and plants and seeds in. Then yesterday it got cold and rainy, and today is colder and rainier! 43 degrees cold. I'm worried about my tomatoes and peppers. I don't even have cloches. I'll have to make some out of pop bottles like I used to.

Heather B.

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.
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May 15, 2011
6:18 pm
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Glenie said:

My garden is coming along great this year, blooms on the green beans, red potatoes being harvested, squash blooming etc.  I do have a question though and hope someone has an answer, How and when do I know to harvest my garlic and how do I store it? Can someone help me please?

You have to let the tops of the garlic die back and maybe feel around in the dirt to see if a large enough bulb has grown. I always pull one later in the season to check if it's ready to come out of the garden, be trimmed and to dry. I live in San Diego so it's not time to harvest yet. Depends on when you planted. Good gardening!

May 15, 2011
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HeatherB said:

We finally had a dry, warm week and I got my veggie garden done and plants and seeds in. Then yesterday it got cold and rainy, and today is colder and rainier! 43 degrees cold. I'm worried about my tomatoes and peppers. I don't even have cloches. I'll have to make some out of pop bottles like I used to.

That's why I wait till Memorial Day weekend or the following week….I almost thought it was going to snow yesterday!

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

May 15, 2011
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I feel your pain HeatherB!  Milk jugs make great cloches. So does placing your tomato cage over your tomatoes and filling the cage with straw. Floating row covers will work to keep light frost off and warmth in.

     Cindy: Do we know our michigan weather?? I didn't pack away my winter coat either…

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