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"2014 garden talk"
 
I ordered my onions today!! can't believe next month it will be time to put them in the ground already!!

finally enough snow has melted I can see my garden!!

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  RE: 2014 garden talk Beachstryder Mar-17-14 1
     RE: 2014 garden talk deb54 Mar-17-14 2
         RE: 2014 garden talk graceadmin Mar-17-14 3
             RE: 2014 garden talk graceadmin Apr-06-14 4
                 RE: 2014 garden talk Raven00144 Apr-07-14 5
                     RE: 2014 garden talk graceadmin Apr-07-14 6
                         RE: 2014 garden talk deb54 Apr-08-14 7
                             RE: 2014 garden talk graceadmin Apr-11-14 8
                                 RE: 2014 garden talk deb54 May-06-14 9
                                     Watch out for that Rose of Sharon.. Rajahadmin May-07-14 10
                                         RE: Watch out for that Rose of Sharon.. deb54 May-08-14 11
                                             RE: Watch out for that Rose of Sharon.. graceadmin May-08-14 12
                                             Deb, sometime when you're down this way, stop in.. Rajahadmin May-10-14 13
                                             RE: Deb, sometime when you're down this way, stop in.. deb54 May-11-14 14
                                             putting on the green thumb graceadmin May-17-14 15
                                             mother nature had her own ideas..... graceadmin May-26-14 16
                                             RE: mother nature had her own ideas..... starrattadmin May-26-14 17
                                             Too out your house and a car?? Rajahadmin May-26-14 18
                                             RE: Too out your house and a car?? graceadmin May-28-14 19
                                             State Farm adjuster.. Rajahadmin May-29-14 20
                                             RE: Too out your house and a car?? deb54 Jun-05-14 21
                                             RE: Too out your house and a car?? graceadmin Jun-08-14 22
                                             RE: Too out your house and a car?? starrattadmin Jun-08-14 23
                                             RE: Too out your house and a car?? graceadmin Jun-09-14 24
                                             Re: Grandma is in the Garden deb54 Jun-09-14 25
                                             gross bugs!!! graceadmin Jul-24-14 26
                                             RE: First Harvest deb54 Jul-29-14 27
                                             RE: First Harvest graceadmin Aug-20-14 28
                                             RE: First Harvest deb54 Aug-25-14 29
                                             RE: First Harvest graceadmin Sep-09-14 30
                                             RE: First Harvest deb54 Sep-15-14 31
                                             RE: First Harvest graceadmin Sep-16-14 32

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Beachstryder
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1. "RE: 2014 garden talk"
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   What kind of Onions? I love onions.......more partial to the sweeter ones. A thick slice of onion on a kaiser roll with mustard and a slice of Swiss........yum.

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2. "RE: 2014 garden talk"
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   BF ordered garden stuff about three weeks ago. We have not planted our peppers and tomatoes yet--we always start them inside in March. Just too cold out and still have snow on the garden. Only 15 out this morning and we had north winds yesterday. We are planning on downsizing our garden this year and probably won't plant potatoes until a week after Easter. The bulbs are starting to push out of the ground where the snow is gone--crocus and daffodils. Can't wait to see the first blossom.


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3. "RE: 2014 garden talk"
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my tomatoes and peppers won't go in the garden until mid may. just too cold around here until then.

I ordered candy red onions, candy white onions and some other sort of sweet red onion. I love the candy onions!

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4. "RE: 2014 garden talk"
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starting some lettuce seeds in the basement!

also found some sweet potatoes from fall in a bag in kitchen ( I will never win awards for non-clutteredness ) and have them in mason jars to try to get some plants going!

my grass is even starting to green up

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5. "RE: 2014 garden talk"
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   I already mowed this year and was a little late at it too.

What are candy onions?

I sliced a couple of cucumbers and put them in a dish with vinegar to snack on but cannot wait for garden fresh cucumbers.

I am ready for summer.

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6. "RE: 2014 garden talk"
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mowed already? ugh!!!

candy onions are just a sweet onion. they are really tasty on salads and such

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7. "RE: 2014 garden talk"
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   Our tomato and pepper seedlings are flourishing under the grow light. We have downsized this year so hope when they finally get put in the garden they don't die--we usually lose quite a few at first. No mowing here yet. I have one crocus and the snowdrops are blooming. The tulips and daffodils are poking out of the ground. We really need some April showers. Headed to Kentucky Lake for a week of fishing on Sunday--looks like it will be wet and chilly down there so the crappie might not be biting. We took the boat out on the river Sunday and it's running good, but the fish weren't biting. We were hoping for a few walleye. Bf will need to rototill the garden when we get back from KY. The potatoes will get in a week after Easter. I'm off for my yearly dr. appointment--that scream you hear will be me stepping on the scale!


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8. "RE: 2014 garden talk"
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oh that wasn't coyotes in the back field I heard? he he he

I have been doing really well this year with the scale!! Down 18 pounds!! still have a lot to go but always better to lose than to gain

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9. "RE: 2014 garden talk"
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   NO coyote--just me getting weighed. It wasn't too bad and everything else was normal. I have gained 10 of the pounds that you lost. My NP is not concerned. She had the nerve to tell me that I am supposed to gain weight as I get older. So now I'm an old, fat lady--HA HA!! Still lighter than when I was in high school. Now on to the garden. We planted our white and yellow onions Sunday. Also planted 22 trees er twigs. It will be a miracle if we live long enough to see these trees bear nuts. BF went crazy and ordered walnut, butternut, pecan,almond, chestnut and almond trees. At least we put most of them out in the rough acre so I don't have to mow around them!!
Also put in 2 Rose of Sharon bushes and 2 Butterfly bushes. Finally one of my little lilacs has a bloom this year--I transplanted them 3 years ago when I sold my house. Mowed over the weekend for the first time and supposed to hit 80 tomorrow. Still been windy and chilly out here. We did get the potatoes planted a week after Easter. Our Kentucky Lake trip was a bust--the fish weren't biting, but still a beautiful area of the country and we had a good time. Went fishing locally a week ago and I got a 4 pound channel catfish. We had a total of 15 catfish and they were all between 2 and 4 pounds. Going to WI for crappie fishing the middle of June and I bet it will still be too cold up there as they were getting snow while we were in KY. This weather has been crazy. So how soon do you start school???


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10. "Watch out for that Rose of Sharon.."
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A friend from NY mailed us a few bare twigs from her Rose of Sharon with the cut ends wrapped in damp paper towel. I thought that those poor things are never going to grow... HA! We've got a forest of them now. They will spread aggressively and grow into trees if you don't keep them under control, but they are so beautiful when they're in bloom.

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11. "RE: Watch out for that Rose of Sharon.."
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   Thanks for the warning Raj. We did not plant them in the same acre as the nut trees. The Rose of Sharon bushes are out back. I hope everything we planted soon comes out of dormancy--it all looks dead now. Yesterday I planted four peonies, a bleeding heart and some lilies. Now we need a good rain. Got up to 83 here yesterday and supposed to again and then rain. Cooler for the weekend. I said hi to you when we came home from Kentucky Lake. We took Old Route 51 from Salem to Bloomington--it was Easter Sunday and no traffic and a beautiful day.


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12. "RE: Watch out for that Rose of Sharon.."
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well unless you are at my house . I can't get my rose of sharon's I planted 10 years ago to do much of anything...lol I wanted them to take off back where I planted them!!!

finally getting spring like here. waiting for the neighbor to plow my garden so I can get planting!!

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13. "Deb, sometime when you're down this way, stop in.."
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We're usually around and like to have guests.

Our oldest daughter is down from Vernon Hills and says that the trees here are much more leafed out than up there. It's really looking like Spring now. The irises will be blooming in a day or two.

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14. "RE: Deb, sometime when you're down this way, stop in.."
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   Thanks Raj. When we are heading home from a vacation, both of us are in a hurry for our own place. We are heading north to Chetek, WI next month to see if the crappie are biting there plus we will visit some of his cousins. My Rose of Sharon bushes are already started to leaf out--incredible what a little sunshine and water will do. Our nut trees are still dormant, but maybe today will persuade them to get going. BF is out watering everything now. The iris are budded up and the tulips and daffodils are about done. The tiger lilies and oriental poppies will soon be ready to bloom. The potatoes and onions in the garden are coming up and today we need to plant the sweet potato plants that arrived yesterday. We were hoping they wouldn't come until the beginning of June. We ordered from Burgess in Bloomington, IL--the first time from them. Been dry up here but warming up. The orchard is starting to bloom so we are hopeful that we will get some apples, pears and peaches this year. Life is good out here in the country.


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15. "putting on the green thumb"
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well garden is plowed and tomorrow I'll put in all these plants I have so far!!

of course I was working in flower beds last week and am now covered in poison ivy rash...sigh having a lot of fun with it in between my toes ( yes I was barefoot ). NOT!

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16. "mother nature had her own ideas....."
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so a massive hail storm last week took out most of my garden ( and my yard and my house and one of my cars ). not sure what is going to recover

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17. "RE: mother nature had her own ideas....."
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I am growing some plants from seeds (I know off to a late start -- more for fun than anything) and hoping my home town being considered the "hail capital of North America" doesn't do me in.

Be well,
Lorraine

Hoe eet jy 'n olifant? Bietjie vir bietjie.
(Translation from Afrikans: How do you eat an elephant? Bit by bit.)


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18. "Too out your house and a car??"
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You OK? How bad is the damage? House inhabitable?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_NRk4liwZI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGjq3aOXqb0

http://wnep.com/2014/05/22/check-out-the-hail-in-central-pa/

A guy I worked with in the St. Louis area had baseball sized hail at his house.. Totaled the company car and did $20,000 worth of damage to their roof and house. Knocked chunks out of their concrete driveway. Nasty stuff.


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19. "RE: Too out your house and a car??"
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$6k worth of damage to 1 year old car. Got the windshield replaced so we can drive it at least. repair shops backed up for months around here due to storm ( fyi safelite's commercials are right - they do come to your house and give good service! )

house will probably need most of siding replaced. still haven't had anyone get up on roof to see how that faired have a window broken that needs replaced too. outdoors it looks like a weedwacker went thru. house adjuster taking longer to show up than car adjuster did

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20. "State Farm adjuster.."
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On the advice of our roofer, we had our insurance company take a look at our roof before we re-roofed it. There was an adjuster who specializes in roofs who came and looked at it. We got a partial payment on one section that I honestly didn't expect.

Ouch, on the car. Back in the 1980s, I had just gotten my first camcorder, a big full VHS one that I won at a department store promotion. We had a hail storm, quarter sized or slightly larger. Our 3 or 4 year old Jaguar sedan was sitting in the driveway when it hit. I did a video of it from the front door. The paint got chipped, but, since it was heavier gauge sheet metal there were no dents. The insurance adjuster that came out to look at it said it must be rock chips since we lived in a rural area because there was no denting. I said, "Come inside and take a look at this video." Ooops, no question about a new paint job done through the Jag dealer in STL.

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21. "RE: Too out your house and a car??"
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   Grace hope you are getting back to normal. How is your garden? I've already had a deer take out a tomato plant and some peppers. I spread some stuff around the fence enclosing the beets to keep the critters away. I need to get down to the garden this afternoon and see how it's doing. I weeded for three hours Monday and got bit up by mosquitoes. The cucumbers are starting to come up and the potato plants look good. The sweet potato plants are struggling--they were sent way too early and got caught in snow. We finished planting the garden last Friday. I really want beets and squash this year, so hope the bunnies and small critters stay out of the garden. A lot of the small trees we planted are dead--we ordered from a different place, should have stayed with Gurney's. The iris were beautiful, the clematis is just starting to bloom and the tiger lilies are growing fast. So nice to have everything green.


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22. "RE: Too out your house and a car??"
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Most of garden got whacked by hail and I was just too pissed off to replant ( put it all in 4 days before storm). I think most of my tomatoes will make it. Went out today to put my tomato cages around them and the few surviving pepper plants. Will maybe pick up a few new plants this weekend at market if they have any I am interested in. something has been snacking on my onions too this year...sigh.

This is probably the last year of a garden of this size. As it is, when all of this is ripe it will just be me to eat it since the kids will be back in school. will can , dry and freeze of course but still will only be me here most of the time to eat it all. next year will probably just plant a few pepper plants and tomatoes and buy anything else at market since it will just be me to feed. My coworkers are always willing to share in my bounty at least

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23. "RE: Too out your house and a car??"
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Don't laugh. I just got fired from working in our garden LOL. (Apparently my gardening skill scare the hubby).

Be well,
Lorraine

Hoe eet jy 'n olifant? Bietjie vir bietjie.
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24. "RE: Too out your house and a car??"
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getting fired from the garden wouldn't be such a bad thing actually...lol less weeding!!

I joke my dead relatives all set up lawn chairs and laugh their butts off at me in the garden. My grandmother fed her family through her garden and raising animals so she knew what she was doing and I don't...lol. I often wonder how much of a loony tune she thinks I am growing potatoes above ground under straw?

I put down weed block material this year thinking less weeding for me but since the hail ruined that too, seems I still have a lot of weeding to do. I look forward to more poison ivy and scratched up hands from pulling milk thistle I never seem to remember to put on gloves for weeding.

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25. "Re: Grandma is in the Garden"
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   Grace, In the mornings when I'm in the garden is when I feel my grandma watching me. I bet your dead relatives are just thrilled that you are at least making the effort to get back to nature. I know we plant way too much and give most of it away--including the salsa and pickles. We still plant the potatoes in the ground. BF just rototilled between the rows this weekend. Still have a deer strolling through the garden--the critter repel stuff I used doesn't seem to work. I' going to try garlic powder Friday before we leave for vacation. Our new strategy is to not weed the beets--they are just coming up. We are hoping the weeds will shield the beets from whatever ate them last year. Sorry the hail did so much damage, my friend in Sioux Falls, SD, just had $6,000 worth of damage to her vehicle from hail on Thursday afternoon. So our garden is looking good and of course we are going on vacation Saturday so it will suffer a week of neglect. So maybe while we are gone the spirit of Grandma will watch over the garden!


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26. "gross bugs!!!"
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so first my potatoes got potato bugs that I had to hand pick off every day for about 2 weeks to get rid of. I wore rubber gloves because these suckers grossed me out and turned to slime in my hands! Now I have squash bugs. I AM NOT HAND PICKING THESE SUCKERS OFF!! Oh they are so gross looking!! I covered my plants with diatomaceous earth in hopes it takes care of the problem.

https://www.google.com/search?q=squash+bugs&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=3frQU9DmMuq-8QHv3oG4CA&sqi=2&ved=0CBwQsAQ&biw=1708&bih=816&dpr=0.8#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=haNVDDb6DqTp8M%253A%3BzehPlR4p2TVEYM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.extension.umn.edu%252Fgarden%252Finsects%252Ffind%252Fsquash-bugs%252Fimg%252Fsquash-bugs-3.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.extension.umn.edu%252Fgarden%252Finsects%252Ffind%252Fsquash-bugs%252F%3B650%3B432

now I know why people just spray the shit out of their plants with chemicals!! committed to my mostly organic gardening practices though...sigh.

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27. "RE: First Harvest"
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   Yesterday I got the first produce from the garden--six yellow summer squash. The garden is slow as it's been so cool this month. We need to water soon. I have not noticed any bugs, but then we plant so much that the bugs are welcome to some of the garden. Seems like the plants aren't doing very well this year and we don't spray or do much besides plant, weed and harvest. I want to get more horse manure this fall and get it incorporated into the soil. I think I could dig some red potatoes, but don't need any yet.


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28. "RE: First Harvest"
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well my garden was pretty much a flop this year First the hail storm that destroyed most of it and then bugs and now blight. Seems like everyone else's gardens around here look the same way Oh well, was my last year with a big garden and next year will only have 2 raised gardens with some tomatoes and peppers in. Trying to adjust to it just being me again!!

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29. "RE: First Harvest"
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   Grace Wish I could send you some pickles and Salsa. Did up 14 pints of hot salsa Saturday and did another 9 pints of B&B pickles this morning. Will do another batch of salsa later this week and won't go so heavy on the jalapenos! Slowly the tomatoes are getting ripe but I have to pick them when they are just starting to ripen and finish them in the windowsill. The beets are slow to grow but we had a little rain over the weekend and bf watered the garden. So I hope in late September to do up some pickled beets. Did harvest all the onions and am using them fast as I put them in the pickles and salsa.


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30. "RE: First Harvest"
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did you ever can just jalapenos and garlic? I ate at a restaurant in Montana twice that serves that and I love it!! I want to can it but sometimes my jalapenos get mushy when I can them. I just used up all my jalapenos making nachos for dinner several times this week...lol

I can beets every year as a bday present for a friend of mine. This year I did a couple of jars with our regular recipe out of the ball book and then I did some with honey and apple cider vinegar in them. I hate beets but am waiting for them to sit a few months for her to open and see how they compare to the regular pickled beets she likes so much. I have been trying to can more with honey syrup instead of the usual 48 cups of sugar syrups most recipes call for.

I canned pears with vanilla and brandy this week. can't wait to eat those this winter!!

damn tomatoes are coming back and blossoming like crazy...lol think they got confused.

grace

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31. "RE: First Harvest"
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   Grace, I returned from vacation Friday and the garden is bad--the tomatoes are all rotten and then we had frost Saturday night. I am canning my beets now--just three pints!! Still have some plants out in the garden, but haven't looked at them since the frost. When it dries out (more rain today) we need to dig the red potatoes and look at the sweet potatoes. With this cool, wet summer I'm afraid the sweet potatoes won't be good. The butternut squash are tiny and not many of them. Supposed to get back into the 70's this week--so will see what happens.


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32. "RE: First Harvest"
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yeah it hasn't been a great year here

this was my last "real" garden. only going to plant tomatoes and peppers in my 2 raised gardens next year. It's only me and with being in school, I just don't need all that food or have time to do it all.

Going to market tomorrow to get apples to make apple sauce with this weekend. Hoping to get some more pears too. Taking a road trip to spend the day with the kids in Pittsburgh sunday so I want to take out a buttload of food for them

now if only my philosophy homework was that simple...lol

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