1. Dismiss Notice
  2. Official TEG Poll: What is your garden style?
    CLICK HERE!
    (if you are logged in, this notice can be dismissed using the "x" to the top right of the notice)

    Dismiss Notice
  3. Rugosa Rose problems and questions - Featured Thread
    CLICK HERE!
    (if you are logged in, this notice can be dismissed using the "x" to the top right of the notice)

    Dismiss Notice
  4. TEG Picture of the Week (POW) - Submit your Pics Now !!
    Click HERE!
    (if you are logged in, this notice can be dismissed using the "x" to the top right of the notice)

    Dismiss Notice

On a Gardening Note

Discussion in 'Everything Else Garden' started by digitS', Apr 4, 2017.

  1. Apr 11, 2017
    Collector

    Collector Garden Addicted

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2010
    Messages:
    2,724
    Likes Received:
    2,826
    Trophy Points:
    297
    Location:
    Eastern Wa. Zone 5/6 ?
    I am getting sick of this weather already. Yesterday I ditched my pickup by Fighting creek. Was able to get out of it in 4x4 but not before tearing the front spoiler off .
    I sure hope it turns around soon or I'm going to have to put the snow tires back on. Not supposed to have precip today thank god.
     
  2. Apr 11, 2017
    digitS'

    digitS' Garden Master

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2007
    Messages:
    18,961
    Likes Received:
    8,011
    Trophy Points:
    457
    Location:
    border, ID/WA(!)
    One day.

    That looks about IT.

    This might be another spring when the central part of the country cooks while storm clouds never make it over the Rockies, week after week after week. What a contrast to Spring, 2016!

    Steve
     
  3. Apr 22, 2017
    digitS'

    digitS' Garden Master

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2007
    Messages:
    18,961
    Likes Received:
    8,011
    Trophy Points:
    457
    Location:
    border, ID/WA(!)
    It's sunny! Mornings are either rainy or clear with frost and a sunrise!

    In the middle, almost, of moving dahlia roots to their home in garden. In the middle, almost, of repairing/repainting my front picket fence ... but, I'm still spending a lot of time in the greenhouse :).

    IMG_20170422_0731393_rewind_kindlephoto-24834445.jpg
    Can you see the evidence in the way of a note that I pulled out of the potting soil? "Washington Red Delicious"

    Yeah, it was a bag of Black Gold from Sun-Gro, headquartered in Agawam, MA. That's somewhere west of Boston ;).

    Do you ever wonder about companies shipping stuff around ... or ... just, "re-branding?" We should all be learning about re-branding, these days. Maybe that little sticker doesn't mean that this potting soil was hauled less than 100 miles, and if it does, that's more than okay with me but ... do you ever wonder?

    Scotts owns Miracle-gro, Ortho, etc. etc. etc! They are headquartered in Ohio ... They make something of a big deal that Whitney Farms products originated in the PNW but I just figured out that, at least some, of their organic fertilizers are still processed in Oregon. A rep from a company that deals with them describes the fertilizer company as a "small outfit." Scotts just has them dump it in their bags. Pricing should push us to do a little research on these sorts of things. I wonder how much Scotts gets for the use of their plastic bags.

    Steve
     
    Collector likes this.
  4. Apr 23, 2017
    digitS'

    digitS' Garden Master

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2007
    Messages:
    18,961
    Likes Received:
    8,011
    Trophy Points:
    457
    Location:
    border, ID/WA(!)
    The dahlia planting is preceding apace.

    With my efforts to do-everything-at-once, I'm planting without building beds first. Unframed, they aren't more than elevated soil with shoveled paths between. The tractor guy did okay with depth but dahlias require quite a bit of that. Initially, they need little more than protection from the frost. So, I'm only shoveling half of each path :rolleyes:. Hopefully, I can get back soon to move the remaining tilled soil from the remaining one-half onto the beds.

    Yesterday, I saw the first sprouting weed seeds. Maybe the spinach and peas should be showing up from their sowing, last week. If'n I was to use the Oregon Grape blooms to guide that sowing, I'm still too early. Dandelions are beginning to flower everywhere, including 3 in my lawn. Completed the first full mowing of the year, now they will have to try again.

    I think today's rain will be south of us. Too much to do even with an additional day!

    Steve
     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2017
  5. Apr 24, 2017
    Gardening with Rabbits

    Gardening with Rabbits Garden Addicted

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2012
    Messages:
    2,451
    Likes Received:
    2,535
    Trophy Points:
    277
    Location:
    Northern Idaho - Zone 5B
    I planted some radishes, a few shallots, some spinach and mustard spinach. I am so far behind and no tiller. DS is going to build 3 boxes for me, one for potatoes, one for asparagus and one for greens. The rest of the garden will be turned by hand - maybe. Might just go rent a tiller and get this done fast. It is going to rain on and off all week. My peppers are, outside under the heat lamp and plastic, but I may bring them back in. There just is not enough sun.
     
    Collector likes this.
  6. Apr 24, 2017
    digitS'

    digitS' Garden Master

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2007
    Messages:
    18,961
    Likes Received:
    8,011
    Trophy Points:
    457
    Location:
    border, ID/WA(!)
    No heat lamp but I set up a hoopie and moved snapdragon, kale and cabbage under it. I think they will be okay. They had only one night with a fan and electric heater in the bigger hoophouse over the last week. I think we had frost 3 times.

    After the little hoopie was filled (partly) and covered we had an outrageous hailstorm! Sooo, the idea of going off to a distant garden was tossed and we showed up at DD's with the rototiller. After about an hour of tilling their front yard, I turned over the task to DSIL. I'm sore and tired but I think it is from the previous days' garden work.

    Steve
     
  7. Apr 24, 2017
    Gardening with Rabbits

    Gardening with Rabbits Garden Addicted

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2012
    Messages:
    2,451
    Likes Received:
    2,535
    Trophy Points:
    277
    Location:
    Northern Idaho - Zone 5B
    Kale, cabbage and onions even spent a night on the patio without any cover and did fine. They have been outside in the sawhorse greenhouse for a couple of weeks, but I noticed the collards were not growing and the containers they are in are too wet. I brought them in last night and they just snapped out of it and look so much better. I guess sawhorse is same has hoop house temperature wise. Are we still zone 5 :confused:
     
    Collector likes this.
  8. Apr 24, 2017
    lcertuche

    lcertuche Deeply Rooted

    Joined:
    May 19, 2016
    Messages:
    518
    Likes Received:
    656
    Trophy Points:
    167
    Location:
    Arkansas
    It's been really cool the last couple of days. High is suppose to get up in the 70's today. I was suppose to get a fence up around my garden this weekend but rain on Saturday, DH had to sleep so he could pull a double shift last night and my grandson had a stomach virus. I didn't even make it to church! Maybe I can bribe my sons into doing it this week. I gotta find someway to keep the chickens and rabbits out of the garden. I have more potatoes up and I planted a few cherry tomatoes seed in a pot since my others didn't make it.
     
    Collector likes this.
  9. Apr 24, 2017
    Nyboy

    Nyboy Garden Master

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Messages:
    21,366
    Likes Received:
    16,165
    Trophy Points:
    437
    Location:
    White Plains NY,weekends Lagrange NY.
    Home made cookies always a good bribe :drool
     
    Collector likes this.
  10. Apr 24, 2017
    digitS'

    digitS' Garden Master

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2007
    Messages:
    18,961
    Likes Received:
    8,011
    Trophy Points:
    457
    Location:
    border, ID/WA(!)
    Hey, this is the first year for me to grow collards since the early 80's. That was such an uneventful experience that I can't even remember eating them ...

    We had some from the store this winter and decided to try them again. I think they looked okay the last I took note of them but while moving the cabbage and such out the hoopie, I noticed some plants looking really good. Checked the name: my Portuguese kale!

    DW kids me that they aren't much different from cabbage (but she's wrong ;)). Collards, cabbage, kale - they are all the same species but there are differences.

    Steve
     

Share This Page