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Spring Has Sprung - Time to get Gardening.

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by on 04-07-2013 at 10:16 PM (4516 Views)
A quick picture tour of what has transpired today...as Spring warmth has the plants in accelerated awakening.

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The weeding is done, the fertilizer is spread, the plants are miracle-grown, the shrubs sprayed with some insecticide, and the garden is turned over and ready for action. Just waiting for the temperatures to come up a bit.

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  1. libgoon's Avatar
    First

    Nice Blog P

    Not a gardener but like reading about the stuff
  2. aqua's Avatar
    How did you get a picture of my cat?

    Did I send her to you with the seeds?
  3. Scooster67's Avatar
    Reported Lib!!!!

    Thank's P. I'm getting a late start, but I will try and keep up.
  4. InTheCone's Avatar
    Nice pics, P - I used to love forsythia, I do miss spring.

    Gardening season is almost over, done, and kaput for me for the year. Time to get ready for....

  5. NavarreMark's Avatar
    I've already planted my spring garden.

    Have 6 30 foot rows of corn planted. This year I used seed called Early Sunglow Hybrid. We'll see if it works. They sprouted over the weekend. I'll probably thin them out in a few days.

    I planted 6 30 foot rows of onions too. A mix of white, yellow and georgia onions. My fall/winter onions didn't do as well as I hoped. Had better luck with the spring/summer onions last year and I'm hoping for a repeat.

    I planted 20 potato plants. Not sure if they'll do well this time of year, but I couldn't find any seed taters last fall and I found some this spring so I planted them anyway. Its just an experiment anyway so what the heck. I've saved 20 of the seed taters for my fall garden. Not sure if they'll save good til then, but I'll try. Put them in a paper bag and put them in a dark dry closet. Hope it works.

    Planted pole and bush beans. I've done pretty good with beans and I expect to do well again. Have to use plenty of BT on them to keep the worms away. It works.

    Also planted carrots, zuchini, yellow squash, pickling cucumbers, romaine lettuce and one small row of radishes.

    Also have some herbs growing. Basil, dill, mint and garlic.

    I have 15 kitty litter buckets with tomatoes and green peppers planted. Gonna probably plant a few more with some kind of hot peppers, haven't decided what kind to use. Gonna try and get my mother in CO to send me some Hatch NM green chile seeds for next year.

    Oh well. We'll see how it goes. I'll probably have some successes and some failures, but I'm slowly learning how to grow things around here. Its alot different from CO.
  6. aqua's Avatar
    once again, I am in love with Mark's garden. AND he has fish-haids (not to be confused with spinning cat-haids) to plant in his garden.

    Mark- have you done the kitty litter bucket method before, do you drill holes, or what? and what about Datil peppers? Is your dill blooming? Mine is chest high.

    Has anyone seen my cat?
  7. aqua's Avatar
    And now I must leave. I have important things to do.

  8. NavarreMark's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aqua
    once again, I am in love with Mark's garden. AND he has fish-haids (not to be confused with spinning cat-haids) to plant in his garden.

    Mark- have you done the kitty litter bucket method before, do you drill holes, or what? and what about Datil peppers? Is your dill blooming? Mine is chest high.

    Has anyone seen my cat?
    Good to see you Aqua. Yes I drill holes in the buckets. Works well. If you don't drill holes for draining, the plants will drown. Found that out the hard way when Mama couldn't wait and planted some maters before I drilled the holes in the buckets.

    Your dill is way ahead of mine. Mines only about a foot tall so far. Mama does canning and she makes some excellent pickles. I'm growing pickling cucumbers, but we have a farmer to the north we can get some from too. The last time we got a bunch to can we had a heck of a time finding any decent dill so I decided to grow some. We'll see how it works. Always grew well in CO. I've never tried it here. I'm growing it in planters away from the main garden because I've heard you shouldn't have dill near you other plants. Not sure why though.
  9. aqua's Avatar
    because certain butterfly catterpillars- monarchs, maybe? I am not feeling like using google this morning- anyway I think it's monarch caterpillars, they LOVE dill. The eat ALL the dill. I have seen them do it. And then, they turn into beautiful monarch butterflies, who are EXCELLENT pollenators. So I grow the dill for them.
    But last year I had dried up dill seeds and crushed'm a little w/ a mortar and pestle, and dumped in some sweet vinager w/some chopped up peppers.

    Or dear sweet pucker-me-pickle, they were good.
  10. aqua's Avatar
    google got me, from a post somewhere from 2006-


    RE: Caterpillar eating all my dill, what to do? Posted by ltcollins1949 z9a Rockport,TX (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 30, 06 at 9:00

    I plant dill, parsley and lots of herbs just for the cats. Here are some of the favorites.

    Eastern Black Swallowtails feed on fennel, parsley, dill, carrot, parsnip, and rue.

    Gulf Fritillary and Zebra Longwings are common on passion vine.

    Monarch butterflies love plants in the butterfly weed family and fennel.

    Queen butterflies also munch on the milkweeds.

    Giant Swallowtail prefers citrus and rue.

    Painted Lady larvae love borage and members of the thistle family and sunflower.

    I love it when I go out and see the cats, and then the chrysalis and then the beautiful butterfly. You can always buy dill at the grocery store, but you can't buy butterflies there. But then I guess it is your choice.
  11. aqua's Avatar
    (but wait, there's more!)

    I had rue planted last year, so it musta been the swallowtails I had. They were real pretty, and HUGE. The rue, was not tastu to me, mostly I let the cats(caterpillars) have it, and the dill. Oh I also had pretty blue butterflies, too.
  12. libgoon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aqua
    And now I must leave. I have important things to do.

    Ever decreasing circles Aqua ! Hope you are keeping well

    Sigh I wish I had green fingers ...
  13. aqua's Avatar
    My broccoli is so big, I found a walrus, sunbathing on it.


    Ok, here's a penny for actual reference.
  14. aqua's Avatar
    le wild dill plant



  15. libgoon's Avatar
    Its good to see Jericho station flourishing and more rain for the weekend
  16. spathy's Avatar
    Hi P and friends. Wow P you are on top of things.
    Let the gardening begin.

    Mark.
    WOW you can plant corn already?

    Aqua,that Broccoli is awesome! What variety is that?

    I keep planting Cantaloupe but my germination sucks! I think its the cool snaps I have been getting. Of course it was 86 today. Go figure.
    In fact I think I will get outside and plant a few more seeds.
    Later :O)
  17. spathy's Avatar
    Ok melons planted. Whats funny I just went to turn my compost and there are Potatoes,Sunflowers,Tomatoes,Beans,Watermelon and Cantaloupe all sprouting up very nicely.
    I think I will start to fill a new bin and see what happens with the sprouts in the other/possibly let everything grow except the Tomatoes. I just dont have the heart to turn it all over,partially because I know the Sunflowers are from Pongos seeds. How could I kill Pongos little sunflowers.
  18. P451's Avatar
    Hello all. Long day at work today. Another tomorrow. Then I think I have Wednesday to myself. Lettuce and Cucumber seeds are going in. I found Bush Cucumbers so I will plant a few of those. Aqua's lettuce seeds will go in.

    Then we basically wait around 4-6 more weeks before we go ahead and start with the warmer weather crops.


    I'll keep ya all up to date. Going to run, up at 4am again so I can hop a train.
  19. spathy's Avatar
    Spring bump for P.
    I hope Wed is a fruitful day for you P.
  20. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Well, I am JEALOUS.

    I am the family bean-counter (literally and figuratively), so until Monday, I am STILL busy. No clue what I am gonna do, but I want fresh veggies, which is tough in S Fla. in summer. May have to settle for a few pots of Tomatoes and Peppers, and some black-eyes in the ground. Some spinach would be nice, but maybe the fall? And of course, collards.

    PS Nice blog, P!!!!
  21. P451's Avatar
    Good Morning. 62F this morning...going to get a little coffee in me and have at the yard. Grass has greened up, forsynthias have bloomed. It is time to do the final smoothing of the garden bed. I think early next week some seeds are going in! Just a little cautious because from Thursday--->Monday we may see some high 30s at night. So I will wait for this one last spell to pass before planting.


    Meanwhile, if you have 15 minutes, and don't mind crappy IPhone 3 shakey video and awful microphone which largely just picks up my clothes scraping as I walk.... here's my departure from work yesterday afternoon. Also it being NYC I kind of had to cling tightly to my phone and keep it real close...cause well, it's NY, it'd be gone if I held it outwards all that time.


    Since I got in at 630a I was able to leave by 4pm. Streets and station are largely empty at that time.




    And if you somehow stomached that....I will do one on a day I leave around 6PM. Totally different crowd.
  22. P451's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aqua
    My broccoli is so big, I found a walrus, sunbathing on it.


    Ok, here's a penny for actual reference.
    Broccoli up here was somewhat difficult. Grew real nice but I could never get a good head of it because it wanted to flower so damn quickly all the time. If I wanted to even eat any I had to cultivate early...basically had baby broccoli. Tasty but not worth the space it took up.
  23. P451's Avatar
    Thanks Spathy, Landfall.

    Impatience wants me to plant the lettuce and cucumber seeds today. Common Sense is going to hopefully win out and I will wait until next Tues-Weds (Not sure which day I am off) so we can get past these 30s that may come Thu-Mon.

    Either way I'm ready to go. Minor cleanups. Grass Seed has been in since last Thursday which looks to have been perfect timing. Some small clippings can be done on dead wood on plants that woke up the past couple of days. Minor weeds left to pull. Bit of a gardening lull as I wait for plants to wake up and grow.
  24. FtMyersgal's Avatar
    Just read this article about cicada invasion. I've never see this phenom? Anybody have any stories to tell?

    17 years in the making, this spring's cicada invasion generates early buzz - Cosmic Log
  25. NavarreMark's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FtMyersgal
    Just read this article about cicada invasion. I've never see this phenom? Anybody have any stories to tell?

    17 years in the making, this spring's cicada invasion generates early buzz - Cosmic Log
    I thought they invaded every summer. Maybe thats just around here. I've kinda grown fond of the noise they make. It can be quite a racket too at night.
  26. FtMyersgal's Avatar
    I know my sister had them in Cincinnati too. I don't like bugs so I'm not disappointed that I haven't seen them
  27. libgoon's Avatar
    Is this the place to get info on fire ants ..... could do with the info before the season starts....
  28. FtMyersgal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by libgoon
    Is this the place to get info on fire ants ..... could do with the info before the season starts....
    this is from Wiki. I am highly allergic to their bite. Carry benaydral with me at all times

    Fire ant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  29. FtMyersgal's Avatar
    The ones we have in Florida are very agressive. When bitten it burns like fire, and causes extreme itching at the bite site which blisters. Nasty critters
  30. aqua's Avatar
    fire ants- ain't hardly nothing get rid of'm, not even prayer. I asked God about one time and She said She was PMS'ing when She made'm.

    P- on the seeds- if the have a pointy end, like cukes or melons? then plant the pointy end down. On the beans, put the fat roundy part facing up, and the little notched area facing down. Honestly, I had a big problem with my seeds germinating upside-down, and they died before the little root part could reach around back into the soil.
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