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GARDEN TIME!!!!!

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by on 02-10-2014 at 04:10 PM (2639 Views)
OK Mark, you did it. You started talking about plantin' taters. Today, the Grandkids and I are gonna start my mini-garden.

Since we don't have Aqua or Jericho Station this year, I submit this as our Official 2014 Gardening Blog.

It all started when my 2 stands of bamboo died. Evidently, there are some species of bamboo that live for 60-70 years, flower, go to seed, and die. And they drop like thousands of seeds. Well, Round-up on the seedlings took care of that problem, but not all the towering, dead bamboo. Had friends come in and cut some to make tiki huts, but barely made a dent in it. Finally hired a professional tree service and had it cut and mulched and stump-ground.

So, now I have this huge gap in my back yard, and an equally huge pile of bamboo mulch. And--some DAYLIGHT! So, over by the fence I found a patch of dirt that gets sun about 6 hrs. a day--maybe more as the sun works its way north. Got some old horse manure we had stock-piled and had my other half till it in and VOILA, instant garden.

So, the 7 and 2 year old and I set about planting it. Mostly plants, b/c I am impatient, but we did plant Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans (on the fence line), and Spinach seeds. So now we have tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and collards out of the ground, and waiting on the rest.

So, we decided to water-in our masterpiece. Pulled out the old kinked hose on that side of the house, turned it on, and gave a gentle tug to straighten it out. SNAP. Instant geyser. It was the hit of the day with the little ones. Broke the whole faucet off to the ground!!! So, I run to the house (remember, children are fenced IN), grab a portable phone and call my other half who comes home and saves the day by shutting off the pump and repairing the damage. It must have dug a 1 foot hole--it is a 4" well. Finally watered everything in--now we just gotta WAIT!!!! Maybe I'll have some collards and beans in time for Easter, huh?

So, that's my story, so far............

UPDATE: Better late than never! Here is the Spring/Summer 2014 Garden, in time progression.















FALL UPDATE





Notice the 5 ft. eggplant from last season, the tiny radishes, and the little collards. The carrots have started to come up, but not the spinach or onions. Maybe I planted too deep. I may have to get more seeds this weekend--except the garden stuff is in exile at Walmart already and Christmas has taken over the Garden Department.

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Updated 10-07-2014 at 09:17 PM by Landfall2004

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  1. libgoon's Avatar
    First !

    Good for you Landfall !

    I don't garden but enjoy reading about them !
  2. Landfall2004's Avatar
    RE PORTED Lib!!! I hope we can all have fun with this while we wait for The Season.
  3. McBart ender's Avatar
    Scotts Bonus-S went down this weekend. Waiting for the rain to water it into the soil. Pressure washed the sidewalks and porch. Cleaned out the fountain, and trimmed the Ivy. ...All part of my pre-spring rituals.

    I don't care what the pukes-on-tony rodent or the calender says, My garden is budding out like crazy. The garden says it's spring. I wonder what the old timers would say that foretells about 'the season'.
  4. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Yeah, I'm gonna have to spray for weeds AGAIN.

    My Dad, an "agronomist in the field of ornamental horticulture"--or "poor dirt farmer" as he used to call himself, grew Chrysanthemums. He always said to beware of the late March freeze, so I don't get too crazy with the hedges and trimming until Spring has sprung.

    My mini-garden will be small enough that I can easily protect it if need be.

    PS--Be careful with the Weed-n-Feed products. Don't get too near the root spread of your bushes or trees. Remember, the roots are out AT LEAST as far as the canopy.
  5. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Bonus S Southern Weed & Feed is a combination of lawn food and a weed killer called atrazine. Atrazine is a selective herbicide that interferes with energy production in plants. Because it is mostly absorbed by the roots, it can harm trees and shrubs. We recommend that you avoid applying this product under the dripline of trees or shrubs. You should also keep it two feet away from ornamental plantings and mulched beds.
    1 year ago
    ScottsCustomerCare
    Marysville, OH, USA
  6. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Only because I have a Lychee tree and argue with my husband about this every year:


    Fertilizing Lychee trees

    Once trees are 4 or more years old and begin fruit production, applications of nitrogen containing fertilizer from August until early spring (February-March) should be avoided. Nitrogen applications during this time may stimulate new vegetative growth (i.e., leaves and shoots) and reduce or eliminated the potential for flowering and fruit production.
    Updated 02-10-2014 at 08:47 PM by Landfall2004
  7. McBart ender's Avatar
    Thanks LF! All good info. I've applied Bonus-S to this yard several seasons now, and have had no problems with the existing shrubs and trees. It does a great job on chick-weed, dollar weed, and even crabgrass; ...and by April I've got the greenest healthiest thickest lawn on the block. I'm the corner house so it's important to me.

    Bonus-S has continued to have major price increases every year. It's over $40 now at Lowes. I've considered using a multitude of several other products combined to get the same or similar effect at a lower price. I just don't trust myself to get it right. This stuff is almost fool proof, and I'm no green thumb by any stretch of the imagination.

    I don't have to worry about nitrogen on my fruit trees because well, I don't have any.
  8. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Yeah, we use Scott's because of the performance, and a friend of ours in professional golf club maint. says Scott's is "idiot proof"...it is hard to screw up. However, over time, you may see some decline in your shrubs. Be careful.
  9. SuperYooper's Avatar
    I'll make sure to post pictures of our garden.

    IN JUNE.

    Damn warm weather people.
  10. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SuperYooper
    I'll make sure to post pictures of our garden.

    IN JUNE.

    Damn warm weather people.
    Mine will be dead by then -- BUT I plan on trying CORN!!! Maybe some okra and/or blackeyes, too.
  11. NavarreMark's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Landfall2004
    Mine will be dead by then -- BUT I plan on trying CORN!!! Maybe some okra and/or blackeyes, too.
    I wouldn't wait til June to plant corn anywhere in FL. I try to get mine in before the end of March. I had success last year using Early Sunglow Hybrid. It has huge suckers, but the experts I spoke with said not to trim them, just let them be and it worked. One of my neighbors planted altenating plants of Early Sunglow Hybrid and Silver Queen. So he had a hybrid of a hybrid. Came out with bigger cobs than the sunglow I grew and it had alternating white and yellow kernals. LOL, but it was very good.
  12. NavarreMark's Avatar
    "OK Mark, you did it. You started talking about plantin' taters."

    Although I can't claim firsties, I claim credit for the inspiration.

    Mama said that she planted 20 seed potatoes of the normal Idaho type potatoes and 20 seed potatoes of Red Russets. Had real good success with the Idaho type last year. Haven't tried the Red Russets in FL before. Will be interesting to see how they work.

    In our part of FL its a good time to get your tomatoes started too. Gets to hot in summer. I've learned that it has to get below 74 at night for tomatoes to bear fruit. It won't be to many more months before its only getting down to 78-80 at night. Have to wait until fall when that happens.
  13. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Intro updated, for those interested.

    PS Interesting info about tomatoes, Mark. I never knew that!!!!!!
  14. libgoon's Avatar
    Just to let you know Read it

    You and the grandkids gardening
  15. FtMyersgal's Avatar
    How early can I plant tomato and green peppers this far south?
  16. Landfall2004's Avatar
    FMG--try this link to UFL. It is the Fla. Vegetable Gardening Guide.

    SP 103/VH021: Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide
  17. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by NavarreMark
    "OK Mark, you did it. You started talking about plantin' taters."

    Although I can't claim firsties, I claim credit for the inspiration.

    Mama said that she planted 20 seed potatoes of the normal Idaho type potatoes and 20 seed potatoes of Red Russets. Had real good success with the Idaho type last year. Haven't tried the Red Russets in FL before. Will be interesting to see how they work.

    In our part of FL its a good time to get your tomatoes started too. Gets to hot in summer. I've learned that it has to get below 74 at night for tomatoes to bear fruit. It won't be to many more months before its only getting down to 78-80 at night. Have to wait until fall when that happens.
    Hey Mark, do you just take a tater and cut sections that have "eyes" and plant 'em? My Dad had sweet taters like 20 years ago--tons of 'em, way down here in S FL. I may have to experiment with my new-found sun.

    Oh, and Good Morning, All. See Ais slept in and/or has no power to make breakfast.
  18. FtMyersgal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Landfall2004
    FMG--try this link to UFL. It is the Fla. Vegetable Gardening Guide.

    SP 103/VH021: Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide
    Thanks LF! Looks like I'll try April for the spring garden

  19. spathy's Avatar
    Did someone say garden blog?
  20. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Yeah Spathy, I'm tryin'!!!!!!

    I will post some pics of my little garden when the sprouts get big enough to see!!!!!!! The pole beans are coming along and I think I see some spinach. I put in some sorry looking 3" pots of Lacinato Kale for my daughter and then decided to put in some seeds for little green onions. My mini-garden is packing maximum density, especially when the collards and spinach and kale all grow!!!

    Thanks for stopping by. Look forward to reading about your garden trials and tribulations and successes!!!!
  21. McBart ender's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by spathy
    Did someone say garden blog?
    How's the parrot? Still demanding fresh fruit while you garden?
  22. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Oh, forgot to tell you. My better half went to test the sprinklers and be sure they were hitting the garden on Sunday. Somewhere between the great geyser of last week, and after using the hose Thurs. PM, the pump broke!!!! My yard is very thirsty. I had a city water faucet I could hook 3 hoses to and reach the garden, so my babies are OK--but the rest of the yard sure is dry. No water since last Thursday AM. A part is on the way for the control box. Trying the least expensive fix first. If it is not that, it may be the submersible pump. Not good.
  23. McBart ender's Avatar
    A down-hole pump... hmmm Sounds expensive...

    Is hubby troubleshooting this or do you have a service guy looking at it?
  24. Landfall2004's Avatar
    This is bigger than us. My childhood friend is in the biz.

    It's a 4" well--75% of 2.5 acres is sprinkled.
  25. McBart ender's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Landfall2004
    This is bigger than us. My childhood friend is in the biz.

    It's a 4" well--75% of 2.5 acres is sprinkled.

    "Impressive!" D. Vadar -1776
  26. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by McBart ender
    "Impressive!" D. Vadar -1776
    "It's Good to be the King!"

    Mel Brooks, 1976
  27. Aislinn's Avatar
    Good morning, afternoon and evening, everyone. It's 64 degrees, 64 dew point, and 64 wind chill. It looks like it rained or is lightly raining, but not a drop to be seen on radar. High expected of 75.

    I have to dig out my amaryllis which is around 120 years old and transplant it this week. It was a gift when it was divided at a friends house several years ago. Time to divide and replant again. Now I need to move it to the new garden.

    Breakfast's on the sideboard: shrimp and spinach omelet, Eggs Benedict with asparagus and a creamy low fat shrimp sauce, scrambled eggs with ricotta and brocolini, eggs and hash browns, Apple Pie Breakfast Cakes, berry breakfast pizza, Cheesecake Burritos with strawberry topping, pancakes and maple syrup, thick slices of fried honey ham, cheese Danishes, yogurt, fresh fruit and orange, apple or pineapple juice. Regular and decaf coffee with flavored creamers to the side. Enjoy!
  28. libgoon's Avatar
    Cheese Danish please Ais !
  29. Landfall2004's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Aislinn
    Good morning, afternoon and evening, everyone. It's 64 degrees, 64 dew point, and 64 wind chill. It looks like it rained or is lightly raining, but not a drop to be seen on radar. High expected of 75.

    I have to dig out my amaryllis which is around 120 years old and transplant it this week. It was a gift when it was divided at a friends house several years ago. Time to divide and replant again. Now I need to move it to the new garden.

    Breakfast's on the sideboard: shrimp and spinach omelet, Eggs Benedict with asparagus and a creamy low fat shrimp sauce, scrambled eggs with ricotta and brocolini, eggs and hash browns, Apple Pie Breakfast Cakes, berry breakfast pizza, Cheesecake Burritos with strawberry topping, pancakes and maple syrup, thick slices of fried honey ham, cheese Danishes, yogurt, fresh fruit and orange, apple or pineapple juice. Regular and decaf coffee with flavored creamers to the side. Enjoy!
    Ais-- please tell me more about amaryllis. I was given a load of them and my son's new house came with a whole clump of them. Bulbs are not my forte!
  30. spathy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by McBart ender
    How's the parrot? Still demanding fresh fruit while you garden?
    Yup. The bird is my taste tester,pruner,and mascot.
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