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After last night my garden moves OUTSIDE.

Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at 3:58 PM

I have behaved this year and held back my warm weather plants. Not sure if it was behaving or laziness but I take credit for the positive side. BUT, after tonight's 40's they go out!

Several of us at the Weed'em & Weep meeting shared our persistent carrying plants in and out. It probably was not too cold, but we did not want to chill them any more than necessary. Well, now it will be necessary because most of them will be going in the ground and I'm not pullin' them back up.

I am pleased to say that my Chinese squash/melons are starting to break soil. They are about a week behind the zukes and yellow squash but they had a thicker seed cote and maybe needed more time to break out. AND, my potatoes are finally starting to peak out from the straw.

Ironically, my volunteer potatoes that came about because I missed them at harvest last year are already up and going ( not where I wanted them of course) but I already mentioned that I am pretty relaxed about garden layout, so I takes'em where I can get'em.

Sorry English teachers, I sometimes get carried away.

I have more flowers in my gardens this year than ever before. That is probably because of the garden club sharing program. I am planting some new bean varieties for the same reason.

I moved some ginger out by the asparagus yesterday. I never grew it in the actual garden before, but it is time for new things.

I have given up on the algae treatment. I paid about $15-17 for this stuff but my conscience is killing me. I can not bring myself to keep strengthening it and Deb does not want to eat the watercress anymore. If someone wants the rest, remind me before the next garden meeting.


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I'm going to be moving ours out next week. Right now, just our tomatoes have broken through in regards to vegetables. Our snapdragons and daisies are coming up though.

-- Posted by tamb on Tue, Apr 21, 2009, at 8:12 PM

It looks like I started seeds too early this year. Squash and melons are surviving outside, but everything else didn't make it.

Will the nice lady who brought seeds to the meeting this winter, please please bring a few more Anaheim Pepper and Okra seeds?

By the way, I should be bringing some Mexican Sunflower plants to the meeting in about 3-4 weeks. So don't buy any. Oh, and Marigolds too in about 4-5 weeks or as soon as they're big enough.

-- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 6:08 AM

I spread some of the dried plants of those giant marigolds around the garden and am watching to see if they start sprouting.

I am not sure who had the peppers and Okra.

Tamb, you showed great control. My tomatoes are bigger than I can keep under the lights anymore. They are in among the tubes, so today is their day.

I am soaking my moon flower seeds before planting and only two have taken on water. I am going to scar the others and see what happens.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 8:07 AM

The deed is done. All seedlings and some unsprouted trays are OUTSIDE.

I fired up the wood heater for what I hope is the last time last night and cleaning out the area of the greenhouse that stored the wood.

Some marigolds are coming up by the house so the garden should be close behind. I am watching a new volunteer plant in a flower bed that is a low growing ground cover with tiny white flowers and has a leaf that seems to be a cross between clover and cilantro. No, we don't have any nuclear waste up here.

I took a picture and will post a separate blog to see if we can I.D. It is probably a weed but one I might just cultivate.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 9:09 AM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.