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Getting the itch? Weed'em & Reap coming up on Jan 13th

Posted Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at 6:45 AM

Bitter Melon (Oriental cuisine)
I know it is not quite January yet, but we are over the Christmas flurry and getting our New Year's resolutions lined up, so why not put gardening in the mix? Did we move the date earlier? I remember discussion but I can't remember the outcome.

My wife has already mandated that I get back to growing more Oriental vegetables. We give most away but she and her mother enjoy making new friends and surprising old ones with the unique veggies.

By the way, edamame is NOT on the give away list. We can't grow enough to satisfy our own craving, so those are still on the reserved list.

Craftin_Mom got this started with this post on another blog.

"So, my green thumb is itching! I have 8 2-litre bottles of winter sow already in the back yard. (saved half of each seed pack in case of winter-sown failure, lol)

When is the first W.E.A.R meeting of 2012? Would the club be interested in helping Eakin Elementary with a student garden club project? I've already spoken to Dr. Bennett, she loves the idea."

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Mon, Dec 26, 2011, at 11:15 AM

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Yep, I have the bug already... or cabin fever. I've got 8 2-liter bottles in the yard. I hope with Tennessee's warmth lately I didn't start too soon. I probably did, lol!

I do have a favor to ask, if anyone can do it. I have my spot plowed once already. But, I'd like to get it turned once more before I start planting early Spring crops in late Feb. Does anyone have a small tractor with a tiller who could run over it once more? The first plowing left 2ft trenches and I need to get it evened out. I can pay a small fee if required. The plot is about 20x40 ft. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 10:10 AM

The cost of renting a tiller for half a day may not be too much. Have not checked.

I still have cilantro and dill growing so this is a mild winter so far.

Not sure I want a bitter cold one, but if we don't get a good cold snap we will have more insect issues next year.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 10:01 PM

I have a tiller, but I think the ground is still too clumped up and hard. I do need to get the cord fixed that activates the tines. It's reconnected, just redneck rigged and not as tight as it should be. You squeeze the handles together and there's still about a 3 inch slack in the cord. Call me persnickety, but there are some things that just have to work right for me, lol!

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Fri, Dec 30, 2011, at 5:18 PM

That is pretty picky C_M. You want the tines to go around? Yeesh!

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Dec 31, 2011, at 6:22 PM

I saw your post in the other blog. Winter-time starting of small engines is extra tough. That is why I got rid of a generator. We used it for back-up with our ice cream freezers when we had our store and it started fine in the summer.

But the winter was a different matter. If I needed it because ice had taken down some power lines, I was usually out of luck. I got warm trying to start it, but that was about it.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 8:56 AM

And see? Friday's gonna be another perfect day to break up those ruts and grass clumps that are growing back. Maybe if I bring the tiller inside and let it warm up... not, lol! It's just breakin my heart that I can't get out there and work the ground on such pretty days. It's a perfect time for planting brussels sprouts too! :(

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 8:42 AM

I planted some beets, Chinese cabbage and spinach about a month ago is a cold frame. Coming up well and probably need to transplant in the next few weeks but extreme cold will get them so still plan on protecting them.

One method I plan to try is to dig furrows in the chips I spread last month until I get to soil. I'll plant then lay opaque plastic over the furrows to hold heat in.

Hopefully PITA will not see the plastic as a toy. I need to think that out a bit. If I can flatten out some fencing or put chicken wire on top, I think she will play elsewhere.

When the plants get high enough to hit the plastic, they should be ready to withstand the late February, early March weather.

Sounds good, Now to put it in practice.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 9:51 AM

Soooo jealous! I see in my neighbor's back yard quite a few storm doors. He's only going to recycle the metal. If I had the tools, I'd love to make a cold frame with the glass. I just know it's going to be wasted and busted up. Ohhh, the dreams I have of my plot. I just can't get them to come to fruition. :/

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 2:10 PM

I transplanted some beets (not really supposed to, but they were too crowded) and may transplant some Michili cabbage this weekend.

They have been out in the cold frame so no hardening off issues, but beets are not known for transplanting well so, we will wait and see.

I would have loved to be out cutting some wood today but business kept getting in the way. Darn.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 4:27 PM

Somehow I got the idea that we moved the meeting up to Jan. 13.

-- Posted by jbillswms on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 5:52 PM

I thought there was another date beforehand but was not sure. Let me try to get one in the paper.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 6:01 PM

I hope I can see y'all Friday. (I was tempted to ask my doctor for a prescription for nalaxone [sp?] because I was having withdrawal symptoms from missing my club meetings.)I've cleared out about another third of my back yard so I'm looking forward to growing green things somewhere besides the section in my fridge that contains the leftovers.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 3:39 AM

Looking forward to it.

QC, I wish we had a "like" button for your reply, lol!

I suppose tonight I'll fix some chicken and save the deer stew for the guys tomorrow night while I enjoy the buffet, lol!

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 10:20 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. 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.