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Steve Mills

The subject? Garden meeting, FINALLY!

Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 7:21 PM
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  • I'm not ready to push the envelope this year with my warm weather crops but it looks like cool weather crops are now safe to put in the garden, like peas, cabbages, lettuces, beets, carrots, broccoli, etc. It has been a roller coaster ride lately, but most of those things should be safe from everything but hard freezes. (like two nights ago)

    Just to be safe, I covered my things already out and they seemed to fair well but I am pretty sure my figs will be practically starting over this year. Many of the twigs are dead back to within a foot of the ground.

    With the news of escalating food prices, this might be an excellent time to consider expanding your garden selection.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 28, 2014, at 7:30 AM
  • If you did not get your garden ready for planting last year, no worries, there is still plenty of time. Depending on when this forecasted rain gets here, you might still be able to do something today!

    If you are BRAND NEW, you need to select what type of plants you are going to grow. That helps you determine light requirements and that may dictate location.

    If you are going to plant in the existing soil, there are some things to consider such as how wet or dry the area gets, what type of soil. etc. If you are going to use raised beds or containers make sure of your access to water since these will dry out faster than in ground.

    If you are going to used planters or raised beds, you might also consider placing them closer to the house for several reason. They are easier to tend, easier to harvest if you have cutting flowers or veggies and visible form your house so you can enjoy their progress and maybe protect them from mischievous or hungry marauders.

    There are some more considerations, but come top a Weed'em and Reap meeting and we will answer more than you ever thought. Or, you could ask here. Nature makes sure that none of us are ultimate experts, but we will get you close.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 28, 2014, at 9:08 AM
  • I'm game for any or all of the above....ill have to play it by ear next friday the 4th though...I have been under the weather this past week...hoping by then all will be fine and my energy returns....can't wait and food is always a pleasure with me as you all well know.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Mar 28, 2014, at 9:53 AM
  • This weather has been putting many of us under it! LOL I too hope you will be there.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 28, 2014, at 10:20 AM
  • Put a row of sugar snap peas and a row of beets in this evening. I'm counting on the rain to water them in. I get better beet germination when I do not cover them, just let nature take its' course.

    One of our greenhouse windows is literally covered with ladybugs wing to wing. We scoop them out and release them and it almost looks as if we did not do anything. I sure hope they stay around and eat their little bellies full.

    I've seen them eating aphids but never squash bugs. Maybe I need to train them somehow?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 28, 2014, at 8:45 PM
  • It looks like I have new carpet in the laundry room or a flock of those ladybugs have all crawled in to sleep on their backs....I think the cat has had her fun with them shes looking kind of green around the whiskers and her spots are showing the last few days....hope they won't make her sick.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Mar 28, 2014, at 9:04 PM
  • Not sure if I can make the meeting on the 4th, but I will be there if I can.

    -- Posted by mg.mark on Mon, Mar 31, 2014, at 8:52 AM
  • Chegrape, I think she might stop eating after the first one so she is probably safe. Now playing is something else. Based on what we have been letting out, there should not be an insect larvae anywhere in our yard.

    mg.mark, I sure hope you can make it. I'll bring the seed corn just in case. The pressure of responsibility for this ear has been intense, but So has the memory of that corn bread,:-)

    I have confirmed that we can meet at the Tennessee Ag Extension office at 6:30 PM this coming Friday, April 4th, 2105 Midland Rd. Shelbyville, TN 37160.

    John wants to put us on the schedule so there won't be any conflicts. I am thinking that the first Friday of each month would be good. The third Friday of each month would then be our "floating" unstructured meeting.

    I know there are a few of us who do not have access to computers but unless I hear a huge outcry of dissent, I will reserve our place with that schedule.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 31, 2014, at 11:46 AM
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