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    The O/R 2012 Gardening Thread!

    Post your 2012 gardens here!

    We are in zone 5a.



    We normally follow the moon phases for all of our gardening. This year I say f it. We have busy schedules and will plant and harvest as time allows. Mother nature throws enough curves at you, so we will roll with what she throws.

    Currently we have high seventies during the day and fifties at night. These temperatures have come four weeks earlier than normal and we are gambling on it staying. This week we are sowing more seed and planting more seedlings than normal. If there is a freak freeze or act of God, we are prepared. We have had to replant for various reasons before and are prepared to replant.
    To Live Is To Eat

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    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Yay! I have all of one Italian parsley plant so far in a container just outside my back door -- but it's a start
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    The main plot is about 40 x 30. I tilled this last fall.



    Some cilantro that reseeded.





    Planted a few potatoes.



    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    The rhubarb I got from a friend is coming in nicely. There are 5 bunches that look like this.



    Red mustard



    There is about 6 spinach plants.



    Delfino cilantro

    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Planted so far or planned in the main plot.

    1st row - 1/3 mustard, 1/3 spinach, 1/3 mixed lettuce

    2nd row - (not planted) 1/2 okra, 1/2 basil

    3rd row - (not planted) hot peppers and ?

    4th row - 1/3 chard, 1/3 collard greens, 1/3 potatoes

    5th row - (not planted) tomatoes

    6th row - (not planted) tomatoes

    7th row (bean fence) - 1/5 snap/sugar peas, 1/5 cucumbers, 3/5 green/yard long beans
    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    The herb garden before clean up.



    After.

    Oregano, tarragon, fennel, sage, chives, parsley and thyme all survived and are back with a vengeance! The cuttings from the sage were put in a bucket of water to root and transplant elsewhere.



    The orphan area.

    This is where the spinach, delfino cilantro, garlic chives and red mustard survived our tropical winter.

    To Live Is To Eat

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    The strawberry patch. We hope to get 20 lbs. of berries this year.



    The triangle area. This is mostly flowers with some thyme and lemon thyme.



    Tulips









    Daffys





    Violas



    The scrap granite flower tower. This is a bit bare right now.

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    Is it really warm enough where you are to start the garden? I thought it was pretty cold there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinki View Post
    Yay! I have all of one Italian parsley plant so far in a container just outside my back door -- but it's a start
    Parsley is a biennial. It will go to flower the second year.

    If it produces enough try making this. http://mideastfood.about.com/od/soup...ulehrecipe.htm

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinki View Post
    Is it really warm enough where you are to start the garden? I thought it was pretty cold there?
    We are about 5 weeks ahead of a "normal" year. The temps are still seventies during the day and fifties at night.
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    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMGreat101 View Post
    Parsley is a biennial. It will go to flower the second year.

    If it produces enough try making this. Tabouleh Recipe - How to Make Tabouleh



    We are about 5 weeks ahead of a "normal" year. The temps are still seventies during the day and fifties at night.
    That's a great recipe - thanks! (and thanks for the info about Parsley)
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    We had a short cold spell and a violent thunderstorm recently. About 20% of the veggies are gone.

    Some other flower pics







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    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

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    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Rainwater Recovery System

    I had collected a couple of 55 gallon barrels to hook up to our downspouts. My gf said they were the wrong color and insisted on purchasing a nice barrel with a hook up kit.



    So far this has worked great. This filled up over the weekend. There is more rain in the forecast this week so I filled some 5 gallon buckets to make room for more rainwater.
    I hope to have the other two barrels hooked up soon.
    We also use the water from our sump pump and the dehumidifier water.
    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    I was joking with my gf about this flower.



    Amarillas By Morning



    And she countered with



    Born Toulouse

    To Live Is To Eat

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    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

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    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Some more flowers...















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    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Oregano gone crazy. We may be making oregano pesto this year. I have also contacted a local culinary school. Thyme, cilantro and dill are going crazy right now also.



    Strawberry flowers. This was taken about two weeks ago. I am eating strawberries picked this morning right now.

    To Live Is To Eat

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    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Lettuce and Greens

    I have been picking tons of lettuce and greens.







    We have picked a bunch for my folks and one of my coworkers!

    Some of the winter survivors.





    I even have lettuce in my crack!

    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Sicilian garlic. You eat the leaves of this plant.



    The flowers.



    Allium







    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Iris



    Clematis







    Onion chives going to flower.



    Cilantro. We bagged a total of 8 1qt bags of cilantro and delfino cilantro.

    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

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    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    My gf decided she did not like the hose on the back of the house (the one that I use) and replaced it. I get home from work and here is this hose. This is 75 ft., the old hose is 100 ft., grrr. I have used it twice now and notice it kinks up easy. I can almost deal with it being shorter.
    So this morning I ask her where she bought this. Of all places she got it at Big Lots. Double GRRR.
    Tomorrow I am off to buy a http://www.jgbhose.com/products/Perf...n-Hose-PGH.asp
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    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Cilantro and Delfino cilantro







    There is still plenty left. We will let both go to seed for next year.
    To Live Is To Eat

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    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

 

 
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