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    The 2014 Officer Resource Gardening Thread!

    Post your garden notes here!

    We are in zone 5a



    This has been an abnormally cold year. The frost has reached nearly three feet or deeper into the ground. The last week has been in the 40's for the highs and 20's for the lows. This coming week should be consistently in the 60's.
    This Sunday should reach into the 70's. Cleanup and organizing will be in high gear! (So will cigars and brandy!)
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    I am in Zone 7B. Hopefully, I can put my garden in next week.
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    5a here. I have 20 tomato plants that I started indoors in February. Jalapenos, habeneros, sweet peppers, lettuce, spinach and herbs will be the extent of my garden this year. Only the tomatoes have been started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 213th View Post
    Getting kind of leggy there. Make sure you dig them in a little deeper.
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    Ahh ok. Should I transplant then again or just add soil?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 213th View Post
    Ahh ok. Should I transplant then again or just add soil?
    We are about a month away from putting tomatoes in the ground. If you can, transplant to deeper pots. Remember to harden your plants before placing them in the ground.

    Young, pampered seedlings that were grown either indoors or in a greenhouse will need a period to adjust and acclimate to outdoor conditions, prior to planting in the garden. This transition period is called "hardening off".
    Hardening Off Plants - Acclimating and Preparing Seedlings for Transplant by Hardening Them Off
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    Main plot is tilled and the rows are set.
    Row 1 Greens and okra
    2 8 roma tomatoes
    3,4,5 Collard greens (I am becoming the exclusive collard supply to Woody's Smoke Shack - BBQ Catering -- Dine In -- Carry Out -- The Absolute Best!!)
    6 6 celebrity and 6 early girl tomatoes
    7 bean fence - Rattlesnake green beans, cucumbers, snap peas, beets

    Orphan area
    snap peas
    rhubarb (10 out of 11 survived the transplant and harsh winter, these are going to supply the same restaurant for their rhubarb pies.)
    spinach, india mustard, radishes, tomatillos, cucumbers
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    Quote Originally Posted by 213th View Post
    That is going to be a lot of tomatoes! We canned 77 qts and had more than enough to eat and share.

    One habanero plant can produce dozens of peppers. We dehydrated most of what we grew one year.
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    Garden is starting to shape up. So far nearly all the seed I have planted has come up with the exception of the collards. I will be filling in the spots that did not come up.
    Tomorrow is going to be a big task of getting as much done as possible. My yard took a hit with the severe heat last summer and the sub zero blasts this winter. I am reseeding nearly one third of the lawn. The tomato and jalapeno plants will be purchased and planted tomorrow. Hopefully all but the okra will get planted.
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    Any ideas on how to keep squirrels from eating my son's strawberries before they ripen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jks9199 View Post
    Any ideas on how to keep squirrels from eating my son's strawberries before they ripen?

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    The squirrels in my neighborhood fear my bb gun skills. Or, you might want to cover them with a net.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IMGreat101 View Post
    The squirrels in my neighborhood fear my bb gun skills. Or, you might want to cover them with a net.
    The squirrels or the strawberries ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    The squirrels or the strawberries ?
    yes

    Today the three forty foot rows of collards were completed. The seedlings and the reseeding is done. Planted seed for yard long bean, cucumber, garlic, fava bean, spinach seedlings. Pole beans, 12 celebrity, 8 roma tomatoes, thyme, sage , florence fennel, genovese basil, 6 tomatillos.

    nuff said
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    oh, and the cannas, three areas were dug in.

    The only thing I forgot was the jalapenos.
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    Top Dressing The Garden

    Before



    After



    To top dress your garden, first eliminate all weeds. Then place a couple layers of newspaper on all exposed dirt up to the plants or their cages. On top of the papers, place enough straw to cover the papers to about 4 to 5 inches thick. Tuck the straw in around the plants and cages. Mind you, this needs to be a day that is fairly calm. Just a little wind will blow the papers away. This procedure took me working alone about two and a half hours to cover my 30ft x 40 ft garden.


    Top dressing a garden has many benefits.
    1. This helps keep weeds out. Anything else growing in your garden besides your plants are robbing them of their nutrients.
    2. Moisture retention in the soil during the summer months.
    3. This makes for a nicer surface to crawl on while harvesting.. The recent rain had soaked in and the top was dry enough to crawl on and not get wet.




    Getting the most out of the garden has always been a concern of mine. So much of the plants that produce fruits or vegetables are going to waste; or should they?

    Horseradish



    The leaves are edible! Pick the smaller leaves (ten inches or smaller) to make wraps or chop up for a salad. These have a slight horseradish flavor. The larger leaves are too bitter. I made fish tacos. Next time I will try roast beef with cheddar cheese.

    Radishes



    Do you love radishes? What are you doing with the tops, throwing them out or tossing them on the compost pile? You can eat these too! Chop up to mix into salads or use them in soup!

    Radish Top Soup
    Makes 6 servings

    2 Tbsp butter
    1 large onion, diced
    2 medium potatoes
    4 cups raw radish greens
    4 cups chicken broth
    1/3 cup heavy cream


    Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and saute until tender. Mix in the potatoes and radish greens, coating them with the butter. Pour in chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.
    Allow the soup mixture to cool slightly, and transfer to a blender. Blend until smooth.
    Return the mixture to the saucepan. Mix in the heavy cream. Cook and stir until well blended.
    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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