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ImageMaryE
Feb 15, 2020 11:44 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
New year, new garden blog. I will link it to last year. https://cubits.org/SharonsFriends/thread/view/88367/

My son and daughter in law gave me these for Mother's Day last year. Thumb of 2020-02-15/MaryE/8bdbef

So far our winter has been milder than normal so I have been able to do a few things outside. Is there such a thing as getting ahead of weeds? I started trimming off last year's dead flower stems and trying to remove weeds with old seed heads before all the seeds end up in the soil. The plan this year is to use some Preen to help with the flower bed weed problems. Some of the weeds have roots running underground and the Preen won't make a difference there but maybe it will make a noticeable difference with new ones sprouting. I have never done resorted to chemicals before but need to help myself a little. I would never use it in the vegies.

I've spent several pleasant afternoons working in the greenhouse, cutting back and repotting the geraniums, plus starting more from the tops. I really don't know what I will do with all of them, but it is just a shame to throw away things that will grow! Yesterday I planted onion seeds. I ordered them along with a neighbor so received them later than I had wanted. Usually I have 2 inch sprouts by now.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Feb 15, 2020 12:30 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh, those are so cool! Hurray! Hurray!
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ImageMaryE
Feb 15, 2020 2:01 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Vic, the trouble is I don't want to get them dirty!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Feb 15, 2020 2:10 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I agree - I would only wear them when I went into town shopping, etc. Hey, at least folks will know what you do Thumbs up
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ImageArleneB
Feb 16, 2020 6:25 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Love them and totally understand not wanting to get them dirty. Working in the greenhouse sounds relaxing.
ImageMaryE
Feb 22, 2020 3:54 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Today is sunny and mild, in the middle 40's. The wind is not bad. Tomorrow will be even warmer before a cold front comes the next day. I finished pruning the grape vines and hauled the old branches to the burn pile. Also dug some Scotch thistle rosettes from the asparagus bed. They are biennial plants, just the first stage which lies flat. Mean things anyway, with a deep, well established tap root. I dig them out by breaking the root off several inches below ground and handle them with gloves. If left alone they would make a stalk that could get several feet tall and have a lot of pretty, purple flowers that would form hundreds of seeds. We've been fighting the thistle war ever since we moved here 26 years ago. Kill it before it multiplies! I need to go along the outside of the garden fence to dig out the ones growing there. Should do that today while it is on my mind.

The ground is still frozen where I want to plant some rhubarb. I had planned to dig out the weeds and be ready when the first red nubs show on the older plants. Today I checked the flower bed where I always see the first tulips. They are up about an inch. Daffodils in the same bed are 3 inches high. The onions might be doing something underground in their pots in the greenhouse. This is day 9 since planting. Onions are notoriously slow, like carrots. The seed packet says germination in 6-16 days. I hope it doesn't take 16. The garlic isn't up yet. I checked again today. Last year it was late March.

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Feb 22, 2020 4:30 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
What a fun day in the garden this early in the year. We do have lots of daffodils in bloom and they make me smile Smiling
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ImageMaryE
Mar 6, 2020 7:41 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
A couple of weeks makes a big difference sometimes. This year it has. We are having an early spring when some years we still have snow on the ground. The daffodils are about 6 inches high now, and they have popped up in several more flower beds. Some of them have flower heads forming. Yesterday one iris reticulata was in bloom, today about a dozen. I have been weeding around them carefully, trying to clean up last summer's weed crop before this year's gets a good start.

Down in the vegie garden I found a few sprouts of garlic coming up through the mulch, and also one red nub of a rhubarb leaf.

The onions started coming up on day 11. I found another packet of seed so I planted a few more pots about 4 days ago. Today I started chard, broccoli and 2 kinds of cabbage. My neighbor had garlic coming up about a week ago. We planted about the same time. She is at a lower elevation and has a south slope, mine is west. Also, I mulched with straw and she didn't. Little things sometimes make a difference like that.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Mar 7, 2020 5:23 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I'm so thankful your spring is early this year Hurray!
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ImageArleneB
Mar 7, 2020 1:45 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
You're on top of it this year, Mary!
ImageMaryE
Mar 9, 2020 10:43 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
As of yesterday I can stand at the end of the garlic rows and see little green plants marching all the way to the far end! I moved some of the old leaves from the older rhubarb clumps and found a lot of red nubs that will become leaves when they get taller and the green inside breaks out of the wrappers. We got some rain late yesterday after a nice day so any garden work I do today will not be on my knees. There is plenty I can do standing and bending, and also things to do in the greenhouse. I washed my garden work clothes which were getting pretty bad!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Mar 9, 2020 2:58 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh how sweet to see those rows growing green Lovey dubby How I wish I could grow rhubarb. I miss it.
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ImageArleneB
Mar 9, 2020 5:45 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Yay on little rows of green. I'm with Vic, i so wish I could grow rhubarb. The special rhubarb I ordered last year specifically for the south was a bust. Hoping Gurney will give me a credit cause it wasn't cheap. Good news it, I will be up north when the rhubarb is ready this year! And hopefully cherries too.
ImageMaryE
Mar 18, 2020 8:02 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I carefully raked the straw mulch off the garlic a couple of days ago. They should pop up faster now with sun warming the soil. Of course that also means weeds. So far what I saw was sprouts from the wheat.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Mar 18, 2020 3:13 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Grow Garlic Grow Hurray! Hurray!
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ImageMaryE
Mar 20, 2020 12:10 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
None of the regular size cabbage came up, so I have replanted twice as many. The small ones that will make 4 to 5 inch in diameter heads that get very solid are doing fine as is the broccoli and chard. It's exciting to see little green sprouts! Everything in the greenhouse got a drink while the stock tank in the corner was filling. The tank is a handy source of water plus absorbing heat in the daytime and giving it back overnight. I also have a couple hundred gallon jugs of water doing the same thing plus making platforms for plants with the addition of some boards.

Last year's mess in the big perennial bed is almost all taken away. New weeds are coming up from the perennial roots so it won't be long before I will be having to deal with them. I like to be able to grab them by the handfuls instead of trying to pick them out with my fingertips. My hands are already complaining about being overused.

A robin hit the kitchen window this morning and I hurried out to do a rescue. Peaches also heard it and was crouched nearby. Bird was breathing so I picked it up and then wondered where I should put it to recover. Peaches sniffed around and followed me, she knew I had it. I carried it around thinking she would loose interest, then put it up on top of the woodpile in the woodshed and grabbed her to carry her back to the back door, then fed her to distract her. The bird apparently recovered and flew away. A close call for sure!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Mar 20, 2020 12:36 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Great save on the robin Mary Hurray! Hurray!
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ImageArleneB
Mar 21, 2020 6:07 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Hurray!
ImageMaryE
Apr 4, 2020 11:08 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
It's a repotting and seed starting day in the greenhouse. I went to water and decided to repot the cabbages, broccoli and chard before watering. The little cabbages, Katarina, came up just fine. The regular ones were slow and I only have 2 from the second planting, plus one in the house that sprouted in water on a paper towel. Old seeds. The first ones of those I planted didn't come up, 2nd planting is the one with only 2 after 2 weeks or more, so I think I will soak a bunch more seeds. Nothing to loose because seeds that are that slow will be useless by next year.

And then started thinking about squash and tomatoes. I usually start those on tax day because it is an easy date to remember and about 6 weeks before our normal last frost date, but had decided last year that I could bump that back a little and start them about 10 days earlier. So, now.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Apr 4, 2020 3:47 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Lots of fresh veggies at your house this summer Hurray! Hurray!
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