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ImageMaryE
Jan 25, 2021 11:07 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Here we go toward another gardening year. Today we have snow. This picture is from last year's garden. Tomatoes are tied to the wire panels. We were about a month away from having corn. Cucumbers were doing ok, pepper plants were slow.

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ImageMaryE
Jan 31, 2021 10:12 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Several years ago I acquired stems from two different varieties of dormant figs. I carefully cut each stem in about 8 inch long pieces after drawing arrows at intervals along them to indicate which way was up. I put the downward ends of them in water, waited and watched. In a couple of weeks every one of them was producing roots! I planted them in pots and kept them in the greenhouse. They grew leaves and I had about 10 little fig plants! Then after doing some research I learned that those varieties will not survive our winters. I gave them away to family members living in the area from which they had come. They are doing well there. I gave up on figs. But then I learned that Hardy Chicago fig would stand our winters. Catalog offerings were priced at about $25 for a small, dormant plant. Plus shipping. OUCH! And then about 2 weeks ago I walked into Home Depot in Ontario, Oregon and there was a whole big rack of Hardy Chicago figs! I bought one for under $10. That variety is self fertile so I only need one. It went into the refrigerator right away because I reasoned that it came out of one and probably hadn't been in the store long enough to break dormancy.

Today it looked no different so I planted it near the upper edge of the vegetable garden. I'll need to move some nearby rhubarb plants to give it plenty of room but had planned to move those anyway. Since it is still winter here the ground is about the same temperature as the refrigerator, and the plant will wake up in the spring and never know it's moved a few hundred miles. So far we are having a mild winter. Some years I can't even wade through the snow to get to the garden. Today the soil wasn't frozen so it was easy to plant it.

The greenhouse has flats of onions that are already up, and I have several of last year's tomato suckers making blooms and even little tomatoes. I don't really expect to have much of anything to eat but do plan to root the new suckers off those plants instead of planting seeds about mid April. And meanwhile I am cutting back the geraniums that have been on vacation in the greenhouse since about the first of October, and have 2 flats of 4 inch pots with cuttings in them to grow new plants. I'm adding new soil on top of the old soil in the pots that go around the back door and up the steps to the porch. During the outside growing season they will be watered with Miracle Grow. Chemicals are ok for my flowers, just not for my food.
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Imagevic
Feb 1, 2021 8:43 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh Mary - I love that photo. Can't wait to see your figs grow Thumbs up and your greenhouse already looks like a garden Hurray! Hurray!
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ImageMaryE
Feb 1, 2021 8:52 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Vic, that picture showed the livestock panels that I bent into arches to use for tomato supports. I'll have to post some pictures of the real greenhouse.
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Imagevic
Feb 1, 2021 9:25 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I remember you doing that and I love seeing the photo's of it. Yes, please do post photo's of your greenhouse Thumbs up
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ImageArleneB
Feb 1, 2021 8:52 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I found you! I love that picture too! I do think I've seen a picture of the greenhouse from a distance. How about inside?

ImageMaryE
Feb 1, 2021 9:16 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Soon.
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ImageMaryE
Mar 10, 2021 8:01 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Thumb of 2021-03-10/MaryE/c482fa My greenhouse. It's 12x20 ft and has hard polycarbonite triple wall panels between the steel framing ribs. The air spaces in each panel are the insulation. Roof vents open manually from inside. This was built from a kit we bought from Charlie's Greenhouse in Washington state. It has electricity and water and a small furnace to keep it from freezing in the winter.

Inside I have a lot of plants all year. My geraniums spend their winters inside and get restarted in the spring.
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The picture looking down the long center bench has geranium starts in the first group, onions in the second and salad greens beyond those.

The temptation to grow my own salad greens turned into a tasty success. I snip a leaf here, a leaf there and have nice fresh salads all winter.
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Imagevic
Mar 10, 2021 9:16 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh Mary - it's all so warm and beautiful. I just want to sit there and watch things grown Lovey dubby
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ImageMaryE
Apr 3, 2021 1:35 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Most of the garlic is up now so this morning I carefully raked the straw mulch off of the rows and now have to put it somewhere. Yesterday I planted potatoes. Red, purple, yellow and russet. Around 40-45 total. We had hauled a truckload of compost home and some of it went into the potato trenches and was mixed with soil in the bottom. I didn't bury the potatoes deep this year, will use the excess soil to fill in the trenches as they grow. I think some of mine didn't come up last year because they were buried too deep. Another new thing this year is that I selected seed potatoes that were around 3 inches long and planted them without cutting. I saw that on a farming video recently where cut potatoes were planted in one end of a raised bed and whole ones in the other. The whole ones grew more than 2 times the pounds of potatoes as the cut ones. So I'm trying it.

Rhubarb is coming up. I need to transplant some of it that has become too crowded. And fertilize all of it with compost. I started the fertilizing yesterday. Also took a couple of hoses and a watering wand down to the garden and gave all of the potatoes and some of the garlic a drink. I want to move rhubarb before I put compost and water on the older patches of plants which just keep spreading and crowding themselves.

So far my fig is not awake, but nothing else has leaves yet. Grapes are always late to leaf out and then they just grow crazy fast.

The geraniums that were cut back to stubs have all leafed out, grown new stems and some of them are even blooming! I won't put them outside until about June 1, maybe a bit earlier if the forecast looks good. The "salad" pots have been repeatedly trimmed and are doing great. I want to plant the onions in the garden soon. They could be set outside in their pots to acclimate if we aren't likely to have any more 20 degree nights. Snow is in the forecast for this coming Monday.
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Imagevic
Apr 3, 2021 3:55 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
My goodness Mary - You're way ahead of me with your gardening Hurray! Hurray!
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ImageArleneB
Apr 3, 2021 4:29 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
She is really on the ball!
ImageMaryE
Apr 14, 2021 10:17 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
The rhubarb has been transplanted. I dug several good pieces out of the group next to the fig and have them in 6 different places. There are several plants left but for now they can stay so I put compost around them. Three of the new starts went into places I had selected to lengthen the row of 4 that I started 4 or 5 years ago. Three more went between the old plants and the garden fence. Two of those places had cardboard over them since last fall to try to kill the perennial grass and weeds. I cut holes in the cardboard which was still in good shape, and the last one was put in that row where I simply dug a hole and afterward put a big cardboard over it, hoping that will work. All of the old plants got compost around them and all were watered. It's good to see those wrinkly leaves!

The fig is not awake yet. I hope it is growing roots.

On one calm day last week I rolled up one of the big sheets of black plastic that I had put down last fall to try to kill a grassy place where I had raspberries that had some disease. I hauled compost and spread it about 3 inches thick on the surface on top of the very pale looking grass, then pulled the second sheet up over it and did the same for the other half, carried the rolled up plastic back and unrolled it over the second half and weighted it all down again with old boards and rocks. Later I plan to fold the plastic back to the side and place a weepy hose on the compost in a serpentine pattern, then cover it again. When I plant squash there I will only need to make some holes between the lines of hose and put in the plants, and when they need water I can connect the hose and it will weep. Several years ago I grew some squash that way so it is a good time to do it again.

All of the onions have been planted in the garden. I made a wide row with 4 rows in it, planted the matchstick size onion plants about 6-7 inches apart and gave them a nice shower when the job was done. there are about 148 white and 268 yellow. I didn't count them all, just counted the rows and multiplied by 4. I've also planted seeds of things that won't mind a little frost, peas, beets, chard, radishes, turnips and ? It's a good thing I made labels to put in the rows.

Several days ago I took cuttings from those overwintered tomato plants and started them in pots on the greenhouse floor behind a big pot that gave them shade nearly all day. Now that I have more space on the center greenhouse bench where the onions were, I put them up there yesterday with a lattice roof made from two vented greenhouse trays with different patterns. I think less than half the sunlight will reach them. The trays are upside down on overturned pots. I'll remove one in a week or so, and the second when they seem to be able to handle full sun. I also started a few tomato seeds, some broccoli and a few cabbages.

The salad pots are still producing well. I started more plants because they will eventually get tired. Gotta plan ahead for these things! We have 4-5 salads a week made entirely from my cut greens. Next year I should start them much sooner. These plants were started from seed in late December. I could have been having fresh greens much sooner if I had started them a few weeks before that.

The last of the compost was put into old feed sacks and potting soil sacks to wait for a job. I'll use that for side dressing in mid season.
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Apr 14, 2021 1:06 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Busy busy days in the garden Mary and in such cold and rugged conditions. You are my hero. Lovey dubby
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ImageArleneB
Apr 14, 2021 2:41 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Mary, I just love your garden!
ImageMaryE
May 1, 2021 9:53 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Spring seems to have sprung here. Some of the fruit trees are in bloom, others just have leaves. The weeds are growing like mad and I have been down on my knees filling the wheelbarrow. Peaches helps, parading back and forth with her tail tickling my neck and face, rolling around on small daylily plants and occasionally giving my face a few quick licks with her sandpapery tongue. We've had 3 days with the temperature near 80, and a few nights without frost. Today is cooler and cloudy. I might plant a few of my baby cabbages, etc, in garden rows soon if the weather forecast looks favorable. The last expected frost date is still about a month away.

Hummingbirds have not arrived yet but I will bring a feeder up from the basement and make some juice to be ready. The lilacs have leaves, no color yet but the hummers show up when they do. Any day now. Tulips are starting to bloom, replacing the daffodils which are nearly finished. My transplanted rhubarb babies all appear to be alive. None have shown new growth yet but none have died. I water them a couple of times a week when I water the older plants. The compost feeding has given those older plants a great start.

Yesterday I dug up some of the volunteer garlic and took it to a friend in town. I'll be using some for cooking, maybe also chop and freeze some of it. The varieties are unknown, mixed and small. Some probably grew from scapes that had advanced maturity on the bulblets they make, some from cloves that were missed when I dug them last fall or the year before.

The latest tomato cuttings are doing well. I've had to replant some of the seeds in the greenhouse pots. We got the shade cloth on the greenhouse last weekend when we had extra helpers available.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
May 1, 2021 10:20 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
The busy season at your house has begun Mary Thumbs up The peony you sent has leaves Hurray!
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ImageArleneB
May 1, 2021 10:24 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
You have been very busy!
ImageMaryE
May 6, 2021 9:50 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Potatoes are coming up. Eleven so far out of about 30-35. The peas and turnips actually look like rows now, beets are slower. I've weeded all of the garlic and onions and gave them a good, deep drink. I can plant the cabbage family any time now. Every day I put the greenhouse vegie trays outside for some real sun and to acclimate them to the real world. Even the tomatoes I started from cuttings aren't wilting from shock! Tomorrow might be a good day for transplanting because the forecast says it will be a cooler day. I'd like to run the tiller first but have been taking the hoe with me every time I go down to that area and have done a pretty good job of keeping the weeds knocked down and uprooted.

Hummingbirds will be here any day. I put the feeder up so they won't be buzzing me or looking in the window to announce their arrival. The big lilac is just starting to show color. Our pear trees and the plum are in bloom, the apples are just starting. I think the top of our youngest apple tree might have died. I hope it is just slow.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageMaryE
May 8, 2021 7:12 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I believe that the 3 new varieties of garlic that I planted last fall have a virus. I found pictures online and have identified it as Onion Yellow Dwarf Virus. I need to dig those plants out and destroy all of them. They were planted where I have never grown garlic or onions in the past so they must have come with it. Thankfully I do not see evidence of the same thing in my other rows.

We saw the first hummingbird today. It's a black chinned male.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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