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ImageMaryE
Apr 2, 2022 10:16 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I'm way behind and had forgotten to start a new thread.

Spring is springing! The garlic is mostly up and as I suspected the gophers stayed in the lower part of the garden. I set traps and didn't catch any. The rhubarb is coming up, showing fat pink/red buds that are full of wrinkly leaves. I've been carefully cleaning out the old grass and weeds, just have 3 more groups to go. The elderberries are just barely waking up and I want to take cuttings and try again to root some new plants. I pruned the grapes a couple of weeks ago. Last week I planted peas and some early vegies in the empty row gaps between the garlic in the upper part of the garden and the sacrifice types at the lower end where there is always the most loss. The vegies are not up yet and that is ok because there are frosty nights coming again soon.

The salad bed I planted in the greenhouse worked out very well and supplied us with a lot of fresh greens. Now that the weather is a bit warmer and the sun angle is higher, the greenhouse is getting a bit hot for greens even with the automatic vent system. And so they started to taste bitter and started bolting. I cut them all down to stubs and some have already started growing new leaves. Maybe we will get a salad or two in the coming weeks before the new parts decide to bolt. It's an experiment.

3 trays holding 54 4 inch pots of onions are growing nicely and I've planted (and replanted) cabbages and other plants I can put out in the garden before the last frost date. In about 10 days I will start tomatoes, squash, etc. They'll grow in the greenhouse for about 6 weeks.

The yard has been neglected so far. Crocus and squill are blooming and the daffodils are just getting started. Pastures and hills are green. The irrigation water supply for this year doesn't look good. Snowpack in the mountains was not good and we didn't get much snow here either. The moisture in the ground will not last long unless we get a significant amount of rain this spring. All of the western states are in a drought.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Apr 3, 2022 4:08 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I love reading this Mary but I'm concerned about your water situation. I hope you get lots of good, gentle, overnight rains.
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ImageMaryE
Apr 3, 2022 6:10 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Gentle all night rains would be a Godsend!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Apr 3, 2022 6:16 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Imageevelyninthegarden
Apr 11, 2022 1:01 AM CST
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills -
MaryE wrote:Gentle all night rains would be a Godsend!


I agree Thumbs up

I'm glad I spent over 3 hours weeding every day this week, as I probably won't be able to do it this coming week due to weather conditions.

36° Tonight ( I covered the seedlings on the back porch.)
39° - 26° Monday (100% chance rain/snow)
43° - 30° Tuesday (11% chance of snow)
44° - 34° Wednesday (15% chance of snow)
44° - 37° Thursday (95% chance of rain/snow)
51° - 36° Friday (54% chance of rain/snow)
49° - 36° Saturday (45% chance of rain/snow)


ImageMaryE
Apr 11, 2022 4:26 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Same weather system here, cold all week with one predicted low of 18 and frequent snow showers. Yesterday's snow covered everything, melted after a couple of hours and tried to repeat through the day. I'm not trying to cover anything. Rain and/or snow showers are predicted for all week. I'm thankful for the moisture but not the temperatures.

As of about 3 days ago the peas were coming up. Nothing else was. They might survive. I didn't see any sign of the other early vegies.

I cut more pieces of elderberry twigs, this time I waited for green leaves to start appearing so I know these twigs have life. I have them in water, changing it every couple of days. All ok so far, the leaves look healthy but it's really too early to see any root formation.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imageevelyninthegarden
Apr 11, 2022 4:21 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills -
Last night and today it is raining, not snowing. Still, a day out of the garden. There was a bit of thunder a little while ago...

I uncovered my seedlings on the back porch.
ImageElena
Apr 11, 2022 5:36 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
I just found this forum, Mary, and am delighted to see that it is active. I can hardly wait to see if the elderberry twigs root. https://www.homedepot.com/b/Outdoors-Garden-Center-Outdoor-P... Found them for sale at Home Depot and that black lace variety is knock dead gorgous. Which variety do you have? I have never seen one of any variety. When I looked for info. online it said they could be grown almost anywhere. Where did you get your cuttings? I notice that Home Depot will deliver plants free. I had no idea that there are plants you can't buy from them in the store but they will deliver them at no cost for delivery. Are your cuttings still available because I would like to try to root some? I am adding your drought situation to my daily prayer list.
ImageMaryE
Apr 11, 2022 6:16 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Elena, thanks for the prayers. My elderberries came from my sister's cow pasture and are the variety that grows wild here. They get a lot bigger than you would want in a suburban garden. There are smaller domesticated varieties, some have very pretty leaves. The berries on ours are dark purple and the birds get those we can't reach even with a ladder. My laundry has so far been fairly safe from purple poop. Mine grow along the garden as the taller part of a windbreak that I hope to extend to protect more of the garden from the prevailing north wind.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageElena
Apr 11, 2022 9:47 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
I foolishly seem to always want to plant more things but need to be content with all that I already have.
Cutting back is what we are trying to do so your reply is probably a good one to remind me I don't need any more trees or shrubs. For instance, I am riding herd on my dear hubby and begging him to go way down on his veggie garden plants. He is bucking at the traces but knows I am right. Getting old has its cut-back on things times and gardening needs to be done accordingly. Good luck on the cuttings. It is such fun taking a stick and turning it into a treasured plant. For instance, I love my hoya you sent me as a cutting. Big Grin
ImageMaryE
Apr 21, 2022 9:25 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I can see actual rows of little green peas now from about 40 feet away! The other seeds I planted in the garden are not up yet with the exception of the radishes. My latest project is to make a pathway/barrier between the rhubarb row and the edge of the garden. Big heavy duty cardboard boxes were brought home from a furniture store and I have been cutting them into 30 inch strips to lay on the ground and cover with wood chips from a pile I have had for several years. First I took time to dig out the buttonweed, a tap rooted perennial that is very hard to kill. I'm about half done with that project and need to cut more cardboard before I can proceed. Showery weather is slowing that project.

My squash and tomato seeds have been planted and are on a heat mat and covered with plastic. Two squash are up so far!

We bought a 2 cubic yard load of loose compost which I need to start unloading and putting on garden rows. The price went up from $98 to $114 since last fall. It's still a much better deal than buying it in bags.

I have started a compost pile with old leaves, grass clippings and kitchen scraps.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageMaryE
Apr 28, 2022 2:34 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
My compost pile heated up nicely and was turned sort of inside out last week and watered. Now maybe it is too wet because it didn't stay hot. However, it will heat up again when the moisture is right so I think I will leave it alone for a while.

I finished the cardboard and wood chip mulch project and did a similar one on the opposite side of the garden to keep grass from growing into the pea patch. Today I finally started unloading the compost. A full load gives me about 25 wheelbarrow loads. So far I have done 10. Peaches helped by keeping the monsters away while I was too busy to watch for them. When the rain started she was a bit anxious for me to start moving toward the house and then ran ahead of me when I did.

My early planted seeds in the garden so far have not shown me any plants except for peas and radishes. Some could still come up when we get warmer weather again. They were covered with snow a couple of times. Seeds in pots in the greenhouse apparently got too hot and dried out when I was not checking them enough, so yesterday I replanted them. I hope I am not too far behind on the tomatoes and squash for maturity before frost.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Apr 28, 2022 6:59 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Mary - the weather has been so frustrating for you this year. It just doesn't warm up. Despite that, you still get so much done every day! Bless you Group hug
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ImageMaryE
May 14, 2022 8:06 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I've decided that my germination problems are likely due to old seeds failing to germinate. I replanted and still have almost none. Now it is too late to start things in the greenhouse that should be ready to set out in about 2 more weeks if the weather cooperates. I bought 4 tomato plants and repotted them into 1 gallon pots so they wouldn't become too rootbound. A neighbor might have a few extra plants she will save for me so at least we will have some tomatoes. I need cucumbers and winter squash so will look for those when we go to town this coming week. Yesterday I started planting onions, then collected a wheelbarrow load of bur buttercup and burned it. Bad stuff. It was hoed down a week ago so was dry enough to burn with a bit of help from paper and cardboard. There is still more so I need to keep after them. Other spring weeds can be used for mulch but this one makes a hard burr that is full of seeds and very uncomfortable when kneeled on.

One of our pear trees is starting to bloom! The prune will be next.

Yesterday we saw the first hummingbird just hours after I made sugar water and got the feeder up. Good timing. He was still here this morning. Maybe will stay? Most likely is just a migrant.

Our neighbor's cows have been here since May 1. There is plenty of grass due to our wet, cool spring weather. The irrigation water has filled the pond and it is now flowing through the ditch to irrigate. Soon it will be shifted to the upper ditch to water the top section. Our mountains still have a good supply of wet snow. Our relatively dry winter had us concerned about the water supply but then spring brought late, wet snow storms and rain at lower elevations, so now the moisture in the snow is at 140% of normal. It's been several years since that has happened. Hopefully the almost dry reservoirs have refilled or will be soon.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
May 14, 2022 9:12 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I hope you're able to find the plants you need Mary. Yay on the hummer Hurray! Hurray! I bet the pear tree is beautiful. Thankful for the water!
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ImageMaryE
May 19, 2022 7:58 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
A few days ago I bought some frost damaged, overwatered plants on sale. I made newspaper pots and had them all replanted by late afternoon. They are recovering nicely and showing new growth. Another day I bought some pepper plants and cabbages. All are still in the greenhouse, however the cabbages could be planted in the garden any time. Potatoes have started coming up. I have 10 up today. There is a frost warning for tonight so I put straw over them.

Yesterday I did a lot of mowing around the rhubarb and other places in the unused areas of the garden. The clippings were put down in the pathways to suppress weed growth. There is still more mowing to do under and beside the grapes. Today was just too windy and cold to do anything outside for more than about 5 minutes.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
May 20, 2022 3:45 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
It's so hard to believe your frost warnings and cold this late Mary.
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ImageMaryE
May 20, 2022 6:46 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Frost is still a threat for the next couple of weeks. I'll keep that straw handy!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageElena
May 20, 2022 8:52 AM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
Mary, if you dig the garlic now, where do you store it for replanting in the fall? Looks like it would dry out by then. If I store it in the house where it is cool I know it will need air circulation. Under a bed in one of those rolling boxes comes to mind but it might get stinky. I am also trying to figure storage on what we plan to eat. I have thought of mincing some to put in little packets in the freezer and just saving one of the two storage drawers in the bottom of the refrig to keep the rest of what we plan to eat. I would imagine if we freeze it the freezing will make it mushy. Ideas please! Only I could think of so many things to be concerned about!!!!! Confused We are gonna dig ours this weekend if we can possibly get to it.
ImageMaryE
May 20, 2022 10:12 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Elena, I won't dig my garlic until July when it starts to die back. It hangs for a month in a hot dry shed, then is taken down, has the tops cut off and is stored in boxes without covering in a room with good air circulation, often with the help of a small fan until it is sold or until late October when I plant again. Same schedule every year. Yours, having not been dug up and divided last year is on a different schedule for now. I haven't frozen any garlic except for scapes which are the extended stems of hardneck varieties that will produce flowers if left on the plant. Flowers are interesting but will rob energy. We want larger bulbs and the plant can't do both. Most varieties store well this way for 6-8 months. I never put garlic in the refrigerator. You are making this too complicated! Smiling
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