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Imagegardengus
Apr 19, 2010 8:05 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
My little part of the world is starting to GREEN up
This is my front pasture taken on St Patrick's Day

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Imagegardengus
Apr 19, 2010 8:05 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
So I am watching your Blog what you been doing?
Have you tried leeks before? They take a very long season, i tried some last year and they did not have time to plump up.
Weedwhacker
Apr 19, 2010 8:05 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
I've been on vacation!! Now that I'm home it's time to get down to gardening and working on this site...

We don't have much green here yet, but at least it's not white and the weather has been really mild, so I'm itching to start planting. This is going to be my first year for leeks; did you start yours inside or plant from seed? I planted mine with my onion seeds (indoors, under lights), so I'm hoping that they'll have enough time to grow; if not, I guess I can always use them like green onions!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagechelle
Apr 19, 2010 8:05 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Hi Sandy,
How was your vacation? Relaxing I hope!

I started some leeks in the GH a couple of weeks ago. I'm planning to start more in the veggie garden next week. This is my first experience with leek growing, so I'm not entirely sure what to expect. LOL

We are planning to go to Mackinac Island again this year so we'll be seeing, and enjoying, the UP again. Hurray!
Imagegardengus
Apr 19, 2010 8:05 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
I started them from seed , they look like small onions this spring . I just left them in the ground last fall ...not big enough to mess with ...I was surprised they survived the winter so maybe this year they will get large enough to pull and eat.
Imagechelle
Apr 19, 2010 8:05 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Hi Cinda,
Love your bright and happy looking avatar! Beautiful butterfly and flower. We had parsley and spinach over-winter too, strange winter last year. Easy winter for us but very hard for others who are not accustomed to such cold. So many in the southern states lost so many plants due to hard freezes, I feel for them.
Imagegardengus
Apr 19, 2010 8:05 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Thanks for the avatar complement, my son did it for me. He is into computer stuff. I have seen on your cubit you also alter images.
Long time between posts , I have been in the Smokies for spring break , the weather has been record warm and everything is in fast forward. Having trouble catching up, both here and in the garden.
I am going to have to try spinach , it would be nice to see it come back. Is it a biannual (seeds the second year) ?
Weedwhacker
Apr 19, 2010 8:05 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
I can relate to having trouble catching up! This time of year seems to bring with it way, way too many things needing to be done (and then that "work" thing keeps getting in my way). We're about a month ahead here -- or were, until a couple of days ago when we got about 5 inches of snow... guess it's still too early to put the tomato plants in. We definitely needed the moisture, though, things are extremely dry up here.

I'm not sure how spinach is actually classified, but if it's planted in the spring it will often bolt and go to seed when the weather turns warm; if it was planted late I think it might well winter over, especially with a little protection. Timing is everything -- and can be so difficult to figure out! (Parsley, on the other hand, always winters over for me; it does wait until the 2nd year to flower and produce seeds, and usually self-sows if I remember not to cultivate where it was growing.)
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagegardengus
Apr 19, 2010 8:05 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
I have opened my cubit and would be glad if someone would see if it is accessible.
It is mostly a garden journal , but if someone would just say hi on the welcome forum I would know I did things right. Smiling
Thanks
Cinda
Weedwhacker
Apr 19, 2010 8:10 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Cinda, I love your cubit -- I hope everyone will take a look; you've inspired me to be more diligent in my photo-taking and garden journaling!

(Moved these posts to a more general chat thread from "Michigan UP"; thank you to Dave for making that so easy to do!)
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagegardengus
Apr 19, 2010 8:16 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Thanks for taking a look , I wanted a way to add photos to my journaling. I have been journaling for a few years on paper to keep up with what is sown when and such, but needed a way to include photos... this seems to work. Smiling
Imagegardengus
May 5, 2010 3:39 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
I read your blog about trying to sell your hosta. I sell my extras at the local plant fair put on by the garden club. I have been doing so for 5 years now. each year I make a little more this year 300 dollars. Nothing I sell costs over 2$
It is a lot of digging and potting , the only cost is the soil, I have people save their empty pots for me.
There may be something like that where you are or try a farmers market.
My table space costs 15$ and it is a lot of fun. I am glad I only do it once a year , could not do it every week like the market people.
Weedwhacker
May 6, 2010 6:51 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Cinda, thanks for the helpful info! I've never seen any kind of plant sale like that advertised around here, and our farmer's market seems to have a closed group that sells there - don't ask me why, because it doesn't make sense to me. Maybe I could just park on the street nearby with my plants, LOL !

I'm thinking I'll just put a little ad in our local shopper paper, and on a Yahoo group called "Yooper Yard Sale." $2-$3 is what I was thinking of charging, really would just like to pay for some of the potting soil I've bought (as you no doubt know, that stuff is NOT "dirt cheap" anymore!). I had a whole bunch of pots that I was given when a local florist/greenhouse had a fire a couple of years ago, that have actually kind of been in my way so this is a good use for them. Ended up with 50 hostas alone, plus some tall sedums and a lot of young bleeding hearts.

I agree, it IS a lot of work digging and splitting and potting all that stuff -- and so many other things needing done this time of year. A lot more fun than vacuuming inside or something, though!
Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagegardengus
Jun 26, 2010 8:22 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
The tomato you call 4 th of July ... Does that mean you get your first tomato by the fourth of July?
Or is it referring to color?
Weedwhacker
Jun 27, 2010 5:39 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
LOL, I think if I ever got a ripe tomato by the 4th of July I'd have a heart attack -- however, in theory I think that's what the name is derived from, it's supposed to be 49 days to maturity so maybe if I can get stuff started in the hoophouses earlier next year it could actually happen. As far as I know the seeds are only sold by Burpee's, but someone told me that found some plants at a garden center here so I guess they've caught on. They're a fairly small tomato, maybe 2" in diameter, and the skins are a little tough, but we like the flavor and they usually are the first to ripen for us.

Are you drying out down there at all? We've been having rain, rain and more rain, but no severe storms yet, thankfully. I was so hopeful of getting out in the garden today but woke up to more rain and it's supposed to be rainy all day. So far they're saying sunshine for the next 5 or so days, though, so maybe things can dry up a bit. I'm actually planning to buy a couple of rain barrels today so there probably won't be any more rain for the rest of the summer!

Rolling my eyes.
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagegardengus
Jun 27, 2010 5:48 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
We had a dry day yesterday , or at least where I was. I did the annual garden stroll put on by the master gardeners , it was hot 90+ deg , but no rain Smiling
7 gardens one had some nice raised beds and some nice sized tomatoes.

I think that is a good idea (rain barrels) that will for sure stop the rain...kinda like washing your car makes the rain.

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Imagegardengus
Jun 27, 2010 6:21 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Just came across your new cubit
Looks good ...I will be looking on
even old gardeners can learn new things Smiling
Weedwhacker
Jun 27, 2010 8:31 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
gardengus wrote: Just came across your new cubit


Yes, that falls under the category of "what have I gotten myself into now?" Quite spur of the moment, I was on the computer a few nights back and reading the chat on "all about cubits" and someone was wondering about a cubit for new gardeners, so I just went ahead and set one up right then. Without really checking to see what else was available for newbie gardeners, so hope I didn't step on too many toes... at any rate, now all I need is a few more hours in each day and maybe I can make something out of both cubits!

Please do join us there, assuming any more new gardeners do show up, they're going to be asking questions and any and all experienced input will be more than welcome!

Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagegardengus
Jul 17, 2010 3:24 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Saw the picture of your corn ... Thumbs down Did you get it back up?
Looks like your greenhouse is standing up to all the weather very well. I have often thought of doing a greenhouse , but I do not think I can take on one more thing right now ...so someday.

Greenbeans and new potatoes one of our absolute favorite meals ..''.drool''

Trying to keep cool here
Weedwhacker
Jul 20, 2010 5:25 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Hi Cinda -- yes, the corn is back to looking pretty normal again. My greenhouse (a Rion) has stood up to the weather very well; this is the 6th or 7th summer for it and I haven't had any real problems, except for some of the lower roof panels tending to slide out when the weather is hot (solved by using some silicone seal caulk to glue them in). In case you're still suffering from the heat down there, here's a pic to cool you off...

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association

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