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40niner

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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2006 4:41:34 AM

My garden is not fairing well at all! It is very dry and the veggies are smaller in size then this time last year. Tomatoes have black spot on them. What is yours like?
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dakine
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 10:00:14 AM

I'll probably start prepping the garden next month.
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leemun
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 12:43:02 AM

Great for the end of January. Time to prune grapes pretty soon. Raspberries, too.
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40niner
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 12:26:24 AM

Great stuff my garden is under five feet of snow.
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 12:20:19 AM

goldieolds, Wish I copied links you post. Gonna start today.
Links about planting materials, sources, ideas were helpful. Now that I want to look back hard to find them and most probably rolled off. If you can repost even some of them,

Agree on Rodale. Visited their PA gardens years ago. Pretty. Kept my efforts natural over years. Several Rodale books in my library. Wonder how they've changed over the years. May go back to see, if prices stay down.
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playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 2:32:06 PM

When I shovel the back patio I throw the snow on the garden area.
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reichera
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 10:15:31 AM

Still planning.

I sent out catalog requests a few weeks ago to a few companies. Now Gurney's is inundating my inbox with e-mail ads! I think they just lost my business.

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reichera
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 6:22:04 PM

Ask me in a few more months!
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emrgcy
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 7:48:02 AM

Frozen
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cltncguy
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 1:17:05 AM

garden is long gone
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chocolateflash
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 12:57:19 AM

The leaves on the plants which were a lush green a couple of weeks ago are turning sort of yellow now. Maybe I'd best move them inside. Perhaps it is too cold outside.
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 7:47:27 PM

fyi

[quote]
Small growers and urban farms are springing up across the nation, but many cities lack the infrastructure, zoning laws and foresight to truly leverage this transition.

Over the past several years, however, city governments, often working with local stakeholder groups and food policy councils, are changing that. Urban agriculture ordinances help light the way for would-be urban farmers, providing guidance and a sense of legitimacy.

Here is Seedstock’s list of ten cities leading the way with innovative urban agriculture ordinances that provide a blueprint for a new economic future grounded in sustainable food production in urban centers.
[enquote]

Minneapolis (my hometown) is #10 on the list.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 12:31:09 PM

I share my heirloom tomatoes with a lady who really appreciates them. Saw her in the mailroom yesterday and offered her some cookies just given to me. She said "no thanks, but it it was an heirloom tomato l sure would take it!". She is so appreciative. Smiles.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 10:25:05 AM

This is just my feeling, but l find heirloom tomatoes and other plants are hardier, that is why they are still around. I don't like all the fancy shmancy new bred into tomatoes. Give me a good old Purple Cherokee. I put it in good soil and water it. Sometimes feed. Not much as the good soil does that. They aren't necessarily as pretty, but boy the flavors are terrific.
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reichera
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 7:20:34 AM

OK, the first step is taken. I've ordered a handful of see catalogs.

I've never tried the Heirloom plants. Are there any issues I'd have with them? Additional care and feeding required?
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 3:20:02 AM

Gloria, great to see you,too! I definitely agree with you. Many years ago, I volunteered to work on a community cable television program where Caesar Chavez was interviewed. At that time ('80s) he talked about how some plants, like strawberries, had the pesticides applied systemicall, so they went into the plants from the roots and were inside, not just on it. I stopped eating them, unless grown organically, at that time. I'd already been buying some organics though, before that.

Tonight I saw a Monsanto ad on tv. It talked about feeding people good food, etc. Yikes! They asked people to visit a website or blog. I thought about going to it and telling them what I want to say, not what they want to hear. But I don't remember what it was called.

TOL
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fart7878
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 7:19:40 AM

Ha Ha it is under a foot of snow!
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glorioussnookie
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 5:39:57 AM

Good Rainy Monday morning Gardening Buddies!!!

goldie - so glad to hear from you!!! I so agree with you on non - GMOs!!!

very interesting about Hawaii, I advocate against GMOs every chance I get, also for the pollinators, I have read about seeds that have pesticides built into them, how wonderful! Yea Right! I say if the chemical is in the seed than it is in the food we eat, plus all the chemicals they spray on the developing food! YUCK!!! I could go on and on but time is not available for that this morning, hehe, have to make a little fun or I will cry or scram about the huge conglomerate chemical companies I abhor!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!!!

HUgs and TOL!!
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 2:45:29 AM

Hi Gloria, Scrap, TX, 49er and all.

MusicTeacher's (new) Studio

I haven't been around here for a while. Thinking about a garden here this time of year is rather depressing. But thought I'd check in and see how y'all are doing.

I've been a believer in organic food for decades, and more recently in non-GMOs, as long as I've known about them.

I think I'm going to give up trying to grow tomatoes on my balcony. It doesn't seem worth it for the few tomatoes that I get. It hasn't gotten any better, as I'd hoped. I've bought organic starter plants every year.

There hasn't been much coverage here on the mainland about the valiant battles being waged in Hawai'i over the large amount of GMO and pesticide testing going on there.

For those who are interested in this issue, here's some information:
Hawaii's Fight Against GMOs

The SHAKA Movement
and enlargement of the inset.

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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 10:11:11 PM

Frozen
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glorioussnookie
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 7:24:34 PM

scrapbaskey - great to meet you!!! You are on the right track using the Rodale series of books, I love them! Take your time cause it can be overwhelming but will all fall into place and you will wonder what was so overwhelming before hehe, I know I had myself so perplexed years back when I switched to otganic , but I love it now, I have amazed myself at what I am capable of .

Do you have any problems with clay ground? If you do I sure can help there, I had some of the nastiest red clay , hard as a stone and in 6 months of treating it organically and 99% of the goodies I used were free, I had good ground at least 6 inches deep to plant in and it just got better the more I treated it.

I will try and post more tomorrow on what I have found

Hugs and TOL!!! Gloria
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scrapbasket
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 1:23:19 AM

glorioussnookie ~ great to meet you. I've been following some things on facebook about organic gardening, GMOs, etc. I bought 3 Rodale organic gardening books and have a Bakers Seed Catalog. Learning, but overwhelming. Last year we set up three 4x4 square foot gardens.

Will look forward to your posts.

By chance do you know where MusicTeachers thread is? I can't find it anymore.
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glorioussnookie
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 2:16:54 PM

scrapbasket - I hope you come back and read this about organic gardening, I was going to leave you a whiteboard message but I couldn't so I will try here, I garden organically and have found Mother Earth New to be very helpful, I so hope you will go organic it is so important to keep our much needed pollinators in business so we can eat fresh veggies and fruits, I I can be of any help with specific questions, leave me a message on my white board or here, will try sending you a buddy request. Gloria
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glorioussnookie
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 2:11:18 PM

TxJeans - Oh they are miserable little nasties!!! I checked out Mother Earth News and found this link hope it helps , I have used foil and it worked great!white fly control organic
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reichera
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 2:00:59 PM

Snow-covered.

I guess it's time to start thinking about what to plant this year.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 8:01:28 PM

Still struggling w/ white flies...
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scrapbasket
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2015 12:06:49 AM

Going to try to go organic this year. Any tips?
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2015 8:21:31 AM

frozen
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reichera
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2015 11:03:34 AM

Sitting under a thin layer of freezing precip this morning. Perhaps in a few weeks I can do the mid-winter turnover of the top layer.
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11Bushman
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2014 6:49:14 PM

All in for the year
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dakine
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2014 12:09:43 PM

Waiting to plant this spring
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2014 10:11:25 AM

At lunch with friend yesterday, l shared the humorous part of looking at the little birds consuming my bean plants. I described how l used to put out water for the birds but after they ate my beans l said "Ok for you, no more water" and we laughed at the sillyness of it all. Had a good time. They sang Happy Birthday to her, and l think she got her mind off her poor brother being taken to the hospital that morning.
Even after gardens are over, we have memories of them and can share those.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 12/25/2014 10:12:46 AM EST]
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 10:29:07 AM

Turnip greens are tall, pulled one up and hardly any root at all.
Everything is covered against those ravaging birds. It all got a good soaking in the rain we had recently and after today it will rain some more, so l am not even going out to garden area.
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2014 7:01:09 PM

dead
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littleone413
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2014 3:12:07 PM

it's frozen!!
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2014 11:50:32 PM

very wet.
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glorioussnookie
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2014 3:01:00 PM

I am going to attempt to pass a link on for a really nice guy who has some awesome gardening videos, I have found to be very helpful. Please feel free to pass it on,

Hugs and TOL!!!

Gardening videos
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glorioussnookie
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2014 8:42:17 AM

A Blessed Sunday morning to my garden buddies!!

Most of the garden has been put to sleep for the winter but I do have an area I am working on amending, We are scheduled to have a high of 68 today with 15 to 20 mph winds and gusts to 30 mph, I say fine with me, I am gonna be outside this afternoon!!! A friend gave me some fish parts, I am gonna put them in holes , yeppers will grow fishies come spring hehe!

Hugs and TOL!!
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2014 5:00:48 AM

Frozen!
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40niner
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 11:32:28 PM

Wishing you and your family a holiday which good memories are made. Blessings. Ed.
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playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 2:34:09 PM

It has 3 inches of snow covering it.
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40niner
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 11:04:07 PM

still growing, not but I missed posting and our season has been over even before the harvest began. So please you lucky gardeners who are working in your gardens keep posting!! HOPE you have a bumper harvests.
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dakine
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 9:24:37 AM

Still going...
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 2:13:45 AM

still frozen..
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 12:05:43 AM

good
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 11:52:34 PM

wind cold snow
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 8:05:58 PM

Hoping the cold will help knock down the last of the white flies.
The *LD tomato plant is hanging in with about 6-7 more little tomatoes to ripen, and the new plants are growing and starting to flower. Lettuce is not doing well, and it looks like someone threw a bunch of unidentified seeds in on my Earthbox.
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reichera
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 8:26:52 AM

Tucked away... under frost... under a layer of grass cuttings... waiting until next year.

Very sad note: I used corn seed this year that was a few years old. I got a whole one (1) corn stalk! Humorous.

Next year - new seeds.

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glorioussnookie
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 7:10:38 AM

Good early morning fellow gardening buddies!!!

Seems as most of the gardens are tucked away for a long winters sleep, mine was very happy I covered it with a good leaf blanket, it has been very cold with us, in fact it appears the majority of the country is having record low temps.

TxJeans - how is your garden doing, I know the cold has gotten deep int Florida, have been thinking about you!!!

Hugs and TOL!!!
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 10:55:16 PM

Cold and windy.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 10:16:37 PM

A few more tomatoes will ripen this week. Still struggling with the white flies but better. The new plants are growing fast. The lettuce is growing slow -- only the Parrish, the other didn't come up.
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 12:26:00 PM

Very white.
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