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Forum: Gardening

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  2. Hi-pri:

    Sticky Thread The Official Dangerous Plants, Trees, Mulches, and Garden Stuff for Pets & Livestock

    Now that we have our very own Garden forum, I thought I'd post a thread here on plants, fruits, veggies, etc., that are dangerous to our pets, or even our livestock, so we can make smart decisions when building and planting our gardens. IIRC cherry tree leaves kills horses, but Summerthyme...

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 07-27-2017 06:30 PM
    • Replies: 12
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    10-04-2017 12:21 PM Go to last post
  3. Hi-pri:

    4 Sticky Thread PLEASE READ

    Per membership request, this room has been created to talk about all things gardening. That being said, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for post volume. If this room dies, I'll fold all posts into Homesteading. Whether it lives or dies depends on you. Thanks Dennis PREFIXES ADDED

    Started by Dennis Olson‎, 07-26-2017 09:23 PM
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    07-27-2017 01:19 PM Go to last post
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  1. Grnhouse

    It's March 21st and I'm eating out of my greenhouse

    I just wanted to share that being I'm in upstate NY, it's in the low 20's tonight and it's March 21st yet I was harvesting food from the greenhouse. Yes! I had dinner with kale in a really nice stirfry with broccoli and spinach, olive oil and butter. Yum! The kale wasn't small either. The same size...

    Started by Vicki‎, Yesterday 11:54 PM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 39
    Today 04:17 PM Go to last post
  2. Grnhouse

    Tomato starts

    They are looking great under the led lights. What we did was use soiless mix to the trays, used half strength mircle grow to water. The light is a 360 watt led lamp. Not "virtual watts" like so many cheap imports. I leave the lamp on 24 hours. The starts have first leaves forming and they are 9...

    Started by Stanb999‎, 02-22-2018 08:22 PM
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 229
    03-16-2018 02:17 PM Go to last post
  3. Misc/Chat

    Weather stations and data records

    How much weather data do you try to keep track of? Do you manually record it? or have a set up to transfer to computer?

    Started by Sacajawea‎, 03-11-2018 06:20 PM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 58
    03-12-2018 06:51 AM Go to last post
  4. Hydropon

    My wife does a walk thru of our tomato house

    This was last summer. Due not the greenhouse is powered only with solar and is offgrid.

    Started by Stanb999‎, 03-02-2018 09:07 AM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 130
    03-09-2018 11:56 PM Go to last post
  5. Soil

    Planning for a new garden

    This is my first full year at my new digs. I'm here by myself - with some occasional help from friends & family - whom I hope to benefit from what I'm planning here. I've got 10 acres to play with. I'm taking care of the big structural improvements/remodelling/maintenance issues this year......

    Started by Sacajawea‎, 07-27-2017 10:49 AM
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 828
    03-08-2018 12:00 PM Go to last post
  6. Hydropon

    Simple method hydroponic greens

    Simple offgrid method of hydroponic growing. My wife does a tour of the lettuce house as we were building it.

    Started by Stanb999‎, 03-02-2018 12:44 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 144
    03-04-2018 08:57 AM Go to last post
  7. Grnhouse

    Pit greenhouse with ShelerLogic greenhouse frame??

    OK - I have this idea. Before I get too enthused about it, I thought I'd try it out on you all. I've been studying pit greenhouses, and their advantages for a northern climate. Granted, this isn't Canada, but Wisconsin can get mighty cold. I have a small (6x8) ShelterLogic greenhouse that has...

    Started by WisconsinGardener‎, 02-17-2018 02:33 PM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 146
    03-03-2018 10:54 AM Go to last post
  8. Harvest

    Root Cellar Survival

    I thought I would start a thread on Root Cellars and benefits. We use ours all year long. Currently we are bring out Cabbage that is still as firm and green when we pulled them last fall. I made a wooden box out of rough cut 2X8 and poured in fine sand. Pulled the cabbage plant straight out of...

    Started by Bubble Head‎, 01-27-2018 05:18 PM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 203
    03-03-2018 12:59 AM Go to last post
  9. Seed

    Seed Catalogs for Gardening Season 2018

    Alrighty, got the last bits of the garden harvested yesterday, and now everything is mulched or will soon be mulched and is ready for winter. What seed catalogs are y'all looking at right now? And what's on your must plant list? For the first time in ages ALL of my raised beds are filled...

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 12-04-2017 01:29 PM
    • Replies: 23
    • Views: 479
    03-02-2018 03:07 PM Go to last post
  10. Planting

    March 2018 Planting Guide MARCH 2018 1st - 2nd A most barren period, best for killing plant pests or doing chores around the farm. 3rd - 4th Fine for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable days for...

    Started by NC Susan‎, 02-25-2018 10:11 AM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 91
    02-25-2018 01:43 PM Go to last post
  11. Planting

    Change in your garden plans for this year?

    I relocated from Missouri back down to Oklahoma last year, and it was to late to start a garden at that point in time. My husband and I had several wicking beds that we had made while up in Missouri that produced an amazing amount of food considering their size. We spent years creating the...

    Started by Donna_in_OK‎, 02-03-2018 02:44 PM
    • Replies: 38
    • Views: 421
    02-22-2018 04:01 PM Go to last post
  12. Pests/Ctrl

    HELP Houseplant with Spider Mites

    My Swedish Ivy appears to have spider mites, I think. Its suddenly looking bad, and there's this web like crap around it. :shk: I'll try to get photos tomorrow but I think it might be spider mites, what do I use to treat my ivy? TIA

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 12-04-2017 08:10 PM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 205
    02-06-2018 05:56 PM Go to last post
  13. Soil

    Soil mixes

    Happy New Year! I am planning on mixing my own seed starting soil this year and was wondering what "receipes" you all use. Last year I simply used peat moss and potting soil from Home Depot. This year I'm thinking of adding Perlite or Vermiculite. What all are you using? Thanks and happy...

    Started by joekan‎, 01-01-2018 07:51 AM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 181
    02-06-2018 05:45 PM Go to last post
  14. Seed

    Good sweet corn for northern gardens and cool soil

    Sweet corn in WI is a struggle. I am surrounded by corn fields, so isolation, unless I get lucky with different pollination times, is hard. The biggest struggle though, is just getting it to germinate! The soil temp in the 2 patches I have set aside for sweet corn (not raised beds for sweet...

    Started by Cyclonemom‎, 01-04-2018 01:40 PM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 180
    02-06-2018 06:41 AM Go to last post
  15. Planting

    February 2018 Planting Guide FEBRUARY 2018 1st - 2nd Clear ground, turn sod, kill plant pests. 3rd - 4th Fine for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable days for planting root crops. 5th - 7th

    Started by NC Susan‎, 02-01-2018 09:17 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 115
    02-03-2018 10:13 AM Go to last post
  16. Seed

    Anyone Starting Seeds Yet?

    Just wondering if anyone is starting seeds yet, or not? It's been so warm here, in Iowa, that I'm thinking of having OC put the hoop house lid on the one raised bed, he'd also have to install the heat activated vent, and covering that puppy with some clear plastic and starting some herbs and...

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 12-20-2017 03:03 PM
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 278
    02-01-2018 07:34 PM Go to last post
  17. Seed

    Anybody up for a seed exchange?

    I have been saving seed for close to 20 years now and I know I have quite a collection. (and no their not 20 year old seed..haha) I have to go through them all once again to get somewhat organized and see if I'm low on anything so I can place an order but I was thinking maybe we could do an...

    Started by Vicki‎, 01-25-2018 10:27 PM
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 213
    02-01-2018 07:16 PM Go to last post
  18. Pests/Ctrl


    Anybody here using biofungicides like Serenade or Double Nickel 55? Serenade: Applied as a preventative fungicide, this microbial biofungicide, Bacillus subtilis (QST713 strain) is labeled for control of plant pathogens such as lettuce downy mildew, botrytis brown rot, grape powdery mildew and...

    Started by FarmerJohn‎, 12-31-2017 09:15 AM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 142
    01-04-2018 01:43 PM Go to last post

    Really Gardening ... Grapes .. need help

    This was 2nd year for my grape vines. They were super healthy and grew like crazy. There were TONS of little grape clusters but they all disappeared. I don't see them on the ground; don't see that birds pecked them; haven't seen anything that could have gotten in there and swiped ALL those...

    Started by Yarnball‎, 09-16-2017 10:01 AM
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 625
    12-27-2017 09:58 AM Go to last post
  20. Flowers

    Pruning flower bushes

    Hydrangea shrubs 3:43 3:38 23:10

    Started by marsh‎, 12-27-2017 02:19 AM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 124
    12-27-2017 02:19 AM Go to last post
  21. Fruit

    winter fruit tree pruning

    4:01 5:40 2:58

    Started by marsh‎, 12-26-2017 11:04 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 181
    12-27-2017 01:54 AM Go to last post
  22. Flowers

    Rose pruning

    3:19 6:35 5:34 climbing rose

    Started by marsh‎, 12-27-2017 12:55 AM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 86
    12-27-2017 12:55 AM Go to last post
  23. Help

    5 Blackberry Prep for Winter

    Am in Kentucky. Have a patch of blackberry's planted about 4 year ago. No berries yet. Shoots ( not sure of proper term ) are about 4 ft high. Originally planted 4 plants, bought at Wal Mart. Patch has spread out, plenty of new shoots. About 8 ft by 5 ft. Looks healthy. For winter,...

    Started by NoDandy‎, 09-22-2017 09:04 AM
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 363
    12-26-2017 10:48 PM Go to last post
  24. Veg

    Brussel Sprouts

    My brussel sprout plants are about four feet tall, and not nary a sprout on any of my plants. Lots of leaves. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to remove the bottom leaves or not.

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 08-22-2017 07:42 PM
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 675
    12-03-2017 06:40 PM Go to last post
  25. Planting

    Planting Guide Dec 2017

    Planting Guide Dec 2017 December 2017 1st Fine for planting beans, peppers, cucumbers, melons, and other aboveground crops where climate is suitable.

    Started by NC Susan‎, 11-21-2017 08:25 AM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 168
    11-21-2017 08:25 AM Go to last post
  26. Misc/Chat

    Getting ready for winter>>>

    Well, trying to get things squared away for winter here. Have ripped all the pole beans off the cattle panels and lo and behold!!!! The taters from spring are making a second crop!! I knew we missed some, but they are growing thick already. I had covered the bed with cardboard to keep the weeds...

    Started by ioujc‎, 09-23-2017 02:33 PM
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 481
    11-15-2017 02:23 PM Go to last post
  27. Planting


    Fall will soon be upon us. I live in Central Iowa, zone 5a(?) and would love to plant some garlic this fall for next summer's harvest. Suggestions on which varieties to consider, and just how do I plant it, and over winter it for a successful harvest? TIA

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 07-30-2017 01:35 PM
    2 Pages
    1 2
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    11-04-2017 07:09 PM Go to last post
  28. Raised Bed

    Fall garden rehab.

    I had let my garden go wild for a while. Between a very wet year and then hurricane Irma flooding everything, I just let it go. I generally have a pretty good garden through the winter as it's cool enough to grow nice lettuce, spinach, broccoli, kale and other cool season crops. Here's a...

    Started by idum‎, 11-04-2017 07:49 AM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 185
    11-04-2017 10:28 AM Go to last post
  29. Planting

    Ginger Root

    My dad just gave me some ginger root and I want to plant it, but not sure if I should do it now. Anybody know if I can plant ginger in the fall or should I wait until spring?

    Started by Deena in GA‎, 10-19-2017 04:14 PM
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 468
    10-30-2017 09:35 PM Go to last post
  30. Seed

    Radish seeds

    I finally had radishes grow for the very first time this year. They were a long variety, breakfast radish maybe. They got woody kind of fast, so I didn't bother pulling all of them out. To my surprise, what was left in the ground grew and produced seed pods. Now if I could get some carrots...

    Started by Dinghy‎, 10-16-2017 04:52 PM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 332
    10-30-2017 11:14 AM Go to last post
  31. Misc/Chat

    Greenhouses and Hoophouses as a Prep Item

    Well with two major volcanoes about to go full tilt in the Pacific (Bali and Vanuatu) it's time to consider we may possibly end up with experiencing a "year without a summer" So it may be time to start thinking about tunnel houses, greenhouses, hydroponics in the basement, so on and so forth. ...

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 09-29-2017 04:32 PM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 63
    • Views: 1,335
    10-25-2017 05:32 PM Go to last post
  32. Harvest

    Dug my sweet potatoes.

    Friday I dug my sweet potatoes, some was really nice but a lot of puny ones too. A lot had been eaten on under the ground. Was it voles or moles or something else. :confused: It's bad enough when the deer nips the tops off when they are first planted, but eating the tubers really makes me...

    Started by greenhart‎, 10-15-2017 07:21 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 316
    10-25-2017 02:11 PM Go to last post
  33. Permacul

    The Many Benefits of Hugelkultur The Many Benefits of Hugelkultur Inspiration Green and Permaculture magazine Thursday, 17th October 2013 Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and...

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 08-05-2017 12:05 PM
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 805
    10-18-2017 05:20 PM Go to last post
  34. Harvest

    Oct 2017 Planting Guide OCTOBER 2017 1st Poor planting day. Kill poison ivy, weeds, clear land, but no planting. 2nd - 3rd Extra good for vine crops. Favorable days for planting aboveground crops where climate is suitable.

    Started by NC Susan‎, 10-01-2017 01:29 PM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 377
    10-15-2017 05:54 PM Go to last post
  35. Seed

    8 Pelleted Seeds Not Viable When Saved

    Learning by experience. I don't usually buy pelleted seeds but I got some when my favorite carrot seeds weren't available locally one year so I tried something new. I got some pelleted carrot seeds, not my usual variety but they did great. They are a couple of years old now and I tried them...

    Started by Rabbit‎, 10-14-2017 12:55 PM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 264
    10-14-2017 02:38 PM Go to last post
  36. Climate

    Harvey Garden

    Thank you Huricane Harvey. My garden was pretty much completely destroyed. Time to plant anew... ...but my chickens (only 2) survived.

    Started by phloydius‎, 09-01-2017 11:27 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 398
    10-13-2017 01:33 PM Go to last post
  37. Pests/Ctrl

    Organic bug control - Do praying mantis really WORK?

    Has anyone imported/purchased praying mantis for their garden for pest control? Do they really work well? I am at my wit's end this year. After a mild winter, and warm, humid, rainy summer, the bugs are seriously trying to take over. The cabbages are so holey I can see through them, the...

    Started by Cyclonemom‎, 08-07-2017 11:26 AM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 564
    10-05-2017 07:10 AM Go to last post
  38. Misc/Chat

    2017-18 Farmer's Almanac

    This goes to the page you can plug in your zip code for the long-range forecast. Good resource when you want to check something quick and can't lay hands on the printed one.

    Started by Sacajawea‎, 08-30-2017 12:58 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 317
    10-05-2017 06:44 AM Go to last post
  39. Misc/Chat

    Fall - Today in the garden I ....

    In the garden today I: Stripped the Lazy Amish House beans from the vines. I'd just about run out of seed this spring and planted what I had. Maybe ten vines lived to become productive. They produced two shopping bags of pods for seed. I gave an envelope of seed to an Amish neighbor who'd helped...

    Started by Old Gray Mare‎, 10-03-2017 03:50 PM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 285
    10-04-2017 01:59 PM Go to last post
  40. Grnhouse

    Warming a Green House for Winter Gardening

    Looking for ideas for Electricity-free methods to warm a permanate green house structure during the winter, so that a garden inside can flourish (not just survive). First ideas: 1) Painted water tanks to help hold heat overnight. 2) Compost bin to generate heat (but does it generate problems...

    Started by phloydius‎, 07-27-2017 11:50 AM
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    1 2
    • Replies: 42
    • Views: 1,679
    10-02-2017 07:14 PM Go to last post

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