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Forum: Gardening

You know, gardening stuff.

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  2. 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 10:23 PM
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    07-27-2017 02:19 PM Go to last post
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    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 07:30 PM
    • Replies: 12
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    10-04-2017 01:21 PM Go to last post
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  1. 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 01:58 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    10-05-2017 07:44 AM Go to last post
  2. Planting

    70 degrees time to plant maters. What do you do to increase yield?

    It has been in the high 80s all week. Plant starts are available and I want to put in my tomatoes. What do you do when planting to increase yield?

    Started by marsh‎, 03-29-2018 05:07 AM
    • Replies: 23
    • Views: 1,315
    06-07-2018 09:49 AM Go to last post
  3. Climate

    70 Plus Temps Time to Till.

    We have a stretch of dry weather and the last two day were in the 70s so break out the tiller and grind all the trash from last year into the soil. The photo is an old one but shows what I'm working with.

    Started by Publius‎, 04-13-2018 11:21 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    04-18-2018 12:36 PM Go to last post
  4. Grnhouse

    A few pictures of our walapini.

    We have a walapini on our market farm. Here is how it is when in use with the plants inside. The farm is offgrid as some may know. We use a small propane heater to keep the space in the 60's at night. We also cover the roof of the structure with concrete curing blankets to keep the heat in. This...

    Started by Stanb999‎, 03-23-2018 09:27 AM
    • Replies: 20
    • Views: 1,042
    04-02-2018 10:58 AM Go to last post
  5. Organic

    Advantages and Disadvantages of Mulch

    Advantages and Disadvantages of Mulch Mulching is the placing of organic matter such as straw or lucerne on top of your garden soil. Every gardener should mulch both their vegetable patch and their garden on a regular basis as it is a great foundation ingredient for good soil and is beneficial for...

    Started by China Connection‎, 09-22-2018 07:29 AM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 287
    09-22-2018 09:48 AM Go to last post
  6. 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 11:27 PM
    • Replies: 15
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    02-01-2018 08:16 PM Go to last post
  7. 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 04:03 PM
    • Replies: 16
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    02-01-2018 08:34 PM Go to last post
  8. Planting

    April 2018 planting Guide APRIL 2018 1st - 3rd Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops. Also good for leafy vegetables. 4th - 5th Neither plant nor sow on these barren days. 6th...

    Started by NC Susan‎, 04-03-2018 08:02 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 416
    04-03-2018 08:13 PM Go to last post
  9. Misc/Chat

    Are There Any Master Gardeners Here?

    I was looking into the program here in Ga. and was wondering if it is worth the time and money to do it.

    Started by Rabbit‎, 07-07-2018 08:36 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    07-09-2018 02:35 AM Go to last post
  10. Pests/Ctrl

    armadillos :(

    Anyone have a sure fire method besides expensive fencing, to repel armadillos? I already keep everything under wraps from the chickens using plastic mesh fencing but the armadillo just goes right under it. I need some ideas on odorous plants to keep him away.

    Started by Sherrynboo‎, 04-07-2018 12:11 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 509
    04-08-2018 04:32 PM Go to last post
  11. Planting

    August 2017 Planting Guide July 2017 27th-28th Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing aboveground. 29th-31st Start seedbeds. Extra good for fall cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, mustard greens,...

    Started by NC Susan‎, 07-28-2017 09:24 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 421
    07-28-2017 11:48 PM Go to last post
  12. Planting

    August 2018 Planting Guide AUGUST 2018 1st - 2nd Neither plant nor sow on these barren days. 3rd - 4th Good days for transplanting. Root crops that can be planted now will yield well.

    Started by NC Susan‎, 08-07-2018 09:55 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 307
    08-26-2018 12:05 PM Go to last post
  13. Help

    Azeala branch rooted

    We have a large (over 6' tall & wide) azeala with a lower branch that has rooted in two different spots. My conundrum is..... can I cut/dig those spots as new plants, transfer, & eventually have viable azealas, or do I just need to prune the branch off? I've heard azealas would root like...

    Started by momma_soapmaker‎, 04-15-2018 12:14 AM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 406
    04-15-2018 02:12 PM Go to last post
  14. Organic

    Be careful with fresh wood chips in the garden

    Be careful with fresh wood chips in the garden Jessica Walliser Jessica Walliser | Saturday, April 5, 2008 Questions: I had a large pin oak tree taken down in late fall. After the stump was ground, I was left with a rather large pile of sawdust/chips, etc. Can this be used for mulch and if...

    Started by China Connection‎, 10-23-2018 06:30 AM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 261
    11-07-2018 05:28 AM Go to last post
  15. Compost

    Better Than a rocket stove greenhouse heat

    Better Than a rocket stove greenhouse heat About 10 minutes long

    Started by China Connection‎, 12-02-2018 08:38 PM
    • Replies: 0
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    12-02-2018 08:38 PM Go to last post
  16. 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 10:15 AM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 489
    01-04-2018 02:43 PM Go to last post
  17. 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 10:04 AM
    • Replies: 10
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    12-26-2017 11:48 PM Go to last post
  18. 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 08:42 PM
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 1,731
    12-03-2017 07:40 PM Go to last post
  19. Veg

    Building a wooden trellis for a vegetable garden to maximize growing space.

    Building a wooden trellis for a vegetable garden to maximize growing space. Video: /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Started by China Connection‎, 10-12-2018 06:07 AM
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 352
    11-03-2018 08:57 PM Go to last post
  20. Help


    Has anyone had problems getting carrots to germinate? I planted 3 times and have about 8 or 10 carrots. This happened last year, too. Three other gardeners that I am friends with have been having the same problem and have also replanted several times with no luck. My seeds are fresh and I...

    Started by spinner‎, 07-27-2017 08:52 AM
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 1,447
    09-01-2017 01:30 AM Go to last post
  21. Seed

    Carrots-I'm Doing This Again

    Down here in Hot Georgia I plant carrots in fall and they are usually ready to pull in mid December. I could plant them in the spring but the heat tends to make them bitter. There are always some that aren't big enough to pull so I just leave them. I pulled up some of those in early spring and I...

    Started by Rabbit‎, 07-31-2017 08:08 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    08-08-2017 11:56 AM Go to last post
  22. Permacul

    Cattle Panel Greenhouse - Permaculture Style

    I think I will go like below soon for winter greens etc. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Cattle Panel Greenhouse - Permaculture Style

    Started by China Connection‎, 12-02-2018 01:35 AM
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 150
    12-04-2018 04:35 PM Go to last post
  23. 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 03:44 PM
    • Replies: 38
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    02-22-2018 05:01 PM Go to last post
  24. Pests/Ctrl

    Chicken Moat

    I am considering building a new garden complete surrounded by a chicken run, as a 'chicken moat' it seems to be called. Has anyone here built one of these?

    Started by phloydius‎, 08-10-2017 01:37 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    08-13-2017 01:20 PM Go to last post
  25. Seed


    I planted cilantro for the first time this year. It grew beautifully. It has now gone to seed. I am harvesting the seed. Has anyone harvested it before? I'm not sure how much to save for planting next year or save for grinding.

    Started by SusieSunshine‎, 05-18-2018 11:46 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    05-18-2018 01:34 PM Go to last post
  26. Compost

    Composting: Farming Microbes for Soil Health

    Composting: Farming Microbes for Soil Health About an hour GMS Working Group on Agriculture

    Started by China Connection‎, 12-07-2018 07:08 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 43
    12-07-2018 07:08 PM Go to last post
  27. Soil

    Could use some advice from experienced gardeners.

    This last spring, with the help of some family, I put together a nice container garden composed of 60 half-barrels from the white plastic 30 gallon barrels. Anyway, I used the wrong type of dirt to fill them and this year's garden has been a total bust. I don't mind a learning experience, but...

    Started by Martinhouse‎, 08-04-2018 06:57 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    08-19-2018 06:07 PM Go to last post
  28. Hydropon

    Daily hydroponic lettuce for a family.

    The first type of Hydroponic system we will discuss is non-circulting fixed position tank culture as demonstrated by Dr Kratky of Hilo, Hawaii. Professor of Horticulture University Hawaii. You can find several of his personal videos on youtube. You can also find a lot of poorly designed "kratky"...

    Started by Stanb999‎, 08-07-2017 10:41 AM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 747
    08-11-2017 02:17 PM Go to last post
  29. Planting

    Direct Seeding Collards

    Have any of you tried to direct seed collards in the garden? How do you do it? I tried starting some in seed starting pots and it didn't work. They got leggy and died. I always end up buying plants but I sure would like to grow my own from seed. It's August 1st so I think I still have...

    Started by Rabbit‎, 08-01-2017 11:46 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    08-03-2017 01:44 PM Go to last post

    Do you have Back To Eden Garden disorder?

    If you do, it causes you to go into your neighbor's yard (with permission) and gather up all of the downed branches so that you can chip them up and put them on your garden and around trees.

    Started by changed‎, 01-28-2012 07:08 PM
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    01-31-2012 10:23 AM Go to last post
  31. Permacul

    Duckweed Harvesting & Fish Feeding - Autopot Aquaponics

    Duckweed Harvesting & Fish Feeding - Autopot Aquaponics on Feb 3, 2012 Harvesting and feeding duckweed to Jade Perch - Autopot Aquaponics ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Started by China Connection‎, 08-05-2017 08:02 AM
    • Replies: 0
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    08-05-2017 08:02 AM 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 08:21 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    10-25-2017 03:11 PM Go to last post
  33. Planting

    Earth/Grow Boxes

    For those of you who have them: Are they worth the effort to make them? Do they really increase the yields or are they just a time saving device? Thanks in advance for your replies!

    Started by Pinecone‎, 04-22-2018 02:11 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    04-24-2018 06:08 PM Go to last post
  34. 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 04:50 PM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 590
    10-04-2017 02:59 PM Go to last post
  35. Veg

    Fall Garden 2018 What Are You Growing Pics

    I finally got my Fall Garden in. It rained way too much from August, til now. I planted some bedding plants, 5-6 packs. The rest of the rows are seed planted. So far, cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, Napa cabbage, and broccoli. The seeds are celery, lettuce, collard greens, and carrots. Just as the...

    Started by Txkstew‎, 11-01-2018 09:04 PM
    • Replies: 19
    • Views: 303
    12-01-2018 01:09 PM Go to last post
  36. 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 08:49 AM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 447
    11-04-2017 11:28 AM Go to last post
  37. Veg

    Favorite tomato variety?

    I planted some tomato varieties from seed this summer that I had not tried before and am wondering what tomatoes you prefer. My favorite, by far, is a Russian tomato, "Paul Robeson." I found the fruit to be prolific, of a good size and the taste absolutely wonderful. It is very dark red with a...

    Started by Littlesister‎, 08-17-2017 01:32 PM
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 2,028
    09-16-2017 12:15 PM Go to last post
  38. 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 10:17 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 458
    02-03-2018 11:13 AM Go to last post
  39. Help

    Fertilizer help needed

    I have several different plants that I should fertilize. They are different types. Do each require different N-P-K ratio? The products I have looked at all have varying ratios for the same plant. I am so confused. I'd like to use just 1 if it is possible.

    Started by SusieSunshine‎, 05-18-2018 01:28 PM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 478
    05-19-2018 10:12 AM Go to last post
  40. Fruit

    Fig tree

    I don't suppose there is anything I can do to keep the birds, wasps and squirrels out of my fig tree. My tree is loaded with figs but as soon as one starts to show any ripeness at all it's eaten. I love figs and it's been a battle for several years to get any from my tree.

    Started by Homestyle‎, 07-27-2017 06:01 PM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 906
    07-30-2017 08:33 PM Go to last post

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