Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Don on April 3, 2017 at 6:52am

My asparagus bed is some 30 years old.  Its production has been declining for about five seasons now, but it still provides enough for two from about May 20 to July 4, when I stop cutting.  This year I plan to replant about half of it, setting 15 new crowns.  

Comment by Don on April 3, 2017 at 6:35am

Grow lights are quite helpful, no doubt, but I have been starting plants successfully without grow lights for more than 30 years.  I have big, sunny windows facing the southeast.  These days I use an inexpensive indoor "greenhouse" that helps hold in moisture and warmth, but for many years I just placed the trays on the window sill, where they do just fine. 

You do have to harden off any started plants with some care outdoors as the transplanting time nears. I place my trays on a Garden Way carts that I can move into shelter overnight and when it rains. 

It is a little late now to start plants.  I garden in northern Vermont, where I still have three feet of snow on the garden.  I plant my squash, tomatoes, leeks, basil and so on generally in mid-March.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2017 at 12:49pm

I don't have the greenest thumb here so anyone else feel free to correct me or make additions to my advice.

Thomas, once your plants start to show, you need growing lights to give them a healthy start.  Fluorescent lights work fine.  Keep them as close to the top of the plants as practical to give them enough light.  

Before you transplant them outside, they should be acclimatized to the outdoors over several days to get them used to more light and wind.  At first put the containers outdoors in sheltered locations for several hours. Every day, put them outside in locations that have more sun, and for longer periods.

You can get them used to the wind indoors by using a fan if it's practical.

Comment by Thomas Murray on April 2, 2017 at 12:03pm

 Green Thumbers,

I can't find the answers to my questions on line or in gardening books so I'll ask here.

Is it necessary to have growing lights to start seeds?

I've checked the prices for some growing lights and they are expensive, or can I use regular florescence lights?

I am starting seeds indoors and then transplant them outside.

Comment by Daniel W on April 2, 2017 at 10:48am

I gave up growing asparagus, but there is one shoot out there now.

Randy thats fun, having a wild turkey there! 

We have a lot of owl hooting but so far none in the owl nesting box that I put up.

Sunny today.  Maybe plant onion seedlings.

Plums and peaches blooming now.  Lots of tiny insects seeking nectar.  No bees.  We will see if the native insects pollenize.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2017 at 7:43am

I'll look for asparagus when I go out today.  I may get some big enough to eat this year.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 2, 2017 at 7:27am

I discovered my first aspargus shoot yesterday!  And, as I write this, I'm seeing a wild turkey strolling across my lawn!!! Never before have I seen this! Surprise, especially since my closest woods is a half mile away. Wow.

Daniel, don't overdo it. (I'm one to talk.) The thought that keeps popping up is, when I die, it won't really matter--whatever "it" may be. Yesterday, I drove my truck down the road about a mile and dug up some perennials (daffodils, etc.) from a vacant lot (house burned down years ago).

Comment by Daniel W on April 1, 2017 at 11:27am

Randy if you want to weed some more strawberries, I have a patch too :-)

Comment by Daniel W on April 1, 2017 at 11:25am

I had a brush-pile at the back of the property that my neighbors keep complaining about, so I decided to work on clearing it.  Burning needs a special county permit.  Plus I worry about starting something unsafe.  Plus its' really wet so starting a fire is very difficult.  So I decided to haul it to the local yard waste composters.  I think it will need about 5 pickup truck trips.  It's bulky and packs best when cut up somewhat.  Plus my truck is small.  I did 2 loads already, which made a big impact.  Looks about 1/3 to 1/2 gone.

I worked outside in the chill and rain for several hours and got sick.  I don't recover as fast as before.  But I've been putting it off too long.  Will be glad when that's done then the neighbors can complain about something else.

Randy between you and me we have the overworking-old-man gardening situation cornered.  :-)

My potatoes started coming up.  I planted more of the onion seedlings last week.  A few more rows, then I'm done with kitchen garden planting until real warm weather comes.  Started hoeing the weeds between garlic rows, planted in the fall.  They look healthy but the soil is heavy with the rain so it's hard work.  Fava beans are growing now, planted seeds last month.  I can't decide if I have the ambition to start tomatoes and peppers inside this year.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 1, 2017 at 7:25am

We've had a lot of rain recently, and another 2" is predicted for next week. That puts the garden "on hold". I like to get lettuce, radishes, and peas out the first week in April. Won't happen.

My lawn tractor wouldn't start. I discovered the positive connection on the battery post was badly corroded. When I attempted to clean it, the wires fell off. I had to buy a new loop connector. I needed only one, but they come in packages of 17! Three bucks. What am I going to do with the other 16? Crazy.

But, after a couple of hours of work and a scraped bloody knuckle, I got it to work. And the yard is rolled--not recommended, but I do it anyway. Otherwise, I'm jolted to pieces when I mow. Ah, Springtime.


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