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Yamamoto Dendrobium nobile in Bloom. 3.20.18
Only one I have right now. I can get a better one tomorrow. (It's the doggie run.)
I've got some rhodies blooming already. Early for them too.
Washington State Dept of Agriculture (WSDA) plans to collect unwanted agricultural and commercial-grade pesticides in Eastern Washington this spring.
To participate, contact WSDA by Feb. 27 at firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) or call the agency at (360) 902-2056. The collection dates and locations will be set later, based on the response we get. WSDA works with a contracted hazardous waste company to package the pesticides for safe, legal transportation and disposal.
“We encourage farms, businesses, residents and landowners to check their property and buildings to look for pesticides no longer used or wanted,” said Joe Hoffman, coordinator of pesticide collection. “Proper disposal prevents expensive cleanup, protects public health and helps growers seeking Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP, certification.”
Visit www.agr.wa.gov/wastepesticide for information about the WSDA Waste Pesticide Program.
Randy, I'm jealous of you and Daniel. The way to get rid of that jealousy is to get off my asstiblule and find an acre or two of land I can afford even if it's in a cold climate.
Joan, I plant most things later than earlier. It appears they more than make-up for the lost time, because they are warmer.
However, I do try to plant peas very early. They've always done well no matter how cold it gets (within reason).
Randy, your pot of vegetables with you roast sounds so yummy. I can almost smell it.
A couple of comments ago you said you have trouble with planting too early. I learned 40+ years ago, don't even think of seeds into the ground before June 1. One year our last hard freeze that killed all seedling was June 16. Wonder what it will be this year?
I do try starting peas early and just plan on restarting them until the weather finally makes up its mind if it is spring, not winter.
And speaking of parsnips and carrots--onions, potatoes, and garlic: I added them to a slow cooker with a large roast. I could smell it all day and tore into it like a ravenous wolf at suppertime.
What a tremendous pleasure it is to dig into the freezer or take something out of a bucket or off the shelf that I placed there last summer or fall. My list is endless, seemingly--berries, sauces, dehydrated tomatoes, etc. etc. Who says gardening ends in the winter?
Barbara, I just store my sweet potatoes and squash on shelves in the cool (55 deg) basement. I do put parsnips and carrots and beets in my fruit cellar in buckets of sand, where it's as cold as freezing.
Ahhh, progress! Both trees and all berry bushes have many new buds and leaves in just a couple of weeks. I'm taking that to mean they are alive and growing. I feel like I should start a 'baby book' to track their progress. :)
Wow, another learning example for me - different sizes, shapes and colors because they are hybrid! And I thought they just woldn't germinate. Well, that should be fun! And if I keep saving seeds and planting them will I eventually arrive at a stable variety, weird that it may be? (I never finished the book on seed saving (';') )
I prefer sweet potato pie over pumpkin - have never tried other squash as a pie. Butternut squash baked and drizzled with a bit of honey is like having a veggie and desert combined. :)
Since you produced so many how do you store them? In sand?
Did I mention that I made a squash (acorn) pie the other day? I had a bumper crop of squashes (a variety), and can't eat them fast enough. For some reason I'm not a pumpkin pie fan, so I make either sweet potato or squash pies--although this was my first attempt at the latter.
I've planted seeds I've saved from squash. The results can be spectacular--or a total failure. By the former, I mean squash can come out in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Hybrids are crazy!
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