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Comment by kathy: ky on January 21, 2015 at 2:47pm
I like the moon photos Joan. Illusion and all. It reminds me of when I was a child and we would play hide and seek by moonlight. My gmother, and her new family, lived beside the largest cemetery in this county. Acres of paved lanes and massive old headstones. Even a few above ground crypts fenced in with the old three feet high black wrought iron. There would be almost a dozen of us out there. I don't ever remember being afraid. I still love old cemeteries.
Comment by Idaho Spud on January 21, 2015 at 2:35pm

Playing with the moon.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2015 at 2:28pm

As to the onion, obviously a perspective illusion. Fun! Are they not?!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2015 at 2:17pm

Keeping Mosquitoes out of your Rain Barrels

Isn't it amazing how many articles pop up after posting one piece? It is almost as though there were a traffic cop on the internet directing traffic toward a comment posted. Oh! there is!

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on January 21, 2015 at 12:02pm

Last few days have been extreme VFR weather and 65F... but today it's back to winter. Bah!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 21, 2015 at 10:06am

All the new tubers were showing at the top of the compost, or just below the top.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 21, 2015 at 10:04am

Yes Kathy, that dark tuber is the one I got from the grocery store.  My memory isn't clear, but it seems like it was smaller than that when I planted it.  I soaked it in water for a day or two to see if I could get rid of any anti-sprouting chemical on it.

I planted it about 9 inches deep in the compost, which I found-out is too deep.  It looks like they should be planted with the top just showing above the compost.

It took one month for the first two sprouts to show.  They grew at  2.2 inches per day and reached a height of 33 inches.  Three more sprouts showed a month later,  And three more at about one per month.

I cut the still green plants off yesterday, at 5 months, and dug-out the tubers in the picture.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 21, 2015 at 9:31am

Joan, that picture must be an optical illusion.  The onion appears to be as large as the man, but it weighs less than 19 lb.  The camera must be very close to the onion.  When I thought it was as big as him, I didn't believe it.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 21, 2015 at 7:55am

Re rain barrels: I try to keep them covered in dry times. I also use a couple drops of motor oil which coats the surface. I'm hoping that small amount doesn't damage the garden.

Barbara, I'm blown away by your industriousness! You're an inspiration.                                                                               Spud, your ginger tubers are awesome! Bet you're glad to have your bathtub back. I've started radishes in the basement.

We're over the hump as far as temperatures are concerned. From now on, the average highs increase daily! Hurray!


Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2015 at 5:28am

Barbara, I share your concern about standing water, too. 

I use fine screen over buckets or barrels. Here are some ideas:

Rain barrels with screen


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