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#61 notme!

 
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Posted 04 May 2013 - 10:54 AM

wow!  another northern magnolia tree!  i just asked my (trucker) husband if he ever saw *any* magnolia trees upstate - we both agreed we've never seen them north of virginia.  that is just impressive (or y'all have magic dirt lolz :D)

 

i think, of all the things we have grown, beets surprised me the most.  i have to be careful when we harvest them because as i am roasting them and peeling them, i eat every other one.  they are that sweet and delicious.  (and completely unnerving the next day if you get my drift....! )  easy to grow and so very good when they're fresh.  i put the greens into salads and whatnot.  my lettuce is going under the beans as a cover crop and so it won't bolt so easily from getting too much sun?  still working on that.  (IH <still adjusting a little, had no trouble up north growing all kinds of greens - down here i'm still learning)  

 

sweet potatoes!  we tried potatoes last year that actually lived.  the year before we put them next to the tomatoes which is a no-no i found out - so, they did absolutely nothing in 2011.  2012 we left them in until we tilled last month (we kept checking them and they were still reaallllly small) we dug them up and they were not even edible.  too small, some were green, some started to re-grow, and some were rotting.  i'm going to give it a rest this year :)  i would love to hear how your sweet potatoes turn out :)

 

the carrots we grew last year (they looked so puny above ground!)  were hi-lar-i-ous !  they were huge and they looked like pants hahahaaa i'll see if i can find a photo of them :)

 

happy growing!


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 12:11 PM

Ooooh, a magnolia tree!  Sigh. I can barely grow cedars here!  LOL


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:44 AM

There are lots of magnolia trees here in Rochester, NY.  They do get hit by frost sometimes.  Then it looks like there have been dogs up there or something as the flowers go from yellow to brown.

 

I grew sweet potatoes last year too and they worked well, except that we ate them up way too fast.  I also ate the greens for months.  I really like them, but they wilt quickly so I don't think that you will ever be able to get them in stores.

 

I'm doing potatoes for the first time on a large scale this year.  Previously I've only done a few pounds.  I got 20 this year.  They are growing fast.  I need to add compost soon.


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#64 IrishHeart

 
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Posted 05 May 2013 - 01:53 PM

I am not sure why I just recalled  a few gardening quotes (but if you'll bear with this old English Prof. for one second, I'd like to share ) :D

 

"My Garden, like my Life, seems to me every Year to want Correction and require attention."

---Alexander Pope, 1736.

 

but of course, this one is also lovely and was part of my Dad's eulogy that I wrote  and delivered

(master gardener that he was! :) )

 

"..the kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,–
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth".
--Dorothy Frances Gurney 
 
It's going to be difficult to leave these garden beds in November as the majority of the the transplants
are from his garden sigh.

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#65 GottaSki

 
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Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:31 PM

 

I am not sure why I just recalled  a few gardening quotes (but if you'll bear with this old English Prof. for one second, I'd like to share ) :D

 

"My Garden, like my Life, seems to me every Year to want Correction and require attention."

---Alexander Pope, 1736.

 

but of course, this one is also lovely and was part of my Dad's eulogy that I wrote  and delivered

(master gardener that he was! :) )

 

"..the kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,–
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth".
--Dorothy Frances Gurney 
 
It's going to be difficult to leave these garden beds in November as the majority of the the transplants
are from his garden sigh.

 

 

Old - No

English Professor - Yes

Quotes - Rock!!!

 

Thanks Professor IH :)


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Health history since celiac diagnosis became too long -- moved to the "about me" section of my profile

My children and I all have multiple copies of the genes for Celiac Disease, along with large variety of symptoms/resolution gluten-free

Current tally from me, three kids and two grands: 4 diagnosed with Celiac Disease, 2 NCGS

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 09:09 PM

 

I am not sure why I just recalled  a few gardening quotes (but if you'll bear with this old English Prof. for one second, I'd like to share ) :D

 

"My Garden, like my Life, seems to me every Year to want Correction and require attention."

---Alexander Pope, 1736.

 

but of course, this one is also lovely and was part of my Dad's eulogy that I wrote  and delivered

(master gardener that he was! :) )

 

"..the kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,–
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth".
--Dorothy Frances Gurney 
 
It's going to be difficult to leave these garden beds in November as the majority of the the transplants
are from his garden sigh.

 

 

Always one of my Grammy's favorites. She spends time daily in her garden all spring, summer and fall.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:35 AM

Always one of my Grammy's favorites. She spends time daily in her garden all spring, summer and fall.

This was my Dad. (And his Dad, too.) 

He spent all day out there, patiently working, tanned and happy.

It's funny, but people knew my Dad's tomatoes (even if they never met him) as his plants were prolific and so, he shared buckets of them with everyone who in turn, shared them with their peeps.

When he died, someone's comment reached my mother via the "grapevine" as "Oh no! the nice tomato man is gone!"

:)  

 

He would have laughed his butt off over that one. I gave out tomato seed packets at his funeral.

His secret? good old cow poop.  :lol: And it works for my toms, too. 


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"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:35 AM

My kids were fascinated and a little disgusted when they first learned i was putting poop where their vegetable are supposed to grow.  LOL

 

We skipped spring and jumped to summer!  :D  Last week it snowed. Today it is supposed to hit 27C and break a 100 odd year old daytime high record. We actually have sunburns from this weekend!

 

Sigh, all this warmth has wakened my garden.  :)


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#69 GottaSki

 
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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:37 AM

do you have a good old cow nearby?

 

meanwhile here in sunny san diego we have had steady rain for over twelve hours -- awesome for this cool chasing gal and even better for my mini garden on the patio


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:49 AM

do you have a good old cow nearby?

 

yes, about 125 of them.! there's a.farm on the east side of the property .sometimes, they wander over....


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"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 07:03 AM

hmmm will have to go find a good old cow here -- they used to roam in the hills nearby -- God I am old -- there are 30 year old houses there now!

 

in santa barbara we did have cows over the back fence -- sadly those have moved a bit north last time i drove thru the old hood...to make room for mcmansions


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Health history since celiac diagnosis became too long -- moved to the "about me" section of my profile

My children and I all have multiple copies of the genes for Celiac Disease, along with large variety of symptoms/resolution gluten-free

Current tally from me, three kids and two grands: 4 diagnosed with Celiac Disease, 2 NCGS

Get PROPERLY tested BEFORE REMOVING GLUTEN.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:23 AM

 

 

It's going to be difficult to leave these garden beds in November as the majority of the the transplants
are from his garden sigh.

 

take them with you!  once i admired a plant in my brother's neighbor's garden and she dug it up for me.  i put it in a wine box and it flew home with me in my suitcase  :)  (we drank the wine first - that woulda been one drunk a$$ plant lolz)

 

my daughter is majoring in english lit, minoring in psych.  kind of cancels each other out lolz  JUST KIDDING!  :)  i seriously can't wait til she is done.  pretty sure she can do the rest for her masters Closer to Home!


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:43 AM

Having grown up on a cow farm, that has always been my Grammy's secret too! The first sign of spring is that the cows are moved out of the barn and we clean it. Then we spread everyone's gardens and all the fields.Then with the ground thawed deep enough we plow them all. We just use a tractor because all the gardens are huge.

 

My MIL's husband always brings mulch in the spring for on the gardens here and I knew as soon as I pulled up outside and he had the trailer outside that it was cow poop. I would know that smell anywhere. Some people (i.e. my husband) think I am absolutely insane, but it smells like home. :ph34r: We'll have beautiful corn!


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:03 AM

take them with you!  once i admired a plant in my brother's neighbor's garden and she dug it up for me.  

It's not practical ...as we will not be going directly from this house to that house. (long story) but yes, if had been easy, you bet

I would be taking most of them with me. That's how they all got here!  :lol:


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"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; Finally Diagnosed with Celiac  11/01/10.  Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
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Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:51 AM

For roses, i've heard that horse droppings are good for them.


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