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Re: Are we ready?


There are zillions outside so a few get into the house. When they do, I do my best to catch them and throw them out. In reality, however, we don't run a very tight ship.




On Mar 20, 2006, at 5:52 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

Do you have anoles in the house? You couldn't, could you, with cats? I don't
have any "eeewww" problems with lizards but having them loose inside would
give me a couple heart attacks a day. OTOH, I could stop worrying about
having those little episodes where you think you just saw something move out
of the corner of your eye - I'd know I saw something.
I wouldn't mind my own avocado tree at all. And mangos. Oh yeah.
I suspect most places have many charms to offer (okay, here we only have a
few). I liked the green in Minnesota, but not the mosquitos. I liked the
Texas hill country quite a bit. I liked the heat in Atlanta but not the
humidity. I like the desert sunsets, the open spaces, and the dry heat; I am
getting to hate the wind, and I'm not too fond of winter here. Haven't lived
next to the ocean since I was very young, but here in California I'd have to
win several lotteries to be able to afford that.
And I am pretty sure I'd go nuts living somewhere that's cloudy for long
stretches. Last winter with all its rain was very frustrating and now, every
weekend for a month it's been overcast, I'm ready for a break.

Cyndi

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of james singer
Sent: Monday, March 20, 2006 12:33 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Are we ready?

As long as one encourages the anoles to thrive, bugs are no problem,
Cyndi. In the last 10 years, we've had only one cucuracha sneak past
the anole brigade and get into the house--and an ever-vigilant cat got
it. The anoles do an amazing job on mosquitos, too, considering this
place is mostly swamp beyond the interstate and behind the developers'
signs.

That said, the desert has a great charm completely missing in the
subtropics. Raising sheep here, for instance, is out of the question
[foot rot]. And forget any low-chill crop, such as apples or peaches.
On the other hand, the minimal temperature swings are conducive to many
premium-market fruits--such as avocados, citrus, mangos--and nearly
year-round vegetable crops.

On Mar 20, 2006, at 2:31 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

I'm not sure why field corn. Just a "let's try it", I guess - we'll
grind
some if it turns out, but we don't eat much starchy stuff. Maybe he
remembers the farm his parents used to own - he was pretty little when
they
sold it.
I had a harder time than I expected tracking down what he wants. Field
corn
equates to flint corn, or dent corn, as far as I can tell. Most of
what's
sold in sizes for home gardeners is for ornamental use. He doesn't
want red
or pink or any color but yellow. So far I can only find a couple
places that
look like what he wants. I told him let's just buy a sack of feed corn
and
try sprouting it, might work just fine. We can feed the rest to the
sheep.
I'm sure tired of being cold. Florida's starting to sound pretty good.
Too
bad about all those bugs.

Cyndi


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf
Of james singer
Sent: Monday, March 20, 2006 11:03 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Are we ready?

Your weekend sounded great, Cyndi. Why does DH want to grow field corn?
Make his own cornmeal? I did that once; good part is you can store it
nearly forever on the cob and grind it only as you need it--so you can
grow 2 or 3 year's worth at one time.

We just planted our second crop of tomatoes this weekend. The first
crop--a variety called "Window Box Roma"--was really much better than
expected. Mature plants were about 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high.
Determinant producers, they each produced 3 to 4 dozen fruits over a 3
week period. We'll definitely do those for our early crop again next
year.

On Mar 20, 2006, at 12:09 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

The weekend here was cold, windy, and mixed with a few sprinkles, my
least
favorite weather, but we did get some things done. First up was to
clean out
the sheep pens and start mixing the ewes. When they lamb they get
their own
space but after a week or so everyone goes back together. Anyway it
produced
about 10 wheelbarrows full of spoiled hay and sheep poop for the
garden. The
five lambs are very bouncy.
Husband got out the rototiller and did all fourteen beds. I planted my
onions and peas, figured since it's still freezing at night it was a
little
too cold for anything else just yet. I bought a couple bags of that
corn
gluten meal earlier so I spread some of that on half the onion bed.
We'll
see how that works in controlling weeds.
I did say I was cutting back the veg garden this year and I really am.
But
DH wants to grow "field corn" so he is getting four beds of his own.
We'll
see how that goes.
Then I filled up the dumpster again with trimmings from the Banks rose
we
cut down over the winter. There's quite a lot left. Unfortunately we
had
trained it on a wood trellis against the chicken coop and the trellis
was
disintegrating. There was no way to tie the thing out of the way so it
had
to go. I have been hoping to see new sprouts at the base but nothing
so far;
it is protected by some chicken wire so if it does resprout at least
they
won't get eaten immediately.
Tomatoes sprouted in the greenhouse last week, all except for Super
Roma and
Persimmon. I bought both those from Tomatofest, I hope this isn't an
ominous
sign. Only a few peppers are up but it takes them longer. My bay tree
that I
fried is starting to sprout again from many of the branches, so I'm
encouraged that it will recover eventually.
I am a little pessimistic about getting fruit this year since many of
the
trees were in bloom when we had the snow and the hard freeze. Wait and
see.
I didn't do anything in front except order a few plants, and I made
lists of
the plants I want for the dry garden which still has a lot of empty
space.
And lists for plants to grow along the back fence, they have to be
very very
drought tolerant. How I'm going to keep the sheep from eating them is
another problem. I'm hoping to get in a trip to Theodore Payne nursery
this
week, they seem to have most of what I want. I'm going to try sambucus
mexicana, an elderberry, if I can find one - I saw one growing halfway
up a
canyon only a couple miles from my house, so I figure it's worth the
attempt. Atriplex canescens and atriplex polycarpa, both are
saltbushes, are
on the list, and prosopis (mesquite) if I can find it.

Cyndi


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf
Of Donna
Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2006 3:50 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Are we ready?

The first day of spring is just around the corner, are you ready? What
happened to us exercising so we don't have the trauma of muscles
rebelling
as we clean up the gardens? :)

I had an unexpected weekend off, so today we had choices- do we go to
the
Garden show at Navy Pier, continue on cleaning out the basement, or go
outside and do something...

The garden won, since it was a nice day here.

I will probably be looking for more trees this year, as I FINALLY
pruned
them- and I am the worst pruner in the world. My trees are a bit bare
now,
but at least we will not be running into the branches while mowing
anymore
(well I won't be anyways). I think I got carried away after starting -
which
took forever trying to decide which ones to take out.

Then on to the roses, bushes, and everything else I didn't get to last
fall.
Did notice some of the trees were thinking about budding, but I pruned
anyways. Also took out a huge part of the trumpet vine that was going
the
wrong way since I wasn't around to train it last year. Hopefully I
didn't
kill it.

As I was cleaning up the pond, since obviously DH didn't get all the
plant
remains out last fall, did notice the lilies are already starting to
grow.
Seems early.

The animals (assuming rabbits since that is what I saw) have already
done
some pruning throughout the yard, may have to start a coffee can
design. And
dang nab it, someone cut off the clematis again-- lotsa of vines on
the
fence and this one foot of nothing then the ground... sigh... fought
getting
them off the fence since obviously they are not going to grow since
nothing
reaches the ground.

I left most of the ground/plant cover there as I felt we are still
going to
get some weather and they will need it. But the daylilies were already
peeking out! Got some other things growing all over and I can't for
the life
of me remember planting anything like it. But last year was lost
between
train convention meetings and working enormous hours...there was no
gardening done here by me so... who knows what Pat planted...need to
call
her!

Only got about half of the gardens done, but maybe I will still be
able to
walk tomorrow - LOL!

Donna

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Southwest Florida
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