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Re: 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.


-----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

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


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