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(Fark)   Thou shalt not kill, except for those damn slugs. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's flowers. Or his ass. Thou shalt not plant Zone 9 plants in Zone 4. This is your Fark Gardening Thread for Tuesday January 25, 2022   (fark.com) divider line
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2022-01-24 4:43:28 PM  
I promise you, I have never once coveted my neighbor's hairy ass.  How are things going in Gardening World?
 
2022-01-24 4:49:50 PM  
Don't even get me started on planting different crops in the same field.
 
2022-01-24 4:50:41 PM  
shhh... (put vodka in with the paperwhites)
 
2022-01-24 4:55:19 PM  
Begun my slug wars have. I'm releasing my duck army into the garden area this week.
 
2022-01-24 4:59:19 PM  
My seed order arrived today!

I'm going to plant the onion seeds in a couple of weeks. I also have a couple of trays of lettuce going in the cellar under some lights. And I figured out a way to make frozen green beans palatable after cooking so I will look for some small, thin bush beans to grow this summer and freeze them throughout the season.

It's definitely January out, and I'm not expecting to be out in the garden again until March.
 
2022-01-24 5:47:09 PM  
My seeds have crossed the border into Canadiana!!  11:26am today.

Feb starting is still on track.
 
2022-01-24 5:48:00 PM  
Got some Baker Creek seeds from the local feed store.  Started lettuce in the aerogarden.  Chard and eggplant will go in potting soil in the next 2 weeks.  I hope I can transplant the chard out to the covered bed around the Ides of March.  I'll do succession seeding then too.

I also did some more calibrating of my moisture sensors, with some real dirt that I managed to scrape off the beds last week when it got above freezing and the top 1" thawed.  The whole automated watering scheme is looking promising, and I think I can start writing code in earnest and doing a full wiring diagram.

In March I'll start cutting pipe and pulling wires.  I've got pretty much everything I need for my workbench - soldering iron, breadboards, jumper cables, several reels of cable, wiring blocks, resistor kit, ICs.  Need to order 2 more relay blocks and quite a few additional sensors and solenoid valves.  I also need 2 more rain barrels.

I need to put some vertical plywood in the garage where I can mount the wiring blocks, and then a shelf that will hold the Raspberry Pi and breadboards.  I'll make it big enough that I can put a keyboard and monitor out there in case I need to do some serious diagnostics that are hard to do when it's running as a headless server.
 
2022-01-24 6:32:16 PM  
I got out the Big Ol' Box O' Seeds and spread them all over the kitchen table.  I need to take stock of what I have and then order more when I get paid in a couple of days.
 
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2022-01-24 6:38:38 PM  
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2022-01-24 6:40:54 PM  
Also giving the house plants some haircuts.  If anyone needs cuttings, let me know!
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2022-01-24 11:53:23 PM  
I can't WAIT to start planting, but it's still snowing and I have to be patient.
My only early plants are artichokes. They have a worse sense of time than I do, so if I get them growing now, by late summer they're tricked into believing it is their second season and they will bloom.
Beautiful, delicious, gullible artichokes!
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2022-01-25 7:14:03 AM  
For those in the SE US, there is a nice seed source in https://www.southernexposure.com/  I used to order from Baker Creek, the seeds were fine, but the earnest pictures of home school-looking children in the seed catalog freaked me out.

I gotta go through my current seeds to see what I need this year.  Well, 'need' is subjective.
 
2022-01-25 7:15:38 AM  
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2022-01-25 7:17:48 AM  
 
2022-01-25 7:35:12 AM  
 This year I'll be making a concerted effort to reduce the slug population in my location. They've always been a problem here but last year was the worst ever.
 
2022-01-25 7:36:34 AM  

UngaBeat: shhh... (put vodka in with the paperwhites)


I have been trying to find paperwhites for the last two years without luck. Not a real search;  I just look whenever I am in Walmart.


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I saw that and hoped Dunkin was selling donut seeds.
 
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2022-01-25 7:38:14 AM  
Won't deny, had a comely neighbor, coveted her ass.  But knew better than to cause drama in the apartment complex that I lived in.
 
2022-01-25 7:41:03 AM  
250 pounds of beets. I don't think I like em, but that's how much I picked last Sunday for the food bank farm. Group got close to 6000 pounds.
I'm still achy and this is maybe 1/20th of the field. Sorry, subby, I got nothing.
 
2022-01-25 7:46:32 AM  

CatRevenge: For those in the SE US, there is a nice seed source in https://www.southernexposure.com/  I used to order from Baker Creek, the seeds were fine, but the earnest pictures of home school-looking children in the seed catalog freaked me out.

I gotta go through my current seeds to see what I need this year.  Well, 'need' is subjective.


Thanks!

I plan on transplanting my strawberries from my green house to my front porch railings and spread some lettuce around them. It's been too cold and I'm antsy and impatient.

I can buy some seeds and wait.
 
2022-01-25 8:00:56 AM  
Trolling, but warm thoughts help.
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2022-01-25 8:03:20 AM  
Oy, To dream, perchance to garden...
All I can do at the moment is look at the seed catalogs and wish, fully knowing I can't plant anything (peas, maybe lettuce and spinach) till about St Patricks day. We're in the process of turning our backyard into an oasis for birds and butterflies but only utilizing native plants that thrive here in Indiana. Our exceptions are a few Concord grape vines I am praying took hold over the winter and Rutgers tomatoes IF I can find them at a local greenhouse this year.
I want to go back to starting from seeds for my veggies but haven't the space indoors while we continue to renovate.
I really want to get the grapes going, Concord grapes make the best jam, and the absolutely best pie in the world. You can't buy them locally, at least I haven't found them yet, and my only other source has dried up due to drama best left to the POL tab.
//Patiently I wait
//Until Aprils sun awakes
//and tulips greet me
 
2022-01-25 8:10:19 AM  

Wine Sipping Elitist: CatRevenge: For those in the SE US, there is a nice seed source in https://www.southernexposure.com/  I used to order from Baker Creek, the seeds were fine, but the earnest pictures of home school-looking children in the seed catalog freaked me out.

I gotta go through my current seeds to see what I need this year.  Well, 'need' is subjective.

Thanks!

I plan on transplanting my strawberries from my green house to my front porch railings and spread some lettuce around them. It's been too cold and I'm antsy and impatient.

I can buy some seeds and wait.


My Strawberries are trying to take over the world, so they are getting yoinked out of the beds and put in strawberry pots this year.  I might order a bare root rose this year to put by my veggies.  I'm not really a rose person but the Graham Thomas is yummy.  I need to find a garden planner tool I think. So I remember my plans lol.
 
2022-01-25 8:15:52 AM  
The ground remains frozen and the tarp over the garden remains in place. I should go out and check it today after work.
 
2022-01-25 8:16:21 AM  
I decided to setup my garden so when all those people who don't vaccinate and get infected start rising up I'd have good defenses.

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2022-01-25 8:52:43 AM  
My house is surrounded on 2 sides by woods. It's beautiful, but we have waged a constant war against critters and insects. If you spend more than an hour in my basement, at some point you will see a slug casually moping by. I've never found out how they get in, or even where they go, cause we've never seen a colony or any dead ones. We've even had a couple exterminators look into it. Nothing, no answers. Apparently they come in, hang out, and leave.
 
2022-01-25 9:00:30 AM  
Community garden bed is full of beautiful lettuce, spinach, radishes, and carrots. The bok choy I planted bolted almost immediately but the bees like the flowers so much I am going to leave them be until I need the space.
 
2022-01-25 9:00:36 AM  
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No one likes me in their garden....
 
2022-01-25 9:02:23 AM  
I got a few of my zone 9 potted plants overwintering in the den now.  It's not going well.  Unfortunately, it doesn't rain often enough in my den.
 
2022-01-25 9:09:06 AM  
At last a chance to ask a zone question!  I live in zone 11 -- does that mean plants listed for zone 9 won't grow here?  Are the zones about summer heat or just winter cold?  Somebody tell me!!!!!
 
2022-01-25 9:20:55 AM  
Even though it's -17C here and I have 1.5m of snow over my garden now...with slugs in mind I've saved my egg shells, washed and left them in a container to dry out.  Over a month or so I've got a nice collection so that when I crush them up I can sprinkle them around the base of the plants directly.

Hostas did pretty well when I gave them that protection.  And it was easier than diatomist (?) soil as a deterrent.

I have two teenage sons as well as myself and we go through a lot of eggs so it's easy here.
 
2022-01-25 9:25:25 AM  

TwilightZone: At last a chance to ask a zone question!  I live in zone 11 -- does that mean plants listed for zone 9 won't grow here?  Are the zones about summer heat or just winter cold?  Somebody tell me!!!!!


Higher zones encompass lower zones.
To a limit.    Plants that need a winter hibernation  won't do well in constant tropics.

Grow whatever you like!   It should do spectacularly!
 
2022-01-25 9:45:46 AM  

Pasnute: TwilightZone: At last a chance to ask a zone question!  I live in zone 11 -- does that mean plants listed for zone 9 won't grow here?  Are the zones about summer heat or just winter cold?  Somebody tell me!!!!!

Higher zones encompass lower zones.
To a limit.    Plants that need a winter hibernation  won't do well in constant tropics.

Grow whatever you like!   It should do spectacularly!


Thanks.
 
2022-01-25 9:53:11 AM  

TwilightZone: Pasnute: TwilightZone: At last a chance to ask a zone question!  I live in zone 11 -- does that mean plants listed for zone 9 won't grow here?  Are the zones about summer heat or just winter cold?  Somebody tell me!!!!!

Higher zones encompass lower zones.
To a limit.    Plants that need a winter hibernation  won't do well in constant tropics.

Grow whatever you like!   It should do spectacularly!

Thanks.


Be sure to take and share pics :D
 
2022-01-25 10:02:10 AM  
For all you folks with slug and snail problems, I highly recommend Sluggo:

https://www.amazon.com/Monterey-LG6500-Sluggo-Snail-Killer/dp/B000BWZ89K

Won't harm pets, decomposes after several waterings, very effective.
 
2022-01-25 10:21:56 AM  
Reminding me that not everything fun happens outside, this happened today:
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2022-01-25 10:33:28 AM  
It's finally getting sunnier after I get home from work, so I'm going to clear out the clutter from the balcony and start some early salad bits and maybe peas.

I got a total of 3 potatoes last year from a couple of trader joe's spuds. Going to try for actual seed potatoes this year.
 
2022-01-25 10:44:27 AM  

vilesithknight: My house is surrounded on 2 sides by woods. It's beautiful, but we have waged a constant war against critters and insects. If you spend more than an hour in my basement, at some point you will see a slug casually moping by. I've never found out how they get in, or even where they go, cause we've never seen a colony or any dead ones. We've even had a couple exterminators look into it. Nothing, no answers. Apparently they come in, hang out, and leave.


I have a third story terrace in Germany, and it is full of slugs. I think they must live under the tiles and I hate the with a passion. The worst is when my partner moves a pot inside and I find them in the apartment. So icky!!
Back to your plants. Sorry, I just feel strongly about this.
 
2022-01-25 11:06:02 AM  
Some of my tulips are already sticking out a few inches. Just got all my seeds last week. Sowing season starts earlier every year. Go global warming.

/I keed
//But it's true, we get warmer earlier
///PNW will soon be the new So Cal
 
2022-01-25 11:13:07 AM  

Manic Depressive Mouse: vilesithknight: My house is surrounded on 2 sides by woods. It's beautiful, but we have waged a constant war against critters and insects. If you spend more than an hour in my basement, at some point you will see a slug casually moping by. I've never found out how they get in, or even where they go, cause we've never seen a colony or any dead ones. We've even had a couple exterminators look into it. Nothing, no answers. Apparently they come in, hang out, and leave.

I have a third story terrace in Germany, and it is full of slugs. I think they must live under the tiles and I hate the with a passion. The worst is when my partner moves a pot inside and I find them in the apartment. So icky!!
Back to your plants. Sorry, I just feel strongly about this.


No need for sorry, we're on the same page lol.
 
2022-01-25 11:13:13 AM  
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2022-01-25 11:21:07 AM  

TwilightZone: At last a chance to ask a zone question!  I live in zone 11 -- does that mean plants listed for zone 9 won't grow here?  Are the zones about summer heat or just winter cold?  Somebody tell me!!!!!


The USDA definition of the zones is specifically about minimum winter temperatures.  https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/  Lower numbers are colder climates.

Zones are especially important for trees and other perennials - you can't leave an orange tree outside in Alaska and expect it to survive.

But they aren't much use for annuals like most greens and vegetables.  For those things, you need to pay attention to frost dates and to how long of a growing season you need.  You can grow lettuce in Minnesota just fine, but you have to plant it later than you would if you lived in Tennessee.
 
2022-01-25 12:25:03 PM  
You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think.
-Dorothy Parker
 
2022-01-25 5:30:59 PM  
Seeds which have already sprouted (from either Strictly Medicinal or Pinetree) -
Ballota nigra - black hoarhound
heuchera richarsonii
malva sylvestris zebrina
ipomea quamoclit - canary creeper
rheum palmatum tanguticum - decorative rhubarb
rumex acetosa
valerian officianalis
lupine perrenis - wild lupins
statice
echinacea bravado
antirhinum black prince - snapdragons
aconite charmichaelii
I'll start the annuals in February.
 
2022-01-25 5:40:53 PM  
My seeds have been delivered!
 
2022-01-25 9:09:15 PM  
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Well, I had told myself that I wouldn't buy any more air plants for a while, but 1) went to local old school nursery and they just got back from Florida, where they stock up from time to time and 2) needed a break from emptying my parents house.

First one is the biggest witches claw I'd ever seen, and the second is the high quality Spanish moss that I didn't have any of

Will hang both from the ceiling in out dining room
 
2022-01-25 9:10:58 PM  
If you're ever down in the Santa Fe, TX area, check out Jimbo's Nursery.  Been there nearly 50 years, has a real hippie vibe.  And the largest selection of tillandsia I've ever seen
 
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