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May 1st ,2022 , week one

HU-422368488
9 months ago
last modified: 9 months ago

Well somebody needs to start this week's thread . Alright , I'll do it.

It's May now. All things warm season can be put in now. I won't talk about cool season stuff , that should have already been in by now.

I got corn , beans planted along with tomatoes ,peppers, squash , cukes , egg plant.

Next up is okra as soon as it dries from this next round of storms. And cowpeas .

I'll start to put in pole beans when the corn gets up a little higher for a 3 sisters sort of thing along with some winter squash. Thinkin about a few melons...maybe.

It's already starting to get a little wet over east . The last forecast I heard over there was 3 inches of rain this week. That's too much unless it's over western ok where they really need it.

When the Okmulgee garden fills on out and looks pretty with rows all the way across on a bright sunny day , I'll try to post some more pics of it ,...maybe even try to pull off a vid.

Hopefully the weather won't screw it all up....again.

Rick

Comments (67)

  • hazelinok
    9 months ago

    Nancy, I've not seen your property in person, but I think it's SO lovely (from pics). I'm a tree person, though. My friend and I used to talk about our perfect landscape. Mine has always been a little clearing in the forest with a cottage and garden and stream. (Hers was rolling hills dotted with trees here and there.)


    But, we land where we land and hopefully bloom where we're planted.


    All of you are inspirations.


    The storms came through and are gone now. It got dark--really dark. The wind was insane (we'll have a few minor repairs to tend to). Ethan believes he saw a funnel just to our east. I was an idiot (like always when it comes to storms) and was cooking. Thai Red Curry. It was tasty. The power went off very briefly in the middle of it.


    We are not dry any longer.

    The only plants damage that I could see from tonight was to a couple of potato plants.


    My daughter and son-in-law are in Costa Rica. They had a storm too and are without power.


    I'm itching to get the flowers and peppers and eggplants and tomatillos and sweet potatoes planted out.


    My little Lulu is hanging in there. I just wonder if she's simply geriatric. Yesterday and today, I brought her indoors and fed her a bit of whole, organic yogurt and some watered down kombucha. I do feel bad because she's in the old coop and the rain came through the vents and got her a little wet. I don't want her to be cold and uncomfortable.


    Two more hens are acting off. They don't really have the signs of bird flu, other than lack of appetite. These are all June 2017 babies. They all got yogurt and watered down kombucha tonight. If they're just geriatric and don't want to eat as much or run around as much, I'm fine with that. I just don't want them to be in pain.


    Happy to have the day off tomorrow. Probably won't do a lot of gardening, though. It's just too wet now. Lol.

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  • slowpoke_gardener
    9 months ago

    Nancy, Gardening small is great. Gardening small is sorta like paint a portrait, gardening like I do is like paint a house, you dont have to know anything to do like I do. I garden big because of my health, as my body started wearing out, I needed tools to help me do the things I wanted to do. I teamed up with my neighbor because he wanted my wildlife garden to grow veggies. I had been growing cover crops and had better soil. Growing cover/manure crops is easy, growing veggies is hard work.


    The wildlife garden is not mine anyway, it belongs to my daughter. I had a few acres cleared and started to work. I plan on having a beautiful building site there by the time I kick the bucket.


    Lynn, if you dont have a heavy tiller I doubt it would pull the type of hiller I had. I made an attachment for my Poulan Pro, but it is too light to pull it. My Troy Bult Horse was a 1981 model and weighed around 300 pounds.

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    9 months ago

    Nancy thank you.

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  • Lynn Dollar
    9 months ago

    What I suspected about the wind is confirmed by Oklahoma Mesonet on Twitter


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    Lost in the shuffle of yesterday's weather was a great stat from the OCS/Mesonet April press release April 2022 was the windiest April on a state-wide basis in the Mesonet era based on both avg wind speed (12.2 mph) and max wind speed (22.9). #okwx #okmesonet

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  • Lynn Dollar
    9 months ago

    Larry, I'll just keep using my landscape rake. Its the same rake they use on baseball diamonds between innings, to smooth out the infield. Gets the job done in my small garden, but its the hardest job of my gardening year.


    And here's why I do raised row. We got almost 2" of rain yesterday, and there's still water standing mid row in my garden this morning




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  • Lynn Dollar
    9 months ago

    More from Mesonet on Twitter


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    Here are a few departure from average maps showing just how widespread the windy conditions were in April. Climatologically, April is already our windiest month, so April 2022 really brought it. #okwx #okmesonet





  • hazelinok
    9 months ago

    I believe it, Lynn!


    It's chilly out there! I don't dislike that, though. It's nice to have some coolness ahead of upper 80's and low 90's coming up later this week.

    However, I don't really enjoy working out in the damp chilly. Later this afternoon, I'll get out and do some clean up.

    We have a full-blown Cousin Eddie situation coming in a little over a week (during the busiest week of my year. sigh) ANYWAY, we need to get the shop picked up because "Cousin Eddie" is coming. Hoping there's not a "sh&tter was full" situation. We don't even have a storm sewer to empty it in. Maybe we can get the thing plugged in and....hopefully it doesn't get stuck on our property. It is May after all...and flooding rain does happen. We'll probably have to put it on our gravel driveway and hope the driveway is long enough. Tom needs to order more gravel asap. Anyway...


    Maybe Thursday evening will be a good time to plant the peppers, eggplants and friends into the raised beds? I hope so! Looking so forward to it.


    Little Lulu died last night. It was cold and she was alone in the old coop and didn't have the heat from the others. When I checked on her before bed, she had her little head tucked under her wing. I miss her. She was so funny and fun to watch.


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    However, we all know that I love chicks and will probably not follow through with that plan. It's a nice plan, though.


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  • slowpoke_gardener
    9 months ago

    I need to go outside and do something, but it is so wet. I have plants that need to go into the ground, but they have been on the porch so long, they dont even remember what the sun looks like. Many of the plants need to go over in the over-flow area in the wildlife garden. The soil is not amended over there, and will be gooie muddy for ever, I hate working in something like that.

    If I had enough get up and go about me I would go work on some of this junk that I have, which always needs something repaired.


    Jen, thanks for posting about the egg in the hole, that may be why I cant grow anything. I have had several soil test, and they don't even put that line on my test. My soil tests most often say that I need a little nitrogen, and sometimes a little lime, but I just get the free test, you know, you get what you pay for.

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  • Nancy Waggoner
    9 months ago
    last modified: 9 months ago

    I was pretty excited for the cool weather today. And the ground was thoroughly saturated from 2" rain yesterday. This was perfect for pulling out the banner white aspen and elm "treelets." I am no longer quite as much in despair about them all. Also got tomatoes and peppers planted and 3 shrubs. . . along with much regular weeding. BUT I still have much weeding to do, and tearing out Bermuda. Sigh. Same old story.

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    I'm sorry about Lulu, too, HJ. Sad. . .

    Your garden looks great, Lynn! And Larry--I laughed at your painting metaphors for the gardens. I don't believe you for a minute, though--for one thing, you have to know a lot about equipment!

    Okay. . . I'm winding down. I expect we'll be in tomorrow and the next day with so much rain in the forecast. That's okay--I have a lot of stuff to do in the house.

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  • HU-422368488
    Original Author
    9 months ago
    last modified: 9 months ago

    Larry that's a lot of green you got there in them pics. Don't think I've ever seen grass glow as green as that.


    Lynn , those raised tomato rows looks like a good idea for these wet springs. I might try it next year.

    Rick

  • slowpoke_gardener
    9 months ago

    Rick, thanks, but it must be the lighting that makes everything green, plus the rain, it was lightly raining when I took the pictures. I think that I live in the Arkansas, Amazon rain forest, its raining again today.


    Lynn, the garden looks very nice, your tomatoes are so large, I doubt that I have one over a foot tall. I also have mine too close together. I planted 11 plants in a space I normally plant 7 or 8. I wanted to rotate my planting this year, but did not have enough space ready, and its been too muddy to get ground ready.


    I had another Dr. appointment today. I am getting sick and tired of being sick and tired.


    I wanted to clean around my blackberry plants in the north garden. I got the tools out of the shed and just put them on the back porch, and just came in the house. I saver some plants about 2 or 3 years ago to get starts from, and I just have a mess in the garden. I will let them produce, and if they dont do better than I expect them to I will just push them out with the tractor.




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  • HU-422368488
    Original Author
    9 months ago

    Sometimes the light hits just right on the green to make it glow.

    Rick


  • hazelinok
    9 months ago

    We've had 3 ticks in our house this year so far. Maybe Finn brought them in? Tom probably brought one in after hunting for morels with our neighbor in the woods.


    A black bird circled around me and sat on the roof and watched as I cleaned the old coop where Lulu died. I thought....really, Lulu? You came back as a black bird? She was a white leghorn.

    Do y'all remember Dawn saying that she would visit as a butterfly after death, instead of a bird? It was probably 4 years ago or so when we were discussing odd things like being visited by birds after loved ones had passed. Of course those of you who were at her funeral saw the very large monarch that floated around during the funeral and sitting on the ground like it was watching and listening.

    I forgot to tell y'all that a large butterfly "escorted" us out of the parking area at the SF. Did that happen to anyone else?


    I saw a video. A little deer had died behind a house. The people who lived in the house reviewed their security cam to see what had happened to the deer after finding it. This was a few years ago. The deer limped up to the view of the camera and collapsed. Within just seconds a weird white, deer shaped "mist" stood up from the dead deer, briefly looked around and bounded off and was gone into thin air. It was the oddest thing.

    That video has given me comfort when I think of the passing of animals and pets.


    No gardening today, other than I did put the propagated Dr. Wyche tomato into a cup of potting mix.

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  • hwy20gardener
    9 months ago

    Round 2 & 3 coming tomorrow and the next day. I may need to lay on some more nitrogen after all of this. I'm expecting to fully pay for getting out of yesterdays storms on the light side. Everything we planted last weekend is still there, so we've got a fighting chance.


    Absolutely not surprised by the mesonet wind stats. It's been hellacious and we aren't done just yet.


    Slow, my tomatoes are a bit smaller too compared to my usual, but I'm glad I waited until later to seed them this year. They just started to take off the last couple of days (prob temp/rain related) and I can tell they are about to put on major growth. We'll get there...plenty of time for tidying things up. I did something really similar on Sunday...grabbed my knife and twine, pruners and just sat back down and said, "not today...i'll get to it later". I was just done that day.

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  • slowpoke_gardener
    9 months ago

    My wife was telling me that we are to have more rain today and tonight, but even if it stopped tonight I would be lucky if I could get into the wildlife to work before Sat. or Sun. There is nothing important that I need to plant over there, but I do need to get rid of some of the plants on the porch. I still have room for 50 or 60 sweet potato plants in the south garden, by the time I get them in, plus okra, that garden will be full. I may be regretting letting the spinach go to seed, it is taking up needed space, I dont need the seeds, and with my luck it will be coming up like bernuda grass for years.


    My indoor/outdoor is showing 59 degrees, it looks windy and wet outside, but I need to try to get a few things done if the rain will hold off for a while.


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  • Rebecca (7a)
    9 months ago

    Nancy, which granular tick stuff did you get?

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  • Lynn Dollar
    9 months ago

    A fella I worked with 40 years ago, told me it was the lightning that made everything look green, said lightning supercharged the air with nitrogen and that changed the pigmentation in the plants. He was really into his lawn and liked how green his lawn became after a storm. IDK bout that, maybe ... maybe not.


    I'm not lookng to increase the numbers of tomato I produce, in fact, Mrs Dollar would like to see a few less as she gets worn slick with canning. But I'd like to grow the same number in a smaller space. Open up my garden for other veggies, maybe sweet corn, purple hulled peas, okra , etc.


    That's all if I survive the storms this evening. David Payne sort've hints that south OKC metro might be in the crosshairs. Getting hit by a tornado has maybe less odds of winning the lottery, but somebody will lose their house this evening. Hope its not mine. What a hassle that would be.

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  • hwy20gardener
    9 months ago

    Althea down, we've got an Althea down. Ground is mush, completely saturated and here comes another batch of storms all night. Anything that hasn't had time to root in is in for a rough ride.

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  • hazelinok
    9 months ago

    It's puddly out here. I haven't looked at the gardens much today. I left work early because a trip to the store was needed. Moore Public was letting kids out with excused absences, so I didn't want to be caught in something. Been there. Done that. May 20, 2013. That day, Tom left work early for some reason (not related to weather) and stopped by my work. That's when my phone started buzzing--neighbors wanting to know if I would pick up their kids...because of the weather. Sure. Tom is in his truck and he's going to get Ethan and the two I normally kept after school....just call the school and let them know Tom will pick your kids up too and he will cram them all into his truck. Early, I guess since everyone is panicking. I piddled around at work since he was picking up the kids. Decided to go to the bank and then while sitting there in line decided something felt ominous. Made it home in time to push the kids into our walk-in pantry and watch the tornado cross about a mile from us.


    So, I left work early today. Had a lot to do tonight. Fix food for a funeral lunch tomorrow for one. Happy to be sitting down.


    Our hot water tank went out again. Hard well water. Luckily the warranty will cover it. This happened two years ago too. I guess I'll take a cold bath. Yuck.

    We will be getting a water softener tomorrow when Tom picks up the replacement tank.


    I did look at the onions tonight. There are three that are bolting. How's everyone else's onions doing?


    Lynn, do y'all normally can enough tomatoes to last for the year?

    It is nice to have them on hand. I used a jar tonight myself.




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  • Nancy RW (zone 7)
    9 months ago

    We got another 1.5" today, added to the previous 1.75". The low part of our back yard (slopes down from N to S and down from W to E. So the SE 30x20 feet is in water, pretty much. But it will soak in/run off in the next few days--or would if we weren't going to have rain all day tomorrow, along with high wind and possible tornados. You all know the drill. But even after the hard rain today, by afternoon I was able to go weed in the veggie beds and then go pull more tree saplings in one of the big beds.

    Jen. . . now reading the fine print. yikes. What I ordered was Knock Out. The active ingredient is bimethrin. All this stuff is so scary! Supposedly dogs are okay after the stuff has "settled," a couple hours. . .? If we go ahead and use it, and I suppose we will, I'll have to make sure the cats are kept in the greater part of the day, as well as the dog. I HATE using this stuff! It'll kill other things in the ground, too. . . So I thought it targeted fleas and ticks. Naive me.. . and a bunch of other insects, too. Grasshoppers? YAY. Grubs? YAY. Native bees? NO! However, I think it might be better than some of the others.

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    I've been planting a bit, but I'm so far behind in weeding, I have to weed a bunch before I can even plant! But I DID say I was going to concentrate on just getting Bermuda out this year, after all. I didn't know a lot of that Bermuda pulling would be divvied up with pulling saplings.

    Okay, HJ, just for you. Remember when I said this was the third year for coral honeysuckle and I expected it to be bursting out? Laughed so so hard during my walk-around,




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  • Lynn Dollar
    9 months ago

    , " do y'all normally can enough tomatoes to last for the year? "


    Yes, but Mrs Dollar doesn't use them very often. We eat a lot of barbecue and tomatos just don't fit with that kind of diet . But we mostly make salsa and we're not making enough. Gonna increase production this year :)


    And weatherman said it was gonna storm and rain all night, and he was right about that.



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  • AmyinOwasso/zone 6b
    9 months ago
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    Worried about Rick's Okmulgee garden. Also Jen and Bruce. I have a friend who lives in Muskogee and works in Tulsa. He can't get home, roads are flooded. I watched the radar some and it appeared Owasso was on the fringes of many storms. I've had rain, but south of me got more.

    Ron has spent his time cleaning out the spare room. This means the living room is covered with garage sale stuff and the dining room table has pots and grow bags on it destined for the shed.

    He decided it was warm enough to put the citrus trees out and then we got this weather. Sigh. My cat is cold. Glued to my lap.

    Be careful. Even Owasso has streets under water.

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  • hwy20gardener
    9 months ago

    Hope everybody checks in with good news. Whole lotta watah out there. And we were on the light side of things. Can't imagine what that swath south of Tulsa did.

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  • Kim Reiss
    9 months ago

    Out of my price range but look at these beautiful tools

    https://homesteadiron.com/

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  • Nancy RW (zone 7)
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    Four more inches overnight and up til now. Our main road (only road) out to Hwy 69 was under water in places yesterday--but then people said it often can be. The road couldn't be closed since it's the only way in and out of this community (unless one takes a boat across the lake). A few bursts of rain today, and it thought about hailing. But after a cursory smattering, it decided not to. I am thankful for that.

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  • hazelinok
    9 months ago

    My day has been opposite of slow and lazy. I am finally having a seat for the day.


    We got a lot of rain. Maybe 4 inches. It's enough for a couple of weeks.

    I did walk the gardens, but didn't have time to do much other than look and harvest the asparagus and some lettuce and spinach. Smash a few asparagus bugs.


    And in the hinged hoop--where the lettuce is--I found a lot of ladybug larvae. (I get confused on the plural/singular for that word but don't care enough to figure it out).

    The hinge is covered in insect netting, but aphids have always been able to get in. There is a couple of tiny holes in the netting. Ladybugs apparently were able to get in. I'll come back with a picture. (will probably use it for Garden Monday too.)


    Anyway, the day was crazy. Anymore, I never know what work will bring. It's not my favorite way to work. Plus delivering food for a funeral--a friend's mom.

    Tom replaced the hot water tank. He took off work to do it. AND didn't take my recommendation to wait until Ethan came home at noon for a lunch break to carry out the old tank. He took it out the backdoor by himself. He drove his truck to the backdoor and got stuck. Our neighbor got him out, but it completely destroyed the ground all around the property. We'll have to bring in dirt. SO, while the hot water tank was covered by warranty, we'll make up for it in a dirt purchase.

    He did buy a water softener, but is waiting on installing that. His day has been rough too. He's going back and forth on having a professional install one (and take this one back) and we make monthly payments. But, I think he's leaning on keeping this one and installing it himself. IF we stay at this property, we might look into getting a nice one that has that reverse osmosis stuff.


    I think there was a couple of other hard things that happened, but it's all fine and I don't want to recall them right now.


    I made banana bread tonight. It's probably the last time I bake until September or October. It's just too hot to turn on the oven and....no time once the produce starts rolling in. Normally I'll put the Kitchen Aid away to make room on the counter for tomatoes and such.


    The men in this house love it when I bake for them. I love it too. I honestly enjoy winter as much as I enjoy summer. I'm weird, I know.


    Nancy, you have a flower!

    I still don't, but I am beginning to think Dawn gave me something else. It's good though because it's perfect for shading the chicken pen.


    Lynn, what salsa recipe do y'all use?


    Amy, it's going to be warm very soon. Straight into summer.



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  • hazelinok
    9 months ago

    see the aphids?




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  • Anne-- Zone 7A, Oklahoma
    9 months ago

    Hi everyone! Looking forward to joining in the conversations! 


    I finally have a garden going this year, we have moved around so much I never have made it past the seedlings stage-nothing ever ended up in the ground!


    Also saw the mention of ticks, I found a tick on me this week - been here almost 2 years and never gotten one. Sunday I was working in the flower bed by the bird feeder so I figure that's where I picked it up.


     Also I got my first wood chip delivery today and boy do I have my work cut out for me!

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  • jlhart76
    9 months ago

    Welcome Anne! Always nice to see new folks joining our little crew.


    Nancy, look up Wondercide. It's one a lot of sitters use because it's dog friendly. I think I remember it was ok for beneficials too.


    I can't use Deet, so I'm always looking for alternatives that actually repel. Most times it's hit or miss.


    Still trying to get things planted. Working from home means I have extra time in the morning & evening but I still don't seem to have enough to get everything done. The circle bed still has rocks, but this weekend we need to work on getting some pavers down to help with rain puddling in front of the doors. And one yard is swampy when it rains so we need to figure out a way to get rid of the standing water. Otherwise we have to keep all the dogs in the small yard & they don't have enough space to really play.


    Almost got everything planted, but now I'm out of room for the last few.

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  • Kim Reiss
    9 months ago

    Welcome Anne.
    Jen I wish I had everything planted. Over 6” in two weeks I am running behind. I got my seeds ready. Bed is ready. I am almost ready. The heat ran me inside today. Time for Larry to check in.

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  • Nancy Waggoner
    9 months ago

    Hi Anne! What part of OK do you live in? I'm envious of your wood chips! I want wood chips! I'm glad you're settled now and can actually get stuff in the ground.. . .

    Oops--GDW is ready to leave. . . bye.

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  • Anne-- Zone 7A, Oklahoma
    9 months ago

    Hi Nancy! I live north of okc, how about you? I signed up for the wood chips on getchipdrop.com , only took about a week

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  • slowpoke_gardener
    9 months ago

    Hi, Anne. Welcome to the group.


    Kim, I just made it back home. I was down in the mouth of the Mississippi on a log, trying to paddle up stream with a garden trowel, that was in my hand when the flood hit, boy am I tired! That may not be completely true, but it is a good excuse to have because I dont have everything planted.


    The north garden needs a LOT of work, and is so WET. I think I will just bury all the weeds with mulch, and just plant through the mulch. I have tried that before and had a lot of problems with rot and disease, but we have so much other work that needs done.


    This is some of the mess in the north garden. I am going to air up the tires on the tractor and start carrying mulch to bury the junk around the blackberry plants.



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  • Kim Reiss
    9 months ago

    Larry Glad you had the trowel and strength.

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  • Lynn Dollar
    9 months ago

    Welcome Anne


    HJ, we do Mrs Wages. Keep it simple. I think we may've tried Dawns recipe one year , however hard to recall.


    This evening, its bloody mary's on the patio watching the tomatoes grow .

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  • Lynn Dollar
    9 months ago

    hwy20, my cages are 18". And they should be at least 24" . Thats why my plants get so crowded .

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  • Kim Reiss
    9 months ago

    Planted beets, beans, okra, moss rose, carrots, lettuce, radish, squash, and up potted some other stuff. Mowed weed whacked and although exhausted not really tired.

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  • hazelinok
    9 months ago

    Hi Anne. Welcome!

    It took nearly 4 years for us to get our first ChipDrop. lol!

    Luckily, arborists in our area were happy to drop their chips at our house prior to our first "chipdrop".

    Love free wood chips!

    I'm Jennifer or HJ. Moni just calls me Hazel. (If I could change my name I would choose Hazel, which is why I chose it for my username)


    Mrs. Wages is good, Lynn!


    You were busy, Kim! Sure wish you could come to the OKC fest tomorrow!


    Larry, thanks for checking in!


    I'm super tired. Got a few things planted tonight. Goal is to finish veggie planting tomorrow. THEN I can focus on the pretty things--flower beds, herb beds...stuff like that. It's a mess out here because of the rain (praise!) and because of the ruts in our yard. I'm not even sure how/when we'll get that repaired.



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  • Nancy Waggoner
    9 months ago

    Anne, I was hoping you were in our neighborhood. . .we need more OKGW gardeners here. I'm 30 miles SE of Tulsa, 30 miles west of Tahlequah, 7-8 miles NE of Wagoner (Whitehorn Cove next to Ft Gibson Lake). Do you have garden areas planned out or are you starting from scratch? Well, you're well ahead of the game with those lovely wood chips!

    Kim, I'm thinking I WANT to plant stuff. Then I keep remembering my objective this year. Dealing with grasshoppers, pulling Bermuda, and pulling those blasted tree saplings that are having a banner year. I've not seen this horrible circumstance previous to this year. Every year, it seems, there is SOME crazy banner year for some insect/rodent/tree/ etc.

    And so I am planting very few vegetables. . . I do have a lot of native shrubs to find places for once I get the blasted tree saplings out.

    I lost so much muscle tone over the past 2.5 years because of the hip pain. So I'm good now, after the hip replacement. . . but just terribly out of shape. I HATE this. And yet, with gardening season kicking in, already am doing better. Just keep moving!

    The yard is turning its every year emerald green. . . I am so glad my favorite color is green. Though I hate Bermuda, it certainly does turn the lawn that beautiful green--and the back drop is green green trees. Successes out in the yard: lemon balm (which I'm tearing out); tree saplings (which I'm tearing out); Bermuda (which I'm tearing out); carrots and beets (which I'm thinning out).

    I'm also tearing out, well not tearing out, but trying to obliterate. . . the south American mirabilis (4 o'clocks). I put a blue tarp on top of this obnoxious spreading bed. I need for those flowers to be GONE. I'll be so happy to put in my 2 New Jersey shrubs . . so for now, the shrubs are in a holding bed in one of the minderal tubs.

    Haha, Larry, glad you made it back from the mouth of the Mississippi.

    And ready to zzzzzzzzzzz . XOXO


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  • hwy20gardener
    9 months ago
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    About all I can do right now is look out the back and take account of plants being there or not. Everything seems to be there, but it will be a couple more days before we can actually get IN the garden.

    I appreciate the rain, but I just wish she'd spread it out over time a little better. I say that every year, I guess. I picked my althea back up and tied it off to a bamboo stake. That root ball had completely rotated in the saturated soil. I may prune it down a little to take wind load off until it can put roots in better. And what's with this 90+ deg business coming up??? Sheesh...late spring and early summer?

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  • slowpoke_gardener
    9 months ago

    I may be dreaming, but I think Jennifer ask something about onions, maybe about bolting. This is my Egyptian Walking onions and garlic, this was planted some time last fall, you cant see it, but some of the onions have been blown down..




    This is not the picture I ment to post, but it shows my bulbing onions, none have bolted yet. The normally look more green, but the dew makes them look a little gray.

    The T post at the bottom right is the start of a tomato row, which does not look so great. You can also see the clover mulch I am trying, ( must be crazy for trying that ).. Next you see a double row of beets, then a blank row, may be used today, if dry enough, great grand son is coming down to see me, he like to plant, we may have to find some seeds to stick in that dirt. Next you see another double row of beets, then a row of green peas, peppers, garlic, arugula, onion, and a tomato all mixed together. The last plants you see are a few purple lettuce, some bunching onions and 400+ bulbing onions. The bare spot past the onions is for sweet potatoes.


    You can also see the mulch I piled along the south edge to help hold the soil from erosion.

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  • slowpoke_gardener
    9 months ago

    This is the onion picture I meant to post, I can not see those small pictures so I tell the proper picture to post.




    I did not mention the spinach that I am letting go to seed, it is the solid row of plants to the right, that may be another stupid thing that I am trying

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  • Kim Reiss
    9 months ago

    Larry your stuff looks amazing.

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  • Lynn Dollar
    9 months ago

    " Larry your stuff looks amazing. "


    Yes, it does



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  • slowpoke_gardener
    9 months ago

    Thanks, Kim, and Lynn, but I am afraid that the garden looks better in photo than in person. It is much harder to see the small weeds in the photo, but when the ground drys a little I can get after the little weeds.


    Great grand son came to see me today, and wanted to plant something, so we planted some sunflowers, New Zealand spinach, Dwarf Siberian kale, and some Vates collards.. The soil was too wet to be in the garden, but if that little guy wanted to plant I would put on hip boots if I had to, to get him out into the garden. My glory was short lived, he quickly found a worm, Papaw, and seeds just cant compete with a worm.

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  • hazelinok
    9 months ago

    Your garden really does look good, Larry. I think I saw pics of you and your grandson on FB. Great pictures.


    All the peppers are now planted. The roselle, tomatillos, sweet potatoes, eggplant. I am tired though. Really tired. And achy.

    I've gotta stop messing around and order some shoes. These dang feet are such a pain. Happy and thankful to have feet, but am tired of them constantly hurting. People don't take me seriously about my feet because of my smaller size. I have alignment problems all over my body. Always have. Scoliosis, lumbar lordosis, kyphosis. It's beginning to affect my knees too, think. Anyway...sorry to be a whiner. Just wanted to vent about it.


    I am happy the veggies are all in now. The wind burned the tomatillos. Maybe they'll pull out of it.


    Some of you saw the broccoli pics at the other place. I did see a head forming on one of the plants this afternoon. Fingers crossed! They're such beautiful, perfect plants that I was sure they would produce well.


    It's a mess out there in the gardens. Not tidy at all, but it's beautiful too. Things are sprouting and growing.


    I got some fun things at the garden fest today. Mostly things for the spot behind the shop. Milkweed and other good things for butterflies and pollinators.


    I only saw Moni there, but read that Lisa and Dawn B. were there too. It's funny that I heard Moni before I saw her. Her voice stands out.


    This next week is going to be nuts at work. After I get through next Sunday, I should be golden and can start prettying things up and working on the ornamental beds and herb beds.


    It's supposed to be really hot tomorrow and for the next several days. Everyone take care. Don't get overheated out there.



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  • Kim Reiss
    9 months ago

    Jennifer go to a podorthist.
    They helped me so much years ago. I had special inserts made. Game changer.

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  • slowpoke_gardener
    9 months ago

    I use special inserts also, plus my wife buys the same kind of shoes for me, but my feet are only part of the problems I have, but I would hate to try to get along without the inserts. Madge stocks up on my shoes when she finds them on sell.


    My side by side has helped me more than anything else. I can throw my tools in it and drive to where I want to work, it even has a hydraulic dump bed rated for 1100 pounds, which work great for compost, dirt, or what ever. The down side is that no way can I justify it, I just have to write it off as.I either use it, or sit in the house and do nothing, or with it I can get out and still do a lot of the things I enjoy, same goes for my tractors.

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