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Forum: Gardening

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  2. Hi-pri:

    Sticky Thread The Official Dangerous Plants, Trees, Mulches, and Garden Stuff for Pets & Livestock

    Now that we have our very own Garden forum, I thought I'd post a thread here on plants, fruits, veggies, etc., that are dangerous to our pets, or even our livestock, so we can make smart decisions when building and planting our gardens. IIRC cherry tree leaves kills horses, but Summerthyme...

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 07-27-2017 06:30 PM
    • Replies: 12
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    10-04-2017 12:21 PM Go to last post
  3. Hi-pri:

    4 Sticky Thread PLEASE READ

    Per membership request, this room has been created to talk about all things gardening. That being said, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for post volume. If this room dies, I'll fold all posts into Homesteading. Whether it lives or dies depends on you. Thanks Dennis PREFIXES ADDED

    Started by Dennis Olson‎, 07-26-2017 09:23 PM
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    07-27-2017 01:19 PM Go to last post
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  1. Misc/Chat

    3 Gardening for the Grand Solar Minimum

    You can read the grand solar minimum thread here: Gardening, farming, etc., in general are changing due to the lack of output by our Sun. So this thread is dedicated to discussing those changes and how we can help...

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 12-05-2019 04:01 PM
    • Replies: 28
    • Views: 686
    12-09-2019 06:17 AM Go to last post
  2. Seed

    How Many Seeds in a Packet from Burgess?

    I'm looking at Burgess's on-line catalog, and their per-packet prices are very good for a lot of things, but they give absolutely no information on how many seeds are in a packet? Nor do I know anything about their quality. Has anyone ordered from them, and can tell me anything about them? ...

    Started by Freeholder‎, 12-05-2019 06:26 PM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 196
    12-06-2019 02:16 PM Go to last post
  3. Planting

    December 2019 Planting Guide and Garden Chat 1st - 2nd Barren days. Fine for clearing, plowing, fertilizing, and killing plant pests 3rd - 4th Extra good for cucumbers, peas, cantaloupes, and other vine crops. Plant peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, and other aboveground crops in southern...

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 12-02-2019 02:41 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 220
    12-05-2019 02:28 PM Go to last post
  4. Planting

    November 2019 Planting Guide and Chat

    NOVEMBER 2019 1st - 2nd Good days for planting peas, squash, corn, tomatoes, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, Texas, and California. 3rd - 4th A good time to kill plant pests or do plowing. Poor for planting. 5th - 7th Extra good for vine crops. Favorable days for planting...

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 11-01-2019 01:58 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 244
    11-01-2019 02:00 PM Go to last post
  5. Planting

    October 2019 Planting Guide and Chat

    1st Start seedbeds. Favorable day for planting aboveground crops, and leafy vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, kale, and celery where climate is suitable. 2nd - 3rd Do clearing and plowing, but no planting. 4th - 5th Plant tomatoes, peas, beans, and other aboveground crops, indoors in the...

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 09-30-2019 01:48 PM
    • Replies: 0
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    09-30-2019 01:48 PM Go to last post
  6. Seed


    So this year my father, BIL and I are planted some grains to see how they do. Not a lot. We planted Kamut, Glenn Spring Wheat and Streaker Hulless Oats. 1000 sq ft of each at my father place. The Kamut was just Bobs red mill. My BIL did a germination test and it was almost perfect. The wheat...

    Started by mecoastie‎, 05-25-2019 04:50 PM
    • Replies: 19
    • Views: 1,351
    09-16-2019 06:14 PM Go to last post
  7. Planting

    September 2019 Planting Guide And Chat Thread 1st Excellent for sowing grains, hay, and forage crops. Plant flowers. Good day for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, Texas, and California. 2nd - 3rd Start seedbeds. Excellent time for...

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 08-31-2019 03:05 PM
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 651
    09-10-2019 01:10 PM Go to last post
  8. Organic

    21 Garden Pics

    I told a few people my garden has exploded this year and it really has. I have been gardening back to eden style for the last five years in the greenhouse and the last 3 years in the garden. I start everything from seed and put my best plants in the garden as soon as possible. This year with the...

    Started by Vicki‎, 07-09-2019 09:29 PM
    • Replies: 36
    • Views: 1,853
    08-25-2019 11:29 AM Go to last post
  9. Seed

    Seed Germination Tweeked

    About all I'm going to manage for the fall this year is a bucket garden. I've been starting seeds in the little peat pots that expand when you wet them and the germination rate has not been that great. Plus they are just one more thing to spend money on. The man in this video put a new twist on...

    Started by Rabbit‎, 08-14-2019 12:45 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 410
    08-14-2019 02:06 PM Go to last post
  10. Misc/Chat

    Years of hard work pay off.

    During spring of this year I got seriously sick. So none of the normal spring pruning and weeding got done. As a result, the house and yard were an absolute disaster area. Grapes, jasmine, and creeping jenny had exploded. Various very prolific weeds had taken over. It looked like I hadn't taken...

    Started by kyrsyan‎, 08-02-2019 07:54 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 490
    08-13-2019 07:12 PM Go to last post
  11. Planting

    August 2019 Planting Guide 2019 1st - 3rd Best for killing weeds, briars, poison ivy, and other plant pests. Clear wood lots and fencerows. 4th - 5th Excellent for sowing grains, winter wheat, oats, and rye. Plant flowers. Good days for planting aboveground crops....

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 08-03-2019 10:54 AM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 372
    08-03-2019 10:54 AM Go to last post
  12. Harvest

    Great Way To Deal With Lots Of Tomatoes

    The garden has really produced this year and the tomatoes are abundant and beautiful. I'm trying not to allow any of them to go to waste or rot. Besides giving many away I have found the best way to do that is to freeze them. Wash them load them up in plastic grocery sacks and put them in the...

    Started by Rabbit‎, 07-11-2019 08:27 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 604
    07-22-2019 07:05 AM Go to last post
  13. Pests/Ctrl


    They get into the side mirrors in/on my rig. About 5 of them in the afternoon when it's hot in there, I guess there must be some pro creation going on but they have stingers and I don't want to get stung just getting in and of the truck. My guess is wasp spray but I just want to leave them...

    Started by Great Northwet‎, 07-15-2019 10:17 PM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 495
    07-16-2019 10:19 AM Go to last post
  14. Planting

    Summerthyme, carrot help please!

    Summerthyme, a LONG time ago you posted instructions on starting carrot seeds with paper towels. I'm looking for that post and am just not finding it. We're dusting off the greenhouse a bit early, since all predictions are pointing to a chilly, wet summer in our neck of the woods. Limner (using...

    Started by twohats‎, 03-22-2019 05:30 AM
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 1,429
    07-14-2019 12:41 PM Go to last post
  15. Pests/Ctrl

    Help! Deer eating my garden

    Deer eating my garden nightly. Besides a fence does anyone have a remedy.

    Started by Jaybird‎, 06-22-2019 12:58 PM
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 1,198
    07-12-2019 09:34 PM Go to last post
  16. Organic

    Azolla and Duckweed Chicken Food Update.

    It is hard to express what I am trying to convey but I give it a try. In a survival situation, the critical thing one needs is a complete protein food intake. Very few vegetables provide much protein. Potatoes are not too bad but you need about 10 medium sized potatoes to get enough protein for 24...

    Started by China Connection‎, 07-09-2019 04:27 AM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 603
    07-11-2019 02:30 AM Go to last post
  17. Veg

    7 I Rooted A Potato Shoot

    I chitted some potatoes and while I was handling one a long shoot broke off. Just for the heck of it I put it in a shallow bowl of water and it is getting roots. I'm going to put it in a small pot and baby it along and see what happens. Have any of you done this before?

    Started by Rabbit‎, 06-03-2019 11:15 AM
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 1,152
    07-10-2019 12:28 PM Go to last post
  18. Planting

    July 2019 Planting Guide July 2019 Planting Guide 1st - 2nd Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. First day is a good day for transplanting. First day is also most fruitful day for planting root crops. Second day is most favorable for corn, cotton, okra, beans,...

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 06-29-2019 04:26 PM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 487
    06-29-2019 06:38 PM Go to last post
  19. Planting


    Fall will soon be upon us. I live in Central Iowa, zone 5a(?) and would love to plant some garlic this fall for next summer's harvest. Suggestions on which varieties to consider, and just how do I plant it, and over winter it for a successful harvest? TIA

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 07-30-2017 01:35 PM
    2 Pages
    1 2
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    06-27-2019 11:41 PM Go to last post
  20. Misc/Chat

    Cottonwood! Good brown gravy!

    Yow! The cottonwood fluff flying around now is insane. I can’t really complain too much since when it is cottonwood time, the spruce pollen of death is about done and I can breathe again. I just can’t believe how heavy it is. Maybe I can get a pic for’s really insane this year. ...

    Started by AlaskaSue‎, 06-21-2019 06:08 PM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 511
    06-21-2019 11:00 PM Go to last post
  21. Planting

    How Does your Garden Grow? ~ Summer 2019 Edition

    Well, I have two tomato plants planted in one raised bed, and nothing else because it never stops raining long enough for things to dry out enough to plant. At what point do I just plant the seeds in the wet soil and hope for the best? How wet is too wet for planting?

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 05-22-2019 01:12 PM
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 60
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    06-21-2019 02:37 PM Go to last post
  22. Pests/Ctrl

    Green Bean Plants having Problems

    I'll try to get a photo but my green bean plants have huge patches of beige on them, it looks like the leaves are dead in those spots. Fungus, pest, too much rain? I really want to have green beans this year for canning. TIA

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 06-10-2019 05:22 PM
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 866
    06-11-2019 02:36 AM Go to last post
  23. Tools

    Farm Equipment of Old (pics)

    When I was a youngin, back in 1961, we lived in Cartersville Ga. My Dad was the Chief Electrical Engineer at the nearby Alatoona Dam. This is about 35 miles North of Atlanta. One weekend, we went to a Farm Festival somewhere nearby. These are some pics of the very cool restored equipment. They all...

    Started by Txkstew‎, 06-08-2019 04:59 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 632
    06-08-2019 05:38 PM Go to last post
  24. Veg

    Great garden this year!

    As some of you know, I use the Back to Eden method of farming and have turned my red clay into a black, rich and loamy soil. Over the winter I amended my corn plot with the chicken manure everytime I cleaned the chicken coop. Well my corn has outdone itself so far! So has the garlic.

    Started by Sherrynboo‎, 06-06-2019 07:52 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    06-08-2019 05:35 PM Go to last post
  25. Harvest

    10 Pickled Beets

    We're pickling beets today.The tough outer leaves and stems went to compost, after cooking, the skin, tops and bottom went to chickens, the greens went to freezer and the pickled beets went on a shelf. edit to add: 2 half gallon bags of greens and 7 pints of beets from 3' x 7' bed.

    Started by greenhart‎, 06-05-2019 10:07 AM
    • Replies: 7
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    06-08-2019 06:22 AM Go to last post
  26. Harvest

    Planting timing and succession planting.

    Planting timing can make a small garden space much more productive and insulate you a bit from the vulgarities of nature. There are 4 basic types of garden plants, Spring thriving, summer, fall thriving, and full season. I will describe the season and it's plants. You will need to fit it into your...

    Started by Stanb999‎, 06-04-2019 11:18 AM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 768
    06-04-2019 07:28 PM Go to last post
  27. Planting

    Companion Planting

    Well I seem to have lost my companion planting books... they'll show up again this fall after harvest, which is often the case. So I thought I'd start a thread on companion planting. My neighbor gave me six more tomato plants. Black Krim Purple Cherokee Sheboigan Yellow Pear (cherry...

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 05-27-2019 04:46 PM
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 1,079
    06-04-2019 03:34 PM Go to last post
  28. Pests/Ctrl

    June 2019 Planting Guide JUNE 2019 1st Good day for transplanting. Good day for planting root crops. 2nd - 3rd Seeds planted now tend to rot in ground. 4th - 5th Excellent for sowing seedbeds and flower gardens. Plant tomatoes, beans, peppers, corn, cotton,...

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 06-01-2019 09:44 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 483
    06-01-2019 10:46 PM Go to last post
  29. Pests/Ctrl

    Aphids And The Battle For My Onions

    I have some heirloom onion plants in the garden and the aphids have just about finished them off. I haven't been sitting idly by watching this and I will share with you the homemade remedies that haven't worked and hopefully, lastly applied, the one that did work. The first failed remedy was...

    Started by Rabbit‎, 03-09-2019 12:43 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 941
    05-30-2019 08:42 AM Go to last post
  30. Organic

    Youtube: Tour a Thriving 23-Year-Old Permaculture Food Forest - An Invitation for Wildness

    Tour a Thriving 23-Year-Old Permaculture Food Forest - An Invitation for Wildness About 20 minutes long Happen Films Published on Nov 24, 2016

    Started by China Connection‎, 05-18-2019 02:34 AM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 568
    05-18-2019 02:49 AM Go to last post
  31. Planting

    Cattle Panel Garden Trellis--Have any experience?

    How many of you have ever used cattle panels to make garden trellises or to make low cost hoop houses/greenhouses? I ran across a few Youtube videos this Spring showing how they can be made for only a little money (about $21.00 each panel) I was inspired to try one (or two) out in my...

    Started by Weft and Warp‎, 05-11-2019 09:26 AM
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 1,289
    05-17-2019 10:05 AM Go to last post
  32. Exotics

    Maggots and Chickens. The need for protein for sustainability.

    Maggots and Chickens and Whatever. The need for protein for sustainability. Life is somewhat funny! I think life, as we know it in the West, is coming to an end. I have watched the life that is on hand for today's young people and unless one is very clever there is not much opportunity....

    Started by China Connection‎, 04-19-2019 06:17 AM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 781
    05-10-2019 05:11 AM Go to last post
  33. Hydropon

    Ginger is popping!

    Doing ginger again. We start it in these tubs with promix and hydroponic nutrient. We will move these to the walapini in a month when it gets too warm for seed starting. :)

    Started by Stanb999‎, 04-09-2019 06:46 PM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,021
    05-05-2019 07:47 AM Go to last post
  34. Planting

    May 2019 Planting Guide May 2019 Planting Guide 1st - 2nd Poor planting. Fine for cultivating or spraying. 3rd - 4th First day is a good day for transplanting. First day is also when planted root crops will yield well. Second day is favorable for planting...

    Started by packyderms_wife‎, 04-23-2019 01:20 PM
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 905
    05-03-2019 12:55 PM Go to last post
  35. Organic

    Youtube: A Simple Way To Root Plants From Cuttings

    Very good to say the least. .................................................................................... A Simple Way To Root Plants From Cuttings

    Started by China Connection‎, 04-26-2019 06:26 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 568
    04-26-2019 06:26 PM Go to last post
  36. Misc/Chat

    About maggot threads.....

    I have no information to post. I usually check these "back page" forums on TB when sitting down to a meal or taking a snack break. I'm tired of seeing the word "maggot" big and bold every time I check this particular forum, so I thought I'd post something new that won't make me gag when I just...

    Started by Martinhouse‎, 04-22-2019 05:18 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 774
    04-22-2019 07:28 PM Go to last post
  37. Flowers


    While watering my orchids I snapped one of the stems. It's hanging on by a thread and is in bloom. Is there a way to graft it together or is it a lost cause? Thanks!

    Started by MaisieD‎, 03-27-2019 05:11 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 780
    03-27-2019 08:03 PM Go to last post
  38. Grnhouse

    My Raised Garden

    This is my first effective attempt to upload a picture. This is our raised garden. The picture was taken in October 2018. It is just as large and green today. So far in 2019 we have picked 344 peppers, (2/3 tabasco 1/3 spicy bell and others). The PVC is to allow for plastic to be placed...

    Started by 20Gauge‎, 03-26-2019 09:28 AM
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 1,639
    03-27-2019 04:56 PM Go to last post
  39. Harvest

    Issues with sweet potatoes

    we've grown sweet potatoes (Beauregards) for 12-15 years with great success averaging harvests of 350 lbs with regularity. I always thought we were pretty good at it - UNTIL THIS YEAR. we planted our own slips in the same fashion as we always do - and at the same time (the last week of may) -...

    Started by Raggedyman‎, 09-23-2018 09:46 AM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,597
    03-22-2019 07:52 AM Go to last post
  40. Organic

    Making every space productive.

    I have been watching lots of Youtube on duckweed and Azolla. When one watches Asian Youtubes one can see any type of container used to support water where these floating plants can be grown. Both these water plants are fast to grow and are high in protein which are high in protein which...

    Started by China Connection‎, 03-09-2019 01:27 AM
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 1,329
    03-21-2019 08:55 AM Go to last post

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