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Old 05-12-2006, 08:28 AM   #11
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In our area it is traditional not to plant before mothers' day (to do so is to invite a late freeze), so I have my workload ahead of me. I've lived here 4 years, and have decided on the following:

3-5 pepper plants. Mostly hot for drying in the fall.
4 tomato plants -- two early girls in the ground, one each plum and patio in whisky barrels
2 cucumber vines -- preferably pickling cukes. I don't actually pickle them, just like them
a mixed lettuce bed (this I did put in this week). I mix greens, then plant them in an area where the soil is shallow and nothing that needs deep roots will grow.
a red onion set -- I plant them, and use all summer as green onions, then later as round onions.
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Old 05-12-2006, 12:32 PM   #12
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Wow beth.....thats quite a garden you have there. I'll def. be increasing mine next year as there wasn't room for other things I really wanted to plant. Oh well I'll be hitting the farmers market for those things.

I'm going to try my hand at canning this year too. I'll def. be giving a shout out when that time comes as I'll need all the help I can get.

Clare.....mom always said not to plant certain garden items and flowers till after mothers day also. I got impatient though......it was only 5 days though .....maybe the frost king/queen wasn't watching......lets hope.
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Old 05-12-2006, 06:23 PM   #13
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Totally agree with that! I just have never met someone who focused on growing peppers......I think its great! I was thinking about growing some jalapenos but was afraid even 1 plant would produce more than I needed.
If you planted just one big jalapeno plant you will have all you would need for a year.
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Old 05-12-2006, 06:25 PM   #14
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In our area it is traditional not to plant before mothers' day (to do so is to invite a late freeze), so I have my workload ahead of me. I've lived here 4 years, and have decided on the following:
I had one day this year that I had to bring out plastic mayo jars becuase of a freeze warning. I would hate to lose all of the plants I planted.
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Old 05-13-2006, 12:28 PM   #15
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Well I went to the farmers market today and picked up a red cattail hanging basket:

http://www.plantdelights.com/Catalog...ail/05555.html

Could not find a pepper plant that said buy me, so I went over to a big gigantic local mom and pop nursery and I picked up one 6 pack of Thai Dragon peppers to finish off my pepper plant buying this year I hope.

It will be a another couple weeks before I can purchase a sunflower plant though for the garden.
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Old 05-15-2006, 03:37 PM   #16
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Sizzlin, I, too often get impatient and plant to early. I pretty know what can take it, but the hard part is annual flowers. Since I hit Florida during the time I'd be tempted this year (just got back last week) I did OK. BUT NOW this darned rain is making me crazy. I'm ready to get started, but cold rain doesn't inspire me. When will this cold front pass on?
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I think it is several more days before the weather will clear. Over the past several days, I have only received 7/10th of one inch of rain. I have been able to do a bit of mowing and transplanting into the garden. Our garden is on a slope (flat land is scarce around here) and we keep it heavily mulched, we can get into the garden pretty much at will. I just picked some asparagus and spinach. As soon as the weather breaks, we will get a first cutting of hay. Spring weather is always a challange to navigate.
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