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TR Garden Club - Episode #9 Spring 2011

By boxfiddler Moderator ·
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This is a continuation of a discussion started here: (TRGC Part 1) http://preview.tinyurl.com/2qflz5
And continued here: (TRGC Part 2) http://preview.tinyurl.com/ytxn7j
Then proceeded to carry on here: (TRGC Part 3) http://tinyurl.com/6fw8c7
You can find Part #4 here: http://tinyurl.com/6pteb6
Part #5 can be located here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/bekqml
Part #6 is here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/bs5t45
Part #7 can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/2bajdru
Part #8 can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/5rlq6ng

AV's opening post:
My garden in Spring 2011

We don't have a new garden post. Boxy! We need one. I can't post it because I'm having technical difficulties.

Anyways, this year I'm going to have a special garden. This is the first year I'm going to try to grow wildflowers from seeds and get them to take in my environment. Its going to be a real challenge because the wildflowers are from Colorado, but I'm going to grow them in New Jersey. I'm talking about Columbines, Coneflowers and alot of flowers like that, but all from seed.

I have a few different areas that I am going to try, but I'm also going to try to grow them as container plants. Don't know if I will be successful, but I'm doing it anyway.

We've had the worst of winters. Its been beyond awful here and I've felt like I lived in Maine instead of New Jersey. I'm not knocking Maine, but I wouldn't choose to live there because its so cold and snowy.

I still have my potato bags from last year. They survived the winter, amazing! This year, I'm only planting red potatoes. They had a much better yield than the Yukon Gold potatoes last year.

I'm going to plant lots of lettuces. The lettuces flourished in the planter beds. I buy Gurney's Red Sails and Mixed Greens and they were very prolific last year.

Also prolific were the Early Contender green beans. I'm using last years seeds and have done that in the past. They are still good.

AV

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Very nice

by Michael Jay In reply to I'm pretty fascinated wit ...

saw earlier today 2 Eaglets being fed, and one egg that should hatch very soon.

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The last egg is hatching now

by AV . In reply to I'm pretty fascinated wit ...

Its amazing to see the little one trying to make his way out of the egg.

AV

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Saw that

by GSG In reply to I'm pretty fascinated wit ...

and thought, "Yeah, people will like it until the bigger hatchling kills the other one." It's pretty normal that when there's more than one hatchling for the strongest one or two to kill the weakest one.

It's just like when people went to our zoo to see the lions then got upset and complained because they saw the lions eating deer carcasses from fresh roadkills. They're lions people! That's what lions do.

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So far, so good

by AV . In reply to Saw that

I know thats what happens sometimes, but thats wildlife. Survival of the fittest.

AV

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The Eagles are such good parents

by AV . In reply to I'm pretty fascinated wit ...

They haven't been sleeping much. They're vigilant even at night.
AV

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This just caught my eye,

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to TR Garden Club - Episode ...

on FaceBook, no less. http://strawbalegardens.com/
Might have to hunt me down some straw bales with which to experiment.

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I like that alot

by AV . In reply to This just caught my eye,

I have old straw bales from my autumn displays. I usually get rid of them. Thats interesting. I thought they had no value, but apparently they do.

AV

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I think they would be excellent

by AV . In reply to This just caught my eye,

You know what I remember about them? At the end of the autumn season when I went to get rid of them, they were so heavy, I couldn't move them. They were filled with water from the rain. I might have to try one myself this year. For certain kinds of plants, that would be a plus.

Good idea, Boxy! Very exciting.

AV

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Its potato time

by AV . In reply to TR Garden Club - Episode ...

I got my seed potatoes today. 2lbs of red potato starters. I'm going to plant two potato bags this weekend, if it doesn't rain. I have some root vegetable fertilizers that I hope will excite the existing soil in the bag. I will mix in some new soil too.

Supposedly, potatoes like growing in cooler dirt, so now is the time when I should do it. We'll see, if it results to a bigger yield per bag. Last year, I planted them later and it was already warm. I could have gotten 13lbs. per bag, but I think I only got 10 last year.

AV

Edit: added this weekend

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Potato sounds good.

by seanferd In reply to Its potato time

I'd love to be able to try growing them sometime. Used to get fantastic carrots, but pulling them from the clay could be quite an exercise.

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