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NRaleighLiberal Dec 2011 OP
beac Dec 2011 #1
slay Dec 2011 #2
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2011 #3
slay Dec 2011 #4
midnight Dec 2011 #6
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Le Taz Hot Dec 2011 #7
Le Taz Hot Dec 2011 #10
Scuba Dec 2011 #8
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2011 #9
BlueToTheBone Dec 2011 #12
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2011 #13
BlueToTheBone Dec 2011 #16
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2011 #17
BlueToTheBone Dec 2011 #18
BlueToTheBone Dec 2011 #11
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2011 #14
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JDPriestly Dec 2011 #19

Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 6, 2011, 03:15 PM

1. The pansies I planted in October are all filling out nicely and my snapdragons

look like they might live all winter like they did last year.

I have also taken cuttings of the snapdragons and am rooting them in water for more snapdragons all around the place next spring!




(Weird having "Gardening" in "Recreation" instead of "Home & Family" )

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 6, 2011, 03:18 PM

2. I'd like to plant some stuff in my garden

 

but the plant i want to plant has been declared illegal. pffft. i live in raleigh as well - just wish i had a bit more freedom with my garden ya know?

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Response to slay (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 6, 2011, 05:00 PM

3. Hey! some know me as nctomatoman....heirloom tomatoes are my specialty...we sell plants at

the Lake Wheeler Rd Fm Mkt for a few weekends each spring.

Some very peculiar, unique tomatoes you have there in that pic!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 6, 2011, 05:24 PM

4. ah yes "tomatoes"

 

hehehh. that's awesome - i love tomatoes - my dad grows them in his garden every year. i have yet to take on the tomato. if you think of it - let me know when you do your sale at the farmers market in spring - i'll stop by, maybe bring my dad - he's a big fan of the farmers market as well. and maybe one day i'll be allowed to grow my special awesome "unique tomatoes".

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Response to slay (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 7, 2011, 01:59 AM

6. Those are very healthy looking plants..

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Dec 7, 2011, 01:52 AM

5. My pansies are stilling giving me some pretty flowers even though we had snow yesterday...

Although, today is getting real cold so I probably will not have them much longer...

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Dec 7, 2011, 05:13 PM

7. I planted my winter garden about 10 days ago

but we've had a cold snap and nuthin' has come up yet! I'm probably just impatient. Year before last I planed in November and everything came up really well, but iirc, it took awhile for their little heads to pop up. I seem to recall harvesting as early as January that year.

This years' winter garden:
lettuce (3 types)
spinach (2 types)
snow peas
kale
swisschard
collard greens
turnips
parsnips
leeks

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 10, 2011, 01:26 PM

10. Update!

Just spotted: Lettuce and parsnips. Woohoo!!!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Thu Dec 8, 2011, 05:40 PM

8. The only thing we're doing this time of year is perusing the seed catalogs. n/t

 

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Response to Scuba (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 8, 2011, 05:51 PM

9. so far I've got Stokes, Johnny's, Pine Tree and the Seed Savers Exchange catalogs

Johnny's is just incredible - each year they take it further and further forward. I got to meet the founder (Rob Johnston) this summer at the Seed Savers convention in Iowa - he is quite visionary, and the catalog/company reflects it.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 10:57 PM

12. Have you gotten Baker Creek Heirloms?

rareseeds.com Great stuff. Beautiful pictures too.

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Response to BlueToTheBone (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 11:25 PM

13. Yes - for many years. Agree it is a nice selection of offerings...

I've got my reasons for not being 100% crazy about them....but would rather not go into it!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 10:33 AM

16. Their religious bent?

I can't stand not knowing! I'm so impressed that they are trying to save the heirloom seed companies in the country. I also really like Horizon Herbs for medicinals.

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Response to BlueToTheBone (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 10:54 AM

17. not that so much is the accuracy of some of the historical info -

Gardening is just like any pursuit - in crowds/out crowds, blind devotion to this one or that one - but as someone who studies pedigrees of older varieties, there are just a few issues there.....but there are loads of great smaller companies that are doing a fine job - Victory Seeds in Oregon, Tatiana's Tomato base, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.....

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #17)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 11:02 AM

18. Southern Exposure might be

a great source for me now that I'm in Arkansas...I never thought I'd live in the South. It is so lovely here, the flora and fauna enchant me.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 10:53 PM

11. My ground is frozen

Are you using hoop houses? or? Even my green house is freezing.

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Response to BlueToTheBone (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 11:28 PM

14. Moving them in and out of my garage - they are in pots or flats.

we get enough non-freezing days in raleigh in winter to be able to dance things in and out...trying to get a jump on next early spring plantings

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #14)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 11:47 PM

15. You inspire me.

I want to figure out how to heat my green house and still be able to pay the mortgage! But I wouldn't be able to do what you are doing. Have you ever thought of LED grow lights? They combine red/blue and you could simulate the daylight time in the garage.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Dec 21, 2011, 06:10 AM

19. You should move to Southern California.

Just kidding. The weather is great, but the water is rationed in LA and my soil is just awful.

Do you compost? Any tips about improving soil quality?

Under the top few inches of my soil, I have clay as hard as rocks.

We have avocado trees and a fig tree and due to previous tenants and maybe to prevent soil erosion, a disgusting amount of cement. I garden in pots -- all sizes.

Soil is my big issue. I generally buy soil and fill the pots with it.

I am trying to compost, and I have a worm bin, but the progress is slow.

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