it has been a while and not much new to report
when it comes down to garden items.
at least until the weather warms up and spring
however, before then i have to test out a few
things yet, one of them, is a post to here to see
who's still around. :)
in the meantime i'm discovering a lot of new
varieties of beans i'd like to have, but most of
them are climbers, so i don't have nearly enough
fence space to grow them all. :(
hope everyone is well and avoiding the flu?
I'm building a new plant starting shelf rig and looking at my seed
collection to see what needs to be tested and/or grown out. Cooked
some "Good Mother Stallard" soup beans the other day; really good, and
SWMBO approved! (They're pole beans; very productive).
Have, so far, avoided the flu; we got vaccinated, but the current
strain seems different from the vaccine.
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Looking through the seed catalogs and thinking about
when to pull the plant lights and seed starting stuff
down from the attic and get it set up.
My big problem that I'm pondering is what to do about
the deer this planting season. I'd never had more than
a nibble or two in previous years, so it wasn't much
of a problem. But last year, they wiped out my garden.
I had planted 10 tomato plants, and all were nibbled down
to nubs. Never got a tomato off of any of 'em. Same thing
for two rows of green beans. I managed to get six cukes
out of a row of burpless cucumbers before they chowed
down on the vines and wiped those out.
I don't have to tell you all how much frustration there
is to working the vegetable beds after starting seeds,
raising transplants, and doing all the other stuff only
to get pretty much nothing out of eight beds.
Any ideas on how to prevent a repeat this season? If I
can't come up with something affordable and practical,
I may have to go back to just a pot farm....only grow
stuff that can be done in pots on the deck, which
means no full size tomatoes, green beans, peas, and
the rest of the good stuff.
I've considered hoop frames with netting, but that's
a PITA to weed and harvest. Ditto individual netting
or chicken wire around each bed. Spraying eight beds
all spring and summer with a milk/water mixture isn't
too viable either over a long period.
Nyssa, who after two whole days of gloom and rain now
is getting snow showers instead
Simplest thing would be to put stakes around garden and hang netting.
Deer can jump a 6 foot fence but they do not have to be that high. Deer
just nose around like world is their salad bar and bumping into netting
will deter them. They are not particularly interested in things like
tomato plants or beans but nip at anything green. Their fondness is for
things like nuts and apples and they will seek them out.
Deer and shade drove me to the deck but it was a lot of work. I got a
new deck last year and hauling big pots of dirt off old deck ,10 ft.
high, was not worth the work of putting them back.
a fence is only thing reliable enough. 8ft
high. if you do the bottom part right you can
also cut down on rabbit and groundhog issues too.
never keep eveything out (birds, chipmunks,
squirrels, cats, raccoons, ...) but a good fence
does cut down on how much traffic you get and
that increases the odds in your favor.
raccoons pretty much ignore our fenced garden
because we do not grow sweet corn.
whatever we grow outside the fence is considered
possible deer, etc. food. some years they don't
bother things, other years they do a lot of
some years go well, just have to be sure to
take into account that this is not a controlled
situation, between weather and animals. learning
to accept and be humble is a good exercise for
planting in different places, and decoy crops
can help. but then they may not too. last year
i tried to decoy chipmunks with sunflower seeds
they still got almost all of my edamame soybean
plants as soon as they sprouted. li'l buggers...
Still gardening. Picking English peas, turnips & mustard greens.
Watcing spinach and carrots grow. Time to transplant onions. Probably
put'em in with the existing spinach. Chilly weather knocked the
blossoms off of the strawberries and killed all of the eggplants. I
covered that bed but did not provide heat. Noticed a few blossoms
coming back on the 'berries. Fall-planted mustard greens are in full
bloom. I leave them as long as possible because the bugs don't have
much else this time of year. Have a bed prepped for more carrots along
with spinach or turnips; haven't decided which. Time to prep a bed for
Spring peas, to be planted next month.
Spending some time rehabbing a middle-aged very German automobile.
I haven't started any seeds for this year yet , but I did recently
pot a bunch of starts of house plants (variegated ivy and some spider
plants)for sale later this spring . I'll need to build a shelf to hang
in the window for my seedlings , but won't need it for another month or
On Monday, January 29, 2018 at 9:26:31 PM UTC-5, songbird wrote:
The wife and I have bad colds this week but seem to be improving. I hurt my
leg a bit by hopping off the backhoe too energetically; that's down to a m
inor limp at the moment but has impacted my activity for the last few week
s. Not that there was a lot to do anyway. I hope to be back to normal soon
so that I can cut some firewood trees in February.
I did manage to bring in a few buckets from the compost pile to the greenho
use, where my wife has been repotting the citrus trees and starting some se
Don't check this group very often at this time of year since there's
not much doing in the garden department around here.
Weather has been on a real roller coaster ride for a couple of months.
Minus 2ºF early this morning and up to a balmy 24ºF right now.
Had some errands to run in town yesterday but had to get the snow
blower out and clear the lane before we could leave.
Haven't had the flu for at least the last 40 years and have avoided it
again this year so far. Maybe that's because I've not had a flu shot
for at least the last 40 years as well.
Anyone heard from George Shirley? We used to email back and forth a
bit over the years but the last one I sent a while ago came back as
Southern Ontario, Canada
Yes, 'bird and I have contacted George privately. He is out of
communication with usenet, uunet, NNTP, newsgroups, but the email addey
he used in this ng is valid. Along with computer-related tech
difficulties, he seems to be experiencing a resurgence of past health
i asked him if he needed help and pointed him to a
free service, but he said he wasn't going to mess
with it, so i doubt we'll see him again here unless
he gets really bored with things and needs to stir
up trouble or something. :)
I hope he runs out of library books. Maybe that will
get him motivated to get one of his decendants to help
him get a news feed set up again.
I miss his wit and wisdom, and he might just miss sharing
his time with us here and in the preserving newsgroup...
Nyssa, who knows that Usenet needs all the help it can
get with regular posters and even lurkers these days
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