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Old 02-16-2013, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Jaxson, that would be sad, if you couldn't have even a container garden. I am taking the bull by the horns today or tomorrow and ordering my seeds. I know it is 6 weeks before we can even think of the garden, but it will keep me going until the happy day arrives. This year, because of health issues we are going to have our son in law, actually dump all our top soil. Neither of us can lift the bags, darn it!!!!
Glad you have help to do it that will be another problem after this year if I do get to put out a full garden.

I'd like to try those purple Cherokee tomatoes has anybody grown them?
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Glad you have help to do it that will be another problem after this year if I do get to put out a full garden.

I'd like to try those purple Cherokee tomatoes has anybody grown them?
I had trouble last year but got through the ordeal of all the top soil etc. Now, hubby is not able to lift too much since his radiation and hormone shots, he just doesn't have the strength he used to. All I expect our son in law to do is: dump the soil and mulch, I can do the rest and am anxious to get started. We rarely have much cold weather after early April. Though the ground will still be cool, the new top soil will help, so I am hoping the weekend after Easter we can get started. The kids leave for a cruise right after that. Even if I don't do any planting, if I can have the beds ready that will be great..Oh, I tried the purple tomatoes last year, the worms cleaned the plants completely. By the time I learned how to stop them, there were no more plants in the nursery.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:22 AM
 
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Nita, I can relate. My dad is 85 yrs old and can not lift heavy things anymore. I try to do as much as I can every time I visit, but I can only visit so often being 2,000 miles away. This past Christmas I put in an irrigation system with timer for him. He's really happy with that as now it will water the lawn automatically. I also bought & put in mulch around all flower beds & planters. This week I happened to be visiting them so I planted/ relocated some plants for them. It may not seem much but when you get up in years this physical labor can be daunting.

Stay healthy.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Nita, I can relate. My dad is 85 yrs old and can not lift heavy things anymore. I try to do as much as I can every time I visit, but I can only visit so often being 2,000 miles away. This past Christmas I put in an irrigation system with timer for him. He's really happy with that as now it will water the lawn automatically. I also bought & put in mulch around all flower beds & planters. This week I happened to be visiting them so I planted/ relocated some plants for them. It may not seem much but when you get up in years this physical labor can be daunting.

Stay healthy.
hey, good news or I hope it is: I got a shot in my knee and the fluid drained a couple days ago. Doc says these shots sometimes work for a few months and probable can be repeated. So, it the weather cooperates, I might be able to get the garden in with out having to crawl back into the house. I will still need son in law to dump the bags, but that is ok.

Now, after our ice storm tonight lets hope the worst in over.

I am glad to hear your dad has someone to help him: no matter how little you think you are doing, to him it like magic. Kids can be the sunshine of our lives. Well not when they were in their teens.
Nita
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:50 AM
 
Location: On the Plateau in Tn.
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We had a little cool weather and brought in the seedlings, but today it is in the mid-70's and sunny. Hope to be able to plant the seedling outdoors next week.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:43 AM
 
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We had a little cool weather and brought in the seedlings, but today it is in the mid-70's and sunny. Hope to be able to plant the seedling outdoors next week.
Show off.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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Default Calcium; you never have enough

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No..I haven't heard of this... why do you do it?
crushed egg shells put calcium in the ground, but usually need composting to allow the plant to uptake.
On the coast we never have enough.
But if you're in a non-rainy area you may have too much.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Show off.
A little cool weather, what would she call our weather? it is barely out of the teens this morning, the ice is still around, although not much and the only sign of life outside is the bulbs poping up and the blue birds flying around. Oh yes, the darn wood peckers as well, they think our house is their dinnerplate. I am still hoping we can, at least think of getting the ground in shape in the next month..

Nita
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:47 AM
 
Location: On the Plateau in Tn.
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A little cool weather, what would she call our weather? it is barely out of the teens this morning, the ice is still around, although not much and the only sign of life outside is the bulbs poping up and the blue birds flying around. Oh yes, the darn wood peckers as well, they think our house is their dinnerplate. I am still hoping we can, at least think of getting the ground in shape in the next month..

Nita
I have had my share of you kind of weather Even though I am a Florida naive, I lived in north west Missouri for many years. Highs in the negative numbers in the winter lows in the 90's in the summer! with the wind blowing off the plains all the time! We have our challenges here, heat, humidity, millions of bugs all of which either want to eat the plants or the person planting! Vegetation will grow wild and become a jungle without constant vigilance! Things that grow in the mid-west in the spring and early summer (lettuce, sweet peas, etc) will grow here only in the winter when the weather is not as hot. No matter where you live gardening is a fun, challenging, and rewarding occupation.
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I have had my share of you kind of weather Even though I am a Florida naive, I lived in north west Missouri for many years. Highs in the negative numbers in the winter lows in the 90's in the summer! with the wind blowing off the plains all the time! We have our challenges here, heat, humidity, millions of bugs all of which either want to eat the plants or the person planting! Vegetation will grow wild and become a jungle without constant vigilance! Things that grow in the mid-west in the spring and early summer (lettuce, sweet peas, etc) will grow here only in the winter when the weather is not as hot. No matter where you live gardening is a fun, challenging, and rewarding occupation.
our daughter lives in the Orlando area, we love visiting, but I just couldn't take the humidity. We have enough here, as for the bugs, well, we have our share so that I could learn to live with. I do wish I would say, I have to watch so the garden doesn't get out of hand. You are right though, it is just fun to see the results of your hard work and knowing what you are putitng into your mouth. I will add, I am not an organic nut, this doesn't mean I don't want to have a clue what I am eating...but I am not anti pesticides all the time and I will kill a bug, with stray if there is no other way.

Nita
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