Mar 29---Whats happening in your garden?

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by tallpines, Mar 29, 2004.

  1. tallpines

    tallpines Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2003
    A woods in Wisconsin
    Snow has melted off the garden, altho there is still snow in areas of the woods.
    Looking forward to seeing those first wildflowers.

    Our first harvest of the year will be very poor-----that would be Maple Sap.
    Once the sap started running, we never had another freezing night. The trees will begin budding in the next couple days and that will be the end of sap collecting.

    But, that also means the frost will be out and the soil will start warming up.

    What's growing in your garden?
    (Remind us of your zone)
  2. Ed in S. AL

    Ed in S. AL Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2002
    At the end of the road.
    It's growing. And doing great this year. Going to pick 3 rows of young turnips that are left this weekend, and get them in the freezer. Need room for more snap beans. Corn is about a foot tall now. Tomatoes are growing like weeds. My tater crop is still the best it has been in years. I am really proud of my carrots. Set out more yellow squash plants last night. Haven't had any rain in over a month now. Supposed to get some tonight. Have been running up the water bill by watering the garden and all my fruit trees.

    My fruit trees are doing great this year. Got all of them fertilized and mulched. Have a ton of peaches already set. Going to have buckets of blueberries this year. My citrus trees, satsumas, oranges, and lemon; are now starting to flower out. My apple trees finally decided to bud out this morning. Going to go pick up a cherry tree for the wife tomorrow, and maybe grab another plum tree. Wish I could find my kiwi vines I am wanting around here. Grape vines are starting to take off pretty good.

    Started cutting grass yesterday. Going to dig up some rose bushes and move them to a new bed this afternoon. Then maybe add some gladioli bulbs around them. Have tons of other flower seeds planted and already growing nice. This is the year I start working on my flower beds. Also need to finish getting a section of fence up out front, so I can get my morning glory vines set next to it. Started all of them from seed. They are ready to be transplanted now. Say one of my old neighbors cleaning brush out of the ditch in front of his house Friday. So I slid in and grabbed a couple of wisteria vines for free. Got them planted.

    I don't know where I have been getting all of my energy from this spring, but I hope I can keep it up. Been feeling like I was 25 again.

  3. gobug

    gobug Well-Known Member Supporter

    Dec 9, 2003
    Seeds for cool season greens that I planted 2 weeks ago are sprouting. Volunteer seeds from last years garden are sprouting all over. Rhubarb is poking out since the weekend and horseradish has been up for a week. Chives, garlic, and parsley have been growing slowly for 3-4 weeks.

    I made row covers for my boxes this weekend. I bent hoops of pencil rod and spaced them at three feet in the boxes. Then I cut the large piece of heavy duty row cover I bought from Johnny's Seeds a little wider than hoops plus the box height. I sewed a hem on the sides of the covers and inserted rebar to weight the fabric.

    Now I need to attach two pieces of rebar over the top of the fabric and perpendicular to the hoops to prevent the wind from blowing the covers off. This will also allow access from both sides of each box.
  4. chickflick

    chickflick Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2003
    Wow, Ed; didn't know you could grow that much this early ... in the 'south'! (I'm a little further north than I used to be when I gardened!)

    Here in NE Texas, I've just put in three more 8 x 4 sq. ft. beds (In addition to he 'winter' bed). Tall trellis of 16' sheep panel arched between two beds for trellis. Planted green beans, spaghetti squash, cucumbers along those edges.

    Husband planted hot peppers of all descriptions in "his' bed, and I have some herbs and space left in mine for carrots, radishes, and other things.

    Then the 3 rd bed will be all the big viney drape over the edges and put on hay; muskmellon, watermelon, pumpkin.
  5. Paquebot2

    Paquebot2 Guest

    Lots of life in my Southern Wisconsin garden! 18 of the 20 garlic varieties are up. Reason for two not being up yet is that they just went into the ground Saturday. Had to dig the parsnips first as they were showing green leaves. Catawissa and Heritage Sweet onions have returned to life and again begin their quest to conquer the garden, if not the entire world! Leeks wintered over nicely and there's just enough for a few good soups and several plants left for seed. Shallots and potato onions both coming to life. Lots of green appearing from the dry masses of last year's chives. I-itoi multiplying onions, planted in December, appear to be living up to their reputation for producing 120 scallions from a single bulb.

    In the cold frame, most of the brassica family are beginning to form their first true leaves. Lettuce almost big enough to begin stealing a few leaves. And the first tomato seedlings appeared in there over the lovely weekend.

    So, spring indeed is coming, if not here already.

  6. Marsh

    Marsh Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Geez and poor me in Massachusetts is still waiting for the ground to thaw enough to till it :( Maybe nextweek. Still getting to 28 at night *sigh*
    But I did plant some bunching onions in a plant pot in the kitchen next to the wood stove :) I plan on the next couple days at least planting some seeds under lights in the basement to get something started.

    I am still new to gardening and with weird weather up here I think I am running behind in planting seeds indoors.

  7. suelandress

    suelandress Windy Island Acres Supporter

    May 10, 2002
    The Quiet Corner of CT
    Jere in CT zone 5 nothing has been seeded outside. However, that hasn't kept us from being busy! We have planted both berries and fruit trees, cleaned up some old barberry and replaced in with hardy varigated weigela. Found some good prices for 2x4's and are currently digging holes to put in the deer fence.
  8. mistletoad

    mistletoad Well-Known Member Supporter

    Apr 16, 2003
    Southern Maryland
    We got the potatoes in last week - 80 lbs in all. The peas are about 1 inch tall and the mesclun mix is coming up. The walking onions are huge but very tasty and not at all tough. Carrots, snow peas, radish, radicchio, yellow onion, red bunching onions, florence fennel, dill are all planted but not yet sprouting.

    The tomato and pepper seedling have their first true leaves and are doing really well under the lights. Soon we will need to pot them on but have no idea how we will fit them all under the lights when they are transplanted.

    We have been mulching the paths between the raised beds and it looks so neat - we have 6 raised beds, each 4ft by 69ft. The lumber for the sides was salvaged and the mulch for the paths is free from the county.

    Also getting lots of free manure to ammend the bigger beds, I think we are up to 9 pick-up loads so far!! I love that we get all this stuff free (except for the hard work).

    I think I will have to mow the lawn before the week is over.
  9. jillianjiggs

    jillianjiggs Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2003
    I spent a day last week planting about 40 bulbs in the front planter bed. Our roses are filling out with new leaves and I'm starting to see some buds. The 4 tomatoes I planted are blooming and looking nice and strong. The asparagus I planted is almost up to my chest!!! We haven't had too much of a pest problem yet, but knock on wood.
  10. unregistered6474

    unregistered6474 Guest

    Apr 21, 2003
    I have a tiny garden because I live in a city subdivision :no: in St. Louis, MO.

    So far my garlic is up about 8". My spinach has just sprouted. I planted peas and lettuce but they have not sprouted yet.

    My basement is home to some pepper plants (bulgarian carrot, hearts, and anaheim), lemon basil, marigolds, pole beans and sunflowers. They will go out when it gets a bit warmer.
  11. Timber

    Timber Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2003
    NE Ohio
    Mud puddles were just drying up last week. This week... rain saturated mud, and now with an inch of wet snow.
    Looks like another wet year

  12. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

    Mar 21, 2004
    deep south texas
    lettuce is up the corn/beans are over a foot tall, the yard was mowed last week 8th time this yr. squash /watermelons are vining peppers that were started from seed are 3" tall the tomatoes are getting the first set of true leaves( 1 plant) the rest i'll wait and see. this is the first yr in over 3 yrs i've been able to plant anything. dur to a work injury.
  13. LindaT_AK

    LindaT_AK Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    Alaska to N. Maine back to Alaska
    Well, I have to say absolutely nothing. Snowed today again. ten below yesterday morning, a bit warmer this morning. I'm afraid it will be awhile before I start to garden. Except for starting my things in the house.
    Linda T.
  14. chickenman

    chickenman Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2002
    I planted most of my "spring" garden early in the week before the rains came. I got my onions from Dixondale just in time to plant. I put out around 600 onion plants. Garlic and shallots are up as well. My brassicas are just starting to sprout in the cold frame. Have a few tomatoes and peppers going inside. Waiting for the next couple weeks to start things in the greenhouse. I also have 24 Wall O Waters filled up and waiting for tomatoes and peppers. They will go in mid-April.
    We woke up to an inch or so of snow this morning and forecasts for this weekend are calling for teens at night, so it ain't safe out there yet.
  15. Bluecreekrog

    Bluecreekrog Well-Known Member

    Jun 21, 2002
    S Oh.
    Potatos are breaking the ground, Peas and onions are 3" tall.
  16. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

    May 10, 2002
    Greens outside are about 1/2 inch tall, in the solar greenhouse they are up to 3" tall and I will be adding them to salads, soon. The daffodils that I planted a few weeks ago are just breaking ground, established daffodils are just finishing their bloom. I have a few cantalope seeds just up in the greenhouse, too.

    That's about it, excepting the forsythia and redbud are blooming. It's still very early spring out here.
  17. Gayle in LA

    Gayle in LA Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2002
    Just wrapped up the hottest March I have even seen here in Lost was upper 80s to mid 90s ALL MONTH. This was after a chilly winter that never hit 65, then we had 70 for exactly two days. Fortunately it is now winter again and cool and cloudy. March should be prime planting time, but none of my seeds germinated. The tomato and pepper and eggplant seedlings I started in Feb are doing ok, I put 4 tomatoes in the ground right out of the flat at 3 weeks of age and they are growing like weeds. My spinach is bolting, and for the third year in a row I CANNOT get beets to germinate worth a damn. The weather is so screwy in recent years it is all but impossible to grow my food anymore. My green bean plants burn up in the fierce sun, corn won't pollinate, and the poor tomatoes and peppers melt/cook right on the plants. (heavy sigh) But I am always hopeful. Tomorrow I will try again with a planting of corn and bean seeds and hope for the best. I think maybe it is time to garden like they do in South Texas, with a lattice shade cover over the entire garden 12 months out of the year......................Don't believe it when they try to tell you how nice the weather is in Southern's only nice if you are right on the coast or within 3 miles of it.
  18. ladybug

    ladybug Missing Home

    Aug 18, 2002
    Middle Georgia
    Everything in My Garden is up except a few renegade daylilies! :haha: We have 3 big Perennial Beds and a small Veggie garden and they are all doing great! I'm already fighting the kids over the strawberries!
  19. diane

    diane Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2002
    South Central Michigan
    Here in Michigan the daffodils are just now starting to bloom. I have been busy transplanting and dividing plants like daylillies and iris, building some new raised beds from fieldstone and getting ready to plant some new fruit trees. Inside I have way too much stuff that was planted way too early, but I am enjoying having petunias in bloom, as well as geraniums.
  20. oz in SC

    oz in SC Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2002
    SC and soon to be NC
    mrs oz here :)

    Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Onions, Carrots, Dill, and Beans are all coming up. I broke down an bought eggplant plants from Lowe's. Tried seeds twice and got lousy germination. I've transplanted the okra and will be transplanting the tomatoes and peppers this weekend. Daffodils and Crocus are blooming. Hostas are coming up and the Carolina Jasmine and Azaleas are in full bloom. Let's dwarf peach and plum trees have loads of "baby" fruit. This is very exciting for us. We got them last year, so this is our first year for fruit. If they all make it we'll have a bumper crop. Still have to get the A-Frames built so we can plant the cucumber and peas and still need to plant the corn. I LOVE SPRING!!!! :D HAPPY GARDENING Y'ALL!