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Post  kauairosina Tue 25 Mar 2014 - 0:04

keepercjr - I will be interested in the results from transplanting carrots.  I thought it couldn't be done, that they would get all wonky.  I might try with some of ours.
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Post  keepercjr Tue 25 Mar 2014 - 17:44

Sanderson I'm sorry about your cukes!  Did you transplant them?  They are sensitive to transplanting and disturbing their roots.  Mine are doing fine and have been in the ground for a month now.  They haven't grown a ton but I know they are busy "down below" with root development.  

Kauairosina (we LOVE Kauai by the way - the kids think it is their 2nd home since we have gone every year for the last 5 - except this year).  The transplanted carrots are coming along just fine.  I guess the final test will be when they are pulled!
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Post  sanderson Tue 25 Mar 2014 - 18:41

Hi Keeper, They were all grown from seed and up-potted. When I finally put them in the MM, the weather was warm, but the soil was still cold and wet. We added a third layer of 2" x 4"s (for appearance) and I think that created part of the problem with the sun hitting the MM. The neighbor's trees have also grown taller since this time last year. I just planted 4 spares so we will see if they survive. DH may have to take off the top row of wood until I have lots of extra compost to raise the soil level to the top of the 3 layers.

I'm pretty careful with transplanting. Everything else is doing fine (except for 2 cantaloupes in perpetual shade from the winter carrots and garlic). And Cantaloupes were what I really wanted this summer what with the new boxes and trellises.  Sad 
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Post  sanderson Wed 26 Mar 2014 - 14:31

Rain!!  hyper hyper hyper 
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts Wed 26 Mar 2014 - 14:40

Yes, lovely rain - but looking at the long term forecast, it doesn't look like there's much more coming  pale 
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Post  kauairosina Wed 26 Mar 2014 - 16:03

Please give me a notice.  I would love to meet anyone else on this wonderful forum.
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts Wed 26 Mar 2014 - 16:59

kauairosina wrote:Please give me a notice.  I would love to meet anyone else on this wonderful forum.
My sister lives on Kauai. I can only imagine how fun it would be to garden there as things grow so rapidly. We don't have any plans right now to visit her, but if we do I'll be in touch!
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Post  kauairosina Wed 26 Mar 2014 - 17:37

Yes, things grow rapidly on Kauai and we are incredibly fortunate.  However, the bugs and all also thrive so it is a different kind of challenge here.  We just had to pull out two beautiful squash plants because the mildew devastated them.  If it wasn't them it would be the fruit fly, etc, etc, etc.  Not complaining. Every place has its challenges as is apparent from this forum.

On what part of Kauai does your sister garden?  It would be so lovely to have another person from Hawaii participate in this forum.  We certainly have our unique problems.
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Post  kauairosina Wed 26 Mar 2014 - 17:41

to see your lovely art work.  You are really busy.
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts Wed 26 Mar 2014 - 18:22

She's a realtor. I'm not even sure whether her husband and she take care of their garden or my guess is they have a gardener as they're both busy professionals.

My garden serves to get me out of my computer chair and away from my painting desk. I can easily work a 12 hour day (especially this time of year when my agents are preparing for the biggest shows of the year). I get up 4 or 5 times a day and putter in my garden. My back love me for it  Very Happy 
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Post  sanderson Wed 26 Mar 2014 - 20:38

And more rain!!
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Post  sanderson Tue 1 Apr 2014 - 21:13

It's sprinkling at least!  Still waiting for the hail Kevin forecast.

Caution!  The following photos taken today are not for the feint of heart, those with frozen beds or compost, snow, ice storms, sleet, horizontal rain or 50 mph winds:

Potted summer squash:
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Post  kauairosina Wed 2 Apr 2014 - 1:11

great pictures.  Many thanks for posting them.
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Post  sanderson Fri 4 Apr 2014 - 10:15

DH and I just picked up two 33-gallon containers of pure, fresh horse poop and almost two 33-gallon containers of lambing straw bedding with manure. What a source!
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Post  kauairosina Fri 4 Apr 2014 - 10:51

My grand daughter gleans horse poop from our adjoining neighbor but only a small amount - like one small bucket.   My friend in Koke`e (our mountains) gets lots from one horse to grow lovely tomato plants.  We want more poop!!
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Post  llama momma Fri 4 Apr 2014 - 11:24

Gorgeous pictures Sanderson! Thank you for the eye candy.
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts Fri 4 Apr 2014 - 16:15

Beautiful pictures Sanderson - you guys are always about 3 weeks ahead of us.  When I lived at 3500 ft elevation you guys were 6 weeks ahead of us.  I would always be amazed at how many flowers there were, but then, our green grass lasted a lot longer too!

By the way, most of my plants made it through the hail/freeze, though some by the skin of their teeth so to speak!
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Post  sanderson Fri 4 Apr 2014 - 17:37

We never got the hail. That was guaranteed since I covered everything! I'm glad your plants made it through.

This morning, we picked up fresh horse manure and used hay sheep straw bedding from Fresno State. The lambs were only hours old and they looked so fragile and sweet. No wonder the lamb is such a perfect symbol.
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Post  AtlantaMarie Sat 5 Apr 2014 - 5:35

Beautiful pix, Sanderson!  Can't wait till my garden looks like that!

Ended up picking up some heirloom tomato plants the other night.  Got planted yesterday along with everything else I had started.

Starting more today!
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Post  Yardslave Sat 5 Apr 2014 - 12:24

What am I doing this month? I'm declaring it open season for gopher hunting and trapping. In the last 24 hours I've trapped 4 pocket gophers from the same tunnel. They seem to love the scent of peanut butter, but as their palates get more refined I'll change the menu up and start using fresh bread to lure them in.  I have a recycling system worked out with two resident hawks- they get to munch the gophers that I've caught- I just leave them out in the field for them. I think I'm going to be busy this year!
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Post  sanderson Sat 5 Apr 2014 - 12:54

Natural Recycling center!  Very Happy 

My DH went on a gopher rampage at one of our rentals. It reminded me of Chevy Chase! The gophers were winning! He finally broke down and got a professional exterminator.
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Post  sanderson Sat 5 Apr 2014 - 15:52

I'm mulching today with the 80* weather anticipated next week! I can't believe I still have a few squares left to plant.
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Post  Yardslave Sun 6 Apr 2014 - 14:28

It's getting pretty hot where I am too- more veggies bolting Evil or Very Mad  as I write. Looks like the broccoli blossoms are all I'm going to get. Just pulled out some massive beets that I've been overlooking; my wife took one look at them and said that I'd have to cook them If I wanted to eat them. Anyone out there know how to bake a 6" round beet?
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Post  kauairosina Sun 6 Apr 2014 - 14:52

Just the way you bake a smaller one, just longer.  Might consider steaming instead, for moisture.
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Post  Yardslave Sun 6 Apr 2014 - 15:37

Would slicing it in 1/2 or 1/4 help get these softball-ball sized beets cooked any faster? Does anyone have a formula for baking these by weight, or should I wing it?
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