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HilLogic

Manchester, KY

#1 Jan 19, 2013
It sure was a nice day today. I've enjoyed seeing a couple of days of sunshine after all that rain. I got my garage cleaned and noticed all the bulbs coming up in my flower bed; one little stray crocus was actually blooming. So it got me in the mood to think about gardening; I'll probably order seed this week, so I can get started with seed beds indoors. Anyone else get a little twinge of spring fever today? lol

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#2 Jan 20, 2013
Indeed. I noticed a couple of the fattest little robins yesterday. Poor little things are home, thinking its spring.
yep

United States

#3 Jan 20, 2013
HilLogic wrote:
It sure was a nice day today. I've enjoyed seeing a couple of days of sunshine after all that rain. I got my garage cleaned and noticed all the bulbs coming up in my flower bed; one little stray crocus was actually blooming. So it got me in the mood to think about gardening; I'll probably order seed this week, so I can get started with seed beds indoors. Anyone else get a little twinge of spring fever today? lol
We already started some seed inside, and they've started poking up above the soil.

On another note, we got our bikes out and did a couple miles of mountain biking down towards the lake yesterday. Crisp air and serenity. I cannot wait for spring to get here!

Since: Jul 10

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#4 Jan 20, 2013
yep wrote:
<quoted text>We already started some seed inside, and they've started poking up above the soil.

On another note, we got our bikes out and did a couple miles of mountain biking down towards the lake yesterday. Crisp air and serenity. I cannot wait for spring to get here!
I love winter, for the quietness, and the snow. No snow though. Spring here is beautiful. Can't wait.
HilLogic

Manchester, KY

#5 Jan 20, 2013
Mystery801 wrote:
Indeed. I noticed a couple of the fattest little robins yesterday. Poor little things are home, thinking its spring.
They were fat, that means they're finding plenty to eat. I hope they don't freeze their little tushes off; it's supposed to drop below freezing tonight and for the next couple of days.
I agree with you; I love the winter, but I'm ready for spring!
HilLogic

Manchester, KY

#6 Jan 20, 2013
yep wrote:
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We already started some seed inside, and they've started poking up above the soil.
On another note, we got our bikes out and did a couple miles of mountain biking down towards the lake yesterday. Crisp air and serenity. I cannot wait for spring to get here!
Wow! You already have sprouting seeds and riding bikes; that makes me even more excited for spring. The bike ride sounds wonderful!
When I cleaned the garage yesterday, I moved the bikes closer to the door, but that's as far as I got. lol The next warm day though, I want to get out for that first ride of the year. There's nothing like it!
yep

United States

#8 Jan 20, 2013
HilLogic wrote:
<quoted text>Wow! You already have sprouting seeds and riding bikes; that makes me even more excited for spring. The bike ride sounds wonderful!
When I cleaned the garage yesterday, I moved the bikes closer to the door, but that's as far as I got. lol The next warm day though, I want to get out for that first ride of the year. There's nothing like it!
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Yesterday was a wonderful day to ride! We rode again today in the park. It was a smidge chilly, but there wasn't any noticiable wind. A light jacket made it bearable.

We planted about 75 seeds, and it's awesome to see that many poking up.

If I could find a job in Florida or Southern Alabama I'd be gone from Kentucky winters. It would be ok if I could acclimate to the warm or cold,but this back and forth is for the non-migratory birds!
The Sarge

Woodstock, IL

#9 Jan 20, 2013
Can't wait til gardening time. I want to try some new techniques on growing veggies this year. Sounds like this could be a really good topix and maybe share some ideas on different things. Who's in?
HilLogic

Manchester, KY

#10 Jan 20, 2013
yep wrote:
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Yesterday was a wonderful day to ride! We rode again today in the park. It was a smidge chilly, but there wasn't any noticiable wind. A light jacket made it bearable.
We planted about 75 seeds, and it's awesome to see that many poking up.
If I could find a job in Florida or Southern Alabama I'd be gone from Kentucky winters. It would be ok if I could acclimate to the warm or cold,but this back and forth is for the non-migratory birds!
If you don't mind my asking, I was just curious to know what type seeds you had planted so early.
I know a lot of people have problems with the wet, cold winters here. I'm glad I'm not among them. I have lived in the south and I missed the change of seasons. There's no place like home.:-)
HilLogic

Manchester, KY

#11 Jan 20, 2013
The Sarge wrote:
Can't wait til gardening time. I want to try some new techniques on growing veggies this year. Sounds like this could be a really good topix and maybe share some ideas on different things. Who's in?
I'm with you,'Sarge'; that sounds like a great idea!
yep

United States

#12 Jan 20, 2013
HilLogic wrote:
<quoted text>If you don't mind my asking, I was just curious to know what type seeds you had planted so early.
I know a lot of people have problems with the wet, cold winters here. I'm glad I'm not among them. I have lived in the south and I missed the change of seasons. There's no place like home.:-)
We've created an incubator of a sorts out of an old 55 gallon fish tank and a grow light from lowes. We can grow pretty well any type of flower.
My wife picked out what to plant, so I honestly couldn't tell you! I set up the growing area ( more my kind of thing) and let her have the joy of designing our gardens.
HilLogic

Manchester, KY

#13 Jan 21, 2013
yep wrote:
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We've created an incubator of a sorts out of an old 55 gallon fish tank and a grow light from lowes. We can grow pretty well any type of flower.
My wife picked out what to plant, so I honestly couldn't tell you! I set up the growing area ( more my kind of thing) and let her have the joy of designing our gardens.
I hadn't put much thought into flowers yet, just vegetables. But it sounds as though you have a good set-up there. I hope you do well with it.
This cold weather might have put a damper on my garden planning if it was a cloudy day. But with the sun shining in my window and the crocus blooming in my flower bed, it's very easy to sit here looking at my seed catalogs and forget it's still January. lol
HilLogic

Manchester, KY

#14 Jan 21, 2013
The Sarge wrote:
Can't wait til gardening time. I want to try some new techniques on growing veggies this year. Sounds like this could be a really good topix and maybe share some ideas on different things. Who's in?
Sarge, you mentioned trying new gardening techniques this year; I was wondering if you have done any raised beds in the past and how that worked out for you. I'm thinking of doing one or two this year and it's always good to hear the voice of experience to avoid costly and time consuming mistakes.
The Sarge

Whitewater, WI

#15 Jan 21, 2013
I am wanting to try some different ways to improve my garden this year. Last year I put out some cucumber vines in the wifes flower garden and they did better there they anywhere I have planted them before. Maybe it was the mulch keeping the moisture in. Last years heat just about took a toll on everything I planted. I've also found that not planting the seeds so deep helps. I am going to hill my tomato plants, bean vines and spread them out a lot. I would rather give them more room and yield more than to have them so close and not do so good. My friend at work says to use cane poles and heavier material for vine runs for them to climb on. He said it works for him really well. As for lettuce beds and so on, I just work the soil til it's real fine and just sew in the seed and rake them over and then water them enough to kind of bury the seed into the soil. Watermelons do good in dry weather, but make sure all the frost is gone before you set them out. Mine did pretty well last year.
HilLogic

Manchester, KY

#18 Jan 22, 2013
The Sarge wrote:
I am wanting to try some different ways to improve my garden this year. Last year I put out some cucumber vines in the wifes flower garden and they did better there they anywhere I have planted them before. Maybe it was the mulch keeping the moisture in. Last years heat just about took a toll on everything I planted. I've also found that not planting the seeds so deep helps. I am going to hill my tomato plants, bean vines and spread them out a lot. I would rather give them more room and yield more than to have them so close and not do so good. My friend at work says to use cane poles and heavier material for vine runs for them to climb on. He said it works for him really well. As for lettuce beds and so on, I just work the soil til it's real fine and just sew in the seed and rake them over and then water them enough to kind of bury the seed into the soil. Watermelons do good in dry weather, but make sure all the frost is gone before you set them out. Mine did pretty well last year.
Through the years, I have seen several people put cucumbers and tomato plants in their flower beds. I put a couple of tomato plants at the end of my flower bed a couple of years ago and they kept producing right up till frost when I finally pulled them up. I'm planning to plant more tomatoes this year than anything else; some to can and some to juice. I love good natural tomatoes and tomato juice; I don't even add salt to mine. I can't stand the store bought tomatoes. They have no taste.
I plan to plant watermelon for the first time this year, so thanks for the good advice on that.
You Know

Louisville, KY

#19 Jan 22, 2013
Its a wonderful day in the neighborhood.
HilLogic

Manchester, KY

#20 Jan 23, 2013
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.~George Santayana

http://www.quotegarden.com/attitude.html

Since: Jul 10

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#21 Jan 23, 2013
Will citrus trees grow here in KY?
Tomato tip

London, KY

#22 Jan 23, 2013
HilLogic wrote:
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Through the years, I have seen several people put cucumbers and tomato plants in their flower beds. I put a couple of tomato plants at the end of my flower bed a couple of years ago and they kept producing right up till frost when I finally pulled them up. I'm planning to plant more tomatoes this year than anything else; some to can and some to juice. I love good natural tomatoes and tomato juice; I don't even add salt to mine. I can't stand the store bought tomatoes. They have no taste.
I plan to plant watermelon for the first time this year, so thanks for the good advice on that.
Some people may not know there are two types of tomatoes, determinate and indeterminate.

The determinate tomatoes put out their fruit all at once (basically) and the indeterminate produce over a whole season. The determinate ones are good if you want a bunch ripe at once to can or freeze but if you want some to ripen throughout the season choose the indeterminate ones.

This information is not always on the label of seeds or plants. If it is not you can usually find it online.
HilLogic

Manchester, KY

#23 Jan 23, 2013
Mystery801 wrote:
Will citrus trees grow here in KY?
I have never tried it, but I have read that you can grown them in containers. I don't know if you would get much fruit off them. I know someone who grew an orange tree in a container just as an ornamental houseplant. It was very pretty. Another friend of mine grew tropical trees in containers to put out by the pool during the summer; of course they had to be taken in during the winter months. And to quote Forrest Gump,'that's all I know about that.' lol

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