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28 minutes ago, tho1mas said:

I gave up on a dry spell so today I mudded in my onions, spinach & lettuce. Looks like I got it done just before the next wet one.

Anyone got a fool proof last frost date for the rest of the stuff?

I just guess, guess wrong and too early and just have to cover up every year:D.

BilletHead

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9 minutes ago, BilletHead said:

I just guess, guess wrong and too early and just have to cover up every year:D.

BilletHead

Give me your zip code and I’ll give you a foolproof AVERAGE last frost date 😄

Ours (KC) is 4/15. My uncle waits until after 5/1 each year. 

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1 hour ago, ness said:

Give me your zip code and I’ll give you a foolproof AVERAGE last frost date 😄

Ours (KC) is 4/15. My uncle waits until after 5/1 each year. 

      This is the answer we are looking for from a guy who starts his tomato plants in December? :grin:

       I can give you a foolproof one too. It will be two weeks after I plant my tomato plants! HA!

BilletHead

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            I give up!

     Blackberries have to go. I am tired of fighting the Japanese beetles. Yes I can spray them at the right time to help but that doesn't help the bee population. Once the berries ae formed and ripening the beetles are on them big time chowing down. Berries are hard to wash in all those little cracks. I talked with the extension agent for our county. She said unfortunately we have not even seen the peak of the infestation in our part of the country. She said once the peak happens and not sure what year it will be they will stabilize but we will always have them. I began to go crazy on the patch. I realize there will be roots take hold in the future and I will take care of them a they appear down the road. 

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  I had three rows about twelve foot long. There is one left and it has been trimmed now to two foot tall. BilletHead Jr. wants some to plant in his backyard in Springfield. He had better get them quick before I finish them up. 

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   When pulling I had canes that measured 13 foot long where I had trained them to go up and then back into the ground to producing a new plant. When I pulled some of these canes I yanked root systems up to 10 foot long. Some of these roots were as big around as a golf ball,

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   I know what a waste. What do I replace here? i asked the extension agent. She said maybe blueberries. Generally they are harvested before the beetles make their outing but the beetles will still skeletonize the leaves thus you will still have to spray. I may replace with another gooseberry patch. So far knock on wood we have never had a problem yet with beetles on them ,

  BilletHead

 

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That sucks. Haven’t had beetle problems with my black raspberries, but have had some kind of disease. I pruned them way back last year and may pull them if a fungicide doesn’t work. No problems with gooseberries other than birds. 

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       More garden straightening up,

   I had some horseradish that got started in the wrong place. A few short years back I started some in one of our tubs. The roots grew out the bottom holes and into the ground. Broke some off when I dug the roots out of the tub. Fast forward to last season. The crazy things got big dwarfing the tubs and shading what i was growing in them,

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   I dug one up last year and made fresh horseradish. So today I got to try to eradicate them. They are invasive and i will have more to take care of. I could spray but think I will let them go a few more years until they become a pain again. I washed what I got out. Will take some and process and the other will go someplace else in the yard,

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    BilletHead

 

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On ‎2‎/‎27‎/‎2018 at 3:04 PM, ness said:

Give me your zip code and I’ll give you a foolproof AVERAGE last frost date 😄

Ours (KC) is 4/15. My uncle waits until after 5/1 each year. 

 

22 hours ago, BilletHead said:

      This is the answer we are looking for from a guy who starts his tomato plants in December? :grin:

       I can give you a foolproof one too. It will be two weeks after I plant my tomato plants! HA!

BilletHead

If you will simply wait until the crappie are done spawning you will be fine, works every year. 

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16 minutes ago, grizwilson said:

 

If you will simply wait until the crappie are done spawning you will be fine, works every year. 

           Good grief! I have caught them still spawning on the last of May my birthday. If I started my tomatoes as early as Ness they would be four foot tall and producing fruit already before planting. :rolleyes: If mine freeze I will just raid the gardens in Nessberg and Grizvegas,

  BilletHead

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