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ATP Podcast #5: A February Gardening Checklist of Chores

By dave
February 6, 2013

Come hear Dave and Trish discuss all the news about ATP, gardening updates from Texas, and the main feature of today's show: late winter chores for the garden.

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Feb 5, 2013 6:50 PM CST
These are so fun - thank you Thumbs up

Our pots are cleaned, Hank trimmed crape myrtles today, compost is nice and black and rich Hurray! Hurray!

SCORE on the trough - Hurray!

So glad to hear everything is coming up roses next week Thumbs up
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kqcrna
Feb 5, 2013 8:08 PM CST
Very nice. I can live vicariously through you. The ground is covered with snow, it's still too cold here to do any gardening except seed starting and dreaming of spring.

I'm glad to hear you have some wintersown sprouts, Trish. It's a pretty easy method compared to inside, isn't it?

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Feb 5, 2013 8:27 PM CST

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I'm glad you're liking the podcasts! We're having a lot of fun recording them and actually, I enjoy the process of doing the post-processing of the audio, and inserting music and things like that. It's an enjoyable relaxing job. This episode's audio quality had a small problem because of a technical issue on my computer while recording, but hopefully it was minor enough that nobody noticed it.

I'll try to get a photo of the trough soon.
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Sharon
Feb 5, 2013 8:41 PM CST
Looking forward to the trough photo. I kept wondering how you'd use it, now it's a real treasure.

Minor glitches don't seem to matter, it was also fun to hear Little Raffle Man helping you.

The podcasts are great. I think we all enjoy them. Thumbs up
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Feb 5, 2013 8:48 PM CST

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I've actually been looking at the underside of that trough for 4 years now. I never realized it was in good condition until I turned it over the other day. Imagine my delight.

What was originally a "problem" for me is now a solution!! Love it!
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Feb 5, 2013 9:06 PM CST
Repurposing.
Perfect.
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Feb 6, 2013 2:57 AM CST
and I forgot to congratulate Trish on rooting roses - Thumbs up WOW Hurray!
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Calif_Sue
Feb 6, 2013 7:10 PM CST

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My comments:

Yippie for the found worms, worm castings and the huge new worm bin!

Cinco De Mayo is a great all around rose, real fast on the rebloom, probably why you were so successful. Thumbs up

Great reminders for tool care, seed sowing, cleaning ornamental grasses, pruning, container clean-up and lasagna gardening.

Beef tallow in your store? Green Grin!

Cute chatter and sneezes Little Man! Hilarious!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Feb 6, 2013 7:17 PM CST

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Thanks Sue. Smiling

I listened to the podcast tonight and realized I never did edit out the part where Trish and I were discussing how we messed up the order of the recording!! *Blush* I fixed it and reuploaded it. Sorry for everyone who had to listen to that. We keep learning and getting better from our mistakes!

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 6, 2013 7:36 PM CST
Dave it is all good, little glitches and all. I had so much fun listening while I cleaned up my desk area. You are what ahead of us in the PNW on growing season, but was such a boost to hear what is already growing for you in Texas.

Can't wait to see the trough.

Really looking forward to 'Rose Week'. Hurray! I have to get busy earning more acorns for the raffle that will happen next week.

What a treat to hear 'Little Raffle Man' in the background.

I look forward to each podcast, thank you for doing them.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Feb 6, 2013 8:21 PM CST

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I posted pictures last time we made tallow. I'm always proud of my tallow and am very careful when I make it. The purity is important to me, so that it is stable and won't go bad.

The thread "Beef tallow" in Farming forum

Lynn, I'm really glad you enjoy it. I also like to listen to podcasts while cleaning my desk and office! Smiling
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Feb 11, 2013 4:46 PM CST

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I took pics!

Here's the bin, already loaded up with lots of good worm food:

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And here it is with the "lid" on it. I had some left over metal sheeting from when we built the barn, and it fit perfectly as a lid. So this keeps it nice and dark and helps maintain the moisture. It's not an airtight seal which is perfect since worms need some air.

Thumb of 2013-02-11/dave/bc9ec9

It looks smaller in the photos, but it's 12 feet long, believe it or not.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 11, 2013 4:51 PM CST
So it's that easy to raise worms?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Feb 11, 2013 4:54 PM CST

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Definitely! Check this out:

http://garden.org/ideas/view/dave/130/Vermicomposting-Easy-a...
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 11, 2013 4:56 PM CST
How did I not see this before? *Blush*
Will read it from beginning to end when I get back from the post office.
Thank you for the link Dave. Thumbs up
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Feb 11, 2013 4:57 PM CST

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I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Feb 11, 2013 5:03 PM CST

Plants Admin

I used to have a small bin in my other garden, it was a fun process to watch!
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Region: United States of America
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vic
Feb 11, 2013 6:06 PM CST
Thank you for the pictures Dave - it looks VERY long to me Thumbs up

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