Farming forum: May, dare we say SPRING?

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Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
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Kathleen
May 1, 2014 5:12 AM CST
We've had a run of rainy days and this morning, the grass is much greener. My daffs are almost all in bloom, the early and late all coming at once.

Stan has most of the fences done, going out in the dry slots to get a paddock finished.

we came from here: The thread "April Fools" in Farming forum
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
May 1, 2014 7:05 AM CST
May 1st and it is chilly and rain all week. The guy that rents our cropland has over 500 acres in but with all the cool weather it's not come up yet.

Had the hearing last night with the zoning board of the county for a variance to put a sunroom on the house. We want to square up the house but the current wall is only 68.6 feet from the center of the county road, and the requirement is 75. you never know, that sunroom might jump out some night and they'd find it in the roadside ditch. Oy-vey! They all said "we don't have a problem with it" and they voted to grant the variance. Sooooo.............looks like we'll have a sunroom sometime this year.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 1, 2014 8:37 AM CST
Good for you. I always like to hear stories of individuals winning out against government. I wonder if we have any such rules...?
Porkpal
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
May 1, 2014 11:50 AM CST
Oh, well, I did neglect to inform you that we had to pay a $400.00 hearing fee........non-refundable, of course, in the event it WAS denied. And now we will have to get a $275.00 building permit. The SU said "Holy (&#%_#(*$_, that is 2 windows". Grumbling
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
May 1, 2014 1:59 PM CST
In our county I don't think there are any such requirements unless you are inside the city limits. I guess we're just not as civilized.
Porkpal
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
May 1, 2014 2:47 PM CST
Perhaps your county is rolling in the dough and you don't NEED the money the hearing would have generated..............just sayin'......................
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
May 1, 2014 4:09 PM CST
Could be - our property taxes are certainly high enough!
Porkpal
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
May 1, 2014 5:58 PM CST
It is spring here. It has to be as all my tomatoes are in already. I grow enough for the entire neighborhood and I am not kidding. Lots of the ones I put in this year are completely new to me, I mail ordered lots of plants but still bought locally. The ones I mail ordered you just can't get around here.

My list all planted-
So the complete tomato list and everythings planted-
Pork Chop
Black & Brown Boar
Blue Gold
Solar Flare
Blue Beauty
Sweet Carneros Pink
AAA Sweet Solano
Berkeley Tie Dye
SteakHouse Hybrid
Porterhouse Hybrid
Razzle Dazzle
Beaverlodge slicer
Beaverlodge plum
Glacier
Oregon Spring
Cuore Di Bue
Momotaro
Japanese Black Trifle
Pink Berkley Tie Dye
Grandma's Pick
Zebra Cherry
Fantastic
Beefmaster
Belgiam Giant
Yellow Pear
Pink Girl
Sunsugar
Black Cherry
Big Boy
Better Boy
Early Girl
Sweet Million
Juliet
Vivia Italia
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
May 1, 2014 7:09 PM CST
I'd love to know how you compare Sunsugar to Sungold.

Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
May 1, 2014 8:16 PM CST
Well, I usually buy Sungold but this year decided to try Sunsugar instead. We we will see.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
May 1, 2014 8:37 PM CST
I'd love to be your neighbor and help with the comparison!
Porkpal
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
May 1, 2014 8:44 PM CST
Volunteers form a double line to the left!

Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Georgia Garden Sages Organic Gardener Beekeeper Vegetable Grower
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abhege
May 1, 2014 9:36 PM CST
What a list, Rita! I've only ever heard of a few of those. It should be interesting to see how they do this year.
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! The WITWIT Badge Raises cows Region: New York Farmer
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Kathleen
May 2, 2014 11:48 AM CST
Stan is moving heifers. He took some up to his brother's, and I fear that some of them have never been out. He brought some home from Melissa's. They are fewer and have filled the trailer quite nicely - springers who have done nothing but eat and sleep all winter. They will love the new grass.

Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
May 2, 2014 12:18 PM CST
Do we get pictures of cavorting bovines?
Porkpal
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! The WITWIT Badge Raises cows Region: New York Farmer
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Kathleen
May 2, 2014 12:59 PM CST
Not this time out. The girls that came here were in the trailer for an extended period while Stan came in at quarter to 2 and they put their heads down and started eating. Hunger tames the rampant heifer. For the time being....

Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
May 2, 2014 1:50 PM CST
Planting season here. I had started with my tomatoes and now today I have planted out eggplants, basil and zucchini.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
May 4, 2014 12:01 PM CST
@Newyorkrita, by planting out do you mean in a greenhouse setting of some sort? Or direct into the ground? My usual time to set out seedlings for all those warm weather crops is early June in PNW Zone 8, but we are on opposite sides of the continent so I assume there are many differences. I did take a chance and direct seed corn during our recent warm sunny week, but it's back to 45 and rainy so may have to replant (I only grow a short row interspersed with sunflowers, so no big deal if the first sowing fails).
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
May 4, 2014 12:41 PM CST
Bonehead said:@Newyorkrita, by planting out do you mean in a greenhouse setting of some sort? Or direct into the ground? My usual time to set out seedlings for all those warm weather crops is early June in PNW Zone 8, but we are on opposite sides of the continent so I assume there are many differences. I did take a chance and direct seed corn during our recent warm sunny week, but it's back to 45 and rainy so may have to replant (I only grow a short row interspersed with sunflowers, so no big deal if the first sowing fails).


I mean put my baby plants in ground outside. I watch the weather forecast, especially for a night time lows and when it looks good I plant out. I do plant much much earlier than many of the gardeners in my area.
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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MaryE
May 4, 2014 3:46 PM CST
That is a very impressive list of tomato varieties! I'll volunteer to do taste testing! I need to be repotting some of mine today. Tender things like tomatoes and squash can't go out until June 1 at the earliest. Meanwhile, I have garlic to weed, and my onions and peas are looking good. In the flower department, the tulips are blooming, pear tree is in full flower, and the lilacs are just starting. I have my humming bird feeder up already but haven't seen a hummer yet. Usually they catch me by surprise, buzzing me while I weed, or looking in the window. The lawn has been mowed twice, and clippings added to the mulch over the weepy hose lines beside the asparagus. The clippings shade the hoses, extending their life, help hold the moisture in the soil, and will break down to feed the asparagus. I should check to see if there is enough to go with dinner tonight. The rhubarb plants are big already, and putting up seed stalks which I try to cut before the plant wastes too much energy on them. A neighbor who sells at the farmer's market and also does CSA boxes will buy a lot of it. I already mentioned it to him, and need to refresh his memory since the markets will be starting soon.

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