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Let's talk about gardening! I know we have quite a few gardeners around here. I'm sure we all have advice to share. Post what you're growing and let us see some pics! I'll edit this initial post over time and add any gardening links or resources that are relevant to our region. Some links: University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Publications - Warm and cool season vegetable growing guides tailored for our area - Pages and pages of information on soil management and pest control - Good ideas for planning your garden USDA National Center for Home Food Preservation - THE source for proper canning guidelines to ensure food safety - Also covers drying, smoking, pickling, etc. Old World Garden Farms - An excellent source of information on vegetable gardening, canning, recipes, pallet projects, and other DIY - I'm a big fan of their "post hole digger" planting method, I've had great success with it Back To Eden Film - This film drives home the benefits of wood chip mulching and organic gardening in general - If you can stomach the religious stuff (not my thing) you can learn some good gardening methods that work Carvers Links: http://www.southernexposure.com http://www.seedsavers.org http://parkseed.com http://www.sandhillpreservation.com http://www.johnnyseeds.com http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/victorygarden/ http://leapingwatersfarm.com/?page_id=16. (Our meat CSA...highly recommend this.) http://www.seedsofchange.com
It's about that time of year again. Flowers are starting to sprout, grass is turning green and there's mud everywhere. Some early Cherry Blossoms are blooming already in DC, but the main show on the tidal basin is still a few weeks away. Based on what I saw Thursday evening, I'd expect peak to be pretty close to what CWG/NPS have forecast. Post what ya got in this thread. Well, keep the naked selfies for your own personal file or send them to rr. Anyway, daffodils in my neighborhood are coming along nicely. I'd expect to see some of them in bloom by the end of the week. Here's a pic of some of those that are not quite as tall as the others. And here are two obstructed view pics of a hawk that's been hanging around the woods getting fat on squirrels, chipmunks and whatever else he may be eating.