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richrollgardener

@richrollgardener@toot.wales

retired photo lab supervisor, forester, gardener, amateur botanist. I give away vegetables. (except sweetcorn, I never share sweetcorn)
FeederWatch participant
using iNaturalist as richroll
located in Connecticut, NE US
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone borderline 6b - 7a
All photos are my own unless otherwise stated.
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compost, to gardening
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To us, the best mulch that you can use for the garden beds does not come from the garden center.

It is whatever biomass you have next to you that can be used and that is free.

This year I have used leaves from our trees in the garden beds and chopped weeds into the aisles.

Yes, it is labor-intensive to do that but I know that every year I have this resource available for free. So instead of sending this yard waste to the landfill and creating greenhouse gasses, it is best to find ways to use it in the garden.

What mulch do you like to use for your garden?

richrollgardener,
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@compost I use the materials on hand, such as shredded prunings from the fruit trees and shrubs, a combination of shredded tree leaves saved from the previous autumn & any grass clippings I can get (tumbled in the compost tumbler for a few days first). I also compost garden waste from the previous year and use that as mulch the following spring. There is always a need for more! 😀

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richrollgardener, to gardening
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Ok, so now my little greenhouse is full to capacity with tomatoes, peppers, Jalapeños, eggplant, lettuce, snapdragons, parsley, basil and probably some other stuff I'm forgetting about. Weather outside is currently 46⁰F (8⁰C) and dropping, and the wind is gusting to 42mph (67kph) and it's raining again. How am I supposed to get this all planted out? All that's in the ground so far are some unhappy onions and frazzled lettuce plants.



richrollgardener, to gardening
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The tally so far in the potting-up marathon is as follows:
48 beefsteak tomatoes
12 SuperSweet 100 tomatoes
36 Moreton tomatoes
12 Jalapeño (Everman) peppers
48 King Arthur green bell peppers.

Next up: second planting of lettuces and potting on 48 eggplant seedlings.
Planting out of cabbages soon!





A ten inch tall, light brown teddy bear in green overalls sits looking directly at the camera. He is holding a beet in his right paw. There is a bunch of beets embroidered on the bib of his overalls. He sits in front of several dozen tomato plants on a greenhouse bench.

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richrollgardener, to gardening
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The extended cool and wet weather has really let the volunteer flowers romp away this year. We have violas all over the place. The Vinca is happy now that it gets more morning sun since we lost the massive Beech tree last fall.




A long horizontal view of the Vinca minor in flower all along my row of cedar trees. Bright sunshine lots of green foliage and hundreds of little blue flowers.

richrollgardener, to gardening
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Been very busy so I have a lot of posts to catch up on. First up is BeetBear finally got 2 dozen lettuce seedlings planted out. There are 12 Butter Crunch and 12 Black-Seeded Simpson seedlings finally in the ground. The day we planted them out was cold and our hands went numb. The next day the temp. soared to almost 80⁰ F (26⁰ C). It seems that the eclipse here flipped some kind of switch, 😀
Pictured is my favorite row marking line.
#BeetBear
#gardening
#allotment
#zone6b
#NewEngland

A grey cast metal garden line spool with about 50 feet (15 meters). There is a matching metal stake to the left. The revolving spool section is about a foot (30 cm) long. The set is seen laying on some green grass.

richrollgardener, to gardening
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Spring is taking a long time to get here. My first batch of composting "greens" in the tumbler never managed to get warmer than about 80⁰F (27⁰ C) before cooling back off again. Now I'm transferring it to my long term cold compost pile for use next year. The warmest spot in the garden that I could find was next to the onions and it was 48⁰F (9⁰ C). Got to get the lettuce & cabbage out soon but my fingers are going numb from the cold.
#compost
#Gardening
#allotment
#zone6b
#NewEngland

A black and yellow, egg-shaped digital thermometer with it's probe stuck a few inches into the garden soil. The temperature readout says 48⁰ F (9⁰ C). Brown, crumbly soil with agricultural fleece in background.

richrollgardener, to gardening
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richrollgardener, to gardening
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richrollgardener, to gardening
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Spring is taking it's time showing up here in my corner of Zone6b. Temps in the last 7 days have ranged between 28⁰F and 57⁰F (-2⁰C and 14⁰C) with and average of 43⁰F (6⁰C). The trees are very reluctant to bud out yet and everything is soaked due to all the rain and sleet we've been having. My compost tumbler has only today started to heat up to useful levels. It managed 100⁰F (38⁰C) this morning. Haven't seen the sun for a couple of days.
#compost
#gardening
#allotment
#zone6b
#spring

richrollgardener, to Birds
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Just finished entering Project Feeder Watch info for my site for Week number 20 of the season. The details may be viewed here:
https://feederwatch.org/pfw/count/summary?id=S165152372
We had 23 species and 93 individuals this week. The Brown Headed Cowbirds and Gold Finches are now back, adding to the list of spring arrivals. The Juncos seem to be tapering off and will probably all be moved on soon. Have a good week, everyone!




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The weather is becoming warm enough now for me to begin clearing last year's flower bed debris. All the debris was shredded and put back on the bed as mulch. The rose bush got a pruning and was tied back up to the trellis. I seem to have inherited my mother's ability to get my finger in front of the lens when snapping pictures.




A view of a climbing rose bush tied to a trellis in a heavily mulched flower bed against the wall of a building. In the foreground is a garden cart full of shredded dry plant material to be used as mulch. The photographers finger appears in the photo to the upper left partly obscuring the view.

richrollgardener, to gardening
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@Hesperalis
In light of all these garden shed break-ins, BeetBear decided to check up on the security arrangements on the shed in which are kept all of grandpa's vintage gardening implements.
#BeetBear
#Gardening
#Allotment
#Spring
#NewEngland
#zone6b

Hesperalis, to random
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After a very pleasant break in Derbyshire, back to the plot today. Unfortunately the thieves had returned and gone through the sheds again. Losses so far include a wheelbarrow and two waterbutts, one of them mine. Given there is an intact 8ft fence around the site, we suspect they have got hold of the lock combination and are stealing to order. What a pain. Cub is ok though.

richrollgardener,
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@Hesperalis Sorry to hear about the thefts. It's discouraging to think that people can do that. In recent years I've had to padlock my sheds in the back of the house for the same reasons...😬

richrollgardener, to Birds
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My bird feeding operation has generated A LOT of peanut shells (no they are not the salted type) that I have begun to add to the garden paths as mulch. Has anyone else have experience with peanut shells as mulch?😀
#Birds
#gardening
#Allotment
#spring
#NewEngland

LoraHughes, to gardening
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Is this a peony coming up in my newly planted geranium? Totally baffled how this happened - the geranium came as bare root - but do so love volunteer plants. @gardening

richrollgardener,
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@LoraHughes @gardening It kinda-sorta looks like Peony. Here is a shot of mine from last spring for comparison. Mine seem to be redder in the leaf area than your picture shows, but otherwise quite similar. 😀

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Decided to go out early today to do our annual in my small home apple orchard. It was 19⁰F (-7⁰C) and a big snow is forecast for later so we did it while we could. sits in the tree holding the "toast" while some scruffy old gardener is hogging all the cider.
“Here’s to thee, old apple-tree,
Whence thou may bud, and whence thou may blow,
And whence thou may bear apples enow
Hats full! caps full!
Bushel-sacks full,
& my pockets full, too, huzza!”

A light brown teddy bear in green overalls sits looking directly at the camera. He is holding a beet in his right paw. There is a bunch of beets embroidered on the bib of his overalls. He is sitting in an apple tree and holding a piece of toast. Next to him stands a smiling adult male in a green plaid woolen coat holding a brown ceramic mug containing hard cider. The two of them are "toasting" or Wassailing a small home apple orchard. Several small apple trees and a blue garden shed in background. Grass on ground is frozen solid.

cheeseblintzes, to gardening
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30 different types of tomatoes to choose from to grow this coming gardening season.

WHY DO I HAVE SO MANY GODDAMN TOMATO SEEDS?

Anyway, of these... which ones are your favorite, or which would you like to try?

My favorites are the Sungold's and the Super Sweet 100s.

My goal is to make and sell things at farmers markets, and my little farm stand (that I didn't put up at all in 2023, whoops!).

Tomatoes are not all I grow... but I will never not be surprised at how many different types of tomatoes I have when I take my seed stock at years end.

richrollgardener,
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@cheeseblintzes the Supersweet 100s are always on my list! 😀

richrollgardener, to gardening
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A few hours from now we will "see" the Winter Solstice and begin the long slog to spring.
As they say around here, "WHEN THE DAYS BEGIN TO LENGTHEN, THE COLD BEGINS TO STRENGTHEN!" Three cheers to all you gardeners for making it to this point. See you on the other side!😀






richrollgardener,
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And to all my , and friends ..
"Have a glorious summer!" 😀

richrollgardener, to apple
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I have a home of 6 trees, and it has been our custom to have a wassailing celebration for the trees on 12th night to thank the trees for the harvest and to encourage a new crop in the spring. We simply stand by the oldest tree and sing "Here We Come A Wassailing" and share a bottle of hard cider amongst us and the trees. I know this pales in comparison with many fine old traditions and I would LOVE to hear about how you your trees!


A general view of a Baldwin apple tree with many nearly ripe apples hanging on the branches. Green apple leaves above, green grass and other ground plants below. Photo taken in October 2022.

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Here's my plant list for today's feast. 44+30 botanicals in the Gin unlisted!
Potato
Squash
Apple
Blueberry
Carrot
Peas
Celery
Onion
Wheat
Rosemary
Parsley
Sage
Cloves
Cinnamon
Cassia
Turmeric
White/black Pepper
Bell pepper
Lemon
Savory
Oregano
Basil
Marjoram
Tarragon
Dill
Allspice
Thyme
Nutmeg
Soy
Sugar cane
Tapioca
Ginger
Olives
Cucumbers
Coffee
Cranberries
Raspberries
Barley
Hops
Quinine
Bay
Corn
Oats
Maple syrup

MnemosyneSinger, to random

Good morning nerds

richrollgardener,
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@MnemosyneSinger Take a look at some Dave Brubeck stuff...

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