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#1 SamMC OFFLINE  

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Posted April 10, 2013 - 08:15 AM

Spent the last two evenings in the garden, till it was too dark to see. Cultivated to kill the weeds (get em while they are young!), and planted watermelons, cantalope, cukes, green beans, and butternut squash. Woot! Plan on getting the tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, and okra in this weekend. Picked the first batch of asparagus last night. I freaking love the springtime.
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Posted April 10, 2013 - 08:33 AM

Spent the last two evenings in the garden, till it was too dark to see. Cultivated to kill the weeds (get em while they are young!), and planted watermelons, cantalope, cukes, green beans, and butternut squash. Woot! Plan on getting the tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, and okra in this weekend. Picked the first batch of asparagus last night. I freaking love the springtime.

 

You're making me jealous.  We're not that close yet, although we do have lettuce and radishes under cover. 

 

Ben W.


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Posted April 10, 2013 - 08:49 AM

Ben, I would probably have done all this a week ago if it hadn't been for the rain. Problem with Arkansas is that July and August kill pretty much everything except okra and field peas. Got to get as much done early as possible.



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Posted April 10, 2013 - 08:51 AM

Well that kind of bites!! My aspaagus spears have not peaked out of the soil and your already eating yours?

Yes Spring is my favorite time of the year!

Spent the last two evenings in the garden, till it was too dark to see. Cultivated to kill the weeds (get em while they are young!), and planted watermelons, cantalope, cukes, green beans, and butternut squash. Woot! Plan on getting the tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, and okra in this weekend. Picked the first batch of asparagus last night. I freaking love the springtime.


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Posted April 10, 2013 - 08:56 AM

JD, I am an Iowa boy, moved 600 miles south of my home just so I could eat asparagus in April!


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Posted April 10, 2013 - 08:56 AM

Well that kind of bites!! My aspaagus spears have not peaked out of the soil and your already eating yours?

Yes Spring is my favorite time of the year!



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Posted April 10, 2013 - 09:22 AM

The thing I miss most about Iowa is hunting morel mushrooms in the spring. We pick quite a few Chanterelles here, but it isn't the same.



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Posted April 10, 2013 - 09:24 AM

Yeah I lost that arguement about 20 + years ago. I had ran a Lawn Care Service back in the 80's. I wanted to move to Branson Missouri area and set up the business down there before all the Big Money people moved into the area. Then the Grandkids came along and "it ain't going to happen"  I love the Morel's too!. What part of Iowa are you from?

JD, I am an Iowa boy, moved 600 miles south of my home just so I could eat asparagus in April!


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Posted April 10, 2013 - 09:26 AM

Grew up in Cedar Rapids, spent some of the best years of my life in Iowa City (used to be a big fan of co-eds).



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Posted April 10, 2013 - 09:26 AM

Best of luck to you guys. We get frost into mid May. About ten years ago we had a killing frost in late May. It even killed the tops of many of my oak trees.


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Posted April 10, 2013 - 10:26 AM

Glad to hear some folks are busy gardening. I've still got some snow on mine. Won't be at it for a few weeks yet.


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Posted April 10, 2013 - 10:45 AM

Have not spent a lot of time in Cedar Rapids. I frequenly will go over to the Amana Colonies to eat. Those Amish sure know how to put on a Feed!!  One thing, I have never quite understood was their Zydeco Festival? Never got the connection between the Amish and Cajun Music?

Grew up in Cedar Rapids, spent some of the best years of my life in Iowa City (used to be a big fan of co-eds).


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Posted April 10, 2013 - 11:26 AM

The Amana Colonies are not Amish. A common mistake, though.


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Posted April 10, 2013 - 11:59 AM

You are correct, But the lifestyle between the groups is simular enough that the colonies are commonly reffered to as Amish since they have embraced tourism, Outsiders not familiar with the subtle differences recognize it more easily.

The Amana Colonies are not Amish. A common mistake, though.


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