Appalachia Gardening

Planting By The Signs For May 2015

Planting By The Signs For May 2015


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Our spring veggies are almost ready to eat-well everything except the beets. Our weather has been cool and rainy over the last few weeks so we haven’t managed to get anything else in the ground. Granny and Pap are ahead of us-they already have their beans planted.

The tomato seedlings are coming right along and should be the perfect size for planting in the next 10 days or so.

Next week is shaping up to be a super busy one for us but hopefully after that we’ll find the time to plant the rest of our veggies.

How’s your garden coming along?


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  • Reply
    May 4, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Thank you for the comment! People around here-including us do grow greasy cutshorts-or greasy back beans as some folks call them. I really like them! Go here to read a little about them:
    I hope you have a great week!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    May 4, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Ron-thank you for the comment! I’m sure the transplants are growing good down below too. You can transplant your seedlings on any good planting day. The only thing to worry about is making sure the last frost date has passed if its a tender plant like tomatoes, peppers, or squash. Hope you have a great week!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    b. Ruth
    May 2, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    and Ed…sound like your tomato seedlings had a case of what is called…”Damping off”…Not from the moisture but a disease caused from several things….
    I had a flat “damp off” once…sickening! I replanted in sterile soil with bottom heat, so they grew slowly, tried not to overwater or let dry out and gave good morning sun when the stems start drooping their dicot leaves. These eventually took off and did well. This happened in our little green house years ago!
    We got tomatoes and peppers today…As hard as we tried not to do it, we still purchased too many tomatoes…We are trying some new varieties this year…
    Thanks Tipper,
    Good Luck Ed on those tomatoes…

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    Rev. RB
    May 2, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Been too rainy to get our things in the ground, but now that we’re seeing nearby farmers planting things, we’ll feel better about planting ours too.
    This year I’m going to concentrate more on herbs (parsley, sage, thyme, basil) since I found out, if they’re planted directly in the ground and are well mulched, many are perennials that will winter over and get bigger and stronger each year, and do better than if they’re planted in pots that are brought inside right before the first frost do. I’ll have to research first to be sure to only get the perennials though.
    We’ll have a few varieties of tomatoes too. Gotta have tomatoes.
    God bless.

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    Ron Stephens
    May 2, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I’m not a good enough gardener to know what is going on with transplated plants while they are not developing new growth. I hope they are growing roots. Seems to me they ought to. I could dig some up to see but can’t bring myself to do it. There ought to be a ‘correct’ time to transplant. But would it be different than the correct time to plant seed or the same ? If different, should it be earlier or later ?

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    Ed Ammons
    May 2, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I left my tomato seedlings out last night and when I checked them this morning they had all dried out and died. Every one of them! I checked them yesterday and the soil was moist and I had them covered. I guess I’ll be buying tomato plants if I am going to have any this year.

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    May 2, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Hard to believe, but not a thing planted yet. Spring is coming along slowly, but even the farmers who raise hay are saying their fields are 2 to 3 weeks behind right now. Only in the past couple of days have I been seeing some of my perennial flower plants putting up their first tiny leaves. And I finally have a daffodil blooming – huzzah!
    This week is supposed to be consistently warmer, so it’s going to mean suddenly trying to do everything all at once. Not really possible, so I’ll just have to do my best and putter along…fresh vegetables! Lots of incentive there 🙂

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    Miss Cindy
    May 2, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Tip, your green onions and lettuce are looking very good!

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    May 2, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    We got tomatoes and bell peppers out early this week. Later in the week we planted squash, okra, radishes, cucumbers and kohlrabi. I plant the kohlrabi especially for a kid at our church. He loves them. We will not plant beets this year because we have about 25 quarts of pickled beets left from the last two years. We plan to get the corn and melons out next week.

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    May 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I ain’t got nothing planted yet,
    things just haven’t been right for
    me. The other day I was at our local hardware store and should
    have got some yellow onion buttons. Now they’re all gone,
    guess I’ll do without those too.
    I just use ’em to cook with anyway. Don’t plan on anything but tomatoes, corn, and beans.

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    Wanda Devers
    May 2, 2015 at 11:46 am

    We haven’t got anything done yet. It’s been rainy & chilly here.
    I spent last week at Chickasaw Park in West Tn. with my best friend. For those who haven’t tried it, many of the state parks have fully furnished cabins for very reasonable cost, especially during the week & early in the spring it’s very quiet & peaceful. We talked ourselves hoarse.
    But that trail they said was a mile and a half was a whole lot further & uphill both ways! We are laughing now but we were really getting a little scared!
    There was no internet & we did really miss that–so many thing about the area we wanted to look up & I missed The Blind Pig!!

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    Ron Stephens
    May 2, 2015 at 10:10 am

    I’m like you all, sitting on ready. In the last two years I’ve taken to watching the 2″ soil temperature because that’s where the seeds will be. Down at the south edge of the mountains it has been climbing slowly but is still in the 60’s; too low for squash, cucumber, watermelon, corn and especially okra. The seed will just sit and sit without germinating then when it does finally it will be a relatively low percentage.
    But, notithstanding, I did plant Volunteer half-runner beans as well as tomato and sweet pepper plants. The plants are just waitng also until they get warm enough to grow. The beans were up last week but had ‘skips’ and I re-planted.
    I’ve had lettuce, radishes and green onions, also Greek oregano and leeks from this years’ garden.

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    Paul martin
    May 2, 2015 at 8:25 am

    You have never made mention of greasy cut short beans? I know they are a poplar bean in your neck of the woods!!

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    b. Ruth
    May 2, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Would that be:
    Potatoes and tomatoes?….got it!
    Beans and uh…greens?
    Peas and uh….trees?
    Onions and uh…bunions? I just can’t think of anymore veggies that sound alike …
    Cucumbers and ?…
    Squash and ?…
    Corn and ?….
    Peppers and ?….
    Pumpkins and ?….
    Radishes and ?…
    Leeks and ?….
    Parsnips and ?…
    Cabbages and Kings…?
    Nope, Cabbages and Kings are in a poem of the Walrus and the Carpenter…by Lewis Carroll in “Alice through the Looking Glass”…..when the decisive moment comes to speak of other things….LOL
    Our garden have Leeks growing….that’s all…Hope to get the tomatoes, beans, cucumbers etc. in this weekend!
    I did plant 4 Pentas last night in a whiskey barrel at the end of our raised bed. The hummingbirds
    love the bright red but I only found the light pink, light red and dark pink…can’t find the brilliant red they really love!

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