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    Posted: March 07 2019 at 1:18pm
What's everyone working on this month? We are starting to look at gardening stuff. Our plum trees are already starting to bud, it's a little early for that. We are going to plant broccoli, onions, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, jalapenos, strawberries and I'm not sure what else.
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we're getting ready to plant potatoes but it's to wet to till so we're going to try planting in straw bales this year! Unlike last year it's been cold enough our fruit trees still haven't bloomed so unless we get a very late freeze we should get fruit this year! Cleaning out the starter plant greenhouse tomorrow! Prepping for Tornado season!   
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I need to get our tornado shelter ready, we have bags of cement stored in there right now.
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I ordered a Farmer's Almanac, I have always thought about getting one and never have. Supposed to arrive Monday.
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I am from Missouri Penham so I know what getting ready for Tornados means!!! I am going to do my garden again this year just thinking about what to plant.

I want to do a big herb area any suggestions of what you guys do.

I am not doing any construction this year so I am going to clean out my basement. I have some dry eggs purchased in 2007 and dry milk purchased in 2008...do I throw out or keep them? My basement never gets above 72 in the summer and stays aroung 55 -60 in the winter.
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We are going to plant the food items, but I also wanted to plant some sage, because we burn it for cleansing purposes (normally I go to the Wildflife Refuge and pick it), and can also cook with it and I also want to plant some lavender. There is a lavender farm near where I live and they make lavender tea, bread, cookies, pretty much anything you can think of with lavender in it. The other thing is we are planting Canna's all around the chain link fence for privacy. We used to have a lot of trees and bushes, but we had to cut a lot down, so our fruit trees could get sunlight and they were doing damage to the fence and house. I had visions of putting up a nice privacy fence and we went in halfs with the neighbor down one side to replace the existing privacy fence and just one side was $1200. We have 5 lots, in a small town and it would take at least 4-1/2 more of that distance of fence and I just don't want to spend $5000 on a fence.
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On the powdered eggs and milk? Can you try them out to see if they are still good? I actually use my powdered eggs for cooking and baking in recipes and just get more and replace them to have some on hand, just in case. I think the powdered milk goes rancid, but I have never had anything go wrong with the eggs.
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Thanks I will try them to see if they are still good. Will inform when I do this.
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Penham, plants something prickly around your boundary. That'll keep people out. Holly is good but flammable. Hawthorn is excellent but deciduous. A mixed hedge of evergreen and deciduous would be good.
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Why not intersperse those thorns with some beautiful flowers? Atropa belladonna (tall green and stately) and Acconitum napellus (tall spikes of beep blue) both look lovely.

Both produce toxins that seep through the skin, even more so if the skin is broken by thorns. They will not kill intruders (unless they are stupid enough to eat them) but someone hallucinating that they are flying [literally] is quite easy to deal with.

In medieval times, they were used to produce the famous witches' flying ointment. The poor, deluded ladies never got a broomstick off of the ground, but they believed they did.

The belladonna is a handy first line treatment of bradycardia too and many types of poisioning (like nerve gas). You can grow its own antidote with it if you like - foxgloves - Digitalis purpurea - that treats congestive heart failure - and belladonna is the antidote for them - neat! The purple flower spikes look great with the acconitum as well. Common household borax is the closest thing to an antidote for the aconite - although poisioning is difficult to achieve, as it is only mildly poisonus to most of us.

The belladonna is not too bad (unless you eat the berries), but the aconitum can produce deadly reactions in an unlucky, succeptable few. So wear gloves when planting.

In with the thorns they double the barrier. Thieves, mauraders and trespassers show up pretty quickly. They look beautiful too - the flowers that is, not the trespassers.
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Flumom- Try to put your herb garden on the South side of your house! This gives them lots of sun and protects them from the north wind! Like the old song, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme are a good starting point and you can add Basil, Chives, Dill and Mint! All of these are hardy plants and a few of each should give you a years worth of herbs! Watch out for Mint it tends to be invasive and if you don't stay on top of it, it will take over! We both love to cook and fresh herbs take most meals up a notch or two! Good luck and let us know how it works out!
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Flumom, herbs need sun and no shade, and they generally need free draining soil. I garden on heavy clay so have my herbs in a raised bed. I'm about to put a new one nearer the back door, and I want to do this cheaply so am using car tyres, stacked up in a layered effect and filled with gritty soil. I envision a bank of overlapping tyres, about 3 high, and in the semi circles of the tyres I will plant herbs and a few extra strawberries.

I do have a lot of herbs already in and established and find these are good year after year so long as I cut them back every autumn / early winter. Basil doesn't overwinter here. My mint is in two places, one smaller clump is in a giant plastic flowerpot with the base cut out and then it's been buried up to the neck of the pot in the border (this will stop it spreading via horizonal root runners) and I have a much larger clump planted in half a vast plastic drum that I cut in half lengthways and drilled lots of drainage holes in. I filled the bottom 4 inches with rocks and then soil on top.

The problem with mint is it spreads and takes over. Also be aware that the different flavoured mints, if planted together, will all end up as peppermint. So if you want to plant them, do the sunken bottomless pot for each variety and then you can plant them next to each other.
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