My link goes to the lasagna thread? No kidding hmmm...Did you here that everyone ...No,Robin ...so hows the date? DId I get that right? Thank You GG just par for the norm for me I will fix it!!Oh it worked when I started it is Lucy at work here?
Here's one for you. I was at our local video rental store yesterday when the owner said he was throwing out several boxes used for VCR tapes. You know, the heavy duty plastic kind, being tossed right in the dumpster. So I scarfed a bunch to use as shipping containers for our seed swaps. The price was Free and not likely to get any cheaper!
These look great. Easily taped shut with postal tape, and sent for about $2.00 by First Class (not expensive Priority) mail. They're also ultimately reuseable without falling apart like cardboard. They should work good for shipping smaller items.
I'll be trying a few of these in my future mailings, don't be suprized if you get one. Don't feel terribly obligated to send it back to me, just on to another member within our group to keep them in use.
Yeah it seems like you all south and west of us are getting all the rain now. They said last night on the news it just might push the system holding us under dry weather out of the way this weekend so we just might get some of it. I know we sure could use some right now. I have been having to water almost everynight and that gets old LOL
What they're saying is that the conditions are very similar to the conditions back around the early 1800's when the last "big one" happened in this part of the county.But then they've been predicting another major earthquake here for years.
Yeah thats like here they say that it could happen any time. We live on a fault line and we have had several quakes that were high on the ricther scale but has never done any damage anywhere. the first I can really remember was funny. We were setting down at the dinner table and just finished dinner and all of the sudden the house was shaking really bad and we thought a train had derailed the way it shook the house as we lived close to the tracks. I got up and looked out the back door NO TRAIN , I told DH jokingly Earth Quake and laughed, then the next thing we knew it was being announced there had been a quake, like 7. something on the scale and I was only joking LOL
We've had a few big "shakes" too.What I think is funny is how people react. Especially over the predictions. There were predictions for a major quake on the New Madrid fault back in the late '80s, I know of 2 families around here who packed-up, sold their homes and moved!
Now why didn't I think of those viedo cases Al ? I have a few around here if I didn't throw them away awhile back.
We are getting light rain showers here. The shady bed should be soft enough to dig today.
Mindy did I tell you I got the huge box of seed you sent? Wow guys the Auction seeds just keep coming. We have had several also that found us since posting here on Garden Talk instead of seed for trade!!! Sometimes I guess even when things go wrong they go right!!
Well I'm back home now. I found 2 of the best buys I could have made on Craig's list. I managed to buy a small front tine tiller for 90 bucks and a 2 teired pond, water fall top half and in the lower half it has a straight up shot fountain, for 65 bucks. and both in great shape . Talk about tickled.
Yes Seray she is my sister. Thank You Sister Mindy and her friend...There is no option to close a thread so we have to leave the other one open. We will have to take that into consideration as we post new threads... I like the new forum we have had new people find us...
Thats cause you came up here and just plain took off with them!!! Thats why you got sick you headed to Maine and it was way too cold for your blood so poof you get sick and in bed...Northerners flu is much harder than southerners flu you know...
Ok, well I have been posting on the old thread all day, lol... You guys were hiding from me again weren't you? lol
Hey I heard from Mekos, she's not feeling well and went to lay back down. I have kind of an allergy headache myself a little.. I have been cleaning, mopping, and doing laundry, surely it's the housework that's made me sick, lololol
mekos has a migraine and she just informed me that her brother in laws brother had swine flu and was rushed to the hospital, please say prayers for her and her brother in laws brother
off to bed got a long day tomorrow
Well I'm sitting here in Tubby's hospital room. When I got home from work last night, he was hot and very weak. I took his blood pressure and it was very low and he had a temp., so I brought him in to the ER. They did labs, chest xray,and started fluids running. They finally decided about 11:30 PM that they would admit him for more fluids, test and to start some IV antibiotics.
I'm happy to say his B/P is coming up and he is feeling better. The Doc's were in today. The Oncology Dr. is thinking he may have to go to UNMC at Omaha and have some test on his Mitral valve. They can't seem to find where the infection is coming from. We'll just take it a day at a time and see what they figure out. I know Tubby isn't happy about being here, but if that what it takes to get him better, so be it.
Well, that's about all I know for now. We will check in with you all again. Hope all is well and life if good for all & wish all happiness and good health.
Thank you Shirley for letting us know! My prayers are with you both. Tell Tubby we're thinking of him.
I was going to mail him some "Blackie" cuttings on Monday but will wait until I hear he is home and well. You all don't need to be worrying about plants arriving right now and I have plenty, so will wait.
Hi everyone! I've been lurking around and then lost the thread. Don'tcha hate when that happens? Then I went through two pages to catch up with today! :)
Now I'm tired and I'm going to bed..try not to be too chatty before I come back again LOL!
Prayers going to Shirley & Tubby and Mekos..mine were answered today when the dr told us that my sis doesn't need to have chemo, that the cancer wasn't in the lymph nodes!!
OH Tubby, I'm so sorry. GOD be with you and make you well soon. You probably just been overdoing. Get some rest and come back when you can. Our prayers are with you for a full recovery and strength to for your body. Shirley, you get some rest also. GOD Bless you both.
Sandy's brother just had a heart attack and is unresponsive. They won't try to fly out after all.The Dr.s said IF he makes it till tomorrow, they will do surgery to unblock the artery. His kidneys had failed yesterday and had upper respiratory infection. They think it was a complication from the flu he had a while back.
I'm starting to lose the headache. It's beginning to ease up and do thank all of you for your prayers. Hopefully I will sleep some tonight, and feel better tomorrow. Good night everyone.
Mechelle, I would love to see everyone at a get together, so I hope that enough folks will run with your idea of one in TN! It is so very generous of you to volunteer to do that! And I think it would be fun to hear what the master gardeners in your area would teach us!
Hi Clan, I would really love it if everyone came here. I have 9 acres so we could really do a lot. I know the lady that owns the Travelers Inn nearby (15 min from my house in Bolivar, TN) and I bet she would give us an awesome group rate. I had to stay there for 2 weeks when we first came out here while the bank was sitting on their thumbs with the ppwk on our house, lol. Everything moves sllllooooowww in TN! Except me;-) They probably think I'm crazy, lol .. If you guys will come, I will take care of all the organizing.. with everyone's feedback of course.
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you, everyday, no matter where I am. I am grateful to be a part of this great group of gardeners.Come when you can, go when you must. We are all here in spirit if not in words.
i had been up since 4:AM , very excited about our 4th baby, wants to post a pic when he was 45 minute old but can not post it. someone tell me how!1 I did not have problem on my home PC but htis lap top is giving me problems.thanks.Belle
Belle, I do hope you can figure out how to post! I want to see that precious little one! We love babies here! My newest one is now 3 weeks old! He is our mascot on the brug thread, so we can have your newest one be our mascot here! WooHoo! Congrats to the family!
Wish I was better with computers so I could help. All I do is click browse, highlight the picture I want, click open, and it is here. Anything more complicated than that and I am lost! LOL
Prayers for all who are under stress. Tubby you get better soon, Shirley you get some rest while watching over him. Mekos glad you are feeling better, Clan glad your sister got good news, Belle I don't have a laptop so can't help you maybe Robin can I think she has one attached to her most of the time. Mekos prayers for your extended family as well.
thats all you do just what Skell said see where it says image below the box that you post in Belle that is where you click if you use firefox browser it comes up all by itself internet explorer you have to wait for the box to pop up then open the folder where the picture is and then click on the picture and click open just below it
let me know if you need more help
Goodmorning everyone... I sure hope all those that were sick are feeling better... Been raining here for a week or more...DH was off last week and we got nothing done outside due to the rain... I had such big plans for him(LGing and
hauling pecan hulls)...guess he got lucky...Looks like no sunshine here for the next few days... I have more irises coming, hope it dries up a lil so I can get them planted..
We had a football injury last night one of the boys got a broken rib
and punctured his lung now in childrens hospital so lets keep him in our prayers plz.
Hey you guys, I am much better today. Didn't get flu, just something with my health.(same o same o). The BIL's brother is in Arizona, no one has been around him, he caught it out there, but got over it a few weeks ago, they think it did some damage back then that just got worse lately. He passed away this morning. Would appreciate it if you would keep the family in prayer during this time.
Welcome all the newbies! Bring on the babies! We'll have them gardening before they can walk or talk. Another new "mascot". Now we got a lasagna mascot and and a brug mascot. WOW, we're doing good. Seeds spreading everywhere, and growing.
Will check back in later. Have a good day.
Have a question for those of you who have crinum lilys in colder zones. Do I leave them out until frost get the leaves or do I dig them up before it gets down to a certain temperature?
Been collecting touch me not and Minvera Rose of Sharon seeds. Printing my own envelopes to store them in as I go. Just need to figure out what one seed pod came off of that hubby brought in I think he did anyway don't think it came from anyone on here. Will post a picture of it later along with the seeds and see if anyone knows what it is.
Looks like my Lion's Tail is going to bloom before long.
I have Crinums too, and my first year. I have a few babies and I planted them in the ground and put good soil and mulch around the bulbs. They have no leaves of course but I do have one other Crinum that I found that does. Should I move mine? I don't have a greenhouse, so that kinda sucks if I do ;(
I am getting so brave! I drove to Paris today, (not in France unfortunately, lol) and drove by a house with a huge Canna garden of pink & red. So, despite my son's embarrassment, I stopped, and asked for some. A nice older man and he was impressed with my knowledge of all he had in his yard. (Thanks to all of you of course) and he had a hibby with big sized red flowers he said. (I have been wanting red realllly bad) And it was covered in dried seed pods, tee hee hee. So I got one and showed him all the seeds and he said I could take all I wanted, so I got 5 or 6 full of seeds ;-) I'm so impressed with myself and my new found begging skills, LOL Then I got his address so I can send him some of my white hibby seeds.. So now I have 5 different cannas! yay me.. ok shutting up now, lol NITE
You go Mechelle! Got to get seeds one way or another. Talk to someone who Knows about the crinums, Not me. I got mine from Blondie and Another friend called Flower, and Blondie told me they wouldn't live outside here so that is why I was taking mine in. I don't want to lose them. Someone from Florida told me you could take tropicals and cut off the green to the ground and compost thick over them and they would be ok, but not going to risk these babies. Thought I might try that on my white Bird of Paradise. It will get too big to take in and out so gonna compost it this year and see if it works. We don't usually get frost until over in Nov. so got time to get info. on it.
Good night all, turning in for tonight. Had to take some medications and just checking in while I was up.
Thank you Flower now answer my question of when to bring them in please. After frost gets the leaves or before the temperature drops to a certain point? Our first frost isn't due until the middle of October here.
good morning all,
wow mechelle goood deal, i do that all the time that is how i got alot of things. i kinda feel like an idiot some times lol but it works in the long run. i have a friend i met here on DG that lives down the street from me what is the chance of that. we do alot i go to her yard she comes to mine.
well, i am off to work you all have a wonderful day may all your brugs sprout today.
mine didnt lol
Thanks for the info on the Crinum. It's kind of weird here. Everything that should have sprouted up in the spring came up in summer/fall. I went to that nursery and she had the most beautiful elephant ears. Some with leaves 2ft x 2 ft. It was actually the nicest nursery I had ever been to. Everything was so clean and beautiful. Not a dead leaf in sight. Anyway, I was telling her that I found those elephant ear (colocasia) just random out in the yard near the little pond and that I put them in pots. She said they need shade all the time and that I needed to bring them inside whn it gets cold. She also commented that it was weird that they didn't come up in the spring. hmm. Who knows.
Hey where is that link that arejay gave us for the frost zones & times?
I am not really sure about being shaded all the time. I have had mine in the morning sun all summer and from what you have said about finding them in the pond area I would venture to say they are the ones for a water area. like the Taros and peace lilies. I was reading this morning where they like lots of sun. It is hard to tell with the EES as one tells one thing and another something else. I think you will just have to try and see what works for you.
Flower, I brought one in the house and left one outside in a pot and one in the ground to see which one did better. The one in the house has a lot more shoots than the one outside and the one outside has greener leaves. I think I am going to put them together in a large pot and leave them on the front porch where they get some natural light but shaded and see how they like it there. Thank you
Thanks for the link mekos. I was just sitting at the table going through all my new seeds trying to decide which ones I want to start. Jerodsmom sent me some gorgeous brug cuttings and seeds and a blooming plant. Can't wait to see how they look. Gonna do some switching around. I have the hardy geranium (I think you sent it to me, I forget now) in a hanging planter and am going to swap that out with the variegated wandering jew I got yesterday. Huneybunch sent me some, but I guess I didn't baby it enough. My mom would love this, that is one of her favorite plants. I need to call her today btw, lol. Need to go do some reading up on stratifying. Do you guys keep your seeds in the refrigerator?
Yes Mechelle, some store seeds there or some less bright bulbs-like me, forgot to do that first and sowed seeds so pots sitting in baggies with dirt and seeds are in mine. People open the door to get a drink and see the pots and start yelling MOM, what are flower pots doing in the fridge? Then go whisper and ask my husband if I'm ok? Never a dull moment.
Thanks, they bloomed so nice. I had blooms out there everyday for several months and now making seeds. I gathered some a few days ago to dry out before putting in bags, but just couldn't remember the name. I put it on plant ID and they got it fast. Then I remembered.
So far today I got all of my EE (colocasia) together and planted them in a big pot to keep on the front porch. Planted Var. wand. jew in hanging pot on the porch. Took hardy geranium out of hanging pot, planted in the ground, planted 6 of my little baby cedar trees. 10 more to go I think.. Found 3 little Christmas ferns in the ground and put them together in a big clay pot to see what I or they will do.. Found another cluster of Red Spider Lily bulbs when I dug the hole for the geranium, Oh yeah, planted my new red, pink, and tropicana cannas.. Was gonna plant some seeds today but can't decide which ones I want to plant, lol.. To be continued I'm sure... lol and I do believe we are gonna start one heck of an awesome veggie seed auction tonight ladies.. I don't have a lot of seeds to start us out, but there will be SURPRISES for heirloom veggie seed bids...
The sun is shining today ... Finally... I have to go out nd make sure my irises arent watterlogged, then I have some japanses irises I need to move to a sunnier spot...The yard needs to be mowed after 8 days of rain... sigh maybe i can mow the high spots ...Hope you all are having a blessed day ttyl...Trish
OH my NOID daylilies are reblooming... yeahhhh I didnt know they even rebloomed lol so a nice surprise... They never rebloomed at Moms...But they got very little sun there so maybe thats the key... lots of sunshine lots of blooms...
Out in the yard today! Nice, overcast, 88 degrees. LOL We should start a thread "How crazy are you". I have 1000 sq ft of tropicals to unplunge and dig up. Not counting the bromeliads, orchids, ferns and plumerias that have to find a winter home. A garden that needs to be broken down and moved to a sunnier spot. A huge screened lanai I haven't cleaned out and up fully yet. Did I mention the hostas that need planting in that lasagna bed I'm not quite finished with or the 9 oakleaf hydrangeas that need to go in the ground. And then there's this: LOL I'm sure I'm not the only one!
omg im going out to move mine right now lol I stuck them where they are (under a tree) because I didnt have time to plant them properly that day and they have stayed there.. SO im out to rescue them today and give them the sunshine they prefer...
Oh Seray that sounds like alot of work... Im thankful most things I grow here can stay in the ground ... Seldom gets below freezing...I'll have to dig my mandevilla if it want it to survive and a few hibiscus that arent hardy. I have been moving some hosta around hoping to fill in around some trees for next summer...
I moved these when I moved from FL. They just keep getting bigger and bigger. LOL I good tractor with a front end loader and very sharp clippers will get them down to size in no time. :) Don't mind the work. :) I am beginning to add things that don't need moving that's for sure.
HI Everyone Looks like a busy day for just about all of us today. I've pulled weeds, crocheted, pulled more weeds, crocheted, went with hubby for a ride to the persimmon tree where he picked about a gallon, then down to the bottom field to check for hazelnuts.found alot of bushes but not that many nuts, he showed me a plant with seed heads on it can't remember what he called it but told me it has pretty flowers and he's watching the seed heads for when they are dry to bring to me. Then he found an old hollow tree with honey oh boy he's happy now going to call a beekeeper he knows to help him with that later and to help him set up hives closer to the house. Then back to the house to crochet a bit then dishes. He's fixing his own supper so I don't have to cook tonight.
Cue I was already thinking about doing that in my butterfly garden when I'm ready to plant it so any research you've found cough up right now.
Everyone, she guessed who sent that surprise so thanks to everyone who was in on it and helped me confuse her and thanks to anyone else who wasn't in on it and guessed but didn't tattle on me.
LOL Mekos I didn't train him to cook he was doing that for himself and his older brother before I married him while their parents were gone shopping. Usually fixed his brother breakfast but would cook lunch or supper if he needed to. He likes to cook and doesn't like the way I fix some of his favorites so does them himself.
Hi everyone - busy busy day for me today so haven't been on much... Just checking in and trying to catch up - lol.
Yup - I square foot garden. The link cue gave above is good. Get the book. I got mine pretty cheap on Amazon or check the library. Get the new one, not the original as some things have changes. The older book still has the basics though. I've got pics somewhere of my beds. Gotta find them and I'll post some.
Basically right now I have 108 sq ft of space, each square = one crop, whether that be 1 pepper plant or 16 carrots - you get the idea. I have 3 - 4' x 4' beds, 1 - 2' x 10' bed and 1 - 4' x 10' bed.
One more view - this was about 2 months after planting these crops, approximately . . .
Learned a few things to do differently, like grow more stuff vertically. Even squash and melons - easy if you grow smaller varieties or ones designed for containers. Tomatoes really need more than 1 sq ft, but you can make it work if you cage them and cut suckers on your indeterminate ones so they don't sprawl so much.
Thanks K2!!! Looks compact and easy to maintain. What's the production like? Are you freezing or canning anything? I think you told me you rotate so you have goodies all season. Is that corn I see growing in the higher bed? :)
That's corn - the first experimental crop. The ants got more than I did - lol. Corn is tough - you need to have a lot planted close together for good pollination, or you need to go shake the stalks to drop the pollen when the tassels appear. I didn't grow enough to freeze or can this season as we started as an experiment - a little of this and a little of that. But what we did grow was fabulous, and you can grow a lot in a little space. Plus, once you get the succession planting down, year round growing is possible here. Once a crop is finished, you immediately replace it with another. It takes a little planning and getting used to figuring this out, but the true test will be the fall/winter garden which is in the works now. I have tomatoes and broccoli started inside, and will direct sow fall veggies now that the weather seemd to be cooperating.
DH built the boxes and they are filled with a mix of peat, vermiculite and compost (1:1:1). When planting the next crop I just add compost before planting. The soil level in the beds drop as the compost breaks down, so I just add more. The peat helps to hols moisture and the vermiculite helps loosen the soil. The beds have absolutely amazing drainage! The last bed we did, the 4' x 10' has a mix of native soil (about 1/3) and the rest compost (2/3). Both seem to perform equally so far...
I have an Ecomposter that we bought at Costco. We also have a couple of homemade ones we made from trash cans. The Ecomposter you just add and turn. The homemade ones we put stuff in and keep damp and dump and turn occasionally - slower process but it gets the job done over time. Some of that stuff I will use when I do my lasagna beds - it will be partially broken down. We don't have a traditional "pile" as we would have to fence it off. The terror, um, terrier puppy likes to dig and eat everything - lol.
We also purchased a truckload of compost from a farmer in Scottsdale when we first made our beds. A 3/4 ton truck packed full for like $80. We still have a big 'ol pile of that left and I gave some to my friend.
Our town offers free compost every year which is a plus. Looks like you've got it down to a science. I like your shade structure. We need one here. DH keeps threatening to put the whole garden under one. LOL We had it in FL and our plants were more productive.
You guys, we have had 16 inches of rain since friday. They were just announcing it on the weather station. There are evacuating some areas around 10-20 miles from here because roads are flooded and schools will run 2 hours late for the busses to be able to see the roads. And rain called for until the end of next week at least. We got 5 inches just since last night here at my house. My ponds are running over and the plants are water logged already. We needed rain but this is a little much.
OK Loca- trying the rain dance to leave my house and go to yours. My internet is off and on, but the rain isn't a downpour all the time, but just never stops completely. It goes to light rain and then flooding pour then back to light rain, all day and all night.
Good night everyone. Check back in tomorrow when I can.
Good morning all. Sure hope that nobody is floating away! We actually got a rain shower yesterday, and it rained some last night too. But it has been very dry here, so no danger of flooding here.
Has anyone heard an update on Tubby?
Hope that all had a good weekend!
GM Ladies Hope everyone has a great day. Cloudy and dreary here and supposed to be that way for most of this week. That's ok too as I have some planting to do and this is ideal for it as it is some trees and bushes that have to go in the ground.
Br-r-r-r-r! Chilly today! About 40 degrees, rainy, windy! Might have to build a fire in the fireplace, teehee! Hope the rain lets up enough for me to get some planting done. Still have so much to do before winter! Can't wait for the leaves to change! Besides, I need some for my lasagna beds. LOL
Been fairly chilly here too, nights in the 40's but no frost yet. Our leaves are just starting to turn fall colors, likely won't peak for another couple of weeks or so. Weather has been beautiful though.
Son Richie is temporarily between job assignments so will be home for a few days. We don't see him often, he travels all over the country as an engineer for a natural gasline energy co-op. Since he likes to fly, we're trying to reserve the plane out sometime next week for a Fall foliage ride, but the weather has to be just right. We'll try to get a few photos in if we get off the ground.
Hi Al, Gosh, I'll bet he's (your son) probably been in our part of the country at some time or another then. We have a gas pipeline just a few miles outside of town. Funny thing tho, never ran the line to our town, so there is no natural gas here, only propane.
Hello everyone. Well if this rain continues, I'm going to row to that round up, swap meet Mechelle was talking about and save gas. Still raining.
Beautiful colors Arejay, can't wait to see fall colors Al. Should be nice from the air.
This rain is washing all my seeds away. What is left out there is mush now, and most is just gone. Oh well, maybe some more will get ripe next week and hopefully the rain will move on.
Wish we'd hear from the others-Tubby and ILJ, I'm a little worried ,now. Take care and talk later.
Parties and get togethers are great. I love great company, great food, and just gettin' together period. Thats one thing I miss about Calif. We had bbq's and get togethers all the time. There's nothing betterthan being surrounded by your favorite people. Row on Mekos! You can park it at the dock! I love fall too.. I will share some pictures with you guys.. Photography would be my other love.
hello all ...Wanted to take a minute to speak...On my way out to pick my Grandmother(94y/o) a golf cart...her car broke down and her children dont want her to get it fixed (driving hazard) so small town police said she could drive to church and post office on a golf cart and he wouldnt say anything..I suggested a motorized chair but she said that was for old folks lol... Gotta love her..She still lives alone and takes care of her house and mowes her yard if my son dont get over there in what she thinks is a timely matter.. She still has a flower garden she tends to...Ha I collected seeds from her this year...Hope I have that much spunk left in me if I live to be her age!!!
Good afternoon everyone. 5 pints of pumpkin canned. One more canning session with them left but I let the neighbor lady have lids and now I don't have enough left to do a second canning. Not minding a bit either LOL rather get outside and see if I can finish my glad bed up today so I can start on the bed by the house, Next after pumpkin is blackberry jelly yummy my favorite.
Hope everyone is doing better and hope Shirley or Tubby will post soon so we know how he's doing. Hope ILJ is better by now too and just not able to get on.
HI Everyone. Skellogg I haven't canned meat yet but my MIL canned sausage and some of the meat from a hog. Can't remember them doing beef though. I helped with the saugage but not the meat. Gave my mom a jar of the sausage cause she was wanting a taste of the past. Poor woman never got that taste because one of my baby brothers eate the whole jar in one go. When she bawled him out he told her it was so good he couldn't stop LOL. I did give her another jar but he ate that one up too.
We are getting showers here but nothing to worry about in fact getting enough rain to keep the turnips, chinese cabbage and lettuce just right dampness.
My dear MIL and my now deceased Gram and Great Gram always canned meat. Ranch women, always had huge gardens, raised their own food, pretty much. Always butchered beef, hogs, chickens, etc., and hunted every year also, venison, antelope, elk, etc. so canned lots of meat. I sure wish I would have paid more attention. Sure makes and easy meal when you don't have alot of time. And always tasted great!
My in laws raised most of their food rarely spent more than 25 dollars a week on groceries and household supplies combined until they got where they couldn't do it so much. MIL hunted rabbits(cause they ate her garden stuff) and squirrels (cause her dad made her go hunting with him when his boys wouldn't go) She never could make herself kill deer though said their eyes got her everytime. I'm working on getting back to part of their ways.
Hi Arejay, We got sunshine today! I walked around outside just looking to see if the plants got washed away, but looks like they will be ok in a few days of nice weather. I have seed pods still on the plants with 1-2 inch sprouts coming out them. If only it were time to plant here. Don't think anything will be mature in time for blooms before winter hits. But carzy weather does this stuff. Did anyone ever hear from tubby or ILJ?
Did everyone survive the rains around here? We have more coming but hopefully the sun will shine for a while.
Hey What is going on? I have been in and out on here the last few days as been on the go for 2 days and there hasn't been hardly anyone on here chatting. This is the first time since early this morning I have been on here and nobody other than you 2 have even said anything.
More rain coming here too..Most of the previous rain has soaked in by now I planted irises yesterday then we got a slow rain last night, they looked really good when I went out a few minutes ago...soil settled nicely around the bottom half of the bulb...Glad I went ahead and planted them yesterday even tho I was ready to just sit down and relax for a while...DH tilled me up another row yesterday since I have one more box of 25 coming in next week..When I get the bed ready I will show you guys a few pics...I have about 20 daylilies im thinking about planting them behind the irises, then again, I have a LG bed started down the side yard next to the woods may plant daylilies there...Wonder how they would work planted amongst those irises to keep the grass down? Would this crowd the irises? Just wondering...
Hope everyone in the flood areas are ok... My prayers go out to all the those people who have lost their family members and all their possessions in this flood...Trish
We were doing the back stroke for a few days but good now. My internet goes in and out when it's raining hard but, today got sunshine. Got to go plant a few things that I should have done earlier, but waited for the mud to get a little less wet. Will plant later this evening as it cools for the day, and maybe it will be dryer. This red clay just packs if you plant wet. I have to dig and put in potting soil around the plants. Well, back later. Take care everyone.
HI Everyone just now getting a chance to sit and type more than a few words. Put up another 5 pints of pumpkin and have another pint I didn't can to make pumpkin bread with. I'm done with pumpkins. Next up is blackberry jelly soon as DH has the time to sit until I need him to check it for ready my eyes don't handle that part too well anymore. Found another box of lids behind some stuff so all set.
Soon as the pumpkin was ready for the canner DH wanted to go to town by the time I got ready to go the canner was done. Least I got to sit while he was in a friend's shop and the part house.
Sounds like everyone's had a busy day! Mekos glad you didn't lose all your babies in the rain. We want to see what those puya's look like. :) I managed to find an hour to finish the last layer of top soil on my LG bed. Yeah!!! If I can find another hour tomorrow I might be able to get some of the hostas in there.
I love pumpkin bread Mindy my grandmother always made it in a coffee can and sent it to me when I moved away from home. I guess it was a homemaker thing. LOL
Sounds like you got as much rain as Mekos Huneybunch. I think daylilies and iris would compete for space. I might be wrong. My daylilies fill up a space quickly. I'd be curious to know if anyone has the experience myself.
HI Everyone didn't do anything in the garden except save some touch me not seed and some orange and dark pink zinnia seed. Forgot to even check on my lion's tail to see how far along it is to blooming. Hope it makes it we are due a frost the 8th. My feet say wait a few days to make the jelly LOL they are tired.
I seen a little sprout of a pink hibiscus in a spot it isn't supposed to be anyone want it d mail me. Yes it's hardy Flower darn thing survived the blizzard we had a few years ago. No idea which kind it is was my MIL's. This little squirt is about 8 inches or so tall right now came up from seed. I don't want it still have 2 big plants I've been giving them away as fast as I can get rid of them. No takers means the little squirt gets yanked up and given the death sentence.
Seray, if we do a goth garden, lets do something besides a bat flower. My seeds have been in the pot for weeks and weeks and NOTHING yet. I have a black plant and a white plant, but my green and brown ain't getting it done.
Hello to all you dear friends:
I will try and catch you up on what has all been going on. Tubby has been taking it easy the last couple of days. He has slept alot and sits here at the table and reads the threads and has alot of laughs. I can't imagine how boring it would be for him if he didn't have his computer. He does watch TV, but he has seen every Western a few dozen times and many other shows.
We go to the Cancer Dr. tomorrow and find out how the counts are doing and how many more rounds of Chemo he'll have to go before transplant. We go to his primary Dr. after that and see what things about all that has gone on over the weekend. We go to the Eye Dr. on Thursday to see how his eye if progressing and how soon he wants to repeat the laser tx. on his left eye and he still wants to do laser tx. on the right.
There isn't a dull minute some days. That's okay as long as it helps Tubby get better. I just hate the H--- he goes through. I will be his strength and do what ever I have to, to have him with us as long as possible.
He has been busy looking over the seeds for next spring and is always thinking of things to come up with. He is busy, even when he isn't moving. LOL
Sometimes I get tired just thinking about what he is planning. I need a shot of extra energy, just haven't found the Dr. that knows about that shot. Oh well!
I will close for now, and will check in with you all later. We want to say thanks for all the prayers and thoughts. They help so much. Best wishes to you all and have a lovely day.
Tubby & Shirley
How about everyone contribute a pack of black seeds. Germinate them and send each participant a plant. That way we all start out with the same plants. We can add more if we want. Then we'll use our creativity and share the results. We could let Goth Girl judge the contest.
Sounds good Seray. Everyone get a different kind of seeds. I could like that. Will have to be looking for a nice new black kind of plant.
You guys, I got a little bitty problem. I scooped goat poo out of my goats dog houses and around the area for my lasagna garden and after the rain we just had, I went out to look around and there are thousands of tiny green little plants growing ALL over the garden and I didn't plant anything yet. I think it could be the hay that I throw in to feed the goats and maybe seeds got into the goat poo. I may have hay growing in there. I may not be able to use my garden until I cover it with plastic to kill everything in there. Didn't want to do that yet because of the earthworms living there that would have to move or die but may have to anyway. I know it's alive under there because of the earthworm snake I already found and I put about 2 dozen huge worms from the cabin at the river,( it's an earthworm habitat up there.) Everywhere you look is worms , so I brought some home and put them there to work my garden site. What can I do to fix this except cover in plastic, anyone have any ideas?
Thanks for updating us on Tubby, Shirley! Continued prayers are coming your way. Look, I am about 7 hours away, but if there is anything I can do, please let me know. I would be happy to drive down if you need me to. We sure miss you! Tubby, start planning your seed "want" list, so we know what you need. We will be happy to send seeds to you. I'm sure you will be raring to go come spring!
Went to Pamida (small box store) today, (to get dog food) in a town 40 miles away, and came home with a 8' tall cherry tree, a 6' tall canadian cherry, and a mugo pine. But I did remember the dog food! Don't know what I was thinking, as I'm not sure I will get everything planted before winter that I already had around here waiting to get in the ground. But they were on sale, and only paid about $10 for each.
Started a new business besides, as couldn't find a satisfactory job, so am now really busy trying to get the new business off the ground. Just not enough hours in the day. Oh, and my wonderful DD and DSIL, and three grandbabies have all been sick, so went there and spent time helping her with the babies, since she was sickly. Some kind of viral infection, so the doc said, nothing he can give them. But now DH and I are both coming down with it too! Go figure!
I'll check in at least once a day, though! So glad to hear from Shirley! And hope that nobody is floating away!
Mekos, that stinks! Sure hope that I won't have that happen! Wasn't planning on covering any of mine, as it would cost a fortune in black plastic! Wish I had some good ideas for you, but just not coming up with anything. Won't the worms just go underground far enough to be protected?
Not sure skellogg. I know the plastic with sun shining on it cooks the ground hundreds of degrees so nothing can survive the heat for so far down. And my under the garden soil is red clay dirt hard as rocks and no good for anything. I don't know of ever finding worms or any kind of varmits living in it before.
Our dirt is that way too, but if we dig down when it is wet, I can sometimes find a worm or two, so maybe? Only happens when it's soaking wet though, so they must hide somewhere the rest of the time. Don't think I've ever seen any when the ground is dry either. But, at least you can import more if needed. LOL!
Gonna sign off for the night. Go take a handful of vitamin C and smear a bunch of Vicks on me, and get some rest. 5 am comes mighty early when I'm not feeling up to par. See you all tomorrow! Have a good evening and take care all!
Morning all. Lordy, chilly this morning again. About 35 out there! Guess that means I need to bring some plants in, repot, and get ready for winter! Yep, fall is definately in the air! Need to get some winter fertilizer out on the lawn too. Mekos, we will figure something out for you! I like seray's idea, tho. Just add another layer of paper, and then another layer of brown or green? To smother everything?
Shirley thanks for updating us on Tubby praying for him to get better.
BLACK plants? not in my garden nope nope nope. Besides if I gave in and did this Goth Garden Cue would have to send one of those calla lilys back here and she's not going to do it you know.
Mekos if you don't mind the LG bed being tilled a little bit put a tempoary fence around the bed then catch a couple of chickens and they'll take care of the problem for you in no time. Plus add some more green to the bed while they do all that work and be happy to do it for you too LOL. That's my solutioin for you.
Today I'm going to play outside been cooped up long enough with those pumpkins.
Glad to see you're up and about Skellog. I was afraid you were getting ill. Wish I had chickens - just have grasshoppers.
I love sunshine Holly. Was happy to move to FL and happy to live in Coastal GA. Rare that we have a 3 - 4 stretch of time with only rain. In the spring sometimes. Most of the time it rains for a few hours (or minutes) and then out with the sun for a few and then back to the rain.
Mindy you can cheer us on with the Goth goings on. LOL I'll find a separate place for mine if we do it. I traded with Tinawitch for a black EE and some of those black irises are pretty flashy. :) And then there's black tulips.
Oh I have black tulips and seray the black EE isn't a realy true black . I have a couple and they do have green in them. But still would be ok for a Goth. I also have some of the seed already for black flowers. like the scabiosa, nemphila, and another one can't remember which one it is though. OH and a Black bat seed. I already have a good start . hehe.
Oh I have got way to many of those around here. I have one just behind our trailer and you talk about a racket when they start falling. Man I wish we could afford to have that thing taken out but just don't have that kind of money.
Don't use the Black Walnut leaves in your compost or lasagna bed if you want anything to grow there . . .
The roots, nut husks and leaves secrete a substance into the soil called juglone that is a respiratory inhibitor to some plants. Don't grow stuff too close to a black walnut tree. A number of other plants (most notably white birch) are also poisoned by juglone, and should not be planted in close proximity to a black walnut. Horses are susceptible to laminitis from exposure to black walnut wood in bedding.
My daughter has a black walnut tree in her back yard, I don't much care for them. They're messy trees to clean up in the fall. Not much of anything worthy will grow near them because of the toxins in the soil. The nuts harvested aren't even that great. They just grow natural around here, like giant weeds.
We used to collect walnuts from a great big tree when I was a kid. Laid them all out on the gravel driveway and after the husk were smushed from the car and dried we picked up the nuts. We took turns with a brick for a base and a hammer to shell them out. (Actually my brothers fought over who got to go first LOL). My mother made the best candy. So they have a soft spot in my heart.
Yea Tubby! Good to see you are back. You don't over do it now. Yippee.
Hello everyone. I took the shovel and turned the dirt on the Lasagna garden and found lots of worms and a few humongus grub worms, and decided to add another set of layers to fight the hay. If that don't work, I'll do the plastic cover and that will work.
I got some black EEs too.
Good to see everyone is making it through the rain and floods. We got a little sun today too.
Gonna start putting up the frame for my greenhouse this weekend just in case the weather hits unexpectedly. I saw they got snow in colorado. MAN! It's still in the 80's here.
How is everyone tonight? Jan how are you doing? Are you staying out of trouble? I bet you have more seeds then Burpee. Has anyone seen the wonderful dark haired Goth Girl who loves to stir up her brew. ;-) Hi Sherri, how is that lasagne bed coming along. I saw some picture a while back and it looked terrific. Hi Kelly, did you ever get the new bed ready for the irises. Where is Robin? Hi Robin!!!
I see some serious flooding down south. That flooding would wipe out every iris I have. The bearded irises will rot with all that rain. I hope everyone is well. I can't believe there are so many new names in the past month... I bet the newbies came to visit and now they're under the spell of the resident vampire and Lucy. Thats a good thing !!!!
I didn't mean to interupt the chat. Just wanted to say hello to my "seed Junkies" and of course to all the new junkies. You guys are a special bunch. Love ya lots !
Ok, I'm off to the iris forum to see if I can wake some people up
Hi Mitt, hope all is good there. It did this rain thing back in the spring and rotted my banana trees right down. I got another one growing now and praying the wet ground will be ok. I got a few seeds-Hmmmm. A FEW (hundred) Lot's more was ruined by the rain. So many sprouted in the pod and that wasn't good. But tomorrow is another day. I haven't heard from our goth girl today. School is back on and she has to help her son with his homework now so not on as much. She will check in when she can. Good to hear your Iris are doing good. We survived the floods so far. The plants look ok, maybe will dry a little before the rain comes again. Come back when you can.
Where is Robin? Haven't heard from her either today. AREJAY !!!!! Where are you girl?????
I got an envelope of seeds, going out to you tomorrow little friend.
HI Cue Getting your box ready to send soon. Cannas are blooming good so a few more days and I'll be digging them up have too much other stuff waiting on me to do to keep them going til frost. You want one or two of the poinicanas?
Not sure Mitt about the rain, the news were talking about a hurricane that came a few years ago and I got confused if we got another one or the cold front meeting the high front caused this mess. Supposed to be more on the way for a couple days more but not as bad as this last go round. We got 10 days of steady rain. I almost started building a boat to float off on. Some had it rougher than us here. Just a few miles away got evacuated and their homes got flooded and roads flooded. Fields of crops flooded. The water was as high as the barns and tops of corn tassels was under water. Tomatoe fields were under water. Cattle and horses had to be evacuated out and poor little pigs were on top of buildings in the fields. And we are not close to big bodies of water (oceans). We are under the mountains. All the rain run off comes down on us, when it's bad. First time I remember it being this bad in several years. Thank GOD there wasn't wind with this stuff. As soaked as the ground was, trees would have come down easy.
Mitt no flooding on coastal GA. We'll wait for the hurricanes before we have to swim to safety. Thanks for asking though. My lasagna bed is topped with the most gorgeous iris bulbs. Waiting for spring to delight the eye. Thanks again!
Mekos I'll throw you a life line and you can float down to Savannah for safety if need be. We'll take Gilda on tour whether she has any hair or not. LOL We can eat at Paula Dean's and visit the hidden gardens of Savannah. Might want to bring Blondie with her homemade stun gun though.
Where is Blondie? Haven't seen her in awhile. Arejay's still working on all those seeds we sent her. :)
I have 8 beds and adding... I have that little container that I'm doing too, gonna have succulents in it. It'll be purdy. I need to find a place (or make my own) signs for them. "Ye Olde Goth Garden" lol
Well guys, I have to get off of here and get some things done. It's been an awesome day.. Got my hair cut by a Paul Mitchell Artistic Director today.. Love it.. came home and my lovely young daughter Courtney made dinner-for the 2nd day in a row, and I had 2 wonderful packages to wrap it all up. Thank you all, for everything.. You have truly made my life complete ;-) Hugs, Mechelle
I'm a little delinquent in getting back on here to say thank you to Arejay and everyone who provided the free seeds for newbies. I was a recent recipient of one of these bundles of joy, and am most excited about the coming growing season (and it's not even mid-Fall here, yet! LOL).
It's almost as much fun for us to hear you got your packet as it is for you. We all remember when we got ours! Just like a surprise Birthday present.
Come back often we think up lots of things to keep us busy. We'll be sprouting something through the winter for a contest or a group project. We're talking about black plants for a Goth Garden now. LOL Who knows! We have fun and there's always room for more.
Sounds good! And thanks again. I know I have a few questions about some of the seeds sent to me. I tried to go through the plant files to identify them and figure out where they might be best in my garden, but couldn't pin down a few of them. Some of them I'm just not familiar with at all yet to know if it's a vegetable, plant, tree, vine, etc. If anyone recognizes any of the following and can point me in the right direction for info about it, I'd be most appreciative! I'm thrilled with the seeds; just need to get some idea of what a few of them area so I know how/where to plant them in the yard in terms of size, exposure, etc.
Giant Ameriath Goliath Red
Moon Flower Bush
HI Mitt the weather in this part of KY is cloudy with rain showers off and on most of which have moved to the night hours instead of during the day. No heavy rain so far just good shhowers. The irises from you are doing great.
Welcome Jennifer hope you come back and chat with us we like getting new people joining us they might teach us something.
Well today I do housework then get the shady bed ready to dig up.
Good Morning All!
Welcome Jennifer! Glad to have you join us, you will love it here. There is so much info, sometimes it is hard to obsorb all of it!
Thanks for the humor this morning, Tubby! And yes, sorry but true! LOL But so worth it, and the birthday cake sounds wonderful! Don't know why you didn't share some with all of us, Mechelle!
This cold I have is really getting annoying! I have far to much to do to have to take time to cough, sneeze, and blow my nose. LOL
I did get one of my cherry trees planted yesterday, in spite of it. Have to go by more posts and wire today before I can plant more. Have to keep the deer out of them! Just hate having fences around everything, but can't risk the deer killing and damaging all my stuff.
Have lots of traveling today on business, so won't be able to check in til tonight, so have a good day E1!
Jennifer, the moon bush is a Datura. Keep children and pets away from it. Makes a small bush the has white trumpet blooms that open late at night and usually stay open till evening the next day. Poisionous if injested. But a beautiful bushy plant. The trumpet bloom always look up toward the moon, and so white, it almost seems to glow in the dark. Very sweet smell.Can have full sun. I'm not familiar with those other names except the humming bird vine and that grows like a morning glory so needs something to climb up. It will re seed and come back each year in my zone- 7. But both of these make seeds so if they are not hardy there, save seeds and just sow again in spring. The humming bird vine MAY be a cypress vine-they are sometimes called humming bird vine, but there is also another vine by that name and it blooms orange, I believe. I don't have that one but others around here will help you find those others you are trying to find information on.
Hey you guys, if you recognise any of those names Jennifer is trying to figure out (they may be mispelled) if you have a picture of one or a link as where she can look at one, please post them and help her figure out what her seeds are.
OK we know Tubby is feeling better, now. (Wink ,wink.) Glad you are feeling better. Thank you Shirley for keeping us informed. Tubby, did you decide what some of the seeds you would like is? Let us know, we'll try to help you get them.
Going to do a little work this morning. Back later.
Welcome Jennifer! We're a fun and crazy bunch (some crazier than others - lol) and you'll like it here! Mekos (Jan) is the biggest seed junkie and will probably have answers about your seeds.
I'm at work (supposed to be working - lol) and have been really really busy with the boys in school and basketball and football, plus trying to get my fall/winter veggies in the ground, plus trying to get the Iris bed finished (HI MIT!!) and the list goes on and on and on . . .
It was 66° this morning - feels like fall! But, unfortunately, the high will be 98° today and in the low 100s over the weekend. Not cooperative weather for getting the cool season veggies planted... But, with the nights being a bit cooler I think I'll take the chance and direct sow this weekend. I also have broccoli and tomatoes started inside I will harden off and plant out hopefully within the next week or two.
Mit - the Irises are all in big 'ol pots in afternoon shade along with a few I got from mamajack in the middle of the summer. They are doing well and I see some new little green poking out - lol. I gotta get them in the ground, but it's still too dang hot. I am what you call a weather watcher this time of year. Trying to plan your planting according to mother nature's whims is an uphill battle.
Thanks Seray. I knew you could do it.
YOU guys, I got to tell you. My mail came and you will never guess what came for me from my BESTEST friend- Blondie. That is right? A FLORIDA BUTTERFLY ORCHID !!!!! WOO_HOOO!!! Yippie! and a yanky doodle dandy too. I owe her both arms and legs and anything that girl wants for life. I'm still not believing it. It's unreal, it's amazing. IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I have this baby hanging in my screen room where it can get bright light but stay protected as well.
And Arejay, I didn't even have to shove her up a tree. Now this is totally JOY.
You guys have a great day, I'm going out to admire my baby. I think I'll name her BLONDINA- after my bestest buddy.
We got rain but live far enough from Atlanta, didn't have any problems here.
Nice Fall day and the sun is shinnin. Longears grazing in the pasture; all
is well (as far as I know) on Walton road.
Mekos, so glad you are much better. Hope all the babies get well soon.
May be in for a rough winter but we can hope not.
I remember reading a while back in the farmers almanac that this year would be very wet and this winter would be more wet and ice than usual for us here. I'll go look again and see exactly what they say is coming. Back later.
OH WOW Mekos I bet you do the happy dancy for months.
Hope the little ones get well quick.
HI everyone. I'll have pictures of some hostas I want rid of next time I'm on if my plans don't get messed up.
Well Mindy, I do the Happy Dance for SNOW. We rarely get any of this stuff around here, it goes right around us, last year we go one good one and it was gone in 3-4 days. The year befor that we got a dusting,& gone a few hours later. When I was a kid we use to get good ones all the time. Got 16 inches one day about 15 years ago, I'm thinking we are due one more like that. Just color me fun. The almanac says snow for the southeast in Nov. Mostly rain for the rest of this month. Cooler up north east.(I guess this northeast is Arejay's area) When it snows Arejay, I want pictures.
Home a little early today.. I am having a problem. Almost every time I start my seeds, they sprout and I do a happy dance. The problem is that once they are looking like they are going to take off, they wilt and go down. I had a Hibiscus I started from seed and that has happened. I have 2 ROS Blue Satins started and I'm afraid to lose those. What in the world am I doing wrong?
24-27-northwest-scattered rain showers accompanied by chilly winds. the southwest- sees gusty winds and cool temperatures. 28-30- showers and rain preceed a shot of sharp cooler air from the pacificnorthwest and rockies. OCT-Kinda rainy till the middle of the month and calling for snow around the rockies. Are you anywhere around the rockies? Trying to picture in my head where you would be exactly. Northwest or southwest. I figure southwest? First part of OCT- windy and showers for the southwest. middle-8-10th- fair. 12-15th- few showers and mild. 16-19th- wet snow from the rockies. 20-23- clear and hot. 24-27th- mostly fair, chilly then turning unsettled. 28-31st-clear skies over the southwest.
Oh my goodness, tubby! those are nothing short of amazing! I hope my veggie garden does well next year. Homemade tomato soup sounds awesome. My husband makes potato soup that is so yummy. Just potatoes, onion, butter & cream, and salt of course. I like to add mixed veggies and brocolli to mine. Good day for soup. Maybe I'll make some for dinner tonight.
Dancing with you Mekos for your Butterfly orchid. How pretty. Are you sure Blondie's not up in a tree somewhere. LOL
Nice looking haul on maters Tubby!!! Always makes you happy to see them come in so abundantly even though the work intensifies when you get them in the house. LOL Glad you are up and about. STAY WELL!!! Hugs to you both.
This will be our second year for no squash worth talking about. I'm blaming it on the lack of bees. I guess next year I'll try to hand pollinate.
Mekos, so happy for the babies and family. Yes, God is Great! Yippee!
Tubby, nice maters! Mine did nothing this year. Had one small mater and the deer ate it! But I am still hoping, as I have a tomato tree (supposed to grow 8 feet tall) that is in a pot and it's still blooming, so am hoping I can keep it going and have fresh maters in November (maybe?) after I move it inside. LOL!
Didn't have to head down the road for meeting after all. They told me to stay home and we would do a conference call instead. I don't think they want my germs> LOL
Thanks, Mekos! The fluids are easy, and taking lots of extra vit C, but still working on the rest part. So hard for me to do that, when I would much rather be working outside getting things ready for winter and still have a few things I need to get in the ground. LOL!
been dealing with a bad headache the last couple of days,
hey seray i got that taser ready, i have it on video my middle son wanted to see what it felt like i will try and send you is a gooood laugh
well how is everyone, i am still catching up on my reading but my head hurts too much think it might be thy eyes
well i will chat later
mekos - Phoenix is smack-dab in the Southwest, the Southwest desert that is - lol.
We've definitely had winds, not so much cool temps. Supposed to be 98° today and 101° the next few. The nights have been cooler, though... in the 70s. It was actually 66° this morning when I left for work!
Yep we have deer here but they rarely come up close to the house. They do have a pathway through my flower garden though and can sometimes be seen checking things out early in the morning. They don't bother my stuff though they did demolish a butterfly bush my sister gave me as soon as it was in the ground. I don't have much trouble out of the wildlife here though that could change if I don't get another outside dog to replace DJ.
Does anyone have muscadine grapes? DH is looking for some.
You're welcome Tubby. Mindy your hostas are nice. There's so many that look alike it would be hard to tell what the names are so I guess you can name them anything you want. LOL Now why would you want to get rid of such pretty things?
Because I have too many that's why. LOL I only have one extra of the solid green one, lets see I think there's 3 if not 4 of the striped ones with the purple flowers (yellow on the edges) and I can get extras of the other striped one (yellow in the middle)
Anyone interested? I'm only going to keep one of each for myself.
I just planted 30 myself and I think that's enough for me this year. Just don't have room for them or I'd give them a good home. Someone will be happy to have them. I'll ask around for you if no one speaks up. Do you have a public garden near? They might take them.
My DH has two muscadine grape vines he's had potted up all summer. (Not just two 'sigh') Anyway he says he'll be glad for you to have a couple of them. They're the purple kind. He said he'd look for the variety name. Dmail me if you want them.
Have a question - How do you get all the extraneous stuff sifted out
from the seed? I've tried 3 different sifters (of varying fineness) and
still end up trying to pick it all out. Its driving me crazy.
GM How is everyone this dreary day? It has rained here for a week now and not going to let up until this first part of this next week :((((((((((((((. I got plants to get in the ground and raining so much can't get out to do it.
Good morning, Robin, and everyone! Is everybody making big plans for the weekend? I've got lots of work planned. LOL! Have to mow the lawn again, get some fall/ winter fertilizer on it, and dig several holes for various plantings. And have tons of apples to get in the freezer. Apple trees have lots of fruit this year. Has anyone frozen apples? Any advice?
Good morning Everyone. Glad to see you back Robin.
Skellogg I've frozen apple pie filling really easy. You can also freeze them in a sugar syrup or cook 2 minutes in boiling water then pack in freezer container. Slice them the way you want them to be. Ball Blue Book has instructions for these.
Good morning, Flower! A little rain here would be great, but at least we can get out and get some things done. Sure hope all your stuff isn't floating away or washing out.
Cris, "Welcome!" Sometimes you can "gently" blow the chaff away from the seeds as well... The seeds are generally heavier than the chaff, but don't sneeze! LOL (Can you tell I still have a cold?)
Tubby, how did your steps turn out?
Good morning, Mindy, and thanks! I've frozen pie filling too, just wondered if I could freeze them without making the pie filling. I will just do the water thing this time and see how it works! Never tried the sugar syrup, but will try some that way too. And I'll probably make some pie filling too, if I have time. Thanks! Can't find my Ball book. Think I loaned it to someone probably, and never got it back. Maybe I'll pick another one up today.
Good morning everyone, and happy Friday! This morning, I am trying out some bolivian begonia tip cuttings and trying to root them in water. Not sure how long they take, but I came across an article online that said begonias tend to root easily in water, so I took 8 cuttings and have them in water on my desk here where I can watch them. I purchased the plants last spring from Plant Delights open house, and love the color, leaves, and bloom on them! Had lots of compliments as well. Hopefully, these will grow and I'll have some babies of my begonias for next year.
This weekend is the last open house for Plant Delights Nursery, so I'm hoping to make it down there tomorrow. I've been suffering with pneumonia the last two weeks, and on antiobiotics since last week, so I'm no longer contagious, but do have a hard time with the asthma-cough, so I hope it doesn't keep me from enjoying the tropical gardens there tomorrow. I'm dying to see them, as they're generally at their peak this time of year there.
LADY: 'Last night my computer started making a lot of hissing noises at me so I shut it down. This morning when I turned it on, the computer started hissing and cracking, then started smoking and then there was a bad smell, then nothing'.
SUPPORT: 'I will have a technician come over first thing this morning, just leave the computer just like it is, so they can find the problem and fix it, or change it out with another computer. Give me your address; phone number and the technician will be there just as soon as he can'.
When the technician got there, the lady showed the technician where the computer was, said what happened to it. This is what the technician found wrong. Take a look at the pictures. .. you won't believe your eyes!!!!!
And you thought you had computer problems!!
The technician told her: It must have been after the mouse!
The woman didn't think it was very funny at all.
That's funny, but I'd still :FAINT: I am not a snake person at all. It's taken me a LONG time to be okay with bugs and spiders (kind of have to accept them when you're a plant person". But snakes ... no thank you!
good morning all
pooor snake, i catch them and put them in my garden, i love snakes. well off and shopping just thought i would drop in so you knew i was alive, going looking for plants something new again,
have a good day all,
Tubby they are yours how many do you want? Dmail me OK.
Glad you are feeing better. Here it's 3 dogs who have a favorite spot right smack dab in the middle of my biggest flower bed. No amount of pumishment will make them stay out of that one spot.
Tubby, your dogs are so cute! I only have one problem dog. The other is fine. But the pup, if he sees me plant anything, then he wants to dig it up and bring it back to me. LOL! So I just plant when he's inside.
Mindy, I would love some of your hostas too, if you have extras. Seray is sending me some seeds from hers, but would still love to have a couple plants, if you can spare some.
Blonde, how are you feeling today? Headaches still there? Let us know what great buys you find!
Funny Tubby. I'm like Blondie I like snakes too. Unless they're in my house. I went out the garage door two nights ago and found a coiled copperhead right inside the screen. I screened the garage with one of those curtain screens and it works great to keep the flies out and give the animals easy access. I had just been out looking for the cat and was making a second pass when I saw him laying right on the skirts of the screen, coiled, inside the door. Not nice.
If you live in the country you know what's next. Hopefully he's enjoying his new life in snake heaven. LOL
poooor snake even venomous they do have good in them, i catch rattlesnakes and release them far in the woods where they wont find people, i got bit by the pygmy rattler, man i almost lost my finger silly snake, i was trying to catch him and he got loose and got me. was a coool feeling lol i know i am crazy, i love the rattlesnakes they are my favorites. anyways just got back from the plant nursery, i got a philodendrom kinda different, a popcorn cassia, pink alamanda with seed pods, a free tomato plant, went on a seed hunt, got seeds for butterfly vine, scarlet wisteria, jerusalems thorn, cassia glacous, pink bowers vine, pink hollyhocks good day of shopping, all for 25 dollars oh yeah they even gave me a t-shirt. made out.
Tubby- OMG I got the creeps and heeby jeebies just looking at that snake pic! I DON'T do spider and snakes! At all! I found this extra long snake skin when I was out raking leaves a while back. It wasn't even dry yet, so he must have just shed it. Don't know what kind of snake it was. It was awesome though. I put it on the rails going up the porch and freaked my girls out with it when they camehome from school, lol. I had my gloves on when I picked it up, lol..
Blondie- you are brave for catching those rattlers. I imagine I must have them here where I live with the forest out behind me but you wouldn't find me trying to look for them, or helping them disappear. I have too much of a heart to hurt them but I would definitely run like heck, lol.. Sounds like you got some nice new babies..
Mindy, I would take a couple of Hostas off your hands if you want to throw some my way. I have a few different ones already, but I think seray inspired me to start a Hosta bed near my little pond.
well i only catch an relocate if they are going to be harmed, i catch them to teach my boys which are non poisonous and poisonous. boys will be boys. i have a black racer in my garden that my 13 year old now caught last year, it shows up every once in a while sometime startles me, my husband saw him he doesnt like snakes like i do, but this snake was trying to get to the tree next to the bushes it was in, i bet him i could place my hand under him/her to help get to the branch i won, it wasnt scared of me, maybe cause i never mess with it when i do see it.
anyways, here is one i slammed on the brakes to get out of the road harmless yellow rat
Do you guys think a heating pad or grow lamp would help my seedlings? I think it has been warm enough here for them. I keep the house in the low 70's, and they're in the windowsill. I haven't ever tried bottom watering Tubby. How soon should you put them into a bigger pot? I'm always afraid to touch them because they seem so fragile. Here's what they look like today. My little hibby is almost gone up there at the top ;-(
OMG Blondie... yeah that big guy would definitely be in my scream and run run run program. He sure is beautiful though.. I have seen a long black one with a blue belly near my veggie garden lasagna beds. He was about 4 ft long and really thin. Not big and round like your guy. I was just happy to see him slithering in the opposite direction, lol. Look at this pic I dmailed valleylynn this morning..
We were watching music downtown one night and he was just hanging out listening to he music, not bothering anybody. The lady in front of him had no idea, lol. His eyes were huge and he was just chillin' !
Normally I wouldn't kill them either but I have two old dogs that use the door and the frogs are always under the lights at night so it's perfect snake snack city. Like my dogs too much to lose them to a copperhead. :)
Here's a scary looking one I came across about a yr ago when we first moved here. I looked her up in the bug files and found out she is a good garden friend to have. Can't remember her name, but the good ones are always scarier looking than they are.
cute pictures of the dogs mechelle, i love my dogs that is why i relocate the rattlers, i live on a lake and get a moccasin now and again, they i will kill cause i dont care what anyone says they chase you down quick little bugars. i have 4 labs my one ran off and didnt come home for days, she got kicked or something in the cow pasture and ended up losing her front leg poor baby, the garden spider i have millions of them, dont do spiders, yukky, they kill my butterflies, i leave the ones up by the porch to catch skitos though.
Love all the critter pictures. We got to have our fur babies.
Love the Yellow Rat snake but glad he was going up that tree out of the way.
Look out Birds. This must be Spider year, I have seen so may webs being built in
the middle of nowhere. It is amazing how they do it.
here are a couple pictures, well, i bought tennessee river rocks i love them, i dont have the waterfall on cause my husband says i dont know how to turn it off right lol must be he thinks i am blond or something i just went and took these so they are recent
I have a couple of seeds Tubby what are you looking for?Guess who has been harvesting again?? Pk I will tell
Its Mittsy she is harvesting and sharing with us!! And she sent a special little surprise for me!! She is so good. I dont know what it is but I think Mittsy is like a Tropical Flower that makes it through the winter in the living room. Special.
Skellogg your package is out. Feeling better today?
Tubby why is it that I suspect you haven't changed a bit. LOL Cute picture and it's funny I thought about one I had earlier that I wished wasn't at the bottom of a box somewhere to show you all. About the same age.
Well I feel better.. got my DL planted, got my Iris planted, moved all my succulents to the succulent lasagna container. I found out I have a persimmon tree. Dang things are all over the ground! The tree is so tall that I don't even have a ladder tall enough to climb and pick them. hmm.
still need some pointers on my seeds. Anybody? help! lol
Mechelle I think when they get a couple inch's tall..I used two drinking cups..Poked holes in one & set in other one..
Worked good for tomatos 7 everything I tried..
Hardest part was watering have to sepeate cups..
Think I'll try little hose & funnel this time..
Oh, he is VERY watchful. I adopted him from a friend who moved back to Canada, and she could only take one cat with her, so I adopted Charlie from her, and she kept her other (older) cat, because she didn't think the older one would adapt well to a new family at his age. Charlie is about 3 years old, and just showed up at her house one day, so he was probably a bit of a hunter then, and I've seen his hunting personality a few times when the birds were coming in for a meal or a bath. Here's another one of him, keeping watch over the yard from the bench.
Here's my other (older) cat, Fluff. He's been part of our family for 12 years now. Adopted him when we lived in Tucson, AZ, and he's moved around the country with us 10 times since. He's also a yard watcher, but definitely not a hunter. I've seen him step aside to let a mouse eat out of his food bowl once, and he just sat and watched. Definitely not a hunter! LOL
Someone owned and loved my cat. She was on her last legs when she found our lanai. Her hair was so thin from malnutrition is was almost non-existent. The interesting thing was as soon as we made her a litter box she went right to it and she drinks out of the sink. Sad to let such a sweetie get lost. MIne now!!!
I had Tiger for about 11 years. He slept with me and we just had this connection. It was like he could understand what I was saying to him. Just before he died, I took him to the vet because I noticed that he had really bad breath and his coat was thinning and dull. Turned out that he had feline AIDS. He was an indoor and outdoor cat and I guess they get it from other male cats from fighting. He was fixed so I don't think he was breeding with any females. I opted not to put him down because I loved him so much and just couldn't do it. Our neighbors dog came into our yard and carried him off while I was at work. Go figure.
Well, mine is a ball of fire. He's always into something and thinks everything is a game for him to catch. He's mean. I'm thinking if I have him neutered he will settle down some. He's a mess. He is NEVER calm and lazy. He is a holy terror. He attacks everytime anyone walks by, even the dogs. He don't know they could eat him and at anytime they wanted.
I've lost a couple pets over the years. It's never something you get used to, nor does it ever get easier; quite the opposite, actually. Seray is right -- love 'em while you have 'em! All of my pets are snuggle bugs, and I made it quite clear to the hubby from the get-go -- they were here before him, so take 'em ... or leave. lol
I need to get back to studying and catching up on my classwork. You all have a great evening & weekend!
Thats true. Last year was a hard one for me. Lost Tiger and Silver. Silver was especially hard for me. He was so amazing. He taught my daughter how to ride, lol. I took this picture of him. It was featured as Picture of the week on the Bay Area Equestrian Network.
Dogs do things like that. I am so sorry about your cat.
I don't have a cat but I do like them. Got too many wild birds and
fish. But I got a Puppy. He is basset and daschund mix, also germ./lab.
Mix Boston Terrier and a Chichuahua, he is a terrorist.
So it's share the cat night! This is my Taki, she has owned me for about 14 years now. She also owns the house, I'm just a mere servant to her. Seems like she's always on the wrong side of the door. If she's out she wants to be in, if she's in she wants to be out. Maybe all cats are like that.
We have 5 dogs Tipper oldest part cattle dog part unkown 7or8 yrs
Scamp Golden Retriever..5 in Oct..Lover
Shadow part Sheperd part unkown..The watch dog..If someone comes they must pet him or he won't leave them alone..His way of checking them out..LOL
Scooter Rat Terrier...He thinks he 3' tall 200lbs..Don't back down from anything..LOL
Morgan..Flat back Retriever Like golden Lover...don't know age
showed up at DB in SD he took her to DS on farm in SD...
We have doggie door they come and go as they please..
4 Cats 3 outdoor (in my shop mostly) and anywhere they want LOL
They are declawed in front..Youed never know by the way get around. Very few stray cats..Stray cats Kill my pigeons..Not good..
then I have to do something...Had one kill over 20 before I was able to stop it..Grrrrrrrrrr
Hey Tubby. The other day a pigeon came strolling up my walk way and I went out to see what my dogs were barking at and there it was. It's pretty and has a band on one foot(leg) Green colored with numbers on it. My husband wanted to keep it but we don't know how to tell if it is a male or female and what kind it is to get a mate for it. Do you know how to tell what it is? (breed and sex) I'll take a picture of it tomorrow, it's too dark tonight to see it. We made a big cage for it and it seems very happy. But would like to find it a mate to keep it company. It has a green color around it's neck but if you look at another direction, it looks pink colored. it looks kinda grey/green with chocolate spots on it's back wings. White spots on it's nose. Very pretty bird. I think the storm blew it in and it was too weak and wet to continue on it's way.
Mekos, your friendly pigeon may well belong to somebody. The fact that it is banded and seems friendly to your caged environment is a real sign that your pigeon might be a "racer" or "homer" trained in sport flying. Perhaps he had a place to go but for some reason waylaid his course due to weather, injury, hunger or some other reason. If left free to fly he will likely continue his journey home, where ever that may be. He has a mission to complete, please don't tempt him to stay.
mekos If he leaves he is very likely a homer.. no amount of time will change that..If he has been there about 30 days and stays he is not a homer..Positive.. I have had pigoens on & off since I was 9yrs..now since 1982...
Since we're sharing pics of our pets, these are ours. We have 2 calico cats. This is Trixie. She's the sweetest thing and never makes a sound. She'll squeak if you accidentially step on her but has never meowed. She has terrible allergies.
He has only been here a few days but doesn't want to leave. It just walks around and eats. If I leave him out, a cat will get him so we put him in a pen to protect him since he wouldn't leave. The first dat it was here we just watched it and fed it , later that night, I brought it in to my screen room and it rained for 10 days so he stayed inside, but yesterday we let it out and it just walked around and ate from the ground. He seems lost. He doesn't fly, just walks. I live in the country with chicken hawks and dogs and cats roaming the wild all the time and it wouldn't last a day out there without flying away. So my husband wanted to keep it and get it a mate. I'd try to find it's owner if I knew how.
And this is Cookie. I'm a sucker for calicos and my DD and I were delivering girl scout cookies (hence her name) to a house with kittens and DD fell in love with her. Next thing you know she's coming home with us.
I'm going to turn in for tonight, talk tomorrow. Good night everyone. Thanks Tubby, we thought it might be one of the homing pigeons, but was wet and tired, so we took it in, but it just keeps walking around and hanging out here. Maybe when it eats more and gets stronger we'll try it again and see if it will fly. If it doesn't go, maybe we will find another so it won't be alone.
Mekos as for sex of pigeon...
Male will follow her where ever she go's..To keep other males away..Strutting around boobing his head up & down with chest filled with air..
During mating when hen is getting ready to lay the male will drive hen to nest..Some say the harder he is at this the better parent he will be..
After they lay the male will set morning around 9am and again after noon around 2pm..This can vary..After eggs hatch male will keep feeding babies till they are fully grown..Hen will stop when she lays new clutch of eggs..
Good morning all! Wow, this is very interesting info on the pigeons! Thanks for all the info, Tubby and Al. I am finding it very interesting even tho we don't have many pigeons here that we see. Mekos, you will have to keep us posted as to your new addition, even tho it may be a temporary addition. So cool!
Here's a picture of our first corgi, now about 5 yrs old. She is such a sweetie! Loves everyone!
And here's one of her cohort in crime, our male, about 1 1/2 now. He's is an active thing, and he is the one that will dig up my plants and bring them back to me if he sees me plant them. LOL Had to have 2 dogs, one for each twin grandson. We also have 2 cats, Dufus and Starvin' Marvin. Dufus was born with 3 legs, and nobody wanted a "broken kitty" and Marvin we found in a blizzard as a kitten, starved and abondoned, only about 3 weeks old.
Hi Robin, cold here too, but I refuse to turn the heat on yet> LOL! I did build a fire in the fireplace the other day tho. Tee hee! I used the excuse of needing to because of my cold. What's the temp there today? We are at about 40 now. But the weather man said on the telly the other night that we won't get winter until February. Yeah, right.
good morning all
i wish the cold would get here or cool it down it is 78 right now and only getting hotter. i like it when it is 70all day.
well i am off to football now
got to drive an hour to get to the place
Skellogg- those puppies are just adorable! And very pretty kitties, Lolly.
Good info on the pigeons Al & Tubby. I think we'll keep you ;-)
I think you scared Mekos away, she wants to keep it ;-)
Our temps have been in the low 70's- but humid. So it always feels like 90 when it's 70. It keeps looking like a little bit of rain today, but I hope not. I'm just sick of the rain. Gonna be outside stripping the old roof off of our shop today. Or at least my hubby and son will >:-) he he .. I'm sure I will find something to go PLANT or DIG today! Be back later.. Have a good day guys
LOL A seven year old would eliminate cabin fever I'm sure. Deer and turkey are great to watch. Grew up on a big farm and always did the same. Here we have foxes. There's a den in the woods beside us. Elusive things but beautiful.
Hey you guys, been raining all day and couldn't get on line. No I'm not wanting to keep the bird, just too soft hearted to let it get eat by preditors. My hubby used to raise the ones that tumble, way back before I met him. He would rather keep it than let it get eat as well, but thinks it will be lonely all alone. Thus the mate thing. He did say he will let it out again Monday and if it flys off, great and if not, it gets to stay. (Pray for flight) I checked it's wings and see no damage and it weighs twice what it did when it walked in so I'm thinking it was very hungry and weak so now maybe it is healthy enough to fly ok. At first I could feel it's brest bones and now it's just plump. Monday will be the test day.
With all the rain we were only in the LOW 70's today but next week is supposed to be back in the upper 80's. Last weeks rain took our lakes up by 3-5 feet.
Well, guess I'll go finish answering d-mail and get off here. Thanks AL and Tubby for the info and will check out that web link.
In all honesty, what saddens me is when I see these commercial office buildings changing out their landscapes every four months. When I worked at one of them, the landscapers would come in and throw all the plants in a dump truck to be taken to the dump. One year, I snagged a bunch of elephant ears from them ... probably a dozen or so, full grown. They were bound for the trash, but have a nice, loved home in my yard now. Odds are, these hibs I saw tonight will face the same fate ... unless I'm driving by when they're changing them out, in which case, they will join the elephant ears in my yard as well. I hate seeing plants go to waste.
Catch all those seeds you can, girl. They will be pretty next year in your yard. We won't tell on ya. Isn't it funny how newbies become so much like us after showing up here for a few days?hehehaha I love it.
JLJ- Too funny! You are fine- look at it this way- You just helped it out by removing some extra that it didn't need to feed and by doing that, it will have evn more new growth and blooms! Feel better? Good! Anytime you can collect seeds, do it and don't be afraid to knock on doors to ask for seeds or cuttings. I haven't been turned down yet! LOL Some people on here even have sandwich bags and scissors in their car just in case! I traded a bag of chestnuts for a red canna, pink canna, and red hibiscus seeds last weekend. Too funny!
goodmorning all ..Thats a sweet baby..when they are that age makes me want another...My boys are teenagers now and even tho they still need me thay are at the age they need thier independence..we got another 3 inches of rain friday night ..Temp was in high 80's yesterday...Supposed to get a lil cooler this week.
Im ready for cooler weather, but not ready to see my flowers disappear for the winter..
Here is a picture of my dog "Judge" He has a drinking problem...
aww you really cant see him for the copyright...We adopted him from the pound, he was scheduled to be put to sleep that day...He has a mask around his eyes that makes him look like he has eyebrows and you can just see his expressions change by watching his face... he is cute but must have been mistreated badly because he is very shy of people...He doesnt bark or dig up my flowers so he is a keeper..Not much of a gaurd dog, only time I know someone is outside is if I see him walking sideways across the yard in retreat... LOL my DH has started calling him GOMER, cause he is a big ole dummy...But we love him anyway...Trish
Baby is precious and so is the "Judge"
A lot of folks are going to have to join
"Seed Scavengers Anonymos" especially
since fall is here and all those Tempting
flower delights are beckoning for us to
''please deadhead so I can produce more."
you'd be amazed at the seeds you can pick up fromt he garden centers and big Box stores. I always ask first, if its ok for me to take a few of the seeds from plants, which they give me permission to do. Also a great time to get end of season plants. my local Big Boxers dont like to have to care for plants for more than a month before they just ignore them altogether and stick em on the clearance shelves... I obtain alot of my babies this way. I just loooove a good bargain :)
I received this today. Such a good idea to bad they don't do it..When I was young & single I partied at the bars.. I'd see those I knew didn't work partying..Wondered how they could do it..The bartender explained He cash the welfare check..Why they as able bodied as me..Grrrrrrrrrrrrr
AND nothing has changed..????????
(Whoever wrote this one deserves a HUGE pat on the back!)
Like most folks in this country, I have a job. I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit. In order to get that paycheck in my case, I am required to pass a random urine test (with which I have no problem). What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don't have to pass a urine test.
So, here is my Question: Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them?
Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their a%$ - doing drugs, while I work. . . Can you imagine how much money each state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check?
I guess we could title that program, 'Urine or You're Out'.
Checking in everyone, finally got a little sun this morning, but calling for more rain later today. However, the week is suppose to be nice after today.(if they get that right). Hoping for sun so my seed pods will dry and my yard could use a little dry sunshine, to dry all the red mud up.
Beautiful baby up there. Great little mascot.
Love the doggy too. I'm such an animal lover, I like them all.
Well, got to clean up a little. Back later.
AreJay59 sent me over to introduce myself and join in the wild and crazy fun. I am a newbie. Went wild collecting seeds this year; my own, friends, by the library, you name it. I just renewed my Daves Garden membership today, so want to connect. Tell me what keeps you guys connected? How can I contribute to the wellbeing of this seedie group?
Welcome DJ hope you enjoy our little nutty spot on Daves. You can help us out by being just as nutty as we are of course. Feel free to jump in on any subject we might be chatting about or start one of your own. We just love company here
Wow. I've been lost in Dave's Garden! None of my threads have been showing up with new posts. I know things slow down this time of year but I didn't think everybody abandoned the site. Does anyone else have this problem?
just touching base
well goooood news, my son is now breathing on his own, when i got there today. he still has the ventilator and tube but all the breaths are his own. they put him on oxygen for 1 and 1/2 hour to get his lungs working and get stronger. i didnt know but his BP med was taken off yesterday, maybe after i had left. doing soooo much better. he is awake but still on a little sedation, will take it off when the ventilator tube is removed, i can talk to him and he has his eyes open, still acting fuzzy sorta, but soo much better, not fighting the tubes and all. well i am exhausted and am going to bed.