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Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2010
3:50 PM

Post #7725182

Hi ya'll! So sorry I was gone for about forevah :( Had a bunch of nasty things happen :(. Just checkin in to see how everybody's doin! Really missed DG and no, the farm game did not swallow me hook line and sinker ;)

-Chez

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2010
4:56 PM

Post #7725343

Hi there. Nice to see ya. Check your D-mail
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2010
5:06 PM

Post #7725367

cool beans! :)
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 22, 2010
2:33 PM

Post #7727892

Hi Chezca!
Good to see you. Sorry to hear bad things have happened.
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

April 22, 2010
3:26 PM

Post #7728040

hi gramma :-) thanks but it ain't nuthin' we can't handle ;) how've you guys been? Spring sorta b*tc*slapped me into being happy again, so here's to our perennials!

Oh btw, can you guys tell me what this is? It sorta just popped up and I know I didnt plant it last year :-)! looks like lily of the valley but me no think so...

Thumbnail by Chezca
Click the image for an enlarged view.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2010
9:02 AM

Post #7729985

It looks like something from the Amaryllis genus. Do the flowers open more than that? They do not look right for Lily of the Valley, Snowflake (Galanthus) or snowdrop (leucojum). What else can ya tell us about them? (fragrance, size, etc)

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2010
9:04 AM

Post #7729989

It's an Alium of some kind.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2010
9:08 AM

Post #7730002

I thought so also Kwanjin, but after looking at page after page of pictures, I still wasn't able to find one with flowers of that sort. I thought maybe some sort of Amaryllis due to the arrangement/growth of the flowers. Of course we all know my propensity for making the wrong guess...grin

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2010
9:16 AM

Post #7730028

There's this one...?

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/14692/
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

April 23, 2010
9:23 AM

Post #7730047

hi guys :) I posted tis pic in the plant ID forum and kwanjin's right, they said it's an "allium triquetrum". it's very pretty but they also said it can be invasive... maybe i'll just transplant it in a pot to control it?

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2010
9:26 AM

Post #7730053

Cool. Good on you Kwanjin. Should have made my search for "WHITE" wild onion...grin

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2010
9:32 AM

Post #7730066

You've IDed WAAAAY more than I ever will, Moon! LOL

Yes, put it in a pot and keep it from you other plants unless you want to pull out babies until the end of time.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2010
9:57 AM

Post #7730125

As Plantladylin would say, We are half blind but GOOD guessers...grin I wish the wild onion here had such nice blooms...just tiny white flowers and horribly prolific and most odiferous...grin
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

April 23, 2010
10:36 AM

Post #7730204

Frankly, there is no "stink" coming from the flowers. I have them in a vase in the house and there's no smell to them, just purty to look at :-). A lot of people say they stink to high heavens and that scared me so I went and checked it out :), but no stink thank god! :-)

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2010
10:47 AM

Post #7730244

The variety of wild onion here has a strong onion scent with a slightly sour undertone, but mainly just strong onion...
Jim41
Delhi, LA

April 23, 2010
11:45 AM

Post #7730365

I don't know what the flower is Chezca, but last year we bought some Amarilis bulbs and a pack of smaller bulbs was in there as well. They look just like what you have.

Hello Moon. The day lilies you sent look great and the clematis is starting to run like crazy.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2010
1:33 PM

Post #7730607

Happy to hear that Jim. They are both good hardy plants. Hope you get tons of blooms from both.
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

April 23, 2010
3:12 PM

Post #7730814

Man I'm jealous :-)! I bought a couple of clematis thingys at home depot (50% off!), the ones that come in a plastic bag. Mind ya, this is the very first time I'm trying those bagged up things. When I opened one of the bags, I was all "where's the plant"?!? then i looked some more and found this- this- weak lookin root thingy... I guess that's the plant? I almost threw it away cos i thought it was just packaging :-)! Now I'm out in the yard starin at my two little pots of dirt, willing something to pop up any day now... or hour...:-)

On a happier note, a week ago I found a variety of leftover seed packets and just thought "hmm, I could just throw them all on a pile of dirt and see what happens...", it's survival of the fittest! I thought if they didn't grow, then they're not "special" enough to be called "my plants" :-)! sure enough I got loads and loads of plantlings sproutin up! woohoo! now, the only problem is, which is which?!? :-)

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2010
3:36 PM

Post #7730859

Just call it your garden of daily surprises...grin
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 23, 2010
5:49 PM

Post #7731142

Chezca I started keeping the packages or at least a list of what I planted.
That way at least Moon has a list of possibilities when I show her a picture and say
" what's this". LOL
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

April 23, 2010
6:16 PM

Post #7731225

I DID keep the packages, BUT :-) left them out in the sun (and the occasional storm and hail) the whole year and the darn things faded and got moldy (who wudda thunk it?!? It was just a year... hmph!)! So i thought the seeds were goners and was just really hopin for a plant or two :-) now I'm "blessed" with what looks like a thousand million billion unknowns! the plant id peeps are gunna luuuuv me in a few weeks! ;)
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 23, 2010
6:31 PM

Post #7731276

LOL Yes they are. There are a lot of people good at that plant ID stuff, but I'm not one of them.
Jim41
Delhi, LA

April 23, 2010
9:58 PM

Post #7731832

You can do the plants like I did the kids on my school bus, it was to much trouble to learn all there names, so I just gave them one of my own. Made it a lot easier on me and after a day or two they answered to it.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 24, 2010
5:42 AM

Post #7732228

LOL. I can just see Chezca going out to the garden...good morning fuzzy leaf, looks like skinny stem is getting ready to bloom...grin
Jim41
Delhi, LA

April 24, 2010
9:26 PM

Post #7734494

I saw one of parents of a boy who used to ride my bus the other day and I aske how "Tiger Bill" was. "Oh he is doing great," she replied. See! Even she learned his name. Up until he rode my bus she thought it was Jamie.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 25, 2010
5:35 AM

Post #7735003

Kids love nicknames that make them feel special...ya did good Jim.
smileymom343
Kenmore, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 25, 2010
5:41 AM

Post #7735007

knock! knock! Can I join in?

Hi Chezca, I'm Smiley. The slug thread was before my time, I think, but I know everyone else on this thread.

I too have thrown seeds (in pots) and then wondered what everything is. I just wait till they bloom, then say "oh hello.." I *do* save my sticks & packages, though. They're right over there, stuck inside a folder..

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 25, 2010
5:44 AM

Post #7735010

Hi Smiley. Chezca posted a few times on the Basil thread. That was before we got moved...grin I also invited her to the Camp.
smileymom343
Kenmore, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 25, 2010
5:46 AM

Post #7735021

Good deal! I look forward to seeing her there too.
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2010
7:37 PM

Post #7737044

hi guys :-) this weather is just too nice to stay in :) I was out all day yday and today doing what many ya'll are thinkin i'm doing in the yard... "giving some encouragement" to my unknown plants-to-be :-)
smileymom343
Kenmore, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 26, 2010
3:16 AM

Post #7737650

I go outside and study my plants. They all think I'm crazy. I forgot who said it (should ask DH) but there's a story of a reporter going to an artists studio to observe him work. The artist sat there for hours, the reporter finally asked him what he was doing. The artist said "I'm working!".

I'm paraphrasing the whole story, but it went something like that.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 26, 2010
4:49 AM

Post #7737759

If I could translate what I see in my head to the garden, I could charge admission...and get it...LOL
smileymom343
Kenmore, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 26, 2010
4:10 PM

Post #7739846

Me too Moon. It never quite translates the same...
Jim41
Delhi, LA

April 26, 2010
4:11 PM

Post #7739848

At least ya'll are one up on me, I haven't got anything in my head and not much on top.
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

April 26, 2010
4:46 PM

Post #7739984

:-) lol gramps :)

hey i've been wanting to add digitalis to my menagerie, any thoughts? im just afraid cos people say they're very poisonous that they can kill you JUST BY STARIN at the flowers! (ok, i overreached on that one:-)) But seriously tho, whacha guys think?

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 27, 2010
5:52 AM

Post #7741419

Foxgloves are beautiful plants. Here is some info on them for ya Chezca. I know lots of folks who grow it with no problems. I think you have dog(s) if I remember correctly. Unless your dog is big on getting to the back of flower beds and chewing on your plants, it shouldn't be a problem. Because they are tall plants, they are usually toward the back of flowerbeds and not readily available to anyone walking through the garden.


http://plantsbulbs.suite101.com/article.cfm/foxglove_plant_profile

http://www.gardenology.org/wiki/Digitalis

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Digitpu.htm
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

April 27, 2010
9:46 AM

Post #7742154

thanks moon! i thought so too ;)... i think i'm gonna go for it :-)
Jim41
Delhi, LA

April 27, 2010
12:02 PM

Post #7742529

Most of Germany is in for an early death, because foxglove grows wild over there.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 27, 2010
12:51 PM

Post #7742630

Can't wait to see pics of your pretty foxgloves...grin

I think it is good to know about plant toxicity, but forewarned is forearmed. If you really like a plant, grow it. (within the law of course) Take whatever precautions are necessary. Must be what the Germans do Huh Jim?
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

April 27, 2010
2:07 PM

Post #7742846

Oh i'm still huntin around our area for them plants :). Might have to start them from seed but we'll see... :-) I'm thinkin of caging the first foot around the plants in chicken wire just in case our semi-puppy-dog gets any ideas :). our other pup is fine since she and the other female doberman got the other side of the yard where there are no plants whatso-didly-ever to munch on :-).

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 27, 2010
2:09 PM

Post #7742855

Sounds like a solid plan...GRIN
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

May 3, 2012
9:46 AM

Post #9108667

OMG has it been THAT LONG?!? :-)

Update:
-Digitalis are thriving!- those thing are really purrrrty :)
-Semi-puppy-dog and other-pup-who's-no-longer-a pup are thriving!
-Doberman went to doggie heaven :( where she can roam free and trample and eat plants to her hearts content :-)
-my sissy made me get a TREE ROSE (ack!)
-and those daym squirrels are still alive so i'm still hiding in the bushes with the hose in my hand.
-SLUGS are still NOT EXTINCT.


missed you all you guys :-)

Chezca
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 3, 2012
12:27 PM

Post #9108914

Hi Chezca.. yep it's been awhile.
Glad to hear you're doing well...I think the slugs won the war here...LOL

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 3, 2012
12:31 PM

Post #9108922

Time flies doesn't it? As Lennon said...Life is what happens when your making plans...grin.

Plants and weeds are growing...Beagles are thriving(but aging...just turned 11)...cats are...cats...grin

Springer Spaniel, Chester, went to play in December..8-( the raccoon is back

The GS is graduating HS...generation 2.0...complete 8-)

Life is good.

Missed you too.

Moon
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

May 3, 2012
2:39 PM

Post #9109069

hi gramma! =)
the semi-dog-puppy still loves to play WITH them slugs. serious. he'd like, play-swat them hoping they'd swat him back or do, i dunno, SOMETHING :D (ofkors the ones that survive the first swat try to RUN for their lives... Let's picture that in our mind's eye for a sec shall we? :)

Moon, ah. mah. gahd. TIME didn't just fly- it wormholed :-)!

I feel so old. Dang. There I said it.

I put (count 'em) all 13 pavers/steppers down a couple days ago. Next day I couldn't get up I was so flippin sore!

Ain't life grand :-)!

-Chezca

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2012
5:16 AM

Post #9109775

Like Mick says...what a drag it is getting older...but considering the alternative...I will get older...LOL

The cats are mole tormentors, here. They will carry them around and play chase, sometimes for an hour...then it is CHOW time...blecch...

sic transit gloria mundi...thus passes the glory of the world...but for me it is sic transit Ruby Tuesday...LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDpSpCyydhU


8-) Moon
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

May 4, 2012
8:58 AM

Post #9110109

♪♫♫♪ when I'm sixty-foh! ♫♪♫

:-)
Jim41
Delhi, LA

May 4, 2012
4:04 PM

Post #9110620

Hi Gang, It's good see you are all still kicking. I'm still hanging around, think I'll shoot for 100 like Momma. I told Jo I needed to die before I turned 70 and my insurance cut in half. Didn't make it so I'm in for the long haul now.
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

May 4, 2012
5:01 PM

Post #9110712

Gramps! Ah. Mah. Gawd.☺you're still funny as ever :-). How are you?

jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2012
6:43 PM

Post #9110859

Hi Jim, good to see ya. You sound like my Mother...hope I go before the end of the year my term life goes up to high after that...LOL

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 6, 2012
7:17 AM

Post #9112488

Howdy Jim...are ya gonna do hay bale maters again this year? A big hello to the Lovely Jo also. Did your daughter(?) get moved closer to home?
Jim41
Delhi, LA

May 7, 2012
9:20 PM

Post #9115062

Hi to everyone. I'm doing great and the garden even better. Belive it or not everything was up and growing by the end of February. First time I ever set out tomatoes the first of Feb. They are chest high and loading nicely. A few as big as a softball. Green beans, squash, cucumbers, potatoes and lettuce making like crazy. Wish all you guys were close enough to share with.

No hay bale tomatoes. They are just to much trouble to mess with.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 8, 2012
4:48 AM

Post #9115196

Sounds like the early bird has plenty of worms...Ummm...tomatoes...grin.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 8, 2012
5:23 AM

Post #9115224

Hey , Moon , how's the Jap Maple and night blooming cerus, (you spell it ) doing ?
Sure would like to have a hamburger with ya again . It was gosh awful that day , a long lunch and pick your mind would be nice . Alas , we will be returning Oct. by way of I- 20. Someday tho , sigh .
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 8, 2012
6:13 AM

Post #9115308

mmmm that all sounds great Jim, a garden tomato sure would taste good, yours will be bought done before my start. LOL

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 8, 2012
9:19 AM

Post #9115714

They are both doing fine Sally...I too would love to get together again...it will happen...GRIN
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

May 8, 2012
1:52 PM

Post #9116035

Hmpf. Tomatoes. I have a long-standing feud with them plants (on account of a certain semi-dog-puppy). I can never seem to grow them- they never SEEM to fruit .

UNTIL now .

A volunteer tomahtoh sprouted up in our (okay, on the side of) driveway. It is now over 3 feet tall- the oddest plant found in FRONT of any house in our neighborhood. I'm hoping that the semi-dog-puppy does not figure it out since he knows that we only plant his favorite snack in the backyard... we shall see... :-)
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

May 8, 2012
2:25 PM

Post #9116081

Found this:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1005206/


ah memory lane ♥♥♥
smileymom343
Kenmore, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 8, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #9116179

Lordy, I think that was the first thread I ever posted on. Waving hello to everyone!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 8, 2012
4:40 PM

Post #9116241

That stinking thread is addictive...LOL...Yup...that was where we met ya Smiley...August 26, 2009. And as usual it wound up being You, Lynnie, JJ, Venice Flowers and me doing the most gabbing...LOL
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

May 8, 2012
4:46 PM

Post #9116251

Heyyyy I got good recipes from that thread... =)

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 8, 2012
4:48 PM

Post #9116255

I figured that was why we lost ya...too busy playing in the kitchen...grin
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

May 8, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #9116270

don't forget farmin'... ya'll lost me to yonder Farmville and the Othervilles... Doggone facebook... =D

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 9, 2012
8:18 AM

Post #9117126

How can you keep them down on the farm once they've seen DeeGee? GRIN
smileymom343
Kenmore, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 9, 2012
9:12 AM

Post #9117196

DeeGee is the bestest thing that ever happened to me ** sniff! sniff! **

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 9, 2012
10:18 AM

Post #9117274

GRIN...I think that is true for a lot of us...
Jim41
Delhi, LA

May 10, 2012
9:24 PM

Post #9119348

You girls are breaking my heart. It was great fun wasn't it?

Blow your horn digger if you go through Delhi. My oldest grandaughter just moved to Atlanta.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 11, 2012
3:47 AM

Post #9119435

I'll be blowing my horn . Mother is buried just north of Farmerville and need to visit her . I haven't been across I-20 in several years .
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 12, 2012
5:11 AM

Post #9120688

Sure was fun Jim...and made for great memories and even greater friends. ((((hugs)))) :-)
Jim41
Delhi, LA

May 12, 2012
2:16 PM

Post #9121178

Happy Mother's Day to all my favorite ladies.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 12, 2012
2:43 PM

Post #9121207

Thanks Jim. Please wish Jo a lovely Mother's Day in return. Do you and she have big plans, or a quiet afternoon planned?
Jim41
Delhi, LA

May 12, 2012
9:42 PM

Post #9121664

The kids will be here for church at the little church I just started pastoring and then home for a fish fry and an afternoon together.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 13, 2012
5:19 AM

Post #9121798

Oh , I want some catfish ,crappie , hush puppies , sweet coleslaw with garlic in it . Maybe you can throw in some buffalo ribs and gar balls . I sold a lot of insurance in Delhi 30 years ago .Enjoy your day and be blessed .

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 13, 2012
6:38 AM

Post #9121887

A new church...that must keep you very busy. So glad the kids are gonna be home today...hope you all have a lovely day...
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 13, 2012
8:35 AM

Post #9122044

Hi Moon , have had a lot of complements on the gumbo . I keep the packages in the freezer so they stay fresh

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 13, 2012
2:17 PM

Post #9122317

Hi Sally...I am so glad you all enjoyed that mix. Takes a little guess work out of it.

Hope you are having a lovely Mother's day...Big Hugs and Howdys.

Moon
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 13, 2012
5:49 PM

Post #9122517

Back to ya , sweetie . Yes , I had to give my step son a coupla packages .I'm a bit selfish .
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 13, 2012
8:43 PM

Post #9122750

Thanks Jim...Sounds like it was a great time at your house this afternoon. How lucky that new church is to get you. ((((hugs))))

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 14, 2012
7:00 AM

Post #9123073

Just holler when ya need more Sally...I can send you all you need...or want...the Jambalaya also.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 14, 2012
9:03 AM

Post #9123273

I'm still trying to get through there at a decent hour .Going I-20 back this year , so will be next fall before there is any hope . I only fix it for special family dinner and probably have just enough to get me through till then .If I run short and can't find a decent time to come through , I'll holler.Hugs

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 14, 2012
9:05 AM

Post #9123277

You can always just holler, Sally. Much as I would like to see you, I can't let you go without good gumbo...GRIN
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 14, 2012
9:24 AM

Post #9123307

Now THAT'S a friend !

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 14, 2012
9:35 AM

Post #9123321

Staying in touch is almost as good as getting to visit...ALMOST...grin
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 14, 2012
3:10 PM

Post #9123785

Yeah , it was so hot that day and my dogs had to stay cool in the car , we didn't have much chance to really get a good visit in .
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2012
4:03 PM

Post #9125191

can't leave you guys alone for a minute! :-)

Now that momma's day is over, who's ready for campin'?!?

digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 16, 2012
6:58 AM

Post #9125800

No need to go camping here . I live in the woods.
Jim41
Delhi, LA

May 16, 2012
10:00 PM

Post #9126758

Crappie was the only fish we had. A former chuch member always keeps me in fish. I have another that keeps me in venison. The veggies I'll raise my self. Got my first ripe tomato today.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 17, 2012
6:06 AM

Post #9126963

WHOO HOO! The first Mater is always cause for celebration...GRIN
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2012
7:53 AM

Post #9127070

Yum I can almost taste it...I still have months to wait. :(
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 17, 2012
9:38 AM

Post #9127217

Does it count if they are only the size of an english pea ?
smileymom343
Kenmore, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 17, 2012
1:18 PM

Post #9127396

it does in my book.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 17, 2012
4:45 PM

Post #9127663

Then I have ONE. Lots of blooms tho , if they all make on that plant , I'll be freezing them and breaking out with hives from all those I eat . Yum !
Jim41
Delhi, LA

May 17, 2012
10:23 PM

Post #9127964

I can just about live off tomatoes. I love everything that comes out of the garden but my favorite is the tomato.
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2012
4:54 AM

Post #9128080

I agree Jim, I like to eat them just like an apple. Corn on the cob runs a very close second though. Your making me hungry...
smileymom343
Kenmore, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2012
9:44 AM

Post #9128498

Me too! me too.. and me too.. And a sandwich isn't a sandwich unless it has a tomato on it. Unless it's PBJ. :-)

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 18, 2012
10:30 AM

Post #9128533

We love the Sweet 100's...small cherry tomatoes. They are like tomato candy...not all of them make it into the house...grin
Chezca
Hayward (Z8b-9a), CA
(Zone 8b)

May 18, 2012
2:19 PM

Post #9128753

are we talking about FOOD again?!? I'm gaining weight just reading..!:-)
Jim41
Delhi, LA

May 20, 2012
6:56 PM

Post #9131157

My wife loves the sweet 100's. I usually plant a couple for her. Personally, I don't care for them. I plant primarily Amelias. They produce really good and are resistant to the blight we have in Louisana. I have a couple each or Top Gun, Tasty Lee and Golith. Just giving them a try for a friend who raises tomatos to suplliment his SS. He started all my plants for me. He is 83 and raises 300 tomato each year. He also has cucumbers and squash he sells. He also plants a 100 lbs. so seed potatos each year. I don't know how he does all the work.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 21, 2012
7:07 AM

Post #9131686

Good health and a strong work ethic Jim. My FIL is 87 and still cuts the grass and tends a small garden plot. He says he just wasn't made to sit...grin
Jim41
Delhi, LA

May 21, 2012
10:23 PM

Post #9132964

My dad use to make me so mad because he always had to be doing something. Needless to say I had to be doing it with him. Wouldn't you know I'd get just like him in my old age.
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2012
5:07 AM

Post #9133111

Ya have to get old first Jim. :) I've seen a lot of older folks put some of these yonguns to shame..when it comes to manual labor. Heck you guys make me tired. LOL

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2012
7:41 AM

Post #9133317

This may sound a bit off, but what if that is the mind and body making up for "wasted" time when younger? Taking advantage of all the time left to us.
Jim41
Delhi, LA

May 31, 2012
6:02 PM

Post #9146852

I think you made a good point Moon. So many things I didn't have time for when I was younger, now are my favorite pass times.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 1, 2012
6:58 AM

Post #9147444

Older and wiser...we learn how important it is to actually smell the roses.
Jim41
Delhi, LA

June 3, 2012
8:49 PM

Post #9151048

My only problem is I've developed so many allergies with old age that I'll start sneezing if I smell to deep.
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 4, 2012
6:06 AM

Post #9151317

LOL Morning Jim...whats for breakfast?

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 4, 2012
9:54 AM

Post #9151634

LOL Jim...guess in your case you have to quickly sniff the roses.
Jim41
Delhi, LA

June 6, 2012
10:01 PM

Post #9155322

Been eating tomato sandwichs for breaksfast lately, jjs.

Maybe a quick sniff will be ok. Ham frying doesn't make me sneeze.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

June 7, 2012
5:15 AM

Post #9155463

Fried corn tortillias , with tomatoes, cheese on top , oven toasted till the cheese melts ! Can eat a half dozen . Bacon , tomato sandwiches , grilled in butter , Yum
Tomato pie , to die for . Mine haven't started turning yet and I'm STARVING for fresh tomatoes !!!!!
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 7, 2012
5:20 AM

Post #9155468

Can ya see the drool on the screen Jim ? I am sooo jealous, I have a flower on my mater plant and planted them in a new location this year using coffee cans with holes in it buried next to them to water them with. So far they are looking great and no sign of that fungus or whatever it is I was getting every year. Keeping my fingers crossed.

The Lowes here had plants on sale that had big ripe maters on them, ya know I wanted to pluck one as I walked by. LOL
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 7, 2012
5:22 AM

Post #9155469

Me too Digger and I don't even have a green one yet. :(
Jim41
Delhi, LA

June 7, 2012
9:35 PM

Post #9156559

I set my tomatoes in the garden the first couple of days in Feb. That's why they are so early. Never did that before. Just this crazy winter we had. I've picked about 400 tomatoes off 14 plants. Just about to harvest the last of them. I have 6 that are just beginning to ripen and 2 that will be in in a couple of weeks. I'll be able to eat tomatoes for a while. If you guys were closer I'd be glad to share. I've given most of them away.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

June 8, 2012
4:34 AM

Post #9156700

Got mine in 5 th of April
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 8, 2012
6:41 AM

Post #9156802

Wow that's a lot of maters Jim.
Mine was around Mothers day. Probably could have done it earlier with the crazy weather but I just didn't trust Mother Nature.
Jim41
Delhi, LA

June 13, 2012
9:39 PM

Post #9164431

I'm with you one the trust Mother Nature but an old gentleman in my church said he was raising my plants for me. When he said they were ready I had to do something with them so just planted and hoped. It worked out this year but most years they would all have gotten frost bit.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

June 14, 2012
6:36 AM

Post #9164648

Jim , don't know how many you plant , but five gallon buckets over them works fine against frost .
My problem is , I can't get them in the ground before 4th-5th of April unless I put them in Big pots and transport them 1,200 miles back home .We still have another frost around 20th of April . Thank goodness for buckets .

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 14, 2012
8:05 AM

Post #9164734

The last year we went big with tomatoes, I got ahead of myself and set them in the ground a bit too early. Of course we had a "freak frost" predicted and I was in a panic...30 plants to try to protect...I went to Salvation Army, bought some bed sheets and came home and used extra tomato stakes to make row covers...they worked really well and the sheets cost less than $10. I now have a collection of sheets and old plastic shower curtains that I use to cover the more delicate plants in winter.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

June 14, 2012
8:15 AM

Post #9164743

Look for frost cloth , Moon . I bought some in Tex.a nd made a hoop house . Grew toms all last winter . Used pvcpipe over steel rods driven in the ground for frame . Hugs , gal friend .

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 14, 2012
8:26 AM

Post #9164755

Hugs right back Digger...grin. At the time money and availability were the primary factors...No one here sold frost cloth in smaller amounts, and I surely didn't need the rolls of hundreds of feet. We spend such a small amount of the winter with freeze/frost and rarely have a very large area to cover any more. It is considerably warmer in the winter here than Dahlonega...grin
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

June 14, 2012
1:32 PM

Post #9165118

I'm talking about frost cloth in Texas . We still get down to 26 some winters for a night or two .I bought it by the running foot . still a bit pricey. Someday I'm going to see all your "stuff ". More hugs ,

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 14, 2012
4:43 PM

Post #9165372

If the weeds and a nasty infestation of blackberry vine keep up I won't have a yard...I will have a smoking propane weed torch...GRIN
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 14, 2012
7:11 PM

Post #9165547

Careful there Moon...LOL
I found two baby maters and a baby green pepper today. The corn in the field behind my house is already hip high (if ya stand about 5'3"). Forget knee high by the fourth of July...this year.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

June 15, 2012
6:07 AM

Post #9165970

Here too Moon , I have to lift them with a spading fork and pull the roots out , sometimes 8 ft long with another five or six plants growing off them .

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 15, 2012
6:41 AM

Post #9166010

Grin...ya know me JJ...click...WHOOSH...job done...LOL

Yup, Digger...and it doesn't make it any easier that they can fight back...grrrr
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

June 15, 2012
12:56 PM

Post #9166496

That's why God invented leather gloves !

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 15, 2012
5:30 PM

Post #9166827

And He was most wise...grin But leather gloves don't cover all of you...grin The vines have a way of moving where ya don't expect them...Yeowie...
Jim41
Delhi, LA

June 15, 2012
9:48 PM

Post #9167154

I set concrete wire cages in the beds before I plant. Then I wrap them with 6 mil visqueen 18 inchs high. If frost is predicted, I wad up news paper and put it around the tomatoes and pile some on to top. It works really good. Of course a few nights of 20 degree weather would do me in but that is usually not a problem. I had 20 I set out in Feb. and I have 2 I planted in April. They are just now coming in. I planted 9 a week ago just to get a jump on fall tomatoes. If I can get a good root system in the ground before the high heat hits, I think I can keep them alive until the weather breaks in Sept. So far our temps have only got to the low 90's. Last year we hit 100 the first day of June and and stayed above a hundred until the first of Sept.

gramma, the farmers in our area are getting their combines ready to start cutting corn. A lot of it will be ready by the middle of July.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

June 16, 2012
8:03 AM

Post #9167438

Sounds like you have it covered , Jim . And do you ever hunt arrow points ?
If everything keeps on like they are , I'll have enough toms to get my fill this year .
Jim41
Delhi, LA

June 19, 2012
9:59 PM

Post #9172365

I used to find arrow heads all the time when I was farming but don't have much time to look any more.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

June 20, 2012
5:44 AM

Post #9172527

I always wanted to walk the fields around there . The most I've done , is tag along and dig for them in central Tex . A lot of work , they are in burn mittins and usually 1 -3 foot deep
I'm not getting many slugs this year . Thought with such a wet spring , I would find a lot crawling up the foundation . Any one else notice this ?

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2012
8:09 AM

Post #9172724

I haven't seen a single slug thus far, Sally...but I do have a large healthy population of Toads and tadpoles. Maybe we are finally winning the slime battle...grin
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

June 20, 2012
12:37 PM

Post #9173085

I need more toads . Had some long green frogs a few years ago , but they moved on . Wish I had them back .

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2012
12:53 PM

Post #9173107

We try to provide habitat for them and the tree frogs and lizards...we have a small pond that fairly boils with activity at night. Additionally they have lots of greenery to hide from predators
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

June 20, 2012
1:41 PM

Post #9173158

Three dogs and a cat don't help . I have all the other , even if my pond is a frog wading pool

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2012
8:58 AM

Post #9174265

I hear ya on the animals. I have 3 cats and 2 dogs...they pretty much leave the birds, frogs, lizards and toads alone...more fun to chase the moles and squirrels I guess.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

June 21, 2012
9:34 AM

Post #9174323

Lizards and squirrels don't have a chance .
smileymom343
Kenmore, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2012
6:19 AM

Post #9204748

Happy Birthday Jim!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

July 14, 2012
6:34 AM

Post #9204761

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM Hope you have a grand day.

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

July 14, 2012
8:51 AM

Post #9204882

Happy B'day Jim , my dh's was yesterday .
jjsgramma
Woodhull, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 14, 2012
9:41 AM

Post #9204941

Happy Birthday Jim !!!

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