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General Discussion / Re: Who's putting in tomato plants?
« on: February 20, 2018, 05:44:26 AM »
Ragun -  I'm with you.  In fact, after scratching my head and looking at the longer term forecasts, I planted 6 of my tomato seedlings on Sunday.  Yes, it's a gamble, but I'm prepared to protect them.  Here in coastal, southeast Texas, there's always the chance of a spring frost/freeze, but most of the time the early, spring weather works to our advantage before the intense, summer heat quickly arrives. 

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: February 10, 2018, 07:01:09 PM »
Great looking amaryllis.

Livestock / Re: Officially a Chicken Lady
« on: February 02, 2018, 04:04:36 PM »
Maggie - the angle of the first pic makes the bantam egg look larger than it really is.  Here's a better pic showing the sizes of the different eggs I'm getting.  From top to bottom:  a Bantam egg, an Easter Egger egg and a Silver Laced Wyandotte egg.  Oh, and today was another 3 egg day, with the Easter Egger laying her first egg :)

Livestock / Re: Officially a Chicken Lady
« on: February 02, 2018, 04:35:55 AM »
Today was a record setting day for our 6 chickens. They laid 3 eggs - the most so far in one day, and it included our first Bantam egg (on the left). The birds are still young and just starting to lay, so we're pretty excited.  Go, yardbirds, go 👍🏻😀🥚

Note: the Bantam egg is roughly 2/3 the size of the other eggs; it just appears larger due to the angle of the pic.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: January 30, 2018, 06:10:46 PM »
Dwight and Gymgirl

Yes - I raised the fixtures to get the pic ;)  Normally they are just an inch off the top of the seedlings.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: January 30, 2018, 04:45:59 AM »
I started the tomato process on Jan. 14 with 14 cups and 3-4 seeds per cup. I put everything on a seedling heat mat under florescent lighting. Sunday, I separated and transplanted the seedlings, and now I have 41 individual seedlings 😳 Considering I only need 10 of the seedlings, yes, I'll be passing some along to others who'd like to grow some tomatoes. It's a good start to the spring garden 😀

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: January 25, 2018, 05:03:57 AM »
A quick pic of the tomato seedlings’ progress. This weekend they’ll be ready to separate and transplant into individual containers. The first time I tried separating and transplanting seedlings like this, I thought for sure they would all die. After watching Boudreaux's video on the process a couple of years ago, I gave it a shot.  It’s surprising how tough the seedlings are.  By using a little care, the majority survive with no problems.

General Discussion / Re: Paddle the Okra?
« on: January 25, 2018, 04:50:52 AM »

The Forum went down a couple of weeks ago, and any pics downloaded directly to the forum (as opposed to linked to the Forum) prior to that, don't show up anymore.  Unfortunately, my okra pic's are part of that group. 

General Discussion / Re: Robins Are Showing Up
« on: January 21, 2018, 08:07:53 AM »
I'll have to start watching.  I haven't noticed any here in Orange yet, but I haven't been looking either.

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: January 21, 2018, 06:36:25 AM »
The gnome seems to be expressing a clear opinion about the untypically cold and snowy weather we've been experiencing on the Texas gulf coast ;)  I have to give the violas two thumbs-up, though, for their resilience.  They keep chugging along.  This pic was from Jan 16.  This weekend, we've bounced back into temp's closer to normal. 

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: January 21, 2018, 06:22:41 AM »
The start of another tomato season. I'm going with 3 varieties: Black Krim, Atomic grape and Dona. I seeded everything last Sunday, and have them on heat mats with florescent lighting.  Last year was highly unusual for the spring garden. I transplanted tomato seedlings into the garden by mid-February with no subsequent freezes - I was lucky.  I won't gamble again and try that this year.  I'll wait until March, and be ready to protect the seedlings. Fingers crossed.

General Discussion / Re: We’re Back
« on: January 14, 2018, 12:57:35 PM »

Many thanks for your time and effort in hosting the forum and keeping everything going.  It's genuinely appreciated.

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: January 08, 2018, 04:42:46 PM »
For lack of a better name, I call this the “bathroom cactus” since that’s where it sits in the window. And, each year around this time it sends out these tiny, intricate blooms. You don’t want to get the double-ply Charmin too close to this little friend, though, or it will reach out and grab you with those spines😳. It’s a good day in the garden😀

General Discussion / Re: 2018 plans and seeds
« on: January 06, 2018, 05:51:43 AM »
Ragun - Thanks for the "heads up" on the glass gem corn.  Definitely looks like something for me to try.

Livestock / Re: Officially a Chicken Lady
« on: January 05, 2018, 03:51:02 PM »
The kids and I have gone into the backyard chicken business ourselves.  We're having fun and are enjoying it.  We built the coop ourselves, and got the chicks in August.  They've matured now, but haven't started to lay eggs.  We don't use artificial lighting, so we'll have to wait for the longer days of spring before the birds start laying.  We have six chickens: 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 2 Bantams, and 1 Easter Egger.

General Discussion / Re: 2018 plans and seeds
« on: January 05, 2018, 05:55:13 AM »
My "go to" list of vegetables:

Supremo hybrid, pickling cucumbers
Black Krim tomatoes
Rattlesnake pole beans
Clemson Spineless okra
Top Pick purple hull peas

New things to try this year:

Brad's Atomic Grape tomatoes (I'm a sucker for shiny, seed catalog pic's)
Pattypan squash

On the "maybe" list:

Luffa - grown in the past, and enjoy harvesting for sponges.  Also good to attract pollinators.
Elephant dill - just like the smell
Glass Gem Indian corn - an ornamental curiosity

I have a small home garden, though, so sometimes I have to tone down my early spring ambitions.......

Fruit Trees / Re: Started Grapefruit from seeds
« on: January 05, 2018, 05:32:57 AM »
Similar to Ragun, my citrus from seed experiment is motivated strictly by curiosity.  Assuming the seeds germinate, I just want to see what happens.  For fruit production purposes, I realize I'd be much better off starting with a grafted seedling.  In fact, I'm considering buying one of the newer Orange Frost satsuma seedlings to add to the garden.......

Fruit Trees / Re: Started Grapefruit from seeds
« on: January 04, 2018, 02:18:19 PM »

I'm trying something similar.  I saved seed from some oranges that a neighbor harvested and gave me.  The orange trees have been growing for approx. 20 years, and the neighbor says they think the variety is Louisiana Sweets.  I wish I'd read your post earlier, though.  Instead of sprouting the seed in paper towels, I planted the seed in cups and put the cups on a heat mat.  I guess I'll wait and see what happens.

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: January 02, 2018, 09:21:17 AM »
Maggie - Your senior, Xmas cactus now qualifies for an AARP card.  LOL.  Nice job in keeping it going for so long. 

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: January 01, 2018, 03:42:27 PM »
So far, the violas win the cold weather award. They didn’t blink at the 30 degree temps last night. We’ll see if they fare as well in the low 20’s predicted for the next couple of nights. To improve their chances, I watered them today to keep them hydrated.

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