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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 19, 2018, 04:00:36 PM »
Dwight

The plants were started from seed and transplanted into the garden August 1.  I used an initial application of 10-10-10 mixed into the soil and have used liquid Miracle Grow once after that when the plants started blooming. 

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 19, 2018, 04:45:48 AM »
The Fall, Celebrity tomatoes are starting to set fruit.  It's a good day in the garden.


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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: September 01, 2018, 07:00:41 PM »
Wow.  Those look great, Maggie.

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General Discussion / Re: Megaton Cabbage - Any Advice
« on: August 29, 2018, 05:15:17 AM »
National Champs

Thanks for your input. I'm looking forward to seeing how the cabbage does.  Granted, this is a new process for me, so I'm hoping the learning curve isn't too steep. 

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: August 28, 2018, 07:51:17 PM »
Maggie,

That's a great point.  Too often I forget that, like a poinsettia, it's the modified leaves/bracts that have the bright yellow color.  The blooms are the smaller white extensions. 

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: August 28, 2018, 03:31:47 AM »
If you squint a little and use your imagination, I guess the blooms do somewhat resemble shrimp tails🤔 Regardless, the yellow shrimp plant is putting on a nice show.

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General Discussion / Re: Megaton Cabbage - Any Advice
« on: August 21, 2018, 12:06:28 PM »
Thanks Dwight and Gymgirl. Again, the advice and shared experience is appreciated.

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: August 21, 2018, 05:57:22 AM »
I need one of those bumper stickers that says, "If you can read this, YOU'RE TOO CLOSE!", mainly because I have a habit of hitting the brakes and turning around when I see something that looks interesting. On the way to the library, I cruised by a local, historic home. In passing, I caught a glimpse of purple on their fence line and promptly slowed down, then made a u-turn to the curb. Yep, their Passion Flower vines are setting some nice blooms. They were definitely worth stopping to take a look at.

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General Discussion / Re: Megaton Cabbage - Any Advice
« on: August 21, 2018, 05:48:21 AM »
Chapman and Double B,

Thanks for the input.  I've grown cabbage only once before, and that was a single plant that was a leftover from a kids' project at school.  I don't know what variety it was, and it grew in a large pot.  I wanted to try something new in the fall garden, so we'll see how a row of cabbage goes.  Fingers crossed.

Thanks again.

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Happy Hour / Re: Pellet Grills
« on: August 20, 2018, 06:15:59 PM »
My brother-in-law in Colorado has one of the Traegers.  He's used it almost weekly for a year, and is incredibly satisfied with it.  He purchased his at Costco for roughly $700.  I've had the pleasure of eating some of the things he's smoked/cooked, and I have to say it was very tasty.  Oh, and because of the colder temp's in Colorado, he purchased a welding blanket that he lays over the top of it when he cooks to help maintain an even cooking temp. 

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General Discussion / Megaton Cabbage - Any Advice
« on: August 20, 2018, 06:10:09 PM »
Hopefully I'm not running late, but, in the next few days, I'll be planting Megaton seed in starter cups.  This will be a first time for growing the cabbage in my zone 9a, gulf coast garden.  Any tips or advice to increase my chances of success?  Thanks in advance.

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: August 14, 2018, 07:54:40 AM »
With an early morning cup of coffee, I made the rounds of the yard and garden. The chickens were let out of their coop: check. The compost bin was turned: check. The dog did his business: check. The abutilon (aka flowering maple) is putting on another flush of blooms: check. Wait - what? Yep, more of the Christmas ornament-like blooms are putting on a show. Itís going to be a good day😀

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: August 12, 2018, 03:17:49 PM »
Dwight - Those zinnias are nice.  I have some, too, and like yourself, I have a few weeds/grass to go with them.  My zinnia patch draws in a few butterflies, and on occasion a few bumble bees and carpenter bees, but I seldom see any honeybees.  I'm not sure if it's because the honeybees don't care for the zinnias or if there just aren't many honey bees around.

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: August 12, 2018, 06:12:13 AM »
The heat of the summer is starting to take a toll on the foliage, but the crinums are still periodically generating blooms. 

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 11, 2018, 04:13:26 AM »
The fall tomatoes (Celebrities) are progressing. The recent rain has certainly helped.

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: July 30, 2018, 06:00:04 AM »
Planted the Celebrity tomato seedlings for the fall garden.

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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: July 29, 2018, 05:16:11 AM »
What better way to start a conversation than to tell people you have naked ladies in your yard. Of course, more modest individuals refer to them as surprise lilies or even resurrection lilies, but I think the more common name, naked ladies, is more fitting. They certainly draw attention when you walk by. And, no, these aren't mine. They reside in the flowerbed of a friend and family member who is too modest to admit he has naked ladies in his yard. But that's okay, I'll brag for him. Nice looking blooms.

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: July 14, 2018, 04:40:59 AM »
I separated and transplanted my Celebrity tomato seedlings into individual containers.  Hoping to put them into the garden the first week of August for the fall garden.

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Yep, if you're all about egg production, nothing to see here.  Just move along. If you enjoy watching the yardbirds, though, bantams can be fun.

This is a quick pic of our young bantam rooster with his surrogate mom.  When the hen went broody, we hatched six fertile eggs for a friend, then kept one of the chicks thinking it might be a hen.  In fact, my daughter named it Annabell.  Needless to say, Annabell turned out to be an Annabert, a little rooster instead.  This is a pic of Annabert and his surrogate mom.  He's  roughly 3 months old, and he's started to get some nice coloration in his feathers.

And, yes, we do have other chickens - 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 1 Easter Egger and another Bantam hen.  It's fair to say, though, that while they lay eggs, their main purpose is just the enjoyment of having them around. 


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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: July 08, 2018, 04:17:50 PM »
Not to brag, but I harvested two tomatoes today. Granted, they don't look like much, but they resemble quite an accomplishment. By mid-June, the combination of heat, humidity, fungus issues and insect pressure pretty much put an end to the tomato season in our area. One exception is a couple of plants that I refer to as Toni's tomatoes. They're an unspecified variety of tiny cherry tomatoes that were passed along to me by a friend. They resiliently hang on, and with very little help from me, continue to produce, albeit in very limited quantities. Yep, I won't complain. I'll enjoy them as a brief snack and patiently wait for more 😉

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