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General Discussion / Re: Fall Squash and SVB
« on: Today at 05:01:38 AM »
I learn something new every day.  Of course, I forget a lot, too, so it balances out.  Regardless, I'm going to have to try that pantyhose trick, Double B. 

General Discussion / Re: Fall Squash and SVB
« on: June 19, 2018, 04:11:33 PM »
I'm going to follow this conversation since I'm interested in the same thing.  I planted zucchini and patty-pan squash this spring, and was diligent to use BT to keep the caterpillars away......until I got complacent.  Then the SVB hit with a vengeance.  I'm hoping the fall season offers less risk.

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: June 17, 2018, 09:24:48 AM »
Great blooms, Maggie.  Thanks for sharing.

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: June 16, 2018, 02:36:19 PM »
More than a few potted plants have met their demise under my care. Overwatering, underwatering, overfertilizing, underfertilizing, too much or too little sun........ I have a lot of plant-care sins to my credit. That's why I like portulaca; it can stand up to my incompetence, and chug right along. And, the blooms aren't bad either 😉

General Discussion / Re: Okra is not producing
« on: June 15, 2018, 02:21:27 AM »

Last year I grew Clemson spineless okra, and was in the same situation.  When it got roughly 4 ft tall, I kept wondering why it wasn't producing.  Like yourself, I asked on the forum what was going on, and I got the same response to be patient, and they were right.  A few weeks later I was harvesting all the okra I could eat and more.  Best of luck.

General Discussion / Re: Issues with Reimer Seed?
« on: June 10, 2018, 09:37:45 AM »
I've only ordered from them once, and that was for this year.  I got a package of Black Krim tomato seed and a package of Mammoth sunflower seed.  I didn't notice any major problems in germination.  As I sit here and scratch my head trying to remember, I think the reason I ordered from them was they had the Mammoth sunflower seed available when I was looking to order.  You have my sympathy, though.  There's nothing worse than getting a bad batch of seed, then not getting good customer service to remedy the issue.

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: June 09, 2018, 05:01:58 AM »
Nice, Maggie.  Thanks for sharing.

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: June 09, 2018, 04:27:55 AM »
The paint is peeling and worn, but the house is still standing. Itís been vacant for years; the people who made it a home Ė my grandparents Ė are long gone. The last time I visited, the house seemed so small inside, probably because of all the fond memories it holds. It was hard to move around without a flood of laughter, smiles and kindness overwhelming me. All I had to do was close my eyes, and I was a kid again. And, while itís been years since Iíve visited, a single picture of my grandmotherís irises Ė they still patiently remain, keeping watch Ė leads me up the front steps and through the screen door to a special place that Iíll always remain grateful for.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: June 08, 2018, 08:26:50 PM »
The pile of mashed potatoes wonít be very big, but that can always be remedied with more gravy😀 Yep - the compost pile, potato vine actually produced a few spuds.

General Discussion / Re: Sunflowers as a Trap Crop
« on: June 05, 2018, 08:09:18 PM »

I've had modest success spraying with Pyrethrin.  When I was being overrun with the leaf footed bugs last year, I sprayed and both the stinkbugs and leaf footed bugs disappeared.....for 3 or 4 days.  What I couldn't determine is when they showed up again, was it the same bugs or were they new bugs replacing ones that were killed. 

I've also gone through the garden with a coffee can of soapy water and knocked them off into the container.  They quickly sink and drown.  It's time consuming, but it works if you're thorough.  Of course, my humble experience is that you never completely eliminate them. There's always more.  That's why I typically call the tomato season over when the stinkers and leaf footers show up in force.  I pick everything on the vines and move on....

Ironically, right now my biggest tomato thieves are mice.  Yes, I set out traps and caught one, but the others are smarter......  Again, by this weekend I'm going to call the tomato season done and move on.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: June 05, 2018, 04:48:56 PM »
Double B

Great looking corn, and it doesn't get any better then eating it fresh off the stalk.  Nice.

General Discussion / Re: Sunflowers as a Trap Crop
« on: June 05, 2018, 04:45:33 PM »

Here's a pic of one of my mammoth sunflowers.  I'm 6 ft tall, my arms are stretched at nearly full length, the 2x zoom is turned on my phone camera ;)  The bloom is roughly 12 ft off the ground.  No - seriously.  This is a small head that just opened.  The heads grow rapidly, and reach 10-12 inches in diameter.  As they get bigger, the weight of the head bends the plant over down closer to viewing level. 

General Discussion / Sunflowers as a Trap Crop
« on: June 05, 2018, 02:19:24 AM »
I had read about using sunflowers as a trap crop for leaf footed bugs, but I was a little cautious/skeptical. Sometimes things don't work as advertised. I like sunflowers under any circumstances, though, so I planted some of the mammoth variety in close proximity to my tomato plants. And here's the deal. They actually seemed to work. Normally at this time of the year, the leaf footed bugs start showing up in mass and damage the tomatoes. The sunflowers seem to be pulling them away. That doesn't mean there aren't any of the bugs on the tomatoes, but I sure haven't noticed any. Just prior to taking the posted pic's, there were quite a few more of the bugs on the flower heads. I had to move a couple of leaves to get the pic's, though, and many of the bugs scattered in the process. Regardless, I'll keep planting sunflowers in the future. They may not be a perfect trap crop, but they work well enough to make me happy. Plus, I just enjoy looking at the blooms 😉

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: June 02, 2018, 03:42:49 AM »
A gaggle? A pod? A herd? A flock? A pack? Iím not sure what best describes them, but I like to think of them as a collection of awesome. The Milk and Wine crinums are putting on a show.

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: May 27, 2018, 08:20:01 PM »
Great pic, Maggie.  Thanks for sharing.

Flowers / Re: Unique Planters
« on: May 27, 2018, 05:20:03 AM »
The porcelain planter is looking good  ;)

Fruit Trees / Re: Blueberry time
« on: May 27, 2018, 01:22:28 AM »
Those look great.

General Discussion / Re: First potato harvest
« on: May 26, 2018, 06:53:40 PM »
Nice haul, and that's a great looking garden. Thanks for sharing.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: May 26, 2018, 06:20:11 AM »
Compost happens, and sometimes it provides surprises. That's a potato vine you're looking at. It snuck into the end of my pole bean row. I obviously had an uncomposted spud get planted when I dumped my compost bin into the garden. It happens. This pic was from 2 weeks ago, and the vine is starting to fade. I'll give it a few more days, then I'll dig to see how many potatoes formed. My expectations are limited since I didn't hill any dirt on the vine, but, hey, I'll take what I get - even if it's just entertainment from watching the vine grow 😉

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: May 25, 2018, 04:09:59 AM »
Magenta - now thereís a color I never thought Iíd hear myself say. I had to dig through a box of Crayons to try to determine the best color match to describe the bloom. Magenta is the closest I could find. Thereís also a subtle hint of saffron in the centers. Where in the heck do they come up with these colors? Itís as bad as going to the paint store and seeing something called Barney the Dinosaur purple 🙄 But I digress. This is my newest plumeria bloom.

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