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Fruit Trees / Re: Potted Lemon tree blooming last week of September.
« on: December 06, 2018, 12:44:51 PM »
In September, I posted a question about setting Lemons so late in the season.  The lemons are still on the plant.  But even though we have not had a freeze the plant has started dropping leaves and the remaining leaves are turning yellow.  It looks to me like the lemon tree is dying. I have been advised not to fertilise this time of year but what should I do to insure that the lemon tree survives and if possible keep the fruit until it ripens?  Pictures are below.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: October 25, 2018, 01:50:26 PM »
Picked two messes of mustard greens from 4 plants Tuesday.  Cooked one and blanched and froze the other.  It was good eating but I should have cut out the stems.  They were a little tough.

The collards seem to be slow growing. I planted them late but they are in the same bed so I'm optimistic.

Pinched the growth tips on the tomato plants and cut off all of the branches that did not have fruit.  I hope this redirects the growth and gets the fruit to ripen before the first frost. Tomatoes were a bust for me this year. I'll try again next year.

Fruit Trees / Fig tree still putting on fruit in Zone 9A/B
« on: October 16, 2018, 06:12:08 PM »
My fig tree is still putting on new growth and figs. Most are way too small to ripen before first frost. I'm getting 5 or 6 ripe figs a week but there must be 200-300 green figs ranging from pea size to full size on the tree.

Is this normal for this time of year? Is there any way to insure that I get maximum ripe figs before the first frost like pinching new growth or new figs?

I grew this plant from a cutting I took from a sickly 10 or 15 year old tree that never got over 5 ft tall. Stuck the cutting in a soil filled 18 gal. tote in 2015.  Planted it in the ground in May and it's about 6 ft tall and it's full of leaves and new growth.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: October 04, 2018, 11:07:10 AM »
Picked the first small mess of mustard greens this morning. Not enough for a side dish, but Deb is going to cook them with some dried Lima beans and a little bacon for supper.  Hope they are not too bitter because of the heat.

Fruit Trees / Re: Potted Lemon tree blooming last week of September.
« on: October 01, 2018, 07:44:42 AM »
Maggie.  Thanks.  This is the third season.

Fruit Trees / Potted Lemon tree blooming last week of September.
« on: September 29, 2018, 11:30:15 AM »
Should a potted lemon tree be blooming this time of year in zone 9A?  It bloomed in the spring but did not set any fruit. The tree just set there through the summer despite watering it at least once a week last time I fertilized it was in late July.

All of a sudden it started putting on new leaves about 3-4 weeks ago and now it has blooms.  What are the chance that these will set and will the fruit survive the winter?  Will the new growth make the tree more susceptible to light freezes?

General Discussion / Re: Harvest sweet potatoes
« on: September 28, 2018, 11:29:04 AM »
LakeRat1  How do you keep them from sprouting for so long?

I never see anyone selling local SP on the side of the road in the Lake Charles Area.  Where do you go to get them?

General Discussion / Re: Soil for Box Garden
« on: September 25, 2018, 11:53:18 AM »
Gymgirl  How big is the raised bed? 
Did you mix the topping in the bed or did you mix it in a wheel barrow?

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 21, 2018, 09:57:31 AM »
I got a gas powered weed eater last year.  Damned thing is heavy but it does a faster job than my corded electric.  I bought the premixed gas in a can so I would not have the hassle of mixing and locating no ethanol gas. So far the engine is still starting on the third or fourth pull.  I keep a set of ear plugs tied to the handle so they're handy cause the gas engine is so loud.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 19, 2018, 12:07:45 PM »
Orange ---- I'm so jealous!  Is the plant a new plant or is it from the spring?  How are you fertilizing it?

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 30, 2018, 02:44:10 PM »
Whiskeydog  How many mustard plants do you have to be able to have a mess ready for cooking in 4 weeks?  What size to pick them? How much fertilizer did you use.

I think it's too early to plant here in southwest Louisiana.  The days are still over 90 degrees.

My mustard greens went nowhere last year and I only got a tough bitter mess and I really missed having them.

General Discussion / Re: Megaton Cabbage - Any Advice
« on: August 21, 2018, 11:22:11 AM »
I'm planning on planting cabbage two or three times this season.  Last year I planted 6 at once.  They were all ready about the same time, so I harvested one and left the rest for later. By the time I got to the 5th and 6th heads they had started to split and rot in the center.  If I had planted some each month up to the first of December I would have had cabbage all winter.

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: August 12, 2018, 02:59:23 PM »
My first try at flowers in many years in this neglected bed.  I've gotten good results but too many weeds.  I suspect that I'll have this problem as long as I plant from seeds.

All of these flowers, and no bees and very few butterflies. That is a concern.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 06, 2018, 02:44:47 PM »
Double B  When did you start your tomatoes?  I started my tomato seeds about 8 weeks ago and they are not that big.

Fruit Trees / Re: FIG tree just not growing
« on: July 16, 2018, 11:31:25 AM »
We planted a fig tree in our back yard about 25 or 30 years ago.  Every year it would either drop its leaves in August or the leaves would turn brown.  After all of that time it never got above shoulder height and to tell the truth I started to ignore it.  About 4 years ago when I started gardening again I started fooling with it, watering during dry spells, fertilizing etc.  Nothing seemed to help. It has finally died.

I took a cutting summer before last and stuck it in one end of a rubbermaid earth pot.  Lo and behold the cutting started growing and I planted it in a different part of the yard this spring.  The fig tree is now taller than me and is bearing some fruit.  The leaves are bigger than my hand and very green and we get three or four fresh figs every couple of days. Now if I can keep the birds out!

General Discussion / Re: Propane Garden Torch
« on: July 16, 2018, 11:00:47 AM »
One reason I have not used my torch as much as I would like is that it keeps going out. It seems that when I get too close to the surface I'm torching the back pressure blows out the flame.  The sweet spot is very narrow.  Too far and nothing is singed too close and the flame blows out. 

I don't know if this is an adjustment or what.

General Discussion / Re: Splotchy tomatos
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:09:50 PM »
I have not seen any leaf footed bugs and very few stink bugs.  What I have seen though is a small sucker bug that looks a little like a tick but is rounder. 

I may have to nuke 'em with sevin dust or spray.  I have not used sevin dust in five years, but I still have some tomatoes on the vine and with the cool nights I have a few more setting.  I also have neem and pyrithen but it has never worked very well on sucking bugs.

General Discussion / Splotchy tomatos
« on: July 07, 2018, 06:52:57 AM »
What causes splotchy tomatoes like this?  I don't see any bugs.  I had a few stink bugs but have not seen any lately.  They don't seem to get splotchy like this until they start ripening.

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: June 28, 2018, 12:18:18 PM »
Our first hibiscus bloom of the year!

General Discussion / Re: Fall Squash and SVB
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:08:42 AM »
Double B. Can you post some pictures?

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