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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?

General Discussion / Re: Chocolate Sprinkles Tomato
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:59:52 PM »
My wife and I like them.  I got one at the Garden Show in Lake Charles in April.  It was the last that the Master Gardener Club had.  I wish I had gotten there sooner.

I once turned a new hose into an old hose and broke the water faucet too.  My riding mower really pulls!

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:49:38 PM »
Started tomato seeds in a 12 cell flat.  4 cells each Super sweet 100's, Oregon, and Super steak. Bought a creole and Husky cherry tomato in 4" pots.  I'm going to up pot them to a gallon containers and decide whether to plant them in the ground or in a pot in about a month.

We'll see.  I've never started my fall toms from seed or this early.

I was late in getting my spring tomatoes in. So, just reaching picking stage on two of them and two others have just started setting fruit.  Starting to see stink bugs so the leaf footed bug can't be far behind.  The SVB and the leaf foot are almost enough to make me go chemical control.

Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« on: June 19, 2018, 04:36:02 PM »
My wife's desert rose.  We thought we had lost it this winter but it's coming back strong and looks like we'll have more blooms.

General Discussion / Fall Squash and SVB
« on: June 19, 2018, 03:52:23 PM »
When does SVB go away in Zone 9A/9B?  I want to plant some fall yellow squash.  I want to be finished up by the middle of November so I would have to plant the squash between the first and 15th of August.  Is the SVB moth still around then?

General Discussion / Re: Tips for Gardening with a Bad Back
« on: June 19, 2018, 03:46:30 PM »
After 50 years of back pain and last year so bad that my garden whent to weeds, I started PT in January(twice a week) and it has helped a lot.  I'm able to do things I had trouble doing last year.  One of the first things the therapist did was have me work on my stomach muscles( not sit-ups but tightening exercises). 

Oxbow where did you get your kneeling pad with the handles?

Flowers / Using preem in a flower bed.
« on: June 06, 2018, 10:09:37 AM »
I've got a flower bed that I've string trimmed and hoed to get rid of weed but the weeds come back in a week.  After I clean it up again can I use Preem to keep the weeds down.  Does it do anything to keep perennial weeds from coming back.

I've never used Preem before. 

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: February 26, 2018, 07:24:27 AM »
This weekend I transplanted a better boy bush to my half barrel. Planted carrot seed in two of my home made earth tubs. Finally found some sweet basil plants at Lowes.

General Discussion / Re: Growing rice
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:10:57 PM »
There was an article in the New York Times this week or last week about upland rice that is used in Gulia cooking.

Happy Hour / Re: Got any computer advice/help/shortcuts/ information
« on: February 15, 2018, 03:38:50 PM »
I got my first computer in 76.  It was an IMSAI 8080 with 1 MHz processor and a 4K memory board.  It came as a kit with silk screened printed circuit boards and a bag of parts.  The instructions were basically mount the resistors, solder, mount the capacitors solder, mount the ICs, solder etc.  I was not comfortable soldering the ICs so I used sockets which really helped when I was trouble shooting.  I played with it off and on for several years and added a couple of IO boards, but my main computer was a TRS-80 Model 1 with 4K memory and built-in Basic.

I put it in a closet for many years but decided to sell it on eBay in 2003 and got $ 800.00 for it.

I've got pictures of it somewhere and will post them if anyone is interested.


General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: February 11, 2018, 11:47:54 AM »
Jimmiec   I'm going to break down and make a dibbler this year if I can find a suitable hardwood handle in all of the junk I have piled up in the carport and storeroom.  If I do to much digging around in the carport my wife may come out and make me clean up the carport and storeroom.  I'd rather be gardening:) I've been using a tomato stake but the dirt sticks on it.

I'm soaking some carrot seed now and will plant them in a 36 cell tray and see if I can get some carrots this year.  I hope it's not too late in the season. 

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: February 11, 2018, 11:36:01 AM »
Harvested one of my Savoy cabbages. We're using half for cole slaw with Deb's fried chicken today and  using the other half for cabbage and lima bean soap Tuesday.

Planted 12 Georgia collard sets in a 4X4 bed.  This is the farthest apart I've ever planted collards. We'll see how it works.

Cleaned out the purple lettuce that died in the freeze last month and planted purple romaine lettuce in its place. 

Everything is so soggy and full of weeds it'll be weeks before I can work any of my beds.  I'm thinking seriously about putting straw bails in the beds and planting in them this year.  Only problem is that all I have been able to find in the Lake Charles area are hay bails which I've found hard to use.

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