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General Discussion / Re: NOT THIS SUMMER
« on: March 14, 2019, 10:42:33 AM »
I forget what brand but Tractor Supply has a straw mulch that has flower seeds in it that works really good.  I put some in a flower bed and though it did not eliminate all of the weed, provided cut zinnias, marigolds and several other flower plants all summer.

General Discussion / Re: Our deepest condolences
« on: March 07, 2019, 10:57:47 AM »
Sorry for your loss, Donald!

Fruit Trees / Re: Potted Lemon tree blooming last week of September.
« on: March 01, 2019, 03:24:04 PM »
I fertilized with 1-1/2 tablespoons of Citrus fertilizer the first week of January and February 1st.  I intend to fertilize it this week end. 

The plant has not put on many leaves but has gone wild with blooms.    I suspect that I should cut off about two thirds of the blooms to increase the chance of getting more fruit set.  In addition, I'm going to have to pollinate any flower with a brush since I have seen nary a bee.

General Discussion / Re: Irish Potatoes
« on: February 11, 2019, 11:16:34 AM »
I have read numerous articles that have stated that if you bury the stems of potato plants as they grow that potatoes will grow from the stems.  I've tried this several time and the only potatoes I got where from the near the base of the plant. I've done Yukon Gold and Lasota's.  Am I using the wrong varieties or is this just a myth.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: February 10, 2019, 08:49:48 AM »
OrangeTxn That looks great, hope you had a good diner. When did you plant those?  I put mine out the first of November and they havenít started forming heads yet.

General Discussion / Re: Soil test results advise
« on: January 23, 2019, 02:39:15 PM »
The pH is a concern because our city water is about 7.9 to 8.2 so just the act of irrigating can raise the pH.  And things like ammonium sulphate just raise the elemental sulphur level which is already high.

General Discussion / Soil test results advise
« on: January 22, 2019, 12:08:38 PM »
I bought a yard of top soil last year and added part of it to one of my beds.  The 10 ft bed is a mixture of the previous contents, the new top soil, organic soil amendment, alfalfa pellets and Micro-life fertilizer.  After the bed had set for several weeks I sent soil samples of both the un-amended(new) and 10 ft bed soil to LSU Ag center for a soil test.  The results are attached below. Can anyone offer advice on how I can lower the pH without adding sulphur which is already too high?  What can I do to mitigate the excess calcium and magnesium?  Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

I know that the calcium and magnesium will eventually leach out but what effects will it have in the meantime.  I plan on planting beans and tomatoes in the bed this spring. Right now I have mustard greens, collards and dollar weed which are doing very well.

General Discussion / Re: Watering Wand?
« on: January 17, 2019, 10:23:55 AM »
I've tried some of the more expensive ones.  They didn't last much longer than the Lowes wands.  I usually buy two and put one up until I need it.

General Discussion / Re: Bell Pepper Problem--Brown Spots
« on: January 17, 2019, 10:20:22 AM »
I've always been told that the spots are caused by sun scald.  I also think that stink bugs and leaf footed bugs damage the fruit and cause a bacterial infection. 

General Discussion / Re: Any Winter Gardens?
« on: December 21, 2018, 06:29:04 AM »
Bunching & green onions, mustard greens, collards, green and purple cabbage, carrots,  First time I've ever gotten more than one or two radishes.  Lettuce hasn't done very well.

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?

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