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1. October 2017, 15:41:30
ketchuplover 
Subject: Re: According to Mr. & Mrs. Google...
Carnie:

Dates don't lie

1. October 2017, 02:11:33
Carnie 
Subject: Re: According to Mr. & Mrs. Google...
ketchuplover: 5 years between posts??

29. September 2017, 22:01:06
crosseyed 
Subject: Re: According to Mr. & Mrs. Google...
Modified by crosseyed (29. September 2017, 22:02:52)
ketchuplover: Thank you for that. It is in next door's garden that is empty and it is very annoying as in winter all the white feathery bits gets into all my plants.

29. September 2017, 15:57:45
ketchuplover 
Subject: According to Mr. & Mrs. Google...
Cut it as close to the ground as possible then apply herbicide treatments as necessary. No guarantees expressed or implied.
Wishing ye great success.

29. September 2017, 13:32:12
crosseyed 
Subject: Pampus grass.
Does anyone know how to get rid of Pampas grass?

11. October 2012, 03:10:52
Bernice 
Subject: Re:
Marshmud: no Marshmud there has never been anything growing in that spot ever and about 6 feet or more away is a meyer lemon thata is laden with fruit :(

11. October 2012, 02:19:53
Bernice 
does anbody know what sort of orchid this is???...is it a Cooktown orchid?


11. October 2012, 00:44:25
Bernice 
Subject: Re:
Marshmud: I have liberally spreead citrus fertiliser all around the darn tree about a week ago and cannot see an ounce of difference....the fruit is still dropping off :(

11. October 2012, 00:28:53
Marshmud 
Subject: Re:
ScarletRose: If it is a true "navel" orange it is self pollinating. Many fruit trues are.

4. October 2012, 08:14:37
ScarletRose 
Subject: Re:
Bernice:  I know how frustrating it is.. one year Dan was having to get out in the mornings and pollenate the squash plants.. I learned a lot that year.. 
I also learned when the plum tree we had gotten a crop from the year before didn't produce that next year.. it was due to not having a male plant close enough go figure.. 

4. October 2012, 05:40:26
Bernice 
Subject: Re:
ScarletRose: thanks Cathy :)........Im really baffled :)

4. October 2012, 04:49:32
ScarletRose 
Subject: Re:
Bernice:  They aren't being pollenated.. if you don't have enough bees and other flying insects that would pollenate you would need to get a can of polenater usually found at your Nurseries and Farming stores.. it is usually in spray bottles.. if that isn't the case then you might not have enough male orange trees around.. funny as it sounds that might be another solution.. I know plum trees need the male tree around to produce.. 

4. October 2012, 02:00:33
Bernice 
can anyone help.


I have a Navel orange tree..it would be about 5 years old...It has never had any fruit only a few flowers than never amounted to anything.

This year it is absolutely smothered in flowers and fruit are setting BUT after about a week or so they all fall off :(...any advice please?

20. June 2012, 19:20:45
(V) 
Subject: Re: Beer
skipinnz: Damn.. I have to sacrifice some good of the good stuff!!

I can handle it *sniff*

20. June 2012, 01:24:19
skipinnz 
Subject: Re: Beer
(V): I've found the darker bees(malt) are more to the slugs taste but they'll go after a good european lager. :-)

20. June 2012, 01:06:41
(V) 
Subject: Re: Beer
skipinnz: Beer I'll use, making it 'investigation safe' is easy enough. Yet I am finding (after finding various articles on the net) foil and copper are not to slugs taste! As a point blank deterrent it's discouraged all but one little salad muncher. Though that could have been through proximity to a low wall.

19. June 2012, 22:07:12
Bernice 
Google

19. June 2012, 21:16:04
skipinnz 
Subject: Re: Beer
(V): I make home brew and I find the tailings in a small pot are excellent, and to make them child proff you can place it under a pot as long as there is acess for the slugs.

19. June 2012, 11:00:04
(V) 
Just a quick question on slug and snail control...

I'm trying out using aluminium foil as a deterrent rather than using slug pellets. Can anyone advise on the effectiveness of aluminium foil v copper, as I've heard good things about it as well.

Or, if you've not found them effective as a deterrent, can someone recommend a good animal and children safe alternative?

Cheers :)

21. May 2012, 01:08:10
ScarletRose 
Dan and I finally got the garden in today.. What a chore this year has been.. lots of good stuff.. we still need to pick up a few more things to put in.. jalapenos and green peppers.. along with yellow onions and some cherry toms'..

21. April 2012, 01:36:35
Bernice 
Subject: Does anybody like celery???
If you buy a whole celery and cut the base off it, put it into a bowl of shallow water and leave it for about a week. ...it will grow....there will be a couple of new stems sprouting from the middle and there will be roots growing from the bottom....can be planted in the garden and kept moist until it really gets away :)

4. August 2011, 12:53:58
ajtgirl 
Subject: Re:
Vikings:Hosta is so hardy you can hardly kill them....they can be split up at almost any time as long as they don't get tpp dry after transplanting.  Water them well and they should be fine

31. July 2011, 21:43:01
Vikings 
Subject: Re:
skipinnz: I've talked to enough people now that the plan is to split them up in another month, that way the 90 degree heat would have broke and there would be enough time for the roots to establish before hard frost

31. July 2011, 21:40:06
skipinnz 
Subject: Re:
Vikings: If it's any use I split my when the flowers have died back.

31. July 2011, 02:03:23
Vikings 
Subject: Re:
Bernice: thanks

31. July 2011, 00:05:53
Bernice 
Subject: Re:
Vikings: well they are a member of the agave family, and they will grow from a leaf.....so I guess the same applies. Try a leaf and see if it roots

30. July 2011, 20:58:24
Vikings 
does anybody know if hosta's can be split up and transplanted in the summer or fall?

30. April 2011, 23:31:42
Foxy Lady 
Finally it's warming up,snow is all gone.Flowers are peeping thru the dead grass.

27. March 2011, 00:13:55
Bernice 
It has been 8 weeks since we had a cyclone rip through our garden. I am absolutely astounded how much the garden has grown since then...Of course I had to cut everything back as it has been ripped around and was looking so straggly...now everything is looking so healthy and attractive. The garden is looking fabulous.

27. January 2011, 07:17:41
ScarletRose 
Subject: Re: Does anybody know?
Bernice:  It's a pretty little thing.. although, it looks similar to one we found up at the Ranch a  few years back when we were painting the house.. I was doing the bottom section and the back side of the house where the basement windows were.. I jumped back the dang thing was huge for a spider around here.. Dan just laughed at me and said it wasn't anything to worry about.. then he came down to it and grabbed a piece of wood letting it get on the wood he moved it to another location so I could finish painting the one section.

27. January 2011, 07:12:51
Bernice 
Subject: Re: Does anybody know?
Pedro Martínez: thank you Hun...that means I don't have to be so damned scared LOL

27. January 2011, 06:37:14
Pedro Martínez 
Subject: Re: Does anybody know?
Bernice: The site below says:

St Andrews Cross Spiders ...low risk - non-aggressive

St Andrews Spider

Venom toxicity - the bite of the St Andrews Cross is of low risk (non-toxic) to humans. They are a non-aggressive group of spiders.

27. January 2011, 06:36:06
Pedro Martínez 
Subject: Re: Does anybody know?
Modified by Pedro Martínez (27. January 2011, 06:38:38)
Bernice: I googled “yellow striped spider” and the first link it brought up was the USA Spider Identification Chart. And there it was easy to identify your little friend.

27. January 2011, 06:32:16
Bernice 
Subject: Re: Does anybody know?
Pedro Martínez: I found that this afternoon in my passionfruit vines.....I cant see if it is poisonous tho...

27. January 2011, 06:29:19
Bernice 
Subject: Re: Does anybody know?
Pedro Martínez: well I will be blowed....how did you find that so fast....that is exactly what it is....thank you so much....

27. January 2011, 06:27:07
Pedro Martínez 
Subject: Re: Does anybody know?

27. January 2011, 06:18:50
Bernice 
Subject: Does anybody know?
what the name of this spider is??


3. October 2010, 22:42:47
Bernice 
Subject: Re: Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Foxy Lady: it is 34C here hot and humid.

3. October 2010, 10:55:17
Foxy Lady 
Subject: Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
It's 38 F here in CNY.

23. April 2010, 23:09:33
Bernice 
Subject: Re: Navel Orange
rod03801: yes I planted from a young tree, but the lemon came on straight away with hundreds of fruit, and the orange has just sat there.................thanks anyway.

23. April 2010, 16:54:41
rod03801 
Subject: Re: Navel Orange
Bernice: I have read before that it can take up to 5 years for a planted young tree to bear fruit. (I assume this is what you did)
If you planted it from seedling, it can take 7 or 8 years.

I should add, I'm no expert. LOL. This is just what I had read somewhere, in the past.

23. April 2010, 04:25:40
Foxy Lady 
Subject: Re:
ScarletRose: lol i thought of that so i planted another one.

22. April 2010, 23:01:59
Bernice 
Subject: Navel Orange
I have a navel orange tree in my yard for the last 2 1/2 years....it has only grown slightly but has no signs of bearing any fruit....it is next to a meyer lemon that has more fruit on it than you could imagine. any suggestions as to why this has happened?

22. April 2010, 14:40:02
ScarletRose 
Subject: Re:
Foxy Lady:  Dan is wondering how many you have? and do you have both the Male and Female plants.. One of the species really doesn't do much but act as a polenator. I remember our neighbors had a plum tree.. we would get a good crop of plums every other year.. since there was only one plum tree around.

22. April 2010, 10:46:57
Foxy Lady 
Subject: Re:
skipinnz: You better cover them or the rabbits help themselves also.lol

22. April 2010, 10:45:22
Foxy Lady 
Subject: Re:
ScarletRose: I know but i have one bush thats not doing well.

20. April 2010, 21:40:19
skipinnz 
Subject: Re:
Foxy Lady: They don't like frost's but the birds love them so you need to cover them

20. April 2010, 07:55:45
ScarletRose 
Subject: Re:
Foxy Lady:  Oh.. they grow wonderful little Blue Berries.. Can be made into Pies and Jellies.. :)

20. April 2010, 07:18:38
Foxy Lady 
Does anyone know anything about blueberry bushes?

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