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7. July 2021, 19:16:05
Tuesday 
Subject: Re:
Mort: I only use starter plants for tomatoes and jalapenos. I didnt have a garden this year because of foot surgery. I just got my walking boot off. I sure miss the fried green tomatoes and the dragon toes.

7. July 2021, 16:54:04
Mort 
Subject: Re:
Tuesday: Annoyed this year, I bought tomato plants, rather than grow from seed. Not as big and slow growing. Won't make the same mistake next year.
I know it's not the compost, I use the same each year. Everything else I grow using it gets big quick.

Plus the bags of compost are very big, cheap compared to brand names. But will be buying a composter. Local council to encourage using them, have a deal with a company to supply them at cut price compared to buying them in the shops.

1. June 2021, 22:29:11
Tuesday 
Subject: Re:
Mort: I planted 2 crepe myrtle a few years ago and trimmed them before their first bloom, which put them in shock. Last couple years they've looked dead and branches snapped like sticks. I noticed this year I have new growth at the bottom and I'm not touching them ever.

1. June 2021, 22:17:56
Mort 
Subject: Re:
Tuesday: such is planting new this year. Cherry tree and a nice smeller can't remember name of. But know a guy who does when time to order it. Had to keep toms and salad in greenhouse. Not now :)

1. June 2021, 21:46:40
Tuesday 
Subject: Re:
Mort: Still raining here. Maybe a break in a couple of days. We had a freeze late April that killed my 14 year old house plants I always put outside the same time every year. I trimmed them down and one came back.

1. June 2021, 21:26:21
Mort 
Finally Sun!
After the wettest April/May had in several years.
Had to replant some flowers, snails ate previous lot I planted!

24. November 2020, 17:22:57
ketchuplover 
snowing here

27. July 2019, 04:20:43
Tuesday 
Subject: Re: ????
BadBoy7: do it in the evening or early morning next time

27. July 2019, 01:30:48
BadBoy7 
Subject: Re: ????
Carnie: yea thats messed up I wanted something that was plant friendly but kept the dam bugs from eating on the leaves

26. July 2019, 08:07:37
Tuesday 
Subject: Re: ????
BadBoy7: probably burned the leaves.

26. July 2019, 02:44:27
BadBoy7 
Subject: Re: ????
Carnie: i think

24. July 2019, 16:04:58
Tuesday 
Subject: Re: ????
BadBoy7: was it a hot day with direct sun?

24. July 2019, 04:50:06
Border C Rule 
Subject: Re: ????
BadBoy7:
For tomato try a table spoon of baking soda a teaspoon of mild dish water soap and a couple of table spoons of olive oil in about 5 lites of water ..put it in a spray bottle and use twice a day for the first week.

Don't know about pepper plants

Check the dish water soap as most are a petroleum derivatives or at least biogradable

24. July 2019, 03:37:12
BadBoy7 
Subject: Re: ????
Carnie: i did that and it seemed to kill my pepper plants

26. June 2019, 00:49:24
Tuesday 
Subject: Re: ????
BadBoy7: 1 part dish soap to 10 parts water in a spray bottle

26. June 2019, 00:29:12
BadBoy7 
Subject: ????
does anyone know what home type remedy you can spray on tomato and pepper plants to keep bugs from eating holes in the leaves etc???

26. June 2019, 00:17:10
Tuesday 
Subject: Re:
ketchuplover: green green green tomatoes frying in a pan, never get to turn red. Life is but a dream.

25. June 2019, 16:29:51
ketchuplover 
Grow grow grow your plants...gently by the stream...merrily merrily merrily...life is but a dream

23. June 2019, 19:32:27
Tuesday 
A downpour here. I love rainy days. Almost end of June and I haven't had to water the garden or yard since we haven't gone a week without rain since April.

15. February 2019, 04:50:14
Border C Rule 
Subject: Re: Pampus grass.
<>Crosseyed Mary: they are awful to eradicate! Best to cut them to ground level which is tedious. Weed killers will do it but they are resistant. I had five that I cut to the ground, then tried herbicides. They started to return so on advice from a friend I poured petrol on them, let it soak in, lit it then to make sure a few days later poured more petrol on them but didn't light it. That worked. The white parts covering your plants are the seeds too. Best of luck !Crosseyed Mary: they are awful to eradicate! Best to cut them to ground level which is tedious. Weed killers will do it but they are resistant. I had five that I cut to the ground, then tried herbicides. They started to return so on advice from a friend I poured petrol on them, let it soak in, lit it then to make sure a few days later poured more petrol on them but didn't light it. That worked. The white parts covering your plants are the seeds too. Best of luck !

20. March 2018, 14:18:41
ketchuplover 
Subject: Sprinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng...
has arrived :)

27. December 2017, 02:37:49
crosseyed_uk 
Subject: Snow.
We have snow again.

10. December 2017, 17:59:18
crosseyed_uk 
Subject: Re: Snowing.
Modified by crosseyed_uk (10. December 2017, 18:12:33)
Doris: No we don't get much snow where I live. Up north and Scotland get snow more often.
Like you it is a big deal here too. The country just does not cope when we get snow.

10. December 2017, 16:23:31
Doris 
Subject: Re: Snowing.
crosseyed: Do you get a lot of snow there?  We had snow Friday...about 3 inches...It's almost completely gone now.  It's always a big deal here because it rarely snows.

10. December 2017, 13:55:19
crosseyed_uk 
Subject: Snowing.
We have snow here in the UK. Nice to look at but that is all.

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
Tuesday 
Subject: Re: According to Mr. & Mrs. Google...
ketchuplover: 5 years between posts??

29. September 2017, 22:01:06
crosseyed_uk 
Subject: Re: According to Mr. & Mrs. Google...
Modified by crosseyed_uk (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_uk 
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
Mort 
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
Mort 
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
Mort 
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

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