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deecoily
09-06-2007, 06:31 PM
Ever grow a HUGE pumpkin or do you have a beautiful little succulent plant you'd like to show off? Post pictures of your house & garden or your favorite plants. Vegetable gardens, raised beds, flower garden, rockery... we all need a bit of inspiration and help sometimes.

I'll start with my rockery... taken a while ago (before the drought). I'd like to bring it back up to this level again so I keep it for encouragement.

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newmoe1
09-06-2007, 06:38 PM
Ever grow a HUGE pumpkin or do you have a beautiful little succulent plant you&#39;d like to show off? Post pictures of your house & garden or your favorite plants. Vegetable gardens, raised beds, flower garden, rockery... we all need a bit of inspiration and help sometimes.

I&#39;ll start with my rockery... taken a while ago (before the drought). I&#39;d like to bring it back up to this level again so I keep it for encouragement.

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did you see that documentary on the hugh pumpkins yesterday too
:)

deecoily
09-06-2007, 07:02 PM
No I didn&#39;t see that on the pumpkins.. Some folks go over board.

mscocoface
09-06-2007, 08:45 PM
oohhh now you are talking.

I am going to have to get some pictures, I will take some tomorrow. I have some questions about what to put in certain areas of my yard and Dee what you have done is similar to what I want in this area. I have a pond also with some koi and goldfish, still trying to make all of this work.

This is great. I am hoping to get my backyard to look like an outside patio extension of the house. I have a loooong ways to go though, but I am patient.

Whitley Gilbert
09-10-2007, 10:27 PM
I&#39;m not a gardener, but my parents are. They have a few flower beds and one large vegetable garden that my father grows every year. I help him out with it when I visit, if I&#39;m not being too lazy :unsure: . He gives most of the veggies away to the elderly in the community and family and the rest we can with.

I don&#39;t have many pics of their gardens, although I did take some pics of his tomatoes for him this year. My dad wanted them for his wallpaper on his computer. :P

The only plants I have are house plants, an orchid, a ***** willow and some type of vine that I named Bernard, lol.

LOL @ the edit. I&#39;m not adding periods to get around it either. I&#39;ll leave it. :P


The tomatoes:


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/naturalstarlet/P7300005.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/naturalstarlet/P7300004.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/naturalstarlet/P7300003.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/naturalstarlet/P7300001.jpg

demi
09-11-2007, 12:55 PM
This is my pumpkin patch from one pumpkin plant.

http://img67.imageshack.us/img67/4307/pict0497ed1.jpg

http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/7419/pict0496kr1.jpg

aquababie19
09-11-2007, 05:55 PM
i want those tomatoes! here are mine :)

this was from the summer http://www.aquababiesworld.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/03/20/img_0638.jpg

deecoily
09-12-2007, 10:59 PM
Why am I getting hungry looking at those tomatoes?? Dang they are beautiful!

And that pumpkin... mmMmmm. Pumpkins are so good to grow. No bugs eat the leaves!!

Aqua, that garden looks so cute and colorful :)

mscocoface
09-17-2007, 08:45 AM
http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o193/mscocoface/HairHighlightsandHenna023.jpg

This is my koi and goldfish pong in the back of the house. This has been a serious labor of love considering immediately to the right of it on the other side of the fence are huge eucalyptus trees causing major havoc!

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o193/mscocoface/HairHighlightsandHenna034.jpg


http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o193/mscocoface/HairHighlightsandHenna035.jpg


http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o193/mscocoface/HairHighlightsandHenna022.jpg
Need some ideas of what to plant there. I purchased some Hawaiian plants I think may look good there but I may have to move the section out a little more since it is so close to the wall.

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o193/mscocoface/JennasGarden907.jpg
Here are some of the plants I purchased. Some have taken root already. Some did not fair so well.

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o193/mscocoface/JennasGarden90710-1.jpg

Need to spruce this area up a little more, I am looking at different types of cactus since the heat can get really interesting back there.

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o193/mscocoface/JennaGardenSep0714.jpg
Here is the waterfall to the pond.

deecoily
10-05-2007, 01:45 AM
Superstar your garden is BEAUTIFUL!!! What an oasis. You&#39;ve put a lot of work into it and it shows :)

Karibana
10-05-2007, 01:36 PM
I live in a basement condo and this patch is what I have for a garden. I will probably get rid of the tall grass next year, it was fine last year but this year it just grew to the point were it hide my roses. I love this garden because it&#39;s the ultimate of low maintenance, all I do is cut the bushes down in the spring, cut off the blooms when they are dead and that&#39;s it. No watering, the rose bush on the right is a rustic variety, tried my best to kill it but it survived and now it&#39;s my favorite becaume the flowers smell so sweet my I stick my nose in them. I don&#39;t even bother covering the bushes to protect them from our harsh winters.

The pics below were take last June when the garden was at it&#39;s best.

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i11/saturna76/HPIM0578a.jpg

The rustic rose bush

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i11/saturna76/HPIM0576a.jpg

The other variety of roses. Since I bought them at a Wal Mart type store here I figured they wouldn&#39;t make it through our Winter and it did.

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i11/saturna76/HPIM0579.jpg

gr2006
10-18-2007, 01:29 PM
Wow ladies, i hope to one day have my yard looking as nice as yours&#39; do. right now our earth looks like it&#39;s been backhoed, landmined, dug in and concrete truck driven on (several times) due to having the house moved here, etc. :S

it&#39;s really rough. hopefully i&#39;ll have pics to post of a nice looking yard next year.

in the meantime i have a small and interesting contribution in the plant category :lol: :lol:

these are pineapple seeds from a fruit we ate in the middle of August. out of all the pineapples i&#39;ve ever eaten, this is the first one that i ever saw seeds in and i figured maybe i wasn&#39;t the only one so i&#39;m posting pics of the little babies. there were less than a dozen!

not too much info about pineapple seeds on the internet mostly because pineapples aren&#39;t bred for seeds and the ones that do have seeds have been accidently crosspollinated. of course we cut off the top and have that growing in topsoil but i thought it&#39;d be cool to see if these seeds would actually germinate - and they did!

it took about a month before i noticed the bottom of the seeds opening up then a tiny little root followed now, there&#39;s actually some green leaves showing...........

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y77/ncgoldfish/seedlingsbedit.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y77/ncgoldfish/seedlingsaedit.jpg

i cut the tag off the pineapple fruit and saved it:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y77/ncgoldfish/pineapplea.jpg

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there&#39;s a few with some mold growing on them and i don&#39;t think they&#39;ll sprout and will be discarded next time i change the paper towel. i really want to put them in some dirt and see what happens :blush:

update: OMGOSH, they are GROWING!!

only 3 managed to sprout so far but i read it could take 3 months for some of the seeds to get going so i haven&#39;t given up on the others just yet.

http://aycu30.webshots.com/image/32229/2004927481738694244_rs.jpg

honeybunch2k5
12-03-2007, 08:48 AM
Here&#39;s what&#39;s left of my garden...


The butterfly likes to visit my garland marigolds every now and then.
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/honeybunch2k6/Picture730.jpg

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/honeybunch2k6/Picture729.jpg

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/honeybunch2k6/Picture731.jpg

Negronne figs

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/honeybunch2k6/Picture735.jpg

Black Mission Fig

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/honeybunch2k6/Picture739.jpg

Zapotec tomatoes

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/honeybunch2k6/Picture733.jpg

A good drought resistant variety. I know b/c i haven&#39;t watered them in weeks, and they&#39;re still alive! I&#39;ll most likely stick with this cultivar.

tangytic
12-22-2007, 02:52 PM
beautiful ladies

deecoily
12-27-2007, 01:07 AM
gr2006 you are growing pineapples from SEEDS!!! You rock!

I love the butterfly pics, and the koi pond, waterfall pic. it&#39;s so nice to create our own peace patches :)

My flame iris finally bloomed after being in the ground for 2 or 3 years. I&#39;ve never seen anything so vibrant. Wait till you see the color of this flower.

newmoe1
12-27-2007, 05:43 PM
Wow ladies, i hope to one day have my yard looking as nice as yours&#39; do. right now our earth looks like it&#39;s been backhoed, landmined, dug in and concrete truck driven on (several times) due to having the house moved here, etc. :S

it&#39;s really rough. hopefully i&#39;ll have pics to post of a nice looking yard next year.

in the meantime i have a small and interesting contribution in the plant category :lol: :lol:

these are pineapple seeds from a fruit we ate in the middle of August. out of all the pineapples i&#39;ve ever eaten, this is the first one that i ever saw seeds in and i figured maybe i wasn&#39;t the only one so i&#39;m posting pics of the little babies. there were less than a dozen!

not too much info about pineapple seeds on the internet mostly because pineapples aren&#39;t bred for seeds and the ones that do have seeds have been accidently crosspollinated. of course we cut off the top and have that growing in topsoil but i thought it&#39;d be cool to see if these seeds would actually germinate - and they did!

it took about a month before i noticed the bottom of the seeds opening up then a tiny little root followed now, there&#39;s actually some green leaves showing...........

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y77/ncgoldfish/seedlingsbedit.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y77/ncgoldfish/seedlingsaedit.jpg

i cut the tag off the pineapple fruit and saved it:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y77/ncgoldfish/pineapplea.jpg

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there&#39;s a few with some mold growing on them and i don&#39;t think they&#39;ll sprout and will be discarded next time i change the paper towel. i really want to put them in some dirt and see what happens :blush:

update: OMGOSH, they are GROWING!!

only 3 managed to sprout so far but i read it could take 3 months for some of the seeds to get going so i haven&#39;t given up on the others just yet.

http://aycu30.webshots.com/image/32229/2004927481738694244_rs.jpg
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what happening with the plant

gr2006
12-28-2007, 06:13 AM
Moe and Dee here they are :wub:

http://aycu39.webshots.com/image/37078/2001305991004956360_rs.jpg

i think it&#39;s time they get a bigger pot with some real soil but there isn&#39;t much info out there on starting pineapples from seeds so gonna have to wing it.

eta: their leaves are still smooth and the edges of the leaves haven&#39;t gotten that serrated edge look yet.

http://aycu29.webshots.com/image/35828/2002843709391577968_rs.jpg

^^^ that&#39;s the mommy. i cut the crown off and put that in a pot and it&#39;s growing well too!

honeybunch2k5
01-01-2008, 09:44 AM
Gr2000, the little pineapple seedlings look great!

deecoily
01-04-2008, 03:30 AM
Those pineapple seedlings have me getting thirsty already! I love pineapple juice. Do you know how long they take to grow up?

Nameless1 your bathroom is awesome. How high are your ceilings????

gr2006
01-06-2008, 06:07 AM
nameless1, hb and dee :wub: i have no idea how they grow, what they need to grow (i&#39;ll assume lots of sun and water) or even how long it will take for them to mature - wish i did - it&#39;ll be a fun horticultural project one way or the other :D

Nameless - expect some of us to come knocking on your door asking to borrow your lovely bath room - it&#39;s gorgeous and definitely has the look of a peaceful place to be!!

monamlisa
07-15-2008, 05:10 AM
Love to design.

goldenafrochild
10-01-2009, 09:31 PM
Hi there all,

I have way too many plant pics to post but if you would like to see my cacti and succulent collection please click the link below. I'd love your comments or questions.
http://public.fotki.com/Goldenafrochild/my-succulent-obsession/

enjoy,

Golden

reallady143
10-03-2009, 10:31 PM
http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u266/reallady143/gardenwork1.jpg

Collards
*Mustards
*Broccoli
*Cabbage
*Brussels Sprouts
*Curry
*Mint
*Parsley
*Strawberries
*Onions will be planted soon*

april2
10-21-2009, 11:02 PM
My first zucchini !

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy83/dixonrobinson/IMG000651.jpg

sunnysmile751
10-24-2009, 03:45 AM
Watch out! That Asian dude looks like he's gonna swipe your zucchini! :-P Just kidding.

Did you eat it yet? Wonder how gr2006's pineapples came out.

april2
10-25-2009, 01:27 AM
The zucchini was delicious; I cubed it, sauteed it in olive oil and fresh garlic with freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt.

Lockolatte
04-19-2010, 12:08 AM
Is anyone planting anything this year? I am doing a container garden again. I have tomato, cabbage, onions, lettuce, thyme, peppers, cucumbers, and sunflowers. There might be something else I forgot to mention. Everything is really small so far, except the cabbage! It is forming a head now. It is a variety that is supposed to get really big.
http://inlinethumb31.webshots.com/44190/2309103380086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

Like I said, everything else is still really small.

Lockolatte
05-13-2010, 01:02 AM
bumping... Is anyone growing anything this year???

OHR
05-16-2010, 09:08 PM
Re: the cabbage. http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a311/SanativeStigma/blink.gif What are you going to do with it all?

Here's my contribution:http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs356.snc3/29414_1295863720733_1354552777_2633159_972766_s.jp ghttp://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs336.snc3/29414_1295863880737_1354552777_2633161_4849083_s.j pghttp://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs336.snc3/29414_1295863960739_1354552777_2633162_4066885_s.j pg

OHR
05-16-2010, 09:10 PM
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Lockolatte
05-16-2010, 09:35 PM
Hey OHRhonda! Your flowers look so pretty! I especially like the purple ones at the bottom.
About the cabbage, I am not sure what I will do with it! Lol, that variety is supposed to get huge.... Here is a picture from yesterday and some other pictures of my container garden.http://inlinethumb12.webshots.com/44043/2344198730086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb25.webshots.com/45912/2278401910086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
I planted some watermelons and okra today and I'll post those up once they grow some.

OHR
05-16-2010, 09:44 PM
^^^Ok now, the size of that thing scurrs me (yeah, I said it) :-))It looks like it's maybe grown a third more since your last picture!

Today, I'm planting my bell pepper and mustard seeds...yesterday I planted green bean seeds.

What size container are you using for the cucumbers?

I've got a coworker who is giving me some horseradish to grow...should be interesting!

Lockolatte
05-16-2010, 10:07 PM
^^^Ok now, the size of that thing scurrs me (yeah, I said it) :-))It looks like it's maybe grown a third more since your last picture!

Today, I'm planting my bell pepper and mustard seeds...yesterday I planted green bean seeds.

What size container are you using for the cucumbers?

I've got a coworker who is giving me some horseradish to grow...should be interesting!

Hahaha! It is scary! All of the plants seem to grow daily!!:o My cucumbers are in medium sized containers. I know these are not ideal conditions, but so far they are doing ok and have 1 bloom already. Good luck with your peppers and mustard greens.

I am growing some peppers and some lettuce, but I see now I should have grown wayyyy more lettuce. I guess it isn't too late and I still have some seeds..... We will see....

ChandraNH
05-25-2010, 01:13 AM
Hey it looks like you have an Earthbox there! I have one (I've had four in the past at one time) with tomatoes in it (Green Zebra and Cherokee Purple). I've also got in my raised bed oregano -2 types, basil -2 types, rosemary, jalepenos, canteloupe, watermelon and fennel. I'll post pictures later

Here's a link to my photos on facebook (should be available for public viewing)

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=176419&id=519749865&l=0f6e9119c7

OHR
05-25-2010, 01:25 AM
I've also got in my raised bed oregano -2 types, basil -2 types, rosemary, jalepenos, canteloupe, watermelon and fennel. I'll post pictures later
Looking forward to seeing your garden! Good that you have that space for melons!

Hahaha! It is scary! All of the plants seem to grow daily!!:o My cucumbers are in medium sized containers. I know these are not ideal conditions, but so far they are doing ok and have 1 bloom already. Good luck with your peppers and mustard greens.
Thanks!! I just watered my garden, peeking to see if any peppers or mustard greens popped up yet...too soon.

I am growing some peppers and some lettuce, but I see now I should have grown wayyyy more lettuce. I guess it isn't too late and I still have some seeds..... We will see....
1st bolded: Great! Already you have a bloom...where do you live again?
2nd bolded: depends on whether it's still cool where you are. Head lettuce seems to do better in warmer climates...I've got maybe 1 more shot of leaf lettuce to go, and then.....head lettuce for June and July.

Lockolatte
05-25-2010, 10:44 AM
ChandraNH your plants look really good! Don't you love earthboxes?! They are great so you aren't killing yourself with the watering.

@OHRhonda I live in North Carolina and it has been in he 90s here already. I started my cucumbers from seeds in the house. My lettuce is looking much better now that I move everything to a sunnier location. Mine is leafy lettuce, not the heads. I'll post some new pictures later today hopefully.

Lockolatte
05-26-2010, 12:01 AM
Ok, I am fanatically excited! Here is my stash today, one week from the above picture.
http://inlinethumb12.webshots.com/42251/2116287200086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb14.webshots.com/7565/2391837800086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
^^Cucumbers are blooming...I need to move them away from the other plants because the trailers are attaching to stuff.
http://inlinethumb53.webshots.com/18932/2644374460086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
^^ Lettuce and I planted some budding potatoes just to see what they will do. There is my pepper too...
http://inlinethumb11.webshots.com/28298/2625714750086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

^^ Here is King Kong again, lol!

OHR
05-26-2010, 01:25 AM
Chocolatte:
Just came in from watering veggie garden. Where to purchase earth boxes? Is that a brand name? How much do they run?

Lockolatte
05-26-2010, 02:01 AM
Hey OHRhonda. Get them here:
http://www.earthbox.com/

Lockolatte
05-30-2010, 01:15 PM
I found my other unused earthbox in the garage, so I am going to put the watermelons in it. I have some more big pots so the okra will be transplanted today also. Then I will give everything a shot of miracle grow. Stay tuned for the pictures....

OHR
05-30-2010, 03:51 PM
Chocolatte,
Thanks for the EarthBox link! I'mma go to my nearest garden center today and buy one. Think I'll get more lettuce transplants.

Lockolatte
06-04-2010, 01:04 AM
Here are my plants the other day... I will take more shots this weekend hopefully. I have the cucumbers trailing up in a tomato basket now.
http://inlinethumb38.webshots.com/46181/2573220260086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

King Kong: the head is getting bigger...
http://inlinethumb44.webshots.com/44779/2086171950086871397S200x200Q85.jpg

OHR
06-04-2010, 02:08 AM
King Kong: the head is getting bigger...
http://inlinethumb44.webshots.com/44779/2086171950086871397S200x200Q85.jpg

http://www.nurse-anesthesia.org/images/smilies/behindsofa.gif

bellagirl
06-04-2010, 05:53 AM
Chocolatte.... Your garden is beautiful and will yield some yummy goodies. Are you going to eat "King Kong" any time soon? That is one big cabbage. LOL

Well, this year I finally convinced hubby to build me a 5'x5' raised garden bed (I will post pics tomorrow). I did not start planting until 1 1/2 weeks ago. I am very late planting this year due to a construction project at our home, but I have the following veggies & herbs growing:

Lettuce
Collard Greens
Cucumbers
Tomato
Bell Peppers
Cilantro
Basil
Oregano
Rosemary

I'm thinking of planting Kale and/or Cabbage (we'll see)... I also need to figure out a DIY trellis for the cucumbers, any suggestions?




Here are my plants the other day... I will take more shots this weekend hopefully. I have the cucumbers trailing up in a tomato basket now.
http://inlinethumb38.webshots.com/46181/2573220260086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

King Kong: the head is getting bigger...
http://inlinethumb44.webshots.com/44779/2086171950086871397S200x200Q85.jpg

Lockolatte
06-04-2010, 11:20 PM
http://www.nurse-anesthesia.org/images/smilies/behindsofa.gif
:-)):-)) I know right!!

Bellagirl, thanks! You know that cabbage is one of those that is supposed to get really really big. I am going to wait and see how big it gets....:p
I look forward to the pictures of your raised bed. I would love to have one, but for now pots will do.

The cucumbers are really taking off. I guess the tomatoes should start showing up soon with all the blooms.... Bellagirl, I am using a tomato basket for my cucumbers to let them climb on up. It is working well.

bellagirl
06-05-2010, 04:39 AM
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TAnRN4ECITI/AAAAAAAACFA/wL-gQ8cMHQ8/s400/100_3918.JPG

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TAnROMHgCMI/AAAAAAAACFE/1_jsOm9d3dE/s400/100_3913.JPG


This is my raised bed. :D I have two spaces I can fit Cabbage or Kale in either spot (I'm going to do this tomorrow). I cannot wait to see everything grow...

Lockolatte
06-05-2010, 10:28 AM
I love the look of those bellagirl! Your plants will be bushy and thriving in no time!:p

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TAnRN4ECITI/AAAAAAAACFA/wL-gQ8cMHQ8/s400/100_3918.JPG

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TAnROMHgCMI/AAAAAAAACFE/1_jsOm9d3dE/s400/100_3913.JPG


This is my raised bed. :D I have two spaces I can fit Cabbage or Kale in either spot (I'm going to do this tomorrow). I cannot wait to see everything grow...

ChandraNH
06-06-2010, 01:43 AM
Very nice, Bellagirl.

On my end, I'm moving some of my herbs from my raised bed because my cantelouple plant is growing like a weed and taking over lots of space. I'm going to have to find some way of supporting the plant when it starts bearing fruit.

Peaches
06-06-2010, 05:06 AM
http://www.nurse-anesthesia.org/images/smilies/behindsofa.gif
:-)):-))

chocolatte, girl I need to come to Fayetteville and get me some cabbage. Those things are huge! One leaf is a whole meal. That looks more like collards than cabbage.

Lockolatte
06-06-2010, 01:16 PM
:-)) I know girl!! I am going to go out an fertilize it today. I will be able to feed you and all of Nappturality with that thing!:o

:-)):-))

chocolatte, girl I need to come to Fayetteville and get me some cabbage. Those things are huge! One leaf is a whole meal. That looks more like collards than cabbage.

Tanti
06-06-2010, 07:38 PM
All of your gardens are really inspiring I grew a load of vegetables last year, but haven't planted any this year because I haven't had the time to devote to it. Only plants I do have that are doing their own thing are strawberries, a fig tree and a blackberry bush. Next year I hope to plant a load more.

bellagirl
06-06-2010, 09:46 PM
I think I love my pots more than my bed. Shhhh, let's not tell my hubby. LOL I think because I planted in pots for soooo long, its what i'm accustomed to.

Thanks so much for the suggestion to use a tomato basket for my cucumbers. I picked up two today. :D

Do you have any cucumbers growing yet? If so, please post a pic. I would love to see them.



:-)):-)) I know right!!

Bellagirl, thanks! You know that cabbage is one of those that is supposed to get really really big. I am going to wait and see how big it gets....:p
I look forward to the pictures of your raised bed. I would love to have one, but for now pots will do.

The cucumbers are really taking off. I guess the tomatoes should start showing up soon with all the blooms.... Bellagirl, I am using a tomato basket for my cucumbers to let them climb on up. It is working well.

bellagirl
06-06-2010, 09:51 PM
Thanks ChandraNH!!

Do you have a pic of your cantaloupe growing? I would love to see how it grows and if it gets out of control like some might say. My sons really want me to grow some, but i'm thinking it will need its own space and I don't have that kind of space this year.


Very nice, Bellagirl.

On my end, I'm moving some of my herbs from my raised bed because my cantelouple plant is growing like a weed and taking over lots of space. I'm going to have to find some way of supporting the plant when it starts bearing fruit.

OHR
06-06-2010, 09:55 PM
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TAnRN4ECITI/AAAAAAAACFA/wL-gQ8cMHQ8/s400/100_3918.JPG


DH did a great job building this raised bed! Kudos!!

Bellagirl, I am using a tomato basket for my cucumbers to let them climb on up. It is working well.
I've used tomato cages to grow not only cucumbers, but yellow squash and pole beans too.

Lockolatte
06-06-2010, 11:14 PM
I think I love my pots more than my bed. Shhhh, let's not tell my hubby. LOL I think because I planted in pots for soooo long, its what i'm accustomed to.

Thanks so much for the suggestion to use a tomato basket for my cucumbers. I picked up two today. :D

Do you have any cucumbers growing yet? If so, please post a pic. I would love to see them.

I do, ok...stand by while I go snap a shot!:p

Lockolatte
06-07-2010, 12:18 AM
http://inlinethumb02.webshots.com/43841/2724162610086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Baby cucumbers
http://inlinethumb36.webshots.com/47011/2562514140086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
http://inlinethumb09.webshots.com/9736/2736478620086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Whole container garden 6/6/10
http://inlinethumb53.webshots.com/44148/2090632070086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Baby tomatoes!

Lockolatte
06-07-2010, 12:19 AM
http://inlinethumb42.webshots.com/31977/2681463950086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
http://inlinethumb51.webshots.com/18418/2689053340086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Sunflowers and Vinca

OhRhonda, I haven't grown squash or string beans before. I might have to dive on in to those next year??...I guess it is not too late to do it now if I buy the seedlings instead of growing from seeds.
Bellagirl, I showed my SO your raised bed to throw a few hints!:p I better not press my luck though, heheee!

OHR
06-07-2010, 12:21 AM
http://inlinethumb51.webshots.com/18418/2689053340086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Sunflowers and Vinca


http://inlinethumb02.webshots.com/43841/2724162610086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Baby cucumbers
Whole container garden 6/6/10
http://inlinethumb53.webshots.com/44148/2090632070086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Baby tomatoes!
Man, oh man....I'm so jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My tomatoes have blossoms, but not beginnings of fruit yet. Me likey your sunflowers (:-)

Lockolatte
06-07-2010, 12:25 AM
Lol, OhRhonda, thank you! It is like they appeared overnight! I was added to my post with a note for you when you posted, so see above.

bellagirl
06-07-2010, 01:25 AM
You ladies are the best!! ;) My crazy self was trying to figure out a way to build a trellis of some sort for my cucumbers. :-))


DH did a great job building this raised bed! Kudos!!

I've used tomato cages to grow not only cucumbers, but yellow squash and pole beans too.

bellagirl
06-07-2010, 01:36 AM
Awwww, look at the little cucumbers! I cannot wait to see mine produce its first. Thanks so much for posting a pic.

Your sunflowers are beautiful as well...


http://inlinethumb02.webshots.com/43841/2724162610086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Baby cucumbers
http://inlinethumb36.webshots.com/47011/2562514140086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
http://inlinethumb09.webshots.com/9736/2736478620086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Whole container garden 6/6/10
http://inlinethumb53.webshots.com/44148/2090632070086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Baby tomatoes!

OHR
06-07-2010, 01:38 AM
OhRhonda, I haven't grown squash or string beans before. I might have to dive on in to those next year??...I guess it is not too late to do it now if I buy the seedlings instead of growing from seeds.


I think you could try squash...if you can find seedlings. How warm does it stay where you live? Beans are always started from seed...plant these right away!

Lockolatte
06-07-2010, 01:43 AM
Awwww, look at the little cucumbers! I cannot wait to see mine produce its first. Thanks so much for posting a pic.

Your sunflowers are beautiful as well...

Thank you bellagirl! Aren't they cute? Hahaha!

OHRhonda
I think you could try squash...if you can find seedlings. How warm does it stay where you live? Beans are always started from seed...plant these right away!

Hmmmm! Don't tempt me girl!! My whole side yard is going to be a jungle, lol! You are making me want to go there...:-))

OHR
06-07-2010, 01:47 AM
^^^LOL You? How about your tempting me with container gardens, hmmm? For the last week, I've been adding coffee grounds to my planter on my deck. I plan to start growing something this week!!!!

Lockolatte
06-07-2010, 01:54 AM
^^^LOL You? How about your tempting me with container gardens, hmmm? For the last week, I've been adding coffee grounds to my planter on my deck. I plan to start growing something this week!!!!
OMG! I totally forgot about using coffee grounds! :-| I have been putting them down the disposal! Hmmph! It is not too late.....I guess I will be a container gardener for life since I have so many pots! I am forced to use them right??8)

OHR
06-07-2010, 02:09 AM
OMG! I totally forgot about using coffee grounds! :-| I have been putting them down the disposal! Hmmph! It is not too late.....I guess I will be a container gardener for life since I have so many pots! I am forced to use them right??8)

8)8) use egg shells too! DH is even remembering to save the grounds *shocker*

Lockolatte
06-07-2010, 09:50 PM
Ok, I remembered to save my coffee grounds. How much are you putting in your pots?

OHR
06-08-2010, 12:23 AM
Ok, I remembered to save my coffee grounds. How much are you putting in your pots?

Well, right now, I've got maybe 1 weeks worth of grounds...the rest will go in my raised bed. I'll take a pic of the pot that I've been dumping them into....and post.

Lockolatte
06-08-2010, 10:29 AM
Ok, cool! I was reading that plants that like acid really like coffee grounds. I will use mine around the azaleas and hydrangea and see what happens....

Lockolatte
06-09-2010, 10:29 PM
New cucumber pictures:
http://inlinethumb53.webshots.com/45940/2048332640086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

bellagirl
06-09-2010, 11:55 PM
Awwww look @ the baby cuke!!! Thank goodness I am not your neighbor, your cabbage and cucumbers would be M.I.A. :-))


New cucumber pictures:
http://inlinethumb53.webshots.com/45940/2048332640086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

Lockolatte
06-10-2010, 12:58 AM
:D Are the teeny ones cute? I guess the big one will be ready in a couple more days.:p The cabbage head is growing and tightening. The outer leaves are not growing and some fell off because they are so old. Here is the head today.

http://inlinethumb51.webshots.com/45426/2512802330086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Good thing my neighbor has a green thumb of her own! lol

Lockolatte
06-10-2010, 01:00 AM
Do you have any new shots of your plants? It has been so hot that everything is on speed grow.

bellagirl
06-13-2010, 01:14 AM
I've seen a big growth with a few of my plants. Here are a few photos from today after A LOT of rain. I believe rain does something magical to plants. Something water from a hose takes forever to do. :D

I have my first bell pepper appearing (on one of the photos). I am sooooo happy! :D


I moved one cucumber plant to a container to compare the growth. Also, a garden fairy :p dropped off some jalapeño's (planted in container and bed), cabbage and bush blue lake beans (planted in container). Y'all gave me the idea of the beans and I figured, what the heck, I'll try and see what happens.

Lockolatte
06-13-2010, 02:57 AM
I've seen a big growth with a few of my plants. Here are a few photos from today after A LOT of rain. I believe rain does something magical to plants. Something water from a hose takes forever to do.


I have my first bell pepper appearing (on one of the photos). I am sooooo happy!


I moved one cucumber plant to a container to compare the growth. Also, a garden fairy :p dropped off some jalapeño's (planted in container and bed), cabbage and bush blue lake beans (planted in container). Y'all gave me the idea of the beans and I figured, what the heck, I'll try and see what happens.

Your plants are looking good Bellagirl! I think the rain and thunder and lightning do add minerals or something. We are overdue for a little more rain here so I have been watering up a storm. I see you have a pepper bursting on through! My pepper is doing ok, but I haven't had much success in the past with them. Have you been eat any basil yet? Everything else is doing fine it seems. I almost ate one of the cucumbers today, but decided to wait a while. Here are a couple of pics.
http://inlinethumb11.webshots.com/47178/2620560980086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Second cuke to get big...
http://inlinethumb27.webshots.com/45530/2875767130086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
The one I almost ate today, lol!
http://inlinethumb45.webshots.com/4332/2446729590086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Look at the pepper looking all droopy beside the cucumber!

Lockolatte
06-13-2010, 03:01 AM
http://inlinethumb26.webshots.com/3865/2994144180086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
I am going to have to transplant the watermelons I do believe. I really don't want to though. I might just let them stay all crowded and see what happens.

bellagirl
06-13-2010, 10:34 PM
I'll be sure to send some rain your way. ;) Yes, my little pepper is busting through! :D
I clipped my basil and cilantro today and gave some to my neighbor. I found a great recipe from Paula Deen for black bean salsa. I am so happy I was able to use my fresh cilantro, YUM YUM!!!

Your cukes are doing awesome!! How much longer before you harvest your first cuke? They look tasty. :D What type of pepper are you growing; bell, jalapeño?



Your plants are looking good Bellagirl! I think the rain and thunder and lightning do add minerals or something. We are overdue for a little more rain here so I have been watering up a storm. I see you have a pepper bursting on through! My pepper is doing ok, but I haven't had much success in the past with them. Have you been eat any basil yet? Everything else is doing fine it seems. I almost ate one of the cucumbers today, but decided to wait a while. Here are a couple of pics.

MaroonDawta
06-13-2010, 10:45 PM
I want to plant veggies sooo much but I'm so scared of slugs and snails so that's putting me off. :(

I have two apple trees in my garden/back yard but caterpillars are always on them :(

Can someone answer these questions for me please?

1. Is it too late to start planting in July?

2. Seeds such as tomatoes/peppers - once they bear fruits and you pick them do they continue to bear fruit or do you have to plant a new plant every year?

3. Do you need a green house? (I live in the UK btw)

Lockolatte
06-13-2010, 11:07 PM
I want to plant veggies sooo much but I'm so scared of slugs and snails so that's putting me off. :(

I have two apple trees in my garden/back yard but caterpillars are always on them :(

Can someone answer these questions for me please?

1. Is it too late to start planting in July?

2. Seeds such as tomatoes/peppers - once they bear fruits and you pick them do they continue to bear fruit or do you have to plant a new plant every year?

3. Do you need a green house? (I live in the UK btw)

I HATE bugs too! :o I made a garlic spray that is keeping everything off my plants. I just crushed garlic and and added it to water in a spray bottle and sprayed all my plants and my surroundings. I haven't had any issues....yet.

It is not too late to plant as long as you still have plenty of warm weather to come.

Tomatoes and other veges are annuals that need to be replanted each year.

If it is warm outside you can just plant it...no greenhouse is needed.

@Bella, that is great you are eating your herbs and sharing it already. I think I will eat a cuke tomorrow on my salad. I think I have different kinds of peppers. Bell and hot but I can't remember. Oh and thanks for the rain. We are getting a shower now!:p

Lockolatte
06-14-2010, 08:04 PM
I harvested my first cukes today.
http://inlinethumb07.webshots.com/47558/2700624630086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

OHR
06-15-2010, 12:37 PM
I harvested my first cukes today.
http://inlinethumb07.webshots.com/47558/2700624630086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
^^^YAAAAAY!! You are the 2nd person I know that has harvested cukes this week!

DH and I were at the garden store Sunday, when he spotted a cantaloupe transplant. He wants to give it a shot...I told him it might be October before we get fruit!

bellagirl
06-15-2010, 06:25 PM
I want to plant veggies sooo much but I'm so scared of slugs and snails so that's putting me off. :(

I have two apple trees in my garden/back yard but caterpillars are always on them :(

Can someone answer these questions for me please?

1. Is it too late to start planting in July?

2. Seeds such as tomatoes/peppers - once they bear fruits and you pick them do they continue to bear fruit or do you have to plant a new plant every year?

3. Do you need a green house? (I live in the UK btw)

I agree with Chocolatte about it not being to late. I am unsure of the weather in the UK, but if you have at least 2 months of warm/hot weather approaching, I say go for it. Sooner than later. ;)The garlic spray is a wonderful idea to control bugs organically. You can also add hot pepper to the bottle.

Happy gardening... :D

bellagirl
06-15-2010, 06:31 PM
I harvested my first cukes today.
http://inlinethumb07.webshots.com/47558/2700624630086871397S425x425Q85.jpg



YAYYY!!! Look at the cukes. Were they tasty? :D


I love your hair also. :D

Lockolatte
06-16-2010, 12:38 AM
Hey ladies,
Thanks! The cucumbers were very good and crunchy. Now I am just waiting for more. OHRhonda, I would go for it! Who knows when I will have watermelons, but I am just planting for the fun of seeing them grow. I was eyeing the seeds from my butternut squash that I cut open today, thinking about saving them. I know I would have to dry the seeds out first, but maybe next time. They went down the disposal already. Thanks for the tip about the hot pepper. Lord knows I have plenty of cayenne around here.

Bellagirl, thanks for the hair love! I am enjoying it so far!

Lockolatte
06-20-2010, 03:27 AM
Hey ladies. How are your gardens doing? Have you eaten anything from it lately. I am impatiently waiting for my tomatoes to get big and red.
http://inlinethumb33.webshots.com/14816/2993579010086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
These cucumbers might be ready tomorrow or Monday...
http://inlinethumb51.webshots.com/34674/2189011980086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
My camera lens was fogging up from the humidity, but anyway here is the whole garden. The watermelon vines are reaching now.
http://inlinethumb20.webshots.com/45011/2484476820086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

OHR
06-22-2010, 01:04 AM
http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs033.snc4/34011_1324891966421_1354552777_2714035_7875369_s.j pg cantaloupe in the midst of impatiens
http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs013.snc4/34011_1324892326430_1354552777_2714041_6864423_s.j pgmustard greens just popping up
http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs013.ash2/34011_1324892246428_1354552777_2714039_7776414_s.j pgstring beans vining on cheap trellis I bought 2 yrs ago.
http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs033.snc4/34011_1324892206427_1354552777_2714038_2298870_s.j pgCelery baby!

OHR
06-22-2010, 01:07 AM
http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs013.ash2/34011_1324892486434_1354552777_2714044_3180982_s.j pg
http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs033.snc4/34011_1324892606437_1354552777_2714047_5135731_s.j pg
http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs033.snc4/34011_1324892086424_1354552777_2714036_1039591_s.j pg some teacher coworkers gave me this planter w/lovebirds when I was recovering from surgery 2 yrs ago.

Lockolatte
06-22-2010, 01:20 AM
OHRhonda, who is coochiness? lol!

What are those daisies? They are so pretty! An what ar those yellow flowers? Your are going to be snapping string beans in a few weeks.

So you use chicken wire for your climbing plants...I need to try that for my vines next year.

My watermelon vines are attaching themselves to the ground! It was trying to move the vines a bit today and go that lovely surprise, lol. Today I added more soil to most of my pots. I repotted my potato plants in an earthbox that was free because I harvested King Kong yesterday.

OHR
06-22-2010, 01:29 AM
OHRhonda, who is coochiness? lol!

What are those daisies? They are so pretty! And what are those yellow flowers? Your are going to be snapping string beans in a few weeks.

So you use chicken wire for your climbing plants...I need to try that for my vines next year.

My watermelon vines are attaching themselves to the ground! It was trying to move the vines a bit today and go that lovely surprise, lol. Today I added more soil to most of my pots. I repotted my potato plants in an earthbox that was free because I harvested King Kong yesterday.

"Coochiness" is this guy's alter ego>>>here's his link: http://www.youtube.com/user/Bee318ti. Lot of what he says is NSFW, but he's makes me laugh out loud most of the time...and he can be serious on occasion....check out his video on cooking Ramen noodles...priceless!

Yep, daisies!

Ok, back on topic: No, no....don't use chicken wire...that's going around my raised bed. I'm using a green plastic pyramid that I bought maybe 2-3 yrs ago. I put it together, then pushed the ends into the dirt. Guess the pic wasn't clear.

You harvested KingKong!!!! Man, oh man.....http://www.nurse-anesthesia.org/images/smilies/You_Rock_Emoticon.gif

bellagirl
06-23-2010, 03:50 AM
@Chocolatte.... I swear your cukes are growing super fast!! I bet King Kong was sooooo good!!! :D I'm not having good luck with my cabbage. :( I'm not giving up though.

@OHRhonda.... Your garden looks great!! And those daisies are beautiful!! Will you move your cantaloupe or let it do its own thing in that pot


ETA: I'm going to try my lettuce tomorrow. Its calling my name. :D

OHR
06-23-2010, 03:56 AM
@Chocolatte.... I swear your cukes are growing super fast!! I bet King Kong was sooooo good!!! :D I'm not having good luck with my cabbage. :( I'm not giving up though.

@OHRhonda.... Your garden looks great!! And those daisies are beautiful!! Will you move your cantaloupe or let it do its own thing in that pot?
I dunno......wonder if it will be o.k. there, or when it starts doing its thing, just transfer it to the garden....

bellagirl
06-23-2010, 04:26 AM
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TCGJINr3qAI/AAAAAAAACGI/JutrLi3TaOA/s288/100_3996.JPG Bell pepper, it's growing fast.


http://lh6.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TCGJH6CJOtI/AAAAAAAACGE/uGYf667WrvM/s288/100_4002.JPG Carrots, planted last week. I could not help myself. They are sprouting already.


http://lh3.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TCGJHmyvxLI/AAAAAAAACGA/KiM275DujZY/s288/100_3985.JPG Lettuce.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TCGJIwRB16I/AAAAAAAACGQ/8v1O95v5jfI/s288/100_3986.JPG Tomatoes...

bellagirl
06-23-2010, 04:29 AM
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TCGKoB0GlcI/AAAAAAAACG0/5nAa_nwbj1g/s288/100_3989.JPG Beans... I did not expect these to grow so fast, but with the heat and endless rain they are coming along.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TCGKol67E8I/AAAAAAAACG8/ksZGBIwMuJk/s288/100_3981.JPG Collards, something seems to be snacking on my greens again .

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TCGJItS6JdI/AAAAAAAACGM/ifeBqRjNcJw/s288/100_3984.JPG Finally, my cucumber plants are growing. :D

OHR
06-23-2010, 12:00 PM
^^^lookin' good, Bella! For some mysterious reason, my collards aren't coming along per usual. They're still rather small, when they should look like yours...:-|
I'm very excited about my celery...1st time grower. Wonder what's going on underneath the surface?

MaroonDawta
06-23-2010, 01:30 PM
Hi guys, I know it's alot to ask but could someone guide me please. After spending 5 weeks in Jamaica, I came back to this:
http://i430.photobucket.com/albums/qq23/TreJah08/IMG00042-20100623-0929.jpg


The 'gardener' came and got it to this:

http://i430.photobucket.com/albums/qq23/TreJah08/IMG00050-20100623-1121.jpg
I also have this neat lil brick box I think would be good to grow some veg and that would be cool as I can look out my kitchen window on it :]:

http://i430.photobucket.com/albums/qq23/TreJah08/IMG00045-20100623-1027.jpg

Now, how do I get my garden nice and green and less weeds etc?

Do I need to prep the soil and add compost?

Lockolatte
06-23-2010, 05:25 PM
Bella your garden is looking so good!! You are going to have plenty of everything! King Kong is good and I still have plenty left. We need to hurry up and eat it while it is still nice and crunchy.

MaroonDawta,(DISCLAIMER: I am not an expert.) knowing me I would spray Roundup to kill everything in the planting areas. Wait the designated time then use the shovel and rake to turn over the soil. I always add potting mix to the bed (or compost would be even better if you have it). From there, just go buy your seedlings and plant them. Water them in with Miracle Grow and remember to water daily, sometime twice a day if needed. That little square would be perfect for some veges!

I will post up some new pix of my garden in a few minutes. :D

OHR
06-23-2010, 05:41 PM
MaroonDawta,(DISCLAIMER: I am not an expert.) knowing me I would spray Roundup to kill everything in the planting areas. Wait the designated time then use the shovel and rake to turn over the soil. I always add potting mix to the bed (or compost would be even better if you have it). From there, just go buy your seedlings and plant them. Water them in with Miracle Grow and remember to water daily, sometime twice a day if needed. That little square would be perfect for some veges!

I will post up some new pix of my garden in a few minutes. :D
MaroonDawta,
I agree w/chocolatte. Couple of questions, though. Did you use Roundup? If so, you shouldn't have to wait very long before planting. How much sun do you get in that spot?? That might limit(?) the choice of transplants...dunno. Good luck gardening!
p.s. chocolatte: I've got more pics too!!! Will post later.

Lockolatte
06-23-2010, 06:12 PM
http://inlinethumb29.webshots.com/42140/2304817050086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Next on the menu!
http://inlinethumb38.webshots.com/45029/2957484230086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Baby bell coming on out...
http://inlinethumb42.webshots.com/46377/2446361870086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Tomatoes and okra...
http://inlinethumb40.webshots.com/44135/2592330200086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

Lockolatte
06-23-2010, 06:16 PM
http://inlinethumb31.webshots.com/45790/2608414630086871397S425x425Q85.jpghttp://inlinethumb62.webshots.com/9661/2588841140086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Watermelon is blooming finally!http://inlinethumb56.webshots.com/44919/2718175420086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Everything!

OHR
06-23-2010, 09:02 PM
http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk281/duhflushtech/GIF%20Files/2qjc8yx.gif dang chocolatte. I betta get outside and take pics of MY flowers! http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj228/frenchylatina87/vh1%20gif/dol_7_gif5.gifHmmph!

OHR
06-23-2010, 09:41 PM
http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs316.snc3/28462_1325195774016_1354552777_2714744_8149251_a.j pg first of the glads
http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs109.snc4/35837_1325195894019_1354552777_2714746_6379418_a.j pg hens and chicks under evergreen
http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs040.snc4/34343_1325197814067_1354552777_2714773_4959456_a.j pg this holds the garden hose underneath a tree.

bellagirl
06-24-2010, 01:53 AM
I found several culprits, i.e. Cabbage Worms, on my collards and cabbage today. :(o) Dag nabbit!!!

OHR
06-24-2010, 01:55 AM
I found several culprits, i.e. Cabbage Worms, on my collards and cabbage today. :(o) Dag nabbit!!!
What are you using to get rid of 'em?

bellagirl
06-24-2010, 02:12 AM
What are you using to get rid of 'em?



I used my garlic and pepper spray to keep the bugs away, but now that I've actually seen these jerks I need something else. Any suggestions on an organic product? My poor cabbage and collards are dying a slowly. :(


ETA: I read about this, Bacillus Thuringiensis, and it supposedly kills the worms immediately.

Lockolatte
06-24-2010, 02:33 AM
http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk281/duhflushtech/GIF%20Files/2qjc8yx.gif dang chocolatte. I betta get outside and take pics of MY flowers! http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj228/frenchylatina87/vh1%20gif/dol_7_gif5.gifHmmph!

:-)) Girl, yous a mess! You have me rolling! Hehehehee!
Your hens and chicks are soooooooo cute! I have a few, but I never thought to put them on the ground, duh!! Lol, I have mine in a pot, but you are giving me an idea.......

Bella, I hate bugs! You might need to go heavy duty now that you see them. Pull out the big guns and use that instant killing stuff!!

Lockolatte
06-24-2010, 02:38 AM
OHRHonda is the hose inside that frog? That is so cute!

OHR
06-24-2010, 03:08 AM
My poor cabbage and collards are dying a slowly. :(
ETA: I read about this, Bacillus Thuringiensis, and it supposedly kills the worms immediately.
I dunno of an organic defense against those worms. They are always around.


:-)) Your hens and chicks are soooooooo cute! I have a few, but I never thought to put them on the ground, duh!! Lol, I have mine in a pot, but you are giving me an idea.......
Hens and chicks...ya can't kill 'em. I leave them in the ground during the wintertime, and they still come back each year I imagine they're doing well because I've planted them under my evergreen tree, close to our house. Guess it stays warmer under there than away from the house. Look up 'rock gardens' for ideas!



OHRHonda is the hose inside that frog?
Yep. DH bought that years ago [for too much $$$]. I've grown to love it.

SoulStar
06-24-2010, 04:44 AM
I have to post some pics...but I have cukes, squash, bush beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, collards, thyme, sage, oregano, mint, spearmint, peppermint, habanero peppers, aloe vera, strawberries, rosemary, struggling sweet basil and a orange tree. I am lazy when it comes to documenting. But, I'll make it a point to post.

bellagirl
06-25-2010, 02:28 AM
^^^lookin' good, Bella! For some mysterious reason, my collards aren't coming along per usual. They're still rather small, when they should look like yours...
I'm very excited about my celery...1st time grower. Wonder what's going on underneath the surface?


Thanks OHRhonda!!! Have you tried fertilizer for your collards? You know they will grow well into the winter so don't worry. I'm certain your celery is going to do well and grow super fast like Chocolatte’s cukes. :D


@Chocolatte… Ohhh, more cukes!! It looks as if your bells are doing well this year. YAY!! My big guns are my twin sons. I'm hoping they will pick off these nasty worms for their mama. :p


Well ladies I ordered the Thuricide for the cabbage worms and this is said to work quickly. Until I receive it I will continue to pick off the worms :o *yuck* My cuke plants are growing and training themselves up the cage. One cuke plant finally has yellow flowers (i'll post pics tomorrow). :D I had a mini salad with my romaine lettuce. YUM!

bellagirl
06-25-2010, 02:31 AM
I have to post some pics...but I have cukes, squash, bush beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, collards, thyme, sage, oregano, mint, spearmint, peppermint, habanero peppers, aloe vera, strawberries, rosemary, struggling sweet basil and a orange tree. I am lazy when it comes to documenting. But, I'll make it a point to post.


You have some goooood stuff growing over there. I would love to see your garden, please post pics. :D

OHR
06-25-2010, 02:52 AM
I have to post some pics...but I have cukes, squash, bush beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, collards, thyme, sage, oregano, mint, spearmint, peppermint, habanero peppers, aloe vera, strawberries, rosemary, struggling sweet basil and a orange tree. I am lazy when it comes to documenting. But, I'll make it a point to post.
Man oh man, SoulStar!!! Where you live at, gul? Can't wait to see pics as well.

SoulStar
06-25-2010, 05:47 AM
Peace... I am goin' to get to it. Lawd' I am slow, like molasses. I need help.....but now that I put it in the atmosphere it'll happen. I live in northern Cali, near Sacramento, down in the valley. Right now the cukes, tomatoes and bush beans are callin' the shots. They are fruiting....eggplant is flowering....Oh yeah-- I have a sole lavender plant growing. The only one to germinate. And mixed lettuce that some cut-worms have devoured (boo) Everything is coming... I'll soon post.

MaroonDawta
06-25-2010, 06:22 PM
Thanks ladies... :]

Okay, so I lived here just over a year now and when I came, the landlord told me that the trees in the yard was an apple tree and a cherry tree - but the cherries didn't turn red last year; they were just greenish/yellow until they fell off so I thought they were little apples and he was talking rubbish..lol

Anywhoo, today I made a wonderful discovery! It's a really a cherry tree and me and the kids picked them and ate them.. they were sooo yummy!

http://i430.photobucket.com/albums/qq23/TreJah08/IMG00071-20100625-1837.jpg Apple tree (left) and Cherry tree (right)

http://i430.photobucket.com/albums/qq23/TreJah08/IMG00072-20100625-1837.jpg - Cherry Tree


http://i430.photobucket.com/albums/qq23/TreJah08/IMG00073-20100625-1837.jpg Apples aren't ready but I tasted one last year.. it was sooo crunchy and nice :]

http://i430.photobucket.com/albums/qq23/TreJah08/IMG00069-20100625-1836.jpg The cherries were so sweet.

Lockolatte
06-25-2010, 08:45 PM
Aaah Maroon! Those cherries are so pretty! How nice to have fruit trees in the yard!

SoulStar, cmon now with the pix! It sounds like you have some really nice growing going on.

Bella, girl you are braver than me! I would be spraying the heck out of those worms until they fell off. Are they big like tomato worms??? Ugh! Yeah continue to get the twins to get them off for you...ugh!

SoulStar
06-27-2010, 05:48 AM
Aaah Maroon! Those cherries are so pretty! How nice to have fruit trees in the yard!

SoulStar, cmon now with the pix! It sounds like you have some really nice growing going on.

Bella, girl you are braver than me! I would be spraying the heck out of those worms until they fell off. Are they big like tomato worms??? Ugh! Yeah continue to get the twins to get them off for you...ugh!


I am so bad... very bad! It has been a long time... the cukes have grown like a giant. But, those cut worms have gone on like my arch-enemy..."die sucka die" and my eldest doesn't know why I have resulted to killin them with a stone....I don't like chemicals, so I pick em' like my beans( then stone 'em)... but the eggplant is flowering. Meanwhile, the cukes, are mutants... I won't eat them for a week or two... I just want to see the potential... does anyone know about cumin?

Lockolatte
06-27-2010, 12:33 PM
I am so bad... very bad! It has been a long time... the cukes have grown like a giant. But, those cut worms have gone on like my arch-enemy..."die sucka die" and my eldest doesn't know why I have resulted to killin them with a stone....I don't like chemicals, so I pick em' like my beans( then stone 'em)... but the eggplant is flowering. Meanwhile, the cukes, are mutants... I won't eat them for a week or two... I just want to see the potential... does anyone know about cumin?

Pics, pics, pics, pics!:-|
Now about those cut worms....you are a tough one because I just can't! :o I don't like using chemicals either, so I have been use homemade garlic spray.

To grow cumin you need a long warm growing season because it needs 110 days or more to go to seed. According to what I've read they don't transplant well so you should seed directly or grow them in a deep pot. If you must start them indoors and transplant, make sure you don't disturb the roots at all and use all of the transplant soil.

OHR
06-27-2010, 08:14 PM
Afternoon everyone!

Still collecting coffee grounds and spreading them a bit in my potted plants as well as my garden area. You don't need a lot to get a positive effect. I'ma gonna stop by Starbucks tomorrow to get more grounds. They will save them for you if you ask.

eta: the cantaloupe transplant still doing fine in the large pot. Question is: am I crazy for trying it in a pot rather in my garden?

Lockolatte
06-27-2010, 09:12 PM
Afternoon everyone!

Still collecting coffee grounds and spreading them a bit in my potted plants as well as my garden area. You don't need a lot to get a positive effect. I'ma gonna stop by Starbucks tomorrow to get more grounds. They will save them for you if you ask.

eta: the cantaloupe transplant still doing fine in the large pot. Question is: am I crazy for trying it in a pot rather in my garden?

Well you already know how I feel about pots.:p My watermelons are thriving in pots. Glad to know your cantaloupe is doing well.

OHR
06-27-2010, 09:34 PM
Well you already know how I feel about pots.:p My watermelons are thriving in pots. Glad to know your cantaloupe is doing well.
LOL i just needed encouragement...every time i walk past that plant, i wonder...

Lockolatte
06-30-2010, 10:04 PM
I am away on business this week and haven't been home to work in my garden. SO is supposed to be holding down the fort for me. I wonder if anything has grown since I left on Monday...

OHR
07-01-2010, 01:14 AM
Spent most of today working in the garden...weeding, pinching back tomato plants and putting down coffee grounds.

Little did I know that there is a nest of yellowjackets living [I think] under that frog hose container. I tried 3 times to wind the hose back, but they chased me away.

DH just came home, I told him what happened, and that we needed to wait until it cooled down to try again...but like [some] guys, he goes out there and shakes the hose!!!! They don't like being messed with. He got 2 stings for his trouble.

He's ok...he's super hot about it...doesn't blame me, though. Tomorrow that nest is cruisin' for a brusin'. http://serve.mysmiley.net/mad/mad0163.gif

Lockolatte
07-01-2010, 02:16 AM
^^ OMG OHRhonda! He is lucky he didn't get more stings than that! One time I was mowing the grass and mowed right over a nest. Next thing I knew they were swarming up like a tornado. I took off and the mower was still on!!!!:o (I had a string tied on that lever that you hold when you are cutting.) I don't really remember how I turned off the mower... I think a friend came and turned it off for me.

Good luck and be safe tomorrow. It's time to use some chemicals on those suckers!;)

Lockolatte
07-02-2010, 07:08 PM
http://inlinethumb52.webshots.com/47347/2368929920086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Whole garden as of today. Watermelon vine is taking over!
http://inlinethumb50.webshots.com/22705/2351995310086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Look what happened while I was gone! Apparently the okra bloomed and fruited in 4 days!
http://inlinethumb46.webshots.com/44397/2790442920086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Tomatoes are growing, but they are still green.
http://inlinethumb33.webshots.com/47136/2175065510086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

Lockolatte
07-02-2010, 07:14 PM
http://inlinethumb17.webshots.com/44880/2446398230086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Pepper is growing larger...
http://inlinethumb16.webshots.com/44623/2054380530086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
lettuce
http://inlinethumb44.webshots.com/47915/2259105060086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
See that yellow rope? I had to rig up my tomato plants because they were getting too heavy and leaning to the front.

OHR
07-02-2010, 07:20 PM
^^^Looking good, Chocolatte!

Mustard greens are coming along, green beans are vining out, tomatoes are taking their sweet time, along with the pepper plants. Tops of celery are green and leafy...wonder what's going on underground?

Lockolatte
07-02-2010, 07:37 PM
Thank you OHRhonda! Your stuff sounds like it is taking off. I don't know why the tomatoes take so long to be ready. My dad sometimes brings his inside to turn red. About the celery...do the stalks form underground?

Ok, out of curiosity I went back out to be nosey with my watermelons. Look what I found!
http://inlinethumb27.webshots.com/25690/2969407770086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
A baby watermelon, lol!

OHR
07-02-2010, 07:41 PM
^^^ yay for baby watermelon!!!
re: celery....you got me! Dunno
I bought a green tomato last week (w/intentions to fry it)...I took a look on my countertop, and it's turning red. Guess I waited too late :-))

bellagirl
07-03-2010, 11:53 PM
@OHRhonda... My hot pepper & tomato plants are also on their own time... I hope your DH is okay after the stings.

@Chocolatte.... Oh my word, your garden is growing like crazy. Ohhh & the little watermelon is so cute. How many watermelons will you get from one plant?

OHR
07-04-2010, 02:02 AM
@ Choco. DH dug out the yellowjacket nest this a.m...looks like the spray took care of 'em Friday night. I put out the Japanese beetle trap yesterday....I wanna tell ya, the lure scent really turns 'em on...I was on the deck this afternoon, and one zoomed by my shoulder so fast........they sure get their freak on in the trap. :-))

Lockolatte
07-04-2010, 01:58 PM
Thanks Bella and OHRhonda. Bella, it is my first time growing watermelons, so I am not sure how many each vine produces. I have a lot of vines, but I will be happy to see a few watermelons. I don't need a lot! OhRhonda, you all please be careful dealing with those insects. I haven't seen any Japanese beetles or June bugs yet and I hope I don't see any!

Lockolatte
07-04-2010, 06:17 PM
Ok, I went out earlier and inspected my plants only to find a japanese beetle munching away on my okra!! Also my okra and cucumbers have powdery mildew. Ugh! I sprayed them with some stuff to kill bugs and diseases. I hope this works.

OHR
07-04-2010, 07:49 PM
Ok, I went out earlier and inspected my plants only to find a japanese beetle munching away on my okra!! Also my okra and cucumbers have powdery mildew. Ugh! I sprayed them with some stuff to kill bugs and diseases. I hope this works.
Chocolatte,
re: japanese beetles. They are relentless. Dunno how large an area you're growing in, but you might consider the traps.
re: powdery mildew. :( Yeah...squashes & okra are prone to that....here's hoping what you sprayed heads it off. Reminds me...should use my mildew spray on the cantaloupe transplant...thanks!

Lockolatte
07-05-2010, 10:12 PM
OHRhonda, my plants don't look any worse today, so I hope the spray worked. I noticed that a bunch of my baby cukes shriveled up, probably from the mildew. Oh well I hope it will recover...it looks like the vine is still growing and there are several medium sized cukes on the vine. The biggest watermelon is now the size of a mango.

bellagirl
07-06-2010, 02:03 AM
I need to Google Japanese beetles. I have not heard of these critters. @Chocolatte... What are u using for the mildew?


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OHR
07-06-2010, 02:10 AM
I need to Google Japanese beetles. I have not heard of these critters. @Chocolatte... What are u using for the mildew?
Bella,
Ya never heard of 'em? You're lucky. In Ohio beginning in early July, they start to eat their way through most succulent vegetation (like vegetables...rosebushes....cherry trees, as my personal examples). I'm sure you'll find a boatload of info on these creatures....by the way, the japanese beetle trap is filling up rather nicely.(:-)

bellagirl
07-06-2010, 02:22 AM
Bella,
Ya never heard of 'em? You're lucky. In Ohio beginning in early July, they start to eat their way through most succulent vegetation (like vegetables...rosebushes....cherry trees, as my personal examples). I'm sure you'll find a boatload of info on these creatures....by the way, the japanese beetle trap is filling up rather nicely.(:-)


I googled a pic of the beetle & I cannot say I've seen this critter in Chicago, but then again I like to stay away from a lot of bugs. Sounds like the traps are doing their job & saving your plants. Thank goodness!




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Lockolatte
07-06-2010, 02:35 AM
I sprayed my plants with Immunox. The kind I have says it is for pests and diseases. I hope it works.;) I didn't see any more than that one Japanese beetle yesterday. My okra leaves has some little holes in some of them as evidence that I've had visitors, lol. Also, I just looked up powdery mildew and I don't think this is what is on my plants. My cukes might have a nitrogen deficiency or some other fungus. Whatever it is, let it be gone!!

Here is a new picture of the watermelons. I have counted seven so far. Here are 4 of the babies!
http://inlinethumb17.webshots.com/16848/2894050930086871397S500x500Q85.jpg

bellagirl
07-07-2010, 05:31 PM
I sprayed my plants with Immunox. The kind I have says it is for pests and diseases. I hope it works.;) I didn't see any more than that one Japanese beetle yesterday. My okra leaves has some little holes in some of them as evidence that I've had visitors, lol. Also, I just looked up powdery mildew and I don't think this is what is on my plants. My cukes might have a nitrogen deficiency or some other fungus. Whatever it is, let it be gone!!

Here is a new picture of the watermelons. I have counted seven so far. Here are 4 of the babies!
http://inlinethumb17.webshots.com/16848/2894050930086871397S500x500Q85.jpg

YAY!!! More baby watermelons! I pray what ever is on your plants goes far far away asap!

Yesterday I discovered whiteflies & aphids my tomato plant. I'm trying an organic insecticidal soap. I hope this works. I don't eat tomato's so truthfully I don't care that much, but I want to try & save it for DH.

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Lockolatte
07-08-2010, 01:00 AM
Hey Bella. It am sure the soap will do the trick. I don't know what white flies are. I need to look it up. One time I had aphids on my hibiscus plants and the ladybugs were feasting on them.
My plants look a whole lot better than they did the other day. There are now 8 baby watermelons so far! I had to rig up some water bottles in some of my plants because it was 102 degrees today and I don't have time in the morning to soak them down. It did the trick today and nothing had wilted so I think I will keep it up while it is so hot.

Good luck killing the flies and aphids Bella.

bellagirl
07-08-2010, 02:04 AM
These are the little pests. I'm going to keep at it witht the soap or I'm just going to get rid of the entire plant. I'm hoping for the best.

Choco, I am soooo happy your plants are improving. Next year I'm going to try watermelons. You've encouraged me, thanks. :D Share your water bottle trick with us. I need to figure something out while I'm away for a week. I am so worried about my plants.

OHR
07-08-2010, 06:59 AM
:D Share your water bottle trick with us. I need to figure something out while I'm away for a week. I am so worried about my plants.
I'm guessing....she's probably using 2 L empty pop bottles turned upside down planted in the ground, then removing the black part, pour in the water and wala! I've been tempted to try this as well, but I don't drink pop )8-|
Bella: re whiteflies. Those critters won't kill your plant, but if left untreated will suck the life out of 'em. Keep using the soap per directions!

Lockolatte
07-08-2010, 10:41 AM
Ugh@ those white flies! They have to go! I hope they are all dead now. I hope you won't have to throw the whole plant away.

As for the bottles, it is kind of like OhRHonda said except I just fill the bottle flip it and stick it in the soil. Yesterday it was 103 here so I am glad I did that. The water is leaking out too fast but the plants seem to be okay with it. The cucumber took a whole two liter bottle and was dry when I got home last night! OhRHonda SO drinks soda, and I drink water, so between the two of us we had a few bottles.

OHR
07-08-2010, 08:56 PM
So glad our magnolia tree was treated for scale today. I got tired of the flies and bees just swarming around willy-nilly.

Lockolatte
07-09-2010, 12:17 AM
^^ I had to look this up too, girl! Ugh, these insects and their secretions are just nastay!

I hung out a hummingbird feeder and ants are really enjoying it. But at least the hummingbirds found it and are using it anyway.

bellagirl
07-09-2010, 05:40 PM
Ewwwww! I googled scales too & those things are just nasty!!! I'm guessing they would have destroyed your tree? *yuck*

Thanks ladies for the bottle tip!


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OHR
07-09-2010, 06:01 PM
^^^it can kill affected plants if left untreated. It's easily treated on smaller plants. The magnolia tree looks much better since the treatment yesterday.
Just took another look at the garden...green beans still sending vines everywhere...two roma tomatoes are turning red...turnip and collard greens finally taking off...celery? the tops look lush and green [have no idea what's going on underneath].

more glad pics: http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs018.ash2/34246_1339805139241_1354552777_2756920_1266880_s.j pghttp://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs051.snc4/34922_1339805179242_1354552777_2756921_7177575_s.j pghttp://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs014.snc4/34066_1339806939286_1354552777_2756926_1998155_s.j pghttp://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs022.ash2/34449_1339806979287_1354552777_2756927_3436690_s.j pgeta: celery stalks form above the soil...and they may take a total of 5 months to mature! So..I figure maybe late August-early September harvest?

bellagirl
07-09-2010, 09:42 PM
OHRhonda.... Your flowers are beautiful!!! I need those on my dining room table. Lol


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Lockolatte
07-10-2010, 12:54 AM
more glad pics:
http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs018.ash2/34246_1339805139241_1354552777_2756920_1266880_s.j pghttp://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs051.snc4/34922_1339805179242_1354552777_2756921_7177575_s.j pghttp://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs014.snc4/34066_1339806939286_1354552777_2756926_1998155_s.j pghttp://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs022.ash2/34449_1339806979287_1354552777_2756927_3436690_s.j pg

Wow! Those are so bright and beautiful OHRhonda!
About that celery, doggone! You won't be crunching on those for a minute!

On another note, the saw those dayum Japanese beasties on my okra again today. I'm going to Lowes tomorrow to invest in a beetle bag or something.

OHR
07-10-2010, 07:06 AM
...they can hold a lot! When changing out the bags, be prepared for the smell, it can knock you over!!! ;) Good luck.
Re: celery. Yeah. Gotta wait.

Lockolatte
07-10-2010, 04:46 PM
Ewwwwww! You know I won't be the one changing the bag! I only saw two beetles but I'm sure the bag will attract them from the world over!

Lockolatte
07-11-2010, 01:06 AM
Baby watermelon:
http://inlinethumb21.webshots.com/21076/2993936200086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

I got my beetle bag and it is large like 2 gallon sized! Ugh! It has a ziplock closure at the bottom so it can be emptied and reused...
Finally some tomatoes are turning red:
http://inlinethumb27.webshots.com/47130/2216335450086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

OHR
07-11-2010, 07:58 PM
Baby watermelon
gwan wit' cho bad self!


I got my beetle bag and it is large like 2 gallon sized! Ugh! It has a ziplock closure at the bottom so it can be emptied and reused...
{ofur realz? I've never seen those, but dunno if I'd want to reuse them...ick! Just took another peek at the bag outside...filling up rather nicely.:o

Lockolatte
07-12-2010, 01:46 AM
I checked my bag and it didn't have any bugs in it. There were none on my plants either. I picked 2 reddish tomatoes today..... No more cukes are on the way. All the baby ones shriveled up. I read that this is because they didn't get pollinated in time. I hope it blooms more. I picked several nice sized cukes today, but hopefully there will be more.

bellagirl
07-12-2010, 02:20 PM
I checked my bag and it didn't have any bugs in it. There were none on my plants either. I picked 2 reddish tomatoes today..... No more cukes are on the way. All the baby ones shriveled up. I read that this is because they didn't get pollinated in time. I hope it blooms more. I picked several nice sized cukes today, but hopefully there will be more.

Ohhh weeee.....That melon is getting big! Ready by Labor Day, maybe?
Hopefully those darned beetles got the hint to stay away. Lol

I also noticed a few of my cukes shriveled up as well. :(

I finally cut my green bell pepper & will be using it for dinner tonight. :) My hot peppers & red bells are not thriving. *keeping my fingers crossed*

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Peaches
07-14-2010, 05:50 AM
Baby watermelon:
http://inlinethumb21.webshots.com/21076/2993936200086871397S425x425Q85.jpg


Girl you got SKILLS!

http://www.gifsoup.com/view/144189/round-of-applause-o.gif

OHR
07-15-2010, 07:33 PM
Man, oh man it's hot today. I spent yesterday weeding and picked 6 cherry tomatoes *yay*...anyway, here's some more pics:
http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs084.ash2/37547_1344914586974_1354552777_2769630_3274986_a.j pglilies that dh planted maybe 5 yrs ago
http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs084.ash2/37547_1344914666976_1354552777_2769631_1681287_a.j pgdunno what these are called...bees like it.
http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs202.snc4/38433_1344914706977_1354552777_2769632_7218661_a.j pgbeans...don't have any yet
http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs076.snc4/35163_1344914786979_1354552777_2769634_6952047_a.j pga blossom! *feeling encouraged*

Lockolatte
07-15-2010, 09:25 PM
Girl you got SKILLS!

http://www.gifsoup.com/view/144189/round-of-applause-o.gif

:-)) hahahahaaa! You are crazay Peaches!! Thanks!

OhRhonda, your beans look fantastic. All of your flowers are beautiful! You are making me want to plant some bulbs for next year. You should be encouraged about your bloom. I am sure there are more to come.


Ohhh weeee.....That melon is getting big! Ready by Labor Day, maybe?
Hopefully those darned beetles got the hint to stay away. Lol

I also noticed a few of my cukes shriveled up as well. :(

I finally cut my green bell pepper & will be using it for dinner tonight. :) My hot peppers & red bells are not thriving. *keeping my fingers crossed*

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Bella, I think Imma cut a pepper today too girl, finally! My cukes are making a come back...I can feel it, lol. I fed mine some Miracle Grow and now I see some new growth. I got a paintbrush to pollinate the blooms just in case some foolishness goes down.

Lockolatte
07-15-2010, 09:29 PM
double post......

Lockolatte
07-16-2010, 01:08 AM
I was so happy that we got some rain today (thunderstorm) so I would have to water my plants. Well after the storm I went out to check on everything and look what I found:
http://inlinethumb15.webshots.com/6670/2720387080086871397S425x425Q85.jpg:-|
http://inlinethumb20.webshots.com/8147/2532788460086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
http://inlinethumb27.webshots.com/47322/2004117400086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
I guess I better stake my last pepper plant before this happens again.

Lockolatte
07-16-2010, 01:10 AM
http://inlinethumb38.webshots.com/47205/2902258520086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Those are the small peppers that were on the broken plant. Oh well live and learn. :-|

OHR
07-16-2010, 01:11 AM
http://inlinethumb27.webshots.com/47322/2004117400086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
I guess I better stake my last pepper plant before this happens again.
Doggone it, Chocolatte!! :(eta: I took a look at what you harvested today...nice:)!

bellagirl
07-16-2010, 04:04 AM
@OHRhonda... Your flowers are so beautiful!! I so love the lillies and the red flowers behind the lillies makes that picture pop. Beautiful!! Those beans are going to be sprouting soon. ;)

@ Chocolatte....O' noooo, not the pepper plant!! :( I'm sorry. I must say you sure did harvest some good stuff today! Is that okra?



I also sprayed my garden with Miracle Gro a few days ago and added some coffee grounds to my plants. I think that's what my cukes needed. I see several that may survive. *fingers crossed* No luck with my bell pepper plants. I got that one pepper and nothing else since, but that one pepper sure was gooood. :-))


I'll take some updated pictures in the morning.

Lockolatte
07-17-2010, 12:28 AM
:-)) Yall that pepper plant is a mess!:-|

Yeah that is okra. I am still grateful for that. Bella, I feel you on the pepper girl. I'll be savoring those teeny tiny things I picked, lol! Anyway, tomorrow I'll get a tomato cage for my LAST pepper plant. Bella I'm glad to hear that your cukes are perking up. Mine have some new blooms on them now so time will tell.

bellagirl
07-17-2010, 03:27 PM
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TEHHowI4B4I/AAAAAAAACJ8/YIzuQAcmsvs/s400/100_4116.JPG I have a few cukes on this plant that just might survive, but this is the biggest one. *finally*

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TEHHD7dLDsI/AAAAAAAACJk/8LoKICuuWhI/s288/100_4114.JPG This seems to be the only tomato thus far.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TEHHpMeAXlI/AAAAAAAACKA/UkpRNk4Whjo/s400/100_4118.JPG Jalapeno's

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TEHIoi7q6JI/AAAAAAAACKg/GRM0l9BQR9w/s288/100_4122.JPG Carrots... I really want to know what's happening in the dirt.

bellagirl
07-17-2010, 04:03 PM
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TEHIp1473mI/AAAAAAAACKo/kQp2n1soCTg/s288/100_4120.JPG Beans...

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TEHIpSyiZFI/AAAAAAAACKk/BRcmXHwVmdE/s288/100_4126.JPG Cabbage seems to be doing well once I rid them of the cabbage worms.

OHR
07-17-2010, 05:04 PM
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TEHHowI4B4I/AAAAAAAACJ8/YIzuQAcmsvs/s400/100_4116.JPG I have a few cukes on this plant that just might survive, but this is the biggest one. *finally*
YAAAY!
Carrots... I really want to know what's happening in the dirt.
bellagirl: Lookin good!!! @ carrots: I also want to know what's happening in the dirt. I have the same question about my celery!

OHR
07-17-2010, 05:05 PM
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TEHIp1473mI/AAAAAAAACKo/kQp2n1soCTg/s288/100_4120.JPG Beans...

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TEHIpSyiZFI/AAAAAAAACKk/BRcmXHwVmdE/s288/100_4126.JPG Cabbage seems to be doing well once I rid them of the cabbage worms.
You're growing MORE cabbage?!? I woulda thought you'd had your fill from the other one. lol

Lockolatte
07-17-2010, 09:30 PM
Bella, your plants look good! Your cabbages look really healthy too! I think I am going to put some Miracle Grow on my plants once a week. It seems to help. Oh, and OHRhonda I checked my beetle bag and saw about 10 or so in there.

OHR
07-17-2010, 09:34 PM
re: beetle bag. That's great that you don't have many....me, on the other hand.....)8-|lol. Yesterday, as I was looking at the bag, another japanese beetle sped past my right shoulder, and dropped into the bag!!! Boy, that lure sure has some "ooh ahh" power!!! LOL http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs083.ash2/37491_1344914826980_1354552777_2769635_6316925_a.j pg

Lockolatte
07-17-2010, 09:56 PM
We need to trade bags girl! My bag is huge, lol!

bellagirl
07-19-2010, 02:53 AM
You're growing MORE cabbage?!? I woulda thought you'd had your fill from the other one. lol


LOL!! Yes, I have 6 growing, two may not survive. Once my grandma and neighbor saw them, each claimed one for themselves, which I don't mind.... :D

@Chocolatte... Thanks!! I think the Miracle Gro really did some justice because my cuke plants seem to be taking off now. If only I can get my bell pepper plants to do something, i'm still hopeful. 8)


re:beetle bags... What's in or on the bags that lure them in?

Lockolatte
07-19-2010, 10:28 AM
@Bella re beetle bags: There is a floral scent and pheromones.

OHR
07-19-2010, 11:10 AM
LOL!! Yes, I have 6 growing, two may not survive. Once my grandma and neighbor saw them, each claimed one for themselves, which I don't mind....
Ain't that always the way?

@Chocolatte... Thanks!! I think the Miracle Gro really did some justice because my cuke plants seem to be taking off now. If only I can get my bell pepper plants to do something, i'm still hopeful. 8)
Ditto. My bell pepper plants are still in the 1" stage...they're growing but.....? What the heck?


re:beetle bags... What's in or on the bags that lure them in?


@Bella re beetle bags: There is a floral scent and pheromones.
Yeah, girl. That lure is the best thing since sliced bread! One whiff, and those bugs are just http://s236.photobucket.com/albums/ff286/nfforums/NF%20smilies/Aroused.gif

bellagirl
07-21-2010, 03:48 AM
I wish there were a "bag" to attract and kill these darn white butterflies. These things are nerve wrecking. :(o)

Lockolatte
07-22-2010, 01:45 AM
Look at this: :o

http://inlinethumb49.webshots.com/46832/2560985440086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
I had to cut off 5 watermelons today! I hope the others will be ok.

Source:http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/pdf/FSA-6012.pdf
Q. What causes the end of the watermelon fruit to turn black and rot?
A. Watermelon fruit is affected by blossom end rot just as tomato fruit. This condition occurs on watermelon fruit if the plant loses excessive moisture through an unusually dry period. The inability of the plant’s roots to keep up with water loss by the plant results in desiccation and blackening of the blossom end of the fruit. Prevent blossom end rot by maintaining adequate moisture, especially as the fruit matures.

OHR
07-22-2010, 01:58 AM
^^^that dreaded blossom end rot. Darn it. I usually deal with this w/tomato plants......it's a hard one to prevent when it gets and stays hot. It's not your fault.

@ Bella. Those aren't butterflies. Those are the "cabbage butterflies" that love to see where to lay their eggs...thing is, when these eggs hatch, they will eat your veggies. So....be diligent when dealing w/bugs.

bellagirl
07-22-2010, 10:04 PM
^^^that dreaded blossom end rot. Darn it. I usually deal with this w/tomato plants......it's a hard one to prevent when it gets and stays hot. It's not your fault.

@ Bella. Those aren't butterflies. Those are the "cabbage butterflies" that love to see where to lay their eggs...thing is, when these eggs hatch, they will eat your veggies. So....be diligent when dealing w/bugs.


@OHRhonda.... You're right I should have said cabbage butterflies. They are not an ordinary butterfly. These things are driving me nuts, but the spray seems to work on the worms.


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bellagirl
07-22-2010, 11:22 PM
@chocolatte... I'm so sorry to see this happen to your melons. :(
I am curious & did not see this info in the article posted; did you cut into the melon(s) to see if the entire melon is rotted? I know the damage done to tomatoes due to rot, but not to melons....




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OHR
07-23-2010, 01:50 AM
My tomatoes aren't coming on the vine quickly....it's been very hot [over 85] for days now, and hardly any rain. I've been good about watering them regularly, but meh.

I do think that the lack of bees is contributing to the low number of tomatoes for the last 2 years. It's frustrating when you've taken the time to amend your soil, plan what to plant, water, and despite your efforts, it doesn't pay off.

On the flip side:
The celery tops are green and lush...
Finally the green beans are developing...will try to wait until I have enough to pick.
Gotta cut some mustard and collards....plan on blanching and freezing them.
The lonely cantaloupe now has 4 blossoms.....

Lockolatte
07-23-2010, 10:23 AM
@chocolatte... I'm so sorry to see this happen to your melons. :(
I am curious & did not see this info in the article posted; did you cut into the melon(s) to see if the entire melon is rotted? I know the damage done to tomatoes due to rot, but not to melons....




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Yeah it is blossom end rot. The same thing tomatoes get. I did cut one of them open yesterday just to see how the inside of an unripe melon looks. The inside was white and juicy! :D I know the whole melon would have rotted so I am glad I cut them off the vines. At least I still have some melons that seem ok. Maybe I posted the wrong article link. Let me check.
Edited to add: Bella just scroll on down to the question and answer part on page 4.

OHR
07-23-2010, 09:50 PM
Listening to weather report...this is the hottest it's been since Summer '88, which is the year DH and I moved here. The week we arrived, it was around 100 degrees, and stayed between 90-100 for at least 2 weeks. :( I'll be watering again early tomorrow morning.

Lockolatte
07-24-2010, 01:29 AM
My tomatoes aren't coming on the vine quickly....it's been very hot [over 85] for days now, and hardly any rain. I've been good about watering them regularly, but meh.

I do think that the lack of bees is contributing to the low number of tomatoes for the last 2 years. It's frustrating when you've taken the time to amend your soil, plan what to plant, water, and despite your efforts, it doesn't pay off.

On the flip side:
The celery tops are green and lush...
Finally the green beans are developing...will try to wait until I have enough to pick.
Gotta cut some mustard and collards....plan on blanching and freezing them.
The lonely cantaloupe now has 4 blossoms.....

Girl yeah watering, watering, watering! That is the story of my life. SO has been hooking up the sprinkler for me in the afternoon/evenings. It has been so hot here too like 99 and 100. I am going to Va tomorrow and it is supposed to be 106!!! :o
At least your plants are still doing well.

OHR
07-25-2010, 01:24 PM
...cut some collard &mustard greens and green beans. Tomatoes continue not to do much. I saw 1 cherry tomato.
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Lockolatte
07-25-2010, 09:32 PM
...cut some collard &mustard greens and green beans. Tomatoes continue not to do much. I saw 1 cherry tomato.
http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs234.snc4/39026_1352786543768_1354552777_2789818_5474289_s.j pghttp://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs203.snc4/38489_1352786503767_1354552777_2789817_1546169_s.j pghttp://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs215.snc4/39064_1352786423765_1354552777_2789815_5030633_s.j pghttp://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs084.ash2/37532_1352786463766_1354552777_2789816_5978192_s.j pg
Ooooh! Everything looks really tasty OHRhonda! I know you will enjoy it!

Lockolatte
07-25-2010, 09:47 PM
http://inlinethumb19.webshots.com/20434/2653335130086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Yall look at the size of my Daddy's tomatoes!! They are like small pumpkins!! Lol

OHR
07-26-2010, 03:08 AM
^^^http://www.nurse-anesthesia.org/images/smilies/photo.gifof your dad's tomatoes, because I wish mine were like that...:(

profdefrancais
07-26-2010, 01:38 PM
My tomatoes are like that. :) I also have squash and cukes.

MsDev
07-26-2010, 03:09 PM
WOW!! ....ummmm where does your dad live?....I LURVE tomatoe's!!:-)) Nice job dad!!

profdefrancais
07-26-2010, 03:20 PM
@chocolatte- I was researching lasagna gardening and saw a suggestion about planting flowers with your veggies to attract more bees. I usually plan marigolds with my tomatoes to keep the bugs away. You could try some flowers to see if that helps.

MsDev
07-26-2010, 03:45 PM
ok here are the pics.....before I sat them out they were more perky but it rained while we were at church and they got soggy and floppy.....so today they will be in the sun all day. I hope they survive, if not then I will start over (with a fall garden).... I have no idea whats planted where b/c the peat pot got soaked and the writing disappeared..:-))

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae102/Msdev/085-1.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae102/Msdev/084-1.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae102/Msdev/086-1.jpg

Lockolatte
07-27-2010, 01:42 AM
My tomatoes are like that. :) I also have squash and cukes.

Hey there Prof D! I think I might try my hand at those big ones next year...maybe. You should post up some pictures of your plants. Thanks for the tip about planting flowers near the veges. I will certainly try that also.:p

Ms. Dev, my Dad always says not to baby your seedlings. The strongest ones will survive. You should still have plenty of plants. My Dad lives in Va btw.:D

MsDev
07-27-2010, 02:11 AM
Ms. Dev, my Dad always says not to baby your seedlings. The strongest ones will survive. You should still have plenty of plants. My Dad lives in Va btw.:D

I know, I need to quit looking at them every 5 minutes :-))

bellagirl
07-30-2010, 03:10 AM
I hope everyones garden is surviving the heat.


@OHRhonda..... your harvest looks soooo good!! I too only have one tomatoe and I cut it today to let it sit in the window sill. This is not normal.... Usually I would have had several tomatoes by now. *exhale* C'est la vie


@Chocolatte... your dads tomatoes are huge. WOW!! (8o What's his secret?
re:the watermelon, I was just curious how the inside looked, its the inner nerd in me. :D



I am desperately trying to find a way to keep my garden watered while I'm away for a week. I am trying the 2 liter bottle trick and only time will tell if its going to work. *fingers crossed* I will be devastated if I can't find a solution and my garden is left unattended for a week. :(

I found another cuke, hidden on the back side of the plant. *joy* I see several buds on my bell pepper plant, again I am hopeful at least a few survive.

Lockolatte
07-30-2010, 10:33 AM
Bella, can you get a soaker hose and lay it in your garden? The bottles only worked for one day for me then I had to refill them.

About the watermelon...a different one split open last week and it was white and pink on the inside and really juicy. Now I think I have 4 left.

My dad's tomatoes are a variety that grow really big, plus he uses his own compost and Miracle Grow.

bellagirl
08-02-2010, 08:06 PM
Bella, can you get a soaker hose and lay it in your garden? The bottles only worked for one day for me then I had to refill them.

About the watermelon...a different one split open last week and it was white and pink on the inside and really juicy. Now I think I have 4 left.

My dad's tomatoes are a variety that grow really big, plus he uses his own compost and Miracle Grow.

Thanks Chocolatte for the suggestion... After worrying myself half crazy looking at timers etc... I finally asked my neighbor if he would sprinkle my garden in the evening when he returns home from work. He was more than happy to do so. He's the neighbor I share a lot of my harvest with. I feel like a ton has been lifted from my shoulders and I can enjoy vacation. I just hope he doesn't forget, but I'll try not worry.

I harvested two cukes, I gave 1 to my neighbor and my boys ate the other before I could take a pic. :) I was told the cukes were good. I have one more I'm going to cut tomorrow & take with me.

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Lockolatte
08-10-2010, 12:28 AM
Bella are you back from your Vaca?? I hope your plants are ok!

My watermelons are going through changes....several split open and so forth. Anyway here is one that was ripe and really juicy.
http://inlinethumb16.webshots.com/46799/2504536990086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

I did taste it and it was not that sweet, but it was good to me because I grew it, lol! I really grew them for SO and he ate it so I guess that is what matters, lol!

OHR
08-10-2010, 01:22 AM
^^^Choco, despite the fact that I have never been a watermelon lover, yours look tasty! It's this darn heat that has been the culprit this summer....my tomatoes are JUST NOW forming!!!

bellagirl
08-14-2010, 09:47 PM
I arrived home today and I wanted to cry. Three of my cabbage plants are not salvageable and my cukes are not doing well. On a brighter note their are 3 or 4 tomatoes growing, a bell pepper growing, and the jalapeño's are doing well. *sigh*

I will post some pics later today or tomorrow.


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ChandraNH
08-14-2010, 11:26 PM
It's been hot as heck here in Kansas City and like others, my tomatoes are not doing well. Between blossom end rot, grasshoppers, beetles and the heat, I've onlygotten 2-3 so far. Only one watermelon developed but never grew. on the other hand, I've gotten 3 canteloupe from my plant and there are still more to come and this is the best canteloupe I've ever had in my life. It's incredible and really teaches you what you should be looking for in supermarket canteloupe.

Lockolatte
08-15-2010, 01:30 AM
Bella, that's messed up! :( At least you still have your tomatoes and peppers though. What did you neighbor say that was supposed to be holding down the fort? People who are not plant people just down realize that plants need to be watered deeply when out in the hot sun all day long.

Chandra, the heat really does a number on our plants and it cannot be controlled. It is almost as if you have to plant a zillion plants just to have a million plants survive and fruit properly. It is just nerve racking when you have spent so much time and energy on your garden and nature attacks.:o

bellagirl
08-17-2010, 03:39 AM
Bella, that's messed up! :( At least you still have your tomatoes and peppers though. What did you neighbor say that was supposed to be holding down the fort? People who are not plant people just down realize that plants need to be watered deeply when out in the hot sun all day long.

Chandra, the heat really does a number on our plants and it cannot be controlled. It is almost as if you have to plant a zillion plants just to have a million plants survive and fruit properly. It is just nerve racking when you have spent so much time and energy on your garden and nature attacks.:o

I wanted to be angry, I really did, but deep down in my soul I could not be. He's a gardener at heart so I know his actions were not intentional. Not to mention, his wife had their second child a week ago and well my poor garden was last on the priority list. I was grateful for the rain we got and the two days he says he was able to water. I think without both, I would be in worse shape and tears would have been shed all over the place.


Look at what was waiting for me when I returned from vacation. YUM!
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TGoBaZrIcNI/AAAAAAAACMA/d0uCfsY7swk/s144/100_4340.JPG


Btw: my curious mind could not hold off on the carrots for long. I pulled one just to see how it had grown and I was a bit disappointed. Its about 1", not what I was expecting. :( I am tempted to pull another.

bellagirl
08-17-2010, 04:55 AM
It's been hot as heck here in Kansas City and like others, my tomatoes are not doing well. Between blossom end rot, grasshoppers, beetles and the heat, I've onlygotten 2-3 so far. Only one watermelon developed but never grew. on the other hand, I've gotten 3 canteloupe from my plant and there are still more to come and this is the best canteloupe I've ever had in my life. It's incredible and really teaches you what you should be looking for in supermarket canteloupe.


This years heat was a bit much for our poor gardens. Some days I wanted to move my garden bed indoors so it could enjoy the AC. :-)) Oh, cantaloupes!!! Any pictures?

@Chocolatte..... I love watermelon and that baby looks GOOD!! (:-)

OHR
08-17-2010, 10:52 AM
This summer has been mostly a bust.

Tomatoes just now forming...picked 6 Roma tomatoes yesterday.

Green beans did ok. Collards just sat in the dirt, don't know why.

Mustard greens are hanging in there.

BUT the celery plants are doing well [go figure]. Will post pics later after work.

ETA: http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs388.snc4/45156_1372729882339_1354552777_2844171_6412893_a.j pghttp://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs187.ash2/44976_1372729962341_1354552777_2844172_6856231_a.j pg

Lockolatte
08-17-2010, 11:14 PM
Look at what was waiting for me when I returned from vacation. YUM!
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_5XYg6T-Vud0/TGoBaZrIcNI/AAAAAAAACMA/d0uCfsY7swk/s144/100_4340.JPG

Yay Bella! Peppers have been a challenge for me this year.:huh: I just don't understand all this HEAT! I will forgive your neighbor only because he has a new baby to care for. :p
My plants are still hanging in there. This year has been a learning experience for me. I'll post some pics later.

Lockolatte
08-19-2010, 01:06 AM
Ok I am back and I finally took some new pictures. My cuke plant looks thin because I cut off the yellowing leaves to leave the new growth only. The okra is 6 or 7 feet tall! The tomatoes are bushy and I am still waiting for the new tomatoes to grow larger and redden. I have about 7 watermelons on the vine and the lonely pepper plant has finally produced. I have no idea what the potatoes are doing!
http://inlinethumb07.webshots.com/40710/2280521540086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
http://inlinethumb33.webshots.com/47712/2047103710086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
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http://inlinethumb36.webshots.com/24099/2957521030086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

Lockolatte
08-19-2010, 01:08 AM
http://inlinethumb24.webshots.com/3799/2172288450086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb13.webshots.com/10508/2053141420086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb53.webshots.com/27956/2431255380086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

OHR
08-19-2010, 06:20 AM
YAY! Are you gonna fry the okra? Put in a soup or stew?

OT: You and I have similar cabinets in our kitchen.

MsDev
08-19-2010, 04:06 PM
that okra looks yummy.....i'll take mine boiled or fried :-))

I nee to post a pic of my plants...they are growing some.

Lockolatte
08-19-2010, 09:17 PM
Y'all I don't eat okra!! Yuck! It is for the fiancé. He steams it or broils it. OhRhonda your celery is doing really good! Ms Dev come on with the pics!

OHR
09-26-2010, 06:34 PM
Choco: Here is the one cantaloupe that grew. http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs672.snc4/61284_1410268420779_1354552777_2936797_954326_a.jp g http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs340.ash2/62043_1410268100771_1354552777_2936795_4348390_a.j pg
Here's my rating scale for this year's growing season:

Tomatoes, cataloupe, green beans, peppers, turnip greens, and collards http://www.nurse-anesthesia.org/images/smilies/smilies2/mmph.gif
Green Beans & celery http://www.nurse-anesthesia.org/images/smilies/smilies2/happy.gif

Lockolatte
09-26-2010, 08:05 PM
Wow! Well at least one fruit formed. I was going to plant some fall crops, but I am just not in the mood right now. It is finally raining here....I don't think it has rained in a month or more!

Are you going to plant any fall crops?

rootzdawta
09-26-2010, 08:26 PM
LoL . . . I just found this thread after reading another thread on gardening. We started gardening last year. We have raised garden beds (3) and have been using the Square Foot Garden book as our guide. So this is our second go-round and we're learning a lot but we a really hoping by next year to yield more.

Click here for pictures of our garden.

Here is a beautiful green pepper that came from the garden but we didn't get many more than that.

http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af68/originalwombman/The%20Garden/100_3011.jpg
We did, however, grow a whole heap of basil and we should get some tomatoes.

We need to work on our soil as I think that is the main reason we have not been producing well. We hope to drastically reduce how much produce we buy especially on things that we insist on purchasing organic such as peppers and carrots. I had initially started gardening in hopes of learning to put up food but we haven't even gotten enough to make it worth my while to take down the canning pot! And I have to admit I have not been as serious about it as I want to be. But the price of peppers this year has been a huge motivating factor and so I think it might help me to focus if I concentrate on growing peppers. Just peppers. And perhaps one type of berry bush. And let the hubby focus on the other stuff for now. I think looking at the garden as a whole is overwhelming to me.

Lockolatte
09-26-2010, 08:29 PM
Rootdawta, your pepper looks good! I can't see the link for the rest of your garden....

rootzdawta
09-26-2010, 08:32 PM
^^It was good!

And I forgot the link! Sorry . . . here (http://s994.photobucket.com/albums/af68/originalwombman/The%20Garden/) it is.

Lockolatte
09-26-2010, 08:36 PM
Aahhhh! Everything looks so good!! Great job!

rootzdawta
09-26-2010, 08:38 PM
Thanks! :D

OHR
09-26-2010, 10:35 PM
^^^your pepper looks soooo good!! I've read up on square foot gardening...maybe next year. I, too have a raised bed...but this year the heat and lack of bees done me in.

OHR
09-26-2010, 10:36 PM
Are you going to plant any fall crops?
I might be too late. Off to check Ohio's garden extension website

rootzdawta
09-26-2010, 10:47 PM
^^^your pepper looks soooo good!! I've read up on square foot gardening...maybe next year. I, too have a raised bed...but this year the heat and lack of bees done me in.

Hmmm . . . our backyard was remarkably bee-less this year too. I wonder if this is the cause of our lackluster garden. I've been wanting to start beekeeping but I haven't checked with my municipality.

OHR
09-26-2010, 10:52 PM
Hmmm . . . our backyard was remarkably bee-less this year too. I wonder if this is the cause of our lackluster garden. I've been wanting to start beekeeping but I haven't checked with my municipality.
I'm positive that the lack of bees was the reason. Riddle me this: all of a sudden, all kinds bumblebees are attacking our flowers...why didn't they come out earlier this season?!? grrrr

@ beekeeping: !!! boy, you're ambitious!! Let us know what you have to do, if they let you.

ChandraNH
12-31-2010, 12:06 AM
How is everyone doing? I just received my first seed catalog from Johnny's selected seeds in Maine.

Looking forward to getting my hands in the soil this year.

I'm doing several cantaloupe vines this coming year (they were so good)

A few tomatoes
cilantro
mint
basil (several types)
Peppers
some flowers
and more

I'd like to put in a pear tree and maybe a meyer lemon tree

Savvyone
02-09-2011, 09:46 PM
does anyone have a flower garden?? pictures?

I really want to take down my bushes in the front and replace them with some flowers, tulips maybe...the more color the better.

OHR
02-09-2011, 10:23 PM
Savvyone,
I have pics from the previous summer...would those do?

Savvyone
02-10-2011, 03:03 PM
yes! I heard bulbs should be planted in the Fall...so I guess I missed that window:-))....but please any advice you can offer, really want to beautify the front of my house!

ChandraNH
03-01-2011, 01:43 AM
Just submitted my order with Johnny's Selected Seeds in Winslow, Maine for 3 tomato varieties, 3 melon varieties, 2 pickling cucumber varieties, 1 fennel, 4 pepper varieties, 1 basil, 1 oregano and 1 dill! This will be a harvesting, canning, jam-making summer.

creativity
03-06-2011, 03:56 PM
I'm excited. Can't wait to work on gardening this year.

OHR
03-06-2011, 04:49 PM
*wistfully looks out backyard at bare garden area* Maybe at the end of March, go out for more compost.

@rootzdawta: any movement on the beekeeping?

OHR
03-06-2011, 04:56 PM
does anyone have a flower garden?? pictures?

Sorry about the delay, Savvyone. Here's a few pics:
http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/34011_1325196774041_1354552777_2714756_2659738_a.j pg http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/34011_1325196294029_1354552777_2714754_3990655_a.j pg
http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/35837_1325195894019_1354552777_2714746_6379418_a.j pg<---hens and chicks under an evergreen tree in the front, near garage door.

creativity
03-06-2011, 04:56 PM
^^make your own compost OHR..OMG those pics are beautiful

OHR
03-06-2011, 05:03 PM
^^make your own compost OHR..OMG those pics are beautiful
thx creativity! I have done my own compost before...it's a lotta work, though. Nothing big...coffee grounds, veggie scraps. I typically go to Starbucks to get their grounds...for free!!!

Lockolatte
03-10-2011, 02:03 AM
I'm excited. Can't wait to work on gardening this year.

Me too! I haven't bought anything yet, but I am looking forward to growing more this year.:D

bellagirl
03-12-2011, 01:03 AM
Me too! I haven't bought anything yet, but I am looking forward to growing more this year.:D

Me too, but I don't know if I'll be at my home this growing season. My neighbor gave me ALOT of crap about my garden last year and it got rather ugly. If I'm here i'll probably go back to container gardening, but it will be VERY minimal until we move. :(

Lockolatte
03-12-2011, 01:28 AM
Whaaaaat??? That's messed up Bella! What was the problem? SMH!

OHR
03-12-2011, 01:29 AM
^yeah, I wanna know too!

Whitley Gilbert
03-12-2011, 01:36 AM
http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/35837_1325195894019_1354552777_2714746_6379418_a.j pg<---hens and chicks under an evergreen tree in the front, near garage door.


"Hens and chicks" That's what those are called? They're beautiful! Do you have more/larger pics? I've been looking for plants like these to create a terrarium and didn't know the name for them. Thanks for this ohr.

OHR
03-12-2011, 01:39 AM
^Hens and Chicks are super easy to grow...they tolerate poor soil as well as rich...and can withstand cold [as long as protected under vegetation, like my evergreen tree.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen_and_chicks

Whitley Gilbert
03-12-2011, 02:00 AM
^ Thanks again. Now I have a starting point. I saw them in a magazine a while ago and I've loved them since then. They have some potted and on sale for around $40 (not including the pot), yes just one chick (haha is that how you describe it, it's not even a cluster of them), at Anthropologie right now. I asked a salesperson what the were called and he had no idea. You just made my day OHR. I have some plant reading and shopping to do this weekend (just not at Anthropologie).

OHR
03-12-2011, 02:01 AM
^you're very welcome. By the way, a very long time ago, I ran across a magazine that showed different ways to grow succulents....let me dig that up, if I can.
Here ya go: http://lenkindesign.blogspot.com/2007/09/succulent-topiaries.html
http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-gardens/diy/projects/article/-/5828245/projects-succulent-frame/ (http://lenkindesign.blogspot.com/2007/09/succulent-topiaries.html)
http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/200675_1603142722516_1354552777_3304052_7625443_n. jpg

bellagirl
03-12-2011, 02:23 AM
@OHR and Lockolatte.... I live in a 3 unit condo building and 2 of the 3 units approved the garden (which is all that is needed for anything to occur on our property). The garden was intended for everyone even though I paid for everything (I love gardening that much and it gives me a sense of peace and community).

Anyway, she was not happy that she was out voted and chose to say the City of Chicago's building survey says the garden box was an obstruction. The box was not blocking ANYTHING or ANYONE and she threatened to sue me if I did not remove it. I was forced to dismantle my entire garden box and move it. My neighbor has an apartment building down the street and he was kind enough to let me store it there. I was/am SOOOO hurt! I had great intentions, but this woman has an evil soul.

I thought about purchasing a plot, but its so expensive and I don't want to drive a distance just to get to my garden. I'm torn and still angry!! :(

Lockolatte
03-12-2011, 02:50 AM
@OHR and Lockolatte.... I live in a 3 unit condo building and 2 of the 3 units approved the garden (which is all that is needed for anything to occur on our property). The garden was intended for everyone even though I paid for everything (I love gardening that much and it gives me a sense of peace and community).

Anyway, she was not happy that she was out voted and chose to say the City of Chicago's building survey says the garden box was an obstruction. The box was not blocking ANYTHING or ANYONE and she threatened to sue me if I did not remove it. I was forced to dismantle my entire garden box and move it. My neighbor has an apartment building down the street and he was kind enough to let me store it there. I was/am SOOOO hurt! I had great intentions, but this woman has an evil soul.

I thought about purchasing a plot, but its so expensive and I don't want to drive a distance just to get to my garden. I'm torn and still angry!! :(
OMG! Is it that serious!?? She is a mess. I could see if you were growing something up the side of the building (a big azz beanstalk or something) but wow!:-| I hope she moves.......:-|

Edited to add OHR those Hens and Chicks are thriving!!

bellagirl
03-12-2011, 04:21 AM
OMG! Is it that serious!?? She is a mess. I could see if you were growing something up the side of the building (a big azz beanstalk of something) but wow!:-| I hope she moves.......:-|

Edited to add OHR those Hens and Chicks are thriving!!

I agree, it's really not that serious. I even asked what people wanted to grow (with MY money). 8) I'm too nice for my own good sometimes. Her unit is on the Market, but I'm sure she won't be gone before growing season.

I'll figure something out because my hands need to be in someone's dirt soon! :p Thanks for listening to my mini vent. LOL


Ladies.... Do you have plans to grow anything new this season?

Lockolatte
03-13-2011, 12:21 AM
We went to a nursery today. We got 2 Camelias, some lettuce, and some broccoli. I already have 3 cabbage plants :) . So we got to work when we got home....got the camelias in the ground, laid some pavers made from recycled material in my garden area. I planted 2 little pines that I got around Christmas time and he cleaned out a neglected flower bed. Will take pics soon. I am getting excited.....!

OHR, my hen and chicks are looking so cute (and small)in their pot. I am thinking about putting them in one of the flower beds like yours.

Edited: I forgot to say I also got a rosemary plant.

OHR
03-13-2011, 04:01 PM
OHR, my hen and chicks are looking so cute (and small)in their pot. I am thinking about putting them in one of the flower beds like yours.
Ya know, it doesn't take many hens and chicks to do a bed of 'em. I should take a pic of some I planted under our cherry tree...they spread out very well.

hunny bunny
03-14-2011, 01:19 AM
WOW^^^^Where do you live that you already got your plnts?

Its still cold here in NY. But I bought some seeds to plant: cucumber, green beans and something else...of course I cant remember. I also got some flower seeds like morning glory. I have some seeds of Angels Trumpet and cant wait to plant them. someone gave them to me so this will be my first time planting them so I hope it goes well.

I got to get my game plan together for my veggies.

Lockolatte
03-14-2011, 01:29 AM
WOW^^^^Where do you live that you already got your plnts?

Its still cold here in NY. But I bought some seeds to plant: cucumber, green beans and something else...of course I cant remember. I also got some flower seeds like morning glory. I have some seeds of Angels Trumpet and cant wait to plant them. someone gave them to me so this will be my first time planting them so I hope it goes well.

I got to get my game plan together for my veggies.
Hunny, in North Carolina! It was almost eighty here today. Here are a few pics:
Pear tree in the yard
http://inlinethumb58.webshots.com/47609/2865566160086871397S600x600Q85.jpg
White Camelia
http://inlinethumb11.webshots.com/36426/2185165400086871397S500x500Q85.jpg
Small stash of lettuce broccoli, and rosemary:
http://inlinethumb62.webshots.com/47869/2738368650086871397S425x425Q85.jpg
Garden area is coming along
http://inlinethumb15.webshots.com/48142/2304303860086871397S425x425Q85.jpg

OHR, if I just put one chick out in the bed, will it multiply? If so, how long will it take?

OHR
03-14-2011, 01:33 AM
OHR, if I just put one chick out in the bed, will it multiply? If so, how long will it take?
Man, oh man...spring has certainly sprung where you are!
re: the hens 'n' chicks: you'll probably see more before too long [probably this season!]. Is this the same bed that you're planting veggies? If so, I don't know what that will do...I've always had hens and chicks by themselves, amongst other trees and plants, not veggies.

Lockolatte
03-14-2011, 01:40 AM
Man, oh man...spring has certainly sprung where you are!
re: the hens 'n' chicks: you'll probably see more before too long [probably this season!]. Is this the same bed that you're planting veggies? If so, I don't know what that will do...I've always had hens and chicks by themselves, amongst other trees and plants, not veggies.

Ok, no, I was going to put them in the bed with the white camelia and the butterfly bush. I might search around and try to find some more so it won't be there all alone.;)

ChandraNH
03-14-2011, 03:28 PM
My seeds have arrived (and I've bought more at the garden store) so I'm getting ready to go upstairs and start my little seedlings. I so love playing in dirt and watching things grow.

I shared my seeds with three of my neighbors. Two (on either side of me) are building raised beds this year, as my husband and I are.

I also bought four dwarf citrus trees (you bring them in during winter) for meyer lemon, persian lime, sour orange and sweet lemon and some blackberry and raspberry bushes.

My husband also wants some other fruit trees so I have to see what will grow in Kansas City. I'd love a pear tree (my ma'dear had one when I was a kid)

OHR
03-14-2011, 05:07 PM
I also bought four dwarf citrus trees (you bring them in during winter) for meyer lemon, persian lime, sour orange and sweet lemon and some blackberry and raspberry bushes.
Man, you are really serious about the fruit trees!!! Be sure to take pictures!

bellagirl
03-14-2011, 05:29 PM
Hunny, in North Carolina! It was almost eighty here today. Here are a few pics:
Pear tree in the yard


(8o80 degrees? Lawdy your tree is beautiful!! I swear winter lasts until May around these parts. :(




My seeds have arrived (and I've bought more at the garden store) so I'm getting ready to go upstairs and start my little seedlings. I so love playing in dirt and watching things grow.

I shared my seeds with three of my neighbors. Two (on either side of me) are building raised beds this year, as my husband and I are.

I also bought four dwarf citrus trees (you bring them in during winter) for meyer lemon, persian lime, sour orange and sweet lemon and some blackberry and raspberry bushes.

My husband also wants some other fruit trees so I have to see what will grow in Kansas City. I'd love a pear tree (my ma'dear had one when I was a kid)

All of this talk about fruit trees, I need to be y'all neighbors. :-))