Ask Al a Question forum: Cubits closure Friday?

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Imagetomatofreak
May 27, 2010 1:44 PM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Al, I'm sure you've gotten the message from Dave about the imminent shutdown of cubits. Do you have another site somewhere? A place where we can access all this information and discuss problems with you? Or should we try to copy and file as much as we can from here?
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
katie59
May 27, 2010 4:46 PM CST
Name: xxa aax
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Al is also already on gardenweb . . .

Imagetomatofreak
May 27, 2010 5:37 PM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Ah, yes; I know. I've been a member there for many years. I just get aggravated at all the popups, itty bitty photos in the HortiPlex and the whole layout of the site. It used to be different and I had a great time there - till, apparently, it was sold. Sound familiar?
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
katie59
May 27, 2010 5:52 PM CST
Name: xxa aax
bbb, bbb
Advertising is a (sometimes) nasty byproduct of "free" services, I guess . . .

Imagetomatofreak
May 27, 2010 7:27 PM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
I don't mind static advertising at the top, on the side, at the bottom - wherever. I can ignore it. What I mind is the constant popping up of ads when my cursor happens to cross a linked word. Makes me say bad words. Grumbling
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
katie59
May 27, 2010 7:43 PM CST
Name: xxa aax
bbb, bbb
Yeah, that's frustrating to me, too. You can often turn that off. I'm not on gardenweb that much, but I don't have that problem. It may be that I have popups blocked in my browser (I probably do, if it's possible) or in my virus software. You might try that.

Kathy

Imagetapla
May 29, 2010 12:15 PM CST
Name: Al
5b-6a MI
You guys can find me here, too: http://www.supergardeners.com/forum/content.php

We could use some help getting this site off the ground!

Al
Imagetomatofreak
May 29, 2010 12:53 PM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Thanks for the link. I started to register and the first thing they want is my birthday. I'm not comfortable with that as it is a great way to get ID stolen. I also can't find a privacy policy. Any advice?
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
katie59
May 29, 2010 2:55 PM CST
Name: xxa aax
bbb, bbb
Give them a fake birthday . . .

Imagecoconut
May 30, 2010 5:04 AM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Hi, Al, thanks for the link. I'll go take a second look in a minute. So nice to be able to be here on cubits again!

Al, I want to say that you changed my entire concept of container gardening! Before, I thought peat was the ultimate potting soil. Wow, plenty of suffocated plants! Now I pot with shredded stuff the big truck out in the street leaves, and i don't pack it down. I make a kind of bowl, the shredded stuff loosely on the bottom third, and up the sides, and then my potting mix, often Pro Mix, in the middle. Air to the roots! I should make a bumper sticker!

Al, I owe you so much! So do my plants!

OK, about this other place, you know, it's nice to have two websites to bounce between. Hum, Wow, No welcome or anything, and I clicked on the home page, not attractive at all! A great part of gardening is beauty! That place looks like a test at school in accounting class, teehee. And, uh, oh, tiny writing. I'm getting so accustomed to the easy reading here.

See what happens when there are no artists. I read someplace that art programs have been eliminated in many schools.

Al, suggest there to have pictures, flowers, veggies, little piles of fluffy mulch! Think of how different a seed catalogue looks.

Yes, tell them they need seed catalogue designers to help with their site. Easy posting of photos! Hey, look at my hibiscus!

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Melissa

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Imagecoconut
May 30, 2010 5:18 AM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Wow, they start right out with,

The date of birth you enter here is binding and may not be altered at a later date. Make sure you enter it correctly!

Why?????????

No wonder the place is having little growth.

See my coleus?

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Melissa

Imagetomatofreak
May 30, 2010 9:04 AM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Melissa, that is a beautiful coleus! And it looks like it's in the sun? I haven't been able to grow coleus in sun or shade. Must have black thumbs. Sad

Al, I must second Melissa and say you've changed my mind, too. I'm going to gather all the materials and try my hand at making my own soil. I made a big, big boo-boo this year and I'm paying for it. No more.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Imagecoconut
May 30, 2010 10:24 AM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Morning sun until about 11 or noon I have another coleus spot, between the house and the rock slope cut, house on a hill, that gets an hour or two of midday sun, that's good too.

Come to think of it, today's a great day to move all the coleusses out there, it's a place about forty feet long. Been meaning to do that. I have basically three kind of plants, Desert Roses, Coleus, and orchids and Hibiscus, HEY! as well as tons of other stuff. gardeners are maniacs, some of us, gotta have everything! wa!

I just need some way to protect from 120 mph wind, if necessary----

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Melissa

Imagetomatofreak
May 30, 2010 12:11 PM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
120 mph winds??!!! OMG, I would be gone, gone, gone. I can barely take the heat. Can't take big wind at all. What the heck are you doing there? And tell me this is a hurricane you're talkin' 'bout.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Imagecoconut
May 30, 2010 12:41 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Only one day or night is windy like that for a few hours every five years or so, yes, that's a hurricane. It NEVER gets very hot here, there's almost always a (gentle) sea breeze, and high80's. Cool if you sit in the shade for a bit.

Oh, I've been seeing folks having hail lately, on the news, no such thing here.

All the houses and buildings withstand the wind storms OK, and the Island recovers quickly. The 'most of the time' is worth the bits of bad. When I was growing up, near Washington DC, before the days of air conditioning, I noticed that everybody complained about the heat all summer. And then they' complain about the cold all winter. I decided, when I was half frozen, having been sent outside"to play" and I had just suffered a sledding wreck, ouch, that I'd choose the summer when I could go jump in the creek. It wasn't polluted back then.

I absolutely could not keep my sanity in Arizona. Doesn't it get over 110 sometimes? wow.

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Melissa

Imagecoconut
May 30, 2010 12:46 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
If you live where there are mosquitoes, check this out!

http://www.mymosquitodeleter.com/index.php/traps/mosquito-de...
Melissa

Imagetomatofreak
May 30, 2010 1:46 PM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Melissa, have you used those traps? And do they work? You can't believe how many mosquitoes we have here - in Phoenix, AZ!! I hate 'em. They just ruin a night out on the patio.

And, yes, the #%*@^^$ summer is hot as Hades. I hate it, too. So far this year we've had a wonderful Spring and early summer. Temps are below normal. Last year? We had about 100 days with temps over 100 degrees - way over most of the time. There's no cooling off at night, either, since it's pretty much a concrete heat trap. I'm hoping so much that we get to move from here to higher ground this year. How cheap is a pup tent on your island? Hilarious!
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Imagecoconut
May 30, 2010 2:56 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Not real cheap here, but there are trade-offs, like the sunsets.

Boy, is this thread ever wandering... Aren't we supposed to be .. what?

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Melissa

Imagetomatofreak
May 30, 2010 3:10 PM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
...playin' in the dirt? It's a bit too hot here now, so I'm messin' around in the kitchen. Come to think of it, it's not much cooler there.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Imagevalleylynn
Jun 8, 2010 2:56 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Are you there Al?

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