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ImageAndi
May 18, 2014 6:58 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Thanks greene. I didn't know that we had such a variety of reptiles in PA. I had seen some of them, but never any lizards or skinks (had to look up skink). As long as they do their thing outside, I don't mind. I try not to run into snakes. I am glad that they are outside eating mice, but I would rather not be surprised by them.
poisondartfrog
May 18, 2014 7:19 AM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
Love skinks, though not so much during the "red head" stage when I think they look angry, but I've had a kitchen skink, too. Snakes are another thing. Living on a mountain in the edge of forest, I have Timber Rattlers and Copperheads all around, Cottonmouths in the river below.
The state thought Timber Rattlers were on the decline, so they "sowed" some on the mountaintop. Thanks a lot. Hilarious!
ImageLeBug
May 18, 2014 9:51 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Know what u mean by 'sowed' they thought cyotes were declining here now I can't leave my dog out after dark and have to watch him thru the day! I've seen them in the afternoon going thru the field behind us!!

Had a cyote pup for about a year a few yrs. ago but the kids forgot to shut door good on his pen he got killed on the highway.

I would think there are enough people letting critters loose that have changed their mind about keeping snakes as pets ad turn them loose.

Did you know green snakes live longer in captivity wish that were true with the lizzards from my experience it isn't I've had a few wild ones.

I've had about every animal that runs wild in the country as a pet as I was growing up even fed more than one skunk out of my hand.

I drove my parents nuts when I was growing up Rolling on the floor laughing

I've seen the lizzards out here whenever I hear of the people mushroom hunting I know it's time for the snakes and lizzards.
Imagerisingcreek
May 18, 2014 11:06 AM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
Finished listing all 20 boxes of seeds... please take lots
Imagestarlight1153
May 19, 2014 7:15 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr and double brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I been soggy for several days and than wind blown so bad I think some of my plants are stuck in the sideways position permanetly and than we went like some of you from cook and egg stage to ice cubes. Been chilled to the bone since friday and now we going back up to 90's again.

I will be surprised if any of my plants grow like they supposed to. Poor things. One minute they want an air conditioner and the next a heater. They fussing and fussing over this weather.

My back starting to feel the effects of moving stuff around to protect it. Sunflowers were just starting to sprout from warmth we had and now I hope they not frozen.

Poison... Thanks for the name and info on the strawberries. Gonna look for some of them to try. Now that sounds like my kind of berry. Sticking tongue out

I am still so far behind I don't think I will ever get caught up. Crazy weather and so much going on that it harder than heck to get anything done. I have so much yet I want to get started but just trying to keep what I got going is a challenge right now.

I have more peppers to get transplanted this morning. Chelle... Thanks about the beans.

Which reminds me. Anybody got any suggestions. With all the flooding I have everything in pot production and to help keep the critters away I have everything up on raised pallets for the moment. Drought season isn't too far off. It coming and I know it and they raised the price of water to almost double right now. Lots of water is wasted with pot production , especially up in the air. I'm looking for ideas and suggestions on a cheap easy way to maybe recapture some of the runoff water from the pots. Ground area has a slope which makes it even harder. If anybody has any thoughts, I open to suggestions to try. Water at a premium this year.

When I get a chance have some pics to down load and more to take.

I still got piles of pots to dump that didn't make it through the winter. Crying Probably be winter before I get them all finished being dumped at the rate I going.

Normally my Daylily season is about over here. Finally had the first scape bloom. Whooooohooooooooo have only seen one flower so far. My daffodils never did bloom.

After I get more peppers transplanted going to start dumping and check Crocrosmia pots. I hoping there a bulb or two still alive in all them pots. My poor hummers and me both sad as can be over them.

Joseph... I think them landrace beans are like Jack in the beanstalk beans. They wasn't even in the soil for 24 hours and they had sprouted. Got some pics for ya later. Is there anyway to tell if the plant if going to be a runner or a bush?

Ok, gotta get some work done. Hope everybody doing ok and that there babies are finally starting to grow.

Andi... Glad your liking your new neighborhood. Smiling



ImageArleneB
May 19, 2014 12:02 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Ella, this year I am putting diapers in the bottoms of my pots to help retain moisture. Not gonna help for the pots you already have but you might want to consider if you are doing more pots. Or maybe put some under the pots? Like cut out circles so the pots sit on them? I was lucky and got a supply when my grandson outgrew one size and there was about half a pack left.

Pretty cool here too but so far it's been to my advantage with the cool weather crops.

I am very far behind planting seeds but I am not going to stress. i am finished watching the baby in two weeks for the summer so then I'll focus on planting more. I didn't succeed with my lobelia or lisianthus this year. Both germinated but I dropped the containers TWICE and they were in vermiculite so long they didn't grow much, then I forgot them outside and we got that monsoon rain so the containers flooded. I guess they just weren't meant to be this year.

My garden is still full of tall gras and all the early spring weeds went to seed. I bought some preen but luckily before i put it down I found out it was NOT the organic kind! I didn't even know they made a non organic version!

I am just finally getting my tomatoes and peppers mulched. I won't be able to plant any of my flowers until i do some weeding and there won't be time for that for a few weeks.
soilsandup
May 19, 2014 5:29 PM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Star - if you want any crocosmia bulbs, I will have plenty to dig up come fall - mostly the orange ones, but my yellows are starting to slowly multiply.
Imagegreene
May 19, 2014 5:33 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
A good way to get the diapers (and lots of other free things); this may not work in every community or town, but put a posting in FreeCycle and ask for adult diapers, Depends, or Pampers, that kind of thing.

FreeCycle is a network of people who give stuff away/get stuff for free (mostly because they do not want to give out their phone number or email to strangers). Check it out. I have gotten a lot of free stuff this way and have also given away bunches of stuff like yarn and books without having strangers knocking on my door. Just meet them in a public place like WalMart or in front of the police station.

Here is a link to all the towns in the Alabama FreeCycle Network.
https://www.freecycle.org/browse/US/Alabama

Try looking for your own town/city and see if there is one near you, or start your own!
ImageMistirose
May 19, 2014 7:40 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
My very first Dalia bloom! Thank you CC!

Thumb of 2014-05-20/Mistirose/281bc8
Imagestarlight1153
May 19, 2014 7:46 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
hummmmmmmmmmmmm... Diapers?! An interesting concept. Have to give that one a thought and maybe give it a try. What about what the diapers of composed of? Anything that might hurt the plant roots or be absorbed up into the fruit of the plants?

Soils... If come fall you have any to spare of any color, I would love some. Thank you. Just let me know and be glad to send ya postage.

Wildflowers..... Finally was able to get up to the front area. Yippee and no snakes got to me. Your piggy swap wish is going in the mail tomorrow. Got ya three Sassafrass tree seedlings dug up. Hopefully they will make it ok. If they don't let me know have more that I can send you. Smiling You may have to stake them for a few days as I having to bend the tops so I can get the roots and a bunch of the soil it been growing in along with it. Maybe that will help with transplant shock.

Oh, I know what I need to ask ya all. I doing alot of growing of the veggies this year as there more and more folks who need food. I have one handicapped elderly lady who besides tomatoes and beans asked me for pickling cukes. She has one of them old fashioned pickling crocks and an old handed down recipe that she enjoys using. She will need enough pickling cuke plants to fill the crock. I haven't seen it and have no idea how big something like that is.

I have to put all her plants into pots so she can put by her door for easy watering. About how many pickling cukes will one plant produce? About how many plants do I need to give her so she can fill that crock? Any of you picklers or canners have any idea?



Imagegreene
May 19, 2014 8:20 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Most crocks used at home are 3 gallons or up to 5 gallons. We still have two of them from great granny who made sauerkraut.
A rough estimate of fruit 4 pounds of cukes for each gallon, so 12 pounds of fruit for the 3 gallon size up to 20 pounds of cukes for the 5 gallon size. Have no clue how many cukes each plant will produce as it depends on the climate, soil, fertilizer and the bees.
soilsandup
May 19, 2014 11:22 PM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Misti - congratulations on your flirst dahlia bloom of the year! I have maybe 2 more weeks to go before my first will open.

Star - putting crocosmias to Star on my October calendar Thumbs up
Imagechelle
May 20, 2014 5:23 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
starlight1153 wrote:
Oh, I know what I need to ask ya all. I doing alot of growing of the veggies this year as there more and more folks who need food. I have one handicapped elderly lady who besides tomatoes and beans asked me for pickling cukes. She has one of them old fashioned pickling crocks and an old handed down recipe that she enjoys using. She will need enough pickling cuke plants to fill the crock. I haven't seen it and have no idea how big something like that is.

I have to put all her plants into pots so she can put by her door for easy watering. About how many pickling cukes will one plant produce? About how many plants do I need to give her so she can fill that crock? Any of you picklers or canners have any idea?





From what I've seen, it takes a lot of space to grow picklers. I never had all that much luck getting a good-sized crop to bear all at once from just a few plants, so now I just grow the long and slender Asian cukes and slice them up for pickles

Wish I could help more.

ImageMistirose
May 20, 2014 8:24 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
anyone have any Romanesco or Cocozelle zucchini seeds? Ears perked up!
ImageAndi
May 20, 2014 9:51 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Poison, thank you for the strawberry recommendation. I am not sure if my plants survived the winter in their window boxes. Many of the crowns looked healthy and seemed to have new roots, but they haven't leafed out yet. I put the healthiest crowns in the new planter and stuck the rest in various pots. I had Allstar and Everbearing plants. They were tasty, but not productive. To be fair, squirrels, chipmunks and neighborhood kids were sampling them also. Now that I have a planter and bird net, I hope to have the berried s all to myself!

Star, how wonderful of you to grow veggies for your neighbors. I have seen pots grouped together in plastic kiddie pools. That would save some water. The diy self watering bucket pots may work - if you can find enough buckets. I think I read about it on this list, but there is a eBucket tutorial and also people repurposing plastic totes as diy self watering planters. Here is a link, but there is an article somewhere - maybe here or at AllThingPlants...

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1011889/

I diapers work to retain moisture, maybe you can use maxi pads. They have all cotton ones. Layers of newspaper may help. I have tons of crumpled newspaper and cardboard!

I have only had luck with lemon cucumbers. They grew on a tomato cage in a pot but did better in the ground. I grew a couple of plants and got enough cukes for summer salads. I have no idea how many plants you would need, star. You have warmer weather and a longer season, cukes would probably be happier at your place than mine.
ImageAndi
May 20, 2014 11:07 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Is anyone interested in lilacs? There is a large lilac growing and sending out shoots in my new place. I am keeping the big plant and sharing/moving the shoots. The lilacs haven't bloomed yet this year. I suspect it is the typical lilac variety.
Imagewildflowers
May 20, 2014 11:10 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I think the kiddie pool is a great idea, Andi! Thumbs up

With cucumbers, I usually have to grow many plants to get a good harvest, although a few years ago I grew a small variety called Miniature White Cucumber. It was very productive and popped out tons of cukes all summer, the plant was small too, maybe about three feet. I passed out seeds in the swap that year but don't think I have any more but I will sure look! It would be perfect for your friend - great for container growing and pickling!
Shine Your Light

Imagewildflowers
May 20, 2014 11:14 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Ella, I don't think I'll be able to get this smile off my face today! Big Grin Looking forward to the sassafras in the mail!!!! I think I have a really good spot for it too, it's at the woods edge in lots of leaf matter on the west side - so it will get some morning sun and then shaded over in the afternoon. Hope it likes it (t)here!! Hurray!
Shine Your Light

ImageMistirose
May 20, 2014 11:24 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ohh Andi! yes! I would love some Lilac! PLEASE Hurray!
ImageAndi
May 20, 2014 12:28 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
OK, I am collecting lilac shoots in a pail. If neglected, like this yard has been for years, it will send out suckers at the base. It would probably be good for erosion control along a stream. The baby plants probably take a few years to bloom.

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