Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread 4/7/20 [KT]

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Hey! It's spring! The gardeners are starting to venture out, or to think about some indoor gardening. Speaking of which the irrepressible Chef CBD thought that now might be a good time to discuss herbs, a subject we will broach below.

We're not going to get to everything in our files today, (had some interruptions this morning, too) but we can get started. You may find a couple of items added a little later.

The photos above and below are from Neal in Israel:

I've been reading and enjoying the gardening thread from some time now, and have decided to make the plunge and submit a few photos from my garden, which I think may be of interest to other gardeners.

I live in a small town/overgrown village in Israel called Bat Hefer (appears on Google Maps) since 2016. I'm retired and have time I can devote to the garden.

Attached are photos of this year's late winter wave of flowers on a 7-8 meter stretch of Osteospermum/African Daisies (gramit in in our front yard). They are perennials and do a lot of self-seeding. They take the summer hard, and then revive in fall-winter. The flowering goes on for a good number of weeks until the hot weather returns.

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The situation here in Israel is similar to that in many other countries - strangling our economy in an attempt to protect our health. Fortunately, our corona numbers seem to be somewhat under control, and so perhaps we will be able to start a process of return to regular economic activity before the damage is too deep.

My wife and I have been at home, unable to meet our children and grandchildren since returning from a brief tour in Romania on 6 March, and it's starting to get to us.

In the garden, recent developments include blossoming of our citrus trees - a clementine, a lime, and an miniature lemon. I can see the beginnings of the fruit we'll be picking in the coming winter.

Quite a bit of variety in these photos, considering that they are all of citrus blossoms. Two clementines and two lime photos.

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The Edible Garden

From CBD:

May I suggest a section in your gardening thread for people like me? People who can't garden worth a damn but still want fresh herbs?

My house faces north, and the south side is almost completely shaded by very tall trees, so I don't have full sun anywhere for very long...

But I still can grow thyme and rosemary in a pot, although I use so much that I actually killed the thyme plant at the end of the summer!

I have found that sage tends to up and die unexpectedly, too. Any experiences to share with CBD and others? Maybe we can put something together for next week. What are your experiences with growing herbs indoors?

For those with limited patience, how about starting with some Micro Herbs? No fancy set-ups required, harvest in just a few weeks. The kids can help. Directions for growing at the link.


  • Basil - Green & Purple basil make a super tasty micro herb. You can also use unique basil types like cinnamon basil, licorice basil or lemon.
  • Chervil - Frilly leaves offering a mild sweet anise flavor.
  • Dill - Feathery leaves, mild dill flavor.
  • Cilantro - cilantro flavor with frilly leaves.
  • Sorrel - Bright lemon flavor, certain varieties have a pretty red vein. This is a bitter green when fully grown but much better as a micro.
  • Fennel - anise flavor, pretty frilly leaves.
  • Cress - a superfood & powerhouse for nutrition
  • Celery - Mild celery flavor. This was the first microgreen I grew as a herb for flavor.
  • Nasturtiums - I knew nasturtiums were an edible flower so I was delighted to find out you can grow them as micro greens from Urban Greens Sydney Slight peppery flavor.
  • Shiso - tasting like a mix of spearmint, anise, basil, cumin & cinnamon, this is a herb that's gaining in popularity for its unique & complex flavor.

You can get seeds from several vendors, including Johnny's. After April 14. In the meantime, easy ones for beginners. Buy seed locally or from non-commercial seed houses.

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Gordon sent in a mystery photo:

Any idea what this is?

I think it might be something edible.

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Puttering

From Sears, how to clean the inside of your oven door. Thinking of CBD again here.

Gardens of The Horde

Our outdoor carnivorous plant specialist, Tony Litwin, has sent in some spring photos. Here are a couple of his shorter plants. More later:

Dionea miscipula

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Drosera burmanni:

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I really like the look of those little Sundews.

Dr_No sends us a "Cyber Peony":

It's Peony Time Again and this is one of the blooms on the property now. With the coronavirus sapping so much of the usual serving of Daily Joy(TM) from our lives, it's good to see there's still some natural beauty left if we just look for it. Enjoy, and be safe.

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1 Hola!

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 01:16 PM (zr5Kq)

2 I can't smell the flowers with this mask on !!!!

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 01:16 PM (zr5Kq)

3 Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return. -- Genesis 3:17-19

Posted by: Insomniac - Ex Cineribus Resurgo at April 04, 2020 01:18 PM (NWiLs)

4 Cursed is the ground because of you




huh ??? I am a blessing !!

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 01:18 PM (zr5Kq)

5 4 Cursed is the ground because of you




huh ??? I am a blessing !!
Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 01:18 PM (zr5Kq)

You aren't fooling anyone.

Posted by: Insomniac - Ex Cineribus Resurgo at April 04, 2020 01:19 PM (NWiLs)

6 That's a very beautiful border (Neal's pic). I am also impressed how widely read this blog is.

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 01:20 PM (zr5Kq)

7 My chive seeds are finally up!

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at April 04, 2020 01:20 PM (ejd/p)

8 Whoo hoo been waiting
Started bean seeds but bigger success is I really think onions rescued from compost are growing, also a celery.

Posted by: Skip at April 04, 2020 01:20 PM (ZCEU2)

9

The reason Israel has "it' under control is because the country took some draconian social distancing measures.

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 01:22 PM (zr5Kq)

10 Also been cutting up tree trunks down couple years ago, have it into 7 pieces that are big but at least can be moved to back.

Posted by: Skip at April 04, 2020 01:22 PM (ZCEU2)

11 In the garden, recent developments include blossoming of our citrus trees - a clementine, a lime, and an miniature lemon.

I've always wanted to try citrus trees, although they'd have to be moved indoors for a significant part of the year. What I really need is a live-in greenhouse.

Posted by: pep at April 04, 2020 01:23 PM (T6t7i)

12 Those photos are lovely! Thanks so much.

My kitchen is just around the corner from the front door. I just installed a small culinary herb garden on either side of the sidewalk in front of the porch. I'll be adding some mint in containers, as well.

They won't thrive- too much shade- but they'll provide enough for a sprig of something. The bigger garden in back is for harvesting and drying.

Posted by: Sal at April 04, 2020 01:23 PM (bo8pf)

13 And re the Chinese restaurant in the sidebar, somehow I knew that would be the Kowloon before I even clicked. Good conservative family, the Wongs.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at April 04, 2020 01:23 PM (ejd/p)

14 That mysterious picture looks like the top of my cilantro when it starts to bolt. Has he tried breaking off a piece and smelling it? That's what I'd when I can't figure out what it was I planted in the garden.
We have our first hummingbirds in time for our upper 40 degree cold rainy day. I did put out a feeder for them. Will put out a second in a while.

Posted by: lin-duh at April 04, 2020 01:24 PM (UUBmN)

15 I see herbs for sale in grocery store, in fact usually get my basil from there.

Posted by: Skip at April 04, 2020 01:24 PM (ZCEU2)

16 Spent about 300 hundred bucks yesterday to build the ultimate bird deterrent system for my berries. The shopping experience at the hardware store was "interesting".

Posted by: Some rat in the swamp at April 04, 2020 01:24 PM (2ygtH)

17 As regards fresh herbs, I am for. I bought a pot of basil and had fresh basil for a bit. It was great. I may do more of it - parsley, sage, rosemary. Maybe thyme.

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 01:27 PM (zr5Kq)

18 Spent about 300 hundred bucks yesterday to build the ultimate bird deterrent system for my berries.

Remington or Mossberg?

Posted by: Insomniac - Ex Cineribus Resurgo at April 04, 2020 01:27 PM (NWiLs)

19 16
Spent about 300 hundred bucks yesterday to build the ultimate bird
deterrent system for my berries. The shopping experience at the hardware
store was "interesting".


Posted by: Some rat in the swamp


And no, it's not 100 cats on leashes.

Posted by: Some rat in the swamp at April 04, 2020 01:27 PM (2ygtH)

20 Wait... people clean their oven?

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at April 04, 2020 01:28 PM (r+sAi)

21 Wait... people clean their oven?
Posted by: Guy Mohawk at April 04, 2020 01:28 PM (r+sAi)


they can. not a requirement.

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 01:29 PM (zr5Kq)

22 Unseasonably cold (low 40s) and raining so no outdoor gardening today in this part of central Texas.

My small experience with mesh pest guard cover is successful so far. Peppers, tomato, Italian parsley, chervil, and cliantro have survived outside so far. Lettuce seedlings will move to there spot once it warms up and dries out a little.

On the wildflower front, bluebonnets are past peak here but DYC season is just starting. Lots of rain this spring, so a pretty good year for wildflowers.

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at April 04, 2020 01:31 PM (fTtFy)

23 Wait... people clean their oven?
Posted by: Guy Mohawk at April 04, 2020 01:28 PM (r+sAi)


they can. not a requirement.
Posted by: runner
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Where do people practice this *witchcraft* at???

Posted by: lin-duh at April 04, 2020 01:32 PM (UUBmN)

24 Art,
Are you see the first hummingbirds too? Yesterday was the first day I've seen them.

Posted by: lin-duh at April 04, 2020 01:33 PM (UUBmN)

25 Almost all my flower seeds have sprouted, and in a couple weeks I will be able to pot them up. Mid-May is when we can safely (well, Michigan, so...) plant flowers.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Michigangsta at April 04, 2020 01:34 PM (Dc2NZ)

26 22 Unseasonably cold (low 40s) and raining so no outdoor gardening today in this part of central Texas.

Same here. Which is good in a way, b/c I think I'm wearing the garden out, messing with it while staying home.

We've still got bluebonnets- nothing else really out yet.

Posted by: Sal at April 04, 2020 01:38 PM (bo8pf)

27 We've had hummingbirds for at least the last week. I just put fresh nectar out and there's a regular stream of birds now.

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at April 04, 2020 01:43 PM (fTtFy)

28 NE OK home report

Somehow, the strawberries we had in a pot on the front porch last year escaped - and now they are coming up in the dirt in front of the porch.

The one peach tree is blossoming, the other not so much.

Wild garlic coming up everywhere. Mowing the lawn is like smelling a pizza cooking.

I don't think both blueberry shrubs made it through the winter.

And the rain - oh, my, so much rain, saturation levels. This is going to be such a glorious Spring and Summer.

Cold now, but warming up and not going freezy again, I'd bet. Time to get some gardening done. Well, soon.

Posted by: mindful webworker
webworks for sale, pay as you go
at April 04, 2020 01:45 PM (AoLFQ)

29 Just potted up some Begonias, Impatiens and a couple of Lavender plants. Got a couple of packets of wild flowers for the big deck planters. Haven't sowed them yet.

Too busy getting my wife's new sewing nook ready, ie. painting, tile floor and hanging a couple of cabinets. Just waiting for the paint to dry.

Posted by: Traveling Man&&&& at April 04, 2020 01:46 PM (R5lpX)

30 17 As regards fresh herbs, I am for. I bought a pot of basil and had fresh basil for a bit. It was great. I may do more of it - parsley, sage, rosemary. Maybe thyme.
Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 01:27 PM (zr5Kq)

Start with perennials (sage and thyme) and grow them in pots. Thyme gets out of control. Throw in a few more annuals.

IIRC, squirrels dug the crap out of the cilantro.

Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner at April 04, 2020 01:51 PM (KnJdm)

31 Hiya

Posted by: JT at April 04, 2020 01:51 PM (arJlL)

32 Hiya Mr. Sunshine !

Posted by: JT at April 04, 2020 01:51 PM (arJlL)

33 Here's other perennial herbs.

https://dengarden.com/gardening/Perennial-Herb-Gardens

Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner at April 04, 2020 01:53 PM (KnJdm)

34 I planted wild strawberries against the south foundation as a ground cover and they have run wild there. The sad thing is that they bloom but do not put out any fruit.

I am going to have to dig some more in the woods to see if more variety will give me wild fruit.

Only thing I have planted to date is potatoes, the soil has been too cold and wet to get anything sprouting. Even the garlic I planted last Winter has stalled and isn't doing much.

I hope actual warm weather is coming. That would make me feel better.

Posted by: Kindltot at April 04, 2020 01:55 PM (rb4zU)

35
essential herbs...

rosemary (i got a few variations)
mint
flatleaf parsley
greek oregano
french thyme
chives
garlic chives
french sorrel
dill and cilantro (cold months)
thai and sweet basil (warm months)
mex oregano
marjoram
lemon grass

they all requires some attention but well worth it.

beyond warm and cold months every herb will do mostly well year round.

Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 01:56 PM (NRNaM)

36 Neal
Thanks for joining in. Good story. Great photos.

Le Garde Vieux

Posted by: Le Garde Vieux at April 04, 2020 01:56 PM (ms2Wv)

37 Seeing double?

Posted by: FrodoB at April 04, 2020 01:59 PM (dQF3z)

38 The big four in my kitchen are Thyme, Rosemary, Basil, Oregano.

Thyme is pretty easy, as is Rosemary, but Basil seems to flower so quickly, and I have never grown Oregano!


Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at April 04, 2020 01:59 PM (dLLD6)

39 Aaanndd-cleaned up.

Posted by: FrodoB at April 04, 2020 01:59 PM (dQF3z)

40 As I've been walking around town I see a lot of loquat trees around. Anyone have experience with them in the south east? My wife wants me to plant one now. Well not right now but in the future.

Posted by: banana Dream at April 04, 2020 02:00 PM (l6b3d)

41 Gordon sent in a mystery photo:
Any idea what this is?
I think it might be something edible.

It kinda looks like rosemary.

Posted by: Jake Holenhead at April 04, 2020 02:01 PM (P1GvV)

42 That's what I'm thinking, Jake.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Michigangsta at April 04, 2020 02:03 PM (Dc2NZ)

43 Neal's border of shades of purple daisies is so pretty. And Tony's carnivorous pale green plant that appears to be covered in icicles is so interesting and unusual. Thanks to KT for bringing it.

Posted by: AlmostYuman at April 04, 2020 02:04 PM (NOjzw)

44 I have a loquat tree. They are easy and evergreen. Of course I like the fruit too. Most just use it as a decorative tree. It will attract birds and squirrels when the fruit is ripe.

Posted by: lin-duh at April 04, 2020 02:04 PM (UUBmN)

45 Is Gordon's mystery plant a Cosmos?

Posted by: Kindltot at April 04, 2020 02:05 PM (rb4zU)

46 32 Hiya Mr. Sunshine !
Posted by: JT at April 04, 2020 01:51 PM (arJlL)

Howdy JT!

Posted by: Insomniac - Ex Cineribus Resurgo at April 04, 2020 02:05 PM (NWiLs)

47 Taking a road trip up outside of Augusta, ME

lost one of Profusion crab apples that line my drive this winter

this nursery has got a couple 3 inch caliper trees

the ball will weigh 500-600 pounds

luckily, I got a flat bed

let me know if you want me to pick anything up

and if you would like to come over for the unloading

Posted by: REDACTED at April 04, 2020 02:06 PM (rpxSz)

48 Might be a cilantro but also could be a curry plant type sprout

Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 02:07 PM (+1vt5)

49 >>> 44 I have a loquat tree. They are easy and evergreen. Of course I like the fruit too. Most just use it as a decorative tree. It will attract birds and squirrels when the fruit is ripe.
Posted by: lin-duh at April 04, 2020 02:04 PM


They look real nice in the spring with the yellow fruit. I'm thinking two would look nice in our front yard. Do they grow fast? Up or out?

Posted by: banana Dream at April 04, 2020 02:07 PM (l6b3d)

50 Hey! It's spring! The gardeners are starting to venture out

FREEZE!

Posted by: Nextdoor at April 04, 2020 02:10 PM (59YkD)

51 Loquats...Kumquats...
I have never figured them out.

Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 02:11 PM (+1vt5)

52 Loquat is fair fast growing but will only get so big. It grows more out then up imo. You can train them and they tolerate heavy pruning if your inclined to have a nicely shaped one.

Posted by: lin-duh at April 04, 2020 02:12 PM (UUBmN)

53 Also, you can grow a beautiful loquat from the seeds but it will never flower and fruit if you don't care about getting fruit. Plus it's free.

Posted by: lin-duh at April 04, 2020 02:14 PM (UUBmN)

54 52 Loquat is fair fast growing but will only get so big. It grows more out then up imo. You can train them and they tolerate heavy pruning if your inclined to have a nicely shaped one. Posted by: lin-duh at April 04, 2020 02:12 PM

Oh, thank you for the info. I think I'll be adding one or two this year.

Posted by: banana Dream at April 04, 2020 02:17 PM (l6b3d)

55 Kumquat is a citrus loquat is not. I also have several citrus trees. The only one in ground is my Meyer lemon. I have a Calamondin orange, Satsuma orange, Kumquat, Persian lime, and Australia finger lime in pots. I need to get another Keffir lime.

Posted by: lin-duh at April 04, 2020 02:18 PM (UUBmN)

56 All Hail Eris,

Did you get a goth garden gnome?
These are neat too, but being made of fabric you'd want to put little raincoats on them.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TatteredRags

Posted by: Jake Holenhead at April 04, 2020 02:20 PM (P1GvV)

57 Love the walkway in the top photo. And I think it is interesting that there are different numbers of petals on some of the citrus blossoms.

Posted by: KT at April 04, 2020 02:21 PM (BVQ+1)

58 41 Gordon sent in a mystery photo:
Any idea what this is?
I think it might be something edible.

It kinda looks like rosemary.
Posted by: Jake Holenhead at April 04, 2020 02:01 PM (P1GvV)

Do you know where it goes?

Posted by: Insomniac - Ex Cineribus Resurgo at April 04, 2020 02:22 PM (NWiLs)

59 Runner: need to apologize to you for being a cranky old fart a couple nights ago. Not my normal style.

Posted by: Sock Monkey...covid survivor at April 04, 2020 02:23 PM (NXJEt)

60 putter putter for the fun of it

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:23 PM (JFO2v)

61 Mindful webworker,
It is unusual for strawberries that reproduce by runners to escape from pots.

Are they alpine types?

Posted by: KT at April 04, 2020 02:24 PM (BVQ+1)

62 I have all these citrus tree for years and I never really paid attention to how many petals are on the different flowers. Citrus trees will also bloom periodically throughout the growing season but will only give ripe fruit in the late fall and winter here.

Posted by: lin-duh at April 04, 2020 02:24 PM (UUBmN)

63 i had a persian lime tree thorns that left scars

i called him larry

most awesome titos with lime eva

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:26 PM (JFO2v)

64 did i say someting wrong

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:28 PM (JFO2v)

65 Do you know where it goes?
Posted by: Insomniac - Ex Cineribus Resurgo at April 04, 2020 02:22 PM

For some reason that seems preverted.

Posted by: Jake Holenhead at April 04, 2020 02:28 PM (P1GvV)

66 Love grows where my rosemary goes.

Happy now?

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at April 04, 2020 02:28 PM (fTtFy)

67 Posted by: Sock Monkey...covid survivor at April 04, 2020 02:23 PM (NXJEt)


nouth augh fofdem

sorry, had my mask on - not a problem

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 02:28 PM (zr5Kq)

68 so kumquat is a citrus.

I too have some meyer lemon and kefir lime in pots and a mexican lime in a pot.
In ground is a sour orange, a satsuma and a citrus tree that is green on the rind and orange and fairly sweet inside and i have yet to be able to identify.
I make a fine marmalade with the citrus in ground if i can beat the local vermin to it.

Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 02:29 PM (g0/2p)

69 rhennigantx,

Ah, the thorns...yes, citrus trees have thorns that put roses to shame. I think some of the thorns on my Meyer lemon are over 2". What's a little blood sacrifice to get fresh citrus?//

Posted by: lin-duh at April 04, 2020 02:30 PM (UUBmN)

70 Parsley, oregano and basil are my favorite herbs, can put them in every salad.

Posted by: Skip at April 04, 2020 02:30 PM (ZCEU2)

71 Jake, I love all of them!

I couldn't find a suitable gnome so I'm going with a dagon.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Michigangsta at April 04, 2020 02:30 PM (Dc2NZ)

72 still a little chilly in the Berkshires for plants

you southern folk are a lucky bunch

Posted by: REDACTED at April 04, 2020 02:30 PM (rpxSz)

73 Not Dagon! Would not have graven image of an Old One! *looks over shoulder*

Dragon.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Michigangsta at April 04, 2020 02:30 PM (Dc2NZ)

74 kumquat noun old english

to silence or muffle your girlfriend when fucking around with her parents right downstairs

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:32 PM (JFO2v)

75


still a little chilly in the Berkshires for plants

===

*I read that as : little chilly for pants...which would be weird


Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 02:32 PM (zr5Kq)

76 WE have some of our yard trimmed, plants are on their own. We will spend rest of day inside observing social distancing form those pollen-carrying botanical bastages. Mrs. E has her maskmaking materials in her favorite colors, black and purple. In about an hour or so I intend to eat leftovers like a hog in a slopbucket.

Posted by: Eromero at April 04, 2020 02:32 PM (XhWtx)

77 to silence or muffle your girlfriend when fucking around with her parents right downstairs
---

That's an open-minded GF ya got there!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Michigangsta at April 04, 2020 02:33 PM (Dc2NZ)

78 69 rhennigantx,

Ah, the thorns...yes, citrus trees have thorns that put roses to shame. I think some of the thorns on my Meyer lemon are over 2". What's a little blood sacrifice to get fresh citrus?//
Posted by: lin-duh at April 04, 2020 02:30 PM (UUBmN)

When I would cut open the limes it was an explosion. And the oil from the skin would stay on your hands for hours.

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:33 PM (JFO2v)

79 Kumquat is a small citrus with fruit usually under 1". You can get sour and sweet varieties. I have a sweet. The fruit is eaten whole, rind and all. In the sweet variety the rind is sweet. Very good imo. It leave a long, lingering aftertaste on the palate from the oils.

Posted by: lin-duh at April 04, 2020 02:33 PM (UUBmN)

80 77 to silence or muffle your girlfriend when fucking around with her parents right downstairs
---

That's an open-minded GF ya got there!
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Michigangsta at April 04, 2020 02:33 PM (Dc2NZ)

alternative was orgasm screams the neighbor could hear

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:34 PM (JFO2v)

81
i wear my welding gloves when selecting my citrus.....saves cleanup

Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 02:34 PM (g0/2p)

82 *I read that as : little chilly for pants...which would be weird


Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 02:32 PM (zr5Kq)

I water my pants and plants

Posted by: REDACTED at April 04, 2020 02:35 PM (rpxSz)

83 Was watering plants this morning and saw that I had three pineapples (spring in central florida).
Also a couple of bug bunches of Namwa bananas starting to get fat. They bloomed in the fall, overwintered, and are starting to grow again.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at April 04, 2020 02:35 PM (1g7ch)

84 81
i wear my welding gloves when selecting my citrus.....saves cleanup
Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 02:34 PM (g0/2p)

I read that as wedding gloves

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:35 PM (JFO2v)

85 I water my pants and plants
Posted by: REDACTED at April 04, 2020 02:35 PM (rpxSz)

it depends if i do

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:36 PM (JFO2v)

86 i wear my welding gloves when selecting my citrus.....saves cleanup
Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 02:34 PM (g0/2p)

that's hot

Posted by: REDACTED at April 04, 2020 02:36 PM (rpxSz)

87 alternative was orgasm screams the neighbor could hear
Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:34 PM (JFO2v)
--
One kumquat for each parent you're f*cking around with.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Michigangsta at April 04, 2020 02:36 PM (Dc2NZ)

88 Southern climate is nice. Going south in winter from northern territories - get off the plane and immediately surrounded by sunshine, humidity flowering plants and palm trees. Puts you in vacation mood immediately, and even if it's ten in the morning you reach for that coco-loco.

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 02:36 PM (zr5Kq)

89 86 i wear my welding gloves when selecting my citrus.....saves cleanup
Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 02:34 PM (g0/2p)

that's hot
Posted by: REDACTED at April 04, 2020 02:36 PM (rpxSz)

AoSHQ

porno of the mind

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:37 PM (JFO2v)

90 *i like the word "immediately", so I used it twice.

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 02:38 PM (zr5Kq)

91
It's hot when the rod is almost touching the steel...

Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 02:39 PM (g0/2p)

92 88 Southern climate is nice. Going south in winter from northern territories - get off the plane and immediately surrounded by sunshine, humidity flowering plants and palm trees. Puts you in vacation mood immediately, and even if it's ten in the morning you reach for that coco-loco.
Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 02:36 PM (zr5Kq)

rum its what for bfast

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:39 PM (JFO2v)

93 This is why I am not for giving California away. It has a nice climate and great farms.

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 02:39 PM (zr5Kq)

94 93 This is why I am not for giving California away. It has a nice climate and great farms.
Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 02:39 PM (zr5Kq)

neutron bomb would work

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:40 PM (JFO2v)

95 rum its what for bfast
Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:39 PM (JFO2v)


coco-loco has rum

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 02:40 PM (zr5Kq)

96 95 rum its what for bfast
Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:39 PM (JFO2v)


coco-loco has rum
Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 02:40 PM (zr5Kq)

I was think of that shit in white bottle

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:42 PM (JFO2v)

97 1:16 TO 2:42 NOT EVEN 100 COMMENTS

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:43 PM (JFO2v)

98 rainy day...

Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 02:43 PM (g0/2p)

99 ran to get lunch
they were playing madmen
I said i remember when you could smoke in office
so smartass says and beat your wife
i said yep with stick smaller than your thumb

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:45 PM (JFO2v)

100 centurian

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:46 PM (JFO2v)

101 98 rainy day...
Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 02:43 PM (g0/2p)

yesterday was not lovely day

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:46 PM (JFO2v)

102 98 rainy day...
Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 02:43 PM (g0/2p)

no one to lean on

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:46 PM (JFO2v)

103 Did Cuomo buy C-Span? Damn, I know he's running for presnit, but....damn. More I see him less more I despise him, and I started out really NOT liking him.

Posted by: Eromero at April 04, 2020 02:47 PM (XhWtx)

104 Is there a way to get to old side bar items like the animal stuff? Or are they all lost in time like tears in rain?

Posted by: banana Dream at April 04, 2020 02:48 PM (l6b3d)

105 103 Did Cuomo buy C-Span? Damn, I know he's running for presnit, but....damn. More I see him less more I despise him, and I started out really NOT liking him.
Posted by: Eromero at April 04, 2020 02:47 PM (XhWtx)

I hear he is running for supreme national commander and coming for our respirators.

We have a monument for the last guy that did that.

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:49 PM (JFO2v)

106 Coco-Loco :

2 ounce Tequila (Silver)
1 ounce Gin
1 ounce White Rum
2 ounces Pineapple Juice
1 teaspoon Simple Syrup
Lime
1 cup Ice

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 02:52 PM (zr5Kq)

107 breakfast...?

Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 02:53 PM (g0/2p)

108 The XO bought me a couple pots of pansies and a baby Black Knight butterfly bush Wednesday. Thursday afternoon, I brought the Black Knight in because we were supposed to get wind and wintry mix. I figured the pansies could stand a little cold. Brought the pansies in yesterday. A little chill, yes. 27, the poor things were frozen. They've recovered, but that wintry mix was nasty.

Every year, I plant a small herb garden in pots by my driveway so I can run my hands through the herbs to enjoy the smell. The creeping thyme has now endured at least five Nebraska winters and is greening up nicely. I can't cook with it, but the tiny pink flowers are pretty. Around Mother's Day, I will clean up the other pots then plant sweet basil, lavender, Greek thyme, rosemary, curry plant, and one of two others. In a separate pot, I will stuff two or three parsley plants for the swallowtail s to lay their eggs on. Since I've run out of dogs, I'm going to plant some cat mint in the actual ground. Left alone, the cat mint will expand from season to season, and the bees love the flowers.

If the oldest grandson comes through with offer of help, I'll plant some purple coneflowers and sunflowers for the goldfinches.

Posted by: Captain Josepha Sabin -- current occupation: cat furniture at April 04, 2020 02:53 PM (w96zf)

109 ha

In West Virginia, Monongalia County Health Department restricts liquor sales to state residents: In a press release, the health department cited Pennsylvania, whose governor closed liquor stores last month, because of its proximity to Monongalia County and north central West Virginia and its higher rate of coronavirus infection.

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:54 PM (JFO2v)

110 Coco-loco, dark rum version (which i prefer) :

3/4 ounce dark rum
3/4 ounce coconut rum
1/2 ounce cream of coconut
1/2 ounce papaya nectar (optional)
1/2 ounce orange juice
1/2 ounce pineapple juice
1/4 ounce grenadine
1/2 banana (optional)
Ice

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 02:55 PM (zr5Kq)

111 this thread slower than a blue hair in left lane on I95

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 02:56 PM (JFO2v)

112 And the wife's langka (jackfruit) might produce this year. It has a lot of smaller psuedo fruit and a couple that look different and getting larger.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at April 04, 2020 02:56 PM (1g7ch)

113 rennigantx @ 105- The guy just drones on and on and has an icon of FDR next to him. Dead giveaway.

Posted by: Eromero at April 04, 2020 03:00 PM (XhWtx)

114 110 Coco-loco, dark rum version (which i prefer) :

3/4 ounce dark rum
Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 02:55 PM (zr5Kq)


Mount Gay, I presume

Posted by: REDACTED at April 04, 2020 03:02 PM (rpxSz)

115 113 rennigantx @ 105- The guy just drones on and on and has an icon of FDR next to him. Dead giveaway.
Posted by: Eromero at April 04, 2020 03:00 PM (XhWtx)

he gonna inter the Chinese??

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 03:02 PM (JFO2v)

116 Thank you for the information on herbs! As a CBD- style gardener, my season is usually measured by how many cilantro plants I kill...(never can get them large enough to actually harvest anything).

Also, saw a large groundhog today in my backyard. This means war! I will be covering the holes in the fence that he darted through!

Posted by: Iris at April 04, 2020 03:02 PM (6lKe4)

117
getting back to the gardening thread, a useful way to use grapefruits is to use however much squeezed garapefruit juice with an approximate amount of your favorite rum.

Muddle a little or a lot of mint in a pitcher, add juice and hard juice and adjust with lime.

quite good.

Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 03:02 PM (Dyxt+)

118 113 rennigantx @ 105- The guy just drones on and on and has an icon of FDR next to him. Dead giveaway.
Posted by: Eromero at April 04, 2020 03:00 PM (XhWtx)

cut the money supply by 65%

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 03:03 PM (JFO2v)

119 Mount Gay, I presume
Posted by: REDACTED at April 04, 2020 03:02 PM (rpxSz)


you presume correctly, won't touch anything else

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 03:05 PM (zr5Kq)

120 116 Thank you for the information on herbs! As a CBD- style gardener, my season is usually measured by how many cilantro plants I kill...(never can get them large enough to actually harvest anything).

Also, saw a large groundhog today in my backyard. This means war! I will be covering the holes in the fence that he darted through!

Posted by: Iris at April 04, 2020 03:02 PM (6lKe4)

my wife saw mike the marmot on a run one day

their real

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 03:05 PM (JFO2v)

121 Oh, very nice - grapefruit and dark rum. I'll try that.

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 03:06 PM (zr5Kq)

122 119 Mount Gay, I presume
Posted by: REDACTED at April 04, 2020 03:02 PM (rpxSz)


you presume correctly, won't touch anything else
Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 03:05 PM (zr5Kq)

barbancourt I cant keep it at the house

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 03:06 PM (JFO2v)

123 119 Mount Gay, I presume
Posted by: REDACTED at April 04, 2020 03:02 PM (rpxSz)


you presume correctly, won't touch anything else
Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 03:05 PM (zr5Kq)

we call anejo brown bottle flu

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 03:08 PM (JFO2v)

124 Not Dagon! Would not have graven image of an Old One! *looks over shoulder*


Dragon.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Michigangsta at April 04, 2020 02:30 PM (Dc2NZ)



A co worker was telling me a story about her mom's garden gnome that she was creeped out by, and eventually kicked across the yard and threw away.
She mentioned that the term in Spanish was Duende, and proceeded to tell me about Mexican Duendes.

Those are like the stories about fairie folk and kobolds before they got all sparkly and cute.


Posted by: Kindltot at April 04, 2020 03:08 PM (rb4zU)

125 Iris @ 116- Charlie didn't come through the wire. He tunneled in.

Posted by: Eromero at April 04, 2020 03:08 PM (XhWtx)

126
the older Barbancourts are reserved for sipping!

Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 03:08 PM (Dyxt+)

127 126
the older Barbancourts are reserved for sipping!
Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 03:08 PM (Dyxt+)

sipping

chugging straight from bottle

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 03:09 PM (JFO2v)

128 Does that wood walkway in the pic have have another name besides "wood walkway"?

Wood path, pathway. Something? I would like to build one.

Posted by: deplorable unperson - END THE LOCKDOWN : It's just a damn bug at April 04, 2020 03:09 PM (59YkD)

129 you must be well off Rtx...

Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 03:11 PM (Dyxt+)

130 129 you must be well off Rtx...
Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 03:11 PM (Dyxt+)

ive stash away a few shekels

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 03:12 PM (JFO2v)

131 Boardwalk?

Posted by: Burnt Toast at April 04, 2020 03:14 PM (1g7ch)

132
por su puesto...

and some pesos...

Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 03:15 PM (XVYfL)

133 131 Boardwalk?
Posted by: Burnt Toast at April 04, 2020 03:14 PM (1g7ch)

More like Baltic

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 03:15 PM (JFO2v)

134 right, gardening related, there is an excellent, most authentic Rum Punch recipe in The Deplorable Gourmet. Check it out !

Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 03:18 PM (zr5Kq)

135 132
por su puesto...

and some pesos...
Posted by: walking distance from the Alamo at April 04, 2020 03:15 PM (XVYfL)

I remember when to took off 2 0

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 03:18 PM (JFO2v)

136 What beautiful flowers, Neal in Israel! The only thing missing from the first photo is a sleeping princess. It really looks like the illustration from a children's book.

The clementine blossoms remind me of daffodils.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at April 04, 2020 03:20 PM (/+bwe)

137 134 right, gardening related, there is an excellent, most authentic Rum Punch recipe in The Deplorable Gourmet. Check it out !
Posted by: runner at April 04, 2020 03:18 PM (zr5Kq)

less gardening here than antarctica


Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 03:20 PM (JFO2v)

138 136 What beautiful flowers, Neal in Israel! The only thing missing from the first photo is a sleeping princess. It really looks like the illustration from a children's book.

The clementine blossoms remind me of daffodils.
Posted by: NaughtyPine at April 04, 2020 03:20 PM (/+bwe)

forced kiss on a sleeping girl

never read my daughter that tale

Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 03:21 PM (JFO2v)

139 There is no WuhanFlu in Antarctica.

They are Ice-olated!

Posted by: Kindltot at April 04, 2020 03:22 PM (rb4zU)

140 forced kiss on a sleeping girl

never read my daughter that tale
Posted by: rhennigantx at April 04, 2020 03:21 PM

Sleeping Beauty? If so, wrong story.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at April 04, 2020 03:22 PM (/+bwe)

141 President Trump and state leaders take steps to protect homeowners during covid19. If this was kqueern hellary, the 'state' would seize your home and give it to a more deserving and diverse family.

Posted by: Eromero at April 04, 2020 03:23 PM (XhWtx)

142 I brought home two bags of mulch and three of potting soil for vegetables. It's hard not to be fooled by the warm days, but it's not safe yet from frost.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at April 04, 2020 03:24 PM (/+bwe)

143 What is a cyber peony? The stem looks like a tree peony but the leaves don't.

Posted by: oneredquilt at April 04, 2020 03:36 PM (YFDTN)

144 Busy day at Che Blake.

Picked up another half wine barrel, drilled holes in the bottom, filled with bark roughly a third of the way, potting/raised planter soil the rest of the way, topped off by a tomato plant.

Did this times 2 this morning.

Beef Steak and Better Boy tomatoes. Cut back this year as the last time I put in tomato plants, I overdid it and we had far more tomatoes than we could use. Though, I did cook them down into some great tomato sauce and freeze for later use.

Then, I planted some Begonia's and some other random flowers in the raised bed in front of the house.

Fun morning!

By the way, Lowes was as busy as I've ever seen it today.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing
at April 04, 2020 04:06 PM (WEBkv)

145 Micro greens. Can be anything from baby herbs or lettuces varieties. The red looks like Bull's Blood.

Posted by: John Juan at April 04, 2020 06:16 PM (SwRix)

146 From Idaho's Treasure Valley (Boise area): I've been tearing up patches of dead sod, but I'm limited by what fits in the trash each week. After removing the second batch this week, today we got to put down grass seed and compost in those areas. Still more to do. Expecting rain tomorrow so hopefully it will start getting watered in. Neighborhood irrigation not expected till mid-month.

I put some chelated iron solution on all the blue spruce starts, and the smaller lilacs (which are leafing *and* budding!). They all have poor color; I decided that would help. I'll put some on larger lilacs later, if they look pale.

Potatoes got planted last Saturday - 1 cloth pot of tiny Purple Majesty that we found (we grew them in previous years) - 2 pots of newly bought Yukon Gold - 7 pots of fingerlings 'Princess La Ratte', which were saved from last year.

Husband put some weed 'N' feed on parts of the back lawn. He also topped up 2 raised beds that needed soil added, so I could start planting! These got planted yesterday (when I say "row", that's about 8 feet):
2 rows shelling peas 'Easy Peasy'
1/2 row with 20 green onion starts (will add another 1/2 row, once a week for 4 weeks)
1 row each lettuce 'Buttercrunch' and spinach 'Correnta Hybrid'
1/3 row radishes 'Cherry Belle' (will add another 1/3 row, once a week for 3 weeks)
1/3 row each: carrots 'Little Finger' orange, 'Yellowstone' yellow, 'Nutri-Red' red, and 'Purple 68 F1' purple (will add another 1/3 row to each, once a week for 3 weeks)
and a pot by my back door with Miner's Lettuce, which used to grow wild in my yard in Redwood City, CA.

We took 6 half-pint jars of last fall's insipid chokecherry gel (not quite syrup, not quite jelly, not quite flavorful...) and whisked it into a half-gallon of red raspberry juice. We didn't even need to add any more sugar, just turned it into 12 half-pint jars of syrup and canned it up.

The indoor starts continue to grow slowly. Trying to remember how many types of tomato starts we have! - we bought 2 Roma plants from Bonnie Plants (Home Depot) - some Roma seeds from a package we had - some 'Big Boy' seeds from a package we had - some Romas from seeds that S.Lynn gifted me - she also gifted me Brandywine seeds - I bought 'Indigo Blue Berries' cherry tomato seeds. I think that's all of them!

Outdoors, my lilies-of-the-valley are starting to come up, and the Johnny Jump-Up pansies smile at me as I head to the shed to get my gardening tools (there's even an all-yellow sport). The hyacinths behind the kitchen are fading, but the ones by the front sidewalk are opening up. Some of the tulips have buds but I don't expect those to bloom for 2 weeks yet.

Oh, and we had an earthquake this week, here in Idaho, only 80 miles northeast of my place! I did not expect that! And a 6.5, a jolt followed by a long roll, is nothing to sneeze at. I thought we left quakes behind in CA. Husband says 'it's the Rocky Mountains, they're still geologically active'. Fortunately nothing got damaged here.
***
Everybody remember - we are strong.
We are rough 'n' tough *Americans*!
We can improvise, adapt, overcome.
We can build over, build under, build around.
We will make plans to endure - then we will make plans to be greater than before!

I did my part for the country by staying healthy so I could donate blood this week.

(If anybody is in a location where vegetable seeds are "non-essential goods" by order of their governor (*cough* Vermont), I give KT permission to put us in contact with each other - if I have the seeds you need, I will mail you some.)

Posted by: Pat* at April 04, 2020 06:28 PM (2pX/F)

147 Thanks, Pat*

Posted by: KT at April 04, 2020 06:37 PM (BVQ+1)

148 Sorry, lost track, still back on the coco-loco mixing

Posted by: Bobmark at April 04, 2020 07:44 PM (o7rzE)

149 Thanks to everyone trying to identify the mystery plant. It is definitely not rosemary, and in fact, has no odor of any kind.

It is growing under the pot lights, which are working quite as advertised. I have a 4 inch tall pepper plant with peppers and an 8 inch tall tomato plant that has a tomato, thus far marble sized. I tried telling it that it is far to small to be setting actual fruit but I suspect this whole "talk to your plants" thing is actually hippie hooey.

If I was any good at this gardening thing I would be keeping notes on how well each different light with its different frequencies is working, but I am not good.

My wife serenely says that it's fine and I do not need to worry. I think she is just anticipating harvesting tomatoes in May, which is usually a July event here.

Posted by: Gordon at April 04, 2020 08:47 PM (aa9hc)

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