Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread, July 31

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Hi, everybody! Hope you have had an opportunity this week to spend some time outdoors. It's very hot here, and uncharacteristically humid. Weather continues!

The Bottle Brush bloom above is from Neal in Israel. Here in the States, hummingbirds like them. More on hummingbirds later.

Some species of this plant are very heat and drought tolerant.

Edible Gardening

We got a detailed report from Cumberland Astro:

Here's a 2021 garden update from me. It's been a good year for
tomatoes. Attached is a picture of my celebrity tomato plant which has apparently worked itself to death. I planted it early (mid-March) in a pot, brought it in during freezes, and by the time I put it in the ground in late April, it was already big and full of blooms, so I was able to get a head start. I've probably picked 25 tomatoes already from it, and there are many more on it right now. But it is done. I
guess it's like a salmon swimming upstream to spawn, and then die.

Instead of Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes I planted Yellow Cherry tomatoes
this year. The vine has been very productive, but I am not a fan of the
fruit - it's way too mushy. I'm going back to Sweet 100s next year. My
pleasant surprise this year was giving "Park's Whopper Improved" a try.
While the fruit has not been "whopper" sized, the plant has been
productive and the fruit is very tasty. The final two tomato plants I
planted in early May were Jet Star and Rutgers, both of those are new to
me and they are putting out some nice looking fruit that isn't yet ripe.

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Over to the apple trees, my two dwarf apple trees planted as bare roots in 2017 produced a good amount of fruit this year. As a test to see if
I could stop the apple rustlers this year, I wrapped one tree in netting
and left the other unwrapped. The wrapped tree's fruit has not been
molested while the unwrapped tree has been stripped fruitless.

Thanks for all you do at at AOS. I love your music selections in the
pre-Gardening thread.

All the best

We may need to learn how to wrap those trees.

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We got a report on Nemo's berry harvests last week. But there's more:

The grapes are also doing well, as you can see from the attached photo.
My curtain trellis is literally heavy with fruit! (I wish now that I'd
used 4x4s instead of 2x4s. Live and learn!) The netting is to protect
the grapes from the ravages of the bushy-tailed tree rats (aka
squirrels). I hope it works. Last year, I lost every single grape to them!

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They look like Concords to me. Wonder if I'm right.

Another method of critter control we will need a report on later in the season.

Anybody have experience protecting grapes from rodent marauders?

Best Days

If you're into this sort of thing, the best activities for today listed by the Old Farmers Almanac include:

Jar Jams/Jellies

Paint

Dig Post Holes

Mow to Slow Growth

Advertise to Sell

Ask for Loan

I think one advantage of lists like this is that they give one a little push to do things that one was going to do anyway.

Some great posts are predicted here on Monday, a day for writing.

Houseplants

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Below, a houseplant rescue operation on the windowsill in our shower. The original plant was a big Pothos - actually a hard houseplant to kill - which was exposed to some extreme conditions. Normally, we would just buy a new plant, but there is some special sentiment attached to this one. It is not ours. There was not much left of it after its crisis.

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The little food containers from Dollar Tree worked out well after the first two leaf/root combos appeared. I made some drainage slots with a finely serrated knife where the side and bottom meet. The lid makes a nice coaster. Had to prop the cuttings up with toothpicks.

The other cuttings are suspended with blue painter's tape in water spiked with a little Miracle Gro (less than 1/4 tsp. for 2 quarts of water).

If you are interested in growing Pothos, here are 15 kinds. One is a different genus and species than the others. There are more tips on growing these types of plants at the last link. I kind of like the look of that species.

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Re-potting a pothos: don't let the roots strangle themselves.

Monsoon Season in the Desert

OK, so they're not like the monsoons on the Indian subcontinent. Still, they can be dramatic. Here in Central California, we typically just get some clouds left over from the desert rains, along with hot weather, though there have been a few thunderstorms in the mountains.

In Arizona, various areas have received substantial amounts of rain. The monsoon seasons last year and the year before were disappointing to many.

Here are some big invertebrates that people see more often during monsoon season. A "Bug Bonanza". Tarantulas, Jewel Beetles and more:

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Fig Beetle

Wee Kreek Farm Girl's protective organza bags for figs from last week are a good idea when there are fig beetles around. As noted in the description, these beetles really are noisy when they fly.

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Since she took the fig photos, she has received some Monsoon rain:

We got 2 inches of blessed rain yesterday. My garden is SO happy right now. Threatening more tonight, fingers crossed.

More Denizens of the Yard and Garden

Proof that you don't have to live in the desert to have dramatic insects in your yard. From TimInVirginia:

Thanks for the gardening and puttering thread. I don't have a garden to share pictures of this year, but I wanted to share a few pictures of creatures that have visited my yard.

The first, as I learned from my friends on FB, is a dobson fly. It was about 4 or 5 inches long and decided to take a break from whatever hellish things something like that does, by perching on the outside of my garage. I have also learned that the larval form of this thing is called a hellgrammite. Very aptly named. The hellgrammites basically differ from the adult by having no wings or legs. And according to some folks I know, they make excellent bait for bass fishing.

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The second creature is some sort of wasp that was climbing up the outside of my sliding glass door. I have no idea what the green thing in its jaws is. Perhaps a piece of a plant, or a piece of some unfortunate other insect. Either way, I followed it until it disappeared from the top of the door.

The pictures were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S10e.

Thank you again for doing the thread.

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Dramatic photos!

Hummingbirds

I've been saving this serene scene from Diogenes since May, because a hummingbird goes with the story behind the photo:

Everyone seeks solitude in the back yard. But sometimes the front works too. A pleasant view and somewhere in those branches a hummingbird has her nest.

She must feel comfortable there.

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That was nesting season, but now it's a good time to plan for migrating hummingbirds. In addition to nectar plants and feeders, you can plan other aspects of a hummingbird habitat, such as water, safe resting roosting locations, etc. Put out some dryer lint at nest building time.

Hummingbirds are the world's longest distance flyers.

As unbelievable as it may seem, some hummingbirds migrate almost 4000 miles each year between their summer homes and Mexico or Central America. Based on the length of their bodies, they beat out even the albatross for distance covered in body lengths. Good hummingbird habitat can make a difference in survival for them as they must feed frequently.

Hummingbirds are great learners.

They will remember favorite plants over the years. Hawkins stated, "If they come once, they'll return. If you feed them you can start a chain that can last for years." Native plants also support small insects, which are an important food for hummingbirds, especially when they have young. Plantings that offer a variety of heights offer shelter and places to perch.

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Jacob Kline Bee Balm with Anna's Hummingbird

If the Hummingbird Society were holding its festival this year, it would be in Sedona about now. They are planning one for next year.

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Red Birds in a Tree

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1 I spent about every summer during the 80's flipping rocks on the banks of the Shenandoah River looking for hellgrammites for smallmouth fishing.

Posted by: Fool Otto at July 31, 2021 11:37 AM (DB16e)

2 Fool Otto at July 31, 2021 11:37 AM

We tried to catch mayflies and grasshoppers to catch trout.

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 11:44 AM (BVQ+1)

3 I am interested in the details of Cumberland Astro's tree-wrapping project, and Nemo's netting techniques.

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 11:45 AM (BVQ+1)

4
We have Little John bottlebrushes in our garden. The freeze this winter killed all of them, so I had to remove the dead ones (no fun, that) and plant new ones. One has started blooming. The bees love them.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at July 31, 2021 11:46 AM (/U27+)

5 Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 11:44 AM

Trout is way better eating than smally's but I've never used live bait fishing for them.

Posted by: Fool Otto at July 31, 2021 11:46 AM (DB16e)

6 My wife 'bagged' her tomatoes this year...it was so successful she had to cut the bags off a few...gotta' get some bigger bags next season.

Posted by: BignJames at July 31, 2021 11:48 AM (AwYPR)

7 Plants can feel pain : https://tinyurl.com/3pp7heza. Vegetarians hardest hit.

Posted by: Javem at July 31, 2021 11:55 AM (8SSHh)

8 Javems: remember that book, 'The Secret Life of Plants"? I believe it was there that the author recorded anxiety on the part of the plant community when one of its members was hurt.

Posted by: kallisto at July 31, 2021 11:58 AM (DJFLF)

9 I'm glad the hummingbirds remember their favorite plant from year to year. I have seen them return time and again to the hummingbird mint that stays planted in the same spot. And also for the salvia in pots on the deck. But this year I haven't seen one yet. Nor have I seen many goldfinches, who used to mob the feeder. I'm wondering if it has been too hot for them to travel my way, and are they getting their nourishment somewhere else that's cooler?

Posted by: kallisto at July 31, 2021 12:00 PM (DJFLF)

10 Hadrian the Seventh at July 31, 2021 11:46 AM

I think my friend has a "Little John" bottlebrush.

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 12:01 PM (BVQ+1)

11 If you're into this sort of thing, the best activities for today listed by the Old Farmers Almanac include

IIRC they use astrology to determine those activities. IOW, certain phases of the moon and also what sign does the Moon happen to be in today? Each astrological sign governs certain life behaviors and actions.

Posted by: kallisto at July 31, 2021 12:04 PM (DJFLF)

12 Cumberland Astro, I have seen "Celebrity" classified as "semi-determinate". It may have just run out of stem.

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 12:04 PM (BVQ+1)

13 when the moon is waxing, plant. When the moon is waning, prune.

that's the basics of moon phase gardening

Posted by: kallisto at July 31, 2021 12:05 PM (DJFLF)

14 BignJames at July 31, 2021 11:48 AM

Why did you need to bag them, and what kind of bags did you use?

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 12:06 PM (BVQ+1)

15 I do like the bottlebrushes. They were a common road or median hedge in California.

Posted by: t-bird at July 31, 2021 12:06 PM (l0Lgi)

16 Pretty pics as usual. I need to go outside and putter. My zucchini are slowing down, which is fine, I have a bunch in the fridge I need to eat up, I will probably have to grate a few more and freeze for future pancakes or possibly baking, but I very very rarely bake a cake or muffins etc.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply Irredeemable at July 31, 2021 12:09 PM (Aashi)

17 I was doing research on birds a few years ago and learned of their intelligence and memory. I've been watching them return each year to the yard. If I sit quietly by the feeder they will cheerfully share my patio with me.

Posted by: Diogenes at July 31, 2021 12:10 PM (axyOa)

18 That ad pic of Mason Reese is very disturbing.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at July 31, 2021 12:11 PM (vuisn)

19 I always loved finding one of those fig beetles, because underneath they look like they're covered in gold foil! I am still amazed that an insect can achieve that kind of look, it's amazingly beautiful. IIRC, they are a member of the Scarab Beetle family.

Posted by: Tom Servo at July 31, 2021 12:13 PM (trdmm)

20 8 Javems: remember that book, 'The Secret Life of Plants"? I believe it
was there that the author recorded anxiety on the part of the plant
community when one of its members was hurt.


Posted by: kallisto at July 31, 2021 11:58 AM (DJFLF)

I recall the title but don't think I've read it. Lot of research going on regarding the abilities of plants.

Posted by: Javem at July 31, 2021 12:13 PM (8SSHh)

21 Had two elk hanging around in the yard for about 6 1/2 hours on Thursday. I'm guessing adolescent males, but I'm not an expert. They moved on when a thunderstorm moved in.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com at July 31, 2021 12:18 PM (SchxB)

22 Bottlebrush is both pretty and useful. It is supposed to keep away ants, the leaves make a therapeutic tea for coughs and congestion, although the taste is definitely " medicinal", as well as a replacement for bay leaf and rosemary in recipes. The flowers have nectar at the bottom that can be sucked like clover and honeysuckle and also adds pretty color to teas.

Unfortunately, the freeze this winter did terrible things to the mature bottlebrush around here, including the one at my parents' and my sister's so I no longer have any sources.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at July 31, 2021 12:20 PM (1lKRm)

23 "Pants in the Wild...."

(flexes Ian Malcolm vibe)

Life will find a way.

Posted by: Hoyt's Paid Turkish Provocateur at July 31, 2021 12:23 PM (49Exr)

24 BignJames at July 31, 2021 11:48 AM

Why did you need to bag them, and what kind of bags did you use?

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 12:06 PM (BVQ+1)

Protection from insects and birds....she used 10"x8" or so mesh bags w/drawstring.

Posted by: BignJames at July 31, 2021 12:23 PM (AwYPR)

25 BignJames at July 31, 2021 12:23 PM

Thanks. If you need bags bigger than that, you have some hefty tomatoes.

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 12:31 PM (BVQ+1)

26 Cumberland Astro, I have seen "Celebrity" classified as "semi-determinate". It may have just run out of stem.
Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 12:04 PM (BVQ+1)


I was about to say the same thing: sounds like a determinate variety. I prefer the indeterminates, which just keep on producing and producing until the fall. I don't need that many tomatoes, but if the plant dies down, I have to plan for what to do with that empty space after, and it just gets filled with weeds. And it's just fun to see tomatoes forming and ripening. I didn't even prune my tomato plants this year, just let them sprawl all over the place.

I haven't seen any hummingbirds this year, either. We usually see 1 or 2 per season, but so far nothing. However, we *have* gotten a lot more Monarch Butterflies this year, and much earlier than in past summers. They come loafing by most every day, just passing through. My Joe Pye Weed is just coming into bloom, and they love that, so I expect next week the numbers will start going up.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at July 31, 2021 12:32 PM (dzUgF)

27 Polliwog the 'Ette at July 31, 2021 12:20 PM

Heavy frost is a problem for lots of bottle brushes.

Light frost is a problem for some of them.

They are tough where we live.

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 12:33 PM (BVQ+1)

28 Thanks. If you need bags bigger than that, you have some hefty tomatoes.

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 12:31 PM (BVQ+1)

She's grown some very nice 'Mortgage Lifters' this year.

Posted by: BignJames at July 31, 2021 12:34 PM (AwYPR)

29 Salvia coccinea (Scarlet Sage) is one of my favorite hummingbird plants. Agastache is nice, too.

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 12:34 PM (BVQ+1)

30 Dr. Mabuse at July 31, 2021 12:32 PM

The Monarchs sound great. I have a tropical milkweed in bloom and never get Monarchs.

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 12:36 PM (BVQ+1)

31 Lots of great photos today.

I have an insect question. Every now and then I will see a small pure white spherical thing hanging from a single thread. The object is about the size of an "O" on a keyboard, and it looks like a cowrie shell or perhaps a nautilus shell. Does anyone have any idea of what these things are?

PS: they are very difficult to photograph since they seem very light and just toss everywhere with the slightest breeze.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at July 31, 2021 12:39 PM (OU+8W)

32 Good afternoon Greenthumbs
Had to yank the cucumbers already, got mabe 6 out of 4 plants. Squash is coming daily,thankfully in a recharge couple of days, wife made squash muffins this morning. And finally getting tomato to ripen, yet to let one on vine fully but there coming. And lots of peppers starting.

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2021 12:42 PM (Cxk7w)

33 Posted by: BeckoningChasm at July 31, 2021 12:39 PM (OU+8W)

triffid seeds

Posted by: BignJames at July 31, 2021 12:42 PM (AwYPR)

34 Down the street one of the neighbors has a yellow plum that he lets drop all the fruit every year. I tasted one last week and it was quite good.
I knocked on his door and asked if I could have a bucket, and took home about 12 pounds of fruit.

it is a cling stone so I had to cook the fruit down to get the pits and skins out, and I added 2 lbs of sugar to 6 lbs of raw fruit, and cooked it down with pectin. It made about 22 half pints of jam, and surprised the neighbor when I dropped off 6 half pints of jam for him.

My own grafted yellow plum is doing well, it has the first fruit this year. This plum gives a fruit about the size of a small chicken egg, and when dead ripe tastes almost as sweet as a peach. Only about 20 fruit this year but it promises to be heavy next year. I got the scions from a neglected tree in the corner of my mechanics back lot, no idea if it was from an old orchard or just a lucky volunteer. I am glad I snipped them and took them home a couple of winters ago.

Posted by: Kindltot at July 31, 2021 12:44 PM (qaiJN)

35 Re: monsoon season. Humidity has been awful for what seems like forever. And of course it's hot. It looked like rain all day yesterday. About 5:00 the phone alert went off. Flash floods, stay home, be safe. Another about 30 minutes later. Flash floods, high winds and thunderstorm. And that happened. Lots of close lightening. One strike hit very close to my house, electricity did a long blink but came back quickly. All is well.
Love Diogenes' front view. Colors are beautiful.

Posted by: AlmostYuman at July 31, 2021 12:44 PM (9zD97)

36 AlmostYuman at July 31, 2021 12:44 PM

Wow.

We are getting just the clouds from the Arizona weather. It's been hotter here than in Phoenix, and cloudy to boot.

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 12:47 PM (BVQ+1)

37 Plum butter would be good to make

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2021 12:49 PM (Cxk7w)

38 Kindltot at July 31, 2021 12:44 PM

A grafting success story! I am impressed.

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 12:50 PM (BVQ+1)

39 Thank you for the pictures. I'm interested in those dwarf apple trees. I'm pretty sure they will grow here, as some of the neighbors have them. I have a confused crab apple tree in my backyard - most of it is crab apple, but one or two branches in the middle and down one side are small green apples, about 2" in diameter. Something takes those, I suspect it is the raccoons and the squirrels.

Posted by: Nancy at 7000 ft at July 31, 2021 12:51 PM (0tmoY)

40 Plum butter would be good to make
Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2021 12:49 PM (Cxk7w)


I used to make peach butter with the bruised, miscut fruit, and the skins. It always turned out this disgusting brownish yellow but tasted like high Summer when I ate it in January.

I gave up canning peaches, it is a precision art and the local growers don't let me U-pic, and that was part of the fun. Now I make peach jam and that turned out fantastic last year.

Posted by: Kindltot at July 31, 2021 12:52 PM (qaiJN)

41 Raid.

Posted by: Chronicle at July 31, 2021 12:53 PM (ca5lA)

42 Mostly I just lurk as I rarely have anything clever to add. But that bottlebrush picture reminded me of the ones I had in Southern Calif. Original owner of the house planted them in 1962. Still there. Drought tolerant as all get-out and as the red stamens (or whatever they're called) fall they make a good mulch to prevent weeds around the trees. Hummingbirds and bees love them.

Posted by: Diane at July 31, 2021 12:53 PM (QO5tO)

43 Kindltot, the jams sound wonderful. Has anyone ever made tomato jam?

Posted by: skywch at July 31, 2021 12:57 PM (QVgqY)

44 Hellgramites are great for fishing

Posted by: robert kendall at July 31, 2021 12:57 PM (+UGno)

45 Still no Ball or Kerr lids in the store, and very few I can find online.

Try Fillmore Container, they sell a number of manufacturers, including generic brands.

Posted by: Kindltot at July 31, 2021 12:57 PM (qaiJN)

46 It did rain. A little over an hour. Was over by fully dark. Now my Texas sage will bloom and the bees will be happy.

Posted by: AlmostYuman at July 31, 2021 01:00 PM (9zD97)

47 Kindltot, the jams sound wonderful. Has anyone ever made tomato jam?
Posted by: skywch at July 31, 2021 12:57 PM (QVgqY)


I have seen recipes, but I think that is up there with corn cob jam.

Posted by: Kindltot at July 31, 2021 01:01 PM (qaiJN)

48 Kindltot, the jams sound wonderful. Has anyone ever made tomato jam?
Posted by: skywch
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Aspic, I think, is as close as I have come.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at July 31, 2021 01:04 PM (ELgVT)

49 Had two elk hanging around in the yard for about 6 1/2 hours on Thursday. I'm guessing adolescent males, but I'm not an expert. They moved on when a thunderstorm moved in.
Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com at July 31, 2021 12:18 PM (SchxB)


There is nothing quite as thrilling as the sound of a bugling elk in the wild. Incredible.

Posted by: Diogenes at July 31, 2021 01:07 PM (axyOa)

50 From Boise area: Our neighbors gave us pickling cucumbers, so we canned bread & butter spears on Sunday.

I've been picking zucchini, yellow straightneck squash, green beans, Sun Gold cherry tomatoes, and lavender. Husband picks corn, right before we cook and eat it. We're working through another cabbage - husband eats it raw, I make coleslaw. I check for blueberries on our 3 small bushes, strawberries in the surprise row under the lilacs, and red raspberries (though most of the early crop got burned out). We're still waiting on Romas and slicing tomatoes - some of them are red, but not softening up, as I'd expect them to do if they were really ripe.

We work on the driveway edging project once a week (it's hard on our backs).

The weather's still up near 100 F each day, and 70-75 each night. It's also been a bit humid (we had a small thunderstorm before dawn Wednesday), which makes the heat more unpleasant.

I was working on assembling info I'll need for entering the Western Idaho Fair in late Aug. - scientific names of veggies, where I got the plant or seeds, stuff like that. Not sure how many entries I'll do, but herbs will definitely be involved.

Posted by: Pat* at July 31, 2021 01:08 PM (2pX/F)

51 It is actually sprinkling today, we got some clouds incotninently dribbling giant drops and wandering off. Not enough to settle the dust, but enough to make it muuuuuuuugy.

I may be able to work outside today. Off to the Saturday market before they lock that down too.

Posted by: Kindltot at July 31, 2021 01:10 PM (qaiJN)

52 Diogenes at July 31, 2021 01:07 PM

Once in a while we get stray waterfowl. Never elk!

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 01:12 PM (BVQ+1)

53 Just got back from delivering 15 Carolina Reaper peppers to our neighbor from Camaroon.

So far, that is over 50 taken off in the last four days, with at least 75 ripening, and over 200 new flowers waiting to become peppers.

So far, nobody we know has ever kept a Reaper plant alive and production for four years.
But this oe just keeps on churning them out.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice. Asymptomatic raycist at July 31, 2021 01:12 PM (3D/fK)

54 Pat* at July 31, 2021 01:08 PM

Wow! You have been busy. The berries and veggies sound great.

Let us know how the fair turns out.

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 01:13 PM (BVQ+1)

55 It's almost like a September day, clear, dry and only 74 degrees.
Doing arts and crafts outside

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2021 01:14 PM (Cxk7w)

56 Once in a while we get stray waterfowl. Never elk!
Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 01:12 PM (BVQ+1)


We get a lot of Canadian geese during migration season. But the fun bird to watch for are the eagles. They have made a great comeback in the last twenty years.

Posted by: Diogenes at July 31, 2021 01:22 PM (axyOa)

57 Hello all, we got another half inch of rain last night, hurrah! Muggy yes, but better than the alternative. Got a ton of different greens from the garden yesterday and a beautiful cucumber. Didn't even know it was there and I pulled on a vine to train it to go the other way and surprise! One of my favorite things about gardening. Hope you all have pleasant putters and surprise produce.

Posted by: Weekreekfarmgirl at July 31, 2021 01:28 PM (pedVB)

58 Skip at July 31, 2021 01:14 PM

Fantastic! Puttering!

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 01:30 PM (BVQ+1)

59 I saw the most magnificent Praying Mantis yesterday, doing my lawns. It was just sunning itself on the fence by the pool. I always found them to be majestic creatures, not plebian and low like the walking stick...

Posted by: Boswell at July 31, 2021 01:31 PM (5iUNf)

60 And according to some folks I know, they make excellent bait for bass fishing.

That's because the bass doesn't catch them, they catch the bass. Problem is getting the fish away from the thing once it's in its jaws.

Posted by: clutch cargo - processed in a facility that may contain lead at July 31, 2021 01:31 PM (wAnMi)

61 Village Idiot's Apprentice. Asymptomatic raycist at July 31, 2021 01:12 PM

That is one tremendous Carolina Reaper!

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 01:32 PM (BVQ+1)

62 >>>Had two elk hanging around in the yard for about 6 1/2 hours on
Thursday. I'm guessing adolescent males, but I'm not an expert. They
moved on when a thunderstorm moved in.<
>I always know when a storm is rolling in. There are six deer that bed down in my yard, eat like pigs and then take off when the storm passes thru.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at July 31, 2021 01:33 PM (bCkNL)

63 KT making a Little Free Library, quite a ambitious design, but slowly coming along.

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2021 01:34 PM (Cxk7w)

64 I had 30 Little John bottlebrush bushes that succumbed to the Texas freeze this year and planted 20 a few months ago. It was hard to get decent sizes ones because many of the nurseries were having to import them from other states since they lost a lot to the freeze.
I just hope we don't have another 100 year type freeze like we did last year because it has been an expensive pain replacing everything that we lost.

Posted by: redridinghood at July 31, 2021 01:38 PM (NpAcC)

65 KT making a Little Free Library, quite a ambitious design, but slowly coming along.
Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2021 01:34 PM (Cxk7w)


I have been eyeing the binding machines. They are expensive (700 on Amazon), but they would be wonderful for running up small personal runs of books. I keep thinking I want to do a "Road to Serfdom in Coloring Book" to put in all the free little libraries in this county and the next

then I could go on to other properties.

Posted by: Kindltot at July 31, 2021 01:39 PM (qaiJN)

66 other books.

Posted by: Kindltot at July 31, 2021 01:40 PM (qaiJN)

67 I saw the most magnificent Praying Mantis yesterday, doing my lawns. It was just sunning itself on the fence by the pool. I always found them to be majestic creatures, not plebian and low like the walking stick...
Posted by: Boswell at July 31, 2021 01:31 PM (5iUNf)

To this day i recall the first time I saw on on the window sill of my bedroom. Scared the crap outta me. The are impressive. I have always thought that any visiting space alien worth his salt would look like a mantis.

Posted by: Diogenes at July 31, 2021 01:40 PM (axyOa)

68 I usually see a few Praying Mantis a year, not so far this year.

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2021 01:42 PM (Cxk7w)

69 Pet thread nood

Posted by: Hoyt's Paid Turkish Provocateur at July 31, 2021 01:43 PM (49Exr)

70 None here, either. And they DO look like space aliens, Diogenes!

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 01:43 PM (BVQ+1)

71 Kindltot at July 31, 2021 01:39 PM

Wow! What a great project!

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 01:44 PM (BVQ+1)

72 The problem with my projects is that they are long on planning and short on follow through. For example my fruit dryer.

I have all the parts now

Posted by: Kindltot at July 31, 2021 01:48 PM (qaiJN)

73 Material cost sometimes is my demonization factor, the plywood for this fell in my lap so thats one reason it's getting done, and also pondered for a few weeks until it came to me what I wanted to do.

Posted by: Skip at July 31, 2021 01:52 PM (Cxk7w)

74 Skip at July 31, 2021 01:52 PM

Plywood don't come cheap these days.

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 01:59 PM (BVQ+1)

75 Thank you for the organza bag idea. Just ordered a slog right now as I saw two of the dreaded fig beetles flying up by my fig trees!

Posted by: keena at July 31, 2021 02:37 PM (RiTnx)

76 For those interested, that pic of that Bromeliad growing on the wires under the heading Houseplants, is a Catopsis Berteroniana, one of only 3 carnivorous Bromeliads in the entire world, and is native from South Florida to South America where it grows on electric wires and trees, sometimes at ground level.

Posted by: Tony Litwin at July 31, 2021 03:22 PM (oxYDO)

77 Hi KT: Re the tree wrapping, I just put 4 six-foot metal posts in a square around the tree, then wrapped it with cheap nylon netting. I made a point to anchor the netting to the ground with those u-shaped pins used for weed barriers so the squirrels couldn't get under it. I thought deer might be the Apple rustlers but they could have reached the apples hanging over the netting, but they left them alone. Squirrels were the rustlers and the netting worked to stop them.

Posted by: Cumberland Astro at July 31, 2021 04:30 PM (d9Cw3)

78 Tony Litwin at July 31, 2021 03:22 PM

Thanks! A carnivorous bromeliad, known for living on electric wires.

Amazing. Do you have one?

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 04:39 PM (BVQ+1)

79 Cumberland Astro at July 31, 2021 04:30 PM

Thanks for the details on the successful squirrel-foiling netting.

Posted by: KT at July 31, 2021 04:41 PM (BVQ+1)

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