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Gardening, Puttering and Adventure Thread, Memorial Day Weekend

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Hope your Memorial Day Weekend is starting out well. Anything happening in the garden? Got any outdoor activities planned? This takes us back to the time when Memorial Day was Decoration Day:

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Are you doing any Decorating? Taking a kid with you?


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Edible Gardening/Putting Things By

Great news from By-Tor:

The Los Angeles County Fair Culinary Arts Competition results are in.


Apple Butter- Best of Division, Best of Class


Sauerkraut- third place

Congratulations, By-Tor!

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Hey K.T.,

Some friends in Massachusetts are helping their kids learn using grow boxes. The kids are 10 and under and very enthusiastic. They demanded more boxes this year. This first pic is the green beans.

Then carrots. And lettuce.

Not shown: Tomatoes, peppers and corn.

Mom makes the kids do the work, which is not hard. They are willing. And since both girls are becoming good cooks, they are very excited to serve their own produce to the family.

Gordon

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What a great project!

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Hi

I used to live on acre plus lot and had extensive perennial gardens but always had to do vegetables in containers. I now live in a condo but luckily have my own little terrace adjacent to the common space. After being here almost two years finally feel like I'm getting somewhere. Planted two kinds of cherry tomatoes(one called chocolate sprinkles), jalapenos, poblano, yellow banana pepper, basil and cilantro. Everything looks incredibly healthy although not the hottest time of year yet and I'm already watering every day. Already made a batch of pesto and wondering if the method of drying basil works on cilantro?

Sharon (willow's apprentice)

I don't think cilantro dries very well. Everything looks great!

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Ah, Nature

By-Tor caught someone spying on him while he was just relaxing in the shade:

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Adventure

Rodent reported on a road trip back in April. Today, I'm posting photos from his South Carolina stop. Great trip:

Mrs. R and I just completed a 17 day late April road trip from New Hampshire through Silver Spring MD (Stevie Nicks wrote a song based on the name), Myrtle Beach SC, Charleston SC, Savannah GA, Port St. Lucie FL (visiting brother 1 and his clan), Charlotte NC, Erie PA (visiting brother 2 and his clan), and Lenox MA. She only left me at a gas station once but felt bad and picked me up (just kidding!). My first road trip to Florida in a car since I drove straight through in my 20's/single days with a buddy in a straight 24 hour shot right after Live Aid in July 1985.

A few pictures from the trip attached. I've tried to label them with at least date and subject. Please don't test me on exact location!

Although not focused on gardening or puttering, it certainly involved some adventuring and I tried to select some with greenery.

The main transition for me coming from New Hampshire where we didn't even have buds on the trees yet and the snow had just barely melted was to landscapes in full greenery and the appearance of palms.

Unfortunately the "Bird Girl" statue featured on the cover of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" has had to be moved from a cemetery to a museum.

I didn't capture it, but many of the private homes in historic Charleston and Savannah have beautiful gardens.

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Savannah, GA Graveyard

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Savannah, GA fountain

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Savannah GA Room with Outdoor Painting

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Savannah, GA Bird Girl Statue

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Gardens of The Horde

Hi KT!

It's spring in Oregon again and I have some pics for you to choose from for the garden thread.

Halfhand

Just posting one today. The Weigela. Wonder if it attracts many butterflies or hummingbirds in its location? I love it. More to come.

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Hope everyone has a nice weekend.


If you would like to send photos, stories, links, etc. for the Saturday Gardening, Puttering and Adventure Thread, the address is:

ktinthegarden at g mail dot com

Remember to include the nic or name by which you wish to be known at AoSHQ, or let us know if you want to remain a lurker.


Week in Review

What has changed since last week's thread? Saturday Gardening, Puttering and Adventure Thread, May 20


Any thoughts or questions?

I closed the comments on this post so you wouldn't get banned for commenting on a week-old post, but don't try it anyway.

Posted by: K.T. at 01:14 PM




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Posted by: Cosda at May 27, 2023 01:16 PM (Uu6As)

2 Don't try to grow the garden. That's impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth.

There is no garden.

Posted by: Bald kid with a black thumb at May 27, 2023 01:17 PM (RHOAK)

3 Good day Greenthumbs
No rain is my biggest worry now

Posted by: Skip at May 27, 2023 01:17 PM (xhxe8)

4 My wife is the gardener. I just dig where I'm told.

Posted by: Cosda at May 27, 2023 01:18 PM (Uu6As)

5 Beautiful pictures all! Especially the first one up top

Posted by: Prime Sister at May 27, 2023 01:22 PM (tQL7r)

6 Sounds like a great road trip, Rodent 👍

Posted by: Prime Sister at May 27, 2023 01:24 PM (tQL7r)

7 I've pulled 20 bags of weeds in a week, each bag is 40 gallons. Blue thistle is very tough, spiny needles like cactus. Put some volunteer succulents in their own pots. These are the results of a very wet winter and spring.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at May 27, 2023 01:25 PM (MeG8a)

8 Trying to kill whiteflies, used a pesticide spray which almost killed all the leaves and the planet, then tried a capsule you plant in the soil which is supposed to be absorbed so the whiteflies eventually die.

Still whiteflies. Are they from the planet Krypton?

Posted by: The Unvaxxed and Unmasked Ranger - Longing to Lie in Zooey Deschanel's Bosom for Comfort at May 27, 2023 01:25 PM (VTu1l)

9 My garden is fully planted out! I am going to have to replant some corn that appears to not have germinated, but I will give it a couple of days more.

I gave my neighbor a half bag of sprouting potatoes because he had never raised potatoes before. Past that the job now is watering and weeding.

Posted by: Kindltot at May 27, 2023 01:26 PM (xhaym)

10 I live in a condo. I do have quite a few plants. When I go out of town for a bit, my sister used to come over and water them. She's moved away though and now have to come up with another way to water them while I'm gone. My Sister told me about Blumat water spikes. I tried them and they seem to work. Has anybody else used them? I'm fleeing Babylon DC for a couple of weeks starting Monday. So I'm filling up the largest containers I have and going to deploy the rest of the spikes today. The ones I've used so far have, again seem to work. Now, lets see if they work for 2 weeks.

Posted by: Puddleglum at May 27, 2023 01:27 PM (sAmhv)

11 Battling a calcium deficiency with the garden. I added some limestone back in April, but apparently not enough. We're down to mixing some with water and trying to get in front of this. All the tomatoes were suffering from rot on the bottoms, apparently a sign that the plants are not getting enough calcium.

I am disappoint.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at May 27, 2023 01:27 PM (Q4IgG)

12 No rain is my biggest worry now
Posted by: Skip

This phrase and statements like it are simply hilarious to anyone who lives West of the Mississippi.

Apache Junction AZ avg yearly rainfall ~13.5in, ~1.1in per month.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 27, 2023 01:35 PM (yRuUQ)

13 Unfortunately most of my weekend's gardening will be weedwacking. Getting the little spousal greenhouse back upright after the winds a few weeks back and putting some jamb nuts on the turnbuckles that hold it down so they can't unscrew themselves again.

She and daughter are gone for a month this afternoon just me and the dogs. I get to blast my music now.

Posted by: JEM at May 27, 2023 01:35 PM (8erNz)

14 Silver Spring used to have a restaurant that served pong-pong noodles.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at May 27, 2023 01:36 PM (X+Ku8)

15 Thanks for posting my tiny garden. I am off to see my grandson shortly but have a question and will check back later.
One of my azaleas literally had one flower. It is covered with buds but some just flaked off and others did not produce a blossom. The plant looks healthy, has new growth. It is in a container. Should I cut it back? Wait and see if it flowers later in the season? Another one almost next to it was covered in flowers so don't think it was climate related although did not really water much in cold months and the one that didn't flower is a larger plant.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at May 27, 2023 01:36 PM (t/2Uw)

16 Trying to kill whiteflies,

Still whiteflies. Are they from the planet Krypton?
Posted by: The Unvaxxed and Unmasked Ranger

4x4 piece of yellow paper smeared with petroleum jelly placed in garden will stem the tide of whiteflies.
You'll have to change them out as they fill.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 27, 2023 01:37 PM (yRuUQ)

17 11 Battling a calcium deficiency with the garden. I added some limestone back in April, but apparently not enough. We're down to mixing some with water and trying to get in front of this. All the tomatoes were suffering from rot on the bottoms, apparently a sign that the plants are not getting enough calcium.

I am disappoint.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at May 27, 2023 01:27 PM (Q4IgG)

Brawndo.

Posted by: Electrolytes! at May 27, 2023 01:37 PM (RHOAK)

18 purty shore that be Zuber wallpaper in that Savanah dining room

very exquisite, very desiable and very expensive

Posted by: REDACTED at May 27, 2023 01:39 PM (us2H3)

19 if you're really hot to garden

come up to Mill River

I'l rent you an acre or two

even let you use the tractor and my truck

for a price

always for a price

Posted by: REDACTED at May 27, 2023 01:43 PM (us2H3)

20 We have at least 4 Monarch butterfly caterpillars on our Butterfly Weed (a version of milkweed). Saw one molt this morning. Only took about a minute to shed the old skin, so I would have missed it if I hadn't been looking right then.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at May 27, 2023 01:44 PM (nC+QA)

21 Inspector *really* likes jalapenos so got a plant from Lowes. So far, so good. It's my first time to try growing one, but it's got a couple little chilies starting and a couple more blossoms. I took off some leaves that had dried spots in the middle and the others seem to be doing okay as long as I water it fairly often.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at May 27, 2023 01:48 PM (nC+QA)

22 Polliwog the 'Ette at May 27, 2023 01:44 PM

Fantastic! Butterfly weed is not the first choice for mama monarchs laying eggs, but maybe there's not a lot of other milkweeds around where you are. Lots of butterflies appreciate the nectar.

Posted by: KT at May 27, 2023 01:52 PM (rrtZS)

23 Rodent's road trip photos are fascinating. Lots of interesting details, indoors and outdoors.

Posted by: KT at May 27, 2023 01:55 PM (rrtZS)

24 I am disappoint.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at May 27, 2023 01:27 PM (Q4IgG)


One plant lady suggested that while trying to get more calcium in to the roots, to try spraying the leaves with a thin mix of dry milk and water as well. She said that tomatoes can take up nutrients to some extent in foliar feeding.

There are some faster release calcium supplements on the market for side dressing. At least faster than oyster shell

Posted by: Kindltot at May 27, 2023 01:58 PM (xhaym)

25 Good day Greenthumbs
No rain is my biggest worry now

Posted by: Skip at May 27, 2023 01:17 PM (xhxe

Skip, we're on the cusp of a storm system that's supposed to give us over 2" this weekend. Hopefully in moderate amounts on an hourly basis.

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at May 27, 2023 01:59 PM (Mzdiz)

26 I will clean out back gutter to outbuilding which fills my rainwater tank

Posted by: Skip at May 27, 2023 02:04 PM (xhxe8)

27 >>>I've pulled 20 bags of weeds in a week, each bag is 40 gallons. Blue thistle is very tough, spiny needles like cactus. Put some volunteer succulents in their own pots. These are the results of a very wet winter and spring.

Posted by: gourmand du jour

>My favorite implement for murdering weeds is a hoe modified for efficient, low effort death. Get a heavy-duty hoe, cut off the handle to about your elbow's length, and sharpen to a razor's edge with a grinder. Old school.

Weedwhackers are for the social influencer pretty boys. Over the years, I have chopped thistle at the barn with mucho satisfaction.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at May 27, 2023 02:04 PM (KVGVf)

28 I'm so excited for everyone's gardens! Mine is behind schedule.

Posted by: Emmie -- MoMe-curious AR morons and Farmer, please email me at May 27, 2023 02:06 PM (Emce2)

29 Our black tomatoes pictured a couple of weeks ago are still black. Or very very dark purple. Some are turning green on the bottom.

Posted by: fd at May 27, 2023 02:07 PM (iayUP)

30 All the tomatoes were suffering from rot on the bottoms, apparently a sign that the plants are not getting enough calcium.

I am disappoint.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at May 27, 2023 01:27 PM (Q4IgG)

This year I'm trying foliar treatments with calcium citrate derived from toasted eggshells in vinegar. Lots of youtube vids, but here's a link:
https://tinyurl.com/49zf6xp3

Putting the eggshells in the ground takes years to release, so don't bother with that.

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at May 27, 2023 02:07 PM (Mzdiz)

31 cut off the handle to about your elbow's length, and sharpen to a razor's edge with a grinder. Old school.

Posted by: Dr. Bone

What does a razor sharp handle do for your weeding?

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 27, 2023 02:08 PM (yRuUQ)

32 Martini Farmer -- also try to keep

Posted by: Emmie -- MoMe-curious AR morons and Farmer, please email me at May 27, 2023 02:08 PM (Emce2)

33 The bee hives inside the RV garage were dispatched 12 days ago. Supposedly... There were (as estimated by the bee guy) 20 to 30 thousand bees in the swarm waiting to move into the pre-existing hives. There was no extra fee for dispatching the swarm.
Waiting for the stragglers to 'move on' and then I'll plug the holes with steel wool and silicone-latex.
(the hollow 'eves' on the RV garage are ~15ft off the ground.)

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 27, 2023 02:12 PM (yRuUQ)

34 32 oops!

Try to give your tomatoes even watering, not too much and not too little. The calcium helps the plant tolerate uneven watering, but maybe you can help until your tomatoes get enough calcium in their systems.

I put eggshells in my compost and also crumble some around my tomatoes. I don't guarantee this works, but it's the thought that counts, right?

Posted by: Emmie -- MoMe-curious AR morons and Farmer, please email me at May 27, 2023 02:12 PM (Emce2)

35 So far I've planted 44 tomatoes along my new tomato fence. I have room for another dozen to plant on Monday. Then I have to decide what to do with the rest of them.

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at May 27, 2023 02:15 PM (Mzdiz)

36 Putting the eggshells in the ground takes years to release, so don't bother with that.
Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at May 27, 2023 02:07 PM (Mzdiz)


Way to harsh my mellow, Sis.

Posted by: Emmie -- MoMe-curious AR morons and Farmer, please email me at May 27, 2023 02:17 PM (Emce2)

37 4x4 piece of yellow paper smeared with petroleum jelly placed in garden will stem the tide of whiteflies. You'll have to change them out as they fill.

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Thank you, Ill give this a try! 💐

Posted by: The Unvaxxed and Unmasked Ranger - Longing to Lie in Zooey Deschanel's Bosom for Comfort at May 27, 2023 02:17 PM (VTu1l)

38 What does a razor sharp handle do for your weeding?
Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 27, 2023 02:08 PM (yRuUQ)

fends off all the influencing preety boys

Posted by: REDACTED at May 27, 2023 02:19 PM (us2H3)

39 Hey there, my fellow garden gnomes!

Just got back from watering my 'maters. In true Nietzschean supervegetable fashion, the frost did not kill them, but only made them stronger! They are all thriving.

Planted a couple lilac bushes around the house.

Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 27, 2023 02:20 PM (wdHY0)

40 I've done all the landscaping I'm going to do this year. But since I don't have a sprinkler system I'll be watering all summer.

Posted by: polynikes at May 27, 2023 02:21 PM (BqNkw)

41 21 Inspector *really* likes jalapenos so got a plant from Lowes. So far, so good. It's my first time to try growing one, but it's got a couple little chilies starting and a couple more blossoms. I took off some leaves that had dried spots in the middle and the others seem to be doing okay as long as I water it fairly often.
Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at May 27, 2023 01:48 PM (nC+QA)


You should do well with those. I don't know if I can generalize my experience, but jalapeños have been the most reliable pepper I've ever grown. I even got some peppers over the winter by digging up my plants and bringing them inside.

Posted by: Emmie -- MoMe-curious AR morons and Farmer, please email me at May 27, 2023 02:22 PM (Emce2)

42 I stoopidly left the back barn door open

now I got one robin nest and one some other bird nest

40 years ago, I woulda just fried the eggs

but I am now a kitten

Posted by: REDACTED at May 27, 2023 02:23 PM (us2H3)

43 Seeking advice from the gardeners here. We have a raised bed/planter in our back yard made out of stone blocks. Interior dimensions are roughly 2 ft tall, 4 ft wide, and 26 feet long. It's only got lantana planted in it, which does well here. Unfortunately, it's also infested with Bermuda grass which has crept in under the stones. We've tried to get rid of the grass, but unsurprisingly that hasn't worked.

We'd like to nuke everything and start over with a vegetable garden. We can rip out the lantana, but how do we get rid of the Bermuda? We thought about Roundup but are wary of using it because we want to grow vegetables in the planter later.

Any advice?

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at May 27, 2023 02:25 PM (fTtFy)

44 This week I've been weeding, trying to catch up. It's the corn that is challenging, since there are so many row-feet of it. Publius did yet another planting of corn. I think he's trying to kill me : )

Our new garden is about 0.4 acres, and I think we've planted close to two thirds of it. Mulch cloth for tomatoes and squash, and I'll get straw for the peas since they're vining. This is our most ambitious garden yet, thanks in large part to my brother's labor. He constructed 3 raised beds and one of dedicated to flowers. We have tons of zinnias, marigolds, morning glories and sunflowers, just to mention a few. Many will be going into the garden to attract pollinators, deter pests and beautiful the whole thing.

Praying that nature is kind to us this year.

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at May 27, 2023 02:26 PM (Mzdiz)

45 but I am now a kitten
Posted by: REDACTED at May 27, 2023 02:23 PM (us2H3)


Who turned you into a kitten? Didja get better?

Posted by: Emmie -- MoMe-curious AR morons and Farmer, please email me at May 27, 2023 02:27 PM (Emce2)

46 If you get the rooted-in-a-little-container herbs in Wal-Mart's produce section they cost half what they do in the garden center. The selection isn't huge (but no-one seems to have much selection lately) and the plants are small, but they generally seem to do okay.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at May 27, 2023 02:27 PM (nC+QA)

47 Way to harsh my mellow, Sis.

Posted by: Emmie -- MoMe-curious AR morons and Farmer, please email me at May 27, 2023 02:17 PM (Emce2)

They might deter creepy crawlies, {{{Emmie}}}!

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at May 27, 2023 02:27 PM (Mzdiz)

48 The clematis have been going gangbusters so I've had to drop line from the gutters so they have something to climb up on. The lovely Mrs. ordered asked that I paint the bamboo support poles green for some of the other deer food plants so as to remove an (to her) eyesore.

Potted the plants for the hanging baskets off of the deck this week. It look like those are going to need to be watered 2x a day until they get established.

The elephant ear tubers have finally exploded in their pots. They look good so far but I think this year will be devoted to learning what works, and what doesn't here at the new place.

Posted by: Tonypete at May 27, 2023 02:27 PM (qoGsy)

49 >>>What does a razor sharp handle do for your weeding?
Posted by: AZ deplorable moron

>Kills the opossums in your weed patch.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at May 27, 2023 02:29 PM (KVGVf)

50 Speaking of Savannah, have we heard from Jane D'Oh lately?

Posted by: Eromero at May 27, 2023 02:30 PM (/knpl)

51 They might deter creepy crawlies, {{{Emmie}}}!
Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at May 27, 2023 02:27 PM (Mzdiz)


Of course I was pretend-complaining. My emojis don't work anymore.

Yes, I hope eggshells deter snails and slugs.

Posted by: Emmie -- MoMe-curious AR morons and Farmer, please email me at May 27, 2023 02:32 PM (Emce2)

52 We're going to have temps in the 50s tonight. Strange for end of May.

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at May 27, 2023 02:34 PM (Mzdiz)

53 We'd like to nuke everything and start over with a vegetable garden. We can rip out the lantana, but how do we get rid of the Bermuda? We thought about Roundup but are wary of using it because we want to grow vegetables in the planter later.

Any advice?
Posted by: Art Rondelet

Plastic (I heard saw it in a movie so it must be true)!

Allow sunlight to do kill everything in the garden.

Water the garden, place black plastic (clear might provide a green house) over the entire soil. Weigh the edges down so the moisture is trapped.
You can use soil to weigh down the edges; but, you better be sure there isn't any grass in that soil!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 27, 2023 02:34 PM (yRuUQ)

54 Gotta go shopping soon. Have fun, Gardeneers!

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at May 27, 2023 02:36 PM (Mzdiz)

55 Who turned you into a kitten? Didja get better?
Posted by: Emmie -- MoMe-curious AR morons and Farmer, please email me at May 27, 2023 02:27 PM (Emce2)

go ahead and laugh

age is gonna catch up to you one day

Posted by: REDACTED at May 27, 2023 02:39 PM (us2H3)

56 I'm letting the nasturtiums form seed pods so I can pickle them. Or at least that's the plan. I don't know how long it takes for the pods to form after the blossoms wilt, but none seem to have formed so far.

It looks like the lack of radish pods looks like it was probably a lack of water issue as opposed to an infertile hybrid issue. Hopefully there will be more soon.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at May 27, 2023 02:40 PM (nC+QA)

57 Hot in the sun out thar.

Posted by: JT at May 27, 2023 02:43 PM (T4tVD)

58 Since beans come on early here, I'm thinking about interplanting them with the lettuces. That way the climbing beans can use the bolting lettuce stalks for support. I could probably do the same with the peas since they come on later than the beans around here.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at May 27, 2023 02:46 PM (nC+QA)

59 I plant peas, beans along a chain link fence.

Gives 'em something to climb on.

Posted by: JT at May 27, 2023 02:51 PM (T4tVD)

60 It turned out I have a clematis on the back porch trellis. And my little rose bush is planted by it. It's an Alba rose so not reblooming. Now thatthe grass is mowed, I need to put the raised beds in. That's my weekend project.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at May 27, 2023 02:51 PM (ouTlx)

61 Well, the sun just signed off after about a whole hour. Been overcast all day all week, kinda gloomy. "May gray" used to mean morning only, not all day. San Fernando valley.

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko stuff at May 27, 2023 02:56 PM (B/MLO)

62 t turned out I have a clematis on the back porch trellis.

Clematis Boyer played Third Base for the Yankees in the sixties.

Posted by: JT at May 27, 2023 02:56 PM (T4tVD)

63 Thanks, AZ deplorable moron.

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at May 27, 2023 02:57 PM (fTtFy)

64 Been out on deck reading most of afternoon

Posted by: Skip at May 27, 2023 02:59 PM (xhxe8)

65 What are ya reading ?

Posted by: JT at May 27, 2023 03:01 PM (T4tVD)

66 Me too, Skip! Perfect day to laze away under the awning.

Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 27, 2023 03:02 PM (wdHY0)

67 No Justice Today, but happy flowers everybody.

Posted by: yep at May 27, 2023 03:03 PM (0WpYb)

68 64 Been out on deck reading most of afternoon
Posted by: Skip at May 27, 2023 02:59 PM (xhxe

call me

Posted by: US government at May 27, 2023 03:03 PM (us2H3)

69 Me too, Skip! Perfect day to laze away under the awning.
Posted by: All Hail Eris

What are you reading ?

Posted by: JT at May 27, 2023 03:04 PM (T4tVD)

70 Oops, a bit more sun! Yay.

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko stuff at May 27, 2023 03:04 PM (B/MLO)

71 Well, the sun just signed off after about a whole hour. Been overcast all day all week, kinda gloomy. "May gray" used to mean morning only, not all day. San Fernando valley.
Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko stuff at May 27, 2023 02:56 PM (B/MLO)
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Whereabouts, if you don't mind? I grew up in Burbank, and lived in Canoga Park and Encino as well.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at May 27, 2023 03:05 PM (2hlEI)

72 Biography of Admiral Nelson, really getting into it

Posted by: Skip at May 27, 2023 03:07 PM (xhxe8)

73 The garden looks great, Sharon!

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 27, 2023 03:07 PM (Wnv9h)

74 Yes, I hope eggshells deter snails and slugs.
Posted by: Emmie -- MoMe-curious AR morons and Farmer, please email me at May 27, 2023 02:32 PM (Emce2)
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Cheap beer in a pan. Snails and slugs drink it, get drunk, fall in and drown.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at May 27, 2023 03:08 PM (2hlEI)

75 Biography of Admiral Nelson, really getting into it
Posted by: Skip

Did he meet Harriet yet ?

Posted by: JT at May 27, 2023 03:11 PM (T4tVD)

76 JT, I'm reading "The Cookbook Collector" by Allegra Goodman, and Mom is reading "Guts and Glory: the American Civil War" by Ben Thompson. It's illustrated!

Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 27, 2023 03:12 PM (wdHY0)

77 My once beautiful Japanese Maple is dead. I think I will plant a cherry tree in its stead.

Posted by: Halfhand at May 27, 2023 03:13 PM (8S6PT)

78 JT, I'm reading "The Cookbook Collector" by Allegra Goodman, and Mom is reading "Guts and Glory: the American Civil War" by Ben Thompson. It's illustrated!
Posted by: All Hail Eris

I bet when Mom said "eat your veggies" she wasn't kidding !

Posted by: JT at May 27, 2023 03:14 PM (T4tVD)

79 >>> 30 All the tomatoes were suffering from rot on the bottoms, apparently a sign that the plants are not getting enough calcium.

I am disappoint.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at May 27, 2023 01:27 PM (Q4IgG)

This year I'm trying foliar treatments with calcium citrate derived from toasted eggshells in vinegar. Lots of youtube vids, but here's a link:
https://tinyurl.com/49zf6xp3

Putting the eggshells in the ground takes years to release, so don't bother with that.
Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at May 27, 2023 02:07 PM (Mzdiz)

What about some chickenshit? Seriously, I had a massive volunteer tomato garden sprout last year where the coop had been the year before. Unfortunately that was also the year of the drought from hell.

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at May 27, 2023 03:15 PM (llON8)

80 Yes, I hope eggshells deter snails and slugs.
Posted by: Emmie -
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Cheap beer in a pan. Snails and slugs drink it, get drunk, fall in and drown.
Posted by: Captain Obvious

Use tranny beer for the win!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 27, 2023 03:16 PM (yRuUQ)

81 NOOD pets

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at May 27, 2023 03:16 PM (llON8)

82 Captain Obvious

The Beverly Hills of Panorama city. A peninsula guarded by a jr high campus, a portion of the Tujunga wash/L A river, and railroad tracks. East of the Budweiser brewing.

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko stuff at May 27, 2023 03:17 PM (B/MLO)

83 Cheap beer in a pan. Snails and slugs drink it, get drunk, fall in and drown.
Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at May 27, 2023 03:08 PM

Might be an acceptable use for surplus Bud Light. Or does that only work on ghey gastropods?

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 27, 2023 03:17 PM (Wnv9h)

84 No but has met Lady Hamilton

Posted by: Skip at May 27, 2023 03:18 PM (xhxe8)

85 Cheap beer in a pan. Snails and slugs drink it, get drunk, fall in and drown.
Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea, Radioactive Knight at May 27, 2023 03:08 PM (2hlEI)


Sourdough starter, or just flour, water and yeast left out in a plastic cottage cheese tub. The gastropods and some of the cutworms will crawl in and die. I like it better than beer, since I don't buy beer.

Posted by: Kindltot at May 27, 2023 03:19 PM (xhaym)

86 Cheap beer in a pan. Snails and slugs drink it, get drunk, fall in and drown.
Posted by: Captain Obvious

Use tranny beer for the win!
Posted by: AZ deplorable moron

They'll sing show tunes before they drop.

Posted by: JT at May 27, 2023 03:20 PM (T4tVD)

87 flour, water and yeast left out in a plastic cottage cheese tub. The gastropods and some of the cutworms will crawl in and die.
Posted by: Kindltot

I like this one!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 27, 2023 03:23 PM (yRuUQ)

88 From Boise area: Lows 52-59 F, highs 73-90.

Now a total of 6 tomatoes in "potato pots". While we were planting those (using our own compost), we also topped up our potato bags. Also, husband spotted a gopher nearby, whacked it with a shovel - we left it for a scavenger, and it was gone next day.

We planted 4 poblanos in a raised bed, and put our translucent plastic cover over them till they get used to sun and add some new leaves. I used a stirrup-hoe to clean up between the corn rows. I keep up on hand-weeding the raised beds every day. I added more cucumber, cantaloupe seeds since the current sprouts are not vigorous. I put some Thai basil seeds in an outdoor pot, on a whim.

Husband continues to work on the new backyard bed, adding stones to wall, filling in with soil. He's been de-thatching the lawn, and adding lawn-bug poison, as we've had trouble with bare patches. Same chemical kills millipedes so we put it on the strawberry beds as well - as soon as I finished removing dead leaves - now I move on to composting the piles of grass removed during de-thatching!
(part 1)

Posted by: Pat* at May 27, 2023 04:32 PM (EGzLc)

89 Boise area: Sad the eggshell trick won't work, short run - but adding eggshells to raised beds every year, eventually soil gains calcium, right? (Does anyone know if ground-up Tums work?)

Bed 9... what a mess. My first knee surgery is this summer, so it'll have to be next summer that I tackle that. I'll post on NextDoor, "Free lupines! Healthy, vigorous plants, blue flowers 3 feet tall. Oh, and by 'vigorous', I mean it will eventually grow huge and take over the bed you plant it in, so beware." Should I be that honest, or can I fib by omission??

The columbines aren't that much better. Yellow flowers, on stems nearly 3 feet tall - the plants aren't quite as bulky. But between 2 lupines and 2 columbines, they don't leave much room for the creeping Sweet William pinks, or the blueberry bushes that have survived this long. I'd like to hack half, at least, of each large plant out of there. But... next year.

I can look forward to forsythia bushes and lilies of the valley in the new bed Husband is working on. Indeed, we need to get the lilies of the valley out of the squash bed - they look too happy in that good soil!
(part 2/end)

Posted by: Pat* at May 27, 2023 04:50 PM (EGzLc)

90 Use tranny beer for the win!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at May 27, 2023 03:16 PM (yRuUQ)

I hear they're selling cases for two bucks. Suitable for slugs.

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at May 27, 2023 06:21 PM (Mzdiz)

91 My mom surrounded our house with all kinds of roses On Memorial Day we would cut dozens of them and put them in tin cans to decorate the graves

Posted by: Aud at May 27, 2023 08:58 PM (uBywd)

92 Roundup becomes inert when it hits the soil. Just make sure you use the straight glysophate... no "kickers".
Bermuda's the worst. You'll have to maintain a "no-go" zone around the raised bed, too. Around a garden, you might have to brush it on.

Posted by: MkY at May 28, 2023 02:58 AM (cPGH3)

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