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Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation) Vol. 5, February 03, 2012
Free Republic | 02-03-2012 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 02/03/2012 6:59:49 AM PST by Red_Devil 232

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To: ApplegateRanch

OK - That’s just downright funny!


101 posted on 02/04/2012 6:49:56 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; tubebender
Falling is frowned upon and it makes you feel foolish when it happens.............

You feel even more foolish when you can't use the excuse that you were drunk at the time........

I have a plate and screws in my ankle because I didn't bother turning a light on one evening and tripped over my portable sewing machine that I had placed on the floor earlier. Had I been drinking I would have at least had the presence of mind to turn on the danged light.......

Talk about feeling foolish.......

102 posted on 02/04/2012 7:08:35 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

I’ve gotten so paranoid about falling that I won’t shower unless my wife is home. A FRiend and fellow Church member slipped in his home and broke a hip a last saturday. His wife passed away a year ago so he will be in a care home for at least a month. He was the driving force behind our award winning gardens at the Church. Lady Bender and I spent 4 hours over there helping to do spring cleanup and made 2 trips hauling debris home and dumping it in the gulch behind the greenhouse.


103 posted on 02/04/2012 7:55:46 AM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: tubebender

You and your Lady are indeed good people and true FRiends!

I fully understand the shower fear (definitely not paranoia because it is rational) I went through it for a couple months after my cast came off. I was terrified of falling with no one home. First time I did it I even had the telephone in the bathroom!


104 posted on 02/04/2012 8:14:08 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
I am going to take some cuttings and try to get them to root and bring the fig trees to Texas with me when I move.

Be careful there. I transplanted a "dwarf" fig several years ago, and it's over 8ft tall now. It seems to like the high pH soil in the Hill Country.

105 posted on 02/04/2012 12:04:06 PM PST by Sarajevo (Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Can’t prove anything but our next door neighbor said that one of the women in the neighborhood came door-to-door with a petition to complain about us. They never had the decency to approach us before hand.


106 posted on 02/04/2012 12:09:02 PM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Redleg Duke

I hate when that happens!

I remember a dispute over a German Shepherd Dog way back in the dark ages. The man was an engineer who traveled a lot. He had a child and a Spanish wife who could not speak English. They moved next door to us.

He was training that dog (very small lot) to be an attack dog and he, or his wife, would tie the dog on a long lead to the front steps. The dog could roam all the way out to the other side of the street (a busy one) The kids could not get home from school without crossing to the other side of the street (dangerous), and people were afraid to get out of their cars. My kids took the brunt of that dog’s teeth (8 bites — not severe, but he terrified my kids).

The father (when he was home) would sit at his dining room table fondling his hand gun. Every time that dog bit one of my kids, I’d call animal control and they’d put the dog in home quarantine for a month. It seems that animal control couldn’t do a thing about the dog unless they witnessed the bite. That dog bit my kids, the couple across the street, blockaded the elderly couple next door in their car for a half hour, etc., etc.

Then the guy captured my cat and sent it in to the pound and had it put down. Their kid laughed about it. Then the man, knowing that I was plenty fed up, wrote up his own petition (I had done nothing like that) and got the neighbors to put their names on this paper saying that the dog was perfectly fine. I was crushed that my neighbors would do that to me, but I think they were intimidated. One of them was bitten in the seat of his pants right after he had signed the paper.

About that time, my husband saw the gun and told me to stop talking to them, and we accepted a transfer. We moved in August. At Thanksgiving we received a phone call from one of our old neighbors asking for al my contacts at Animal Control because that dog had attacked a lady and her Pomeranian as they walked by one day and killed the Pom. “Sorry,” I said. “I threw all that information away when I moved.”

Idiots.


107 posted on 02/04/2012 1:01:41 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: MtnClimber

The weather forcasts called for 12-24 inches of snow. Currently we have 50 inches. I spent all day digging out my walkway and driveway. I was surprised when my snow shovel hit my Toyota 4-Runner. It was completely buried.


108 posted on 02/04/2012 9:08:18 PM PST by MtnClimber (Tim Tebow will never be successful in the NFL - Leftist journalists who have sold their souls)
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To: Red_Devil 232
"If you build it, they will grow"

Huh?

"If you build it, they will grow"

What will grow?

"If you build it, ~they will grow"

Who will grow?

"No, Who's on first.

Build an Aquaponics greenhouse controller using off the shelf parts and share the open-source code so other people can grow their own food too".
Aquaponic Greenhouse Controller version 1.0


Ohhhh! Ok ;-}

{to be continued...}
Aquaponic Kale Root Growth - Week 3
 

109 posted on 02/05/2012 7:42:36 AM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: Sarajevo

To me that is excellent news! What is the pH of the soil in Hill Country?


110 posted on 02/05/2012 8:45:10 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I wonder about how important pH might really be, or even fertile, well drained soil. Here’s why:

Down the street in San Antonio my father-in-law has two ten year old fig treets at least ten feet high. He cuts them back every year so he can pick fruit with no more than a step ladder. They produce more than enough figs to keep him and the squirrels satisfied.

His advice is to choose a variety with closed eyes. Bugs and insects infest the open end varieties. Not much you can do about the squirrels but share.

Around here, dig down 6 inches and you hit hard clay!


111 posted on 02/05/2012 9:44:34 AM PST by Racehorse
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To: Red_Devil 232; ApplegateRanch; All

Hello from the snow covered mountains of Big Sky, Montana!

We left Louisiana on Thursday and drove straight through in a record time of 27 hours. Took our new skis to the shop yesterday to get the bindings mounted. Will hit the slopes tomorrow after attending a Super Bowl party tonight.

Great thread, Red! I thank you so much for taking the time to do it. I am able to follow along on my smartphone when I manage to find a signal.

AGR, I drove all the way across S Dakota and didn’t see a bit of snow anywhere. What’s up with that? I’ve managed to find a blizzard or two each year up until now. Thank goodness the wind was blowing gale force or I would have been convinced I took a wrong turn somwhere. No doubt the lack of wintery weather accounts for the quick drive time.

I’m looking forward to starting my seeds as soon as we return.


112 posted on 02/05/2012 10:05:56 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Red_Devil 232; ApplegateRanch; All

Hello from the snow covered mountains of Big Sky, Montana!

We left Louisiana on Thursday and drove straight through in a record time of 27 hours. Took our new skis to the shop yesterday to get the bindings mounted. Will hit the slopes tomorrow after attending a Super Bowl party tonight.

Great thread, Red! I thank you so much for taking the time to do it. I am able to follow along on my smartphone when I manage to find a signal.

AGR, I drove all the way across S Dakota and didn’t see a bit of snow anywhere. What’s up with that? I’ve managed to find a blizzard or two each year up until now. Thank goodness the wind was blowing gale force or I would have been convinced I took a wrong turn somwhere. No doubt the lack of wintery weather accounts for the quick drive time.

I’m looking forward to starting my seeds as soon as we return.


113 posted on 02/05/2012 10:06:10 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Excellent! Glad you arrived safely. I had forgotten y’all like to snow ski. Just assumed it was a hunting trip. 27 hrs is a long straight through drive. At one time in my distant past I could do that!


114 posted on 02/05/2012 10:31:07 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I drive an Ford Excursion the size of a city bus. Four captains chairs and a third row bench seat. We remove the bench seat and put in a full size mattress. Then we drive in 4-5 hour shifts while the other sleeps. We take a cooler of food and drink and only stop for fuel & bathroom breaks. We arrive fresh as a daisy. There is also a dvd player in the back in case you want to catch a movie. :) With the 44 gallon fuel tank we only had to refill twice along the way.


115 posted on 02/05/2012 10:54:40 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I drive an Ford Excursion the size of a city bus. Four captains chairs and a third row bench seat. We remove the bench seat and put in a full size mattress. Then we drive in 4-5 hour shifts while the other sleeps. We take a cooler of food and drink and only stop for fuel & bathroom breaks. We arrive fresh as a daisy. There is also a dvd player in the back in case you want to catch a movie. :) With the 44 gallon fuel tank we only had to refill twice along the way.


116 posted on 02/05/2012 10:54:53 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Red_Devil 232; Racehorse
I'm looking at a soil pH of about 8.0 - 8.5 near Medina Lake. It's a pain in the rear for the plants to get nutrients as the high pH locks them up in the soil. Many plants that grow well in San Antonio (like Japanese Loquat and pecan) seem to be stunted here. I've even had trouble with grapes, and I've tried a variety of cultivars. The ones that really grew well are the Red Grapes from HEB.

I've gone to building raised beds or judicious use of fresh horse manure for plants in the ground.

Hopefully, the recent rains will help lower the soil pH for a good start this year.

117 posted on 02/05/2012 11:08:31 AM PST by Sarajevo (Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental)
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To: Red_Devil 232
I had forgotten y’all like to snow ski.

Snow? I am extremely pleased to report that there is NO SNOW on the ground in the People's Republic of Red Hampshire...that's right, folks...the fifth of FEBRUARY, and the ground is as bare as it gets...none in the forecast, either...LOLOL at skiers and snowmobilers! I'm in such a good mood; I'm going to plant a tray or two of my cheddar cauliflower this evening while the rest of the country is paying attention to something else...

118 posted on 02/05/2012 11:42:36 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
I drive an Ford Excursion the size of a city bus.

...and there you have it...the REASON there is no snow in South Dakota...or anywhere else along your route.

119 posted on 02/05/2012 11:48:37 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

LOL


120 posted on 02/05/2012 12:22:59 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: 30Moves

Nothing wrong with chicken poo.

Fertilizer as the Creator intended.

My Sister just delivered a box of rabbit droppings for my garden.


121 posted on 02/06/2012 2:05:04 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Beautiful.


122 posted on 02/06/2012 2:16:19 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: LomanBill

Looks teriffic.

Using a nutrient mix or fish droppings?


123 posted on 02/06/2012 2:21:49 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: TASMANIANRED

Thanks

I am hoping it will be tasty. It needs aging and a mellowing out period. It has a tart and tangy cranberry taste at this stage.


124 posted on 02/06/2012 2:44:29 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: TASMANIANRED
Just water and what goes in and out of this guy and his 4 companions:



Just after Christmas they were all 27 cent feeder goldfish. Maybe an inch and a half.

Now they're close to 4 inches. "Krikee!" ;-)
125 posted on 02/06/2012 5:35:12 PM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Only younguns can drive straight through for 27 hours. WOW!
I remember when we did that, eons ago.

Have fun on the slopes. We don’t do that either, anymore. LOL.


126 posted on 02/08/2012 7:06:00 AM PST by tillacum
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To: tillacum

We are not very young but we vowed never to grow up. The trip is not hard the way we do it. They will have to bury me before I quit skiing. There are a few much older than us at the resort. One guy is 85 and he snowboards! There are at least 15 in our group of ski buddies that are near 70 and older.


127 posted on 02/08/2012 1:03:10 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: tillacum

We are not very young but we vowed never to grow up. The trip is not hard the way we do it. They will have to bury me before I quit skiing. There are a few much older than us at the resort. One guy is 85 and he snowboards! There are at least 15 in our group of ski buddies that are near 70 and older.


128 posted on 02/08/2012 1:03:17 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

It’s fun when the “oldies” get together like skiing. We did that well into our 70s, but with my hip replacement, and hubbies knees, we decided it was time for just pumping iron, and things like that. We were runners and he was a marithoner, including Greece Marathon, now that was an experience, going from Germany to Athens. He finished, but not number one...#3 in his age bracket. Until my hip went sour, I ran about 2/3 miles a day except the weekend. I skied, but would stop and take pictures, he did downhill. I’m the slow one, he loved the wind flying by. Of course in Europe, there were ski lifts to the top, and restaurant “stops” on the way down. Hubby could ski down 3 or 4 times, I’d ski down one with the best restaurants and the “warm glu wein” was wonderful. I’d meet him and friends for lunch and to the top we’d go again, I was always the last one to show up for the get together in the lounge...made all the “glu-wein” stops. I chose those that were not “bonded”. Wonderful hot mulled wines. I don’t think I made it through the various glu-wein menues, though.


129 posted on 02/08/2012 6:04:38 PM PST by tillacum
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

It’s fun when the “oldies” get together like skiing. We did that well into our 70s, but with my hip replacement, and hubbies knees, we decided it was time for just pumping iron, and things like that. We were runners and he was a marithoner, including Greece Marathon, now that was an experience, going from Germany to Athens. He finished, but not number one...#3 in his age bracket. Until my hip went sour, I ran about 2/3 miles a day except the weekend. I skied, but would stop and take pictures, he did downhill. I’m the slow one, he loved the wind flying by. Of course in Europe, there were ski lifts to the top, and restaurant “stops” on the way down. Hubby could ski down 3 or 4 times, I’d ski down one with the best restaurants and the “warm glu wein” was wonderful. I’d meet him and friends for lunch and to the top we’d go again, I was always the last one to show up for the get together in the lounge...made all the “glu-wein” stops. I chose those that were not “bonded”. Wonderful hot mulled wines. I don’t think I made it through the various glu-wein menues, though. When I stand before St. Pete, he’s going to take a look and say “ole Girl, I see you’ve tried to do it all?, I’ll answer “yep”.


130 posted on 02/08/2012 6:06:24 PM PST by tillacum
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To: LomanBill

Loman, are your plants just in water with “the fertilizer”?
You are an eingineer, of course, to put all that contraption together. Are your plants give injections of 10-10-10, liquified? I’m curious. I’m just a beginner.


131 posted on 02/08/2012 6:10:58 PM PST by tillacum
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To: tillacum

Sorry for the double. Senio moment?????


132 posted on 02/08/2012 6:14:24 PM PST by tillacum
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To: tillacum

>>Loman, are your plants just in water with “the fertilizer”?

Water from the fish-trough (Rubbermaid 100 gallon stock tank) is pumped up through the grow tubes for 5 minutes every half hour.

It’s an adaptation of Nutrient Film technique that’s popular in hydroponics.

>>Are your plants give injections of 10-10-10, liquified?

Nope, no injections. Just fish poop and water so far.

>>You are an eingineer, of course, to put all that contraption together.

I’ve worked with a few, but not one myself.

Thanks FRiend.


133 posted on 02/08/2012 6:31:08 PM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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