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Posted on 10/04/2013 5:36:16 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch

Where's the weekly thread? Anyone have more members of the list?


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In the midst of a blizzard here in SD. Plenty of wood; still have power; and roads are closed even if we could get out of the driveway.

Taken a couple of hours ago:

doesn't look like much, but we're in a protected hollow; quite a bit more surrouonding us; and it's still coming until nearly noon tomorrow. No more gardening here this year!

1 posted on 10/04/2013 5:36:16 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch
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To: ApplegateRanch
Wow. I was sweating earlier today and the tomatoes were drooping because of the heat/lack of water. Very different from what you are getting.

/johnny

2 posted on 10/04/2013 5:40:12 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; Alkhin; ...

Garden thread ping


3 posted on 10/04/2013 5:41:56 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: greeneyes

ping


4 posted on 10/04/2013 5:42:54 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: TEXOKIE; Sarajevo; greeneyes; rightly_dividing; Silentgypsy; Marcella; murrie; Ellendra; ...

Who has more of the list & can ping them?


5 posted on 10/04/2013 5:44:40 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ApplegateRanch
I did.

/johnny

6 posted on 10/04/2013 5:46:08 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Wow!


7 posted on 10/04/2013 5:47:10 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JRandomFreeper; ApplegateRanch

We had heavy rain today here in Massachusetts.


8 posted on 10/04/2013 5:48:26 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
I'm praying for rain. My rain barrel is about empty and I have seedlings just started.

/johnny

9 posted on 10/04/2013 5:49:39 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I hope that you get it. We hadn’t had rain in a while. I had to water everything in containers earlier this week.


10 posted on 10/04/2013 5:53:24 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

That is an incredible (and beautiful) photograph, but wow, no more gardening for sure.


11 posted on 10/04/2013 5:53:34 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: ApplegateRanch

OMG .... even the Garden Thread is a victim of the government shutdown .... who knew? /s/

We’re going to be running near 90 tomorrow .... very humid tonight ... tropical storm Karen coming in Monday with several inches of rain in the forecast.

I am going to the State Fair tomorrow ..... looking forward to it!


12 posted on 10/04/2013 5:54:57 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: JRandomFreeper

Ive got 2 droopy tomatoes: mongrels if I’m any judge. One is about 5-6” tall, sprouted where they were planted last year. The other mangy mutt’s about 14-16” of lanky stem that was straggling along the ground under our bird feeder, with its roots tangled in an iris root; didn’t even have enough guts to stand on its own stem.

I lifted & potted them both yesterday morning, before we left for the day; when we go back both were totally wilted.

Watered them again, and put them under a fluorescent until I went bed around 4 AM, and the small one had perked up; the other one took until this afternoon to raise its leaves out of abject surrender to death. Looks like they’ll survive long enough for me to kill them before Spring.


13 posted on 10/04/2013 5:58:08 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Thanks for pinging the others.


14 posted on 10/04/2013 5:58:53 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: All

Looking for tips on South Florida upside down tomato growing - if anyone knows any. I don’t have the cheap topsy-turvy things, but some good canvas ones w/trays and a wick waterer.

I tried doing it two seasons ago with homemade buckets, but the humidity and rain got to them. I hope that the tray (keeping out all the rain) and the wick will solve this.

Not looking for little tomatoes, but realize the real big ones aren’t easy to pull off.

Anyone w/ any hints on which plants to purchase and where to purchase them - I’d be greatly appreciative.

Everyone have a great weekend!


15 posted on 10/04/2013 6:04:05 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: MissMagnolia

Obama, in collaboration with NASA & HARRP, did it. The Wind Cave bison herd was ignoring orders, and posing for pictures along the highway that runs through the park. If they wouldn’t cooperate with the closures, then he’s make sure nobody could see them.


16 posted on 10/04/2013 6:04:13 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: JRandomFreeper; ApplegateRanch; Marcella; All

My apologies regarding this week’s thread. I thought I would be able to sneak away and at least ping the list, but no such luck. Then when I tried to copy the message and the ping list, the hotel computer just won’t let me do it.

As I noted on last week’s thread several times, I am in Branson Mo. at a conference this week. If I had known that I wouldn’t have been able to get to the list etc. I would have had someone else take over.

Last year, I had no such problems. I am in a different hotel, but still part of the same chain, so I just didn’t anticipate the problems.

Every time I tried to slip away, someone caught me and held me up so that I couldn’t get away.

Apologies, again to all. I’ll ping the list when I get back home to explain to everyone. Till then this is the offical thread for the week.

Thanks for taking the initiative.


17 posted on 10/04/2013 6:06:56 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes
We have you covered. That's what friends do.

/johnny

18 posted on 10/04/2013 6:10:33 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ApplegateRanch

That’s some nice global warming there!


19 posted on 10/04/2013 6:13:25 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: ApplegateRanch
Weather is still nice here in the Chicagoland area (was 75 or so today); and we are still working to find an easy, inexpensive way to cover our tomatoes as they are growing very well and look great; they seem to like our new place [their location] which we moved into Sept. 1&2.

The walking onions are all coming up now, and I've grabbed a small sampling of their greens. Extremely tasty. There are beets coming up, swiss chard, radishes, and some lettuce too.
20 posted on 10/04/2013 6:13:54 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: ApplegateRanch

LOL!

Check out the snow pics on this blog (not my blog so I’m not trolling for pageviews!):

http://somanymiles.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/day-163-a-temporary-stop-by-snow/

This is on the Pacific Crest Trail, North Cascades, Washington State. Evidently SAR has been busy rescuing some folks off the PCT due to the heavy snow.


21 posted on 10/04/2013 6:18:26 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: JRandomFreeper

Thanks, JR. I am draggin tonight. Don’t sleep well at home, and even worse out of town.LOL Gonna have to get off here and go get some rest. Besides, the bright lights in this room are about to blind me.

Catch ya’ll Late Saturday or Sunday.


22 posted on 10/04/2013 6:18:34 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: ApplegateRanch; JRandomFreeper

Thanks, Johnny for the ping.

Ditto Johnny’s WOW! on your snow in contrast to us dripping with sweat here. It’s been in the 90s but did get some sprinkles this week. Maybe Karen will bring some rain and lower temps.

Woohoo! Finally getting the first bell pepper of the year. About time. Still waiting on the “other” maters.


23 posted on 10/04/2013 6:21:12 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

We have no rain since Monday. Finished Sept of with 13 3/4 inches for the month, usually an average of 4.46”

The main veggie patch gets yanked up and cleared out for preparations for next spring’ tomato garden.

The ghost peppers are really making peppers now. That stuff is seriously hot.

My Meyers lemon has one lemon that is about large enough to ripen.

Gunna get final pictures of the ornamental beds and containers for my wife’s blog and Youtube channel.

I get to start cleaning up the attached garage so the I can make it into a woodworking shop. That’s a bigger task than it may sound.


24 posted on 10/04/2013 6:43:23 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Phil. 4:13)
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To: trisham; JRandomFreeper; sockmonkey; greeneyes; All
Well, let's see what's happening in the back 40:

THE FREAKING SQUIRREL WAS IN MY WALKING ONIONS!
Two green shoots were broken over but still okay. I chased him off, then brought in the squirrel cage that had no peanut butter left it in due to rain washing it away. Put gobs of peanut butter and stuck peanuts into the peanut butter and put the trap next to the onions. I hope he hangs himself to death somehow if he gets in there.

I hung out on the Freepathon thread waiting and waiting for news about Jim Robinson and other news about a friend and all that waiting got me ready to kill something and this squirrel today was the last straw. Plus I'm out of Bailey's Irish Crème - got no booze in this house.

The Lantana (is that the name of that flower I got at Lowes? Rightly, what did I get?) has new blooms, the Sesame flower has more new flowers and the pods are growing but not very fast at all.

The “T” Italian squash is approaching 9 feet, no flowers. I had to rescue Mr. Stevia as a tendril of the squash plant was too near him and it wrapped itself one time around a limb of Mr. Stevia. Managed to unwarp the one tendril and rolled (thanks to Rightly for the roll around) it away from Mr. Stevia. That plant is so tall and with half of it hanging down now, if I had to push it because there is no way to lift it without hurting the limbs, I would be in trouble. Rightly’s rolling platform for it saves that plant.

I think I screwed up with the tomatoes by not planting half of the plant under the soil. I may get no tomatoes from those plants but that's okay because I will have great tomatoes next spring since I screwed these up. The cherry tomato I bought has that one fine tomato and now has more blooms.

All the strawberry plants are growing and fine. The baby “T” squash continues to grow. Lettuce, and cucumber and Little Finger Carrot, and Brussels Sprouts, and Giant Zinnia are growing, and those Turnip plants are growing but I think I don't have enough potting soil in there for a root veggie. Bush beans have more flowers.

I have some seeds in I ordered for spring:
Golden Baby Belle Sweet Pepper
Sweet Banana Pepper
Pepperoncini Greek Hot Pepper
Fooled You Pepper (Jalapeno without the heat)
Cantaloupe Vine Peach

I'll order a red sweet pepper plant in spring that is for container growing.

Will definitely get Deck Corn seed when that can be shipped - I'm on their list to notify me.

I will get a Dwarf Fruit Tree of some kind from that south Texas nursery. They start shipping in November.

Will order Ouachita Blackberry 2 yr. plants when they start shipping.

25 posted on 10/04/2013 6:45:04 PM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: greeneyes
As I noted on last week’s thread several times, I am in Branson Mo. at a conference this week.

And that is why no apology is necessary! We all knew somebody would post it if you couldn't; we just all tried outwaiting each other: I blinked first.

Enjoy your conference, and don't worry about it.

26 posted on 10/04/2013 6:46:27 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Marcella

When we harvested our winter squash on Wednesday, I tape measured one runner: that stem was 29’ long, was not the only stem on that plant; and it also had several long side stems! Also, a lot of the stem nodes had sent down secondary roots to both anchor it, and to help keep it hydrated.

I suspect Mr. T will do the same, given an opportunity. Keep up the great work, and the fun to read posts!


27 posted on 10/04/2013 6:54:23 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ApplegateRanch

“Also, a lot of the stem nodes had sent down secondary roots to both anchor it, and to help keep it hydrated.”

I have that. I didn’t know to call them stem nodes but there are cream colored strands that came out near the soil and have burrowed into the soil which I think is what you are talking about. My vine grew up the plastic stand with the tendrils wrapping around it to support the plant. Then, when it got to the top, it’s now hanging down and I think if I sat out there at night, I could see it growing because it grows so much in one night.


28 posted on 10/04/2013 7:05:48 PM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: mlizzy

Screw hooks into the fence, then use 1/2 or 3/4” PVC, with elbows on the ends & Tees every so far, then attach long pieces into those sockets, to construct a lean-too frame, and cover with heavy gage clear plastic. Maybe use thin strips of wood (tongue depressors or popsicle sticks) with staples to attach the plastic to the fence itself, both across the top, and down the ends. Anything to weight down the bottom edges, and you’re in business.


29 posted on 10/04/2013 7:10:39 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: MissMagnolia

Oh, that looks COLD! Interesting article, thanks for the link.


30 posted on 10/04/2013 7:12:01 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: rightly_dividing

I know about those shops! I’ve built or cleared out space 3 or 4 times...and it always gets filled before I get to use it!


31 posted on 10/04/2013 7:14:28 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Marcella
cream colored strands that came out near the soil and have burrowed into the soil which I think is what you are talking about.

That's them! I'm not certain, but I think they start as regular tendrils, and are able to adapt themselves into roots under the right conditions.

32 posted on 10/04/2013 7:19:33 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Okay, I “think” I understand this. What would I do about the sides of the lean-to?


33 posted on 10/04/2013 7:31:06 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: mlizzy
Use a sheet long enough that the front-bottom will fold back to the fence, while the top will drape down to the ground. The ends, next to the fence, running down to the ground get the same treatment as the top. Fold as necessary at the ground level, and weight it down all around the ends and front.

This is the closest I could find, which doesn't have ends (ignore the right half of the picture). Seems everyone wants fancy and expensive these days.

34 posted on 10/04/2013 8:01:27 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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Thanks for the pings and sorry I’m late. The weather has been fabulous here and am making slow progress in the garden with cleanup which involves many things like adding to the compost piles moving ahead on the Garlic bed and am ready to spade that soon. I don’t mind being 80 but the BP meds slow me down especially the Statin drug. I’ll have a couple of photos of some things to post later...


35 posted on 10/04/2013 8:16:54 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: tubebender

Looking forward to the photos.


36 posted on 10/04/2013 8:28:25 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Same here. Trouble is I need to store an old car in there too. Everything has to have casters. I am caster king according to my wife. She is now convinced of the utility of having everything easy to move around. She has a hobby shop too, where things need to move around periodically. So I am Chief Engineer in charge making everything happen.


37 posted on 10/04/2013 9:31:35 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Phil. 4:13)
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To: rightly_dividing

“I am caster king according to my wife.”

You are the caster king. I think about you every time I roll the big “T” squash plant.


38 posted on 10/04/2013 9:48:14 PM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: rightly_dividing

Please read my post 25. I forgot to put your name at the top.


39 posted on 10/04/2013 9:50:16 PM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: ApplegateRanch

After critters ate about 3/4 of my chickpeas, I still harvested almost enough to replace what I’d planted.

Yeah, fences going up next year. Definitely.

I have piles and piles of seeds drying now. Tomatoes, squash, beans, chickpeas, etc. And my tomatoes keep ripening! They need caged better next time, they’re folding in on themselves so much it’s hard to see if there are tomatoes under all that vine.

Not much to report this week, I won’t be getting out to my land because of the rain expected, and everything is kind of finishing up. I do have 3 tupperware full of squash and a slow cooker full of tomatoe sauce in the fridge that I need to do something with.

Mainly I’m just tired.


40 posted on 10/04/2013 9:53:36 PM PDT by Ellendra ("Laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt." -Tacitus)
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To: ApplegateRanch; greeneyes
The continuing saga of Mama Bear and her three Cubs as This scene greeted me Thursday morning. They destroyed 2 sacks of Rice Hulls, 2 Chicken Manure and 2 of 4 bags of Steer Manure. I was able to reclaim most of it and put it in secure? containers…

DSC_0002

41 posted on 10/04/2013 10:13:43 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Hi Gardening Friends, I hope y’all don’t mind a little non-gardening vanity post? I thought I would let y’all in on a little good news affecting Mrs. Red Devil and me. Many of you know we moved from Marshall, Tx back to our home in Meridian, Ms around the first of July. Mrs. RD has worked at WalMart for a little over ten years and had applied for an open position at a Walmart in Meridian that would bring us back to our Home in Meridian. Her request for a transfer was approved. We made the move (at our expense), which really put us in a bind finically. But we would work through it. I am retired and collecting SS and she has been an assistant manager at WalMart for years.

She was promoted to Store Manager of the WalMart she transferred to this past Monday. This is a big promotion within the WalMart Company. She thinks it may only be temporary and a test of her ability. I am being very positive and optimistic about her promotion! She has been working toward this position for years and finally made her goal. I am very, very proud of her accomplishment!

I hope y’all will wish her success in her new position.

I will be back gardening full tilt this coming Spring and contributing to this thread as much as I can.


42 posted on 10/04/2013 10:28:52 PM PDT 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

Congratulations, RD. That is great news on the promotion. It will be great to have you gardening “at home” and posting here again. Welcome home!


43 posted on 10/04/2013 10:33:27 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Phil. 4:13)
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To: Red_Devil 232
She was promoted to Store Manager of the WalMart she transferred to this past Monday. This is a big promotion within the WalMart Company. She thinks it may only be temporary and a test of her ability. I am being very positive and optimistic about her promotion! She has been working toward this position for years and finally made her goal. I am very, very proud of her accomplishment!

Now that is some great growing! Congratulations to her!

I tried to get you on the original ping, but kept promoting you: I tried reddevil242; red_devil242, and reddevil_242, with the inevitable result of "nobody by that name found".

44 posted on 10/04/2013 11:28:23 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: tubebender

Oh, my. Over the years, in both Oregon & northern california, we had a few bear visits, with resulting damage. Worst case was when one ran full speed down my brother’s ridge top site, into the back of his chicken yard, and out the front, never slowing down. It never even noticed the chicken wire, but you can bet the chickens noticed it, though...and that the wire was missing.

At least you were able to salvage most of that material.


45 posted on 10/04/2013 11:36:52 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Ellendra
"Good fences make good neighbors", and that applies to making decent neighbors out of critters, too.

Right now, your kitchen sounds like ours. Then there's the utility room...

The orange ones are the accidental cross of buttercup with pink babana squash: I planted them next to each other last year, then saved seed from one of the buttercups & planted it this year. The white ones are "Bennington's Green Tint" pattypan that I let go to collect seed from...well isolated! The greens, of course, are the buttercups from the vines that didn't produce the orange crosses; but I won't trust their seed, as I know that they are not only most likely crosses, but would have recrossed with the orange ones, which,BTW, have small vestigial 'cup' on the blossom end.

46 posted on 10/04/2013 11:48:52 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Okay, thank you. We could do [and afford] that.


47 posted on 10/05/2013 4:07:01 AM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Red_Devil 232; JRandomFreeper; ApplegateRanch; All

Happy October! Thanks for thread n ping! All that snow. Brrr. I am back in Ohio after 10 mo in OKC. Stayed with my brother n SIL— to say they aren’t into outdoors n yard work is a huge. Understatement. I did make a gorgeous entry area for their front of home such was previously a weed haven. What a shame to have a gorgeous home n gave the outside so naked

also next to back NEVER USED porch scratched out a small 5 x 10 garde area. I buried compost n worked in peat moss to the plot that was clay with a smattering of the red sand here n there. Did plant potatoes cantelopes tomatoes. Beans. Had herbs in pots. Since I left the first of Sept Ian guessing all is dead. Doubtful they will water n it is hot n dry. I gave the potted herbs to a friend ask knew they would get used n cared for

Always enjoy everyone’s sharing

Hugs!


48 posted on 10/05/2013 5:03:45 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

RD this is wonderful news regarding Mrs RD. congrats. I like Walmart. Hope she has a good experience and not too much resentment over the NEW PERSON getting the nod. Jealousy can make work situations rough

Also nice you were able to swing move back home


49 posted on 10/05/2013 5:09:38 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Yes, we have had enough rain in central Texas to keep everything green, but nothing to fill the lakes.

I have several volunteer tomato plants that are about three feet tall that I had to stake this week. Lots of blooms on them.

Lettuce and turnip seeds have sprouted and onions are well over three inches tall. Garlic seeds have not come up yet.

Other veggie seedlings are doing very well so far.


50 posted on 10/05/2013 5:22:55 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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