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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Wed May 20, 2009 9:54 am

Aw! Very pretty flowers! And yes, he's the ideal finishing touch. grin

My gardenia is a little confused now; we've had a stretch of cold mornings. Confuses me too. tongue
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Wed May 20, 2009 10:44 am

Is any one here good at topiary.

My mom wants me to shape the two plants outside her house into three balls. How do gardeners get them to be perfectly spherical?
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Wed May 20, 2009 1:45 pm

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You would be more than welcome honey! Trying out rainbow trout next week with home grown tarragon Wink



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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Wed May 20, 2009 1:46 pm

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I cannot wait for these flowers to start overflowing the flower bed ...and don't my lil baby look happy there amongst the purple petunias? BTW that is not my gold purse. lol


How pretty!
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:11 pm

I am not a gardener but my dad loves his garden.
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:44 am

And I Love Your Dad's garden too!

Beautiful white peonies! It's just all so neat the way it's set up. Great plants! But please, oh please tell me what is it that's in the 3rd pic that looks like'a tree or vine trunk! If that's could ever possibly be the base of the your grape vine I'll pass out! Shocked That is a grape vine and not wisteria isn't it?
Your father ever make stuffed grape leaves?


Oh!..and how cool looking that thing, potterty?, clothes pin bag? is hanging near it! I'd love to know what that is. Pretty the way it's colored.


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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:16 pm

That would be our grape vine grin
He used to make wine with the gapes back in the day but now he just gives the grapes away.
He never made stuffed grape leaves.
I'm not sure how old that vine is...possibly 30 years old.
It was there when my uncle owned the house before he sold it to my parents.
When the leaves and grapes are fully grown it makes excellent shade in the heat Smile
That hanging thing is a frog. In all honesty, I have no idea what it's for. My mom bought it for my dad because he loves garden nick-knacks haha.

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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:30 pm

A fungus is attacking (and killing) our tomatoes despite our spraying, but we certainly have gotten some fabulous eats out of there before it started!
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:35 pm

^^Wow, that's really neat! Still doesn't change my attitude about Brooklyn, though. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:25 pm

This post reminds me...I need to pull some onions!
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:05 pm

I cant wait to start digging my vegetable garden at the end of August woohoo

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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Tue Jul 07, 2009 12:20 am

My dad is growing lettuce in random plant pots haha.

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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Tue Jul 07, 2009 2:25 pm

Hubby had to pull up two of our tomato plants. They got fungus. sad or frown
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:31 pm

^^ Oh no! There's a fungus among ya's? Sorry to hear it, GS.

One of our gardenias is failing pretty badly. Not growing as big as the other 2, and the leaves are turning yellow and falling off. We took such care with it, too -- it was the first one we planted, and when it thrived, we got the other 2.

Maybe it's just a phase in its attempt to establish itself, I hope. sad or frown
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:15 pm

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^^ Oh no! There's a fungus among ya's? Sorry to hear it, GS.

One of our gardenias is failing pretty badly. Not growing as big as the other 2, and the leaves are turning yellow and falling off. We took such care with it, too -- it was the first one we planted, and when it thrived, we got the other 2.

Maybe it's just a phase in its attempt to establish itself, I hope. sad or frown

Awww, thanks RedAngel!

We sure enjoyed them while we had them.

Hope your gardenia pulls through! hug
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:25 am

Outbreak of Fungus Threatens Tomato Crop


A highly contagious fungus that destroys tomato plants has quickly spread to nearly every state in the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic, and the weather over the next week may determine whether the outbreak abates or whether tomato crops are ruined, according to federal and state agriculture officials.

The spores of the fungus, called late blight, are often present in the soil, and small outbreaks are not uncommon in August and September. But the cool, wet weather in June and the aggressively infectious nature of the pathogen have combined to produce what Martin A. Draper, a senior plant pathologist at the United States Department of Agriculture, described as an “explosive” rate of infection.

William Fry, a professor of plant pathology at Cornell, said, “I’ve never seen this on such a wide scale.”

A strain of the fungus was responsible for the Irish potato famine of the mid-19th century. The current outbreak is believed to have spread from plants in garden stores to backyard gardens and commercial fields. If it continues, there could be widespread destruction of tomato crops, especially organic ones, and higher prices at the market.

“Locally grown tomatoes normally get $15 to $20 a box” at wholesale, said John Mishanec, a pest management specialist at Cornell who has been visiting farms and organizing emergency growers’ meetings across upstate New York. “Some growers are talking about $40 boxes already.” Tomatoes on almost every farm in New York’s fertile “Black Dirt” region in the lower Hudson Valley, he said, have been affected.

Professor Fry, who is genetically tracking the blight, said the outbreak spread in part from the hundreds of thousands of tomato plants bought by home gardeners at Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot and Kmart stores starting in April. The wholesale gardening company Bonnie Plants, based in Alabama, had supplied most of the seedlings and recalled all remaining plants starting on June 26. Dennis Thomas, Bonnie Plants’ general manager, said five of the recalled plants showed signs of late blight.

“This pathogen did not come from our plants,” Mr. Thomas said on Wednesday. “This is something that has been around forever.”

Mr. Draper said the diseased seedlings, found in stores as far west as Ohio, were at least one source of the illness, but, he added, “It’s possible that we are looking at multiple epidemics.”

Mr. Mishanec said agricultural pathogens can easily spread when plants are distributed regionally and sold by big-box retailers.

“Farms are inspected, greenhouses are inspected,” he said, “but garden centers aren’t, and the people who work there aren’t trained to spot disease.”

Authorities recommend that home gardeners inspect their tomato plants for late blight signs, which include white, powdery spores; large olive green or brown spots on leaves; and brown or open lesions on the stems. Gardeners who find an affected plant should pull it, seal it in a plastic bag and throw it away, not compost it. Unaffected plants in home gardens and commercial fields should be sprayed with fungicide to prevent the spread of the disease. (More information can be found at a Cornell Web site, http://vegetablemdonline.ppath.cornell.edu.)

In Rhode Island, some farmers have plowed tomato fields under at the first sign of blight, said Kristen Castrataro, an extension agent with the University of Rhode Island.

At the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., half the year’s tomato crop was infected and has been lost, said Dan Barber, the center’s chef and creative director.

Tim Stark, a Pennsylvania farmer who specializes in tomatoes, said he spotted three affected plants — he has more than 25,000 in the ground — last week and was worried enough to spray them with synthetic fungicide for the first time in 14 years of farming. For good measure, he pulled all of his potatoes out of the field.

There are two strains of late blight — tomato and potato — but the illness can jump from one species to the other. It is highly contagious: A single open lesion on a plant can produce hundreds of thousands of infectious spores.

Fungicides can protect unaffected plants from disease, but there is no cure for late blight. Organic farmers, who are not permitted to use powerful synthetic fungicides like chlorothalonil, have very few weapons against this aggressive pathogen.

On Thursday morning, Chris Walbrecht, co-owner of the organic farm Garden of Eve in Riverhead, N.Y., on Long Island, found the first signs of late blight on a row of 800 Early Girl tomato plants; he said he might have to destroy them all, a major blow to the farm’s finances.

An acre of tomato plants can produce 30,000 to 40,000 pounds of tomatoes. “At $7 a pound, tomatoes are one of our most profitable crops,” he said.

Hot, sunny weather, which can kill late blight, could dramatically slow or eliminate the fungus’s spread over the next week, experts said.

“I see a day like today that’s overcast and windy, those spores are flying around everywhere, and rain tonight will bring it all down to the ground,” Meg McGrath, a vegetable pathologist on the faculty of the Cornell horticulture research center in Riverhead, said on Thursday. “The disease loves these conditions.”

Correction: An earlier version of this article included Gramoxone in a list of fungicides. It is in fact a herbicide.

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It truly is among us. I haven't seen any price increase as yet though.
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:42 pm

How to Make Hypertufa Planters

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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:31 pm

My daylilies have stopped blooming. sad or frown

Not all of them; the red one is still blooming faithfully (1-2 blooms on most days), but the yellow and orange ones just sit there now.

We planted them Aug. 1st. Wonder if they just need some root-establishment time?
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:37 pm

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How to Make Hypertufa Planters

Thought this would go well here.

They look wonderful. Hee hee! More work for himself on our holiday - I couldnt possibly break a nail! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:40 pm

Do you think any of the stores will still have seeds? I live in an apartment, so outside weather won't be a problem (grow inside). I'm not really wanting flowers. I'd rather have fruits/veggies.
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:36 pm

Yeah; the small hardware store near me still has seeds. Target had them for a while too, in their seasonal section; might try there.
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:41 pm

...Yeah. I know have lettuce growing in my windows. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:18 am

I brought back a leaf from Puerto Rico (Yerba Bruja) and the damn thing started spouting little leaves from it's corners........

This is a closeup of one of its "sprouts"........

Pretty cool, right? LOL

I clipped off the sprouts and potted them today.
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PostSubject: Re: Did someone mention...GARDENING!   Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:11 am

Awesome cool Diva! clap
Those are really pretty leaves. I need to go look that up!

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