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Postby NTP66 » Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:37 am

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Postby tifosi77 » Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:30 pm

We got a tall planter for our front stoop, and dropped some petunias in there. They shriveled and died over the night.

I'm not certain, but I think I maybe did something out of spec.

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Postby Freddy Rumsen » Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:56 pm

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Postby offsides » Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:46 pm

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Postby mac5155 » Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:15 pm

Weed whacked the banks of my driveway today. My driveway is about 900 feet long. I'm beat.

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:07 am

Out fertilizing with my older son this morning and had a surprise first harvest of five cherry tomatoes! They were hidden at the very bottom of the bush, so we weren’t expecting them.

Also got a pint of blueberries off of one of my bushes, and I have at least that amount still green on the bushes. It’s the first significant yield since I planted those about 10 years ago. Fresh blueberries are awesome. So much better than the ones we get in grocery stores, usually from Chile this time of the year.

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Postby NTP66 » Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:09 am

I got my Bug-a-Salt gun yesterday and proceeded to kill dozens of spotted lanternfly nymphs, and possibly one flower (oops).

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Postby King Colby » Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:32 am

Out fertilizing with my older son this morning and had a surprise first harvest of five cherry tomatoes! They were hidden at the very bottom of the bush, so we weren’t expecting them.

Also got a pint of blueberries off of one of my bushes, and I have at least that amount still green on the bushes. It’s the first significant yield since I planted those about 10 years ago. Fresh blueberries are awesome. So much better than the ones we get in grocery stores, usually from Chile this time of the year.
Right on. Where do you live?

I want to plant blueberries and have been trying to find a good spot. Recommendations? Does it really take that long to get a good yield?

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:37 am

I live in South Carolina. And no, it’s not supposed to take that long to get a good yield. I didn’t treat the soil properly, evidently.

They are now planted along the edge of my backyard, in the shade of some pine and scrub oaks. I think the shade - that wasn’t there as the trees were young back when the bushes were planted - has helped a lot.

You also need to plant two bushes that can cross-pollinate each other. The garden center can help pick those out, and they don’t have to be the same variety.

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Postby mac5155 » Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:50 am

Speaking of fruit, I planted 2 apple trees about 3 years ago. They were ~6-7 feet at the time and are now about 10-12 feet, but still not producing. How long until they start to produce? I have a granny smith and a honeycrisp. I was told the grannysmith is the pollinator.

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Postby robbiestoupe » Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:32 pm

Out fertilizing with my older son this morning and had a surprise first harvest of five cherry tomatoes! They were hidden at the very bottom of the bush, so we weren’t expecting them.

Also got a pint of blueberries off of one of my bushes, and I have at least that amount still green on the bushes. It’s the first significant yield since I planted those about 10 years ago. Fresh blueberries are awesome. So much better than the ones we get in grocery stores, usually from Chile this time of the year.
Right on. Where do you live?

I want to plant blueberries and have been trying to find a good spot. Recommendations? Does it really take that long to get a good yield?
I can tell you what not to do, as I'm on my third iteration of trying to grow blueberries.

Do not add wood ash, thinking it is acidic. It is not - it will actually raise the pH of your soil. You want a pH of anywhere between 4.5-5.5.

Prep the soil a year before hand. Research how to lower the soil pH. I couldn't find anything at the big box stores, so you may have to order online.

They say you can plant the dwarf bushes in a planter, but that seems to be a quick death for the ones I've grown.

Most varieties say they don't require a second plant for cross pollination. Jury is out on that one, as I've never had more than 1 survive a season. I have 3 growing directly in the ground right now, and 2/3 seem to be doing OK.

Not sure about the shade thing, but if true I'm fooked again.

Here's a good place to start your research - there are other links throughout their website regarding blueberries: https://extension.psu.edu/nutritional-r ... -plantings

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Postby King Colby » Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:54 pm

Nice! Partial shade helps... i did know that acidic soil was a major key.

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:44 pm

Speaking of fruit, I planted 2 apple trees about 3 years ago. They were ~6-7 feet at the time and are now about 10-12 feet, but still not producing. How long until they start to produce? I have a granny smith and a honeycrisp. I was told the grannysmith is the pollinator.
I know peach trees need about three years before they produce fruit.

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Postby NTP66 » Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:07 pm

We saw a chipmunk in our yard earlier this week for the first time ever. Adorable little thing. Since then, it shows up every day right before dinner time, chasing away the mourning doves under the bird feeder. Gonna make sure there’s always food for him for that task alone.

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Postby blackjack68 » Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:12 pm

We have a chipmunk right outside our family room window and that ***** “chirps” endlessly!

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Postby NTP66 » Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:46 pm

He’s just saying salutations, you son of a dodint!

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Postby Shyster » Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:01 pm

I shot a whole lot of chipmunks growing up. My mother hated them because they burrow underground and eat flower bulbs. A CCI Velocitor .22 round will pretty much turn one inside out.

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Postby tifosi77 » Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:45 pm

Our neighbor has two very tall and prominent date palms in their backyard. They stand probably 45-50' tall, and as our houses are on a small hill-type thing that are the first high ground in the area, they are visible from a pretty long way away and are a visual landmark for finding our house.

Well.... change all that to past tense. They have a tree service company out right now and they are in the process of removing them. I don't know if they were unhealthy or what the reasoning is for their removal, but it kind of makes me sad to see them go.

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Postby Kane » Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:53 pm

Bad dates?

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Postby blackjack68 » Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:56 pm

Nice

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Postby NTP66 » Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:30 am

It’s the first day of summer and I already want to never have to do yard work for the rest of the year thanks to how humid it is out there right now. Just brutal. My wife kept nagging me about getting topsoil, so I bought a dozen or so bags to level out part of my lawn. Also not fun.

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Postby mac5155 » Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:39 am

I need to mow. And trim.

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Postby King Colby » Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:12 am

I have some sort of beetle infestation on my strawberries. I think they're Japanese beetles... green heads with golden metallic backs. Wtf do i do?!?

Pest control is my gardening weakness.

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Postby count2infinity » Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:32 am

My mom had these every summer growing up...

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Spectracide-Ba ... lsrc=aw.ds

They would pack the trap full every single year. The only drawback might be that they could attract beetles that weren't already in your yard to your yard, so try to put them in your yard, but away from your berry patch, if that makes any sense.

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Postby CBear3 » Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:33 am

There are sprays on the market, but I've always gone with the beetle bag.
The bad is when they fill the bag they wreak to high heaven, and that the bait can actually attract them from quite a distance.

The good is they basically all go in the bag and meet their demise. I had a swarm, no joke, a week ago. Eating everything from my elm tree, to my apple trees, sunflowers and Japanese maple. They were hitching rides on me and the family along with the dog into the house even. 1 day of the beetle bag fixed it, and I might average finding 1 beetle every two days now.

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