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Message 1993153 - Posted: 8 May 2019, 18:35:24 UTC - in response to Message 1991740.  

Suzie - it works for me to.
Nice to hear the wildlife in the background :-)
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Message 1993269 - Posted: 9 May 2019, 13:30:04 UTC - in response to Message 1992286.  
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Here are some photos of the landscaping around our home here in Tennessee. We moved to this house in 2017

These Knockout roses really knock me out


Here is our raised bed garden that we put in last year. This year we have 9 kinds of herbs for salads, roasting and general cooking. We also have Swiss chard, radishes, salad peppers of three colors and green beans.


Here is our new addition to our raised bed gardening efforts. This year I am doing a proper job with tomatoes--Home made cages to discourage deer, birds and squirrels--will water more carefully this year and use fungicide if tomato blight starts to show.


Last Fall we over-seeded our Bermuda lawn with perennial Rye so we would have a green lawn year round. It has now come in think and even --I think that it really looks good.


Our hardwood Maple was slow to come out this Spring--now it has leafed out just fine and looks good in our front lawn.
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Message 1993296 - Posted: 9 May 2019, 22:13:43 UTC

But how will you get the big tomatoes out through those tiny squares?!!

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Message 1993307 - Posted: 10 May 2019, 1:15:27 UTC - in response to Message 1993296.  

I will snip the vertical wires to make a few 4 x 4 inch square holes which should be adequate for my arm to go in. My wire cutters do this very easily--I had to do this on two vertical sections to weave the cages over the fence poles--pushing every other one in and the other on each cage pulled to bowing out.
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Message 1993762 - Posted: 14 May 2019, 21:33:29 UTC
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My mom lives up in Flower Mound, Texas, a few minutes from my brother's house. It's a three hour drive between there and my house further south, in central Texas. For Mother's Day (US), my brother and I decided to meet to have lunch with mom at a half-way point, which turned out to be Waxahachie, Texas. I arrived a short time before my mom and brother, so I meandered around and took a couple of photos. There were a lot of people meandering around. I'm not really sure why, but I found out the area is called "Historic Downtown Waxahachie," so maybe this is a touristy place for a day trip.

The first thing I noticed was the fabulous old courthouse. (If you look up Texas county courthouses, you'll see that we have a lot of very decorative old county courthouses in Texas.) By the way, Waxahachie is in Ellis County.


This is the NEW courthouse. I like the old one much more.


Not far from the old courthouse this mural was painted on the side of a building.


I'm not exactly sure what this represents, but it has a depiction of plays painted on it, so maybe there was a theater nearby. The heart was about four or five feet high. It was across the street from the restaurant where we ate.


Here's another photo of the old courthouse but this one has a classic car in the forefront, if you're interested in that sort of thing. I just happened to snap the pic as it was rolling by.

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Message 1993772 - Posted: 14 May 2019, 22:36:53 UTC - in response to Message 1993762.  

Love seeing other places by our Setizen siblings.

Lovely clarity and light in your photos Suzie-Q.

(I'm guessing a phone \ wide angle was used.)

Love architectural and cultural objects from places I might never get to see.

Thanks Suzie-Q
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Message 1993812 - Posted: 15 May 2019, 2:40:20 UTC

Thank you, Twosheds.

cRunchy, I used my iPhone 7.
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Message 1994247 - Posted: 18 May 2019, 23:25:57 UTC

I have an unidentified plant in my back yard that I really like. This is what it looks like now. It's about three feet high with green leaves and flowers. Later the leaves (or some of the leaves) will turn red and the flowers will become berries. Iirc, the berries are red. Do any of you know what kind of plant it is? I suspect it was planted by one of the birds that visited my yard, iykwim! It's been growing for a few years.




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Message 1994323 - Posted: 19 May 2019, 13:25:59 UTC - in response to Message 1994270.  

I bet that it is a Japanese Honeysuckle
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Message 1994347 - Posted: 19 May 2019, 19:42:16 UTC - in response to Message 1994270.  
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Maybe it's a miniglobe honeysuckle?
From what I've read they get to 3' tall and wide.
http://search.eaglelakenurseries.com/Content/Images/Photos/A089-09.jpg

No, that's not it. I have that honeysuckle along parts of my back fence and there's a big difference. But thanks for playing.

(Have a look at this post: https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=82358&postid=1991738#1991738 )
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Message 1994349 - Posted: 19 May 2019, 19:45:04 UTC - in response to Message 1994323.  
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I bet that it is a Japanese Honeysuckle

Read the message I posted just before this one.

The unidentified plant is a bush, not a vine.
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Message 1994351 - Posted: 19 May 2019, 20:18:30 UTC

Three shots from just a few minutes ago





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Message 1995058 - Posted: 24 May 2019, 21:01:41 UTC - in response to Message 1994361.  

Brilliant pics there, Rob...

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Message 1995624 - Posted: 28 May 2019, 15:02:44 UTC

This fellow knew he was out of season. I was going to my dads house and this turkey was walking down the road. The turkey just calmly walked past my car. I was lucky to get my cellphone out to get a picture.
Turkey without a care.

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Message 1995707 - Posted: 29 May 2019, 1:35:08 UTC

My green thumb is doing pretty well this year, especially since I'm growing everything in containers. My elephant ear plants have doubled and are growing quickly. The purple lantana are flowering like crazy and, if you look closely, you can see that the yellow lantana are not far behind.

I'm pretty sure that my lack of success with other plants has been due to voles. (I've found what look like vole holes in my yard.) I learned that voles are notorious for eating the roots of most plants. That would explain why the container plants are doing so well. I've researched how to defeat voles and plan to implement some of those ideas in the future.









Yellow peeking through.




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Message 1997028 - Posted: 6 Jun 2019, 13:37:44 UTC
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Here is an update on our gardening efforts this year.

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Message 1997043 - Posted: 6 Jun 2019, 14:51:16 UTC - in response to Message 1997028.  

More images of my Garden.



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Message 1997150 - Posted: 7 Jun 2019, 7:40:53 UTC - in response to Message 1997043.  
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More images of my Garden.

Why are they so small?

Okay, I see now that if I click on the small photo I'll get to see a larger version.

I love your raised beds. I'm going to put some of those in my front yard. The soil in my yard isn't great for growing, and I have voles, so I'm going to put down some hardware cloth, put the raised beds over that, and then - maybe - I'll have some success growing pretty things in my front yard.
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Message 1997182 - Posted: 7 Jun 2019, 12:38:44 UTC - in response to Message 1997150.  
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Yes, The pictures came thru Postimage.org to get the bulletin board format. They have apparently changed their site and even after messing with these for a while I cant make them work as before. I will try more later on.

As for the garden you will have trouble due to the fact that you might need more than 1 foot of good soil depth to grow tomatoes etc. You can find the corner units (cement) at Home Depot. I used two at each corner and drove 24 inch rebar to make them extremely stable. The sides in my garden are 2" by 6" and 8, 5 and 10 feet long. Unless you can find good top soil you will have the expense of filling the bed with good soil and peat moss. I bought garden soil and peat moss when it was on sale--saved about half of normal cost--it still cost a lot of money. I have a roto-tiller and used it to mix the soil and to bring up some of the regular soil here in my back yard. If I were you I would investigate the cost of having a load of top soil delivered from a landscaper or dirt supplier. Be sure to inspect the soil before they dump it--one time I got a load of clay mixed with sand that was not good for growing anything. Ask for river-bottom soil and be sure to see it before you let them dump it.

All in all it is expensive to to undertake a raised bed--But, the pleasure of seeing neat rows of vegetables and herbs and of tasting what a real tomato is like is worth it for me. Nipping out to the back yard to make a salad and to pluck herbs for cooking is a big plus also.

I made cages for the tomatoes out of wire fencing and steel fence posts--get them at tractor supply or home depot. Try to find a 25 foot roll of 4" by 4" mesh to make three cages. Last year I lost a fair number of tomatoes to birds and squirrels who would just poke holes in the fruit. This year the wire cages should help solve this problem. I put a fake owl and a wind whirly gig to keep varmints away--you can hang small clusters of old CD's to clang and shine in the wind.
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