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Message 1997219 - Posted: 7 Jun 2019, 18:29:44 UTC

One year my dad went to the compost facility the city here has. He got a pickup bed full of black rich gold.

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Message 1997417 - Posted: 8 Jun 2019, 15:03:10 UTC

Thats a great looking garden! I tried starting mine a few weeks ago, forgot to de-weed. So it looks like a tomato/pepper jungle almost.

Heres two aerials from my UAV of one of my most favorite places in the entire world. Little town close to the Mexico border called Terlingua, TX. Next door to Big Bend Natl Park. It has absolutely some of the best night skies in the continental US. The only down side...its hot, very very hot.



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Message 1997420 - Posted: 8 Jun 2019, 15:39:20 UTC

Really great shots - I'm not a "desert person", but it certainly looks a great place to explore.
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Message 1997429 - Posted: 8 Jun 2019, 17:00:17 UTC

As Rob said, really great shots ThePHX264, looks like home here almost.

It was like this in early 2008 one winter day.

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Message 1997465 - Posted: 8 Jun 2019, 21:15:19 UTC - in response to Message 1997182.  

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.


I'm not growing tomatoes or any other vegetable. I'm going to plant decorative plants/flowers - perennials, mostly. I don't know what, exactly, but today I wandered thru the outdoor part of Lowe's and found there are about a zillion choices. :-D
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Message 1997466 - Posted: 8 Jun 2019, 21:16:27 UTC - in response to Message 1997219.  

One year my dad went to the compost facility the city here has. He got a pickup bed full of black rich gold.

I'm going to have to check to see if there's anything like that around here.
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Message 1997477 - Posted: 8 Jun 2019, 22:00:45 UTC - in response to Message 1997417.  

Heres two aerials from my UAV of one of my most favorite places in the entire world. Little town close to the Mexico border called Terlingua, TX. Next door to Big Bend Natl Park. It has absolutely some of the best night skies in the continental US. The only down side...its hot, very very hot.

Great shots there.
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Message 1997706 - Posted: 10 Jun 2019, 20:37:18 UTC

Some of you might remember that I put a small, decorative windmill in my front yard a while back. After it was there about a week, I put some gravel underneath it in a small square. I just thought it looked better that way. (I don't think I uploaded a pic with the gravel underneath.)

Well, as I suspected they might, the cats started to use the gravel as a litter box. To prevent that, today I put this planter underneath the windmill. It's not quite big enough to completely deter the cats, but it'll help a bit, and it looks nice, imho.

Plants in the planter are one flax lily (the tall one in the middle), two Mexican heathers, two "wheels of wonder" ice plants, and one black sweet potato vine (I don't know what I was thinking with that one). All are full-sun perennials.

As far as the "lawn" is concerned, I've been having trouble with my lawn mower, which is why the lawn hasn't been mowed for a few weeks. I started mowing one day, but then the mower wouldn't restart after I had to stop for some reason. And I haven't been able to get it working since. (I've had it "repaired" and "serviced" twice, so please don't suggest that I have it looked at.) I have a new, electric mower on its way so the lawn will be mowed by the weekend.










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Message 1998918 - Posted: 20 Jun 2019, 15:08:56 UTC

My lantana is doing very well. Four plants per pot - two violet and two yellow.




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Message 1998995 - Posted: 21 Jun 2019, 5:35:01 UTC

Nice plants, here I only have devils grass.

Today I went to the Doctor about My left calf, it's getting better, I'd post a pic, but you probably don't wanna see it.
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Message 1999469 - Posted: 24 Jun 2019, 22:07:32 UTC

We had a wicked storm here last night and, while it could have been much worse, this is what I woke up to today. I'm going to try to straighten it out, but it will never be the same. :-(





I'm thinking about contacting the company that makes it to see if they'll replace the top part. Maybe.
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Message 1999528 - Posted: 25 Jun 2019, 4:46:01 UTC - in response to Message 1999469.  

I think I see the problem. Those bolt holes at the bottom of the feet. They were supposed to be bolted to something, like a large heavy poured foundation.

You should consider that, not for the next wind, but because some children might come along and tip it over and hurt themselves.
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Message 1999596 - Posted: 25 Jun 2019, 22:07:51 UTC - in response to Message 1999528.  

I think I see the problem. Those bolt holes at the bottom of the feet. They were supposed to be bolted to something, like a large heavy poured foundation.

You should consider that, not for the next wind, but because some children might come along and tip it over and hurt themselves.

The windmill came with four L-shaped things to go through those "bolt holes." When I saw them I thought, these will never work. I was right. I've ordered some screw-type ground anchors and will try those.
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Message 1999926 - Posted: 27 Jun 2019, 13:37:29 UTC
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A picture made by my wife on our way to Moab, Utah.




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Message 2000041 - Posted: 28 Jun 2019, 4:24:04 UTC

Nice shot.
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Message 2000191 - Posted: 28 Jun 2019, 23:35:13 UTC - in response to Message 2000041.  

Nice shot.

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Message 2000194 - Posted: 28 Jun 2019, 23:47:54 UTC

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Message 2000277 - Posted: 29 Jun 2019, 13:44:27 UTC

Awesome! Hard to beat watching waterfalls, looks like a great place to stop on the road to Moab!



I finally did a little weeding in my garden yesterday. First time doing a garden and I did not do it properly at the beginning. Weeds tried to take over, took me 30mins to clear out this little 3x4ft section. Spread some ferts on top yesterday as well. The heat down here is pretty harsh, I probably need to water more as well...

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Message 2000371 - Posted: 30 Jun 2019, 1:33:36 UTC - in response to Message 2000277.  

Awesome! Hard to beat watching waterfalls, looks like a great place to stop on the road to Moab!



I finally did a little weeding in my garden yesterday. First time doing a garden and I did not do it properly at the beginning. Weeds tried to take over, took me 30mins to clear out this little 3x4ft section. Spread some ferts on top yesterday as well. The heat down here is pretty harsh, I probably need to water more as well...

Don't give up. Next year try the same thing but with a raised bed. They can be put together very cheaply, and when you add (purchased) soil you'll be adding something that's better for your plants than what you've got now.

I have voles in my yard. They eat the roots of my plants. For that reason I'm planting everything in planters or raised beds.

Do a google search to find out how to make your own raised beds. You could even use old pallets.

Or go shopping. I've found one that's 4' x 4' that I like. I'm going to get two of them for my front yard.


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Message 2000647 - Posted: 2 Jul 2019, 21:10:01 UTC
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Another shot taken at Dead Horse Point by my wife.





And another one.






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