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Post  AtlantaMarie 5/13/2016, 7:46 am

@Windmere wrote:

Marie, do you use pine straw as a mulch?  My ornamental plants are beginning to need too much water.  Since I have a ton of pine trees on my property, it would be economical for me to use pine straw, but I am perfectly fine with investing in bark or whatever else might be good.

Please let me know when you have moment.  If all goes well, I might lay down some mulch this afternoon before it rains.

PS:  Yolos, or anyone else, feel free to chime in too!56432

Thanks!  Smile

Hi Windmere! How are you?

I used pinestraw on the strawberries & potatoes as mulch. And mini pine nuggets on the blueberries. But I use cypress nuggets for just about everything else.

I'm going to put newspaper under them this year to make it easier to take the cypress up at the end of the season. (Hopefully, anyway, lol!) It will also give the worms I'm finding something else to munch on this summer
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Post  Windmere 5/13/2016, 10:40 am

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@Windmere wrote:

Marie, do you use pine straw as a mulch?  My ornamental plants are beginning to need too much water.  Since I have a ton of pine trees on my property, it would be economical for me to use pine straw, but I am perfectly fine with investing in bark or whatever else might be good.

Please let me know when you have moment.  If all goes well, I might lay down some mulch this afternoon before it rains.

PS:  Yolos, or anyone else, feel free to chime in too!56432

Thanks!  Smile

Hi Windmere!  How are you?

I used pinestraw on the strawberries & potatoes as mulch.  And mini pine nuggets on the blueberries.  But I use cypress nuggets for just about everything else.  

I'm going to put newspaper under them this year to make it easier to take the cypress up at the end of the season.  (Hopefully, anyway, lol!)  It will also give the worms I'm finding something else to munch on this summer
I'm ok today I think, thank you for asking.  Smile

I like the idea of newspaper to help keep things wet.  Yesterday I hunted and gathered enough pine straw to cover my flower beds...  I never realized how much hard work that would be.  However, I forgot about my daughter's strawberry patch, so I'm very glad you mentioned it.

We had some really nice rain last night, so I'm glad that bone dry pine straw got nice and wet.

Hope you and Mike are ok.  Is Mike feeling a bit better today?
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Post  AtlantaMarie 5/18/2016, 7:04 pm

I think it's going to be an ibuprofen night...

I was mistaken on what DH was planning for the bottom of the greenhouse. It IS being stepped, but with concrete.

He put the forms down the other day, but they were slightly off, so we redid them Monday & today. And we just finished pouring 6 bags of concrete. But the left side is completely poured.

I'm going to mom's for a couple of days. Dollars to donuts, he'll have the right side set up & poured before I get back... And he's STILL dealing with bronchitis....
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts 5/18/2016, 9:36 pm

I'm sore and achey just reading your post!!!!!  My that's going to be nice but it's a lot of work getting there.

Pictures when done?!
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Post  ralitaco 5/18/2016, 11:01 pm

That sounds great.
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Post  AtlantaMarie 5/19/2016, 6:56 am

I'm trying to get pics as we go along. I'm going to have to get Sanderson to post them as my settings have gotten completely messed up by moving to Windows 10.

That ibuprofen and a good night's sleep have done wonders for me! Yea.....
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Post  sanderson 5/19/2016, 2:12 pm

Marie, I'll be happy to help you out. email

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Post  Windmere 5/20/2016, 1:22 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:I'm trying to get pics as we go along.  I'm going to have to get Sanderson to post them as my settings have gotten completely messed up by moving to Windows 10.

That ibuprofen and a good night's sleep have done wonders for me!  Yea.....
I'm glad you are feeling better.  I hope Mike is much improved too.  I HATE Windows 10 because I had gotten so used to my old Windows 7.  It improves with time.  Fortunately I have a teenage daughter to rescue me when I encounter technical (user) difficulties.
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Post  yolos 5/20/2016, 1:43 pm

@Windmere wrote:
@AtlantaMarie wrote:I'm trying to get pics as we go along.  I'm going to have to get Sanderson to post them as my settings have gotten completely messed up by moving to Windows 10.

That ibuprofen and a good night's sleep have done wonders for me!  Yea.....
I'm glad you are feeling better.  I hope Mike is much improved too.  I HATE Windows 10 because I had gotten so used to my old Windows 7.  It improves with time.  Fortunately I have a teenage daughter to rescue me when I encounter technical (user) difficulties.
Funny thing - I fell asleep at the computer a couple nights ago.  When I woke up Windows 10 was 98% downloaded.   AtlantaMarie's Garden - Page 3 671790 I didn't want it cause I hate it.  So at the end of the download, it asked me to Accept the terms and conditions.  I said decline.  So it just restored my old Windows 7. AtlantaMarie's Garden - Page 3 43549  Moral of the Story - don't fall asleep at the computer.
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Post  Windmere 5/20/2016, 1:48 pm

@yolos wrote:
@Windmere wrote:
@AtlantaMarie wrote:I'm trying to get pics as we go along.  I'm going to have to get Sanderson to post them as my settings have gotten completely messed up by moving to Windows 10.

That ibuprofen and a good night's sleep have done wonders for me!  Yea.....
I'm glad you are feeling better.  I hope Mike is much improved too.  I HATE Windows 10 because I had gotten so used to my old Windows 7.  It improves with time.  Fortunately I have a teenage daughter to rescue me when I encounter technical (user) difficulties.
Funny thing - I fell asleep at the computer a couple nights ago.  When I woke up Windows 10 was 98% downloaded.   AtlantaMarie's Garden - Page 3 671790 I didn't want it cause I hate it.  So at the end of the download, it asked me to Accept the terms and conditions.  I said decline.  So it just restored my old Windows 7. AtlantaMarie's Garden - Page 3 43549  Moral of the Story - don't fall asleep at the computer.
I smell Microsoft mischief.  Yesterday, Windows 10 downloaded on my wife's office computer.  It's shared with a co-worker who is, well, computer impaired.  When my wife arrived at work yesterday, her co-worker had left her a note that the computer was "broken."  My wife did the exact same thing you did...  declined terms and then had to wait for Windows 7 (or maybe 8 ) to be restored.  I blame Microsoft more than you yolos!
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Post  trolleydriver 5/20/2016, 2:21 pm

Not sure why there are so many problems with Windows 10.  I've downloaded it onto my home office computer as well as my laptop and I really like it. You have to make sure you have up to date Windows 10 compatible drivers for your devices. 

I have not yet downloaded it onto my Flight Simulator computer because I have a lot of specialized hardware peripherals such as autopilot panel, radio panel, head tracking device, headset/microphone, yoke, pedals, two 24 inch monitors, as well specialized software such as the flight sim program, add-on scenery, a weather generator, add-on planes, a moving map program, a program that allows me to speak to other pilots online, etc., etc.  But one of these days I will give it a try after I make a digital image backup of my existing setup.
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Post  AtlantaMarie 5/21/2016, 5:11 pm

Hi guys. Sorry I've been scarce.

Had to go to mom's for a couple of days, then I was at Atlanta Medical all day today with a friend who's partner was having spinal surgery due to an accident on Wed.

It's very strange - the computer will be fine for several days, then I have to reboot it 3-6 times in one day... I've given up....
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Post  AtlantaMarie 5/26/2016, 10:38 am

Alright, so we've been so busy with other things - working, greenhouse, etc. - that I lost almost all of my seedlings due to neglect. So we went & bought some plants & I'm working on getting them in the ground today since it's sorta-kinda cloudy.

AND we've gotten the foundation finished on the greenhouse & are starting on walls.

Oh, and the surgery went fine. Patrick's home, but he's got a LOT of physical therapy to do...
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Post  sanderson 5/26/2016, 8:39 pm

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Post  AtlantaMarie 6/28/2016, 8:11 am

We FINALLY got some rain last night. (We're over 7" down for the year.) And it's very foggy this morning. But the temps are much better too.

Except for the back wall and a beam for the roof, the framing is done on the greenhouse. But with the moisture today, I guess I won't be painting as planned...

I know, I know, Sanderson - photos... I've got them on 2 phones. Just need to get them hooked into the computer & send them to you.

Plants are growing nicely. The bee balm has taken over some spots & is spreading rapidly. So is my lemon thyme. And I've gathered almost 2 gallons of blueberries. Now that we're back from our trip, I've GOT to get out there. I've got probably another gallon & a half ready. (Amazing how many I'm gathering now that I don't have to worry about birds... LOL!)
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Post  CapeCoddess 6/28/2016, 10:45 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:And I've gathered almost 2 gallons of blueberries.  Now that we're back from our trip, I've GOT to get out there.  I've got probably another gallon & a half ready.  (Amazing how many I'm gathering now that I don't have to worry about birds...  LOL!)

Shocked OK wait...without having to go back and read what I must have missed in this thread, how are you saving your blueberries from birds? Netting? If so, what kind please?

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Post  countrynaturals 6/28/2016, 10:52 am

WAAA! I WANT BLUEBERRIES!  AtlantaMarie's Garden - Page 3 671790
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Post  AtlantaMarie 6/28/2016, 1:37 pm

Just picked another gallon. That makes 3+ gallons so far. Of course, not all of them made it to the freezer, lol!

CN, blueberries are easy to grow! They're cousins to azaleas, so they like pine bark nuggets as mulch. I'd recommend having them at least 6' away from a building to make it easier to harvest. You need a couple of different varieties for pollination.
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Post  countrynaturals 6/28/2016, 2:20 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Just picked another gallon.  That makes 3+ gallons so far.  Of course, not all of them made it to the freezer, lol!

CN, blueberries are easy to grow!  They're cousins to azaleas, so they like pine bark nuggets as mulch.  I'd recommend having them at least 6' away from a building to make it easier to harvest.  You need a couple of different varieties for pollination.
I've tried before and they all died. They really don't want to be in zone 9, even though the ones I bought were from a nursery right here in our area. I bought big, expensive plants, too.  It was a real heart-break, since the whole family loves blueberries.Sad
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Post  trolleydriver 6/28/2016, 3:20 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:WAAA! I WANT BLUEBERRIES!  AtlantaMarie's Garden - Page 3 671790
Me too.  I almost bought some plants earlier this year but then could not think of a good location for them in the garden. 

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Post  countrynaturals 6/28/2016, 4:17 pm

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@countrynaturals wrote:WAAA! I WANT BLUEBERRIES!  AtlantaMarie's Garden - Page 3 671790
Me too.  I almost bought some plants earlier this year but then could not think of a good location for them in the garden. 

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I'm gonna try again next year when I know more and can devote more time to them. They're very expensive, so I don't want to blow it again. Evil or Very Mad
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Post  AtlantaMarie 6/28/2016, 5:36 pm

We use them as our front hedges.

Let me know when you're ready & I'll help you as I can.
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Post  countrynaturals 6/28/2016, 6:05 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:We use them as our front hedges.

Let me know when you're ready & I'll help you as I can.
thanks Well, maybe you could help me right now, thank you. Would it be better to plant them this fall or early next spring? (We rarely get any hard frost in the winter -- summer heat is much more of an issue.)
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Post  AtlantaMarie 6/29/2016, 6:56 am

I'd say fall. That will give the roots time to get settled in their new home before trying to bloom next spring.

I'd give them a good bunch of humus & compost in the holes, use mini pine nuggets for mulch.
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Post  countrynaturals 6/29/2016, 11:02 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:I'd say fall.  That will give the roots time to get settled in their new home before trying to bloom next spring.

I'd give them a good bunch of humus & compost in the holes, use mini pine nuggets for mulch.
Perfect!. Thank you. We all LOVE blueberries. I love you
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