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Post  markqz 8/3/2022, 11:17 pm

An assortment of items harvested. Two cherokees, 7 tomatillos, 10 pear tomatoes, a few okra, some lettuce leaves.

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Post  sanderson 8/3/2022, 11:32 pm

with a light sprinkle of DE? Very Happy

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Post  markqz 8/4/2022, 10:10 am

sanderson wrote:with a light sprinkle of DE? Very Happy
Yep. It's edible, and tasty! (just kidding).
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Post  OhioGardener 8/4/2022, 3:53 pm

markqz wrote:
sanderson wrote:with a light sprinkle of DE? Very Happy
Yep. It's edible, and tasty! (just kidding).

Ironically, according to WebMD food grade DE is used for various medical conditions:

"When taken by mouth, diatomaceous earth is used as a source of silica, for treating high cholesterol levels, for treating constipation, and for improving the health of skin, nails, teeth, bones, and hair." (https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1531/diatomaceous-earth)

Maybe if I apply it to my scalp I'll get my hair back....  rofl

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Post  sanderson 8/5/2022, 10:50 am

Mark and OG lol!

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Post  markqz 8/29/2022, 6:28 pm

Part of Mel's advice that I forgot was to shade new transplants. Here's my home-made plant cover.

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Post  sanderson 8/30/2022, 2:02 pm

Yes. I see you cut out part of the side showing. That helps prevent heat build-up in a trapped space.

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Post  markqz 9/12/2022, 7:16 pm

sanderson wrote:Yes.  I see you cut out part of the side showing.  That helps prevent heat build-up in a trapped space.
I need to make more, but it's not like I'm made out of cardboard boxes!
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Post  markqz 9/12/2022, 7:22 pm

I know some of you grow amazing cucumber/pickles plants all the time. Usually mine just shrivel up and die. But this one took off. Apparently they don't mind our blistering hot and humid weather the last couple of weeks.

I let them grow to cucumber size because I don't really have a need for pickles. So why didn't I plant cucumbers? Because these were the seeds I had Smile

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Post  markqz 9/16/2022, 6:34 pm

I rarely get actual butterflies in my garden (other than those tiny white ones), but today this one swooped in to enjoy the cucumber flowers. Considering current events, it would be appropriate if it was a Monarch ...

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Post  OhioGardener 9/16/2022, 8:16 pm

Not a Monarch, but looks like a Gulf Fritillary.  Our Monarchs have started migrating south. I'm going to miss seeing them in our butterfly garden.
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Post  sanderson 9/19/2022, 11:58 pm

Sure looks like a Monarch to me.  All the dark and light dots are in the correct positions.  The Gulf Fritillary doesn't have those prominent dark stripes.

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Post  markqz 9/20/2022, 12:08 am

sanderson wrote:Wester tiger swallowtail on my overhead sun shade. Mark's first SFG - Page 10 Butter14
Without anything in the picture for context, I'm sort of imagining this like 3 feet across.

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Post  sanderson 9/20/2022, 12:29 am

rofl

Found out that yours is a male monarch. See those 2 dots? The Foundation working group has a good amateur entomologist.

Do you have milkweed plants?

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Post  markqz 10/7/2022, 11:22 pm

sanderson wrote:rofl

Found out that yours is a male monarch.  See those 2 dots?  The Foundation working group has a good amateur entomologist.

Do you have milkweed plants?
Oh, somehow I missed this post. No, and I don't think I've ever seen milkweed in So Cal. So maybe this is one that got lost on it's way into or out of Mexico. They go down to Michoacan. Which means that some of those butterflies are flying from Michoacan to Michigan.
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Post  markqz 10/7/2022, 11:26 pm

Apparently cucumbers are the new Zucchini in my garden.

I should probably find a some sort of pickling recipe.

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Post  markqz 10/28/2022, 8:52 pm

This is likely the last Cherokee tomato of 2022, since the growing plants seem to only want to do endless foliage.  

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Post  markqz 11/11/2022, 1:32 pm

Well, the cat-mat's only worked for about a week. Then the critter started tearing the mats out. But squares fortified with bricks were still protected. So for the moment, my garden is beginning to look more like a patio.

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Post  markqz 11/12/2022, 5:44 pm

When you never have a frost, it becomes up to you to decide when the growing season for a plant is over. This can be challenging, when you've got a 7 foot okra still trying to push out a flower or two.

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Post  sanderson 11/13/2022, 3:56 pm

Yes, that SW corner is great in one way but harder to remove old plants for new plants when they just keep on growing.

We need to figure out what is tearing up the beds. Sad

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Post  markqz 11/20/2022, 6:00 pm

This is one bag of stevia I've collected. I see the suggestion that I should try to take cuttings. My attempts at that before failed, but maybe because I didn't use rooting compound. Stevia is just about the hardest thing I've tried to germinate.

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Post  markqz 12/10/2022, 8:23 pm

All I want for Christmas is for my Cherokee tomatoes to ripen.
And a Tesla.

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Post  sanderson 12/11/2022, 4:19 pm

lol! So tempted to make a joke about your wishes. Instead, I will wish for your Cherokee Purples to ripen.

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Post  markqz 12/21/2022, 12:56 pm

One of 3 ripening eggplant fruits -- been growing since 2018 !?, I think. Greenish on inside, but grilled nicely enough. I wonder if the EP will survive another year.

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Post  markqz 12/24/2022, 12:19 pm

The Cherokee Purples won't be ready, but this Snow Fairy, might, might just make it.

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