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  • halhurst 20 Oct 2014
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    A long time coming- IBC tank nears completion

    Photo-upload-417430?1413829781 Start with a used IBC tank. Disassemble it to get it home. Build a crane to get it into the backyard. Cut off the top Add 2" of sheet foam insulation. Encase the whole thing in rough-sawn cedar planks, compensating for a non-square tweaked frame and building around the top of the cage. Add l...
    Clear 21°C / 70°F
  • HPByrd 20 Oct 2014
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    Making water more acidic for acid loving plants and notes on strong substances recommended on the web

    From organic website: The level of the acidity isn't given just the instructions: "To lower the pH level of soil and make it more acidic, vinegar can applied by hand or using an irrigation system. For a basic treatment, a cup of vinegar can mixed with a gallon of water and poured over soil...
    Clear 7°C / 45°F
  • flowerweaver 21 Oct 2014
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    Butterflies, garlic, and the trouble with stumps

    Photo-upload-417475?1413911172 Saturday the Monarchs finally showed up and have been playing in the backyard trees. They were camera shy. I am still learning how to use my new camera (the Olympus Tough). I suppose it would help if I'd read the manual. I fed Tucker a big breakfast then we went off for the day. When we return...
    Mostly Cloudy 27°C / 81°F
  • Carol 20 Oct 2014
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    Roses

    Both roses, Mr Lincoln and My Choice, have succumbed to the tropical climate. While they went into winter dormancy, they did not emerge from dormancy. Although potted, Rosa 'Mr Lincoln' appears to have been either attacked by wood boring insects or by a fungal disease causing wood rot. I w...
    Partly Cloudy 27°C / 81°F
  • PlantyHamchuk 21 Oct 2014
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    Spider bite and transplanting spree on Tier 1

    We might get cold enough that it will be a problem tomorrow evening, so once again we've gone into full gear. V has been working on finishing up an area for the tropical fruit trees (they're still small, but being trees they're still bigger than anything else). I went on a transplanting spree to ...
    Partly Cloudy 9°C / 48°F
  • Amarylis 07 Oct 2014
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    Geranium‘Vancouver Centennial’ cuttings taken October 2014

    Photo-upload-417630?1414185567 On October 8th I took some cuttings of my Geranium‘Vancouver Centennial’ which has flowered very well on the balcony railings all summer. The third photo is of the cutting I took last year & overwintered indoors these, now well grown plants, were planted out in the white trough on the balcony ...
    Partly Sunny 15°C / 59°F
  • rainymountain 25 Oct 2014
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    Street Gardens 2

    Photo-upload-417689?1414284948 One of the things I enjoyed during my visit to Wales was what I call street gardens - the gardens in pots or large planters, public or private, that made streets more beautiful. It was September and they were still impressively luxuriant and beautiful. So here is another instalment of street gard...
    Rain 6°C / 43°F
  • rainymountain 25 Oct 2014
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    Street Gardens 3

    Photo-upload-417704?1414286331 Still in Conwy, north Wales. Some of the shop keepers, when there was space on the sidewalk, enhanced their shops with small planters. 1. I loved this marbled cabbage and its surround of winter pansies. 2., 3. A fabulous butchers and deli, where half Conwy gathered to buy lunch hot or cold,...
    Rain 6°C / 43°F
  • halhurst 20 Oct 2014
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    Wicking Bed 1.3 Week 5

    Photo-upload-417444?1413846767 More of the same- The bins are sorting themselves out and it seems that the most absorbent soil is growing the lushest plants. Some of the leaner blends are failing to support their plants, though I don't know why plants are not thriving in some of the beds- all show water not too far below the ...
    Clear 21°C / 70°F

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