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LalaithUrwen
Post subject: Re: Gardening
Posted: Sat 02 Sep , 2023 1:52 am
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Ok, I'll try that first. Any ideas for plan B? :D

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Posted: Sun 03 Sep , 2023 1:24 pm
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Nope! That's all I've got.




I'm assuming this is a bad thing as opposed to just an annoying thing or weird, creepy thing? What kind of ants are these?

If they all need to die, I suppose there are many ways to accomplish that. (It just does seem kind of brutal and sad, but, if they're harmful, I don't know of other options.)

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Posted: Sun 03 Sep , 2023 1:31 pm
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Aphids have a special symbiotic relationship with certain types of ants, and if you've been following this thread you know that aphids prevented me from several years of blackcurrant harvests (thankfully it seems that they have been vanquished).

So I'd recommend getting rid of the ants if you want a tomato harvest.

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Frelga
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Posted: Sun 03 Sep , 2023 7:40 pm
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Yeah, my tomatoes are doing terribly but I never saw aphids on them. Could they be damaging roots? Them or some other ant livestock?

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When I was having trouble with aphids, I always found them on the leaves, not the actual fruit itself. Apparently they suck the sap out of the plant, so that berries are unable to form.

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Posted: Mon 11 Sep , 2023 4:21 pm
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I guess this is one way of dealing with an ant colony. Seems a bit mean, though.

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Posted: Tue 12 Sep , 2023 7:29 pm
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Fire ants are very mean creatures. Killing them wouldn't bother me a bit.

Those little monsters will bite you and then sting repeatedly while holding on with their mandibles. Each sting makes a little pustule.
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/d ... -ant-bites

I got stung more than a few times when I was in Army basic training way back when. I hate those things.


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Posted: Sun 05 May , 2024 5:42 pm
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Anyone else get some gardening done this weekend?

Good news for me: all of my outdoor plants seem to have survived the winter. (Not all of my indoor plants, though)

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Posted: Mon 06 May , 2024 4:09 am
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We had cold rain yesterday, very odd weather, so the only gardening was pulling weeds from the softened soil.

I do need to plant a cucumber lemon that mom gave me. She misread the label and thought it was a dwarf lemon. Would make better sense if they called it lemon cucumber. Adjective before nouns, folks.

Mom's patio looks amazing, BTW, so green.

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Posted: Sat 25 May , 2024 10:41 pm
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So, of my two trees, the lilac seems to be flourishing. No blooms yet, probably won't get them the first year, but it seems to be healthy:
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My serviceberry, on the other hand, is not doing so well. It had buds at the beginning of spring, but they've dropped off, and the stem looks quite bare. On the other hand, it's not dry and brittle, but seems to be properly bendy:
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What do you think? Is it still alive? Should I continue to tend it, or should I replace it?

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Posted: Sat 25 May , 2024 10:56 pm
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Oh, that doesn't look promising, tbh.

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Posted: Sat 25 May , 2024 11:25 pm
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My raspberry looked like dry sticks earlier in the spring, but now it's properly alive and soon will have berries. But if it already had buds, I don't know if it'll come back.

Mr. Frelga accidentally picked up a plant of canning tomatoes instead of the cherry tomatoes he thought he was getting. What does one do was canning tomatoes? Sauce? Or pickled tomatoes? Are they not otherwise edible? I don't want to waste water on something I won't use.

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Posted: Sun 26 May , 2024 1:36 am
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Isn't canning tomatoes just the term for tomatoes that are suitable for canning? Surely they'll be edible in other scenarios too.

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Posted: Mon 27 May , 2024 1:35 pm
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Yes, I think they'll just be bigger tomatoes with a firmer skin, but they should have a nice flavor.

I don't, as a rule, go crazy for tomatoes, but I do love a big, juicy tomato fresh from the garden, still warm, sliced into rounds, with some salt. That's a great summer taste!

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Posted: Tue 28 May , 2024 2:15 pm
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Canning tomato varieties are usually not quite as juicy as regular tomatoes. This helps in cooking them down faster, if you are making sauces. I've eaten them plenty of times fresh, though. They are still juicy and tomato flavored. And they seem less prone to splitting, at least with the varieties I've tried.


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Posted: Sat 08 Jun , 2024 8:12 pm
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So I finally accepted that my Saskatoonberry plant hadn't survived the winter and planted a new one. Here it is:
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I hope in a couple of years I can compare it with that picture and gasp at how much it's grown.

I keep checking my blackcurrant bush and haven't seen any aphids. Maybe they're gone for good?

All my other outdoor plants are doing well. Keeping my indoor plants alive, on the other hand, is a continuing struggle.


Edit: Saskatoonberry is a variety of serviceberry.

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Posted: Tue 11 Jun , 2024 3:58 am
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Are you sure it's a berry? Looks more like a willow to me.

I'm not having a lot of luck this year, either, but the raspberry appears to be doing well, and we've been getting a handful of sweet berries every day. Little baby bushes are starting to produce, too.

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LalaithUrwen
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Posted: Wed 12 Jun , 2024 1:28 am
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I ate two wild blackberries last night on my hike. Delicious!

My front flower bed looks good. That is probably 70% Jenn and 30% me. I am responsible for picking most of the flowers, and I did help plant them last year. Anyway, I'll post a pic later.

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Posted: Fri 14 Jun , 2024 12:02 am
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