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09 Jun 2020, 4:03 pm

Right now my Mom is growing corn, watermelon,peppers, sunflowers, pumpkin, carrots, and alot more that i can't think of on top of my head. I'm trying to get out and help her with watering them. watching this little veggies and plants grow is just very fascinating!!

Here is a question, I need someone who know about succulents and has been caring for them for year. How many times a week or month do you water them if there outside? My mom's been watering them every other day but that doesn't seem right to me.


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09 Jun 2020, 4:50 pm

What do you grow in your garden, yard, or house?

Succulents, mostly. No food plants right now.

What are your absolute favorite plants? Why?

My favorite plants are probably oaks because I like to climb them.

Do you grow your own fruits, herbs or vegetables?

I used to, but I'm living in a really arid climate that makes it difficult without tons of maintenence.

Do plants have personalities?

Sure! My petunias are divas. I'll never wonder if they need water. My sago palm is super shy. I never know what's up with him (and yes, it's a male, so "him" is appropriate).

Native Plants and Xeriscaping.

Yeah, most of my plants are native (Agave, prickly pear, organ pipe cactus)
or are native to ...almost here (Mexican petunias, purple heart)
but I also have a couple of non-native species too (Aloe, sago palms, Cereus forbesii monstrose)

Landscape design. Share yours!

Haha! I don't really have the ability to put things into the ground at my apartment. Just pots. I put some up on bricks though so they have nice levels.


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09 Jun 2020, 10:05 pm

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Here is what I did today:

[url=[url=https://imgur.com/vENzat3]Image[/url]]Mower in Pond[/url]

:oops: :oops: :oops:

Oh my.Glad you are fine.I high centered on a stump with mine,
it was hidden in tall grass.


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10 Jun 2020, 10:34 am

Yesterday I went to check on my succulents and some of the plants leafs got torn apart. I didn't know there were some torn because I was in the hospital last week. BUT, when I looked at them closely i saw some of them wanted to sprout!! I'm super happy that they did this because now i'll have more succulents to take care of! :)


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10 Jun 2020, 10:44 am

^ What type of succulents are they?

We’ve got some sempervivums in a big pot outdoors that are looking like they’re going to flower this year (Not something I’ve seen happen in the UK before) :)



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10 Jun 2020, 10:59 am

Karamazov wrote:
^ What type of succulents are they?

We’ve got some sempervivums in a big pot outdoors that are looking like they’re going to flower this year (Not something I’ve seen happen in the UK before) :)

I'll have to look sometime today, I have there names on a those sticks that they come with when you buy them. I'll let you know. :)


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11 Jun 2020, 1:31 am

It looks like there's some order in the garden(s),
the hyssop looked dead, i cut the branches and pulled the plant up, hourray there's still life left in it; it may be better to put it in a pot again
the other hyssop plants begin to flower, or to bloom?, about now
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and this one too,
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11 Jun 2020, 7:26 pm

Traven - Besides being a beautiful color, hyssop seems like a useful thing to grow. So you use it for coughs and colds?

MissLizard - My ride into the pond was brief and exciting. I could have stopped the mower if I had remembered in time that throwing the mower into reverse while the blades are running stalls it out. Or, had I remembered just to turn off the key, at least the motor wouldn't have sucked in water. I wanted to post this so I wouldn't be embarrassed about it, if that makes sense.

Fern and skittlebugz, the succulents I have growing here are Opuntia, two types of Aloe and dragon fruit. There is a four-sided vining cactus that grows on the outer islands off SW Florida. I never knew a cactus with a vine habit.

One of my mango trees; I am not sure of the variety because it was a large tree on sale and the owner was not available to let me know (actually, he had passed away which was why everything was on sale.) It is either a Keitt or a Kent, but it does not completely fit either. One branch appears to be a sport, as it has produced an oversized mango each of the last two years. Keitt and Kent are both large mangoes, but this one is ridiculous:

[url=[url=https://imgur.com/oKV3EgW]Image[/url]]MightyMango[/url]

In other news, cut worms got the rest of the volunteer tomato seedlings, but one still had a bit of a growing tip left. It is now in intensive care, which is the window right over the kitchen sink. It seems to be growing.

The Angie and Maha Chinook mangos are super delicious this year, as good as they have ever been. :D


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11 Jun 2020, 8:17 pm

A mango as big as a human head!!


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12 Jun 2020, 1:01 am

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Traven - Besides being a beautiful color, hyssop seems like a useful thing to grow. So you use it for coughs and colds?

its a good bee-plant too
i know, the sirop is more powerfull than thyme,
i did sell that and other for infusion, but uhm, selling...
suddenly everybody's a specialist since they saw a thing on tv
not that they was going to buy a thing in the first place



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12 Jun 2020, 5:00 am

traven wrote:
blazingstar wrote:
Traven - Besides being a beautiful color, hyssop seems like a useful thing to grow. So you use it for coughs and colds?

its a good bee-plant too
i know, the sirop is more powerfull than thyme,
i did sell that and other for infusion, but uhm, selling...
suddenly everybody's a specialist since they saw a thing on tv
not that they was going to buy a thing in the first place


Hyssop sirop? And you make it yourself? I’m intrigued. I don’t watch TV. Please elaborate.


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13 Jun 2020, 11:32 pm

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Psalm 51:7


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14 Jun 2020, 12:48 am

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Hyssop sirop? And you make it yourself? I’m intrigued. I don’t watch TV. Please elaborate.


personally,
i make a very strong infusion, like making jam, in a big pot, cook it and let it sit for about a day, sift the leaves and bits out and cook the liquid with required amont of sugar (for conservation-purpose)
put it in sterilised small bottles.



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14 Jun 2020, 10:46 am

^ and then you drink it when you have a cough? for example.

I have a persistent dry cough that is a side effect of one of my prescription meds. I suck on sugarless cough drops all the time to keep it in check. I wonder if hyssop syrup would work better? Just wondering out loud, not asking for recommendations.


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18 Jun 2020, 12:10 pm

Life has been exhausting recently and I'm getting way behind in the garden. But in spite of my neglect, somethings are growing well, or have amazingly regenerated.

Below is the volunteer tomato, which was decapitated by a deer, you can see the bite. I didn't throw it out, more out of neglect than any actual thought process. Lo and Behold! A bud has sprouted. I have moved it into the intensive care unit, along with the sole survivor of the other seedlings. Imagine a tomato that can grow a thick hearty stem in Florida, product decent sized and good tasting fruit, and if the deer nip it in the bud, it can still regenerate.

[url=[url=https://imgur.com/TlvcvWX]Image[/url]]Volunteer Tomato[/url]

In spite of being clipped a couple of times by deer, the yard long beans have flowered (pic from last week) and are now producing long, thin beans.

[url=[url=https://imgur.com/cc4Mj3M]Image[/url]]Yardlong Bean Flower[/url]

Finally, this pic was from a few weeks ago. These are the flowers of Beauty Berry a native Florida shrub. When their berries turn glowing magenta, I'll post another picture.

[url=[url=https://imgur.com/aUsafJj]Image[/url]]Beauty Berry Flowers[/url]


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19 Jun 2020, 9:24 am

/\ I can see why they call it beauty berry,such a pretty color and so delicate looking.The yard long beans are awesome, they always yield well for me and really thrive in a hot muggy climate.
The tomato is a survivor!!Maybe name it Florida Survivor?
Once the heat and humidity kick in it is more of a chore at times than a joy.It stopped raining so now it’s hand watering time out of the rain barrels.I use it first instead of pumping water out of the well.It gets old quick, there are lots of containers.
Elder is blooming and the Oriental lilies so the yard is wonderfully fragrant.Phlox blooming, day lily, and yucca.
Still waging war on ground ivy and wild yam.Now the cucumber beetles are out attacking plants.
I think all the rain kept the cabbage worm moth from laying eggs so the kale and collards are thriving.Planted squash late to see if I can foil the squash bugs.
For the first time ever I have beautiful healthy blooming lavender!!Big thumbs up for the Phenomenal Lavender.It really is heat and humidity resistant.If it overwinters successfully I will order more and plant everywhere.


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