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PTCruiserGT

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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2007 7:44:04 PM

any of you Houston Gas Buddies out there gardeners
would love to share tips, ideas, etc.

I try my hand at container veggies, perennial flowers, etc.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 9:34:31 AM

So hot...not sure we'll get anything
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 11:55:51 AM

Cucumbers n Squash doing well. Both blossoming.
Tomatoes growing but no flowers
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2014 8:44:22 AM

another 3/4 inch last night
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 5:35:05 PM

3/4 inch in 24 hours
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 12:16:56 PM

the squash are blooming!
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 4:39:57 PM

got a nice big bag of Starbucks grounds for gardens last weekend and added them to our heavy clay soil for some transplants this week

how does your garden grow?
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 2:46:59 PM

Hibiscus are doing great
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 7:20:02 PM

Plants with more sun doing better.
Shady plants will do better in the heat though.
I hope.
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 1:09:25 PM

Thinned out and transplanted squash and tomatoes.
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 10:25:12 AM

I can understand that, but if you build it up with mulch/compost you can always just move that top layer elsewhere...
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 8:40:13 AM

Better than last year since I gave up on it last year. Still have a drainage problem. Don't want to build it up too much because that site is eventually going to be the site of my garage expansion.
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 10:02:26 PM

Garden is growing much better this year
How about yours?
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 11:37:06 AM

started cucumbers and zucchini last week
started tomatoes and peppers 3-4 weeks ago
need to replant cilantro too
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 11:01:45 AM

Anybody go see the IndyCars this weekend?
I didn't go...just watched on TV
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2014 12:11:54 PM

Off topic...Howdy!
Anyone have an extra ticket (or more) for the indycar races this weekend?
Thanks!
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2014 9:50:37 AM

Mulch your beds
Increases height and drainage
Adds organic materials and retains water when hot n dry
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2014 11:59:58 AM

loads of good rain this week!
raise your garden beds if you don't have good drainage
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2014 11:18:39 AM

if you still have your composting device, try again, use grass clippings, weeds, coffee grounds, egg shells...
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2014 10:58:22 AM

I tried but my initial starter had too many pine needles in it. I was using one of those rotating drums. My garden had insufficient drainage and I had insufficient time. So I gave up.
I restarted again this year minus the composting. In fact, planting some more cantalopes, tomatoes, and cucumbers today.
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2014 10:05:10 AM

Anybody composting?
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2014 12:17:24 PM

need to replant cilantro
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 11:34:35 AM

salsa seeds are growing...about 2" now
(peppers & tomatoes)
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2014 10:21:22 AM

this weekend I harvested coriander, aka cilantro seeds
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2014 9:28:59 AM

No, not cumin, coriander.
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2014 9:28:36 AM

Getting ready to harvest cumin
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2014 9:13:36 AM

Now we're back to watering...
Hot n Sunny
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2014 3:23:41 PM

Was able to mow this weekend in spite of all the rain the past 7 days
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Message Posted: May 31, 2014 11:48:43 AM

Figured the lawn would be a jungle by now but it's not . . . Yet
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Message Posted: May 28, 2014 12:14:25 PM

this morning the total is 7.8 inches - WOW - about 36 hours
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Message Posted: May 27, 2014 12:18:35 PM

4 3/8" of rain by this morning
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Message Posted: May 26, 2014 11:48:47 AM

Sprinkling now, major rain due the next few days
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Message Posted: May 17, 2014 5:31:27 PM

Over 3 inches this past week
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 11:38:02 AM

Just .5 in. of rain yesterday.
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Message Posted: May 8, 2014 10:40:05 PM

Finally got some rain but not as much as expected...so far
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Message Posted: May 3, 2014 12:45:07 PM

Cilantro is flowering already
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2014 11:05:08 AM

Looks like spring
Flowers are starting to bloom
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2014 7:28:55 PM

We need more rain!
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 5:28:37 PM

Hey geohiker
Do you garden?
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 5:29:55 AM

Good morning.
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 2:21:04 PM

Finally did our spring cleaning of the front beds. Cleared out weeds and extrainious volunteers. Added native organic mulch. Etc.
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 11:30:11 AM

Volunteer cilantro still doing well
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2014 9:39:35 PM

A volunteer petunia is up and blooming...
Don't know when we last had petunias...
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 5:15:56 PM

Bluebonnets & Paintbrush are blooming on the highways and byways!
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2014 3:32:00 PM

Wildflowers in the yard not up and flowering yet
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2014 12:10:06 PM

Cilantro volunteers growing nicely
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:48:08 PM

Yippee
Almost everything is coming back out...
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 5:01:23 PM

Lost plants on the front porch
Also freezer burned all the Canna sprouts out back
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2014 3:50:12 PM

Wow! That was harsh!
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2014 10:50:26 PM

Really?
More icy, freezing weather?
Really?
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2014 1:20:36 PM

but the grass is still brown, no cutting for now, except weeds
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