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Old 01-01-2009, 08:39 PM   #31
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Yep :) about 1/2 went to kiwi wine. First time I made wine, and judging from the response of people after tasting it, it will be the last time too but it was a fun experience.

Also made some kiwi jam, which seems to be easier and tastes better. The plant has completely taken over that part of the yard so im going to do some major league pruning in a few months.
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Old 01-02-2009, 09:53 AM   #32
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I haven't gotten any catalogs yet, but will be ordering real soon. It's been so cold lately that I haven't taken any time to seriously think about gardening - though it still crosses my mind. Not sure if we are staying in this house or moving again, so I won't plan anything really yet. I'll be watching for everyone elses pictures though. :-)
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:25 AM   #33
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Speaking of taming the wild kiwi vines a good "how to" article: Pruning Kiwi --Home Orchard Society
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:40 AM   #34
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I love to plant and harvest but weeding is too hard on my back. I have had pot gardens for my mom that have worked out really well even though they get a lot of sun, I just water them well.
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:14 AM   #35
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IMHO, most folks that take a stab at container gardening fail because they start out with too small of a pot. Last season my container garden was 4 tomato plants 1 ea/can and 2 with 3 basil plants/can in a #10 nursery can. That size can used to be refered in the biz as a 10 gallon although it is not true capacity. They are slightly larger than a 5 gallon bucket but that is the minumum size vessel needed to keep a tomato plant happy all season.

I set my plants up on a drip system with a nifty little programable timer that ran on 2 AA batteries from May to October.
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:39 PM   #36
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Even if I have a regular large in-ground garden, I always grow a number of herbs & veggies on my deck in 5-gallon or larger containers. Tomatoes, peppers, okra, eggplant, greens, a variety of herbs, etc., etc. It's just nice if it's late at night or stormy weather to just step out of the kitchen onto the deck & pick something that I need for dinner instead of having to traipse out to the garden in the dark.
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:49 AM   #37
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I've started my list already.... I get too excited too early!
I need to start my peppers and eggplants in early March.... its only 8 weeks away!!!
Yay almost time to play in the dirt!!!!
( and I just covered the strawberries 8 weeks ago!)
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:13 AM   #38
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I need to remember to buy red curants this year. Keep forgeting to do it couple of years in a row.
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:33 AM   #39
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This is the confirmation email that I got yesterday. Yeah, I would say I have an itch. I managed to save all but a couple of my herbs. They are in my potting shed along with about 20 orchids. I have some Red & Green Shallot clusters left over from last year. I like the Red over the Green. I find they have a milder taste. I also have 3 avocado plants that I started last year. They are about 3 feet tall now. I am trying to decide where to put them. I know you need at least 2 of them in order for them to produce correctly. I have 2 Mirliton plants that come up each year. This past season I got about 100 or so before the first hard freeze. I have to rebuild the trellis for them. Hurricane Gustav broke it to pieces right before they started fruiting. I cannot believe how much those things cost. I gave most of them away because I do not find the freeze well.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:47 AM   #40
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Summer dreaming! Haven't seen freezing for ages, certainly not this year (that is to say, the temperatures have not gotten that high) but the catalogs have started arriving. Because the season is short here (remember, the last places I lived were Florida and Hawaii!) I don't grow too much from seed, preferring to buy seedlings. Even so, Parks is so appealing right now. I'm nursing a big pot of curry leaves and rosemary (they look so pretty together), a small bay, and a lemon grass plant. Not easy because all of my sunny windows have baseboard heaters under them, so even a day of not paying attention to the moisture can result in death.
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