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Comment by Shelly Mensch on April 4, 2011 at 7:58am
I freeze all my produce. I steam everything first. Any suggestions on a better way to prepare the veggies before freezing them?
Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on April 3, 2011 at 8:42pm
charlie can you send me your email add to hawkeye, i have a site that you would find extremley interesting and useful, i know I will take it on too, charlie sorry english isn,t my first lingo I speak german ,having  grown up in Austria , Vienna to be precise!
Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on April 3, 2011 at 1:11pm
Thanks, Bob.  Good information.  Kind of technical for this old mind but good nonetheless.  Now if I could just get rid of this sciatica that's keeping me from finishing my drip irrigation system.  Getting old ain't for sissies. lol
Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on April 3, 2011 at 11:21am
Michael .. Charlie good stuff!  I was just digging through this NC State article after reading Charlie's first post to refresh my old mind.  We use a lot of oak leaves and other organics and find that's the easier way once you hit the right combination.
Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on April 3, 2011 at 11:17am

Thanks Michael,  I'll have to check this out.  The retired county agent here told me that about my water.  Guess I'll stick to rainwater from now on.  My blueberries do seem to be doing well however.  They are planted in pure sphagnum moss in containers so the "soil" is pretty acidic now.  Will be adding mulch soon.  


Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on April 3, 2011 at 11:14am

Leiliani, ref. MIko/punctuation. I know Miko is doing the best she can.  Also understand about punctuation.  I think Miko is using a comma when she means a period and that gets us confused.  I started reading her posts as if her commas are periods and that has helped me understand sometimes.  Usually I'm able to figure out what she's saying if I work a little on it.  LOL  Hope all off you have a great week.  Hopefully we'll get a little rain tomorrow.  Really, really need it. 


Comment by Michael Lee on April 3, 2011 at 11:11am
Charlie, if your well water has a high pH (basic) simply letting it sit will not effect the alkalinity. That does work for chlorinated water though. What you can do if you must water from a well, is to add acidifying materials (coffee grounds, composted oak leaves, pine bark mulch, cotton seed meal) to the soil around your plants. All those items are acidic and will offset your alkaline water. Also note that water generally has a low buffer capacity (the amount of acid or base required to change pH) and diligent applications of these mulches pretty well negates that.
Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on April 3, 2011 at 10:58am


It's somewhat difficult to visualize what Miko is describing as "turned to a ball" but we know that fusarium causing basal rot can make the growth appear abnormal at times.  Tell-tale of fusarium in garlic is wilting and off color new growth above ground.

Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on April 3, 2011 at 10:58am

Miko,  Not too sure about rasberries but blueberries need acidic soil and water.  My soil is fine but if I water them with my well water they will die because my water is alkaline.  I catch rainwater or let my tapwater sit for several days before I use it.  You should check both your soil and water for it's acidic content.  May be the reason you're having trouble. 


Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on April 3, 2011 at 10:30am
sorry its ,i guess i am an eager biver!

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