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Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on January 27, 2011 at 8:23am

Lila, it depends on how cold your soil gets.  Put it on low first and see if it heats up your soil.  It does work.

Crape Myrtles are beautiful in the south.  I also love Bottlebrush, cassia, rain trees, of course live oaks.

Charlie, I have well water and my blueberries have not died.  Don't know what the answer is, just trial and error, I guess.  We have wild berries bushes with little (1,000) thorns but boy are they good.  Just use my long rose bush gloves.  Don't you just love gardening, and its almost February.

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on January 27, 2011 at 8:22am
Awesome, Diana!
Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on January 27, 2011 at 8:17am
restarted my compose pile for the year.  Will be tilling my garden soon for transplants for the spring.
Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on January 27, 2011 at 8:16am
turnips and the greens are great.
Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on January 27, 2011 at 8:15am
woops, can't tell one from the other.
Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on January 27, 2011 at 8:15am
here is my first califlower for the year.  I have planted rows of this because we love to eat it.
Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on January 27, 2011 at 8:07am

Lila,

Re-the coffee grounds ,make sure you have air dried it thoroughly for a couple of days before applying it, or they will burn the plant:) They really give my Bougainvillas a boost.

 

Not had this problem.  Can you say more about at what quantity, where/how applied, what plant, etc., please?  Thanks!

 

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 27, 2011 at 1:13am

Oh Sorry Lila - I thought you were the budding clever girl there with the bulbs!! Yes I am a mad cabbage fan Lila - as kids our Mum used to make us  5 kids drink the water that the cabbage had been boiled (to death) in and she used to say it would make our hair curl.  My sisters already had curly hair, it never helped me any! However I guess all the cabbage I have eaten over the years (I love it crispy and raw too) has kept me incredibly healthy.

Yes grapes are grown all over in Aus, we have a huge wine industry here in several of the states.  Closest wine/grape growing area to us is only 20 mins away.

Our Bougainvilleas are going very well  - two were just cuttings from when we were out on our walks and the other 2 were from the 'dying corner' of the Garden Centre - the miniature variety (bambinos), that don't grow as rampant as the regular ones. One of the minis is a variegated variety that I have planted near our front porch as there is a warm wall for it to grow up. In Aussie terms we are classed as a temperate climate here outside of Sydney, but as I have said before we do get extremes of climate from scorching hot to frosts in mid winter.

Coming up will be my first season of trying to grow cabbages, brussels sprouts and broccoli etc, so any tips would be much appreciated.

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 26, 2011 at 10:59pm

Thanks Charlie - we have a 3000 litre (approx 800 gallon) underground rainwater tank for all our watering (toilet flushing and washing machine) and we only ran out start of this week, so Blueberry was being watered with either natural rain (haven't seen any of that in weeks now) or the stuff that had gone into the tank, but it is purified before it comes back out, if you get what I mean!. Was so upset when Blueberry died - you'd have thought I was a large scale farmer losing all his crops!!

Deborah -Congrats on the big Chinese cabbage. Can't believe you mentioned kimchee as was watching a Food Safari program 2 days ago on Korean cooking and it said how they eat Kimchee morning, noon and night and my latest Good Taste cookery magazine has recipes in there for kimchee sauces. Also  a bit of trivia for you - kimchee made with cabbage of any description is loaded with IC3 which is a great cancer fighting compound.  (Google it and see) 

I grew Baby Bok Choy and as it was being nibbled in pots in back garden I moved it to the front garden in the soil and it went so well, sheltered by the feather grass.  I have only just torn out the last of the plants after utilising all the leaves. (Chickens polished off the remains)  Tonight will be our last batch of Bok Choy (steamed) from the garden - for this season anyway. No end in sight yet for all the tomatoes now in the front yard ripening faster than I can pick!! 

Enjoy your kimchee Deborah and please put a piccie on here so that I can see how it turned out and then I might attempt to make it.

Comment by Glenda Truscott z8 on January 26, 2011 at 10:55pm
I grow blueberries, raspberries, and grapes here in Salem, Oregon.  All three are very easy to grow.  I have heard that when growing new blueberries you should disbud the first two seasons.  This allows the plants to grow a better root system, which will make for a stronger plant.  I agree that raspberries send out a lot of runners.  Some times that is good but can also get a bit much when they grow into other plants.  I have them coming up in my strawberry beds.
 

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