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To: SIer formerly known as Joe B. who wrote (2352)3/24/2012 2:59:57 PM
From: The Jack of Hearts
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My forsythia have started ... too early.. I had planned for some (a lot) of cuttings ... well after the display I have another short window :O)

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To: jrhana who wrote (2326)4/19/2012 7:30:58 AM
From: MoneyPenny
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Catching up here. Perennials: weed with press agents.

Everything is a weed somewhere: rose in the cornfield, etc. MP

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To: MoneyPenny who wrote (2354)4/20/2012 2:08:29 PM
From: jrhana
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Yeah

That was a pretty extreme statement I have gone back on.

There a lot of plants that are attractive ornamental plants that just appear and I let those grow.

But other nasties also show up and I'll be getting rid of those.

Roundup is actually I believe fairly benign as it only acts by absorption through the leaves and then getting to and killing the roots.

So I will be going on a mild weed killing spray campaign (with care and using rubber gloves)

Man life is good down here in paradise (Southeast extreme corner of Florida) with the least amount of actual cold nights in the country (continental USA that is). (Thats right near the water and well south of South Miami)

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To: jrhana who wrote (2355)4/20/2012 5:32:17 PM
From: The Jack of Hearts
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I grow lots of native plants.. you weren't really that far off :O)

Some are pernicious and some delicate..

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To: The Jack of Hearts who wrote (2356)4/20/2012 6:21:16 PM
From: jrhana
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Yes native plants are definitely a joy. But weeds can be like the Pythons and Anacondas in the Everglades. They don't belong there and should be eradicated.

Damn. These snakes escaped after Hurricane Andrew. Then they began to breed and thier population has totally gotton out of control. And they are eating and killing off such small native animals as racoons etc.

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To: jrhana who wrote (2355)4/21/2012 7:29:16 AM
From: MoneyPenny
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I'm located in SW Florida, Fort Myers-Sanibel area. I grow tomatoes here until July when they just run out of gas. Everything grows like weeds here too.

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To: MoneyPenny who wrote (2358)4/21/2012 8:40:53 AM
From: jrhana
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well if you get one of those elevated gardens you can replant all year round.

But actually we have started growing all sorts of stuff in the elevated gardens. Eggplant oregano sage rosemary lettuce etc etc etc.
And we have tomatoes sprouting all over the place because we just throw the overripe tomatoes on the ground randomly and they grow like weeds

Also I had some incredibly delicious Okra (which I always hated before) which thrives in the South Florida summers (like Yuca).

But most of the Okra I have eaten in my life has been disgusting. So a guy at Fairchild told me the secret. You've got to pick the Okra while it is still small (three inches or so). If you let it grow too long it gets woody and loses its flavor (on the bedpost overnight)

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To: jrhana who wrote (2359)4/21/2012 9:18:49 AM
From: Ron
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We grow Okra every year, Clemson Spineless. I pick it right off the plant and eat it. Once it gets going it produces well into fall. Interesting flowers too.

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To: jrhana who wrote (2359)4/21/2012 9:21:52 AM
From: MoneyPenny
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I'll follow your advice via Fairchild Gardens (which I love) and do baby okra. I've always detested it, but my oh-so-southern husband loves it. Gumbo is on my horizon. I do grow most things in containers. Herbs are easy here, year around. I have a 5' high rosemary bush but I managed to kill off the 7' high one by trying to train it to tree shape like they do Provence. MP

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To: MoneyPenny who wrote (2361)4/21/2012 9:48:04 AM
From: jrhana
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Most of these things I view as annuals so I just eat and enjoy them until they either go to seed or become woody. Then it is time to replant

But stuff grows so fast here that who cares.

Last weekend I got a bunch of little seedlings at FTG for a buck or two each and they are planted and growing

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