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   Carmen posted on Gardening & Landscaping  As bad as the winter was, I didn't see any winter kill except for some brown tips on the Juniper bushes. For the first time, my mums have all come back. The lack of damage was due to the multiple feet of snow laying on everything for 5 months. Great mulch!
April 13 at 13:01 EST .

   BirdsNest  We had one fairly big snow but it was dry and most of it blew off elsewhere with the high winds. We just had bitter cold and high winds that really did damage. One Rosemary plant has one stem that looks alive and the figs have suffered major damage, how much we cannot tell as yet. The Bay Laurel may have one section that is still living but it is mostly dead, brown and crumbly leaves. Over 20 years we have enjoyed that plant, it is sad.
April 13 at 18:33 EST .

   Yottyhere  My banana trees are sending up shoots and I was positive they were killed. One rosemary survived and 2 that were sheltered from the winds off the lake did not. Can't figure that one out...I am giving all the plants some extra time because it appears we aren't quite finished with 30 degree temps. It was almost 80 degrees Sunday and Tues night its going back into 30 boohiss boo
April 14 at 11:46 EST .

   Carmen posted on Gardening & Landscaping  There are sprouts in almost all of my milk jugs (35 ) that I planted in December and left outside to be covered in snow. (Called 'Winter Sowing' ) I did this before we decided to put the house on the market but since it could take forever to sell, I will probably be glad for all the free perennials to plant in a couple of months.

I started sweet and hot peppers indoors in Feb. and just last week got my tomatoes started. For the tomatoes, I use 16 oz. clear beer cups with drainage holes poked in the bottoms. I put a couple of inches of soil in each, plant the seeds and cover with plastic until they germinate. As they grow, I back fill to create a fantastic root system. This system keeps the plants from getting too leggy since the only light is my south-facing windows. It is cool to see the root system in the clear cups.
April 12 at 09:51 EST .

   BirdsNest  Carmen, our pepper and tomato plants are 10 " tall and waiting to go out. Right now they are being hardened off, next week we will have 3 nights in a row of 45F temps.After that I am hoping to place them in the garden. We have many of them planted in 3" peat pots and the roots are starting to come out of the sides.We always plant tomatoes as deeply as possible to get a better root system established. Remember to add Epsom salt to the hole when you place your peppers in your garden. We use it for all Nightshade plants.
April 12 at 12:31 EST .

   Carmen  It will be mid-June before I can plant anything outside. Sigh.
April 13 at 12:57 EST .

   Carmen posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Just finishing our 6 months of winter here in 'tax us until we drop' Illinois. Hopefully we have seen our last winter in this place. Our house and recreational acreage is on the market - we want to live in TN (I think. ) Yesterday was my first full day of being outdoors and it was wonderful! I used Round Up on a hosta bed that I planted last summer. It wasn't mulched so was full of weeds and grass. The hostas haven't poked through yet, so Round Up seemed a good choice. I used to garden totally organically but have since decided that it is MY garden and if I can make life easier with a few limited chemicals, so be it.
April 12 at 09:44 EST .

   Carmen posted on Comments Suggestions  Is it possible to alert us as to when there is a response to a subject we have posted on? I know this is done through email for other forums. It would be nice because sometimes I post on a subject that is months old and it probably is never seen. If the OP knew someone responded it would be nice.
March 30 at 16:33 EST .

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   Carmen posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Well, here in NW IL we woke up to a covering of snow AGAIN. This is the winter that doesn't want to end. I got my sweet peppers planted and all are up and growing. I haven't decided whether or not to start tomatoes this year. Our house/acreage is on the market and once it sells we want to move to TN where property taxes are much lower and winter is shorter.
March 25 at 10:23 EST .

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   BirdsNest  It has been snowing like crazy,big giant flakes at first, now small flakes. The neighbors yard is covered in snow, our yard is still bare mostly. Windy and cold. The chickens gathered themselves up and went into their houses...they do not like snow.

Our plants are lovely, under their lights waiting for the day when it is warm enough to set them out.
March 25 at 18:01 EST .

   Surfhut  Hang in there! Very early spring is here in OKC. Crocus, tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths are blooming. So are Forsythia bushes. Just today I noticed the Bradford Pears are starting to bloom. Expect to see the Redbud Trees start blooming any day now.

I can start working the soil in my one teeny little plot and in all my pots this weekend but won't start setting out early plants like lettuce and pansies until next weekend.

Spring is on the way to you, too!
March 25 at 19:27 EST .

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   BirdsNest  In the early part of the snow storm yesterday, it was like being inside of a snow globe. The flakes were so big and they were pouring down, I hated to admit it was quite beautiful. It did not amount to much, part of our place has about an inch, other parts of the yard are bare. Now the wind is howling 25mph with forecast to increase around 10am to 40mph. Great, I will have to put lead weights on the little Silkies legs!!
March 26 at 07:53 EST .

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   Yottyhere  Okay that made me laugh out loud thinking of you tying little bricks with satin ribbons on the Silkies little feet hahaha
March 26 at 15:08 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Absolutely, satin ribbons!! Pink for the girls and black for the boys. I love my Silkie girls, they are so cute and sweet. The wind is up to 40mph gusts now and I worry about my girls.
March 26 at 17:52 EST .

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   StarFire  We had snow yesterday here in North Central Tennessee. Last night was 21. Tonight it's expected to freeze again. This just sucks.
March 26 at 18:19 EST .

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   Yottyhere  The wind gusted so hard here yesterday afternoon (all afternoon! ) it knocked my enormous arbor over and as I was pointing that out to Buzzard who had taken Toby to the vets....we saw the wind had ripped the part of the dock that is on the hinges loose on one side and moved the floating dock around by the diving board. The bad thing is Buzzards pontoon boat was tied off to the floating dock....
Next thing I saw scrambling with ropes was Buzzard on a dead run to the water....he got the boat going and pulled it into the next cove to one of our neighbors it was fine. And then came back and double tied the floating dock to the pier so it wouldn't break loose again and float off.
Those floatation devices under our dock are very expensive since they have to be environmentally safe per our wonderful government and I would hate to have them tumble over the dam 2 coves over from us. The wind was brutal and COLD...
I am sick to death of cold weather...
March 26 at 19:11 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I am with you all on this never-ending winter. Our local radio station has posted on their website that this was the last gasp of winter and Intellicast predicts no more cold temps. I am not sure I can take that to the bank. We do need to get potatoes planted, the farmers here are 2 weeks behind in planting due to so much rain. Our ground has been wet for ages. Today we have to pot some tomato seedlings. It is getting crowded in here!!We have room for 3 trays of 72 seedlings, but the next potting of those plants will require 3" pots and a lot more shelf space with lighting.
March 27 at 08:33 EST .

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   Carmen posted on Coffee Klatch  Anybody here from Tennessee? We just put our house/acreage on the market and want to move to TN if we can find a safe place to live much like we currently have. (Acreage/wooded fairly near a city of good size with low crime rate. ) Any ideas?
March 9 at 09:40 EST .

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   StarFire  I'm in Clarksville,TN, a little less than an hour from Nashville. Moved here from Texas. The scenery is beautiful. Where will you be moving from?
March 9 at 14:55 EST .

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   Carmen posted on Main Page The Lobby  OMG --- I just saw the most amazing thing. It was a squirrel 'swimming' in the snow. Never saw anything like it. It was going toward the hosta bed under three walnut trees (lots of nuts under that snow ). That squirrel looked like it was swimming. Tail out and only the top half visible. There was no up/down movement --- definitely looked like it was swimming in the snow. I went to get my phone to take a video through the window when Boomer (my lab ) bounded through the snow and got the little guy. Just can't get the picture out of my mind. Yes it is nature, but I feel responsible. Didn't know Boomer was watching.
February 10 at 18:02 EST .

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   Carmen  Sorry for that downer. My labs are very gentle (usually ) and now I wonder if that was a kitten if he would have shaken the hell out of it? We have lots of outdoor cats that my dogs absolutely love but I wonder how they can tell what the animal is so quickly? My husband says they would never kill a kitten but it was so fast ---- how did he know what he was killing?
February 10 at 18:05 EST .

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   Carmen  OK now I realize this all should have been on the dog/cat page. I took a time out to login and it went back to the main page. Sorry.
February 10 at 18:07 EST .

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   Linder  It was a good human interest story. I don't care where you put it...well, maybe not the recipe page.
February 10 at 19:14 EST .

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   Tessie  I dunno Linder, we could if we include the Whore Squirrel recipe LOL! (long-time LDotters will get this ).
February 11 at 10:16 EST .

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   Eagles Dominion  HAHA That's why I bookmark the sign-in page. That way I automatically get signed in.
February 11 at 12:41 EST .

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   Linder  ED...Good advice. Just did it.
February 12 at 09:07 EST .

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   Carmen posted on Gardening & Landscaping  I want to grow a citrus tree or two in a pot and wonder if any of you have done it. We are in NW IL., Z5 so it would be outdoors in the spring/summer/fall and indoors in a cool basement in front of south-facing sliding glass doors. Any of you do this? I need tips and advice. Will I get fruit doing it this way? Was thinking about maybe a Meyer lemon.
December 24 at 09:46 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Nugoddess has experience with Meyer's lemon trees, so do we. Ours goes outdoors once the temps are holding at 50F+. Water when dry,if inside and we use half strength fertilizer in the water. When it is outside growing we make sure it is out of the wind and in partial shade(especially for afternoon sun ) and water only when dry allowing Mother Nature to do her job. Ours is 3 yrs old, bought it from a local nursery, that way we could take our pick of what was offered. They had lime trees too but I was hesitant to get both, wish I had now. We have had one group of lemons, but they were not very big and only 3 lemons. Right now Hagar has the responsibility of caring for it, he has pollinated the blooms and we are seeing little lemons. We shall see.
December 24 at 12:21 EST .

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   Nugoddess  If you grow your Meyer in a pot you can bring it indoors during the winter. If by some chance your tree freezes, trim it above the graft and it will come back.

Meyers like a little cold (not much and nothing like y'all get up north ) so don't be afraid of some cold but as long as you keep the roots warm, it should do fine. They like a lot of sun in the summer.
December 24 at 13:31 EST .

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   Carmen  I ordered a lemon and a lime. They are tiny - 3" pots, so I will be ancient before I get fruit but that's OK. Old people have to eat too. (My kids already think I'm ancient. )
December 25 at 16:33 EST .

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   Carmen posted on Household Hints  For those who re-arrange furniture on carpeting: Put an ice cube in each little indentation and let melt overnight. If the indentation isn't completely gone, just rough it up with a fork. Wonder who ever came up with that??? Anyway, it works.
December 22 at 10:07 EST .

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   Gerty  What a wonderful hint---very useful.
December 22 at 12:58 EST .

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   Carmen posted on Suggested Viewing/Listening  We go to a movie theater maybe once every couple of years. We have cable but don't subscribe to the movie stations because they tend to give you 'free weekends' on a regular basis. So - we just tape anything that looks interesting. I can't tell you how many movies we delete after 5-10 minutes because we know they are going nowhere.

I can't imagine how I would feel if I was actually paying for these movies at a theater!
December 12 at 16:03 EST .

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