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   MeiDei  Growing roses from cuttings .... can link to other how-to articles from this page & others:
http://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2016/11/growing-roses-from-c
uttings-in-the-fall/
November 20 at 21:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  while I can, between lock-outs - gardening hacks you might find helpful




October 30 at 17:31 EST .

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   BirdsNest  This was sent to me by another poster, she is having troubles with her computer. I will post the link so you guys can read up on it and have another "go to" place for gardening information.
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/using-cin
namon-on-plants.htm


Thanks, MeiDei
October 30 at 07:40 EST .

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   StormCnter  Anyone else a fan of a Moonflower Vine? Years ago, I had real success with some seeds in another yard in another town. Those things bloom at night with white, saucer-sized, extremely fragrant blossoms. I've never found a good spot for them in this yard, but a big pyracantha died and left a blank place that should be just fine for moonflowers. It gets so hot here in late spring that the vines need a little protection from a Texas sun. I'm anxious for seed-planting time.
October 29 at 05:46 EST .

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   MeiDei  what does its fragrance most resemble?
October 30 at 00:35 EST .

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   StormCnter  Mei, it's been years (forty or so ) since I had moonflowers in the previous house's flowerbeds, so I don't really remember. I think it was sort of a cross between an old rose and honeysuckle. They are fragrant enough that you don't have to be close by to enjoy them.
October 30 at 04:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thumb through this catalog for more treats. Storm you got me researching again [lol]
http://www.waysidegardens.com/view-ecatalog/a/301/
I used to get all my bulbs from them.
October 23 at 14:23 EST .

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   StormCnter  Mei, if I were really wealthy, I would buy every item in the Williams-Sonoma catalog and everything in the Wayside Gardens catalog, too. Unfortunately, my wants exceed my pocketbook.
October 23 at 15:07 EST .

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   StormCnter  Pampas Grass is all over Texas landscapes. The state highway department uses it to add a little interest along our many byways because it's easy maintenance and hardy in our weather. But are any of you familiar with colored Pampas Grass? It seems to be available only in seeds.
   October 22 at 05:33 EST .

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   Balogreene  I've never seen it before, but loved the white in NM.
October 23 at 11:01 EST .

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   MeiDei  First time I saw this was in CA (73 ) - the white variety was on our property, but a neighbor had a pinkish one.
October 23 at 11:45 EST .

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   StormCnter  I had to dig mine up in order to get the septic tanks pumped, but the plumes I had cut lasted for almost ten years.
October 23 at 12:20 EST .

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   MeiDei  The plumes do last a very long time - if I recall, the grass is very sharp and scratchy!
October 23 at 14:24 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Some folks invited me over to pick some hot peppers. The man is very persnickety about his garden. He went fishing and told his wife to give me a bags and turn me loose!! I pocked a goodly amount of hot peppers....Fatali, Caribbean Red, Trinidad Scorpion, and Pablono. I had brought them some of my peppers...Hot Lemon, Fish, and Chiltepin. Plus a jar of Hot Lemon pepper Fig Jam. I will attempt to make some hot pepper paste and save some of the seeds for starting next year.
October 1 at 06:35 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Made a small amount of hot pepper paste. Takes 21 days to ferment then will last up to 2 yrs. in the refrigerator. I am not sure I will be able to eat it. Most of the peppers I used were extremely hot, in the Chernobyl category.
October 6 at 06:30 EST .

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   StormCnter  What is it used for, Bird?
October 6 at 09:44 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My friend uses it in anything she wants to have "heat". She makes a lot of stir fry. veggies and adds a touch of paste to it. Its another way to preserve the harvest.
October 6 at 16:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  1/4 - 1/2 tsp. depending on heat in a stir fry is great! Or in a pot of hot water, tent a towel over your head, breathe [with your eyes closed] in & clear your sinuses. Isn't there also a tip to water it down and spray on veggies as a detriment (? )
October 6 at 21:34 EST .

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   StormCnter  My dad had a favorite little hot pepper (fiery hot ) he called a chile peteen. The plants would grow very fast and birds loved the peppers. I have tried for a long time to locate the peppers, the seeds, the plants...anything, but my searches always turned up the pequin pepper, which is different. Finally, today, I found Daddy's pepper. It's apparently a tepin, not a peteen. This is definitely the right one. Anyone else familiar with this little super-hot delicacy? Three or four in a bowl of frijoles make a real difference.
   September 26 at 17:45 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I will have to locate seed for planting next year. I planted "chiltepin" hot peppers on the advice of one of the migrants. They are tiny hot numbers ripening to black. I harvested a few and gave them to the man who requested them. Still there are plenty on the plants. I forget about them.
September 26 at 21:32 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thank you, Bird. I'm glad someone else knows about them. I was surprised to find that although they are native to northern Mexico, Texas and New Mexico, they are a "protected plant. As easy as they are to grow, that's hard to believe. Amazon has the seeds, as do several web seed stores. They dry easily and well, too.
September 27 at 05:41 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just glanced over a blurb stating people who eat spicy foods tend to live longer and have fewer illnesses. It's time to upload on more in our house this year ; )
Storm you mention ease of drying these hotties - any tips?
Tried a few times unsuccessfully w/a variety [jalapenos, habanero, etc.] One of the 5 big local food chains has a wide selection of hot peppers, another offers bags of dried, and another offers Asian hard-to-find ingredients.
September 27 at 09:52 EST .

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   StormCnter  Mei, my mother used to simply spread them on a sunny windowsill. Because they are so small, they dry much quicker than other peppers. I have read they can be dried in a dehydrator, too.

BTW, it's true about people who eat spicy foods being ill less often. Hispanics are a prime example. Something about the capsaicin is beneficial to the respiratory system and seems to help arthritis sufferers.
September 27 at 13:53 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm not going to order seeds from Amazon. The photo at Amazon doesn't look like these peppers. But, Parkseed.com has them at a reasonable price. According to Park Seed, "'Tepin' peppers measure between 50,000 and 100,000 on the Scoville heat index, which is essentially off-the-charts hot. (Jalapeno is only about 5,000 Scovilles, by comparison. )" They are VERY hot.
September 27 at 14:00 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I have tried to dehydrate hot peppers in my Excaliber. It's a forced air unit. As they dried the area was quickly filled with hot pepper fumrs. I tossed the peppers. Took a day for the area to air out. I was afraid the fumes would aggravate or throats/noses and not be good for the parrots in the house. Now....my friend has had great success dehydrating hers in her oven. Gas. I think she it is a Jenn Air. Anyway she has had great luck with dehydrating peppers(no fumes ) and herbs. After they cool she puts them in jars and vacuum seals the jars.
September 27 at 14:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thank you both. I used to pickle jalapenos and successfully can them - using just a vinegar, water & salt solution.
September 28 at 10:13 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My apologies. Green to black ripens to red.
I have pulled a lot of them and will save seed. I read they are the only hot pepper native to the US. And are very hot. I may see if I can pot one to bring inside to winter over. I got my seeds from
Totally Tomatoes.....online.
September 30 at 08:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Now that we have had nine inches rain in 4 days maybe
I can pull weeds out of raised beds. I am just not feeling.much like gardening. Need to get over that!!
September 22 at 08:47 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Ok. Yesterday I cleaned weeds out of 3 raised beds. Bed #4 will need more than just weeds pulled. Needs to be replaced. So maybe next month I can buy the lumber to do that. Beds #5&6 have pepper plants and zinnias in bloom. Would have pulled the zinnias but thete are still pollinators buzzing and fluttering around them so they stayed. The last bed had jalapenos growing so I weeded and left the peppers awhile longer. I am sick of looking at weeds. Hagar is probably as disgusted with it as I am.
September 26 at 08:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  Disgusted or not, he understands Bird. Now you have me craving jalapenos - good thing I'll be off to the store soon.
September 26 at 13:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Garlic is planted. Hooray.
September 30 at 08:50 EST .

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   StormCnter  I want to call attention to a Texas treasure, the "Antique Rose Emporium" in Brenham. They specialize in old-fashioned roses, the hardy survivors we see growing around abandoned farmhouses and along fencelines, plus great old fragrant flowers we've forgotten about and aren't available in our nurseries. I have ordered many plants from them and got a yellow rose last year that astonished me by blooming all the way through a Texas hot summer. Anyway, poke around the website and you might find a rose meant for you. They ship all over the US. PS: I have no ties nor financial interest in the ARE, just wanted to pass the word along. https://www.antiqueroseemporium.com/
September 15 at 07:57 EST .

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