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RE: Whitefly on Tomato Plants (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: corrie22 on 12.08.2008 at 07:13 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

Sheri, keep using the soap, only change the soap you are using.

I have a lot of citrus and other plants that always get whitefly about the time I don't want my tomatoes to get whitefly.

Alison posted this on the tomato forum a few years ago, and I've been using it ever since.

Pantene ProV Clarifying Shampoo

About 1 Tbl to a gal of water in the spray Doc.
Not in the heat of the day, and be sure and get the undersides of the leaves where the little buggers live.

I have to order that shampoo online, can't find it in any of the stores around here either.

I've never had photo-tox in the plants from it either and it works.


clipped on: 12.16.2008 at 03:30 pm    last updated on: 12.16.2008 at 03:30 pm

Photo Instructions

posted by: lyndalu on 09.29.2007 at 08:43 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

This is in response to a question on how to post multiple pictures. I've shared these instructions with a few people via emails, and just figured out how to share it here.

I thought I'd put this in a separate post, so we could refer new people to it.

These instructions are for Photobucket. If someone has instructions for some of the other photo sharing sites, maybe they could add to this thread?

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clipped on: 10.02.2007 at 01:14 am    last updated on: 10.02.2007 at 01:14 am

Some type of Ivy?

posted by: beachcat on 07.21.2007 at 05:59 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

Hope someone can help me I.D. this. Coloring is green, cream and magenta. Very striking. It's currently in a pot, but I would like to put it in the ground. Could this be invasive?



Ipomoea-sweet potato vine
clipped on: 07.22.2007 at 12:21 am    last updated on: 07.22.2007 at 12:22 am

Mosaic art - Get ready...

posted by: beachcat on 01.18.2007 at 07:14 pm in Garden Junk Forum

to have your socks knocked off! The work of the artist on this site just blew me away. Incredible. I wanted to share this because so many of us have a dusty shelf of forgotten knick knacks (sp?) that have some sort of sentimental value and could never be thrown in the trash. I plan to do something on a much smaller scale for a 'memory garden' I want to plant this spring.

Here is a link that might be useful: Paul Reimert


clipped on: 01.19.2007 at 02:59 pm    last updated on: 01.19.2007 at 02:59 pm

Swan planters from tires!

posted by: beachcat on 11.28.2006 at 02:02 am in Garden Junk Forum

I have been searching forever for a pattern to make a parrot planter from an old tire. No luck. I came across this "how to" for a swan and thought I would share. If anyone makes one please share pix!


clipped on: 12.04.2006 at 05:01 am    last updated on: 12.04.2006 at 05:02 am

Just wanted to share a sunset...

posted by: beachcat on 10.16.2006 at 02:49 am in Florida Gardening Forum

I was outside trying to take some pics of my pooches, when the sun was setting. The clouds were showing prism-like colors so I snapped a pic, but then the clouds broke up into rays. It looked so lovely. Thought I would share.


clipped on: 10.16.2006 at 02:57 am    last updated on: 10.16.2006 at 02:57 am

Hurricane tips - please add yours!

posted by: rosieo on 05.18.2005 at 09:41 am in Florida Gardening Forum

I wrote these last year after Frances and Jeanne hit us dead on. Mostly they're a listing of what I did that I was glad of and what I wish I had thought of earlier.

I collected my most valuable possessions and stored them in the dryer and the dishwasher, reasoning that water can't easily get in and they're too heavy to blow away. I also put my purse in there. A front loading washer would work too, but with a top loader water would drip in.

I repacked my Christmas decorations from cardboard boxes to sturdy rubbermaid containers and wedged them into tight closets. I thought of this after reading a news report with a man who found someone else's Christmas decorations strewed all over his front yard.

I bought some large plastic containers to put my favorite clothes and things in, because the rain is your worst problem if your house is damaged.

Because we had gas shortages for about a week after the hurricane I was especially glad we'd topped off our cars beforehand. I also bought a good laminated state map just in case I evacuated.

I figured out in advance how to bolt my electric garage door down.

I put my insurance policies in a zip lock bag in my purse.

I keep all my especially precious mothers day presents in a curio cabinet so it was easy to gather them all up to put in the dishwasher.

I bought extra diapers and wipes beforehand so I didn't have to make an emergency trip after the storm when it wasn't safe to go out. I figured the wipes might come in especially handy if the water went out.

This time I didn't buy all those cans of spam and soup because I don't eat that stuff anymore, and I'd have to be practically starving to eat them. I did lay in a good supply of fruits and other fresh foods and gave a lot of thought to what canned food I actually WOULD eat.

I filled all sorts of bottles and jars with drinking water and put them in the freezer and fridge to help keep food cold when the power went out. Thankfully my water didn't go out because I realized I didn't have enough bottled water. I drink more than I thought!

What I'll do better next time -

I'll store more water!

I wish I had bought something to heat water in when my electricity went out, because I really missed my tea! Maybe one of those alcohol burners.

I'll get more cash because the banks were closed for over a week here and because of no power the stores couldn't take credit cards even when they did reopen.

I'll decide in advance under which conditions I'll evacate. Last time I tried just praying for guidance which didn't seem to work so well, probably because I had too much adrenaline to think clearly. Although, maybe it worked well because I didn't feel especially led to leave, which was good in retrospect.

My husband's job requires him to be at work during a hurricane so I was home alone with a toddler. I was listening to the radio when a tornado was spotted a half mile away. In about 30 seconds I single handedly wrestled a heavy mattress through two rooms and a narrow hallway and stuffed it into a small closet so we could hunker under it. (It took two men to get it back out though!) Next time I'll have DH do that before he leaves!

I'll vacuum the house thoroughly before the storm. Strangely that was one of the things that bothered me the most about not having electricity. I couldn't vacuum! What can I say, I'm old I guess!

Please add anything else you can think of to this list. Then we can cut and paste it all together and put it on the fridge. Because I've found that under pressure I can't think coherently and need a list!


clipped on: 08.28.2006 at 02:48 pm    last updated on: 08.28.2006 at 02:48 pm

Flamingo 4th...

posted by: beachcat on 07.08.2006 at 03:23 am in Garden Junk Forum

Posted these pix last year and did'nt want to be a bore by re-posting, but I was just reading the 'conversations' and got a kick out of others dressing their 'mingos, so here they are again! Happy belated 4th y'all!

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clipped on: 07.08.2006 at 04:24 pm    last updated on: 07.08.2006 at 04:25 pm

RE: Who has the best pickle recipe? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: linda_lou on 05.08.2006 at 11:29 am in Harvest Forum

These turn out perfectly for me every time. I actually prefer dried dill weed to fresh, but my husband likes the fresh dill. I have used dried dill seed and thought they were good. I used 2 tsp. dried dill weed or dill seed in place of the fresh dill. If you like a stronger dill flavor, then use 1 T. dried instead.
Kosher Dill (Heinz Recipe)

4 lbs pickling cukes
14 cloves garlic, peeled & split
1/4 cup salt
3 cups distilled or apple cider vinegar 5% acidity
3 cups water
12-14 sprigs fresh dill weed
28 peppercorns

Wash cucumbers; cut in half lengthwise. Combine garlic and next 3 ingredients; heat to boiling. Remove garlic and place 4 halves into each clean jar, then pack cucumbers, adding 2 sprigs of dill and 4 peppercorns. Pour hot vinegar solution over cucumbers to within 1/2 inch of top. Immediately adjust covers as jar manufacturer directs. Process 10 minutes in BWB. Makes 6-7 pints.


clipped on: 06.14.2006 at 03:05 pm    last updated on: 06.14.2006 at 03:05 pm

POTM birdbath?

posted by: beachcat on 06.01.2006 at 03:16 am in Garden Junk Forum

I put this together a little while ago but thought it might qualify as a potm for June, as I live in a beach town in Florida. It definately qualifies as junk! The base is two concrete cylinders discarded by the Highway dept. and a large pearly plastic seashell found in TS to hold the water. The large shell came with 3 smaller ones, so may have been intended as a chip and dip set. I had fun painting the base, and the birds and butterflies seem to like the bright colors.

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Have added a small flat rock in the center of the shell, so the smaller birdies have a "landing zone" :)
clipped on: 06.07.2006 at 01:09 am    last updated on: 06.07.2006 at 01:12 am