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Do you watch gardening shows?

posted by: Leekle2ManE on 05.22.2014 at 02:04 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

And if so, which ones?

About a year ago while watching some short videos from UF/IFAS on youtube, I took a chance and clicked on a link for "How to be a Gardener", a British show presented by a fellow named Alan Titchmarsh. I found myself intrigued by the show and watched it from the beginning of the series to the end. There were a couple things I liked about it. In the show, he breaks down various gardening concepts and makes it, as he is prone to say, 'obvious'. And while most of the plants he used would be turned into toasted crisps here, the techniques were universal really. Another thing that I couldn't help but notice was the lack of product placement/endorsement. In fact, many of the tips through the series were how you could do things on the cheap without having to turn to big name products.

Since then I have watched other British gardening shows - Gardener's World, Life in a Cottage Garden, Around the World in 80 Gardens and others. And while there might be a little product placement in a few episodes, these shows all seem to point out how to garden naturally without the use of chemicals or padding the pockets of huge industries. And it is refreshing to see. I'm not trying to say the US gardening industry is evil and should be avoided, but it is nice to see cheaper and even 'free' alternatives.

Now it's been a few years since I have had cable or satellite, but when I did, most of the shows on DIY and HGTV were more about showcasing what others have done, using huge teams of professionals to create dream yards and loads of 'get this if you want this', with little to no information on 'how' to do things. Indeed the last few times I have been to my In-Laws and watched DIY, I have encountered almost nothing but marathons of reality shows where the watcher really learns nothing. But maybe I am just watching at the wrong times, usually evenings, or the wrong channels. When I was younger, there were a few good nature/garden shows on PBS, but I did not really see any when we last had satellite.

So I am curious if any of you have any favorite garden shows, preferably ones where you can find tips and learn things from.

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clipped on: 05.23.2014 at 08:33 am    last updated on: 05.23.2014 at 08:33 am

Biochar

posted by: TheTradition on 07.21.2013 at 02:22 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

last winter, I read a post that I'm too lazy to search for talking about biochar, so I decided to set up my own little totally unscientific experiment on the concept. I have a fire pit and burned some pine logs until they were basically chunks of charcoal and then put it out with a hose. I used it as described below.

I grow tomatoes in a variety of locations around my yard. Some get more sun than others, some get more water than others, but my thought is, if a site is rich with nematodes, or gets overrun with army worms, or gets hit with some sort of fungal disease, then my other plants are far away and unlikely to get caught up in the carnage.

Anyway, I did a variety of beds with various types of soil amendments (including the biochar):

Peat + existing soil

Bagged "Osmocote Garden Soil" + existing soil

Homemade compost + existing soil

Biochar + "Osmocote Garden Soil" + existing soil.

Here were the results:

Peat + existing soil: Produced a very poor plant. However, it did produce after others had given up, but stink bugs got my late tomatoes. This site had average sun exposure and high watering exposure (from well-fed lawn sprinklers).

Bagged "Osmocote Garden Soil" + existing soil: Productive cherry tomato location, but nematodes got them and eliminated any late production. This site had high sun exposure and high water exposure.

Homemade compost + existing soil: Good production but early decline from nematode and fungal disease pressure. This site had high sun exposure and average water exposure. It also has an unusual (for my yard) clay substate as clay fill dirt was trucked in to create a "hill" for my pool area.

Biochar + "Osmocote Garden Soil" + existing soil: This is the point of this post. The plants from all the other sites are done and have been pulled, but this site continues have two leafy plants producing cherry tomatoes (Supersweet 100). This site is shady and receives less than average water.

Is the biochar responsible for the late production? Or the shade? Or the lack of water pressure? Sure is interesting to me. More data are needed.

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clipped on: 03.19.2014 at 08:29 am    last updated on: 03.19.2014 at 08:29 am

Calla lilies, anyone?

posted by: writersblock on 11.24.2013 at 06:55 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

Does anyone have any advice on calla lilies? I never much cared for the white ones, but I think I might have to try these:

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clipped on: 11.25.2013 at 12:55 pm    last updated on: 11.25.2013 at 12:55 pm

red flowers

posted by: karalynn on 11.24.2013 at 07:40 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

Even though I've been told the name of this plants many times before I can not remember it's name. It's blooming so profusely right now I just had to share a picture of it.

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clipped on: 11.25.2013 at 09:31 am    last updated on: 11.25.2013 at 09:31 am

Unknown tree

posted by: karalynn on 09.21.2013 at 02:32 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

Mom and I were at a yard sale when we spotted this tree on a heavily wooded lot that has us confused as to what it is. When I first spotted it my first thought was that it was the largest mimosa that I'd ever seen and then I realized that it couldn't be a mimosa but everything else that I know of with that type of leaf shouldn't grow to this size up hear in zone 9a. Can anyone identify it?
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clipped on: 09.22.2013 at 01:04 pm    last updated on: 09.22.2013 at 01:04 pm

august....

posted by: wallisadi on 08.08.2013 at 06:23 am in Florida Gardening Forum

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clipped on: 08.10.2013 at 07:48 am    last updated on: 08.10.2013 at 07:48 am

Cassia?

posted by: karalynn on 07.27.2013 at 12:00 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

ISs this a type of cassia? It's growing out of a pile of dirt and plant debri out back. I might have dumped some cassia seed pods there but I can't remember for sure.

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clipped on: 07.29.2013 at 11:37 am    last updated on: 07.29.2013 at 11:37 am

Koi and fish food recipe

posted by: goodkarma_ on 05.22.2010 at 06:29 pm in Ponds & Aquatic Plants Forum

1 cup fish (large tilapia filet, cod, ect)

1/2 cup shrimp tails removed

shrimp tails (baked or set in hot pan until crunchy)

Optional- 4 sea weed wraps ( aka Nori- in the Sushi or oriental isle of supermarket)
1/4 cup broccoli (1/2 cup if not using sea weed)

Optional- 1/4 cup carrots for color enhancement

2 tablespoons brewers yeast

1/4 cup spirilina (pet food disks have stabilized Vitamin C so I prefer that type)

Optional -1/4 cup dried krill

1 egg

1 cup wheat germ (or substitute with wheat flour)

1/2 cup flour

1 tsp garlic

Using a chopper chop up the spirilina, sea weed, krill, brewers yeast,garlic and shrimp tails. Set aside.

Chop up fish, shrimp and mix in egg. Add to dry ingredients.

Chop up broccoli and carrots and add to mix.

Add wheat germ and flour. Mix to a slightly doughy mix- should only take a minute.

Spray non stick cooking spray on baking sheet and place mixture in flat patties on sheet. Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 10 to 13 minutes. Cool. May freeze.

Fish go nuts for this stuff.

Lisa

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clipped on: 07.09.2013 at 01:18 pm    last updated on: 07.09.2013 at 01:18 pm

What is this?

posted by: karalynn on 07.08.2013 at 01:18 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

This is another plant I got at Silvia's party that I can't remember the name of. I think that Wallisadi brought them.

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clipped on: 07.09.2013 at 11:34 am    last updated on: 07.09.2013 at 11:34 am

RE: Florida native Ironweed (Vernonia angustifolia) (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: Leekle2ManE on 07.08.2013 at 09:24 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

Yes, it self-seeds and you can get the seeds for it (and many other wildflowers) from the Florida Wildflower Growers Co-Op.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wildflower Seeds

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clipped on: 07.09.2013 at 08:59 am    last updated on: 07.09.2013 at 09:00 am

Question for Wallisadi

posted by: karalynn on 07.08.2013 at 01:22 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

I think this is a plant that I got from you at Silvia's party. As you can see it's doing great but I can't remember what it is. And do you know what the little round things growing off the leaf in the picture are?

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clipped on: 07.09.2013 at 08:28 am    last updated on: 07.09.2013 at 08:28 am

pond plants

posted by: karalynn on 07.02.2013 at 08:28 am in Florida Gardening Forum

This year the plants in my pond have gone into overdrive! Everything is growing and blooming beautifully. Here's a few pictures that I took this morning when I left for work.

The first is the Pickerelweed which is a plant I added earlier this year. Not only are the flowers pretty I find the leaves are real attractive with the stripes. I found out some interesting facts about this plant in that the seeds can be eaten like nuts and the leaves can be boiled like greens.

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clipped on: 07.02.2013 at 12:31 pm    last updated on: 07.02.2013 at 12:31 pm

RE: VERY shaded pot. (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: garyfla on 06.19.2013 at 06:24 am in Florida Gardening Forum

karalynn
You might try the Australian types of tree ferns . i find them much more tolerant of cold than heat. i keep all my ferns in pots including the "trees" because my soil is crummy and sooner or later find they get in the way Also my main source of shade is a deciduous tree lol.Check out the genus Blechnum (spelling) some of these grow large even some florida natives
Willisadi Will check that out.. appears to stay rather short?? have also been checking into the Begonia and gesneriad families begonia nelumbafolia looks like it might be ideal impressive foliage for sure
Think i might have seen some in pics of Annas garden??
Was going to put a Snowflake tree there . Managed to find a variagated form but it croaked lol
Thanks again gary

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clipped on: 06.19.2013 at 08:15 am    last updated on: 06.19.2013 at 08:15 am

My fish need help!

posted by: karalynn on 06.11.2013 at 04:31 pm in Ponds & Aquatic Plants Forum

At least one of the goldfish in the pond has what looks like ulcers on both of it's sides (going by various pictures that I found online). Most of what I've read online says that this is propably caused by some type of bad bacteria but I can't seem to find what the best way to treat the pond is to make sure that none of the other fish, particulary my koi, develope problems. Will it help if I do a partial water change? Currently the water is the clearest that it's been in well over a year which I've attributed to the large amount of parrots feather growing in the pond. I haven't added in any new fish in the last couple months. The pond is about 5 feet wide by 11 feet long and ranges from 2 to 2.5 feet deep. I know that there is a bit of muck on the bottom of the pond that I need to clean out but I don't know if that is contributing to the problem. There is no way I'll be able to get all of the fish out of the pond to treat them so I need to be able to just treat the whole pond.

Can anyone give me some advice as to what to do?

Kara

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clipped on: 06.13.2013 at 02:26 pm    last updated on: 06.13.2013 at 02:26 pm

Gopher tortoise in the yard

posted by: karalynn on 06.03.2013 at 12:26 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

This weekend I finally spotted the gopher tortoise that dug a burrow under the rock edging along the back flower bed. The burrow been there at least a year and started out really small. It's in a really bad place that's much too close to the house but since I never saw the gopher tortoise I couldn't do anything about encouraging it to move elsewhere. The only reason that I knew the it was still there was the burrow just kept getting bigger and bigger. I finally spotted the tortoise grazing in lawn out back on saturday and was quick to put a couple good sized rocks across the entrance to the burrow. I then moved the tortoise to the very back of my property hoping it would get the hint a dig a new burrow. I ended up moving it back there twice on saturday but I'm not sure that it has given up on it's original burrow. There are signs that it's been trying to did around and under the rocks. I would be happy to have the tortoise in the yard if it would just dig a new burrow farther back from the house!

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clipped on: 06.07.2013 at 12:32 pm    last updated on: 06.07.2013 at 12:33 pm

Desert rose

posted by: vqueen on 05.27.2013 at 11:50 am in Florida Gardening Forum

Thank you Tom for this beautiful desert rose.. Received the seeds from you at Silvia's garden party in 2011.. It took 2 years to produce these beautiful flowers.. It was so worth the wait..

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clipped on: 05.28.2013 at 03:13 pm    last updated on: 05.28.2013 at 03:13 pm

bromeliad.....

posted by: wallisadi on 05.21.2013 at 07:09 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

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clipped on: 05.28.2013 at 01:33 pm    last updated on: 05.28.2013 at 01:34 pm

native pitcher plants

posted by: karalynn on 05.22.2013 at 12:38 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

I really want to add some florida native pitcher plants next to my pond but I have been unable to find any place that sells them. Most of the plants seem to grow wild up in the panhandle area and I would think someone would have them for sale but no such luck. Does anyone here know where I could get some of these plants?

The ones I'm most interested in are Sarracenia flava L. (trumpet-leaf pitcher plant), S. leucophylla Raf. (white-top pitcher plant), and S. purpurea (purple flower pitcher plant) but at this point I would take any that I could find.

Kara

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/WATER/wetlands/delineation/featuredplants/s arrac.htm

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clipped on: 05.28.2013 at 01:32 pm    last updated on: 05.28.2013 at 01:32 pm

Lily bloom

posted by: karalynn on 05.03.2013 at 08:19 am in Florida Gardening Forum

This lily bloom has been in the process of opening for the past 4 days and as you can see is still not all the way open! But it's still so pretty that I just had to share.

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clipped on: 05.05.2013 at 12:38 pm    last updated on: 05.05.2013 at 12:38 pm

Finished my second microsprinkler irrigation line :-)

posted by: tomncath on 02.05.2012 at 08:03 am in Florida Gardening Forum

Did I mention how much I HATE 1/2" black polytubing? I've been very happy with 1/2" rigid PVC pipe with retrofit emitters on 1/2" risers, and a battery operated Hunter valve controller.

Tom

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clipped on: 04.05.2013 at 11:36 am    last updated on: 04.05.2013 at 11:36 am

Can't clear up pond water, have tried everything!

posted by: gknee_50 on 05.09.2008 at 12:32 pm in Ponds & Aquatic Plants Forum

I hope someone has some advice for me. We put in a pond last July. It is approx. 2000 gallons. We have a skimmer and a waterfall with a good pump. We put rock in it to cover the liner and added dry bacteria, de-clorinator and barley extract. My water was clear in March, but since the water has warmed and I began feeding the fish again...it is brown. I put in hornwort, put in my hyancinths, and have cut down on feeding the fish to twice a week. Should I drain my water and start all over? It has been brown for 3 weeks now. We put an aerator stone in it also to help with oxygen. I was thinking of taking out 20% of my water every week for about a month....do you think that would help the problem?? I would appreciate any advice! Thanks!
Jeanne

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clipped on: 04.01.2013 at 04:40 pm    last updated on: 04.01.2013 at 04:40 pm

meyers lemon/peach tree

posted by: karalynn on 03.17.2013 at 12:35 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

At Lue gardens yesterday we made a couple impulse buys of a meyers lemon and a couple peach trees. The trouble is that we have no idea of what the growing requirements for these trees and need some advice! Can anyone give us some direction?

Kara

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clipped on: 03.18.2013 at 01:01 pm    last updated on: 03.18.2013 at 01:01 pm

groundcover for shade, that you can walk on?

posted by: ktmeyer on 03.09.2009 at 04:12 pm in Florida Gardening Forum

Ok, since you guys are such a wealth of information, I'm going to ask another question. We have an area of the back yard, between the screened in porch and the back fence that is VERY shady from oak trees. It also has a swingset/fort in the middle of it that my son and his friends play on. Currently it is all dirt and oak leaves. (was that way when we moved in 6 months ago). Is there anything that would grow there, even sparsly, that would look better and be easy care? Even if it wouldn't grow directly under/around the swingset because of the kids playing, we could put mulch there and some kind of ground cover around it. Maybe even a mulch path to and from if need be. But I don't want to mulch that whole half of the yard, especially as the dog wan't pee on mulch, she's too well trained to go on grass/plants.

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clipped on: 02.04.2013 at 05:09 pm    last updated on: 02.04.2013 at 05:09 pm

Crinum blooms

posted by: karalynn on 10.04.2012 at 08:21 am in Florida Gardening Forum

After years of not blooming my red leafed crinum has sent up multiple blooms of and all all summer! I have to say this is my favotite crinum out of all the ones growing in my garden. Even when it's not in bloom it's still eye catching!

Kara

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clipped on: 01.10.2013 at 11:48 am    last updated on: 01.10.2013 at 11:50 am

unknown pepper

posted by: karalynn on 06.30.2012 at 08:58 am in Florida Gardening Forum

Can anyone id this pepper plant? I bought it at walmart weeks ago and added it in among my ornamentals because I liked to color of it's foliage and fruit. Now I wish I'd saved the tag so that I could tell whether or not it's a hot pepper. The peppers are small but the plant produces so many of them that I'd like to use them in cooking if I could just figure out what it is. Anyone recognise it?

Thanks,
Kara

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clipped on: 06.30.2012 at 08:58 am    last updated on: 06.30.2012 at 08:59 am

Plumeria advice needed

posted by: karalynn on 06.30.2012 at 08:52 am in Florida Gardening Forum

I have a plumeria that a friend gave to me years ago that while it has grown it has never bloomed. When I got it it was about a foot tall with 2 or 3 sickly leaves at the top. Now it is about 4 feet tall, has 2 branches at the top and a numerous leaves that are the healthiest I've ever seen on it. All in all the plant looks very healthy but it's never bloomed! I don't even have a clue as to what color the flowers will be if it ever does bloom and I really want it to bloom. The pot it's currently in is rather small and I think it needs to be transplanted but then I don't now if that will help or hurt it. It's growing in full sun and gets hit by the sprinkler twice a week. Any advice would you can give me would be great!

Kara

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