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Old 08-12-2007, 10:05 PM   #15
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Our garden's harvest of August here in Sacramento and the marigolds
What is the large purple vegetable in your basket? Is it a variety of eggplant?
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:29 PM   #16
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What is the large purple vegetable in your basket? Is it a variety of eggplant?
Hi There,

That was indeed an eggplant, a black beauty..they grow great here in this climate!
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:29 PM   #17
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Flower Box?

I think you should all create stylish, aluminum of course, window and/or over-the-tanks flower boxes. To be removed when on the road but when parked ......a lot less tacky than pink flamingos.

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Old 08-12-2007, 10:33 PM   #18
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Hi Neil,
That's a swell idea!!!
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:47 PM   #19
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Cameron, your blossoms and photos are almost as stunning as those lovely dogs.
And Alumatube, that is one scrumptious looking harvest. Can't believe it's your first! Almost puts our local farmers' market to shame.
Codyb, wish our foggy coast could produce such a glossy aubergine!
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Cameron, your blossoms and photos are almost as stunning as those lovely dogs.
And Alumatube, that is one scrumptious looking harvest. Can't believe it's your first! Almost puts our local farmers' market to shame.
Codyb, wish our foggy coast could produce such a glossy aubergine!
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Hi Janet,

Here in the last few weeks, whe it was in the 100's, the eggplants have been producing like crazy!!..Steve's planted many different kinds of eggplants ranging in colors from the deep purple to the fuscia and even grreen and white ones..
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What a beautiful garden you have! Don't you have a short growing season in the summer too?

I have a large iris and dahlia garden. The dahlias are a lot of work, i.e., digging them up each year and then dividing/replanting next year, but they are worth the effort.
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Old 08-13-2007, 08:42 AM   #22
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What a beautiful garden you have! Don't you have a short growing season in the summer too?

I have a large iris and dahlia garden. The dahlias are a lot of work, i.e., digging them up each year and then dividing/replanting next year, but they are worth the effort.
Thank you! Our growing season isn't too bad. We don't get really hot temperatures here, so some fruits and vegetables can be kind of tricky. But for perennials its a terrific place. I have several iris, but they didn't do too much this year. We had an unusually cold winter that may be the cause. I just planted dahlia this spring and am getting a few flowers. They should be better next season.
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Old 08-13-2007, 08:45 AM   #23
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I'm the vegetable gardener and my wife is the flower garden professional. I do it for the best eating tomatoes, broccoli, canteloupe, cucumbers, corn and straight-neck squash that beats the grocery store any day of the week. My wife has all kinds of flowers but her gardens as well as mine have taken a hit this summer due to drought conditions. I have an irrigation system but the heat has just burned up vegetables on the vine. Even the deer have come out of the woods to drink out of our bird baths and the garden pond. Oh well, maybe better luck next year.

Great pictures by the way. I can't wait to show them to my wife. I'm a lab lover also. Great dogs.
Craig, do you have a cistern or anything like that for storing water for drought periods?
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Love your Dahlia Yuki! At my last home, I planted a bunch of dinner plate Dahlias...I loved them!

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Craig, do you have a cistern or anything like that for storing water for drought periods?
No, I just run a water timer off a second faucet I installed a couple feet from the only faucet on the back of the house. I've thought about running a big barrel off the gutters at the back of the house but there is a huge tree with leaves from hell that keep filling the gutters. When I replace them I will put some type of screen over them to keep the leaves out.

Now that you mention it, there was an article in the Nashville Tennessean about a man who came up with a cheap idea for watering. When his neighborhood went to sewer and he was obligated to connect, he converted his old septic tank over to a water holding area. He had a company come in, scrape the grass/dirt off the top of the septic tank, pull the top off, pump the nasty stuff out, power wash the inside and close off the field lines. He then had a submersible pump put in. He ran lines from the gutter spouts to this water holding area. He waters his garden and flower beds from this. What a great idea. I forgot what the capacity is.
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WOW! All that looks great. We are at about 7K ft and still waiting for the first ripe tomato. The peas are doing well and we have carrots.
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:59 AM   #27
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I've thought about running a big barrel off the gutters at the back of the house but there is a huge tree with leaves from hell that keep filling the gutters. When I replace them I will put some type of screen over them to keep the leaves out.
I've made 5 rain barrels that collect water from my roof. I have one barrel at each downspout from the gutters. These barrels are made out of recycled 55 gallon food grade plastic barrels. The gutter downspout stops just over a hole in the top of the barrel. This hole is cut to a diameter to fit a round plastic eave vent that just pops into the hole and keeps "crud" from the gutters from getting into the barrels. At the base of each barrel, I drilled a hole to accomodate a hose bib (outdoor garden tap). Super easy and cheap. You can just see the blue barrels in one of my pictures. It only takes one good rainfall to fill all the barrels.

Converting a septic tank to a cistern is a great idea. If it was anything like the one we had growing up, it would have held a lot of water!
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Thanks for sharing the photos. The flowers and dogs are beautiful. It is hot and dry here right now and most things are wilting instead of flowering.
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