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Project by Tony posted 05-15-2014 10:00 PM 3332 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Living in the south lets me get a huge head start on my garden. I planted my garden about 5 weeks ago and it’s growing really fast this spring. I have bell peppers, yellow squash, celebrity and big boy tomatoes and some cucumbers. I also have an orange tree growing in my raised bed. I moved it there temporary but it did so well I just left it there. It’s making oranges now, it’s stay’s small and doesn’t create a problem.
I made a string trellis for our cucumbers but I may have the same problem as last year. I got one cucumber last year. maybe because I haven’s see any bees. I made a Mason hotel but I only see 4 or 5 of the cavities filled. I hope I have better luck this year! The tomatoes are doing well and the squash and peppers are doing ok too!
Thanks for looking in!
Tony

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida



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jroot

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posted 05-15-2014 11:21 PM

Time to get the paint brush out, and do some pollinating. IF the bees won’t do it, you might have to. Sometimes a good shake helps with self pollinating plants. Hope you have a good production.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 05-16-2014 05:02 AM

Tony, Your garden is looking great. The vegies look ready to pop.
Congratulations.

Bob.

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Tony

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posted 05-16-2014 11:03 AM

Thanks Bob,
The tomatoes should be getting red soon! Nothing taste better than a garden tomato! The peppers are still a little small but growing nicely. We have been eating yellow squash and potatoes already! We had A storm front came through yesterday and we went from the high 80’s to the upper 50’s this morning. What’s nice about that is no Humidity for a while! The chill in the air feels really good! I took a few pictures of the weather yesterday. We got a nice double rainbow as the dark clouds rolled out.

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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jroot

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posted 05-16-2014 01:23 PM

Fabulous photos. Terrifying cloud there. My wife and I love to visit the St Augustine area, but are glad that we live in a more northerly climate. Hate the humidity there.

I wish you the best of luck with your garden.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Tony

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posted 05-16-2014 01:41 PM

Thanks for the nice comment’s Jrood,
We are originally from the New England area. Both my wife and I never like the cold long winters up north we both love the warmer climate here. The humidity can be a little overwhelming at times but for the most part it’s really nice here for a much longer stretch of time. The weather here in the Fall, Winter and spring are just so nice Summer is hot and humid most of the time, i’t great if you love a long gardening season for sure! We do!
This morning it was 57 F and we will hit 79 today with no humidity at all, a little cool for this time of year but we love just about every thing we get for weather except when we hear Tornado! Nothing so far in the 10+ years we lived here. I love storms but not when they are destructive! Yesterday was just Awesome to see those dark clouds roll by.
And then that rainbow! Breathtaking views!
Thanks for your comments!
Tony

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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bestofour

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posted 05-16-2014 03:48 PM

Gosh Tony, your yard is beautiful and the double rainbow is gorgeous. Thanks for posting that.

Where in the south are you?

I hand pollinated my squash this morning. The bees will find it sooner or later but I didn’t want to wait in case it rains.

-- The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet

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posted 05-16-2014 04:59 PM

Hi bestofore,

We are in North St Augustine Florida , St Johns county. I have been hand pollinating our squash and cucumbers. I have had good luck with the squash but the cucumbers are just not responding. I wish we would see some bees come around but so far not a one has showed up while I was watching anyway.
That rainbow was the best and brightest one I have ever seen. It hung around for over 15 minutes. I’m very happy to have that photo of it and happy that I could share it with everyone. :)
Thank you for the nice comments.
Cheers!
Tony

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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posted 05-16-2014 05:01 PM

Oh bestofore, I see you are from NC. Our son lives in Raleigh. It’s a beautiful state.

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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bestofour

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posted 05-16-2014 07:34 PM

I live close to Charlotte which is a pretty good drive to Raleigh. It is a beautiful state.

Wonder if you can purchase bees somewhere

-- The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet

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bestofour

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posted 05-16-2014 07:35 PM

may I use your rainbow picture for a Bible study I teach? It’s ok if you would rather I not.

-- The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet

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Tony

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posted 05-16-2014 09:06 PM

Yes you may bestofour. If you need a larger file size just ask! I could email it to you!
Tony

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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bestofour

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posted 05-16-2014 09:41 PM

Thank you. I sent you a message with my email.

-- The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet

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Tony

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posted 05-17-2014 12:58 AM

Sheri,
I got your email and just sent your 3 photos. Let me know if you get them ok!

Cheers!
Tony

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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justjoel

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posted 05-21-2014 04:26 AM

Beautiful gardens and photos, Tony. Envy your climate (if not always your weather :-) )

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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justjoel

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posted 05-21-2014 04:26 AM

Beautiful gardens and photos, Tony. Envy your climate – if not always your weather. :-)

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Tony

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posted 05-21-2014 10:18 AM

Thanks Joel, Sometimes it’s nice and sometime it’s nice and HOT and Humid here. So this year I built an outside shower heated with a solar panel that I made and put onto our shed to take the chill out of the water. That way when I get overheated and sweaty in the garden I can get refreshed a bit. I was going to post the project here but it’s not really “garden” related and didn’t want to upset anyone.
Thanks for the nice comment’s!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-21-2014 08:27 PM

wow.. those are some clouds!!

And the garden – oh my.
I loved seeing the tree in the raised bed.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Tony

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posted 05-21-2014 10:14 PM

Thanks Debbie!

That little orange tree loves it in that raised bed spot!

Well those dark clouds are gone now but hurricane season is about to begin now but what’s good is our area has not see one since 1964 (Dora) and I hope that trend continues, fingers x. :)

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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