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BootsNBridles
Sun Apr 28 2019, 05:59PM Email Thread Print View

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It can be tricky getting plants growing early in our season! Anyone have any tips and tricks?

One was taught to me many moons ago : if it freezes when you have young but leafed out plants in the ground spray water on them before the sun hits them. It defrosts them slowly and will save most of them. It seems weird but it has worked!!
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solargardens
Sun Apr 28 2019, 06:44PM
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Boots, we use frost cloth or old sheets for those days like we have been having (nice days and an occasional freeze)
Cover the plants when you know the temps will be 25 to 35 degrees in the morning. We have started putting out our rose sage, California fuchsia and bumblebee penstemon for the xeriscape plant giveaway. So far so good.


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Lumber Jill ⭐
Sun Apr 28 2019, 09:04PM

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Cammy & I have kept 7 tomatoes and 2 pepper plants alive the last 2 weeks by wrapping them in sheets each evening!

What doesn't kill me does NOT make me stronger. It makes me anxious, bitchy, and vulnerable...but nobody wants to see that embroidered on a pillow...Lisa Kogan...thx LXL...sorry i stole it from you! Ok, maybe I'm not sorry :-P

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Here's the covering during our recent graupel storm:


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HazMatMind
Thu May 02 2019, 08:48AM
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Neighbor planted some poppy seeds. I plan to follow suit. His wife said the poppies might not even come up until next year. Is this accurate? I'm also looking for a sturdy climbing perennial to soften a chain-link fence. Suggestions? Thx!
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Lumber Jill ⭐
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HazMatMind wrote ...

Neighbor planted some poppy seeds. I plan to follow suit. His wife said the poppies might not even come up until next year. Is this accurate? I'm also looking for a sturdy climbing perennial to soften a chain-link fence. Suggestions? Thx!

Poppies will sprout on bare ground. They won't in the shadows of grasses etc. They will come up this year, and have limited blooms but will grow into nice large plants over several years. They reseed themselves nicely, again, on bare ground. We have 3 Virginia Creepers which are a beautiful deep red in the fall. Birds love their seeds in the fall/winter.


What doesn't kill me does NOT make me stronger. It makes me anxious, bitchy, and vulnerable...but nobody wants to see that embroidered on a pillow...Lisa Kogan...thx LXL...sorry i stole it from you! Ok, maybe I'm not sorry :-P

Life isn't like a box of chocolates. It's more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your ass tomorrow...Larry the Cable Guy
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HazMatMind
Thu May 02 2019, 10:14AM
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Thanks, LJ!
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solargardens
Thu May 02 2019, 11:34AM
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HMM, our pink Shirley poppies that we seeded last month are popping up in abundance. The prickly poppies are also coming back. Watch for the doves, they LOVE poppy seeds and will devour most of them in short order. I have seen doves flying sideways after eating the prickly poppy seeds !! Next time, I will try to get a video of that and post it.
Try good for your fence. Community market usually has a nice example on the West side of the building. I have extra hops plants if you would like a few.


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solargardens
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Good=hops

Mike Bode WB6CLZ
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Dreamweaver
Aug 21 : 10:11pm
In The Grizzly, According to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, microcystis (blue green algae) releases a toxin into the water when its cells die. Ingestion of water or algae containing microcystin can create health problems for fish, dogs, cats, livestock and people.
Please watch your furry friends.

Benny ⭐
Aug 21 : 05:59pm
You bet!

bildo
Aug 21 : 05:17pm
I'm glad I checked. I would not have been happy to have driven there from RS at 5:30am... Guess I'll do this one next week.
THANKS!

Benny ⭐
Aug 21 : 05:12pm
Yeah that's not going to work, that's where they're filming... Unless you hoofed it around on the backside (south) side of the ridge to steer clear of the area. The helicopter will be doing touch and go's in that area.

bildo
Aug 21 : 04:58pm
Hmmm. The ridge route (2N21) was what I had planned. I'm not heading to Sugarloaf - I wanted to go to Sugarlump - which I think may also be known as Bear Peak. USGS calls it Sugarlump.

Benny ⭐
Aug 21 : 04:38pm
No, the only traffic control is for the repaving project down on Moonridge for the new Zoo. But if you're going to Sugarloaf and parking via 2N10, you cannot get through. All the filming is taking place across our ridge route, from Chair 9 over to Bear Peak, so you can't cross over the Bear Mtn Property from that direction. You'd need to hike up from the Moonridge/Lassen side or go park off Hwy 38.

bildo
Aug 21 : 04:04pm
Thanks Benny. So, no traffic control up to the trailhead at the end of Club View for parking?

Benny ⭐
Aug 21 : 03:54pm
You're fine bildo, the shoot is taking place on Bear Mtn's property. The helicopter isn't here yet, you're probably just seeing the tour chopper. There's a Blackhawk coming in for the filming, probably tomorrow through the weekend.

bildo
Aug 21 : 03:33pm
Hi all - was planning a hike tomorrow morning to Sugarlump Peak, starting at end of Club View. Will this be a problem due to movie shoot? Planned start 6am.

solargardens
Aug 21 : 02:38pm
We are thinning out our LOTS of our purple iris.
We would to like to find homes for them.
Check out the green thumbs forum for more information.

Casadelgado
Aug 21 : 02:34pm
Indeed I missed it. Try to read this every day but sometimes I don't catch things. Getting old.....

doo·hick·ey
Aug 21 : 02:27pm
(Tiny chopper) for aerial footage? Or are they all using drones for that?

doo·hick·ey
Aug 21 : 02:18pm
I thought Homeland was cancelled. There goes a chopper..

Benny ⭐
Aug 21 : 02:17pm
We've been talking about it on here for a while now.... surprised you missed it!

Benny ⭐
Aug 21 : 02:16pm
Yeah wait'll the military helicopters land... then it'll be a party!



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