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Still Hanging Around

The Praying Mantis’ are still hanging around my yard. Today I photographed 2, one hanging upside down on my car window (picture to blurry to post) and one hanging around the luffa vine.

Speaking of luffas they are still growing like crazy. I can not put my fingers around it anymore.

Here are 4 more that are going just as fantasticad as the first 2. So in total I have 7 luffas growing.

There is one that is not doing to much growing.

This one started at the same time as my 2 large luffas. For some reason it is not growing at the same rate.

More gardening updates coming soon.

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What a Difference 5 Days Makes

This morning when I go out to check on the luffas progress I am astonished as to how much it has grown in just 5 days.

From Monday 8/19/19

Tuesday 8/20/19

Wednesday 8/21/19

Saturday 8/24/19

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They Have Appeared

Yesterday when I walked the garden I noticed that my luffa plants are finally forming. It first bloomed 30 days ago. Currently there are 2 luffas.

I hope to have many more.

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Wordless Wednesday

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Surprise Surprise

In a previous post I asked for suggestions on what to do about my beefsteak tomatoes as all the leaves were curling but everything was still green and seemingly growing fine.

This afternoon I took a visit to the garden and to my surprise there is a tomatoe growing!

There are still a few blooms so maybe I will get a few more.

I am glad I did not cut it down.

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Unable to Produce

I have 2 types of tomatoes planted, Juliet’s and Beefsteak. Now the Juliet tomatoes are doing great. I have picked a bunch of tomatoes already and there are lots more still growing.

Now the beefsteak tomatoes were growing perfectly fine. The plant is nice and big with lots of limbs. It even started to flower. But no tomatoes ever formed. Now all the leaves have started to curl. All leaves are still green, no sign of bugs or anything.

Do I need to cut it down and start over or is there something I can do to save it?

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Country Vehicles

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A Little DIY Project

On Pinterest I saw a lot of DIY birdbath ideas that looked fairly simple to make. So this evening I decided to make one.

My goal was to take photos of each step but once you are in a flow you sometimes forget to pause to take a pic of the progress.

What I used:

  • 4 plastic flower pots
  • PVC pipe about 2 1/2 feet (left from a past project).
  • Metal serving tray
  • Spray paint (left from a past project)
  • Gorilla glue
  • Gravel & a few stone for a fish tank

I think if you bought all the items you would spend approximately $20.00/$25.00. The gravel and stone choices will vary the price a bit.

I spent a total of $11.00 for this project. Most of the stuff I already had left over from other projects.

I drilled a 1 inch hole in the bottom of the pots then I painted them.

While I waited for them to dry I put the PVC in the ground about 6 inches.

Now that the pots have dried I put them over the PVC and glued them together.

Once I was satisfied with that, I put the serving tray on top and glued to the top of the flower pot.

Now it is time to add the gravel, stone, and water.

Tomorrow I will add some touchup paint to cover where the glue dripped and take a picture from the top so you can see the gravel and stone I used.

I will be putting mulch and edging around it to make it stand out a bit more.

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Birdhouse Gourds

The Birdhouse Gourds are growing great. The vine is well over 10 feet long and there are approximately 20 gourds formed and growing beautifully.

This is an image of the largest gourd growing.

The Luffa Gourds are slow growing compared to the Birdhouse gourd. They are now a little over 6 feet long, maybe more. They hang not flowered yet but hopefully they will soon.

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