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Old 1 Week Ago   #526
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I promised to show some trees around here. Those are all in what I call our yard (Post #522) The first picture shows the wildfire damage from 1979 and how the trees have recovered over the past 40 years.

I had just cut and pulled out briars and some poison ivy that was at least 15 foot tall. You can see in the picture where some of the poison Ivy was cut off at the last minute before I took the picture. They are the green vegetation you see near the trees in the picture.

To make a long story short - My stepmother passed in 2010, and mine and my half brother's Father passed in 2011. My half brother (Brother) wanted to let the property grow wild except around our houses, and I begrudgingly agreed to his request back in 2011.

In a way, I'm tired of seeing nature take over, and I'm slowly cleaning up some of the area. (Reclaiming the Jungle) is what I call it. I don't spray pesticides except on my tomato plants. and I do that when I have to. There are 11+ acres here. I like for some of it to be mowed and park-like, with an in-between area with just a little upkeep, and all the rest to be natural. To me, that is part of container gardening, or gardening in general. It all depends on what you are happy with. I know it seems off-topic, but it really isn't.

I did take care of the containers garden first with their feeding and I had to tie a stem closer to the cage (I should show pictures of that tomorrow). I really never imagined seeing a container garden growing tomato plants as huge as they are growing. I did see the huge tomato plants that AK Mark showed in his thread, but I had no idea about growing them outside in containers.
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Good idea to clear out the poison ivy if there are kids playing out there. As they grow older they will roam farther. I imagine that clearing some of the areas around the house will also give snakes less cover, again a good thing with kids running around.
Snakes are so good at camouflage I nearly put my hand on a little one last week while picking up a bit of litter in a wild walking place.

I love your oak trees that remind me of our coastal Garry Oaks.

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Good idea to clear out the poison ivy if there are kids playing out there. As they grow older they will roam farther. I imagine that clearing some of the areas around the house will also give snakes less cover, again a good thing with kids running around.
Snakes are so good at camouflage I nearly put my hand on a little one last week while picking up a bit of litter in a wild walking place.

I love your oak trees that remind me of our coastal Garry Oaks.
I agree. Make the area safer. Calamine Lotion is being used. That's what you do for others no matter what age you are. I did it as a child, a teen, young adult, father, grandfather. You just do what is needed for others.
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The pepper plants are a little different in container gardens. I really didn't know what to expect when planning them. The 4-18-38, 15-0-0, Epsom Salt was made for growing tomatoes. Then there is the fact that peppers don't need a lot of water - so I missed many days watering on purpose and I factor in rainfall.

What I have seen from this is smaller plants producing a lot of peppers in May (A month early). I have F1s and OP varieties growing. I need to pick them tomorrow so more new flowers and peppers will grow. Which sparks an idea that I've had for over a month - small plants producing a lot that withstand too much rain. Summer is just starting, so I'm more than interested in finding out how this plays out.

I'll take pictures before harvest tomorrow. (I left out that they were partially harvested 3 days ago)
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Interestingly, I have found in my climate my peppers, especially hot peppers, do better and produce more in pots than in the ground. I suspect that it is because they like warmer soil and the pots warm up faster and stay warmer than the ground.
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picked my 1st tomato today.
4th of july hybrid in a cement block.
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