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Old February 18, 2019   #166
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Default Capsicums or Bell Peppers

I planted my Capsicums this year with more thought to overwintering the plants in the ground as I did several years ago. Where i am this is possible to do by setting up a frame and covering with plastic or a tarp at night. Most frosts we get do not go below minus 3C, but occasionally we get down to minus 7C, relatively mild compared to what some of you folks have I know, but cold enough.

I planted a punnet of Californian Wonder, our typical supermarket red, then next to them a Candy Cane, two chocolates then a punnet of Sweet yellow bulls horn style capsicums. All have started to ripen fruit, I just have not gotten around to photographing the Cal wonders.

Top two photos are Candy Cane, then the chocolate with tags and relevant fruit to the side.
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Old February 18, 2019   #167
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Default Eastern Water Skink

We have these little skinks all around the house, strawberry patch, compost bins and anywhere they can find shelter. This one was sunning itself on some fence posts by the compost bins when I was able to photograph it.
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Old February 18, 2019   #168
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Are the skinks helpful in the garden re: insects?
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Old February 18, 2019   #169
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I do not know exactly what they eat, which made me go look. Insects are certainly on the menu so it is possible. Either way, as skinks are snake food. if the skinks are out and about there are no resident snakes about, which is good.
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Old February 27, 2019   #170
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Default Latest pick

Did a big pick on Sunday, to about 65 lb to Mum for sauce and received a box of William pears for bottling on return. Pick of tomatoes on deck, boards about 3 inches wide.
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Old February 27, 2019   #171
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Default Lithium Sunset

With the two forms of about under this label for a while, I was curious as to which one this would be. Looks like I got the original one.
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Old February 27, 2019   #172
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Default Moonshiners Ball

Several years ago I grew about 5 plants of
Moonshiners Ball and for a contact from here, one of the plants was chimeric with one half being what was expected, the other a spitter of a red. Dug out the seed and grew 4 from the chimera, net result is that they are the expected MB's through and through. Most of the early fruit have been from fused blossoms, the there was this 530 gram/18.7 oz beauty.
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Old February 27, 2019   #173
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Wow, amazing harvest Whwoz.
The only skinks I’ve seen here in Florida are a third the size of the one you showed. Ours stay hidden where yours seem to scamper about openly. Interesting!
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Old February 27, 2019   #174
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Thanks PlainJane, harvest is going well, lots of new to us varieties making it interesting and good for the kids to experience the different colours and flavours as well.

Those skinks are quite fearless around us often allowing us within 4 or 5 feet. It helps that there are no cats or dogs here to hunt them either. The kids love seeing them and we have them all around the house.
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Old February 27, 2019   #175
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Nice harvest! That Moonshiner's Ball is very pretty; it's great the kids get to try different things.
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Old February 28, 2019   #176
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Old February 28, 2019   #177
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Thanks folks, much appreciated
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Old February 28, 2019   #178
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Awesome harvest pic! So glad to see that bounty.

And the skinks are nice too. They remind me of the gekkos that were all over my folks place when Dad was working in Barbados a couple years. Pleasant company and insect eaters to boot. What's not to like!
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Old February 28, 2019   #179
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Could not agree more Bower, as long as they have legs, reptiles are welcome here, the ones without, not so.
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What kind are the green ones at the top of the photo?
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