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Come on yall know who I'm talking about! Those of you who have to get out early in morning before the heat reaches 100 then go in, have a glass of iced sweet tea. I love the flowers everywhere but I sure can't grow them in my dry sand and clay. BYH

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Keeping vegetables from wilting in our Southern sun 3 Replies

It's that time of year when vegetable gardeners are desperately looking for ways to keep plants watered, and at the same time, save water!  So this year, I've asked my daughter, who has four children…Continue

Started by Roma. Last reply by Freda K Eckel May 30, 2011.

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Comment by RevKourtnie Dionne Nandlal on August 18, 2011 at 7:58am
Sending all a big way to sunny Florida hello!
Comment by 32773 on June 9, 2011 at 5:47pm
i'm trying to get rid of grasses too.  My first choice is groundcover.  When I get the $$ I'm going to get rid of lawn and install perennial peanut.
Comment by Mike Foley on June 9, 2011 at 5:10pm
I have been adding mulch and peat moss around flowers to attempt retaining moisture. I am gradually going to replace all annuals with drought resistant natives...even if it means only grasses.
Comment by Roma on May 30, 2011 at 5:28pm

Hi Freda...and welcome!

I made a thread just for this particular topic you've mentioned and ideas to keep our gardens from dying of thirst in this heat. It's listed here under Hot Southern Gardeners and it's titled "Keeping vegetables from wilting in our Southern sun".

Comment by Freda K Eckel on May 30, 2011 at 3:34pm
Hello everyone, After lots of rain this spring, seems a HOT burst of weather is upon us here in KY, in the 90's already, and dry.  I always have to do a lot of watering to keep my plants alive. Any suggestions are always welcome. I also have a website that offers tips for DIYers  here is the link Improve your home and garden your comments are welcome there too!
Comment by Denise Lindsey on May 19, 2011 at 9:09am
Hello All, I live in South East Alabama....I have loved gardening all my life and have been working on 2 large perennial beds for about 5 years.I welcome all the help and advice I can get.Thanks for having me:-)
Comment by Strange Angel on March 9, 2011 at 4:50pm
Breakfast of champions! :)
Comment by gloria wade on March 9, 2011 at 9:11am

Welcome Strange Angel, So glad you are here with us. And here's a glass of wonderful sweet tea to get the day started.


Comment by Strange Angel on March 9, 2011 at 8:23am

I hope you don't mind me joining up, since I live in California! Heheee

Spent my youth & half my teens in Live Oak (San Antonio) Texas, and moving back to my grandfather's property soon, which is in Northern California (Colusa), near Chico. Because of the location, I'll be walking distance to the edge of the Sacramento River, but in the middle of a sun-bleached valley with sandy-clay sand and triple-digit midmornings! I can promise you this, though.. I ALWAYS have a pitcher of iced sweet tea in my ice box and when the weather's right, a couple glass jugs out on the lawn to make my all-time favorite: SUN tea!

Comment by Mike Foley on November 8, 2010 at 8:27am
Hello, Ellen. Been distracted by wife's illness and not following posts for a while. I'd suggest doing a search on the Net as there are sites with great pictures of Passion Flowers. The vine can be a bother, so I've read, as it is often 'invasive'. It is a favored food of Gulf Fritillary larvae. This is the first year I planted one (in Pensacola). In late July there were always GFs on a daily basis. They were the dominant butterfly from then on. I enjoyed the show and will plant Passion Vines yearly from now on. Have a cutting and will soon plant it and baby it in a small greenhouse over the winter.

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