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2/17/09 11:07 A

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We were considering moving to TX because they're a friendlier homeschool state.

My grandparents live in Granbury. I have a cousin, Two Aunts and an Uncle that are in TX too, but spread out. Not sure where they live. I think my Uncle is in San Antonio.

Today dh left for four days. I think he said Arkansas. Ds and I have school and I'm hoping to get some house cleaning done and of course quilting. Oh and I have three library books I need to read. LOL

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2/17/09 7:28 A

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Mel - Where do they live? My whole family live in Texas - mostly East Texas around Nacadoches but also have family from Houston, Conroe area to Beaumont and Orange.

Texas is my second home.

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2/16/09 9:31 P

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Hello Debbie,
Welcome to the team. I was just in Texas the last week of January to help my Grandparents. They've been on a no burn ban for so long they're literally ankle deep in leaves on five acres. Not a pretty site.
It sounds like you've a productive 2 acres!! I hope you share pictures of your garden. =)

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2/16/09 7:39 P

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I have to tell you all, I just love this team! Everyone has been so friendly and with helpful advice already. You have made me feel right at home and I do appreciate that very much. I wanted to thank you Dee, for the tip on dry canning pecans. The pecans won't be out till next Sept/Oct, but I plan on being ready for them :) I have a huge cactus bed out at the front of the side yard, and I must tell you, it loves it the most in July and Aug! I will be expanding that bed this spring, have quite a few more cactus to plant. My 2 favorite flowers are daisies and purple bearded iris's. And my favorite bush/plant is the Mexican Firecracker. The snowbells are already blooming, so that's my sign spring is just around the corner for us. We were very lucky when it came to Ike. Had we been about 30 miles toward the north, we would be as devastated as the others in that area. I'm thankful. I had my 79 year old mother with me, and Mike was stuck at work. We both work for the Texas prison system, he is in maintenance and I work in the medical department. We work Tues - Fri. We leave the house at 5 am and get home around 5:30 pm. Makes for a long day, but we do love our 3 day weekends :) And speaking of work, tomorrow is another day. Just wanted to say thanks again to all of you for being so kind :)

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2/16/09 5:31 P

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Hi Debbie welcome to the team. We got some of the hurricanes last year and we are far north of you. It brought in mosquitos which we rarely have. I'm hoping the little cold we have had this winter has killed them out. But it hasn't been cold enough to kill the fire ants. Fire ants are usually looking for water if they come in your house. I agree that powers work best. I've tried about everything myself and we fight more and more each year. I have even tried cornmeal which tends to dry them. It only makes them move the nest, but you might sprinkle it around the base of your house outside and maybe it would keep them out.

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2/16/09 4:58 P

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Stacy, I've had problems with fire ants and the powders seem to work better especially if you can get the ones that you sprinkle on their nest and they take into the nest on their feet. Dee

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Welcome to our group. I'm also from coastal Texas, near Port Arthur so I'm east of you. Our weather has been rough, but I have buds on my trees and my snapdragons have recovered. We just had some major rain here which has helped fill my empty rain barrels.

Did you get much damage from Ike? We got some, mainly to our fence and plants. The worst thing are the ants. I keep spraying and putting down traps, but we keep getting fire ants in our house. They come up in my bed and bite me. I need to respray around the boards again and that will help for a couple of months.

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2/16/09 4:11 P

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Welcome to the Veggies and Blooms Garden Team! WOW.... your garden and yard sound amazing. I can't wait to hear more about it as the planting season arrives. A dear friend of mine is in the process of moving back to Texas and can't wait to work in her new yard. I am going to refer her to your page for any gardening in the wonderful state of Texas!

What is your favorite flower to grow?

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2/16/09 2:05 P

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On dry canning - the lady who did it said you put the nuts in the containers and nothing else (no liquid) and I know it goes in the oven to complete the canning process. Here's some info
www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/can_nuts/nut_m
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2/16/09 10:30 A

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Debbie - My husband, Son, Daughter in Law and I all do the gardening/canning together. It makes for some great memories. Our Son and Daughter in Law lives just south of us so we share a common garden plot on our place. One of the great things about moving here is being closer to them. The second year we were here, we had torrential rains and my sunflowers were tumbling over (they do not like wet feet) so my Son went out in the rain and put up stakes and ran wire to support them. They made it!

I am interested in the dry canning process also.

Take care - I am off to work soon. Sunny

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2/16/09 10:23 A

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Actually, I'm going to get out a bit today and do some more raking and tackling the shrubs and such. It should be a rather nice day today, and like I have mentioned :) we are in a coastal area. One of the perks! I'd like to share canning recipes. Hubby and I are still beginners, but it is something we both like to do together.

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2/16/09 10:10 A

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I would love to know how to dry can pecans. I asked my husband, Mike, but he hadn't heard of that either. We usually just freeze them and give lots away. Any information you can share, I'd be thrilled to have :)

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Hi Debbie
I think we're all itching to have good spring weather and be able to get out in the garden. I do canning and freezing too. Maybe we can swap some recipes. I also make jellies and jams. I have an abundance of fruit trees and hate to see it go to waste. They also make great gifts.

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Welcome Debbie to the Team! Nice to meet you.

We look forward to getting to know you in the Garden!

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Welcome! Sounds lovely despite the storm damage. Have you dry canned those pecans?

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Hi everyone,
My name is Debbie and my husband and I live in the coastal area of Texas, about 50 miles south of Houston. Between Hurricane Ike and the semi-drought conditions we are having and the recent freezes (that seldom happen) my beds look really rough. I'm eager to get out and fix that problem! We have 8 large flower beds out front, as we live on 2 acres and it takes large beds to make an impact. I have many shady gardens, as we have over 60 trees on this 2 acres, at least of third of them are pecan trees. We got into vegetable gardening about 3 years ago, and love canning and freezing our products, plus sharing with friends and family. A few new additions to our garden this year will be corn, pickling cucumbers and green beans. A little rain would go a long way down here, believe me! Well, I just wanted to say hi and let you all know how happy I am to be here. I am going on my 2nd week with sparkpeople, and I will admit, it has been a huge inspiration so far emoticon

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