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Old 04-03-2009, 09:36 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Did you leave them in pots as you were unsure if you wanted to keep them in these locations? Or were you going for the "Exotica look", with plants busting out of pots???

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Last Fall I ran out of time to build the plat before it became too cold to transplant. So I just dug shallow depressions and buried the bottom 1/3 of the pots to protect the very bottom from temperature excursions into the 30's. Then I built the concrete pad for the patio in late January, and more dirt was piled around the pots. The digging out party will be quite an adventure!
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I came home this afternoon after my week long trip to the Sierras and UC Davis. This evening I looked out the window at dinner time to see the 1000 Fingers I obtained from Jon (pitangadiego) has thrown a flag leaf and blossom!
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:28 PM   #24 (permalink)
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That's very exciting! Please post pics of the progress.
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Yes, post some pics, please?
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Congats! Post some pictures when you get a chance.
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Old 06-27-2009, 12:22 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Cool! I cant believe I've missed this thread. Looking forward to seeing your progress Richard remember to post pictures.
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Old 06-27-2009, 12:25 AM   #28 (permalink)
 
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I really like the look of that Sweetheart. It's a stout plant.
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That's very exciting! Please post pics of the progress.
O.K., here's a picture from the dining room window which is a 1/2 story higher than the ground level. The wooden fence is 5 foot tall and the pseudo stem of the plant is 6 foot tall.

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Old 06-27-2009, 05:51 PM   #30 (permalink)
 
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It is Good to see you back Richard!!
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:22 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Congrats, Richard. I just came back from hiking 5 days along the coast (more O2 there, LOL) and was just kinda hoping to have a flag leaf when I got home but don't see one yet. Glad you've got some success!
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:39 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Way cool Richard!
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:49 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I believe most folks here know Tony (Bananas.org - View Profile: sunfish). A few weeks ago he started helping with all of the unfinished projects I have around here and wow, what a worker he is -- not to mention being far more practical than I am about construction. So far he's put up a plant shelter for my 4-inch nursery stock plants and transplanted my banana plants out of 15 gallon pots and into 25-gallon "holding pots" while I dig out the banana plat area.

The photo below was taken from a terrace above the lower yard, with the camera about 14 feet above ground level. Shown is the shelter made of 2-inch steel pipe and 30% shade cloth, the transplanted naners (below the wood pile), some nursery stock naners in 3 gallon pots to the right of center, and the banana plat site along the fence to the right.

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Old 07-20-2009, 11:01 PM   #35 (permalink)
 
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Ahhh..Richard.
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How nice to have such great help!! Looking good!

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Is it my imagination or did you used to have some lawn between your house and the entrance to the terraced garden area?

Did you make the leap into the no mowing club?!
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Is it my imagination or did you used to have some lawn between your house and the entrance to the terraced garden area?

Did you make the leap into the no mowing club?!
When the patio was built the adjacent grass area became a dumping area for all manner of things and of course I stopped watering it.

The patio and plant shelter take up about 1/3 of the former grass area. After the banana plat is finished, I will build a raised bed (mini terrace!) along the former back portion. This will leave about the middle 1/3 for the finish of my crochet course that starts at the top of the terraces.
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What sized blocks did you use on that raised area in your latest photo?
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Those are the large size "Legacy" blocks, 16-inch wide, 6-inch high, and 9-inch deep. Here is a photo from February 2008 showing the general layout of terraces constructed in my sloping yard. The photo is taken from the 2nd-floor window looking up-slope:

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