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Old 09-21-2006, 11:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here is a shot of my Backyard I took today! The Bananas are still growing Great. Some of these are around 12'. All different kinds. Most of them are "Tall Orinocos".

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Also, here is a shot I took today, of my Orinoco Fruit ! It bloomed the last week of June. This stalk has 29 fingers.

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Old 09-22-2006, 06:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nic pics, as usual, Frank.

Whats that mobile-looking thing in the upper right of the first photo?
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Old 09-22-2006, 07:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Birdhouse. (purple martins?)
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Old 09-22-2006, 07:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Correct Maury!! I put Gourds up for "Purple Martins" each year. The Pole is about 15 ft. high. They really raised alot of babies this year. They usually leave around the middle of July. Really enjoy having them around.

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Wow, they have really grown since the last time I saw them! Looks you don't get much wind damage either. Do you have any pictures of the birds?
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Mitchel, No, I didn't get any pictures of the Martins, I was too involved with the Bananas Wish I had took some photos. I will next year.

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I plan on growing some of those gourds. How big did you drill the holes?

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Mike, I usually cut them 2 1/4" or 2 1/2". You can buy a hole saw to put on a handheld drill to saw the holes. Be sure and drill several 1/4" holes in the bottom of the Gourd for drainage.


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Oh yeah - drainage. Heh. No daipers. I gots the bit - gotta grow and cure the gourds. Thanks!

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Are the gourds the only thing they'll nest in, or is that for aesthetics?
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I like the gourds because I'm terrible cutting and hammering birdhouses together.

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Martins will nest in some houses,but they love Gourds!! I put up a House one year and never got any Martins,the next year, I put up Gourds and here they came!!

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Beautiful pictures...that first one is outstanding!
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Aha, I didn't figure out what a martin was before now. Thanks to Google Picture

Here, the martins make houses under where the roof sticks out over the walls on houses. They also make houses inside the barns, under the roofs.
Putting up houses for them would be redicolous here, but sounds cool though. Never heard of anyone doing it.

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Gard,

I think you are talking about "Barn Swallows" we have them here. Purple Martins will not nest, unless it's in a cavity. I really don't think y'all have "Purple Martins" in Norway!!

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Ohhh, they are different things then. Then I got the whole thing wrong...

Well, the pics are great anyway!

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