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Tropical Fruit Discussion / what kind are these? Store bought.
« on: July 10, 2018, 11:24:48 AM »
My family and I have been binging on fruit for the last few months. I have had fazes where we would eat lots of one kind of fruit then get tired and move on to the next. This is a good thing as fruit season changes throughout the year. I really don't know my fruit season but I do know when they are on sale and cheaper than regular. he he 

Anyhow, I'm a fan of the Adolfo (honey/champagne) mango due to there sweetness, no fiber, and cheap (3/$1). However, they have a simple taste. To me, they have a slight hint of mango taste with just about no acidity and sweet like table sugar. My wife likes the other big mango. I don't know what type they are the reason for this post. they are big, and 1/$1 right now. They have minimal fiber, sweet when fully ripen/soft to the touch. They are not as sugar sweet like the Adolfo and have more acidity, more mango-ish flavor. I know store bought mango are junk compared to what can be grown but they are cheap and still taste good to us.

My 2 Mango trees have doubled in size since I bought them. I plan to keep them in pots forever if possible. The bigger one is a Cogshall. The smaller one is a Nam Duc Mai whic was only 12'' tall when I bought it. The local Nursery said that's as big as they are able to order due to high demand. The place they order from don't have time to let them grown bigger. People just snatch them up.

What kind of mango is this?

These are my 2 mango trees trees. I think I would like to add another one that is prolific and compact like the Dwarf Hawaiian but, I can't find one and the wife probably will not approve of another plant.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Slow hoop house build at the homestead
« on: February 24, 2018, 11:25:49 PM »
I have started putting together and purchasing parts of my hoop house. I'm building this hoop house at my parents' homestead on the outskirts of Houston. They have 2 acres and are always fiddling out in the yard. Winter is their boring season as they basically huddle inside the majority of the time. Our winters are generally not that cold as I am able to run around in shorts and t-shirts through the majority of it. However, snow and cold ice freezes have been more common lately. These oddball events occur a day or two at a time and only once or twice a year. They don't occur every year either. However, I would like to stop bagging, dragging, and carrying lots and lots of pots to a makeshift greenhouse that we raise each year. It's just too much work!! The plants take a beating and it takes a good amount of work putting up the makeshift shelter each winter.

I have decided to take the leap and make a simple hoop house. They can get a jump start on and prolong their growing season with a nice hoop house. The hoop house will about 72' or 73' by 20' wide. I am undecided on the height of the structure but I'm thinking 11' tall. This will allow easier access to the two ends and they will have a short vertical ground post sides. The height will also allow trees to be grown a little taller before they have to be pruned.

So far, I have only purchased the hoop bender and the 1 3/8' x 10.5' top rails. I am currently in the process of bending those hoops. It's a decent amount of work given the fact that I plan to space those hoops at about 3' apart. Why you may ask? Because 1, they occasionally get strong winds; 2, more ribs = less flopping of the covering which in turn will reduce wear and tear; 3, it's only a difference of about $150 to significantly strengthen the structure.

I'll keep this first post up to date with prices (rounded up) on the material spent.

-hoop benders (I bought 3 sizes in case I felt like raising a smaller one (10' or 12' wide) at my house in the subburbs)= $130
-1 3/8' galvanized top rail ($12.48/each or bulk price if bought 30+ $10.24/each)= $700 thus far. I will need more as I need to but stiffening and perlins

I have bent about 45 of them. I still have more to do.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / A shovel, wheel barrow and sweat
« on: February 09, 2018, 10:00:50 PM »
Wow, I'm tired! My GF are new gardeners and have been bit by the bug pretty hard. I hope we do okay since we spent so much $$ and time on these plants. Anyhow, I made some planter boxes and some herb boxes for our house. Herb boxes are about 23''W x 12''D x 5'' tall. The planter boxes are 3'W x 6'D X 14'' tall and one that is only 12'' tall.

I bought 1 cu. yard of garden dirt and 1 cu. compost mix. It took lots of sweat and work but I got it done. The planter boxes only needed about 1.5 cu yards to fill. I spread some of the left over on the yard to patch the holes and dips.

These are my trees. I have Owari satsuma, Moro blood orange, Lychee, Joey avocado, Lila avocado, Valentine pomelo, Fuyu persimmon, Hachiya persimmon, loquat, pineapple, miracle fruit, Meyor lemon, pomegranate, and newly planted bare root Ozark strawberries.

My GF has pretty much the same plants  but she put the in the front yard.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Houston member hoop bender pass it on
« on: February 09, 2018, 09:32:27 PM »
Hello all, I bought a few hoop benders and would like to offer it to the community. I have the DY-20, DY-12, and DY-10. What I want to do is offer rental for these benders to the local community to borrow (Houston area only, sorry). How it will work is you will send me a PM with your real name and number. I will then post your name on a list that I will create and edit as others request to use it. We can make arrangement to meet at my place or somewhere to exchange a $60/per bender collateral for the ~1wk rental. Once you return the bender I will return you your $58. I will keep $2 as rental fee as the bender will inevitably will need replacement.

With that said, I have yet to use these benders as I'm still in the planning stages of building a hoop house. Once I am ready, I will put myself on the top of the list and will be next up to use the bender.

I know we Houstonians already have a nice gardening community but I would like to add to it. I am a new gardener and will love to learn, chit chat and maybe get seeds of rare/hard- to- find plants once I get the hang of growing things (I'm willing pay if it's in my budget).



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Diy hoop bender measurements?
« on: January 09, 2018, 04:23:52 AM »
Anyone have a diy hoop bender? I'm trying to find the measurements of the rounded part and the length from the end to end. I would like to be able to make one out of wood but much longer so that I only have to bend it a few times vs many times.

I'm specifically looking for the 20' we wide hoop but other sizes will be nice to know as well.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Green/hoop house questions if you would please
« on: December 23, 2017, 04:54:09 AM »
Hello and happy holidays!

I'm in the research and planning stage of raising a large green/hoop house at my parents' house. They live in the outskirt of Houston where they homestead raising chicken, ducks, quails and plant a good assortment of veggies. My siblings and I regularly visit them on the weekends (almost every weekend). My parents are older (70) but still stay active and love to work in the garden. As the cold comes, my siblings and I have to carry a bunch of plants to group them together to cover them with tarps, plastic, ect. to protect them. I'm tired of doing this and my parents don't have much to do since they can't grow anything in this cold season. They would also like to try their hands at other plants that would regularly not survive in our zone. this whole project will be a DIY project so that I may save $$. I'm not cheap per say but saving $ is good. I don't mind spending $ if I think it's worth it. I'm setting my budget at $2500 for this whole project. Again, I plan to build and DIY everything that I can so save $. Luckily I consider myself very handy and have a good amount of handyman skills/tools.

The plan:
-20'w x 50'l x 12' peak hoophouse (I would like to have more of a strait side so There would be more usable vertigo space). I just have to figure out where to raise the GH on the 2 acres property
-hand cranked roll up sides and auto open vent at top of end walls
-water from well and rain gutters (gutters later on)
-a small door at each end to go in and out
-a second door at the end large enough to drive a 1500 series through in case we ever need to do something in the off season.
-till up the greenhouse grass/dirt to make it softer/add a few truckloads of topsoil to add nutrients and make it easier for roots to grow down.
-dig a small trench near the greenhouse to control water drainage away during rain storms.

I plan to reserve about 15' of the last portion of the hoophouse to plant some trees (mango, avocado, lychee, logan, pineapples, passion fruit, dragon fruit and whatever else I see interesting).

The questions:
-Once the greenhouse is up and growing veggies, how are you transporting dirt/mulch ect. into the greenhouse? Remember, my parent are old so I'm trying to have it so that they can do things on their own.
-Flooring? This is a complex question I think. I plan to have some kind of solid flooring in 1 transporting lane. I think I'll lay bricks of maybe pour some concrete. What I mean by the transport lane is I plan to have a designated lane that will run down the length of the GH for the above question. I'm thinking a sturdy and solid base for this one lane will make it easier for my parents to roll and cart things around. The real question if what so I use for flooring for other areas of the GH that is not growing something?
-Shade cloth? Where to buy? What type?
-Poly sheet? Where and what kind did you buy? (I was thinking 6mil GH poly but unsure)
-For you windy people, how deep did you dig and anchor your poles? I planned to cement every other post and erecting the hoops 3' apart instead of 4' just to add strength but IDK.
-Pest control? We occasionally see wile animals such as birds, rabbits, snakes, foxes, and occasionally an escaped farm animal (horse, donkey, cow). How are you keeping these animals out of the GH when you open the doors or skirts? What about bugs inside the GH such as grasshoppers and such? I was thinking maybe getting some guinea hens to live int he GH to eat bugs?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Found a Jackfruit plant at the nursery.
« on: November 28, 2017, 03:50:21 AM »
I want to try and grow one of these! I was visiting my local nursery and went into a hoop house that I never went into before (perhaps it's because they only have big potted plants inside which mean big $$). I found some really cool plants. Anyhoo, I guess it's possible to grow Jackfruit in the Houston area with a nice tall green house, so cool!!! I'm going to build my parents a tall one next year when I get the time and $.

This tree did not have  price tag on it. Perhaps its where they get their cuttings and grafts from. The tree is about 15' tall by 10' wide or at least I think it is. It also appears to have had a few fruits harvested from it already.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Good cutting video, very educational
« on: November 21, 2017, 12:17:35 AM »
I just watched this video. It's very educational and interesting.

This is some good reading on grafting.

Hello, I have a Joey Avocado plant that I bought from a local garden center. The tree is about 7' tall with very little branching. The first few branches (4 or so) are about 3' off the ground. Then there are no branches for the next few feet before a few more branches branch out. How do I get this thing to branch out more? I have read where people are topping their plants to get to branch. Can I air layer the the plant in the non branch area then snip it once it roots? Ill post a picture of the tree tomorrow.


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