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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Something else we have in abundance just now... limes.

    We are absolutely inundated with them. If the mango trees perform as well as the lime trees, I'll be a happy man!

    Good size too.


    So, what to do with so many limes? I have one or two a day squeezed into soda water on ice, or sodaaaaahhhh as the gardener calls it. The wife uses a few here and there in her cooking and chili sauces... but that only uses up the windfalls.

    Any suggestions please?

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    Is there any markets close by to you? I have a German friend here in the village and he grows limes and his wife sells them on the market she has up on the Highway.
    So ask at any market if they want to buy the excess limes off you, don't give them away though.

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    Wife pinged me this morning as my Lab was going crazy doing flips and jumps. She went out to see what all the noise was about and we had a visitor. A well camouflaged one.



    Ahaetulla Nasuta or Green Vine snake. Pretty common. I have seen a couple in the past in my bamboo trees but not that big. They are venomous but I read the poison is more like a Scorpion or maybe a centipede sting unless you are allergic to various venom.

    Of course in typical fashion my FIL wanted to kill it but he leaves them now after I got pissed off that he killed another basic rat snake a year or so ago. I told my wife leave it be. They eat Jingjoks and I hate them.

    on edit,

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    It looks like a golden tree snake. We have one that lives in the chicken run and eats the mice... a very welcome guest.

    They are rear fanged, that means it would basically have to chew on a finger for a while to get any venom into you, so no danger at all to humans. Not so good for a mouse or a gheko though... they will wrap around it to hold it still, and give the prey a good bite to subdue it with venom.

    Well done for keeping it alive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Well done for keeping it alive!
    Yeah Mendip. I enjoy reptiles, even venomous ones. I had a few western Diamondback Rattle snakes as pets for a time when I was Kid growing up around the mountains where I lived. Would find them in the big wood piles. I have never killed a snake. Usually catch them and if necessary relocate.

    And You are right Mendip. It was a Golden Tree Snake, not what I thought it was originally.

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    I checked a couple of mango trees round the front garden today, and as I feared the blossom seems to be drying up and falling off with very little fruit development. It's got very hot very quickly... maybe that's partly to blame?



    Just one baby mango on this sprig...



    But then I checked the trees down by the pond. These get a bit more shade and are also probably better protected from the wind... if that makes a difference?

    There are literally hundreds of baby mangoes developing on these trees. A long way to go, but a hopeful start!

    Around 40 baby mangoes in this pic alone!



    There's 12 on this little sprig.



    One of the biggest problems preventing the mangoes reaching full maturity and ripeness is predation by the wife. She'll keep picking them while they're green and hard, for dipping in the chili powder/sugar/salt mix. I just can't understand that myself - not only does it taste awful but it gives me the chronic shits.

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    If one finds that they've an over abundance of mangoes, throw the over ripe into the mulching bin with all your other assorted organic material.
    Mangoes have natural starchy acids that aid in breaking other organic material quite well.

    You can only sell or give away so many mangoes [as every property has their share] before expanding OTT.

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    ^ All of our over-ripe mangoes do end up in the compost bin... but via a chicken's gut. The chickens love them and get well fed in years of plenty.

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    Spent the morning up a ladder cutting out the dead wood from the waterfall. Not a nice job, made even less so when you come across this...

    It was hopefully just from our resident golden tree snake... but the skin looked too large for that...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^ All of our over-ripe mangoes do end up in the compost bin... but via a chicken's gut. The chickens love them and get well fed in years of plenty.
    Butterflies like them too, and I believe bats do too.
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    Several years ago I made nest boxes and put them up all round the garden, but apart from one pair of hoopoes a few yeas ago, the only birds that inhabit them are pidgeons.

    Yesterday I found a young pigeon fluttering around the garden, having left it's nest too early. A miracle the dogs didn't find it first.



    So back up it went...



    Another week in the nest should make all the difference, and a big clean up will follow after it's flown the nest. The mum and dad sit on top of the nest box and pass down food.


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    M'Sahib has always been interested in gardening, with her being cyclic in what really interests her. For some years it was ferns, followed for a few years by begonias. For the past year or so its been the turn of cacti, of which she now has several thousand.












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    There's some beautiful cacti there. I believe a lot of those are worth quite a bit when they reach a large size.

    I used to have a bed if different cacti but took them all out when my daughter reached toddler stage... it was just too difficult to keep her away from them.

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    Not sure what this is but it’s huge. Our caretaker says it will die now that it’s had these fruit. Forgot to mention it’s in our neighbors land.

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    We seem to have a lot of mangoes too. Maybe helped on by the three honey bee hives I’ve found on our property. I found one the hard way.

    Teo are in this bamboo.

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    Mrs said we had a load of wind and 20 mins of rain and looks like half the mango crops has fallen.. typical

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAG View Post
    M'Sahib has always been interested in gardening, with her being cyclic in what really interests her. For some years it was ferns, followed for a few years by begonias. For the past year or so its been the turn of cacti, of which she now has several thousand.
    I do notice that when Thais go for something they seem to commit with a quite a bit of intensity, if only for a short while. Still, at least with Cacti they can be left for a bit whilst you are away on Hols.

    I looked and it seems you have Peyote, 3rd piccy top right tray, happy landings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    I do notice that when Thais go for something they seem to commit with a quite a bit of intensity, if only for a short while. Still, at least with Cacti they can be left for a bit whilst you are away on Hols.

    I looked and it seems you have Peyote, 3rd piccy top right tray, happy landings.
    Noticed that as well.....

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    I just thought it was worth posting an update to show what a difference 3.5 weeks can make.

    Taken 4th January
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    Taken this morning from almost the same spot
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    Here are a few other pictures
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    the pumpkins are taking over
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    Ther are a few of these appearring
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    The chillies are doing really well, I think they like it in full sun. I have some under the shade and they aren't going as well.
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    And these are doing really well, I don't know what they are called in English but in Thai it sounds like "buab".
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    They were planted all along the west side and have created their own "hedge"
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    Why are my pictures suddenly showing as small when they didn't do that before? I am posting the same way and saved the pictures the same way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    I just thought it was worth posting an update to show what a difference 3.5 weeks can make.

    Taken 4th January



    Taken this morning from almost the same spot



    Here are a few other pictures



    the pumpkins are taking over



    There are a few of these appearing





    The chillies are doing really well, I think they like it in full sun. I have some under the shade and they aren't going as well.



    And these are doing really well, I don't know what they are called in English but in Thai it sounds like "buab".



    They were planted all along the west side and have created their own "hedge"
    “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    Why are my pictures suddenly showing as small when they didn't do that before? I am posting the same way and saved the pictures the same way.
    Small images.

    'arry pointed out to me that most images are initially shown smallish. Why, I don't know.

    The solution is:

    Insert your image/images, as before.

    Once done, "double click" on an image and a new dialogue box opens with options.

    Click in the "Full Size" circle, (second row top right), a black blob appears in the circle and accept ion OK option, (bottom line of the dialogue box).

    Do this individually, for all the images.

    They will now appear "full" size.

    Post your "reply".

    Voilà.


    I don't see any Beetroots!

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    Two huge ant nest. One was just starting yesterday.

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    The other. Unfortunately right over our hammock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    The other. Unfortunately right over our hammock.

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    Good Ol Mot Dang. I hate those bastards. No venom but man those sumbiches can bite and they are fearless. I get 4 or 5 of them in our Lumyai trees every year. I wait til they are huge and call the neighbor guy down the street. He cuts them off into a bucket contraption and eats the larvae with Chili.

    They are part of the pollination process.

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    Yeah they are nasty when you mess with them.

    when we were having dirt delivered last year a guy knocked down a nest with a tractor and it dropped down on him. He jumped off while it was still moving. Luckily a tree stopped it. Couldn’t walk near that tree for a while.

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    I have some of these things growing, not sure what they are called, but anyway something seems to think they are a good place to put its eggs.
    They go yellow on the end and when I break them open there are what appears to be dsomething inside making it go rotten.

    Anyone got any ideas to help me solve this problem?

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