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Weekly Gardening Thread -- Vol. 12, March 23, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde

Posted on 03/23/2012 8:53:54 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde

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Good morning, FRiends and fellow gardeners! Hopefully everyone has received beneficial rain this past week. We've had an additional 2 inches, which was a blessing because just to the south and southwest of us as much as 10 inches fell. While the area needed the rain, it didn't need it all at one time.

Looking forward to reading what you're doing with your gardens and plans this week. Photos will earn you bonus points! :^)

It is too wet for me to do anything in the garden, but I do have lots of raspberry bushes to get planted. Then, the beeyard. They are already capping honey in the supers and I will have a bountiful late spring harvest. Mark and I have 2 cutouts of bees in buildings that are coming up this week, which will make a total of 7 hives in my beeyard. We did a huge cutout 2 weeks ago and Mark added those to his beeyard.

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The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you.

This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked.

It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and that is part of the fun and interest. Jump in and join us!


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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Ridiculous temps here; it is a real battle to resist putting stuff out to freeze in a couple of weeks. Instead, we’re getting started on next winter’s firewood supply. Also, I made up 2 PVC paper-pot makers. Here’s hoping that is enough to get us through this false spring.

We have 8 healthy 3-1/2 week old bunnies are about ready to leave their nest box; the other doe is due in 7-10 days.

So far, no broodiness showing up in any of the hens, but we’re still getting 6-10 eggs/day.

I contacted a local beekeeper, who is supposed to get back to me next week, about placing a hive on our property.


51 posted on 03/23/2012 8:42:00 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (If their "Alternative" actually works, the Greenies will proceed to kill it.)
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To: tubebender; Petruchio
The reward in gardening is not the harvest but the quest.

Easy for YOU to say, considering YOUR harvests!

52 posted on 03/23/2012 9:18:03 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (If their "Alternative" actually works, the Greenies will proceed to kill it.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

I almost forgot.

I took the 4 X 8 trailer to the State Veterans Home today, and loaded it with grass clippings. I’ll probably get 1 or 2 more loads.

I’ll use them for the basis of a new compost pile: mix them with the coffee grounds I get from a local restaurant, and the spring cleaning of the chicken/rabbit house, and the left over ground pine cones & shredded paper.

For good measure, dump a bunch of now-thawed manure tea I set to brewing last Fall.


53 posted on 03/23/2012 9:26:54 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (If their "Alternative" actually works, the Greenies will proceed to kill it.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

BEWARE OF FALSE SPRINGs as told to me by our elderly neighbor lady over 50 years ago.


54 posted on 03/23/2012 10:01:26 PM PDT by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: tubebender

Absolutely!!!


55 posted on 03/23/2012 10:16:05 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (If their "Alternative" actually works, the Greenies will proceed to kill it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; All
Everyone, please garden responsibly.

NOBODY wants this to happen to them, or to their friends...

...spay and neuter your gnomes!

Your lawnmower will thank you.

56 posted on 03/23/2012 10:24:51 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (If their "Alternative" actually works, the Greenies will proceed to kill it.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

ROTFLOL!!!


57 posted on 03/24/2012 12:08:23 AM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

First smile of the day ..... thanks!! :-)


58 posted on 03/24/2012 4:58:49 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Petruchio
I would increase the ratio of peat moss to at least 50%. The less dense the soil the easier it is for roots to grow.
It might be a amount of sun issue as well.
From the two images in your post it looks as if the house and the large tree in the back are blocking the sun for part of the morning and or the afternoon.
How many hours of direct sun do your beds get?
59 posted on 03/24/2012 5:43:19 AM PDT by John 3_19-21
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

This weekend (hopefully):

1. Seed vacant chicken runs with feed mix.
2. Chip pruned branches into mulch for the orchard.
3. Plant new trees.
4. Set posts for new chicken runs and grape trellis.
5. Start prepping for low hoop tunnel systems when it is dry enough to till. This is the system I am trying this year:

http://whizbangrowcover.blogspot.com/


60 posted on 03/24/2012 6:03:44 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Maybe I will try that one. Sounds like it would cut down on weeding. Do deer like watermelon vines? (Found out the hard way that they love sweet potato vines.)


61 posted on 03/24/2012 6:57:49 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Bigg Red

My dad (who is 89) was telling me some stories the other day about when he was growing up and one of them concerned a neighbor who was trying to keep the deer out of his watermelon patch. Dad says deer like the young, tender vines .....


62 posted on 03/24/2012 7:04:21 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: All

Well, things are not all well here at the farm with some of our new plantings. Dad loves flowers ... reminds him of all the flowers his mom had planted outside the kitchen door and around the yard at their Shenandoah Valley Farm where he grew up. He is constantly coming home with something new to plant. Saturday before last, he brought home 3 small Donald Lyman lilac bushes (leaf buds with just a touch of green) & two camellia bushes. I planted them for him and everything has been growing great - we noticed the other day that the little lilac bushes had leafed out & looked like they were lovin’ life in their new ‘sunny spot’ homes.

We also have an ‘ancient’ yard .... not much grass really, mostly weeds. We’re in the country and having a grass lawn isn’t all that practical - we can’t really water it and when the dry summer days hit, the weeds stay greener than grass .... you just keep them cut so they don’t ‘bloom’ or go to seed. Dad has this thing lately about spraying the weeds ... so, he got some sort of ‘pasture spray’ and has been putting it on the yard. Yesterday, I noticed that one of the little lilacs is looking very peculiar - curled leaves, a little wilty, etc. The spray evidently drifted and got the little bush. The other two lilacs are also showing a tiny bit of the curl/wilt, but not as bad. I hope these little lilacs can survive - just makes me sick to think they may not make it. BTW, love my dad, but at his age you can’t tell him anything ... if he wants to spray for weeds, by golly he’s spraying for weeds & he’s using whatever he wants to use. We just keep our fingers crossed and pray for the best. :-)


63 posted on 03/24/2012 7:25:24 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: MissMagnolia
Love him, humor him and be thankful for the time spent with him.
64 posted on 03/24/2012 7:45:32 AM PDT by rightly_dividing ("You can not put a gun rack in a Volt")
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To: rightly_dividing

That’s exactly what we’re doing .... he had a cardiac arrest in 2007 & miraculously survived so we’re on “bonus” days. I remember his mom’s flowers, so when he brings stuff home, I help him plant it & those plants are special. I follow him around & try to keep the ‘wheels on the wagon’ - missed the boat on the lilacs, but hopefully, they’ll somehow pull through!


65 posted on 03/24/2012 7:54:24 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: ApplegateRanch

That photo is great!


66 posted on 03/24/2012 9:43:26 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (ABO)
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To: Redleg Duke
"We do not allow spoiled animals in our house!"

I can identify! LOL

You have been a busy man and I'm enjoying following all the work you've been doing.

67 posted on 03/24/2012 9:58:12 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: MissMagnolia

That is a beautiful bush! I need to add a few of those next year ... and a gardenia or two.


68 posted on 03/24/2012 9:59:44 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
"We had a very mild winter (sounds redundant for Houston but still, milder than usual) and I’ve had azaleas blooming all winter."

Can you imagine how bad the insects are going to be with no winter??? We are already experiencing the white flies like crazy. But the early beauty of the flowers almost makes it worth it.

69 posted on 03/24/2012 10:02:23 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: FiscalSanity
" I haven’t gardened much in a few years,..."

Sounds like you are jumping in with both feet! I wish you bountiful harvests!

Would you like to be added to the ping list?

70 posted on 03/24/2012 10:10:36 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Gabz

I love launches! Been lucky enough to catch several in Florida.


71 posted on 03/24/2012 10:12:55 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: sneakers

It must be unseasonably warm everywhere! My husband flew up to Big Sky, Montana to catch the end of the ski season and it was almost 60 degrees on the slopes. He said everything was slush.


72 posted on 03/24/2012 10:15:23 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; All

Hey, Gang! Things are really breaking loose for me up here in Wisconsin - about a MONTH early! We’ve broken ALL sales records for the month of March at my Garden Center; it’s been INSANITY to infinity. I have a CHERISHED day off today...been traveling at warp speed all month so far. :)

I have my small Salad Garden cleaned out and newly planted with lettuces, spinach, & beets and I’m adding leeks (plants) next week, just because I left them on my desk at work in my rush to getthehellouttathere last night...at 8pm. :(

Anyhow, I’ve got all the fruit trees fertilized; my forsythia is pretty much finished, and my Nanking Bush Cherries are looking LOVELY! 1 cherry tree and 1 plum are blooming, and my peaches are ready to bloom. (Too soon! Too soon!)

The dozens of Viburnum I planted down the driveway are budded out; they ALL made it through last winter, which was a miracle as I was planting them up until the last minute last fall! Happy, Happy!

Both my ‘Korean Spice’ and ‘Mohican’ Viburnum have FLOWER BUDS on them, already. *Fingers Crossed*

My lawn needs mowing in the worst way, but I’m not gonna do it! It’s March 24th! Yikes!

Greenhouse is cleaned out; still have to tackle my big garden, but that won’t take long to rake it all to the middle and burn it off.

This afternoon I’m heading out to see Mr. Wonderful to help plant fir trees for windbreaks and deer bedding areas. I’ve already cleaned out his garden; he’s adding raised beds this year - JEALOUS!

Tomato plants and marigolds are started in flats...more to come! I’ve got chicks on order (50!) and they’ll be here at the end of April. The coop is cleaned out and the hens are laying a little bit so far; they’re smarter than we are - they KNOW it’s only the end of March, no matter WHAT the weather is doing. :)


73 posted on 03/24/2012 10:16:37 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Augie
Sorry if you lost seed! :(

I hear ya with the pond though ... ours was horribly low, but has now gone over the spillway a couple of times.

74 posted on 03/24/2012 10:19:35 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: hoosiermama
"My brussel sprouts are producing in the garden. Did not get frost kill."

I've always heard that they are better after a frost.

75 posted on 03/24/2012 10:21:33 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Darth Reardon

Fabulous photos! You get extra points :)


76 posted on 03/24/2012 10:24:32 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Free Vulcan

Excellent! (well, not the missing the thread part)


77 posted on 03/24/2012 10:26:24 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: metmom

I’m mowing every 4 days already.


78 posted on 03/24/2012 10:27:29 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Petruchio

You will be so glad that you did soil tests! Makes all the difference in the world. I wish you huge harvests! Please share your results when they come in.


79 posted on 03/24/2012 10:29:17 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I don’t think anything kills the insects down here, although I will say the drought last year must have caused the “love bugs” to move on to better places. I don’t know the real name of these bugs, but I think they plague Florida as well - you never see one, they are always connected.... and cover the front grill of your vehicle in the spring. I can’t recall seeing a pair at all last spring!


80 posted on 03/24/2012 10:35:02 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (ABO)
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To: Sarajevo
"Bees! The Mrs and I were just considering bees this AM. What is the best way to start? How do you keep them around?"

If you decide you're interested in keeping bees, I would suggest that you get a copy of Beekeeping for Dummies and/or The Backyard Beekeeper. Both are excellent references and will give you a better idea if this is something you will enjoy.

Once you acquire the bees, you keep them in the hive by providing them with plenty of room so that they won't seek out a larger home. The will forage for up to 3-5 miles, but will go no further than they find adequate pollen and nectar. You will notice a definite difference in your garden.

81 posted on 03/24/2012 10:41:35 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: All

Can’t wait to get further down the thread, but I have so many chores that need to be done today. Be back this evening!!!


82 posted on 03/24/2012 10:46:48 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Two new heirlooms in the ground today:

Snow White Cherry

and

Pink Oxheart

Killing off the last of my aphid invasion.

83 posted on 03/24/2012 10:59:31 AM PDT by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Shame on you for disparaging my late mother in law, the Queen of Yard Sales... LOL


84 posted on 03/24/2012 12:00:44 PM PDT by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Would you like to be added to the ping list?

Yes, please.

85 posted on 03/24/2012 2:26:58 PM PDT by FiscalSanity
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To: FiscalSanity
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86 posted on 03/24/2012 3:15:51 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: stefanbatory

Thanks!


87 posted on 03/24/2012 4:21:33 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Money cannot buy happiness, but it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; All

Anyone have tips on growing tomatillos in a 15 gallon container? Have four seedlings ready to be transplanted. Last year the seedlings up and died right after. Growing medium is Miracle-gro potting mix.

Visited Schultz nursery on Broadway in San Antonio. Found some really healthy Merced Tomato plants. Don’t really have room for them in the garden, but I thought Merced was an “abandoned” tomato variety and just couldn’t pass up the chance to grow them. I’ll put them in pots.


88 posted on 03/24/2012 4:59:37 PM PDT by Racehorse
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Wait until I publish the picture of the side deck with the new planter!


89 posted on 03/24/2012 7:35:59 PM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Dear Lady, You are a wealth of information!


90 posted on 03/24/2012 8:49:20 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Money cannot buy happiness, but it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.)
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To: Petruchio

I had soil tests done last week (NE Texas) and have received the results back. How much was your soil test? Mine was only $14 as I requested a few other things be tested other than the basic $10 test. I posted the results in post 40 on this weeks thread. I will go see the county agent tomorrow to have him give me an explanation of these results and ask him what he recommends I do for my new garden and where to buy what he recommends.


91 posted on 03/25/2012 8:15:12 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Thanks JDB, just finished my “grow room” - new lights, tables, plastic, etc in my basement. Started my seeds this weekend, lots of tomatoes, beans, peas, squash, even some corn, see how it goes.

Neponset Valley, MA, growing zone 6B


92 posted on 03/25/2012 1:29:14 PM PDT by Sparky1776
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I just planted my seeds in a Burpee seed-starting dish. They’re all non-hybrid. It seems a bit late, but our spring got the drop on us this year and I’m playing catch up.

I’ve never grown a vegetable garden from seeds before, especially non-hybrids, so wish me luck!


93 posted on 03/25/2012 1:48:15 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival. (Ron Paul is the Lyndon Larouche of the 21st century.))
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; All

Here is a short but good article I just ran across on ‘How to Build & Install Raised Garden Beds’ from Popular Mechanics. What I like is that it also includes a way to attach a simple framework of hoops so you can add a cover & a diagram/instructions for a simple drip irrigation system.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/lawn-garden/4308264


94 posted on 03/25/2012 2:12:38 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Good luck Ghostie, I’m in the same boat.

Planting zone 6b


95 posted on 03/25/2012 2:35:00 PM PDT by Sparky1776
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To: Red_Devil 232

Keep in mind this is Cook County, ground zero for corrupt government. I paid $40. $25 for the first sample and $15 for an additional sample.

I ordered the test kit on Monday. Rcvd. it on Wednesday, and shipped the samples the same day. UPS tracking shows the lab got them Friday morning.


96 posted on 03/25/2012 3:59:26 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: Petruchio

WOW those are some hefty prices for a soil test!


97 posted on 03/25/2012 6:44:48 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I was pleasantly surprised today when I checked the garden. The radishes and snap peas are up with what looks to be almost 100% germination. Amazing considering that we got a little over 3” of rain in just a few days time.

Set out 16 cabbage and 4 broccoli plants today. Crazy...


98 posted on 03/25/2012 7:54:23 PM PDT by Augie
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To: Sparky1776

Thanks. Good luck to you, too. Sparky.

Let me know how your garden turns out.


99 posted on 03/25/2012 8:10:02 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival. (Ron Paul is the Lyndon Larouche of the 21st century.))
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To: MissMagnolia

We also have an ‘ancient’ yard .... not much grass really, mostly weeds. We’re in the country and having a grass lawn isn’t all that practical - we can’t really water it and when the dry summer days hit, the weeds stay greener than grass .... you just keep them cut so they don’t ‘bloom’ or go to seed.

&&&
OMW, you described my yard. We have 1.5 acre in a semirural area. I refer to the assorted weeds as “the lawn greens”.


100 posted on 03/26/2012 5:51:20 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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