Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Thomas Murray on March 1, 2017 at 4:49pm

Daniel and Idaho Spud,

Thanks for the tip. Since it takes about two months to cover and do off the weeds I was thinking it may be too late to start because Spring seems to be here already .The forecast here is warm rain today and snow tomorrow..... I don't think the snow will last. I have Spring Fever now and am itching to get out and start tilling new ground.

The the reason I asked abt the Hummingbirds decline is because I saw none at our new home and we've been living here for close to 2 years.

Last Summer I did plant wildflowers and sunflowers in a 50' by 20' ground. It managed to feed various butterflies, Carpenter Bees honey bees, (my neighbor have a honey bee apiary) and indigenous birds, including the Yellow Warblers and Baltimore oriole...... but no Hummingbirds.

Perhaps hanging up Humming bird feeders may attract some?

Comment by Daniel W on March 1, 2017 at 10:24am

If I can get the ambition, I intend to plant potatoes and some of the onions today.  If not, there is tomorrow, and the next day, and...

Comment by Randall Smith on March 1, 2017 at 7:24am

It's certainly true that Spring has arrived way early this year. My forsythias are blooming. Scary.

Comment by Daniel W on February 28, 2017 at 8:48pm

My Helleborus already bloomed.  The pussy willows are also in bloom.  Not daffodils or forsythias yet.

The Sweet Autumn clematis looks a bit like the apple blossom clematis that I bought as the first thing to plant after buying the Battleground house.  It is very vigorous.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2017 at 7:22pm

Garden chore reminders: 

"Sweet Autumn Clematis" prune:  in late winter or early spring, simply cut the previous season's growth back to a couple of strong buds a foot or two off the ground on each stem.

Go take a look at your Helleborus, they should be setting buds now for bloom at end of winter or early spring. 

Comment by Daniel W on February 28, 2017 at 1:35pm

Thomas, I don't think hummingbirds are in decline.  I read that the Anna's Hummingbird has greatly expanded its range due to home gardeners planting more flowers that it likes. 

I have killed off turf and weeds by laying down big sheet of black plastic for several months before pulling it back up and then digging for kitchen garden.  It worked great for me.  I don't recall the timing, it was several months.  Black absorbs heat and excludes light.  Clear lets the sun shine through, which can result in growth of weeds under the plastic.

Comment by Daniel W on February 28, 2017 at 1:08pm

Folks here in the South and Midwest already knew this, but Spring in much of the Southeast is 3 to 4 weeks aheadof usual. USA Phenological Network.     Here in the maritime Pacific NW, it feels like we are approximately on schedule, after last year being several weeks early.  If early Spring is to become the norm, we will need to learn to adjust, and we might see evolution in action in nature as wild species adjust their patterns, native species change in distribution, and some exotics might be better adapted for various locales.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 28, 2017 at 1:06pm

Thomas, I'm not sure, but I would use black plastic, although clear might produce enough heat to kill most weeds.

I would try black because I put a colored plastic tarp over part of my garden, and thought it would kill the weeds, but when I removed it months later, it had let enough light in, that there were some weeds growing under it.  Interestingly, there was some moss also.

Comment by Thomas Murray on February 28, 2017 at 1:02pm

....are hummingbird population in decline as well?

Comment by Thomas Murray on February 28, 2017 at 12:59pm

I think it was Daniel who mentioned this a several months ago about killing off weeds.

Is the safest way to do this is putting plastic over an area to till for vegetable garden or flower bed?  Is clear or black plastic used and for how long?


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