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Comment by kathy: ky on August 1, 2016 at 9:40pm
I use vinegar to kill weeds and ants. But it's been so wet , hot and humid that the weeds are growing faster than I can pull them. This is the first time (that I remember) that the weeds have completely taken over the flower beds. Climate change is here and has been for several decades.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 5:29pm

Ya.  Those nasty cheat grass seeds love to hide & wait!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 5:27pm

Thanks Joan.  The article on different corn types is very interesting, and should make it easier to find the kind I like.

How did I get so old so fast?  Good question.  I ask it all the time.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2016 at 5:15pm

I ran across an article on sweet corn and I don't remember on which wall to post it, so here it is:

Sweet Corn Types – What’s the difference?

Abbreviations in the product descriptions: (su), (se), (se+), (syn), (sh2), & (SSW).


10 Golden Rules for Growing Super Sweet Corn

My goodness, I didn't learn all this in Aggie School in 1955-56.

Jeeze! that was 50 years ago. How did I get so old so fast? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2016 at 5:03pm

Spud, you are right, I called it "sheet" grass. Now we know its name and reasons to get rid of it. I wonder if my vinegar will do the trick, just plain old apple cider vinegar. I remember it as impossible to get out of my socks before laundry because the prickly seeds would get loose from the socks and get in my clothes, hiding and waiting to cause me pain and embarrassment when it got into my underclothes.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 3:56pm

Yes Joan, I just found out how harmful foxtail can be for dogs.  When I was posting about the subject, I forgot what it was called, so I started using Google to find-out.  I read several posts about what they could do to dogs, including your first link .  Horrible!  I had to stop looking at the pictures.

Your second link had alternate names for foxtail and it had one name that I remember from my youth.   We called it Cheat Grass.  For the longest time I thought it was called Cheap Grass. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2016 at 3:13pm

Randy and Spud, I have neglected my garden for three years, and it is a jungle, beautiful, full of surprises, little room for weeds and what do grow are giants. I have no intention of doing any gardening while it is so hot and I am so old. I used to get up at first light and weed my garden. Today I slept until 10 AM. Retirement is so much fun! Getting old has some advantages!

Kathy,  rain, "4.5" in 45 minutes". This must qualify for Noah's Ark. Ken Ham built his in the wrong place. 

Daniel, the Coast, at least where I gardened in Seattle while Don attended dental school, and at Madigan General Hospital near Tacoma, I had gardens with the biggest, slimiest, voracious slugs I have ever seen. There was no comparison in my gardens in Alaska, Washington, DC, West Texas or central Texas. The huge problems in Alaska and WA DC were mosquitoes. The option of dealing with the spraying guy using Roundup up cigarettes sounds like it might work. I like your idea of living mulch.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2016 at 2:47pm

Spud, those are nasty seeds. Terrible for animals. 

Foxtail grass can kill your dog

Watch out for killer Foxtail Grass

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 1:10pm

Nasty things!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 1:07pm

Daniel, pleased is the word.  I've let most of the weeds go to seed, so I'll have to hoe them when the seeds pop-up, but at least I've been keeping the foxtail grass from going to seed this year.  I let them drop seeds years ago and I've been fighting those plants for several years now. 


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