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Location: Planet Earth
Latest Activity: 21 hours ago
Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
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.
Spud, I really like when I clear out old vegetables or weeds and see the result. You must be pleased.
Randy, I shouldn't be so negative. My proximal neighbors are nice, although they do worship at the altar of the Roundup god. A couple of the others on the private road have spoken and not said anything bad. The ones who replaced the ones who moved to Minnesota seem nice and they do have raised beds for vegetables. Maybe with time they can see the benefits of someone growing trees and fruits and vegetables and flowers and avoiding pesticides. Who knows?
As for the Roundup Nazi, Ning says he is smoking cigarettes every time he drives by, so maybe he will get lung cancer and die soon (Ning's words). I would like to make a peace offering to him, maybe a couple of cartons of unfiltered Camels. Sprayed with Roundup. :-)
By the way, there are proponents of "living mulch" who say that vines and other plants shade the soil, which improves the soil bacterial and fungal life while keeping down weeds. In the Northwest, mulches can be negative - they foster growth of slugs the size of school buses, for one thing. But I do mulch around the fruit trees and in the flower border. Currently, borage has grown and flopped all over some areas, and that keeps weeds down to a minimum there and feeds the honeybees. They love borage.
Kathy, maybe you are developing a Mediterranian climate like mine. It can be nice. For one thing, around here if you don't water, the lawn goes dormant for the summer and you don't have to mow.
Planted seeds for fall harvest:
Chinese radishes - mild, crunchy, grow the size of turnips.
Turnips - old seed packets.
Chinese cabbages, old seeds might not grow.
Regular radishes - old seed packets.
Kohlrabi - mostly old packets..
Carrots - old packets.
Cilantro - seeds saved from last summer.
Basil - old packets.
Lettuce - old packets.
Most of these have germinated. They germinate fast in summer heat, but need twice daily water shower so tiny seedlings dont dry out. This is potentially a big harvest of good, unusual, and no-cost or low-cost vegetables for this fall and winter.
I've been a lazy gardener this year. For one thing, I let the weeds in the back garden and alley garden get humongous. Today, I pulled them all out of the back garden.
My legs were sore for a while after that project, but it looks so nice back there now.
Thanks Kathy. I'll take some!
Randall, I've noticed besides vine vegetables keeping the weeds down, my strawberries and raspberries do also.
Joan, I'm with you, being amazed at the gardeners here, and glad for their experience.
My hugelkultur mounds are only a year old, so I don't know yet how much water they save. I'll let you know when I determine it.
A hat tip to all you gardeners and the experiments you conduct.
Don, your gardens always amaze me, so neat, weed-free, and lush!
Daniel, such excellent harvests you produce. What you sow you reap, big-time! Delicious meals from your food garden must make you feel very proud!
Randy, my heart goes out to your daughter and her family after their catastrophes. Their newsletters continue to sound optimistic. I like your water sequestering processes.
Spud, your watering strategy makes good sense. Those saved dollars can go elsewhere. Do hugelkulturs help cut down your watering bill?
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