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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
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How to Grow Your Own Food: Potato Tower Update
Use straw, not hay because straw doesn't have seeds in it.
Another option is to cover the grass with a black plastic, with no light getting to the blades of grass. Leave it until the grass is dead and then till it. The problem with this method, is the seeds that remain in the sod will sprout and you will have a few years of pulling out every little shoot that peaks its blade above ground.
I use a root feeder without putting the fertilizer in the container. I push the rod into the ground beside the sprig of grass, turn on the water and let it soak for a minute or more. When the grass shoot is loosened from the soil, I just lift it out, with the entire root.
I have wooly thyme growing around my dining area and it gets grass seeds in it all the time, blown in by the wind or birds. Each seed produces grass and a root that grows quicker than can be imagined. I use the tool two or three time a year to keep the thyme grass free.
Barbara, what a wonderful little dog, and full of personality. Looks like a great companion. Those floppy ears would make one laugh, just watching her.
Barbara and Spud, just tip the tower over and start digging out the potatoes.
Container Grown Potatoes Big Harvest : Blight resistant Sarpo Mira
Barbara, may I caution you not to till the grass with your new tiller. You will have grass in the soil that will hound you for the next seven years. (That is a Farmer's Almanac claim, and who is to question the old farmer?).
If you have some strong, young, ambitious people who are willing to take up the sod and remove it, you will have fine soil with which to work, with only an occasional grass root or seed that sprouts.
One option is to use the sod somewhere it is wanted, or turn the sod upside down into a pile, cover it with black plastic and let it decompose into the nicest soil you could ever want. You just have to kill those grass roots and seeds.
Just want to share with you the pictures of Laura's new terraces designed and created by Zac, my newest great-granddaughter's daddy. He cut the timbers, limbed and barked them and installed them.
April 2014, Zac carved a slope into terraces.
Sept 2014, Zac finished buiding the terraces
Seems a good dog, Barbara! I love animals - and people - with a will of their own.
Sorry about your mosquito hell Randy. I hate those buggers! I've been on top of hills before where there was no standing water that I could detect for a mile, and still been covered with them the instant I stopped moving. Uggg!
I could put-up with all the critters eating my garden in the country, but not mosquitoes! That's why if I move to a warmer climate, it will be to another dry one.
Not awake yet, I mean Joan - not Ruth.
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