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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
Citronella, Pelargonium citronellum
(Anti-Mosquito Plant) False Claim
I would include this pretty little plant in my garden because of its scent and blossoms. Research reveals it is not a valid repellant for mosquitos.
~ Pelargonium Citrosum – marketed as “mosquito plant”
“Testing shows that it does not repel mosquitoes. In fact, mosquitoes seem to enjoy sitting on the plant. For more details see Mosquito Plant, Pelargonium Citrosum – The Citrosa Plant.”
Spud, your Hass Avocado Tree purchase gives me goosebumps! I hope it produces abundantly for you! Do keep us informed!
I ordered a 2-3 foot $80 Hass Avocado tree today from fast-growing-trees.com It should arrive in a week.
Perhaps I have an early maturing strawberry. In any case, they sure are good. I saw a monarch butterfly hovering around my milkweed. Always a good sign. Several plants come up in the same place every year. I just figured they are perennials, but I don't know. I usually remove the blossoms before the send seeds all over the garden.
Crazy weather, 80° one day and 50° the next, with an unexpected freeze thrown in for good measure. We had a freeze the other night and I lost my second batch of peppers, sweet & hot. I called Territorial Seeds and they are sold out. I'll have to check some other mail order places to get some pepper starts. We all like the sweet and the hot ones.
Strawberries are in full bloom and spreading nicely over the terraces. I bought a different variety to put some variety in the gene pool.
Daniel, your photos and narratives give me a big lift. The poppy is outstanding; I very much like the red and blue colors. Milkweed should grow well here, although I see none around in the gardens or on the roadside. There is a big patch of it in a ditch in a smal town near here. Is the white box in your meditation garden your bee hive? It looks pretty there. Hope they are friendly bees. Your figs look perfect! You will have great treats soon. Are your Runner Ducks interested in those huge slugs?
A bee nailed me yesterday and three today. I wonder if there is any medical benefit to bee stings?
You're lucky, Randy. Strawberries are late here this year.
I finally turned-on my outside water yesterday & gave the garden a good soak. The valve is in the basement, way back in a tunnel in the dirt, plus I have the tunnel littered with junk, so it's hard to get to. Before I turn it off in the fall, I'm going to get rid of all the junk I've got stored in there. It's mostly worthless anyway. It's going in the garbage cart.
Randy, it sounds like you get produce before I do. My strawberries are still small and green, and you had asparagus long before me.
The asparagus were large enough to eat some this year, but I gave-up watching for them, and they were hidden among the raspberries, so they were sprouting leaves before I noticed them.
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