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Comment by kathy: ky on March 1, 2017 at 5:43pm
There's also a vining plant called a hummingbird vine. The birds love it but it can become a little invasive if you down keep then thinned out.
Comment by kathy: ky on March 1, 2017 at 5:39pm
Forsythia, tulips, daffodils, star mango, crocuses ...they just keep on coming. We had a bad storm last night with tornados touching down in a couple of surrounding counties. And states. When I was out picking up the smaller branches in the yard I noticed the hard rain had pushed the hostas on through the ground. Yesterday morning I could just see a few tips through the ground in different places. Seems most of the fifty+ of them are up at least three inches now.
Thomas, like the rest, I agree with black plastic. I used clear once because I already had some and the weed's thrived beneath it.
Hang hummingbird feeders. I started putting them out years ago. The first year or two I'd only see an occasional hummingbird at them. After a few years they would come and land on the branches waiting for the feeders to be put out. I leave mine out later than most people do. Some believe leaving the feeders out to long makes stops the humming birds from migrating. I have a book on them that advises leaving them out for any stragglers that may be injured or have been blown off course by a storm. When the birds haven't used them for a month I take them in.
Comment by Thomas Murray on March 1, 2017 at 4:51pm

Concerning seeds......

Which website have a good collections of seeds and hard to find seeds to order and buy...can anybody recommend some?

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 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 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 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?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 28, 2017 at 12:36pm

And peas?


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