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   MeiDei  Cont'd from Blessing Wall - I have wild black berries that are out of control, will cutting them down to the ground stop their spread? They travel underground and pop up in the lawn every 20' or so, hairy thorny devils - the birds get to the berries before I do. The wild roses tip root, or if a cane is prone it roots along the length, some are 12' growing up the side of a tree - lost all my peonies, daylilies, Stargazer lilies, Shasta daisies, reg. roses, asparagus & rhubarb in flower & veg garden due to their invasion - truly a "bloody" jungle. Broke down & used a brush killer a few years ago - waste of time and money. Any suggestions appreciated.
June 23 at 06:46 EST .

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   StormCnter  It takes a really aggressive intruder to wipe out daylilies.
I have no experience with either blackberries or wild roses, but dewberry bushes will do the same sort of thing. I use Roundup, but Roundup probably isn't practical for a widespread problem.
June 24 at 05:58 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Nothing short of grubbing out the roots.
Cutting them to the ground only makes
them stronger. Looks good for awhile.
Then BANG!! There they are
June 27 at 19:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thanks Bird, Storm. Roundup didn't work for me. The yardmen pulled the invaders from the front beds & took out original plants whose roots were hopelessly entangled - now bare & ready for attention. 5 more areas to clear first & not he easiest ones.
June 28 at 11:23 EST .

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   StormCnter  I've had a Sago Palm for about six years. It has required a lot of protection during Texas winters, but makes it through with a little trimming of frozen fronds here and there. But, I had no idea it would bloom. Research tells me this suddenly appearing "bud"/"flower" means the plant is male. Who knew? I didn't.
   June 15 at 11:51 EST .

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   MeiDei  Fascinating, you made me want to know a little more : )
Storm you have a stud plant - check out it's future....
http://www.rhapisgardens.com/sagos/sagos
eed.htm
June 15 at 17:50 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thank you, Mei. I'll forego the seed planting, however, since I don't know anyone else with a Sago, male or female. They're not common in these parts. I'll lop off the bloom when it begins looking ugly.
June 16 at 05:50 EST .

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   Linder  We are enjoying Swiss Chard and lettuce from the garden. Season the chard with bacon and onions...serve with vinegar. So good. Love this month of Spring. Mornings are perfection.
June 2 at 20:27 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Sorry. Tried to add a couple of ideas for cooking chard. Cell phone not co-operating.
June 3 at 12:01 EST .

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   MeiDei  Bird, has the weather affected you adversely? I just heard a report of rain for your area through Thursday - hope it's wrong.
May 29 at 16:26 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Accurate.
May 29 at 20:00 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I was able to work for a few hours yesterday in the garden before the spotty rain showers turned serious. Only got some squash plants in the ground along with some seeds. I had to put down wet newspaper, then straw on top while I was doing it. And had to yell at "Lucy" the barred rock hen....she wanted to scratch in the newly disturbed earth. Sugar snap peas are starting to be ready, cut a few heads of broccoli and gifted them, Swiss chard, regular peas are making, and Caraflex cabbge is heading up(pointy head cabbage ). Don't have much done, it's a big area and I have 2 weeks to get it all planted. And mulched. Our friend in NC got me a little cultivator, gas powered,used. Mine went belly-up.
May 31 at 09:28 EST .

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   BirdsNest  They changed the weather forecast, not as many days of rain showers, I may get to work out there a few days. I am hopeful.
May 31 at 09:29 EST .

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   BirdsNest  A friend came over yesterday to help in the garden. We laid out 4 rows with the holes dug and stretched out soaker hoses. It was too hot to plant so I waited til early evening. Got the rows planted, finished the squash row planting,planted corn in a side bed complete with newspaper mulch and straw on top. Have to put something on top of the newspaper because it quickly dries out and the wind peels it away. She is coming back for a couple of hours today so we can get more rows laid out.
June 2 at 06:43 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Got two 75ft rows peppers planted last evening. Beans and okra planted today.
June 3 at 12:03 EST .

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   MeiDei  Your energy and ambition is admirable!
June 8 at 16:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Hamster Dance time!!!! My garden will be tilled 9am Friday. Oh boy. Just in time for Sat rain. That's okay. Today I potted up 17 giant pots of tomatoes. These go in the front yard. Now I have an excuse to go in the front yard. Wish the guinea would go in the front and eat the ticks. I found another one.
May 19 at 16:03 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I am up to 24 big pots of tomatoes and 7 hot peppers. Around 9am the tractor came to till. He worked for an hour or so, the soil was wet but not soggy. He did the one half that was well planted last year and said he wanted to let the soil dry and come back later. And bring a bigger tractor with a bush hog. Where I had grazed the chickens and ducks all last year, the weeds were thick. I heard him a bit later, I was on the phone and could not get off so once I did I went to investigate. He was cutting the side yard all the way to the garden and getting the areas in the front that he could reach without tearing up anything. He said the kid would come back next week with the grass cutter and take care of the yard. After school, the kid was brought by to re-till everything. He went over each part several times. The plan is to let it rain on the garden, then next week re-till the left half so it looks as smooth as the right half. Do I live in a great place or what?? He was happy to devote most of his busy day to helping me out. There are so many people here like that.
May 20 at 22:37 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The farmer was able to till the field next door and the one out back today. Not my garden. He has to come in a little Kubota with a tiller to do my garden. The tractor he was on today is enormous! My garden area is not small but too short(only about 125' deep ). I am not sure he could turn around in that blue monster he was in today. Maybe tomorrow. Oh, it's going to rain tomorrow.
May 16 at 20:39 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Can't wait forever for my garden area to be tilled so I potted up 14 giant pots and planted tomatoes. It was raining and I got soaked so I called it a day. I had hoped to pot up some peppers also but the rain was coming down too steadily.
May 17 at 13:44 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Been in gerbil-mode the past couple of days. Rain interrupts outside work so I find something to do inside. Yesterday, I worked at tidying up the workshop, gathering tools to take to a friend and sweeping up sawdust. Sawdust goes into the compost pile. Some items I threw away were put in the burn barrel. More stuff though went into trash bags to be tossed. When it stopped raining I potted seedlings. So many I wanted to just throw them away. Got them done, then set up the seedling tray for the last seeds to be started. I got them planted last night. Went to the store and a lovely gentleman stopped me and asked about Hagar....I told him the sad news and he was so sweet and kind, but it made me cry and I had to get away. I am sure he felt lousy, but I just couldn't talk anymore about it. Today. More rain. Back out in the workshop getting more tools to take to our friend. When it stopped raining I did a few chores outside, then to town to grab a burger. Back home the mad dash to get the tender potted plants into the van for the night(The greenhouse still resides in its box ). Tomorrow I will make a quick trip to Virginia Beach to meet our friend and help him load the tools up. He came up from NC for a couple of days. He is also taking 12 Silkie chicks and the Momma back with him. He is more excited about that!! He will also be getting a pair of Quaker parrots that he has been wanting, I even have a brand new cage in the box he can have. He will get the cage tomorrow, the birds at the end of the month. That way he can have the cage assembled and ready for them. Oh, my garden is STILL not tilled. I am going to be a basket case if it doesn't get done soon. Rain almost everyday, the sun comes out around 6pm to say "Goodnight" and that's life on the Shore.
May 11 at 20:02 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Delivered the tools and cage. They had a carload by the time we got done. Oh, it was 14 Silkie chicks and Momma. They made the trip just fine. He was so excited to see them, he has never had more than one Silkie. I hated to see them go, but he was so thrilled to get them. His daughter will make them tame, she will be over the moon. Met his lady friend, she is the sweetest thing. I loved her instantly. We had a nice couple of hours to sit and chat.
May 12 at 22:10 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The garden, still not tilled. Okay, it's really been too chilly at night to really get gung ho about planting. I pulled up the beets that were not growing well in the raised bed. Replanted beets but this time I put Black Kow in the row and then put the seeds in. Either the soil was not good enough or the weather kept the original seeds from growing properly, so I decided to start over. I pulled radishes to sell at the tracks, gave away 3 bundles and sold 6. The last 2 bundles I gave to the old guy from the food truck, he is always bringing me something to eat from there. Last week I gave the younger lady a cookbook...something about Cakes. Very fancy French cookbook. Bought it for a dollar brand new, looked through it and passed it on to someone that might appreciate it more. Seems the ladies had a hard time making food for customers last week, they were busy passing the book around!! Almost out of landscape fabric, so the weed elimination is at a standstill. Trying to figure out where to put the greenhouse. I will let our friend Ray decide-he's an expert. He also volunteered to help construct it.
May 1 at 07:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  The people who owned the house before us used scraps/leftover carpeting (upside down ) as a weed barrier in the paths between the rows. Sometimes carpet stores let you have scraps free.
May 1 at 09:40 EST .

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   StormCnter  My husband reminded me last night of a bedding plant we had in the yard of our first house, but haven't seen in nurseries in years. It was called a Candle Tree and was purchased in 4" pots. I always planted a grouping of three. The would grow and grow all spring and summer to about 6' tall, sprouting bright golden-yellow candle-like blooms. The first frost killed them and I would do it again the following spring. People would stop to ask what in the world these plants were. Anyone else familiar with them? I stole this photo from the Web.
   April 30 at 09:25 EST .

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   MeiDei  We're in zone 5/6 and have never seen this offered in our nurseries, this would be considered a tender annual here. My aunt had a very similar tree that thrived on her RI ocean front property - she gave me some seed pods but were never able to grow it. I have a ground cover that looks like this, it's an Angel-something Lamium - very pretty in bloom but extremely invasive.
April 30 at 11:45 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I don't think I have ever seen them. They are beautiful.
May 1 at 07:46 EST .

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   StormCnter  These are truly tree-like, not a shrub or groundcover. I have no idea how big they would get in a more tropical zone. We are in 9/10.
May 1 at 09:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I have been potting seedlings and making room for them in the house until the weather starts to be more stable. I still have 3 trays of 72 each tomato plants to re pot. And waiting for the farmer....if he doesn't come in the next day or two, the rain will keep him away for a week. My friend tilled a small patch for me but it is not the main garden. I have a strip between the raised beds and the trellis that is overgrown in wheat grass from the moveable pens being there. Just moved the pens back into the area. They can eat the grass and when they have completed the whole length, then I will get my friend to till it. This way the pens have some place to be. I hate to waste all thet lovely grass, the chickens and guineas really eat it.
April 26 at 06:19 EST .

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   BirdsNest  My tomatoes are terrible looking. They have been stressed inside and probably I should just throw them out and try to start over. I don't have anymore of most of those seeds. Better late than never, I found a greenhouse 6x8 still in the box, never used. I asked that the people hold it for me, gave them a deposit, and next week I will get it. The price was 1/3 of what they sell for at Harbor Freight. Not as big as I would like but it will beat what I have now, which is nothing. Hope "the tracks" is busy this weekend.
April 29 at 08:08 EST .

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   MeiDei  Can you save the tomatoes by burying them deeply & leaving only an upper set of leaves showing? I hate to see you lose anything after all that work.
April 30 at 19:05 EST .

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   BirdsNest  They are too wilty to think about planting right now. The soil is chilled and they would simply die. I will wait for another week to see how many actually survive. I may just go ahead and get more seed to start over. These were heirloom tomatoes so finding the seed locally is a joke. Have to order online.
May 1 at 07:56 EST .

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