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May 18th, 2004


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04:39 pm - Sweaty and fulfilled
I slept fitfully this morning so I finally got up around 2 pm, had some breakfast and proceeded to putter about in the garden. I've weeded the flowers beneath the front window. (The irises are nearly ready to bloom!) I weeded the front prairie, collecting between the two another 5-gallon pail full of weedy matter. The clover has germinated and it looks like the front prairie will be over-run if I don't get some mulch down on it soon. (This being the common clover, not the prairie clover I purposefully planted there a week ago. Do try to keep your weeds straight.)

Lumped all the organic material in the second compost bin, covered it up with the potting soil from some of the failed containers of last year. Gave the first compost bin a stir. It still needs more cooking. I think it needs some greenage as well. May have to amend it with a nitrogen-heavy compound. (One of the most readily available is urine but you won't find me out back pissing on the compost any time soon.)

Then I took the loppers around the yard and discouraged any trees that were growing where they shouldn't be. Discovered a plant that is flowering north of the driveway in the midst of the Woodland Garden. Not something I planted but definitely some sort of cultivated flower. I think it's Columbine but it'll take a couple day to be sure. Neat that it popped up there by itself.

So having finished the bits of yard work I'd assigned myself today, I've worked up a pleasant sweat and feel like I've accomplished something worthwhile. Now to relax, enjoy a cool beverage and watch the end of last night's Twins game. With any luck, I'll also catch a nap in there.
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From:curlicue
Date:May 18th, 2004 04:23 pm (UTC)
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I'm big on xeriscaping lawns as much as possible, and you won't like this solution: roundup.

Here's why. When you pull weeds, you turn new seeds into the soil to germinate. Fla Native Plant Society recommends a spray of roundup (it's environmentally safe when used in the yard by someone who'll read the directions!) then cover over with mulch once existing flora starts to die. Where you WANT plants, rake the mulch to one side and dig, disturbing the soil as little as possible.

That aside, I admire your industry!
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From:90_percent_sure
Date:May 18th, 2004 07:38 pm (UTC)

Just say no to Roundup

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A heavy mulch + Roundup gives the exact same results as heavy mulch.

Roundup is always toxic to earthworms and other beneficial soil critters.
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From:jbru
Date:May 19th, 2004 12:57 am (UTC)

Re: Just say no to Roundup

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Of course I don't see you over here helping with the weeding. You think those hostas are free?
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From:curlicue
Date:May 19th, 2004 02:15 am (UTC)

Re: Just say no to Roundup

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Your LJ name notwithstanding, are you sure? Because Roundup doesn't touch the ground...it's sprayed on leaves, and causes the plants' root systems to shut down. You could drink Roundup...it'd probably give you trots, but it isn't anything like agent orange or the other nasty things that came earlier.

I don't use it much (and I don't use any pesticides in my yard) but I do spray roundup on the weeds at the base of my fruit trees (citrus) to keep an overly zealous yard guy from girdling my trees with his weedwacker. I gotta tell you, I've got bugs-a-plenty in my yard!

This is good old 14-day Roundup of which I speak. I know nothing about the newer products.
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From:jbru
Date:May 19th, 2004 12:56 am (UTC)
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That's basically the advice I got from the native plant folks up here as well. I decided against it as my sweetie has severe breathing problems and I figured that an extra environmental stress wasn't necessary. So on the south side of the house, I turned the sod by hand and covered it in landscape fabric for the summer. I tilled the patch in front and likewise covered it. If I was going to be very diligent, I could till every week or so for an entire growing season, but I was too impatient for that. So I'm stuck with weeds. I figure I've got about five years of pulling the buggers out until the prairie plants are established enough to keep them out on their own. In the meantime, it's mulch city for me.

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