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Today at 18:29
Do you have a male or female dog? Evidently urine from a bitch is much more likely to burn the grass, as they pee all in one direct spot. I have a male dog, and where he pees is actually greener than the grass around it. He eats quality meat based dog food and a fair amount of table scraps. I would try switching your dogs diet. We did raw food for a while, before we had kids and could afford it. There is a company in Surrey that delivered frozen raw meat right to our door. They sold all sorts of stuff, but I thought the minced lamb was the best for meeting the diet requirements, along with raw frozen chicken wings as treats. He always had access to dry dog food too, in case there were some elements he was missing in the raw food. Alternative, switch to a dry dog food supplemented with wet can food. Anything that is mostly meat based. Dogs are carnivores. We do them a disservice by feeding them a diet mainly of grains. Also, make sure your dog is drinking a fair amount of water, diluting the pee would probably also help. Good luck!
Today at 15:37
Not exactly batter powered, but our lurcher does a fantastic job.
Today at 15:33
It looks like a canker. I've never dealt with it though, maybe someone has some advice? I think it's bacterial.
3 days ago at 20:27
Consider grasses too.. my birds love the millet that grows up under my bird feeder.
3 days ago at 18:56
Thanks Dove.. you are correct, as always, in all things plant related.
3 days ago at 18:53
Look into the way they pipe the stove for yurts. It goes out the side through a metal bit sown into the canvas, and then high up above the roof. It looks fairly easy to DIY, with lots of directions on the internet. As others mentioned, it would be tough on any plants inside. If you're willing to give up the space for over wintering, and only use it for spring/summer, then you could consider it. Might be nice, all fitted out with your garden furniture and a cozy wood stove. Make sure to crack some low down vents a bit when you're in there, to keep the air circulating. Keep in mind, it takes a long while to get the space up to a comfortable heat.. probably an hour? So going to watch the sun set or see the stars is going to require planning. Maybe consider some sort of electric space heater? Just go switch it on half an hour before, then go back into the house and get on with stuff. Don't have to worry about all the carcinogenic effects of breathing wood smoke air either (http://www.lung.org/about-us/media/top-stories/wood-stoves-harm-health.html).
3 days ago at 18:38
Are you sure it's an iris? The foliage as it connects to the flower stalk is different from mine, as well as the direction of the flower head.
Keep us posted.
3 days ago at 17:54
I've grown mangos twice. I've found them sprouting up from my compost, so I repot them into some good soil. They grow really well for about a year and a half, and then just sort of gave up and died. I couldn't figure out what I did either time, as they were in the same position/watering under which they previously thrived. Good luck!
Last edited: 19 May 2017 17:55:50
3 days ago at 17:46
Another alternative is to plant above the soil. Dig the hole big, pound holes in the bottom as HC recommended, fill with gravel, then build a sort of raised bed around the hole, pop in the tree, and fill with a mix of the soil from the hole and soil from elsewhere (bagged compost, etc).
Something like so:
The young roots will mostly be up out of any pooling water, and the tree will then send the roots where they are happiest. Stick with something on a dwarf rooting stock, as the roots will never be very deep with such soggy soil, and wind would take down a more substantial tree. Or else grow something that loves a good amount of water, like a willow, etc. Just be sure it's planted well away from anything.
Last edited: 19 May 2017 17:46:59
17 May 2017 21:10
I'm curious to know why you don't eat your apples, Blue Onion? None of my business, of course...See original post
Oh, I do.. but the worms have already eaten most of it, so I only ever get a few bites here and there. I'm not one for spraying (I'm organic, EXCEPT for glyphosate), and the coddling moths eat pretty much every single apple I grow. Doing six different organic control methods over several large apple trees weekly is not my thing, so apples goes either under the tree or under the veg garden mulch.
17 May 2017 17:52
I would resow both of them, as I would expect signs of life by now. Sow them either in a seed tray or modules, water well, then cover them in plastic and put them on a very sunny warm windowsill. The parsley I don't even cover with soil, but with tomatoes I just put the lightest of sprinkles of soil. Check them every day for signs of life and to ensure they stay moist. Try some kale for your rabbits too, and maybe some beets? They are both easy to grow too.
17 May 2017 17:44
I would go with two of the same apples on dwarf root stock, to keep with the symmetry of your yard. They will provide blossoms and then fruit for you and the wild life. Another alternative would be crab apples on dwarf root stock, much lower fall maintenance due to not having to deal with fallen apples everywhere.. and a good amount more color in the spring.
I have a yellow delicious apple on dwarf root stock in my front yard next to the driveway, and I just kick the fallen apples under the tree onto the bark mulch I have around the tree. The bird and critters eat what they want, and then once all the apples are down in early winter I just cover the whole lot with a fresh layer of bark mulch. The apples compost down right there, and feed any other little tiny critters looking for a winter snack.
Do make sure you plan a good size area of mulch around the base of your trees. This reduces competition with grass (Bunny on GQT mentioned something last week, or the week before, that trees grown with mulch perform 70% better than those grown in grass), AND mulch prevents mower damage to the trunk. Get small trees, and don't stake them. Small trees will soon out grow something planted at a more mature age, and they are much cheaper.
17 May 2017 17:29
It looks like an arborvitae tree, if that helps your research. I'd be tempted to just cut off the branch and put it into the garbage can (rather than the compost), and not worry too much about it. If it was a deadly serious problem, then there would be more on the internet. At least, that is my philosophy in most things gardening or health related.
16 May 2017 16:52
You could just go buy some yards of tulle from a craft store, and make a 1x2" wood frame that fits into the open door slot, held in with a latch or two on either side.
16 May 2017 16:49
Good luck. The stuff busts up through the paved asphalt footpath between our neighborhood and the school.. it's fairly fresh, with no cracks. The horsetail heaves up the surface like a mole, and rears it's hydra head up through it's self-made hole. Do let us know how you get on with a bit of weed cloth and gravel.
16 May 2017 16:23
I would plant something in the garden, in the ground, that will climb up over the top edges to provide some color. Attach some wires to give the climber something to cling to in the wind would help, and a bit of training and tying in to help it drape down over the other side. Or even something that will stick up above the top of the wall. You could stretch a wire on the inside of the wall to tie in plants that provide some color. A row of hollyhocks would look lovely. Especially with some sort of rose climbing up and tumbling across the top and down the front of the wall.
15 May 2017 21:53
Add in something like a scented geranium (pelargonium?) for season long scent. Just a brush with your fingers will leave a lingering cloud of scent.. even if it's too early/late in the season for blooms. They have some good varieties - http://homeguides.sfgate.com/types-scented-geraniums-34986.html has a nice list. I like that you can 'control' the smell. If we're eating outside near our patio pots, I'm careful not to touch it.. as the smell messes with the taste of the meal. But if I'm just outside sitting around, I'll brush for the smell.
15 May 2017 21:44
I would leave them where they are at, but just make sure you are watering them regularly (daily, if need be).. as they won't be getting much rainfall at the roots. They will enjoy the residual warmth from the wall during cool evenings and days. I would take an old clear shower curtain or other bit of heavy duty plastic and clip them above and in front of the tomatoes for a bit of warmth this spring.. a lean-to greenhouse of sorts, open at the sides.
15 May 2017 17:10
Depends if you need short bushy plants or not. I leave my cosmos alone, leaving them to grow as tall as they want (which is what I also want- tall bushy plants). They flower like crazy, and keep flowering as long as you keep up with the dead heading (cut the flower stem down to the nearest set of leaves).
It won't do any harm to pinch out now, even those with flower heads, aside from delaying the flowering by a few weeks. Do you have space for an experiment? Leave those with flower heads alone and pinch back the others by a few inches, and see how they each turn out.
15 May 2017 16:58
Hand weed what you can, and the horsetail will send up fresh new growth. When it's about six inches tall, bend the plant over by stepping on it (breaks up the surface a bit, as well as makes it easier to spray), then spray it with glyphosate. I find the battery powered wand Roundup works great, as it's easy to direct the spray and not have it get onto other plants (or even much on the ground around the weeds). As others said, you won't eradicate it.. but you'll certainly keep it manageable using a combination of methods. Welcome to the club.