I'm the opposite about flowers. I used to just work on getting
wildflowers to grow, but when I started growing zinnia's, sunflowers
etc for market, I got hooked. I would describe flowers as 'food for
the soul.' So now I do both wildflowers and annuals. But I don't do
My lawn has been destroyed by chickens which are not caged, my vegetable
garden is caged. However, I like those european honeybees from Italy
they are mild creatures and I like their honey. Bees belong in the
natural environment. If they escape in a swarm too bad, prove they
belong to me neighbor! Flowers are needed in my garden for the nectar
that bees need to survive. I need a variety of flowers that bloom at
different times of the year, food for the bees. Roses however provide
little in return for the amount of work needed to care for them.
If you don't like Roses, lawns, flowers and honey bees.
What do you like in a garden? Rocks and Sand?
The best library there is, is my my front room. The nearest library is
20 miles away, round trip 40, the gas cost and the drive time and book
searching time is a waste of time. If I truly liked the book I would buy
it anyways plus the cost of gas and time would go toward a new book
delivered directly to my home with free shipping. I would rather have
the local governments to provide free wireless internet access to the
public and give low cost computers to those that need one. Then close
the public libraries along with all police (for profit) stations (truly
a waste of tax payers money and a tool for the rich). Todays libraries
look like homeless centers. From the Cynic!
I trust no one! WHY do I need roses (thorny weed in my recommended book).
Huh? I do my search and request on line. Then the book arrives at the
library, 2 mi. away, which I need to pass anyway to go to the nursery or
My wife is in the process of wrapping "The No.1 Ladies Detective
Agency". I would have hated to buy all 9 (?) books. Anyway, I prefer to
preview what I buy, and then buy a couple of books a month. This will
only last until Aug., when I return to the salt mines of Moria.
"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because
thorn bushes have roses."
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the
19th century market gardeners near Paris used a very similar technique.
Adding enough manure or green material to the wood created a hot compost
pile underneath the soil. This allowed earlier planting and much higher
prices for the early veggies.
Actually my husband and I were discussing the cedar chips versus grass
clippings as mulch for the rhubarb. He is thinking that the cedar
would be there for a long time. I am thinking that the chips cost
money and would get moved into the other parts of the garden. Grass
clippings a free and do provide some nutrients for the plants as well
as helping to keep the weeds down. We do have about an acre of grass
that needs to be mowed regularly.
Cedar chips would be the opposite of grass clippings as a mulch. Are we
talking mulch as a ground cover, or mulch as a nutrient? Cedar chips
breakdown slowly, making them a good ground cover, but a poor nutrient.
Grass clipping break down quickly, making them a quick nutrient source
for soil microbes.
"wood often contains potentially fungitoxic compounds, which are
deposited in the heartwood. In broad-leaved trees the toxic compounds
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