Okay, something I can "actually" grow

But they are not for eating. They are for the heart.
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My zeroscape front yard is covered with them.
-T
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On 7/18/2018 7:45 PM, T wrote:

Hollyhocks?
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On 07/18/2018 08:48 PM, Muggles wrote:

Yes and in the traditional five pedal dicot pattern (not the hybrid cotton ball that looks like a carnation). I must have around 300 flowers in my front yard with varying vibrant colors. Neighbors stop and look. I have gotten some nice remarks.
Weird. I have not watered my Holyhocks all summer. My back yard zukes whine and wilt if they don't get watered every day. They are quite pampered. (Wait till they find out what I am going to do with their offspring. I wonder if they will believe my story about taking them for a drive in the country again this year. Chuckle.)
My back yard (all garden now) looks horrible with all the cheat grass. It's the only weed I was not able to contain. I found that when they are young, they succumb to vinegar, so next year ...
I think I will get my first zucchini this week!
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On 7/18/2018 11:02 PM, T wrote:

We've given up on zucchini and squash growing. Every year no matter what we do the vine borers kill every plant. This year is a wet and hot summer, so bacterial disease is killing our cukes and some of our tomatoes, too. But, we have plenty of produce coming in despite all of that. A squirrel, or should I say tree rat as my husband says, bit into one of his prize tomatoes that he was trying to hide. He was ticked off about that and would love to shoot every tree rat in a square block radius for it, too! lol
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T wrote: ...

a scuffle hoe works very well to take out weeds when they're young. and it's also good in that it doesn't have to disturb the soil much to do it or you can skim across a hard pan or clay surface.
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On 07/19/2018 08:46 PM, songbird wrote:

I am going to blast them with Vinegar next year.
On the exposed dirt, I have dispatched most of the cheat grass. But the decorative rocks, I have to put by hand.
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T wrote: ...

is it an annual?
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On 07/21/2018 01:45 AM, songbird wrote:

Green in the spring. Dies in the summer. Leaves seeds that stick in your clothing all over the place. YUGE fire hazard in the local mountains. Renting sheep if the preferred method of clearing it from the mountains
Spray it when it is green before it seeds.
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T wrote:

we used to have a lot more of them, but they got rust.
it's plentiful organic matter and tons of seeds. around here they hide weeds too well and are picky to do things with. i'm not all that fond of them but the bees and hummingbirds like them.
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On 07/19/2018 08:44 PM, songbird wrote:

I am tickled I can grow anything. I am also trying to get them to grow in the back yard as they attract bees like crazy.
I love their vibrant colors. And we just had a thunderstorm, so I don't have to water them for a month of so.
I am looking forward to the growth spurt on my garden from, the nitrogen rain from the thunderstorm!
With this 96F weather, I have to "soak" my zukes, or they whine and whine and wilt and wilt ... Slave! Slave! Water!
Interesting how some species insure their survival by bribing humans to pamper them. A Bug! A Bug! A Bug! WHERE'S MY WATER !?!?!
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T wrote: ...

that's great all around. shade and organic matter for free. :) and now free water and fertilizer delivered by Momma nature. whatever you can capture of that and hold in your soil adds up over the years...

weeds! we've had a few rains recently and now we have morning glory seeds sprouting in the pathway again. this is four years after we stopped letting them grow on the neighboring fence. they are great makers of organic material too and will spread way too easily around here.

i don't care too much about bugs in the sense that if a plant doesn't do well here with our mix of bugs then i'm not going to fight it. instead i find other things to grow. there's a lot of variety out there to try.
also, it means the things we do grow are resistant to the worst of the bugs. we do lose a few squash plants to borers and the conditions, but since we plant only from survivors that we've not babied it seems to work out.
you should see some of the stems of the plants we harvest from, they're often a mess, but the plants manage to survive that somehow.
the only plants i baby here are beans that i'm trying to see how the do or i need more seeds to evaluate them properly. if i only start with a few seeds to begin with, but once i have enough seeds to work with then that variety is no longer babied at all and it has to cope with most other things as much as possible. watering is the primary exception during the whole growing season and some worm castings and organic matter will get used when planting or buried at the end of the season and that's about it. oh, yeah, picking off some of the japanese beetles can happen here or there too if the damage gets to be too much.
the rest of what i do falls under normal garden routine, like for the strawberries where it helps to thin them and to regenerate a patch with new plants once every few years. strawberries also can grow a lot of extra organic matter.
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