Nope, I know what both of those look like. In fact, at the herbal
gardens the German Chamomile has been blooming for a few weeks now and I
love it but it's not the plant I remember in the lawn. The daisies in the
lawn were wonderful little things but they were LITTLE, low-growing
beauties. Darn. I wish I knew what they were.
Gee, I don't remember the leaves at all. It's been many years (er...
*decades* -- yikes) since I saw them. But Grandpa was from Scotland so
perhaps he had a love of them that isn't common here in the U.S..
The small daisies that I remember being in lawns, (when I had a lawn)
were English Daisy Bellis perennis. There were white ones and pink.
They stayed quite low because they kept getting mowed down. There
are 'horticultural' varieties now that get taller, they like cool
and don't survive the summer heat here, but look nice in spring.
Somewhere in some magazine recently (it may have been Horticulture, or
People, Places and Plants) I read of the history of clover in lawns,
and how the man who developed broadleaf weed killer was upset at the
fact that his product killed the white clover in lawns. There was
nothing he could do about it (well, he could have not developed it,
but that's history, isn't it?). Thus white clover became a 'weed'
instead of a nice addition to lawn, fixing nitrogen and providing
forage for our honeybees. I'm trying to google that history but I'm
not having much luck.
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
On Tue, 29 May 2007 00:30:25 -0500, Charlie wrote:
I actually visit a guy on death row here in Texas. He case after
twenty years was reversed and he's off the row, at least for now after
20 years. Anyway, he's gay. He was gay when he did his crime, not a
jailhouse gone gay. One time I said "you go girl" and he didn't or
never heard the expression and I had to splain it to him. I'll see
him on Thursday...oh so way off topic.
First and foremost, and this takes time and work... condition your
soil. Second, love the garden. If you don't enjoy it, you will be
disappointed. Third, start with what you can manage as you learn.
Many a gardener is overwhelmed by having too grand a plan.
Healthy plants resist pests and disease.
Protect the pollinators at all cost. DO NOT use anything that will
kill them. Honeybees aren't the only bees working the garden and the
Google organic and natural pesticides, repellants, organic gardening,
beneficial insects and how to attract them.
Hand pick the little bastids when possible.
www.arbico-organics.com as much for ideas as products.
Read Mother Earth News.
Keep askin' questions.
And don't fret about it, the little suckers are gonna get some of your
crop. It's a learning experience.
There is a wealth of info out there brother.
Be Careful, gardening can turn into an obsession! :-)
There is an expert on such things (IPM) who posts to this news group,
John Bachman. I don't know what it would take to elicit his opinion but
that is where I would go. Good luck.
Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
Yes, pick up a good book on organic gardening, put most of your hard
earned money into creating healthy soil using good compost with both
bacterial and fungal properties and when plants are healthy,
pesticides are not necessary
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