On Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:12:35 +0000, Danny D. wrote:
Just to report back to the team, when I picked on the smaller,
more vulnerable weeds, like the Wild Mustard, and baby Scotch
and infant Spanish Broom, the weed washer method worked rather
These branched Spanish Broom babies came up easily:
The Spanish Broom infants were almost trivial when wet:
Some held on for a few seconds, but eventually yielded easily:
The thick-rooted ones were the worst - but even they fell:
So, it seems, the water nozzle trick *does work* rather well:
As long as we pick on weeds with taproots of only a foot or two:
I think it's a "Bull Thistle" (Cirsium vulgare).
Apparently it only reproduces by seed, but, the seeds must be
removed from the area...
Plants from Yosemite Valley that were cut at the root crown a few days
after their first flowers appeared and then laid on the ground produced
abundant viable seed (Randall pers. observation). Thus it may be
important to remove cut stems from the area.
Danny, I want to complement you on your picture taking. It makes it much
easier for others to understand what you are writing about and
you really seem to enjoy photography. I have to Email lots of photos
of the work me and JH do to the service corporation we do work for and
I've gone through two inexpensive digital cameras this year. I'm going
to see if I can find a darn rubber coated drop resistant camera. ^_^
On Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:54:17 -0500, The Daring Dufas wrote:
Thanks. I've been on USENET for decades and on forums for years,
and I believe in being responsive, providing enough detail, and
that a picture is worth a lot more than a description.
BTW, along those lines, I took my black widow spider to a friend
who is writing a book on how to photograph hard-to-photograph animals,
and you should see the excellent closeups he got of her red hourglass
belly and her spinning silk threads out of (her belly?).
Mine are on the top; his are on the bottom:
On Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:18:02 -0500, Natural - Smoking Gun - Girl wrote:
It's amazing, but some people think I'm weird, simply because I post pictures
of what I'm doing, and I ask a lot of questions, yet I always answer all the
requests politely, and I even buy a few more things to test them out for the
group (e.g., with the hose nozzles).
They're not used to someone being responsive, and closing the conversation
with the updated results, and, giving updates along the way. They think there
is something sinister about that ...
Oh well - I guess I am a dark horse after all ... :)
Not at all Danny, I think it's great that you post links to pictures of
what you're writing about. You're not forcing anybody to look at your
pictures and anyone who chastises you for posting links to pictures is
an idiot. I have pictures of the kind of work I do and have posted a
link here to some of them in the past. Since me and JH do contract labor
for a national service company, I have to take pictures of the repairs
and installations we do all the time then upload them to the company's
website. I also must label the pictures with the work order number, job
name and the date. Keep on posting links to your pictures Danny, it does
help me learn about what your problems are and the solutions that you
come up with. ^_^
uhh ...at your door steps?????? What are you? The snake whisperer?
Funny thing happened to me some years ago. I saw this tarantula running
across my front porch. It was the real deal and huge. Silly me
thought..."No one is going to believe me!" So I ran in the house and
grabbed a mason jar to catch it so people would believe me, and when I
got out there and took a look at that spider and then a look at my mason
jar ... the spider was bigger than the mouth of the jar was, and I
thought to myself .. "this isn't going to work". About that time, the
tarantula decided it didn't want to play dead any more in the corner of
my front porch and it took off running. It 'bout scared the @#!$# out of
me when it did that, soooooooooooo... I let it go it's way, and I ran
into the house thinking .. "you dummy! WHAT were YOU thinking???" I
hate spiders and I was going to try to catch one THAT big?? <smile>
ugh ... my worst nightmare ... years ago when my kids were toddlers, a
black widow decided to make it's nest right nest to our front porch steps.
I was scared of it, but more protective of my kids, so I said my short
condolences to the spider with the egg sac and prompted smashed it and its
progeny with a big board!
On Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:20:14 -0500, Natural - Smoking Gun - Girl wrote:
Every mother would do the same to protect her kids.
My kids always knew to scream, and I'd come a' running, to take care
of whatever it was that scared them, whether it be a rattler, gopher
snake, black widow spider, daddy longlegs, or even a bee or horsefly!
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