I'm so happy. I just glanced at the shelf I have the first 5 I planted on,
and they had all sprouted. Well pretty much, they're not straight up yet,
one's still half bent over, and one is almost through the dirt, but good
enough for me! I bought an already grown miniature sunflower last year, and
the dogs decided to use it for a chewtoy. My animals(whether it be the dogs
or the chickens or the bunnies or the geese) are not plant friendly. At
least Joxer(my cat) hasn't bothered them. But he doesn't go outside anymore.
Oh he acts like he wants to, and whines/meows by the door for me to let him
out, but once I open the door, he turns and runs back in the house.
Yesterday my neighbor cut down my foot tall sunflower that I carefully
nursed through our late freeze. Never trust a man with a weed-whacker.
I should have realized he was having just TOO much fun when the thing was
still whirring constantly and he had pretty much trimmed everything that
wasn't moving. And then he moved to our murky property line and BANG! my
sunflower was gone before I could scream, "STOP!" :(
Last year I planted about 60 of them. Not one grew.
Oh my, that's about as sad as watching your tomato plant with its
first tomato going down the gopher hole. We have fences here to
deter weed-whackers; I now use wire baskets for the gophers!
I think you just might have to whack his "wacker"!!
So sorry FW.
Planted sunflowers in a bad spot/bad soil last year, only a few flowered.
Aphids and other insects ate the plants in general. Couldn't keep enough
water on them due to the severe heat here either.
This year, they're in pots. The aphids are back again though. Some are
nearing a foot in height. Since I'm not going to eat any part of them, am
using bug killer powder on them as of today.
Good fences make good neighbors.
Wow I've never heard of aphids that big. If you can't get them under
control, look at the bright side. They'll probably keep the gophers at bay.
Try 1 TBS Dawn, 1 TBS peanut (or just vegetable) oil, and 1 TBS baking
soda to 1 gallon water. Mix well and spray the plants lightly but well,
especially underside of leaves.
|>>> on, and they had all sprouted.
Well, that's great - aren't they nice big sprouts? Sunflowers are great for
introducing kids to seed planting, they come up so big.
But what about that asparagus - did you ever germinate the seed, and how's it
doing? I've started some "Purple Passion" seeds (in cells) They weren't
pre-soaked and took a good 2 weeks to show above the soil. Just about needed a
magnifying glass to see them. But I've got almost 100% success.
Now about your giant aphids. You don't have to use poisonous stuff on them.
Safer's soap from the garden store will do the trick. A tiny bottle (you dilute
it) will last for years. Just spray it on those monsters and they'll be toast.
I even wonder if regular detergent wouldn't do them in.
Congratulations on your goal to grow sunflowers! Make sure to get some
good seeds for different varieties. That's half the fun. They are easy
to grow and enjoy. A few friends and I are working a great site
devoted to sunflowers. It will have everything imaginable about
sunflowers with all kinds of great information, links to the best
products and a discussion area. The forum is already open! Check us
out at http://www.SunflowerOcity.com
Awww *hugs * I've been there too. Our neighbors don't do that. They're an
elderly couple not that much older than my mother, and just...well they're
ok to say Hi to now and then, but the guy keeps acting like it's their yard.
At least there's a fence. Last year he had a fit because we had a tarp lying
flat out on the ground, and it was obstructing their view. I guess they
liked looking at the dirt underneath it. I've come to hate doing yardwork
outside while he's out in his yard, because I know he's gonna tell me what I
need to do. Funny thing is, I was weeding out around the lilacs, and he
wanted to know what I was doing, and I told him, and he said he's never seen
them bloom, to which I replied that they bloomed last year. He quit talking
to me then.
You would if you could girl. Time to get back up on that horse and get
some seeds into the ground. This time when they come up, put a small
tomato arbor over them and ask your neighbor if he ever thought about
becoming an alto.
Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
Peony are expensive? My boss from the cafe I used to work at(she went
through the Master Gardener program the local extension office offers), she
was looking at our yard and this one thing, I didn't know what it was, it
was in the area with the strawberries, tulips/daffodils, and wild roses that
came with the place, and she said it was a peony.
hmm that's weird, second time this happened, my post doesn't show up on my
end when I check the newsgroups, but people have replied to it. I feel
better having put a hardware cloth cage thing around the peony now. Should
protect it from the chickens/geese/bunnies/dogs. Not bugs though. I'm
starting to see flying ants everywhere too. And mosquitoes, and bees/yellow
jackets/hornets/wasps(well luckily only one here and there). Need to build
some bird/bat houses. Oh and the thyme has started sprouting too. Does that
mean my thyme's up? :-)
My neighbors (other neighbors, not the sunflower slayer) routinely smash
their peonies to bits. They hate them. The guy next to them, a first
time home owner, "weeded" out 12' of old peony bushes without knowing
what they were. He was about to throw them in my fire pit when I rescued
them and replanted them; they are growing in my yard now. As soon as the
foliage dies back, I'm going to get about three dozen red and yellow
tulips from him (he hates them, too) and move them over here. My
neighbors are crazy people. And here they thought *I* was nuts just
because I sometimes graze my horses on my lawn. At least I have flowers
in my yard. :)
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