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Re: Gene's greenhouse NOW Sycamore


Dill, too. They are all in the same family, but around here, dill is  
the favorite, then fennel, then parsley. Have never seen them on my  
carrots.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jan 20, 2006, at 10:45 AM, Pam Evans wrote:

> Plant parsley & fennel - they're host plants for the swallowtail
> caterpillars.
> I lots of them every year.
>
>
> On 1/20/06, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT  
> <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
> wrote:
>>
>> Around here they are a great shade tree. I love mine in the  
>> summer, I have
>> a
>> chair hammock suspended from one branch and I sit under the tree  
>> watching
>> a
>> couple hummingbirds flit about, listening to the pond fountain.  
>> The bits
>> of
>> stuff that drop off aren't a problem for me, either they drop into  
>> the
>> front
>> garden and vanish or I chew 'em up with the lawnmower. The bark  
>> can be
>> lovely as it peels off, showing all sorts of dull green to deep brown
>> shades. I hear they are food for swallowtail butterflies - sure  
>> wish with
>> my
>> six sycamores I'd see more than two swallowtails a year. But they  
>> do have
>> their drawbacks. Mine always seem to be full of whiteflies by  
>> summer's
>> end.
>> They don't have any fall color; the leaves turn a dull brown and  
>> hang onto
>> the tree for a long time. The dead leaves once off don't make any  
>> attempt
>> to
>> break down or decompose, they just pile up in huge drifts (maybe if I
>> lived
>> in a wetter climate it would be different). I do have one that is now
>> showing signs of anthracnose, not so good. I have to have them
>> professionally trimmed every two years, which is expensive.
>> If I lived somewhere else I probably wouldn't plant one as close  
>> to the
>> house as mine are now, but I probably would put one in where I  
>> could sit
>> under it in the summer.
>>
>> Cyndi
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
>> Behalf
>> Of Cathy Carpenter
>> Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 5:27 PM
>> To: gardenchat@hort.net
>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Gene's greenhouse NOW Sycamore
>>
>> They are a messy tree. I am forever picking up bark, twigs, and seed
>> pods all over the back yard. Not to mention the anthracnose that
>> afflicts sycamores almost every spring.
>>
>> Cathy, west central IL, z5b
>>
>> On Jan 19, 2006, at 5:20 PM, Zemuly Sanders wrote:
>>
>>> Bonnie, I'll be on the lookout for some in my flowerbeds this
>>> spring.  I love them, too.  I transplanted one to my yard last
>>> year, but I don't have room for any more.  I hate to pull them out
>>> and throw them away.  I'll let you know what comes up.
>>> zem
>>> zone 7
>>> West TN
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bonnie Holmes"  
>>> <holmesbm@usit.net>
>>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>> Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 4:29 PM
>>> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Gene's greenhouse
>>>
>>>
>>>> Do you have any seedlings?  I am trying to get some sycamores to
>>>> grow on
>>>> our property.  We purchased one...only one area nursery had one for
>>>> sale...my DH and I think they are beautiful.
>>>> Bonnie ETN Zone 7
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> [Original Message]
>>>>> From: Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT  
>>>>> <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
>>>>> To: gardenchat@hort.net <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>>>> Date: 1/18/2006 11:59:05 AM
>>>>> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Gene's greenhouse
>>>>>
>>>>> It doesn't get cold enough where I live to need real heat  
>>>>> inside the
>>>>> greenhouse. I put in 3 big plastic drums full of water, figuring
>>>>> it would
>>>> be
>>>>> a kind of thermal buffer for when the temps drop. I guess it  
>>>>> works.
>>>>> Sometimes if it is forecasted to get seriously cold I'll run a
>>>>> little
>>>> floor
>>>>> heater at night. What I should have done is buy a bigger fan.
>>>>> Even in
>>>>> winter, when the sun is out it gets hot in there, upwards of 90F.
>>>>> By the
>>>> end
>>>>> of March I've moved everything outside. Mid-summer it will get
>>>>> over 120F
>>>>> (comes in handy if you need to dehydrate veggies or fruit  
>>>>> leather).
>>>>> I have a dilemma now though. When we sited the greenhouse there
>>>>> was this
>>>>> small struggling sycamore nearby. It was a side of our yard we
>>>>> didn't use
>>>>> much, didn't irrigate. I didn't figure the sycamore would cause a
>>>> problem. I
>>>>> guess it got enough water from what drips onto the greenhouse  
>>>>> floor
>>>> because
>>>>> it got big in a hurry. Now it shades the greenhouse quite a bit
>>>>> when I
>>>> bring
>>>>> in plants end of October, and here the dead leaves hang on the
>>>>> sycamore
>>>> for
>>>>> months unless there's a really big wind. On the plus side, most
>>>>> of what I
>>>>> bring inside is the stuff from my patio which has been in partial
>>>>> shade
>>>> all
>>>>> summer anyway. But the tree is not going to get smaller...so I
>>>>> need to
>>>>> decide what to do about it.
>>>>>
>>>>> Cyndi
>>>>>
>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-
>>>>> gardenchat@hort.net] On
>>>> Behalf
>>>>> Of Cornergar@aol.com
>>>>> Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 7:14 AM
>>>>> To: gardenchat@hort.net
>>>>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Gene's greenhouse
>>>>>
>>>>> I think I am grateful now that I made the decision to go passive
>>>>> solar
>>>> only
>>>>> in my grnhse so I do not have any gas bills. I do have power so
>>>>> in really
>>>>> extreme weather I can leave lights on for enough additional
>>>>> warmth to keep
>>>>> from
>>>>> losing everything. It seldom gets below 28F even with several
>>>>> cloudy 0
>>>>> degree
>>>>> days in a row. Of course I'm not really "growing" anything...just
>>>>> holding.
>>>>> But it
>>>>> works for holding the more tender things in 1 gal pots and I can
>>>>> be out
>>>>> there
>>>>> potting up plugs and bare root in Feb. Don't have running water
>>>>> 'tho which
>>>>> is
>>>>> sort of a pain but do-able. By the end of Mar I'm bursting at the
>>>>> seams
>>>> but
>>>>> by then I can start hardening off which isn't too difficult as
>>>>> the pots
>>>> have
>>>>>
>>>>> been subject to a hard life already! Am still anxious to try
>>>>> hypertufa.
>>>> It's
>>>>> a
>>>>> New Years resolution! I like this time of year..Anticipation is
>>>>> high ( and
>>>>> the
>>>>> body doesn't hurt too much yet). kathy
>>>>>
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> Pam Evans
> Kemp TX
> zone 8A
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