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Re: Plans for today

Today mostly weedeating around my house -- red clover, some kind of Mahonia,
many grasses, lupine, lotus vines etc etc.  It's "only" about 80 here today
but cannot stand to do this in the hot sun.  We are supposed to keep a 100'
fire-safe or protectable zone around our houses here in the California
brush, and I can do this except on one side which is not only very steep but
runs into neighboring (empty) property.  Beyond the grassier zone I have
ground cover ceanothus (wild) and manzanita much of which needs to be either
brushed or mowed with a field mower, and the scrub oaks, Rhamnus spp. and
toyon need to be limbed up to prevent fire ladder.  Fortunately I have a
wonderful energetic and capable young man to do a lot of this heavier work
for me.  At first I didn't like the "unnatural" look of clearing out
everything but once it is done, it does provide a cleaner more "estate"
look and goodness knows is safer.  Also today am feeding / weeding some
small stuff in my new perennial gardens and working on making some permanent
paths, which at this point means just deciding where they are and cleaning
out the weeds.
--Barb, Grass Valley CA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2005 10:53 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Plans for today

> So we talked about what people did yesterday; other than Jim (who's
> sitting in air-conditioned bliss), what' everyone else doing today?
> It's cooler and less humid than yesterday, so I'm hoping to work on
> that concrete slab a little more.  But I need to find some gloves
> first because I formed another blister on my hand right where the old
> one just finished healing!  I have really big hands, so it's hard for
> me to find gloves that fit.  I need XXL or else I can't fit in past
> my knuckles.  :(
> I also have another 12 bags of hardwood bark fines to find room for in
> the backyard, so I'll probably move some stuff around there.  The
> irrigation system needs to be fixed after I broke part of it yesterday,
> and I still have a couple of plants to get in the ground.
> But best of all, I borrowed a friend's Nikon D70 digital SLR (camera)
> and I'm going to go out to the Master Gardener's trial gardens today
> and just shoot away!  I've been debating whether or not to go digital
> (I generally shoot slide film), but I find that I just don't have time
> to scan my slides any more.  Maybe this will make it easier.
> Chris
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