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RE: Looking for the weekend!

I'm only cutting back the vegetable garden, so I can concentrate on getting
the ornamental gardens back into shape. So far so good, I planted lettuce
seed yesterday and used up all last year's packets. I think lettuce seed is
one of those things better planted with fresh seed but it should be okay. 
I wasn't planning on buying much for either garden, but when I looked at all
the bare spots in the ornamental areas I rationalized that planting new
things would inspire me to even more maintenance. Yes, that's the ticket. 
Anyway I didn't get the plants for the back fence in the ground. I forgot
that the irrigation controller for that part broke earlier in the winter and
husband has not fixed it yet. Since he was busy too it will have to wait for
next weekend. I did put in all the salvias and erigonum (buckwheat) in my
dry garden. And I weeded for a couple hours in there and dumped 4 barrels of
grass for the chickens - they were happy. I got about half of it done so
that was good. 
We trapped six gophers just this weekend and there are mounds absolutely
everywhere. Husband set more traps amongst the fruit trees, in the dry
garden, well just about everywhere we have plants we want to keep. You would
not believe my back yard. Between the lawn and the veggie garden fence there
is a lot of empty space we don't do anything with. My dogs have been digging
for gophers back there and it looks like the trenches of WWI. I guess I
won't need to clip their nails for awhile. 
At least the weather was reasonable. Saturday was windy and cold but we were
working a garage sale so I didn't care much. Sunday was mostly overcast but
at least it was not windy, and it was relatively warm. We're expecting rain
again tomorrow - let it rain during the week, that's what I ask.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Donna
Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2006 6:09 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Looking for the weekend!

So how much did you get done.... and I thought you
were cutting back this year? LOL! We all seem to have
the same problem, lotsa willpower till the season
actually gets here.


--- Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT
<cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:

> We finally are having some nice days, I hope it
> lasts through the weekend.
> I'm helping at a garage sale tomorrow but Sunday I
> have much planting to do.
> I bought a whole bunch o' stuff at Theodore Payne's
> (my poor credit card!),
> and my order from Forestfarm showed up too so there
> is no shortage of
> plants. 
> I'm going to get serious about trying to hide the
> neighbor in back of us but
> the plants I put in have to be tough. Thus all the
> natives from Payne's. I
> bought 3 different kinds of saltbush - atriplex
> polycarpa, atriplex
> canescens, and atriplex lentiformis. None of them
> are terribly attractive
> but they will take just about anything. We have
> atriplex canescens already
> back there and it is about 7' tall now, the quail
> just love to hide in it.
> Since another of my wants is to provide cover and
> food for birds I'm hoping
> they all do well. Considering how much less habitat
> the critters have these
> days they might need my place. 
> What is it about developers anyway. There are
> millions of acres of flat
> desert out here with nothing on it but rabbitbush
> tumbleweeds and alkali. Do
> they build there, NO, they buy up the juniper
> woodland in the foothills, the
> places with the biggest biodiversity we have here -
> hundreds and hundreds of
> species - and then they bulldoze it, pave it and put
> up houses. Makes me so
> mad I could spit. Not to mention that part of what
> is currently being
> bulldozed used to be city nature park, the city just
> rolled over and showed
> the developers their throat. Sure, take whatever you
> want, just promise us
> taxes. Citizen complaints are met with smiles and
> nods and no action. Of
> course now the housing bubble is popping, who knows
> maybe they'll just stop
> after bulldozing everything. 
> Oops didn't mean to go on a rant.  
> Anyway. I also bought 3 sambucus mexicana, an
> elderberry, as an experiment.
> There is one growing in a canyon where we go hiking
> on the weekends. Not too
> far from my house but a little higher in elevation
> and probably more
> sheltered. Who knows it may have found a little
> pocket to tap into for
> water. But it is there so I will see if I can grow
> one too. 
> Second experiment, I bought two different mesquites:
> screwbean mesquite,
> prosopis pubescens, and honey mesquite, prosopis
> glandulosa. I see them
> growing here where I work but there are none near
> where I live, so we'll
> see. Beautiful once they get a little size to them
> but you don't want to get
> too close - major thorns on those plants. 
> Third experiment, this one I'm not all that hopeful,
> arctostaphylos glauca
> aka big berry manzanita. Never seen one growing so
> far as I know. But the
> description sounded like it might live and I love
> manzanitas, it might make
> it. If none of my experiments work then next year
> it's more saltbush! And
> they might not...I have already tried
> fremontodendron and matilija poppy
> back there, neither lived. Course you know what they
> say, try it three
> times.
> I bought the hakonecheloa (sp?) grass from
> Forestfarm, and a few nandinas -
> the dwarf "Firepower" ones - and a dwarf oakleaf
> hydrangea...ummmm...can't
> remember the name now. The japanese garden needs
> more work than I thought
> due to the gophers eating a lot of my liriope around
> the teahouse edge. That
> may have to wait for a while though. 
> Can't wait for the weekend. 
> Cyndi 
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