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RE: odds and ends

Hi Chris,

I have made a number of garden beds by tilling (or sometimes not), planting,
and mulching - the only additional thing I do is put a layer of wet
newspaper (maybe 5 pages thick) down before I mulch - sort of a modified
lasagna concept, but I find it does a reasonable job of keeping the grass
from coming back up.  Sometimes if I have no time, I edge the bed, spread
some compost/composted manure on the grass, only dig where the individual
plants are going, then paper it and mulch it around the plants.  Tilling the
whole thing first would be the best scenario, though!

Not familiar with your newest purchase, but it sounds like a great plant.

Maryland zone 6

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: 4/23/2003 2:04 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] odds and ends

Hi everybody!
I've been outside trying to finish the fall and winter clean up!  It's
only about 55 degrees and the wind is blowing!  I'm taking a break to
warm up a bit before venturing out again. I carefully sprayed Roundup on
a small area where I want to plant daylilies.  It's all grass right now.
The directions say that it works best at 60 degrees or more, but I'm
desperate!  I hope to own a Honda mini tiller by tomorrow and then I'll
till that area.  Does anybody know if you have to kill the grass first?
I thought that if I till, plant and then mulch well, I might not have to
first do the Roundup thing.  What do you all say?

Just purchased Scrophularia auriculata 'Variegata", figwort, at Home
Depot.  The tag says: large evergreen crinkled foliage splashed with
cream.  Tiny wine-red flowers July -August. 2' sun/ part shade, zone 5.
Do any of you grow it?


Long Island, NY
Zone 7

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