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RE: rainwater collection


Duh!.... that's what I meant.... he refuses to allow it. Was trying to
think of another way.... but digging here is ruff, especially enough to
bury a 55 gallon drum. Maybe if I get determined enough or Theresa stops
by :)

Donna


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Kitty
> Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2004 1:54 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] rainwater collection
> 
> Cut the gutters?  Don't you already have downspouts?  Just cut those
to
> the
> right length.
> Kitty
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2004 11:33 AM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] carnivorous plants was: Clivia Golden Dragon
> 
> 
> > I have been thinking of trying some myself. This only rain/distilled
> > water concept is what has been stopping me.
> >
> > Anyone know if my pond water would work? Thinking as I do my water
> > changes, this might work as the water has much nutrients, but all
the
> > chemically added junk from the hose is gone.
> >
> > I have suggested that we save rain water, but DH says I am not going
to
> > cut the gutters to go into a 55 gallon barrel.... very stubborn on
this!
> >
> > Thoughts anyone?
> >
> > Donna
> >
> >
> > >
> > > Well, Bonnie, I forget how old Brenden is; know you've mentioned
it,
> > > but it did not stick in what passes for my brain.
> > >
> > > IMO, most kids would be fascinated with carnivorous plants and
> > > positive experiences with them might trigger long lasting interest
in
> > > plants in general or related stuff.  With supervision and
> > > explanation, I'm sure he'd do fine with some - esp. if you're
> > > actually caring for it/them most of the time:-)
> > >
> > > Not only are the habits of carnivorous plants fascinating, many of
> > > them are simply beautiful plants.  I have found mine to be very
> > > undemanding to this point.  They need cutting back in spring to
> > > remove dead growth and you *must* keep the soil wet; they are true
> > > bog plants and do not take kindly to drying out.
> > >
> > > Besides providing rain or distilled water, you need to give them
the
> > > proper soil, which in cultivation consists of a mix of washed sand
> > > and peat - either peatmoss or the preferred sphagnum peat.  Most
of
> > > them require as much sun as you can provide - full sun is
preferred
> > > although mine make do with somewhat less than this.  Other than
the
> > > watering and tidying, they require no real care.  No staking or
> > > continuous division or fertilization.  I save rain water for them
in
> > > a 30 gallon plastic trash can with a piece of plastic screenwire
over
> > > the top to keep out dirt and insects.  I store it in used spring
> > > water jugs.
> > >
> > > The hardy types require a cold period in winter as well.
> > >
> > > The flowers on Sarracenia are incredible as well.  I've only got
half
> > > a dozen sarrs and one Venus flytrap in my minibog and long for the
> > > day when I can increase bog size so I can have more...they're
sorta
> > > like potato chips; you can't just have one:-)
> > >
> > > There is lots of information on the web about building bogs for
these
> > > plants as well as keeping them inside.
> > >
> > > Barry Rice's Carnivorous Plant FAQ is a great place to start:
> > >
> > > http://www.sarracenia.com/faq.html
> > >
> > > Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> > > mtalt@hort.net
> >
> >
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