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Re: hoping for spring soon

I let mine go to seed, don't think it will ever be completely gone, but I
can keep it in bounds by digging or pulling every sprig as soon as I see it.
The chocolate mint is planted in a very shady area, usually pull all
stragglers a couple times a year & manage to have just enough to look nice
among the hosta.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 7:42 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] hoping for spring soon

> Ah, mint.  I think many of us have made this mistake early on. But 2 DOZEN
> mint plants? ow!
> My mistake was chocolate mint, but only 3 plants, and I'm still fighting
> with it.  Except it looks like english ivy is giving it a run for its
> Kitty
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 5:13 AM
> Subject: [CHAT] hoping for spring soon
> > We got a lot of good rain on and off all day yesterday...looking at
> > maybe some mixed snow/rain later in the week...temps. got up to 56
> > degrees here...downright balmy! My thoughts have really begun to turn to
> > the garden bed I want to completely overhaul this year...worked like a
> > fiend last fall to shape up all the rest of the gardens so I could have
> > some laxity in ignoring them in order to concentrate on this one bed
> > this year...one of the 2 largest of all the beds in my yard, I made a
> > huge mistake with it a few years back...planted about a dozen each of
> > spearmint and peppermint and now am overrun with the stuff. Great place
> > for every pollinating insect in the county to visit but doesn't look so
> > good anymore. The landscaping cloth we put down when we initially did
> > this bed is making it very easy for this stuff to run all over the
> > place, crowding everything else out and I want it GONE! Besides the
> > spearmint, this bed is home to a beautiful cherry tree, a redbud tree,
> > several peonies, quite a lot of guara, purple coneflower, blue flax,
> > hosta 'guacamole', and a large collection of spring flowering bulbs such
> > as snow crocus, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, etc. It also contains my
> > bad patch of roses...twenty shrub rose bushes that are destined for the
> > burn pile this year as I have tried and failed for four years now to get
> > the black spot problem they are plagued with under control and I'm
> > finally admitting defeat with this bunch...I have many other roses that
> > I'm more interested in protecting from a spread of this infection. Went
> > to see my doctor yesterday for a sore back (the bane of nurses
> > everywhere, I think!) and told him he had about 2 weeks to fix whatever
> > is wrong with my back because I have some serious gardening to get
> > to...he laughed...I don't think he took me seriously...hmmmph! Anyway,
> > now that I've got a digital camera...I'll be taking some before, during,
> > and after pictures to let you all in on the progress! Any suggestions,
> > comments, etc. would be greatly appreciated! Full sun, shade only under
> > th
> >
> > e canopy of the small redbud (that's the home of the hosta and it seems
> > to like it there), front yard facing south to the main street of town
> > (no hardship to guess that in such a small town it really is Main
> > Street), borders a public sidewalk, room to expand in 2 directions if I
> > want towards the house.
> >
> >
> >
> > Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> >
> > "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> > --Albert Einstein
> >
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