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Re: Everyone must be....

It's beautiful fall weather here, 55-60 d. It's dry but rain may be coming tonight. I am in the process of taking leaves piled at the road at a house abt a 1/2 mile from here. Mine don't come down for another few weeks and the weather can be iffy. Getting these gives me a jump on the season and is insurance should we get lots of rain, making leaf collection difficult. These leaves are already partially composted so they take less room to transport and will rot down quickly - plus I won't need to shred them. This will save me time

This year, in addition to needing leaves to cover my pots, I also need a thick layer (a foot or so) to cover a large bed I'm renovating. I also like to fill my compost bin if possible to provide leaf mold next year. And of course some will be used for mulch. I've never taken leaves from this far away before, but I think it's a good bet. And these leaves have a bit of grass clippings for the necessary nitrogen and no candy wrappers or pop cans, or even twigs mixed in. Good stuff.

OK - back to get another load!

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: "Garden Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2007 12:58 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Everyone must be....

busy this weekend. Not much happening here. Kinda chilly when I got up--55 degrees--but that's relative, I guess. Started a bunch of cuttings of strawberry guava [Psidium cattleianum (aka P. littorale)] for a friend in India. Don't know if they'll root; apparently the cuttings can be somewhat stubborn. Interesting and odd thing about the plant: it's invasive in Hawaii's rainforest [where wild pigs spread the seeds] and in central Florida [where birds spread the seeds], but not here--and in fact, I can't get it to grow from seed for some reason. And my friend in India is batting zero-for-two trying to grow them from seeds also.

If you've never seen this plant, it's a nice, large, multi-stem shrub with very nice stem color and contour--somewhat like crepe myrtle but without the peeling [and suckering]. The local library has several that have been trimmed up as small trees, and they're quite eye-catching.

Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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