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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

How do you pull weeds that look like this?

Posted Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 8:31 PM
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  • That's a perfect bloom on those morning glories....

    Mom just picked up a few packs for fence growing next year....Hope they are that pretty....

    I'm hesitant to try those squash next year in my small spot...I'd be bending, training, and daily babying them to contain the spot.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Sep 26, 2014, at 1:04 PM
  • I might agree with you about the banana squash chefgrape. At first I thought growing it up a trellis and simply cutting it back would suffice but that may not be a good idea.

    I admit that I eventually let it run but it has easily spread throughout and beyond a garden that is about 40' by 90'+. Other plants coexist but it would be a constant battle.

    Just a few of us growing them should supply the club's need.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Sep 26, 2014, at 10:43 PM
  • They are so cool though, being that huge and all, I am planning to expand next spring just a little bit like another row so I can get a few more things in here and there.

    I was wanting to grow a few strawberries then maybe a few more or different tomatoes again...this Somalian Black has done so well I'll definitely have more than one of them with a little luck.

    For looks, a vining floral would be nice but I have to build some kind of back wall trellis of sorts before anything gets planted this next season. I keep tying these tomatoes higher and higher, so they need an attachment kind of system to start with. I have a whole wall they can climb.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sat, Sep 27, 2014, at 12:02 PM
  • Steve......

    Listened to a program the other day about the diminishing habitat for Monarchs and how important it is to plant milkweed.Thought of you and hope your seeds do well. When I had more property I used to always make sure I left the plants when mowing and was greatly rewarded when the Monarchs would visit.......... I will find a place to plant some here and suggested to my daughter yesterday that she do the same at her new house, In fact a few packets of seeds as stocking stuffers this Christmas is a good idea... A very good idea........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Wed, Oct 1, 2014, at 8:36 AM
  • I agree Palindrome, it is an excellent idea. Even though some of these butterfly and moth caterpillars can wreak havoc on intentional garden plants like dill, fennel, tomato, datura, etc., I find myself relocating them instead of killing them. If they find another food-source elsewhere, good for them.

    Milkweed causes some concern for livestock and humans if eaten so I would not plant it next to a field that has livestock, or harvest the seed pods before they break all the way open and send their seeds into the wind.

    Here is a good article for those interested. http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_assy.pdf

    I did not realize that milkweed usually requires two years to flower. In that case, I may dedicate a complete garden bed to it that is downwind from my regular beds and has about 10 football fields of woods before the next open field. Beside, they already have milkweed in there.

    My morning glories climb up anything they find in their path. You would think my cactus have blue, white and pink flowers until you notice the vines.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Oct 1, 2014, at 9:38 AM
  • That would make an interesting photograph to play with..........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Wed, Oct 1, 2014, at 12:22 PM
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