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        05-09-2013, 01:13 PM
      #351
    Green Broke
    Mine don't have horns... so they dig under fences if they can't go over them! They'd live on the porch I'm sure but our dog likes to take naps in the sun on it and they're terrified of him. No clue why, he's big, dumb and slow.... never even bothered to chase a chicken much less them.
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        05-09-2013, 04:15 PM
      #352
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    Originally Posted by Delfina    
    So here's what is probably a really dumb question.

    Are there any pretty flowers that goats WON'T eat?
    Um, I don’t know.
    My goats have Never gotten out.
    Not ever.

    Oh, and BTW, my goats love weeds! They will eat all the weeds first before touching the grass… like a good goat should.

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    Originally Posted by FlyGap    
    I see it I see it, oh yes VERY lovely! LOL! Your beds are so nice and tidy! Good Job!
    See the balcony? That is MINE, no child, no DH, trespassers beware! Guess where I'm sitting when I post?
    Um.. ahh... it's called the "crop" feature on the photo editor!
    Honey I have weeds coming out my ears because I can't put the goats near the house. Too many bad things for them to eat... so I'm very good at strategic cropping.

    I did see the balcony... very nice!
    I Want one!

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    Originally Posted by Missy May    
    Well, lockwood, if anything jumps in my cart w thorns on it...I drop kick it back into whence it came. :) But, those are very pretty roses (they are roses?).

    Goats. I love all creatures, but I draw the line at the devil himself in disguise ..aka, goats. Here is something they won't eat..weeds!
    Yes, they are roses, which I really wasn't interested in until shopping with a gardeny rose loving friend.

    Hey now… shush….my girls will hear you and get their feelings hurt.
    See, that’s your guy’s problem right there. You have to be nice to goats and not curse at them and call them bad names. Treat then nicely and they will eat the bad weeds, leave to good stuff and provide lots of fresh milk for cooking and baking with.
    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


    Iris swap??
    I’m down for that! My pale bearded lavender/purple ones need thinning badly! I just gave my gardeny friend mentioned above two huge pot fulls (maybe 20??) for her birthday.
    I only have one color and they are a terrific backdrop for my pale pink peonies.
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        05-09-2013, 04:18 PM
      #353
    Trained
    Peonies???? Did you say p e o n I e s?
    What have got I that that Lockwood would want.......
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        05-09-2013, 04:20 PM
      #354
    Trained
    We need to have an exchange. I need to thin my black iris--they're deep purple and gorgeous.
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        05-09-2013, 04:24 PM
      #355
    Green Broke
    Mine eat weeds.... and flowers and trees and alfalfa and grass and birdseed and chicken feed/scratch and horse feed and cow feed and ICE MELT (DARN goat camps out at the garage door in an attempt to sneak in and eat ice melt!!) and anything else they can stuff in their mouths.

    I don't get any milk though... not with a wether and a free female (free because they couldn't get her PG no matter what they tried).

    I even have PAPERED goats! Yeah.... purebred, papered goats.... the papers aren't good for a darn thing except maybe I could feed them to the goats!
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        05-09-2013, 04:52 PM
      #356
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    Originally Posted by Delfina    
    Mine eat weeds.... and flowers and trees and alfalfa and grass and birdseed and chicken feed/scratch and horse feed and cow feed and ICE MELT (DARN goat camps out at the garage door in an attempt to sneak in and eat ice melt!!) and anything else they can stuff in their mouths.

    I don't get any milk though... not with a wether and a free female (free because they couldn't get her PG no matter what they tried).

    I even have PAPERED goats! Yeah.... purebred, papered goats.... the papers aren't good for a darn thing except maybe I could feed them to the goats!
    Now Del... some goats can be very ornery... but ya can't call them that bad of a name here.

    I just can't believe the Ice Melt didn't kill it???
    Um, perhaps a dumb question, but do thay have their own salt lick? A horse one will do just fine.
    I find if a goat's mineral needs are met they seem less likely to...um... sample the local goods.
         
        05-09-2013, 04:57 PM
      #357
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    We need to have an exchange. I need to thin my black iris--they're deep purple and gorgeous.


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FlyGap    
    Peonies???? Did you say p e o n I e s?
    What have got I that that Lockwood would want.......
    Does it get cold enough for Peony there?
    I know you don't to hear this, but most of mine are from the little bagged roots they sell at walmart in the spring in the huge bins.
    The others are from a mail order place.
    I can go to the local nursery and pay five times the price for a peony with leaves on it... but what fun is that?

    I have to run off right now, but will dig up pics of the peopny and iris later. Mine aren't blooming yet, but I have pics from previous years.
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        05-09-2013, 05:11 PM
      #358
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lockwood    
    Now Del... some goats can be very ornery... but ya can't call them that bad of a name here.

    I just can't believe the Ice Melt didn't kill it???
    Um, perhaps a dumb question, but do thay have their own salt lick? A horse one will do just fine.
    I find if a goat's mineral needs are met they seem less likely to...um... sample the local goods.
    Yup, they've got a goat specific block, an all stock block in the cattle pen and loose salt/minerals in the pen with the bull. They routinely visit all three.

    The one goat just has this desperation to eat Ice Melt. I don't think he's gotten more than a mouthful the one time since I am just as desperate to keep him out of it. It's now in a secured metal can which he can't open... knock over with a crash and send rolling down the driveway though, yes.
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        05-09-2013, 05:18 PM
      #359
    Trained
    Both peonies and iris grow well in PA--you're in the same zone as me. Also, both are super easy to grow. Iris have to been thinned. I've already thinned this clump of black and purple@white iris once, but they need it again. As long as you plant it above the ground it just keeps coming back and blooming every year. If you don't thin them out they can get parasites that eat out the core. Giving them room to grow keeps them healthy.
    Peonies need full sun. When I moved in there was one there in partial sun, and I need to move it. The sister peonies are 6x bigger bc they get the sun they need. I have another peony that I bought at Aldi, and it's very healthy.
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        05-09-2013, 05:24 PM
      #360
    Trained
    I'm looking for sorbet ones. My grandmother had a full on HEDGE around her yard when I was little. Loved to watch the ants help them open! Of course my Papa got a wild hair a few years ago and ripped them all out... Crazy!

    We can grow them here, I have a few spots picked out. Might have to check WM or the like, the ones on the internet cost a fortune! $16 for a root? No thanks.
         

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