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    05-09-2013, 07:16 PM
Originally Posted by FlyGap    

These tiny sweet peas grow in 1/2 my beds and I've noticed that the Iris produce DOUBLE where they grow... Think they are putting nutrients in the soil?
That is hairy vetch. It improves the soil for sure.

"Hairy vetch is a legume used primarily for soil improvement along roadsides and for bank stabilization. Well-nodulated hairy vetch can enrich the soil with 60 to 120 lb/acre of nitrogen through nitrogen fixation. Later seeded vetch grown as a cover crop for green manure, will supply a smaller amount of N."
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    05-09-2013, 11:15 PM
I love vetch! I think it is sooooo beautiful. I don't know what variety it is that I like, but it grows like crazy in western NC. I didn't know it was good for the soil - interesting. I brought a pound of seed home once to my then home (high desert). It didn't make it, none of it. Was it too dry? Beautiful stuff, though!!!!
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    05-09-2013, 11:22 PM
Probably too dry. I am thinking it is toxic if animals eat it, but most won't.
    05-10-2013, 12:37 PM
I think a swap is a fabulous idea, I'm game! Most of my plants are all transplants from family and friends, a lot from the homestead my grandpa grew up on. I have peonies too - deep fushcia and pale pink. The fuschia I could get you starts of Fly. They are old plants and spread every year, plenty of babies to snag for you. They are my second favorite flowers in my yard after the hibiscus. Then I have light purple & dark purple iris that need split up. Oh and yucca, anyone want some darn yucca? That stuff is impossible to kill. I moved some that had been planted next to the house years and years ago, used the skid loader and dug roots out a good 6 ft deep...the stupid things have starts coming back up in my landscape. I hate using chemicals but every one of them I see has a date with some tordon.
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    05-10-2013, 01:09 PM
Meant to ask for ideas. Thinking about what I'm going to do around the new pond. We've discussed stone patio (so it's one less area to mow) but I'm kind of thinking I'd like a moss or groundcover of some sort to go around the stone instead of cement or other rock. Any plant ideas/experience? Would like something that spreads fast (I'm a bit impatient). A good part where it will go is shaded, rest gets part sun.

Here's where my project is at. Starting to come together :)


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    05-10-2013, 03:18 PM
I really like it the way it is. MHF, I don't see how it can be improved.
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    05-10-2013, 04:13 PM
HOLY COW that looks AWESOME! Great job!

Not sure on the ground cover. A while back I read an article on growing moss.
I think you blend up a big chunk with some buttermilk and water, put in a squirt bottle, spray and viola! Fluffy moss on rocks etc.
Have yet to try it...

Creeping Phlox is pretty tough, I can send you some of that! I had some growing in an area that the dogs liked to wrestle, lasted for quite a while, **** dogs finally tromped it out there...

Violets I have too, can't kill those if you tried. There is also a tiny bulb, guys help with the name, its got a lovely bunch of star shaped white flowers in the spring. Makes a great ground cover for not too heavily trafficked areas.

Can you do hens and chicks up there?
How about wild strawberries? They grow like crazy here, tiny, not too upright, and yummy (if I can get to them before the turkeys do...)

Thanks for the info on the vetch Celeste!
    05-10-2013, 04:14 PM
Double post? That hasn't happened in a while...

Grape hyacinths too!
    05-10-2013, 04:22 PM
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I think its lovely, you could extend the area with a mix of cobbles or irregular shaped slabs I suppose - maybe plant some chamomile, oregano or marjoram in between - smells lovely when you cut it down.
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    05-10-2013, 05:05 PM
Thanks guys! I'm happy with how it's turning out. Fly, funny you mentioned hens & chicks, I have several pots overflowing with them. Plan to plant some in the rock around the waterfall. Related to that but not really, my mom showed me the coolest thing with them in a mag (Grit maybe?) and they made wall art with them, planted them on wire in frames. Way cool looking!

The area for patio is out farther, I had to look back for a pic that shows more this was in the beginning of the project and everything is still all dead and yuk looking lol. The patio part would be the rest of the grass area that can be seen in these pics pretty much. To corner of the covered porch and then out to the driveway. I have a bunch of flat slab/river rock type stuff to use for stones but not sure about filler.



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