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    06-21-2012, 02:01 PM
Originally Posted by Corporal    
Don't sweat it. I've been fighting burdock and thistles. Monday, I stayed home and mowed down these and the other weeds in 2 of my pastures, and got a little bit of heat exhaustion--AARRRGGHHHH!!!!
I kept them from going to seed early, though, and the population is lower than last year.
**Corporal is awaiting the opening of the berry bush killer movie**
I absolutely despise thistles. They grew in our old irrigated horse pasture which we occasionally put cattle in to "mow down" - it was only 5 acres but the horses would selectively graze - but cattle aren't as picky. Between the two, it was kept it all nice and mowed - except for those horrid thistles. I declared war! I "picked" each and every stinking one I could see and put them in an oversized leaf bag as I went along - I didn't want the chance of a single seed hitting the ground. I used a shovel and picked them up by the root so they couldn't attack me. I won't use herbacides. Hubby thought my frustration had gotten the better of my judgement - and let me have a go at it thinking I would come back beaten so he could just mow them down. Well, I don't give up easily....and got most of them. It reduced the number in the following years to next to nothing! I got sooo much satisfaction out of killing those things!!!

When does the movie open?
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    06-21-2012, 03:08 PM
This fall...
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Will she survive? Will the hideous beasts continue to plague their homestead?
NO! An EPIC tale of survival of the fittest!
    06-21-2012, 09:53 PM
Here is a baby hedgehog cactus I rescued from certian death; it was in my path and I kept stepping on it. I snapped it w my cell today, which magically started working. I figure, since I won't take one of the sorry potato patch...I would post this. It has fantastic fruit..taste like concentrated watermellon. So, its kind of a garden item. :)
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    06-21-2012, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyGap    
Lockwood, don't you eat your poke? Whack it down, wait till it shoots up, pick it small and fry it in bacon grease! YUM!!!!!
I read it was poisonous.

Well actually I have read it was poisonous (all livestock sources, but still...) but that herbalists will use parts of it for herbal things.
Just couldn't get past the poisonous part.
    06-21-2012, 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Missy May    
Here is a baby hedgehog cactus I rescued from certian death; it was in my path and I kept stepping on it. I snapped it w my cell today, which magically started working. I figure, since I won't take one of the sorry potato patch...I would post this. It has fantastic fruit..taste like concentrated watermellon. So, its kind of a garden item. :)
Cactus watermelon... whoda thunk!
See, I knew you had some green on those thumbs!

I am the only person I know who can kill cactus. I've had lots of practice and am very good at it.
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    06-23-2012, 04:28 PM
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I pulled some of my garlic from the garden today along with onions.
For whatever reason I can't get good size on my onions before they flop over, but I can grow the heck out of garlic!
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    06-23-2012, 04:37 PM
Wholly shlahmolley!!! You must really like onions. Seriousely, that is wonderful!

Um, I take it back, I am not going to post my potato patch yield!!!

Where I once lived I would have to pass by acres and acres of garlic fields on my way to could smell it from a pretty good distance at a certian stage of its growth. I wasn't fond of the aroma.
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    06-23-2012, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Missy May    
Wholly shlahmolley!!! You must really like onions.
Actually.... NO. I very much dislike onions.
Like you with garlic, the smell of onions really bother me and I generally don't use them.

Most of what you see in the pics are garlic. I grow 6 different kinds and I pulled the softnecks for braiding and the Polish variety today.
They sell really well at the farmers markets because they are beyond the norm of tomatoes and peppers, which is all that most people grow around here.

You should see what happens when I take my simple basic red and green loose leaf lettuces..... most folks bow down to me like the lettuce goddess that I am!

The onions, along with lettuce, are for a farming friend (who only grows tomatoes and peppers) to barter for some pork. I have no problem letting them think I'm some kind of lettuce and garlic magician and getting free pork in the process.
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    06-23-2012, 07:25 PM
Well, at least your are safe from vampires. I have never grown garlic, needless to say. I guess like everything there are a lot of varieties. The fields I mentioned would get quite least they looked tall from a distance, I never bothered getting closer than necessary. :)

I had a friend that knew the growers and would get a boatload at harvest time. THey pickled the cloves. Odd, but true!!

Oh, forgot to sound resourcefull...that is admirable.
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    06-23-2012, 09:10 PM
Our one little apple tree has produced a lot of apples this year. We also have several pecan trees. It will be late fall before they mature.
As far as vegetables, all we planted was squash and tomatoes. We don't have enough water for a really big garden. I also have some roses and a lot of hanging baskets with different flowers in them.
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