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Old 12-31-2005, 03:06 AM   #16
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Your new house sounds amazing, hope your birthday is as awesome as you are!!

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Old 12-31-2005, 03:20 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Coffee
I (baker, jam and jelly maker) am green with envy Sounds awesome.
Please tell me how to tend to these things. I have no idea. Someone suggested volck oil and diazanon. I use to use diazanon to kill ants that entered into my house. I would never use it on outside plants and pollute the environment. I have no idea what volck oil is about.
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Old 12-31-2005, 04:06 PM   #18
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Errr...what's wrong with them?

But, regardless, I never use anything on edible plants except weak dish soap water to kill aphids if they get out of hand.

Bugs never eat it all...I don't mind sharing with bugs, or cutting around them if necc. There are organic bug control ways...like buying small tubs of ladybugs or preying mantis egg cases...copper strips or setting out "ponds" of beer (they drown in it) in tuna tins for slug control.

If you got some kind of mold problem, or plant disease problem...get a book...I can't help you...I don't know squat about that stuff.
But I'm sure you can google for specific problems...I found tons of plant care stuff on line when I was bothering about my garden. Now a days I just pick the fruit off the tree and let it and the bugs and plants battle it out on their own.
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Old 01-01-2006, 02:51 AM   #19
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Dear Klynne, Many happy returns of the week! Where was I yesterday???

Regarding your garden, mulch, fertilize with manure, see to adequate moisture, weed by hand and your plants should be healthy enough to survive. No small task. Could you hire a landscaper?

Happy Belated Birthday! Happy New Year!
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Old 01-01-2006, 04:08 PM   #20
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WOW!!! It sounds absolutely wonderful. You are going to be very busy. If I lived closer, I'd offer to come by and give you some help. Some essential gardening tools to buy are spades - not shovels - a curved bottom and a squared bottom. Spend a little money on these because you'll be using them a lot and the better the quality the easier they are to resharpen and they will last longer. You need pruners: hand, long handled and a long poled tree-saw with a rope controled pruner. Short pruning saws are good for the low branches on the trees and thick branches on the mature shrubs. In the spring look for used wheelbarrows or garden carts (my favorite) at garage sales or through the local newspaper. And most importantly, start a couple of compost piles: one for your organic scraps from the house (no meat or dairy products) adding grass clippings and raked leaves and another with small branches and other yard debris.

I don't know how much time you have to spare, but many communities have mini classes on home landscaping to get you started. I took our county's 20 week Master Gardener course a few years ago and am still involved with program. I love gardening and it sounds like you're going to enjoy it too!!! Let me know if you have any questions. Oh, yah, buying and reading landscaping books are fun, too!
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