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fran m's Journal

fran m's Journal

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Easy day in the garden.

24 September 2009 22:02:00

With all the heavy work going on to the wilderness and side area the front garden was neglicated of late. Today I tidied up one of the beds. Weeding, moving some plants (little early but will chance it)  sitting, looking, thinking, enjoy the day that was in it. A few things came out of this work, they are,

1.  While turning the soil i was amazed at the Dandalions that had set up home in such a short time. We all know that if you pull one of these weeds from the growth end, it just breaks straight away. By pure chance i discovered that when the soil is turned, and you pull even a fine root gently through the sod, it will not break. At times I was able to pull lengths of 6/8inches, without breaking. Try it. it might be of use, to early to be certain but let me know, out of interest.

2. I took out a Rhus (stags horn) (fab autume colour), two years ago. I knew there were some suckers growing. I was amazed at the root mass on these plants. Some had streched out 4/5 feet from where the parent plant was. I will pot these up tomorrow, if anyone wants one, let me know and I will put your name on it. I will then keep it till spring to ensure that they have taken. They are at present 8/12 inches.


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Labourer! Labourer! 24 September 2009 22:09:29

Dandelion leaves (young ones) are excellent in salads and dandelion is good for digestive problems, but it is also a diuretic. Don't pull them all up!!


Mairin Mairin 25 September 2009 00:06:35

I never knew Rhus would form suckers.  It was in a house I was renting years ago and it never did anything interesting while I was living there.  I love its autumn colours too.


kitty kitty 25 September 2009 21:19:51

did you just cut them off from the parent Rhus? i have one when i am weeding i might come across them, they are such gorgous trees.


fran m fran m 25 September 2009 23:06:43

Kitty, that is right, you will be surprised at the amount of root you might find.


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