Rust

August 30, 2013 0 Comments
Rust

One of the nice things about the dry weather over the last few months is that the weeds aren’t taking over the garden.  Which is good, since it is just too hot to get out there to keep them under control! I managed to get out Sunday morning before it got WAY too hot.  I […]

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Youth Garden Update 8-19-13

August 23, 2013 0 Comments
Youth Garden Update 8-19-13

The Vinton Youth Garden is doing well this year.  We have around 14 kids this year (although not all of them show up at once) and we have almost as many adult volunteers!  It is fantastic!   The kids have been busy.  Here is what they’ve been doing…. They planted beans… Brussel sprouts… Broccoli…. Cabbage…. […]

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Filling In Bare Spots

July 2, 2013 0 Comments
Filling In Bare Spots

The area in front of our front door needed to be filled.  We originally had mock oranges and potentillas in there, but they kept growing way too fast, even after trimming.  And they kept getting run over by the kids on Halloween.  The plants were between the kids and the candy!  So, we got rid […]

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Chinese Miniature Rose

June 12, 2013 0 Comments
Chinese Miniature Rose

A few years ago, I hit the pop up nursery at exactly the right time.  Well, Dwayne won’t think so, since I brought home about a hundred plants for only about $50.  Most were annuals and some were perennials.  If they lived, great.  If they didn’t, they were only a buck (or less). One of […]

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Adding Some Color

June 10, 2013 3 Comments
Adding Some Color

Mother Nature is NOT cooperating.  It doesn’t feel like June and, therefore, our garden doesn’t have all of our flowerpots filled yet.  I took care of most of them over the weekend.   We have a planter that doesn’t have a drainage hole, so that was used as our “pond”.  However, the grassy pond plant […]

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Rhubarb!

May 8, 2013 0 Comments
Rhubarb!

Both Dwayne and I love rhubarb.  We have been trying to figure out where we can put some rhubarb without changing his mowing pattern.  We got the opportunity this Spring to help someone thin their patch down.  So… we had to figure out where we were going to put the rhubarb.  Dwayne went to the […]

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Starting Over

May 8, 2013 1 Comment
Starting Over

The oldest section of our garden has gotten old and ratty-looking. This is from August of 2009 where it is somewhat controlled: This is from July of 2010 and everything is taking over Dwayne says everything is going.  I told him not to touch my fern peonies, clematis or trillium. I have two different clematis […]

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Iowa’s Noxious Weeds…. Bull Thistle

April 16, 2013 0 Comments
Iowa’s Noxious Weeds…. Bull Thistle

The Bull thistle (Cirsium lanceolatum or Cirsium vulgare) is a member of the Aster family.  The flower certainly looks a lot like the asters I have in my garden. Plus the butterflies love it.  Too bad it is one of Iowa’s Noxious Weeds.  The Bull thistle is a biennial which means it grows the greenery […]

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Iowa’s Noxious Weeds…. Canada Thistle

April 12, 2013 0 Comments
Iowa’s Noxious Weeds…. Canada Thistle

The Iowa Weed Law says that all thistles in the Carduus and Cirsium genus are considered noxious, so there are several on the list.  The first to come up in this series is the Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense). Canada thistle has an extensive root system so it is very difficult to get rid of.  Each […]

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Iowa Noxious Weeds…. Perennial Sowthistle

April 9, 2013 0 Comments
Iowa Noxious Weeds…. Perennial Sowthistle

The next in the Noxious Weeds series is the Perennial sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis). There is an Annual sowthistle (Sanchus oleraceus).  They look similar to me, but the annual (S. oleraceus) has a taproot while the Perennial (S. arvensis) has rhizomes. The stem is smooth, erect and unbranched, except at the top.  The lower leaves are […]

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