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Weeding in the very cool month of May.


By stan510


Some actually like this spring like weather. 65f-70f. I miss the much warmer March. The TV people say that cold Pacific waters have caused..well,our real climate rather then soucal like last four years. We should even get rain on Thursday,with snow down to 5,500’. That’s very low for May.

I went through all my potted plants..removed every bit of a subtropical South African grass that so tenacious,I’ve pulled established cacti out of the ground pulling the grass. In pots? You sometimes have to take the plant out and use needlenosed pliers since you could never grip the slick Veldt grass hard enough to pull it out with it’s roots.

I then knocked off old soils if needed and refreshed with new.

For that grass in ground and in cracks? Roundup. I could never pull it out. I ’m sure I got that exotic weed from a local botanical garden. I say that because there are a few other weed sp. that I could have only gotten from buying there. At least the others are sort of interesting.

The bay area has had a normal rainy year. It was just warm rains and our whole drought is lack of snowpack. Some how May has produced as much as 2’ of snowpack where there was none in April.
My glass is either half empty or half full. Half is better then none.

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I'm glad to know you are getting to grips with the weeds.
I hope your weather will become suitable for your garden soon. It seems the weather in one place always depends on what it does in another.

14 May, 2015


Thanks Howell. As I sit here with finger in a bandage as it throbs from being impaled by a Golden Barrel cactus yesterday.
After that, I wore gloves. So many Veldt grasses,I didn't see I reached too close.
I'm for sure not adding any more cacti. Drought tolerant plants, yes- no cacti.

16 May, 2015


Cacti are my favourite plants. I've been collecting them since I was a teenager back in the 60s.
I've never had a cut from any of them.
Now roses - they are lethal :( My father wouldn't have any in his garden, and I only have a few ... and they are in out of the way places. Yet I still get nasty cuts from them.
Never from a cactus though ...

17 May, 2015

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