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    Posted on March 29th, 2011 Pam No comments

    It is time now to apply Casoron, it is great for preventing weeds. Casoron is a granual applied directly to the soil to prevent the growth of weeds. It works best if applied before any sign of weeds are present. If there is any sign of green growth, it is too late this year.

    Casoron is a pre-emergent, which means that it will not allow anything to germinate and come up through the soil. That is, except woody plants and trees. Also, be careful not to apply too much, if applied too heavily it will even kill woody plants, READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY!!!

    I have used Casoron around my Raspberries, Currants and mature trees with great results for years. I dispense it with a hand spreader that has a gauge from one to four. I put the gauge on the smallest number. Casoron isn’t organic, it is important to wear a protective face mask, and protective clothing. Again, READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY!!!

    Casoron can also be used around planter borders and driveways. It is best if it is watered in after application. Remember, don’t put it on too thick, sprinkle it about as thick as salt and pepper.  For best results, rake all weeds and leaves away, so the Casoron comes in contact with bare ground.


    Posted on February 2nd, 2011 Pam No comments

    “A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”
    –Ralph Waldo Emerson

    A weed is a plant that is growing where you don’t want it. Some weeds have medicinal purposes, or can be used to season recipes. Some attract benifical insects while others are used to repel pests.

    “Known variously as “pigweed”, “pitseed”, “goosefoot”, “huauzontle”, or “lambsquarters”, Chenopodium berlandieri is an annual herbaceous plant widely regarded as a weed. However, several varieties are grown for food, utilizing different characteristics of the plant…Varieties of pigweed are grown for the broccoli-like seed heads; other varieties are grown for grain; still others are grown because the leaves of the plant are much like spinach.”

    “Tansy is not a culinary herb as it has a very bitter taste. It is best used as an insect repellent. Use dried tansy in bags and pomanders to repel moths in clothes cupboards. Plant around the dog’s kennel. A pot on the kitchen window sill will help repel flies and strewing the barbecue table with bunches of tansy leaves is a good idea. Add the leaves to the compost bin as they are rich in potassium. An infusion of the leaves can be used as spray to repel garden pests.”

    Perslane – “The seeds of purslane or pigweed have recently been found to be an excellent source of ‘Omega 3’ fatty acids, and research is being done into how they may be utilised to improve our diet. They may be fed to pigs and poultry to improve the Omega 3 content of their meat and eggs. The leaves can also be used as a substitute for spinach, as a salad vegetable or included in cooked meat dishes. Traditionally, purslane was valued as a treatment for digestive disorders, as an anti-inflammatory and for respiratory problems.

  • Weeds Weeds Weeds

    Posted on October 6th, 2010 Pam No comments

    Well, have you got weeds, me too !!!!!
    This time of year the weeds will mature and ‘go to seed’. So I thought I would give you some information about weed seeds.

    According to my Great Grandfather Gregerson, there is enough weed seeds in the ground to last 20 years. He also tried to follow the roots of ‘field bindweed’ (wild morning glory) only to discover the roots were over 6 feet deep.

    As Fall is here and the days are getting shorter, all kinds of plants know to mature as quickly as they can. Weed are no different!!! As you can see in this picture, redroot pigweeds will mature when they are only a few inches tall. 

     Below is a picture of a mature weed in my garden, I will dispose of it in a few minutes.  You can see there are lots of tiny seeds in this one plant.

    It is never a good idea to put weeds with seeds in a compost pile. The temperature must be very hot in the compost pile to kill all the seeds.  So don’t take the chance.

    Take a few minutes to pull weeds that are going to seed, being careful not to knock the small seeds to the ground.

    According to ‘Zone 4 Magazine’,
    Redroot pigweed can have as many as 5,000 seeds and they will be viabile for up to 40 years and have roots up to 4 feet deep.
    One dandelion can have up to 3,000 seeds and roots up to 10 feet deep.
    Field bindweed can have up to 9,000 seeds and the seeds last up to 50 years, their roots can be as deep as 30 feet.
    Canada thistle can have 7,000 seeds and are viabile to up to 10 years with roots up to 10 feet deep.
    Common purslane and have up to 1 million seeds and last up to 30 years.  No wonder my Mother pulled these weeds and put them in her pocket, to place later in the garbage!!!!!  We used to have lots of purslane, but because of her years of dedication, only a few are ever seen in the garden.

    This is just a sample of what can be going on in your garden. So spend a little extra time in your garden this week to pull those weeds. Some weeds are anuals, so it isn’t as important to get the roots, they will die pretty soon when it freezes.

    But some weeds are perenials, for example field bindweed and thistle can be sprayed this time of year with great results. I use Roundup and 2-4D after I have harvested all of my vegetables with a noticable improvement the next year.

  • Weeds

    Posted on March 11th, 2010 Pam No comments

    These are pictures of noxious weeds. This is a vine that can literally take over your plants, trees, buildings and yards. Birds eat the seeds, so the seeds can be spread over a large area. The root is large with texture like a turnip. To eliminate this vine, dig out the root.