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Joined: 2009-08-07

I bought some the last time I was at the local nursery, just one plant to see how it does down by the pond, it is also supposed to be drought tolerant once established as well as being a wetland plant.

When I was looking it up I saw ads for a plant I had forgotten about, Giant Reed Cane Grass,,,,I think after I get my irrigation pump going I'll get some of those too,,,the canes might be good plant supports as they are similar to bamboo!

The reed grass gets 60-66 inches tall and the cane grass gets up to 20 feet tall!

Joined: 2009-08-07
A bit of moisture to help!

Finally the misting I have been getting finally turned into a bit of rain! :D

2/10's inches last night, I know it doesn't sound like much, but will help like everything to keep the place green! :)

My reed grass is staying nice and green after planting, and seems to have grown noticeably! :D

Hopefully the grass clumps I transplanted from the new garden plot will green up again, most of them went back dormant, though some began greening back up after the snow storm last week.

Joined: 2009-08-07
This is weather!

Is playing havoc!! Even the cats are all bummed out, no recharge time out in the sunny porch. 5th day of cloudy/cold/mist/rain. 1/2" today already. :(

Larry, once the reeds really grow, you can use them in oil lamps and save on electricity! Although where you are located, I'm surprised you don't have a wind generator. :quest:

Joined: 2009-08-07
RE: This is weather!

I'm almost getting tired of the stormy weather too!,,,But the next 5 days are forecast-ed to be sunny and warm! :D At least around here.

I don't have reeds yet, just reed grass, and I don't know yet if it will form even very small reeds.

Up until recently when they came out with brakes on wind mills to slow them down in high winds, they were very unpractical around here due to high winds which we have on a regular basis.

Often times the bases they come with are not sturdy enough to keep them upright around here.

What we call a slight breeze around here is what is an ideal wind speed for most wind powered generators!

Joined: 2009-08-07
"Slight Breeze" -- ??


So a tiny windmill with flexible blades would do it ... hmmm ... I smell "new project" in the air!!!

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RE: "New project"

I plan on putting in water pumping windmills eventually, they would save much on electricity, and keep the place green, then I could save up for wind generators and other equipment to utilize the DC current.

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Good For You

And somewhere you mentioned you're root cellar and being able to dig further back in the hill ... have you nixed the idea of just mounding up dirt over a half-dug-in structure?

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RE: half-dug-in

That is kind of like what I'm thinking I'll end up with!,,,,but am hoping to get it all the way into the hill!

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Well, With Your Winds ...

... I can see why "dug in" is better!!!!!!!!

But if you end up just mounding it, just do what the early settlers did and plop sod chunks all over it.


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RE: If just mounding it,,,,

If I do end up just mounding it, the hill is on the south side, so at least it wouldn't absorb heat from the sun too badly! :)

I finally got around to digging some more yesterday, I only got two wheelbarrows of dirt removed, but the first one I heaped up good,,,,a little too good!,,,I could hardly move it and almost broke the handles!

Joined: 2009-08-07
Better Handles Than ...

Your Back!!!! *ouch*

"2 more today is 2 less than yesterday"

Here's a riddle:

A frog jumped down a 50' well. He wants out, so every day he jumps up 3', but at night he slides back 2'.

How many days did it take the frog to get out of the well?

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Go Again!!!

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If it's not 48?

What is it? The frog will go up 47' in 47 days, and the last three feet the 48 day,,,,don't tell me the frog is dumb enough to sit on the edge of the well till he slides back 2' over night again! :P

I got some type of grass on the order of ribbon grass (variegated)yesterday, it gets I think 34" to 60 " tall, I'm going to plant it near the reed grass in the little area where I'm dumping dirt from the root cellar excavation, which I dug up 2 more loads this morning! :D

The moisture I've gotten though little as it's been has made the digging easier, though I've been to busy to get much done on it, but maybe if it takes long enough I'll have money to build it by the time I get the hole dug! ;)

Joined: 2009-08-07
The Frog

You wrote: "The frog will go up 47' in 47 days, and the last three feet the 48 day,,,,"

On Day 48, those 3' only puts him at the edge, his little toepads just can't hang on! So Frog slides back 2' that night.

THEN on Day 49, he jumps clear!!

Larry, you are a "glass-half-full" person, as most people expect the worst and say "50 feet, 50 days". GOOD EFFORT :exmark:

You also said: "don't tell me the frog is dumb enough to sit on the edge of the well till he slides back..."

Well, he was dumb enough to jump into the well though, so may be ;)

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Thanks Redmink!

I agree, I'm a glass is half full person! :D

Too bad that the well wasn't half full then the frog could have gotten out in only 24 days! ;)

Joined: 2009-08-07
We Will ...

... Have to move the "Frog Crossing" sign I think.

You've really been doin' some homework on the grasses. Good luck with that. Besides moisture capture, it'll be interesting to see what bugs or critters like it too.

Have fun!!!!

Joined: 2009-08-07
More for the bog garden!

I got my 2 Golden Pussy Willow trees and planted them where they would help protect my bog garden from the elements! :)

I got them and my 2 Hardy Pampas Grass Plants from Freeplantsandtrees.com this site provides left over nursery stock for a shipping and handling fee, which the handling fee goes to disabled people who get the jobs processing the orders! :D

I planted the pampas grass near enough to the pond to get moisture to grow, but hopefully not be too wet for it's drought tolerant structure.

I got the pampas grass due to it's being resistant to grasshoppers.

Joined: 2009-08-07
Bog Garden?

Wow, that's pretty neat Larry.

I was gonna mention grass that is hardy, used to be popular about 20 years ago, I think it was called something like "Zizia".

And to have gotten them from such a helpful-cause website? Even better!

You used to be pretty active with your camera, any chance you're gonna put up some Before-And-After photos on that free website "PhotoBucket"?????

Keep On Truckin' :exmark:

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RE: PhotoBucket

I know I need to get around to getting some pictures on, I've just plain not felt like getting around to getting them on!

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You Know What They Say

"It All Happens"

I'd promised months ago that I'd get my albums done on Facebook ... NOT. *yet*

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Here's a few I took this morning!

Root cellar!


Peas in the bank of pond!

Spot for bog garden!

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Two more!

The bog garden is to be at the far end of the pond in this photo.

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I got my ribbon grass planted!

I simply stuck it in the dirt I was putting in the area for the bog garden!

I may look tomorrow when I get out of town for more ideas for planting in the bog garden, I also hope to find some water lilies for the pond too, I need to watch my spending though, if I do actually buy and plants or trees/bushes, they'll have to be cheep!

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RE: More on the Cheap

How about family or friends or out in the wild that you can get cuttings from? :cash:

Okay, I'm off to see your pics!! :star:

I see you have a supervisor on the job for the root cellar already.

And in the wide shot of the pond, there's a tree/bush on the left ... and a big rock next to it ... isn't that the famous rock?

What kind of peas? Not garden-type, right? but ground cover peas?


Joined: 2009-08-07
RE: Famous Rock?

It will be famous one day! :D

The peas are Dwarf Grey Sugar,,,,they are the garden peas, but they are being grown as an annual ground cover! :)

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