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WEEDS!!! UGH! In the beds, it's the Florida betony! In the lawn, it's Bermuda grass! Both are completely impossible to get rid of!
After that, my vote would be poor soil….Or should I say sand! All the compost in the world doesn't seem to improve it. It's almost like the sand devours it...
I said "Other".
Too much sun. -- It can get very hot out in the field in August.
Too much shade. -- Mostly no problem, except in some small areas. Pick the right things for those places.
Too many weeds. -- Not a great problem except we have yellow nut sedge in one area. It's terrible!
Too much water. -- A low area along the creek can flood in a heavy rain. Just keep fingers crossed.
Not enough water. -- We have the whole 5 acres covered with drip tape.
Not enough time. -- Only if hired help doesn't work out. We have had good help last few years.
Poor soil. -- Mostly we have beautiful soil. Couple areas on the hillside not so nice. One will be seeded to alfalfa.
Looks like early spring here, so we will get a head start on these things.
Poor soil mostly. Black Walnut trees sometimes give me trouble but mainly with veggies. My soil is mostly clay and super dry in some spots and pretty moist in others. I'm on a hill and we had major erosion when we moved in so we hauled in dirt. That dirt burned my marigolds and Dusty Millers for years. Now I can grow stuff but it's a challenge.
really the biggest challenge in my garden is me... too lazy and too many plants in too small a space. When I started, everything looked perfect and there was plenty of sun for all (too much for some)... but then these darn plants grew, and all the ones left in the dust rotted or learned to live in shade. Garden still looks as full as ever despite there being about 1000 less plants in it.
I voted "Other". I'm now living in a moblehome park where no one grows anything bush large out of control bushes to block the trailer next door. It was so closed in and made me feel claustraphobic. Have removed bushes down the sides of the trailer now just have to finish up in back and than I can container garden with my OGR's and some veggies. The soil here is also bad, so I figure container gardening is best.
I think the problem here in Houston is that the weather is too inconsistent. The heat and humidity we have is extreme and then we get used to 75* in Nov and Dec and along comes a week of 22* that kills everything. We have some lovely days but then there are those "surprises". Last year we had the hottest summer since they've been keeping records. Prior to that, we had the two coldest winters we've had in 20 yrs. We have too much or too little of something and very few periods of just temperate weather. Oh, and when we do have some nice days, the mosquitos get the best of us. I grew up in North Louisiana and there was more predictable weather there. I guess it just makes us appreciate those "fine" days even more. Because of the weather extremes, my garden flora changes each year. Some things make it and some die so I try another plant so there are always some oldies and some newbies. I think in about 20 more years, I will have worked out who are the real survivors.
Bermuda grass!...we should start a form on how to kill bermuda grass.
I had a piece of carpet all winter on one section, looked at it the other day and the grass under the carpet is yellow but just waiting to take over again.
I voted "Other" too: Not enough space, and DH won't let me turn the entire front lawn into nothing but garden beds!! < =( Whaaaaaaaahhhh!!!
I trick him though, I have been slowly and sneakily "expanding" the beds just a couple feet each year! Maybe by the time I'm 80 we'll have no more lawn! < =D
Sqwashbuckler, to you I would suggest straight compost in your beds. Nothing but compost, and add it in copious amounts each year. Forgo the fancy "mixes", and just add compost. In just a couple years you'll be amazed how much nicer they are. Lots and lots of compost. =)
rentman wrote:Bermuda grass!...we should start a form on how to kill bermuda grass.
I had a piece of carpet all winter on one section, looked at it the other day and the grass under the carpet is yellow but just waiting to take over again.
I agree ... it's very sneaky. It lays low for awhile and hops up seemingly out of nowhere. It's on top of the ground, under the ground, seeds. It hangs on even in the shade. Very tough to eradicate. Phooey. :(
Cville, I have Bermudas grass and have had a lot of success against it by screening the soil when digging new beds, then lining the bed with weed blocker fabric before refilling it with native soil and compost. I get much better results than in the older beds that I didn't line with weed blocker. I'll probably wind up re-doing the old beds to the new "standard". For more info on the process, check out my blog, http://www.mrbsgarden.blogspot.com and search for "screen".
Thank you, frogymon. That is very good info. I have not tried screening or sifting the soil and I can see where that would be very helpful. It only takes a little "sprig" of Bermuda to root and take off again. :)
Cville/rentman: You're welcome. Note that this takes longer than simply digging a new bed, but the time saved over the life of the bed is well worth it. I spend 95% less time weeding beds done this way than those done quick and easy. It also loosens the soil so the new plantings can establish a better root zone and gets all the rocks and trash out of the bed. You'd be amazed at the stuff I've found 6"-8" inches down; everything from spark plugs to broken glass/dishes to coins. My neighbor found a ruby and diamond ring in one of her beds.
I voted other also, because it's a variety of things
Too much sun in the backyard and not enough shade
Too many weeds, but just certain ones...chickweed one of the worst!
The water is all dependant on the crazy weather the past couple years so I have to deal with it as it comes, last year was too much water, year before not enough
Too many ants, I've never seen so many!
Not enough $ to do all things I want to do
The weeds are a bit problematic, too, and there is never enough time, but ultimately it all comes back to me, the person who plants too much, plants the wrong things in the wrong places, plants things too close together, does more planting than maintenance, loves all of the things that don't belong in my area (and tries to grow them), and so on and so on.
I voted "other" because we have too much shade, soil that is about 40% clay and 60% rocks -- where it isn't solid ledge about 8" down. On top of that, add in some deer and other critters, plus lots of Creeping Charlie, violets, and other assorted invasives (not even counting the poison ivy, Oriental bittersweet, barberry, dog roses, and other goodies that the birds plant for me all over the yard).
Actually, since my overall aim in this yard is to make it as wildlife friendly as I can, and since I have finally come to the conclusion that it's much cheaper to buy organic veggies than to try to grow them, I'm not really that upset about the state of my gardening efforts.
Anybody know what to do about oxalis? Someone said you have to dig down a foot or so and replace all soil. No way I could do that! Someone needs to invent a systemic spray that will take out the roots, which go everywhere, and go dormant in midwinter and summer, then pop up as soon as they get a little water and sun in Spring. Something like Round-Up tends to take out anything nearby.
Hard time trying to control the soil it is hard clay and i have beed doing every thing to make it lighter,
some times i just wanna give up, but i put almost every thing in post and the allow it to root to the earth
vlygrl, to get an idea of what you are fighting -- I had a pot with oxalis in it up in Fairbanks (winters down to -55). come fall I just dumped the pot into my greenhouse which was not heated though was built against the south side of the house. Come spring I had oxylis throughout the bed. I planted it outside that year thinking it would be a good ground cover. It didn't return. It surely didn't take much warmth, what little was in that greenhouse to allow it to live through our winters. Good luck.
My biggest limitation is me. If I may plagerize Dream of Spring . . . "the person who plants too much, plants the wrong things in the wrong places, plants things too close together, does more planting than maintenance, loves all of the things that don't belong in my area (and tries to grow them), and so on and so on."
I voted too many weeds, but I could have and should have voted other as I never have enough time to do what I want & need to do. No matter how much mulch, Preen, soil conditioning and other stuff I do, weeds are there, but that's country living for you. I have a lot of beds, sun and shade, and keep adding and tweaking. And then spring and summer comes and it's time to work the veggie garden. Then it's on to the next battle with the deer, possums and other unknown critters that rob the garden (fending to be improved this year I hope). Maybe I need to stop - ;~) Not happening by the way. Bermuda (wild or other) is another story. I've dug enough of this stuff to sod a city yard somewhere. Happy gardening.
I hesitate to say these, but ...too much garden. We've got a full acre and beds everywhere, which are over whelming when I am less and less capable of bending, and getting up and down easily. We've laid weed block and planted lots of perrenials but it's still a lot of work. I'm looking out now and see all the spring clean-up and am getting tired even contemplating what needs doing.
I have all the time in the world but am not getting any younger and I have a very large yard with many large ornamental beds.
During the spring gardening season I try and spend at least four hours a day weeding.
By summer I am tired and will likely use herbicides.
It is a young garden as we only moved here in '07 and as I had so much space I was forced to buy small plants.
So I hope that as things continue to fill in my weeding chores will diminish.
Weeds are a problem for me. This year, I am pulling the weeds once, then putting down Preen in most beds. Some, I am leaving as I want re-seeding. I almost think it's easier to pull weeds, preen, and start annuals in containers, and then plant out--or buy a few six packs. Although, six packs have become four packs and keep increasing in price.
I love your beds, Honeybee. In part of my garden, I've mulched the paths with weed barrier cloth and pine straw and kept the raised beds for cutting garden and perennials. I'm thinking I may do the same with the veggie part one of these days and hopefully minimize the weeding there too. DH thinks he needs to till every year and I keep telling him 'no'.
N.E. exposure in most of my garden means no sun or little reflected light in winter. I plant Clivias, Geranium 'Biokovo', almost any Bromeliad, Tasmanian Tree Fern, Leucojum aestivum, black mondo grass, maidenhair fern. These plants compete with one or another predominating as the light levels change with the seasons. I am in coastal So. California.
meezersfive wrote:I hesitate to say these, but ...too much garden. We've got a full acre and beds everywhere, which are over whelming when I am less and less capable of bending, and getting up and down easily. We've laid weed block and planted lots of perrenials but it's still a lot of work. I'm looking out now and see all the spring clean-up and am getting tired even contemplating what needs doing.
It will get done.
Only a half an acre here but I definitely hear what you are saying. No way to get all the weedy invasive grasses out any time soon. And then it just comes back from the neighbors on both sides via runners and seeds blowing in the wind. But a lot of cardboard and weed cloth is going down so that will help. And I think a lot of gravel areas as well. I guess where there is a will, there is a way. But sometimes I wonder.
I picked time, but need to add weeds and mosquito's...as one is buzzing in my ear as I sit here on the couch...
Lots of beds, (killed him :) ) adding more to include veggies as well. I want to do more but just dont have the time.
I have a problem with a Lobber Grasshopper, they are destroying my favorite flowers and they do like the hydrengeas. You can't spray them or prevent them, so every morning I spend time with my scisors and cut them down as they are sunning them self on the top of the bushess. It is a terrible way to start the day, but it helps to prevent them from eating all my garden. If anybody knows some solution, I will be thankful. Etelka
kiseta wrote:I have a problem with a Lobber Grasshopper, they are destroying my favorite flowers and they do like the hydrengeas. You can't spray them or prevent them, so every morning I spend time with my scisors and cut them down as they are sunning them self on the top of the bushess. It is a terrible way to start the day, but it helps to prevent them from eating all my garden. If anybody knows some solution, I will be thankful. Etelka
Etelka, Early in the season when they are just coming out they are small, black, with a red stripe….Smack 'um with flip flops! My neighbors laugh at us stomping around on these things, but it does cut the population before they can get to that big yucky size! :-)))
Too windy, not enough water, poor soil, not enough space, not enough time, too hot, too cold, too many weevils. I daydream about having enough money to buy a nice place in a more temperate climate and quit my job during the summer so I could spend all of my time in the garden.
Katlian, I guess I am living your dream, I have a job 9 months of the year and June, July and August I have a unpaid leave from cooking. I cook for a churches Wedn. night program and in the Summer we rest. Plus I only work 3 days a week. My garden keeps me busy, but the trouble is that since I don't have a sprinkle system, I can not leave home for more then 3 days, everything would be dead from heat. But sometime to go away just for the weekend is just right for me, glad to be back to sit in my little garden and drink coffee on the porch where I can hear the birds. Life is good.
HonneybeeNC , thank you for your advice, I have found the NOLO Bait on the internet, it is very highly priced, I will check my local garden center if they have it, least I would save on shipping. It would be nice to have a garden without those ugly grasshoppers. I also have slug problem, but I have been mixing some ammonia , water and Murphies soap in a spray bottle and in the morning I get the slugs. Thanks again. Etelka
Thank you, I have a electric lawnmower and got tired of cutting the grass in front dancing around my electric cord. So I dug the whole grass up and planted flowers, the city didn't complain. This year I have some new flowers, yarrow , salvia and some annuals will be in between. I have seen some people slow down while driving, and it makes me feel like the hard work was worth it.
Everybody is planting a formal, or a cottage garden, I just plant what I like, mostly flowers that I remember from my home town in Europe. Next on my list to sow some Night sented stock, it is sure smelling good in the evening. First picture of the city of Novi Sad, Serbia (but I am a Hungarian) the second is the stock that I just ordered the seeds. Etelka
Not big enough. I went from a large balcony with lots of plants to a small retirement community with room for four large pots. Getting used to making the most of the pots I have. One other thing, all the perennials I planted last year got killed by very dry gale force winds. And Bluestone Perennials decided to change their pot size so I can't by them inexpensively any more, and on my budget, it looks like marigolds and morning glories. :-(
WEEDS...since Hurricane Gustav blew through here we have seen weeds that were never a problem before...
Kiseta, aside from smooshing lubbers as they hatch, we have found that wasp spray seems to work very quickly at killing them. One thing I did discover is that the population is determined by how wet winter and spring are. The more rain, the fewer Lubbers...seems they lay their eggs in the ground and lots of rain destroys the eggs. Starting now, March, keep an eye on your flower beds...young Lubbers start hatching in March/April..last year we put a bounty on them...promised my Grandson a dime for each dead one...he earned a little over $30...
My energy level is bad when it gets warm. Trying to get work done outside gets hard for me when it gets in 80's. Only march and already feeling the heat! I have so much planting to do. I have plants ordered and they won't even send them for another month. I am moving some roses to a new bed and replanting miniature roses in old bed. I also am feeding my perennial plants that I have all over the place. I have an acre of land. In the last few years I have been planting and planting. My heart condition makes all this very challenging. But it keeps me active. My husband gets dragged into a lot of work for me. My honey to do lost is huge in spring. But he is so good to me. He is wonderful I. Coming up with new ideas around here.