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Starting Over

Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

My garden has been overtaken by weeds, so I am tearing it all out and starting over. I'm hoping the construction crew will be out of the way so I can get started.

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Nortborough, MA(Zone 6a)

wow! that looks like a determined weed! good luck with the garden

Arlington, TX

I feel your pain smashed, good luck with the restoration. I must say the hens and chicks look nice. That is one plant I miss growing. Its too hot here and I had some that lived a while but finally died off. Is that the same area you summer plant your cactus in? I always enjoy your summer pics of the C and S areas.
C

Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

Thanks! emptyandamazing, C. Yes, that's where I have my plants during the summer. I plan on making a lot of changes this year.
Gary

Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

I found this piece of "Paper Spine" (Tephrocactus articulatus) when dismantling my garden. I didn't know they would survive the winter in my area. I might try to leave a bigger bunch out this year.

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Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

I pulled all the plants (except a few hen and chicks and dunce caps), dirt and pea gravel out of my garden. I put down new plastic and top soil (to hold down the pea gravel. This is as far as I got before it started raining.

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Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

I put a little succulent garden by the pond. The "dunce caps" are to the right. Sorry, the pictures are a little blurry because it was starting to get dark.

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Northern California, CA(Zone 9b)

Have you ever tried Preen? It is a pre-emergent. I love it. I use it early spring once and then again maybe 6 months later. Just a light sprinkling all over. Weed well first then use it. If you continue to use it you will never have a weed again! My problem was after a few years, no more weeds were coming up so I stopped using it. And they came back from the wind I guess blowing them in. Once the seeds germinate, Preen has no effect.

I esp like it in between cactus where you can't reach in with your hand among the stickers to weed yet weeds always seem to love to grow there.

Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

That's a big job Gary. I love the little echeverias etc. They look wonderful.

Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

Kell. My dad tried some preem on his garden last year. It seemed to work pretty well. I might try it. Thanks!
Nancy, It is a big job! I was going to expand this year, but the road construction and an aching back made me change my mind.
Here is a picture so far. Notice the hen and chicks under the dogwood tree. I had a wagon full of them. I still have some left.

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Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

Wow, yes, you do have a lot! Maybe you have neighbors who would like some?? The garden looks ready to plant when you are! I just noticed what looks like a large tree stump there near the wall. Was there once a tree there?

Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

That was a walnut tree I had cut down a couple years ago. I needed more sun for my garden and I didn't want the walnuts to damage my plants. I almost killed my dogwood tree. I put the black plastic down all the way to the trunk. That is why I planted the hen and chicks there, so it can get some air and maybe keep the weeds out.

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Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

The dogwood looks happy again now. I love dogwoods. There were lots of them in Rhode Island where I lived, both white and pink flowering. I'll bet there were a lot of roots from the walnut tree in your garden at first.

Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

We have lots of dogwoods here, too. They have a festival every year, but most years the flowers are nearly gone by then (because scheduling around Easter). But a lot of azaleas are blooming at that time. And yes! I had to chop roots to get my pond in.
Here are two of my favorite irises that just happened to bloom next to each other.

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Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

Beautiful irises also. They sure have huge flowers and I love the ruffle to the petals and, of course, the colors. Looks like a pretty pink on in back of the purple too.

Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

I put out a few more plants today (Saturday). The Titanopsis bloomed a few hours after I planted it. A big surprise.

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Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

I found this piece of pipe at an estate sale. It was made in our town (still in business). My dad worked there most of his life. It has the city name on it.

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Arlington, TX

How do you over winter the titonopsis? Mine looks nearly dead and it was under some pretty intense lights this past winter. How long have you had those mesembs?

Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

I just bought them all. I haven't figured out how to keep them over winter. I've tried three years now. Got close one year. I don't think I watered them enough.

Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

I love that pipe planted with the echeverias. Colors are fantastic and I'm sure it means a lot to you.

Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

The following article gives excellent information on growing mesembs like lithops. It gives the all important watering schedule:

http://www.sgvcss.com/Lithops%20info%20sheet.pdf

Arlington, TX

Some, like the titonopsis are very hard to keep alive indoors. Mine made it but boy does it look sad now. The baby's toes are not hard as long as you don't water or at the most just a little mist away from the plant body during the winter and give them good light. Mine are under and close too some pretty intense lights all winter. I used to think I could grow lithops but this year I killed nearly half of them? But like you I will keep trying...
C

Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

Thanks, Nancy for the comment on the pipe. I got the idea from another DGer (the big blue barrel with flowers pouring out of it). Thanks also for the article.
Thanks C for the misting tip. I will try that. And by the way. My titonopsis is actually Aloinopsis luckhofii. The ones to the left of it is Aloinopsis schoonesii.

Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

Here's an update on my little trial garden. Everything has survived but the Aloe harlana. Some of the Haworthias are barely hanging on. We've had a very dry spring (11" short on rainfall) and record high temps this week. Tomorrow will be the third day of temps at around 106 and 102 Sunday. A very slight chance of rain next week with temps in the upper 90"s. My Agave blue glow leaves are turning white.

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Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

This is another trial garden planted just to the right of the other one. They seem to be doing pretty well.

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Carmichael, CA(Zone 9b)

I can't wait to see more pics! What a big job. Looking good.

Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

Here's what it looks like at present. Working 12 hours a day, Vegetable garden and grandkids on the weekend. I haven't had time to do much with it. I did get some solar lights put around it the other day.

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Carmichael, CA(Zone 9b)

Looking good!

Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

Great work Gary! Your plants look good to me. My Agave 'Blue Glow' doesn't like the sun and heat here at this time of year. It has turned green and I moved it into deep shade a couple of days ago.

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Baja California, Mexico(Zone 11)

I had a really green one of those going in a container for a while. It was not pleased with day-long sun and chronic underwatering and began to complain loudly. Rather than fine-tune that stuff, I just put it in the ground. A few months later it's now on the road to recovery with the same extreme exposure. Nowhere near as nice-looking as Gary's plant, though... have to say yet again that's a nice-looking agave. Hope the heat stress passes quickly. Our high temperature for June was 71F.

Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

Thanks, kinym, Nancy, baja. I almost didn't plant it in the ground this year. After 25 or 30 ouches, I've decided it will stay in the pot next year. This Agave hedgehog is doing very well in the pot and in full sun. It looked pretty sad after overwintering. I had to trim several leaves off of it. Hre is our forcast for the week. It has been around 105 since Friday and is going to be around 100 all next week. I had to fill my rain barrel up with tap water because we have had no rain for several weeks.

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Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

I had to cut the tips off mine because it just hurt too much trying to deal with it. I didn't want to, but it really aggravated me.

Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

Onece again my baby toes are blooming. It was a very hot summer and I lost some of them. Now that it is cooler and with a few rain showers, they are looking better.

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Decatur, GA

Your garden and plants look great. Your hard work paid off.
I love your cactus planter. When you are ready to let it go send me a note!! ^_^

Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

I thought the aloe harlana had died, but it has came back. The dunce caps are getting ready to bloom. I love taking pictures of these.

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Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

The Agave blue glow and the Aloe brievafolia (sp?) are looking good.

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Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

Your plants look wonderful Gary.

Cannelton, IN(Zone 6b)

Thanks, Nancy!

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