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organic weed killer for lawn

posted by: buttercupIA on 07.25.2004 at 10:42 pm in Iowa Gardening Forum

I found this on some other forum...also corn gluten is supposed to prevent germination of the seed of crabgrass and other seeds if used in spring and fall...over the years it prevents re seeding of this annual grass...then if this following recipe works, you should be finished with crabgrass....let us know if it works!

RE: Organic weed killer for lawn
Posted by: chompstick (My Page) on Sat, Jun 5, 04 at 13:19

A local landscaper recommended an organic crab grass killer, and my extension office verified it. Mix an 8oz box of baking soda with a gallon of water and spray on the crab grass. I tried it and it works!!


clipped on: 01.17.2008 at 06:56 pm    last updated on: 01.17.2008 at 06:56 pm

RE: Time for some newbie inspiration! (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: lblack61 on 12.26.2007 at 09:07 am in Winter Sowing Forum

You can just let them be-- if any seedlings get killed off, there are usually seeds that haven't sprouted yet that are waiting to do their thing...
...but being in Zone 5 (and close to Zone 4, with unpredictable Spring weather), I always have a tarp on hand if I have a lot of sprouting containers and the weatherman predicts a frost. It's an easy way to cover (and uncover) several containers at once. But sometimes, I do just let them be. Depends on how much faith is in me at the
I also noticed that when I set several containers in a Sterlite or Rubbermaid bin, even with the cover off, the frost doesn't touch them (because the frost is an effect of the air and ground?) So that's another option. --I usually turn to Sterlite bins when I start getting lots of seedlings and have to prepare for the possibility of watering them (because then I can also water many containers at once).




clipped on: 01.07.2008 at 09:11 pm    last updated on: 01.07.2008 at 09:12 pm

RE: Time for some newbie inspiration! (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: vera_eastern_wa on 12.24.2007 at 12:07 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

Most of the early sprouters are perfectly frost hardy carmen! Our average last frost date here is May 12-15th; last year we had "hard frosts" at low to mid 20's thru mid to late April. Usually the April cold snap comes after a warm/mild March. From May 1st on I've never seen hard frosts..maybe light ones at 32, but rare.
These are some of the earliest (early March thru early april) I've had that coulda cared less plus a some of these were already planted in the ground during this without protection or in open containers:
Hollyhock, Foxglove, Chives, Nepeta,Garlic Chives, Snapdragon, Vinidium, Linaria, Agastache foeniculum, Hyssopus officinalis, Columbine,Blue Sea Holly,Scabiosa Asinaria, Aster laevis, Lavender,Cerinthe major, Shasta Daisy,Clarkia, 4 O'clock, Penstemon, Petunia, Delphinium Sunflower, and of course the broccoli, chard, mustard, collards, peas and kale!
Now these early sprouters suffered damage or died, but had more germination after the April cold snap: Zinnia, Cosmo, Marigold, Cypress Vine, Tithonia and I'm not remembering due to the fact that last year was my first recording in a database!
Most of my containers were prepared like your's last year except I used gal. ziplocks and just pulled them over the top with a cut out for the mouth of the jug. I did the number thing too only I just wrote on the containers and recorded :D



clipped on: 01.07.2008 at 09:08 pm    last updated on: 01.07.2008 at 09:10 pm

Winter Sowed So Far in Zone 5

posted by: lindama on 01.05.2008 at 04:59 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

So far, I have winter sowed about 13 containers, all perennials, they are:

Philadelphus Lewisii "Mock Orange"
Polemonium caeruleum album "Jacobs Ladder"
Malva sylvestris "Zebrina"
Campanula latifolia "Brantwood"
Campanula persicifolia 'peach leaf"
Coreopsis grandiflora "Early Sunrise"
Verbascum "Southern Charm"
Veronica Hybrida "Blue Bouquet"
Veronica Longifolia blue
Columbine "Rose Barlow"
Columbine "pink and white origami"
Liatris spicata Floristan "Purple"
Liatris spicata Floristan "white"

I know I am going to end up sowing more then I have room to plant, not sure what I'll do then. Maybe give them to neighbors, which would be nice, then I could still watch them grow from afar.

What have other's in zone 5 winter sowed so far?



clipped on: 01.07.2008 at 07:25 pm    last updated on: 01.07.2008 at 07:26 pm