Denise Kersting

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Recent posts by Denise Kersting

Thank you Ash, maybe I'll give it a shot with some of what I have remaining, I've done similar with rose replanting. I find it interesting Geraint that you have to pull them, we have a cat, so mice aren't much of an issue, and I live in a city, so boars and porcupine are out! But it gives me hope that maybe I could pull them, let them dry out, and replant in August. I'll let everyone know if I have success.
5 months ago
Unfortunately, I don't have much (maybe 15 or so). I had tried to move them to containers several years ago, and the pots didn't drain well and the containers got soggy and froze over winter. Those were mush come spring. The few that I have now are ones that I missed when I dug them to transplant. I see most places near me that ship the corms send them in August to my location, maybe I should try then? What is Sepp's "shock" method, if you don't mind me asking? Thanks! (edit to say the original plants are roughly 10-12 years old).
5 months ago
I've been growing saffron for quite a few years and I need to dig them and divide, but everything I'm reading says do it in the fall immediately after the foliage withers and dies. Problem is, we didn't have a cold enough winter and the green grass-like leaves never died, bright green, pliable and really long. Can I dig them and divide them now in the spring or should I wait until next year?
5 months ago

Leigh Tate wrote:The only thing I wish we'd been able to do was get our mortgage paid off before now. It's our only debt and we pay extra on the principal, but getting it paid off before retirement is the best advice.


If you're still carrying a mortgage, you may want to start talking to brokers to see if you can get a better rate. I've heard they are dropping due to the pandemic. Ours is so low (we got a 15 yr for under 3% through a refi a few yrs ago) and with only 2 payments left, it's not worth it for us, but might help in your situation. It sounds like you already have most of your ducks in a row, congrats! So sorry that your SO suffered a disability, but sometimes the silver lining is that putting your true wants and desires into perspective lets you live a happier and more fulfilled life.
5 months ago
Well, we've started the removal process. Sigh. Back-breaking, but must be done to save our shrubs and ideas for new plantings. (it killed all my previous attempts to plant elderberries and such). We've removed about 1/4 to 1/3 of the ivy, the war is fully on. Hubs is dealing with a poison ivy infection, as that is also intermixed, so that is another headache to deal with. I'd like to get him some Rhus Toxicodendron, but with all the current shut-downs, I don't know if I can.
6 months ago
Not sure if this might help, but here is a pdf of the original manual...may have something helpful in there. Good luck! https://www.pickyourown.org/canning_equipment/OldNationalNumber7PressureCannerInstructions.pdf
6 months ago
@James, there are a few other areas I can garden, but this stuff is creeping into the lawn and taking over. I'm afraid to let it get any more out of control than it is. I also want to keep my old lilac and ninebark from dying, the birds really love the hiding in them and waiting for a turn at the feeder. I've never seen many bees or pollinators with the ivy, as there aren't any flowers, but they do congregate at my mint and sage patches that I let go to flower. @Jay, the power washer idea is brilliant! We have a portable washer, and I can certainly give this a try! We are in an old city, so having a garden of any kind is a bonus here. Our last house further downtown we had 12ft by 10 ft wood deck (width of our rowhome). Here, our backyard is roughly 50 ft by 70-75 ft.  Not sure if I can get my hands on any pond liner, but I have a box of black contractor bags I could try if needed, not great, but we aren't leaving the house much right now, and urine is, ahem, free and plentiful. Edit to say, I hadn't seen Marco's response, but we have a propane torch for weeds too, so that is something else we could try!
6 months ago
OK, I need help finding a way to eradicate English ivy.  This stuff has been growing in the bed for almost 100 years and the roots are huge and deep (the bed is about 70 ft long and about 5-6 foot wide). Problem is, anything we try to plant in the bed along with an old time lilac are being chocked out. The ivy is smothering and killing via rot or strangulation everything there. Roses, gone; peonies, gone; elderberries, gone; ninebark, going. This stuff just has to go! So, traditional wisdom is to dig and pull roots, but due to the extensive system, and our hard-packed soil in that bed, my husband and I can't handle digging the whole system out, it'd be like trying to dig a mature tree out at this point by hand. Has anyone had any success with a non-toxic, slightly less back-breaking way to get rid of this plant?
6 months ago
My answer is that I will be building a enclosed garden (with SS hardware cloth and posts) to keep both squirrels and birds out. I can't abide with killing or harming my squirrels, and unfortunately they have figured out all my cat wants to do is have a good chase; she won't take 'em down.
8 months ago
A few years ago I was in a job that was unstable, and then had our finances cut almost in half due to hubs medical issues, all with a big mortgage looming. Everything seemed pretty dismal until we distilled it to the easiest answer: pay off all looming debt as aggressively as we could, and live well below our means. Fast-forward and in 6 months we are on schedule to pay-off the remainder of our debt (mortgage and car) and then we can live comfortably on hubs disability pension. I have a stable job I want to be free of now, but we have reduced spending to the point that my entire salary goes to paying off debt plus some of H's disability pay, so we know that when that burden is gone we will have more than enough. The simplest path (for us) was to need less and work with what we've got. We have the benefit of a secured pension, albeit H will have further medical impairment down the road. We have traditional 401ks and Roths, but we shouldn't need to tap into them for many years. I've started getting into the "mrmoneymoustach" advice, and have started moving some of my investments per their recommendations, but our plan is to reduce needs to fit the pension and not rely on draws from a brokerage account. I'm hoping to retire (really just resign) in January of next year, which will give me a small annuity in the future (plus our additional retirement accts). Basically we budget from the disability retirement (military) pay and we are counting investments as bonus.
8 months ago