Anna Dunster

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Bindweed is horrible stuff, trying to get it out to plant vegetables in my parents' new property and it's literally everywhere - the lawn, the beds, the alley, not just our property but all over the neighborhood. I'll do what I can but I think my parents will be fighting this one for a good long while.

Another one I haven't seen mentioned is spiderwort. I guess people grow it as an ornamental, but it looks horrible after it flowers, reseeds everywhere, is difficult to pull, regrows from roots, likes to root under cracks in sidewalks, etc.... I fought it for 5 years at my last property and my parents have some too, lucky them.

6 months ago
Thanks, I sent them a message, we'll see!
8 months ago
Hello all,

I'm living in the Idaho panhandle (in town) with my parents at the moment and we're trying to get a 'pandemic garden' going. It's going decently well, my parents bought the property last year from someone who had extensive ornamental gardens (so most of the work has been digging and moving or giving away ornamentals). But I've noticed when it rains that a lot of the freshly exposed soil is getting washed away, leaving a crust of gravel. Gotta love that Post Falls soil xD  I would love to get some mulch on things, thinking wood chips for the beds that are staying ornamental but would love to get some good clean straw for the vegetable beds. Organic would be great but as long as it's not full of herbicides I don't really care. I just don't want to be putting mulch full of persistent plant killers in my garden for obvious reasons.

Any north Idaho leads on a clean supply?

8 months ago
Hi all,
I encountered this forum looking for something else the other day and thought this might be a great place to find knowledgeable people about some "problems" I am trying to solve in my yard. (not the bad kind of problems but I can't think of a better word...)  Even though my yard is tiny and may not really qualify as "permaculture" I try to grow in a soil conscious mostly sustainable way (ie by feeding the dirt right instead of using chemicals.)

The one I'd most like to get started on, since it will take years to pay off, is to see if I can grow a nectarine. They are my favorite pit fruit and one of my favorites everywhere, but I don't have space for a full sized fruit tree. In my daydreams I could grow one espaliered (probably fan shape from what I have read about training nectarines) against the outside of the south facing kitchen wall in a strip of dirt (currently sandy and slightly rocky but mulched with straw)  probably 2-3 feet wide before it hits the sidewalk (on the other side of the sidewalk is more mulched sandy soil that has some food plants and some flowers in it). I would guess it is maybe 15' to the roofline there tops.

My first question is whether this is even enough space to grow a dwarf variety of nectarine. Other questions would be, what variety / rootstock / if it can be self pollinated, and any other concerns I haven't thought of but would need to address before I plant a tree. Ideally I'd get a variety I could at least taste test at farmers market or local orchard but it's not strictly necessary.
To the degree that it matters I live in West Michigan right on the boundary line of zone 6 and zone 5 due to proximity to the lake. I often have sheltered tender perennials sold as annuals come back for another year but absolutely get plenty of snow and not infrequently bitter cold.

Any advice would be lovely ❤ thanks!
2 years ago