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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Jun 2, 2013 11:46 PM CST
I agree I think it sounds like a place that has a lot of life! I tip my hat to you.

Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Jun 3, 2013 9:44 AM CST
I can definitely go take a photo for yall! Thumbs up It's a fairly new bed,i planted some semp's,Angelina,john creech and of course there's a stump behind the bed so i put some S.'sarmentosum' in the back close to the stump.This bed gets less sun & is more of an experiment to see how the plants do in the 2 different beds.I'm wanting to use the bigger,smoother river rock instead of pea gravel.Most of the plants are ground cover plants,i planted with space between them.If i put the river rock down lightly it won't stop it from spreading & filling in the gaps will it??I thought i would use big rocks on the smaller rocks as a border.I have noticed with the big rocks as a border on soil the ants will lay eggs under them,maybe because of watering they find protection under the rocks.I also have a lot of spiders in big rocks,going to try putting big rock on smaller rock to see if it makes a difference & see how it looks.It rained last night & this morning so will get pictures as soon as i can.

I started out just planting a ground cover in a spot that grass won't grow etc... Whistling not sure what happened Shrug! Whistling but the hubby had to add more compost to make the bed bigger,he just laughed. Lovey dubby Hurray!
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These are the only picture's i have taken so far of what's in the bed.I hadn't moved any semp's to this bed when i took these,but i will get my pictures.I've had a hard time holding my camera & focusing it & then pushing the button to take a picture recently.You know if it wasn't for that i would have taken lots of pictures.I love pictures. Lovey dubby
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I remembered i have this one.I did amend the soil a little more on the end with the semp's.I have a few of these semp's that have put out a good many offsets if anyone wants any if have lots.I don't know why the produced so many babies.I just thought about it but most of this should be on another thread or maybe even forum but i can't retype this.I have to stop now. Group hug
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Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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PiaLouiseSourvi
Jun 3, 2013 11:01 AM CST
What are those yellow spots between the soil?!
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Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Jun 3, 2013 11:43 AM CST

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Pia, it looks like a slow release fertilizer to me.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jun 3, 2013 1:51 PM CST
I agree
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jun 3, 2013 2:09 PM CST
Looks great Jojoe! Your plants all look healthy! I like the idea of big rock on little rock! Thumbs up

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 3, 2013 9:11 PM CST

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Good eye Pia, I had to go back and look to see what you were talking about. Thumbs up

Jelinda, the plants are looking wonderful. I really like the way you experiment to see what will work best. That's the way great things happen.
Now you have me curious as to why the ants want to live under the large rocks. Smiling
Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Jun 4, 2013 8:32 AM CST
If your refering to the "little tan balls" thats between the 'John Creech' & 'Angelina' it's a slow release fertilizer we use all over the yard for the grass,young bushes etc... It had just been put out that day & it hadn't been mixed in the soil yet,that's why it's so obvious. I do mix a little into all my beds.Usually i use Osmocote (is that spelling right,to lazy to go look).
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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Jun 4, 2013 8:41 AM CST
Also i meant to say,I'm have HUGE problems with ants Crying .I had noticed the worm casting in the 1st. bed i started Thumbs up and now ants.Worms good,ants kill worms.I also have to be careful not to get bit by ants,1 ant bite causes a chain reaction because of a nerve condition.If anyone has Diabetes you know the condition i'm speaking of.I'm going to go get some granules to put in the beds and all over the yard today as soon as i can.I even noticed ants in my free standing metal bird feeder when i went to run a squirrel off of it Sad .Still trying to figure out how that little huss got up that metal pole Confused They are all young & playful so much fun to watch but they are wearing out their welcome. Angry
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Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Jun 4, 2013 12:54 PM CST

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Jelinda, ants love living under the stepping stones in my gardens, and for some reason, they make huge mounds around/over my aster plants. I recently read somewhere on ATP that they don't like cinnamon, so I'm going to try sprinkling some of that on their hills and see how it works.
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Name: Pia-Louise
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PiaLouiseSourvi
Jun 4, 2013 3:03 PM CST
Do ants cause much trouble to Semps? I thought they were good because they ate Aphids?! Thumbs up
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 4, 2013 3:13 PM CST

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Pia, they don't eat aphids, they farm them for their nectar they put out (aphid pee). They are very protective of their little aphid farms. They move them around and take very good care of them.

I agree Jelinda, time for you to put a stop to the ants, can't have them biting you.

I have had them live around/under some of my larger semp colonies.
Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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PiaLouiseSourvi
Jun 4, 2013 3:47 PM CST
I have my plants on the roof, so I don't get ants thank the lord! <3
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jun 4, 2013 4:02 PM CST
valleylynn said:Pia, they don't eat aphids, they farm them for their nectar they put out (aphid pee).


Rolling on the floor laughing I love how you get to the point with this, Lynn.


valleylynn said:They are very protective of their little aphid farms. They move them around and take very good care of them.


Sounds like a very caring cult... Whistling



Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jun 4, 2013 6:23 PM CST
Aphid slavery Thumbs down

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 4, 2013 10:37 PM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Greg, all the little aphids have to do is eat. The ants do all the work. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Jun 5, 2013 4:58 AM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Greg, you do come up with some good ones!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Eviesmummy
Jun 5, 2013 6:25 AM CST
I agree Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jun 5, 2013 8:38 AM CST

Don't you think it could be more analogous to a dairy farm where we keep cows for milk than it is to slave labor?



Name: Bev
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webesemps
Jun 5, 2013 11:06 AM CST
No, 'cause it ain't pee...
(Lynn's word, not mine)
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