Southwest Gardening forum: Straw Wattle Garden

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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Feb 27, 2010 7:30 PM CST
Hey, is that the fabled stump I see in there!

Are you using the rocks to stabilize the wattles and keep 'em from wandering out of formation? Btw, what's in them, anyway, straw? Inquiring minds and all that...
Alma
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Name: Kelly
Phoenix, Ar
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locakelly
Feb 27, 2010 9:06 PM CST
Wow, McP - that is looking great~
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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Feb 27, 2010 9:21 PM CST
Very Nice!

That's going to be a great garden spot with the Lady Banks in the background.
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Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Feb 28, 2010 6:47 AM CST
Alma, no actually, that is another stump. The one you are thinking of is holding up a very wild and bushy yellow emu.

I did place some rocks around the outside to help the wattles stay in place. I've also seen stakes driven in, one on each side, for support. and we may do some of those instead of all rocks. Rock hauling is hard bleeping work.

The wattles are made of rice straw, chopped short (4" pieces maybe) and stuffed into a 25' long cylindrical black mesh stocking.

Thanks everyone, I'm really looking forward to getting the plants going. I hope the grasshoppers have left the area. [sigh] I saw one yesterday that I whacked. Hope he was a loner, although that is doubtful. Friggin' hoppers, they can decimate a garden in one evening.
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Feb 28, 2010 12:31 PM CST
I don't understand why you get a plague of grasshoppers; I rarely see one. I'll trade ya some mosquitoes for grasshoppers! We never had mosquitoes till a few years ago. Since then the nasty bloodsuckers have multiplied exponentially and it's nearly impossible to sit outdoors anymore.

Back to wattles: I wonder if you could stack - or wrap - them two high, stabilizing them with rebar, to make a deeper bed. You're the first I've seen to work with them and I'm fascinated.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Feb 28, 2010 1:03 PM CST
You probably could do that Alma but I'm not sure I need the bed that deep. As the garden bed gets new compost and mulch from time to time, the underlying soil should be improved as well.

Re: the mosquitoes, one year we sprayed this garlic juice concentrate, designed for the purpose, all around the patio, especially the cat claw vine that was taking over the patio cover (lattice type). It really helped. I have some left.....do you want to try it?
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Feb 28, 2010 1:48 PM CST
Alma, wattles are made in several diameter sizes. I saw some that were about 18" in diameter.
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘...Holy Crap ...What a ride!'
Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Feb 28, 2010 1:56 PM CST
Good point Dan - these are 9"
Name: Judy
Phoenix, AZ
judyb
Feb 28, 2010 4:51 PM CST
Good work, McP!
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Mar 1, 2010 10:06 AM CST
MaryMcP said:Re: the mosquitoes, one year we sprayed this garlic juice concentrate, designed for the purpose, all around the patio ... I have some left.....do you want to try it?


Mary, I'll take you up on that if you promise I won't be tempted to pig out on Italian food. Hilarious!

Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Mar 1, 2010 2:16 PM CST
No promises there.....we love the smell of garlic so we just sat around sniffin'!!

For more info check here:

http://www.mosquitobarrier.com...

You have C-mail.
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
May 17, 2010 11:15 AM CST
Hey, Mary, how about an update on the wattle garden. Would like to hear your assessment of it. Photos, too, of course. Smiling
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
May 17, 2010 2:54 PM CST
I love the wattle garden....thanks for asking. It's a bit ugly but I expect that in a year or two I'll have stuff growing all around the wattles, and draping over them, that it won't be noticable. I'll get some pics for you. Not too much is happening, the plants don't know if it's going to be hot or cool or what!!

Still have not found that extra bottle of garlic juice for the skeeters. I *know* I have a whole bottle left, dangit.

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