Thursday, July 14, 2016

2 interesting web sites

That explain what the weeds in your yard indicate about your soil. Out of curiosity, I took my daughter's camera for a walk around the farm.

 My neighbors' honey bees love that we don't
mow the yards. We leave that for the sheep.
And, as soon as the squash are fully fenced 
in, the sheep will join the bees, and the Japanese
beetles, in the front yard.

 Bitter dock. Not swampy here...

 My poor vegetable gardens are growing their own weeds....
 Plantain is a stubborn weed that often grows in heavy clay.
No clay here. Grows well along gravel driveway.
  • Plantain grows in compacted, sour soil with low fertility and often indicates heavy clay. Like prostrate knotweed, it has evolved to survive being trampled and can grow in heavily trafficked garden paths.
I don't mind this plant much as long as I can keep it 
from producing the burrs. They are impossible to remove
from fleeces without the seeds going everywhere.
I apologize that the picture is sideways.

 Lots of Jewel weed, but I've yet to find poison ivy anywhere.

 Stinging nettle doesn’t just indicate rich soil; it also has some valuable qualities.
  •                                        Stinging nettle grows in rich acidic soil.
                              We have LOTS of stinging nettles. It seems to make 
                 my tomatoes grow better. So, I leave it alone in the tomato bed.

 Cauliflower, and weeds.
I think I've identified what is growing between the
vegetable garden and the flower garden. This plant
is STICKY!! And, the lambs love it.

 Celery hiding under the cauliflower and weeds.
 This is growing in the pathway to my greenhouse.
I need to move some cattle panels and get the lambs out there.

 Mint growing alongside the lamb pen.

 Just a sheep behind the chicory.

 One of the bane's of our farm.
Canadian Thistle
As well as Burdock.

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