Some frits are waking up

Adam Fikso
Mon, 02 Mar 2009 17:07:28 PST
Re styrofoam sheets for putting over plants to protect them.:may be cheaper 
at Home Depot than at a Garden Center.  Approximately 18 x 48 x 3/4"  with 5 
or 6 in a package for about 4.00.  Held down with bricks and let the snow 
pile up.  They protected oncocylus and things needing  extra protection. 
from the time of the first snow/freeze  until April 4 here in the Chicago 
area.   One can also cut them up with a sharp knife.
 and use pieces over and over again.

Adam in USDA Zone 5a--Glenview, IL

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Subject: Re: [pbs] Some frits are waking up

> On 1 Mar 2009, at 11:26, Jane McGary wrote:
>> I'm very pleased that the measures I went to to protect the plants in
>> December, when the temperature dropped to 14 F (minus 10 C) were 
>> effective.
> Would you be so kind as to repeat what those measures were?
>> The garden, however, is still in winter, with very little in flower other
>> than crocuses, snowdrops, and eranthis; also some early corydalis.
> Much the same here in Victoria, though the eranthis are well into the 
> "going
> over" stage and no corydalis in evidence.
>> . . . no one will feel compelled to point out the weeds (there are very 
>> few
>> of those in evidence yet, either).
> Ah. weeds! It seems like every garden has its own selection and every 
> gardener
> their own pet peeves among the weeds. Although I'm only about a mile and a 
> half
> from the house I lived in until 1988, there are weeds here that I never 
> saw
> there: Plantago major, Solanum nigrum(?), that horrible little 
> yellow-flowerd,
> red-leaved oxalis. But both gardens harbor the one I most dislike, 
> popweed.
> It's a Cardamine species, but I can't ascertain which one. I've already 
> started
> this year's round of weeding it out; just in time, as some of the plants 
> have
> already formed flower buds and are showing color.
> -- 
> Rodger Whitlock
> Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
> Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
> on beautiful Vancouver Island
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