Gardening: Some snippets for you – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Every so often, some of us gardeners mutter: “I sure hope this works.”

Snippets are small bits of information that are sometimes helpful, sometimes not. Forget about planting bottle corks and expecting wine bottles to pop up. Likewise, planting bacon seeds will leave your BLTs missing a key ingredient.

Clarence Schmidt

(Courtesy photo)

Hopefully, the following snippets will be more beneficial:

For you believers in weeds, stop, take a peek under there in a couple of months and see that you just killed your dirt. Save your money and your soil and pile on the mulch (no cost from tree-trimming companies) and compost (reasonably priced at stores). I stop at our roof line. A more conservative approach would be 3” to 4” of mulch and replenish as needed to minimize weeds and to retain moisture.

Attention Costco shoppers. An…….

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Every so often, some of us gardeners mutter: “I sure hope this works.”

Snippets are small bits of information that are sometimes helpful, sometimes not. Forget about planting bottle corks and expecting wine bottles to pop up. Likewise, planting bacon seeds will leave your BLTs missing a key ingredient.

Clarence Schmidt

(Courtesy photo)

Hopefully, the following snippets will be more beneficial:

For you believers in weeds, stop, take a peek under there in a couple of months and see that you just killed your dirt. Save your money and your soil and pile on the mulch (no cost from tree-trimming companies) and compost (reasonably priced at stores). I stop at our roof line. A more conservative approach would be 3” to 4” of mulch and replenish as needed to minimize weeds and to retain moisture.

Attention Costco shoppers. And Ralphs, Sprouts, & Walmart shoppers, too. For those dozen or so courageous, adventuresome souls out there who refuse to be ordinary, try Rambutans. They’re imported from another planet and look like aliens on bad hair days. Actually, they remind me of those little spikey balls from the Liquidambar tree. To enjoy, simply peel the outer skin to find a large grape-like fruit that’s juicy and sweet. Tastes great. Less filling. Relative of the Lychees.

Got your eye on that ‘22 Lamborghini? You can save up your money for one by growing your own saffron. Saffron is worth roughly half a million dollars. Okay, maybe not even close to that, but it is one of the most expensive spices in the world because of the time and effort it takes to harvest those red stigmas.

According to Bon Appétit magazine, “each flower produces only three threads of saffron, and it blooms for only one week each year. The saffron must be harvested — by hand! — in the mid-morning, when the flowers are still closed in order to protect the delicate stigmas inside.

It takes about 1,000 flowers to produce just one ounce of saffron. That’s why you’ll pay $10 to $13 per gram for the real deal. It’s harvested from the Crocus sativus bulb. Make sure you’re not planting the autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale), which is poisonous.

So, get out your tweezers, start plucking those stigmas and head down to the nearest dealership. And meet their security staff.

It’s okay to water on sunny days. The water droplets don’t act like magnifying lenses and burn the leaves. Water droplets actually evaporate before they can do harm. However, it’s still recommended to aim water at the base of the plant, and to avoid watering during the heat of the day, when water quickly evaporates. The diffused rays of the sun are not powerful enough to cause burning through water droplets on a plant’s leaves.

If it were the case, farmers would encounter huge losses after each daytime rainstorm. The best time to water most garden plants is early in the morning because of a lower evaporation rate, and to minimize foliar diseases. But if you are left with no other choice, …….

Source: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/pomerado-news/opinion/editorial/good-natured-gardening/story/2021-11-23/gardening-snippets-can-sometimes-be-helpful

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