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Jeff Hodgins
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While I've been gone some of the tenants dicided to make a garden so the mowed my perennial garden down and panted annuals that are worth less than the WORk they put in, this year crop loss is about $300 and the labor cost to replace is twice that. I love newbie gardeners!#@%&F
 
Joseph Lofthouse
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Location: Cache Valley, zone 4b, Irrigated, 9" rain in badlands.
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I keep mowing down, or tilling-up my landlady's perennial flower beds and vegetable gardens... She died three growing seasons ago, and I am taking care of the place as best as I can until the estate gets settled. It's easier to mow or till than to try and weed the grass out of the beds she was using. The beds that are left, have frayed carpet in them as weed mat (doesn't work), and/or have cobbles that I would have to move before mowing. Too bad I don't have a blade for the tractor with rippers, the beds would all be gone. If the city ever whines about the remaining beds being a fire hazard or an eyesore I'll borrow a ripper.
 
Dale Hodgins
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Was this in Ontario or Mexico?

At our parents place, Jeff set up a really good food system. I kept hearing that he didn't pay rent for the little hovel provided. Every meal contained food produced by him. I think he paid too much rent.

Improve your own land, whenever possible.
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Most of the shallots planted in Victoria, have died. The garlic is 3 feet tall at the farm.
 
Jeff Hodgins
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Ya I mean in ontario. BC must not be good climate for shallots or maybe there's some other unseen reason why they are dying. Maybe they don't like the carbon rich soil you provide and maybe sand would help them.
 
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