Bob Dobbs

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I've set up, re-set up, and refurbished ancient nurseries.... Ask Me Anything!! Under a tree I would not worry about putting them "up" on anything, I would prepare the ground with a graded gravel bed and weed fabric if you have a rampant weed problem already, if it's kind of subdued and only grows very low growing things that wouldn't grow up in to the pots I wouldn't worry about it too much.

There will be weeding!!! Try and identify which sorts of weeds are very rampant from seed, here we had a sort of spurge that was perennial, would go from seed to dropping seed in 30 days, and poisoned plants around it.


Also, try to be creative, go to garden shows with very choice plants and sell them for profit and exposure, put effort into growing the very best plants without using toxins, and look into a fertilizer injector- something like a siphonex will get you started, something like a dosatron or dosamatic will be a good long term investment. You will have to fertilize, don't kid yourself, a good analogy is a plant in a pot long-term is like a bird in a cage. Bird in wild would select whichever seed it needs and seek it out, find calcium, find grit, etc; bird in a cage needs everything it could possibly ever need brought to it. A good organic system is do-able, if you ever use chemical fertilizers, be VERY CAREFUL!!! Good results can be obtained with a careful hand and an injector, easy to get fake good results while killing the soil..... VERY VERY VERY HARD NOT TO POISON THE WATERWAYS WITH PHOSPHORUS!!! One could do this easily with organic as well, be careful! You might think of this and plant things to absorb the runoff down stream, cannas, cattails, colocasia I have used before. THINK OF THE RUNOFF, MAN!

A dream system would be to find the low spot on the property, where runoff will collect, tilt the land toward there and make a pond with fish and plants, and use the pond water for fertilizer, diluted. One could get away with planting plants in good organic soil, well drained with pumice, and a bit of rock phosphate, and watering with the pond water, using the sludge from a filter in a fertilizer injector for rapidly growing plants.
5 years ago
Will try a species ID in a little while when I get some coffee and food in me.
5 years ago
Yep, there are very hardy species of avocado, I wanna say joey is one of them but there are more hardy avocado than that.
5 years ago
A net. Or a dog. Long experience, unless you are a crazy meth-addled person that is ever-vigilant and never sleeps the acting-crazy and firing shots off in the air approach doesn't work.
5 years ago
Sounds like the evil scale. Scrape 'em away with a q-tip (or fingers) and isopropyl alcohol, coat stems but not leaves with vegetable oil & soap emulsion, repeat like an obsessive compulsive person. Pick them off repeatedly.


I love abutilon. Especially the red ones. Maybe try a cutting in water, may be easier to kill the scale.
5 years ago
I whacked a bunch of it one time using *****WARNING- EVIL SPRAY WARNING--- ORGANIC BUT EVIL----*******
pelargonic acid- trade name scythe. Did that after the goat catastrophe, I don't get poison ivy and petted a kid and 'infected' the whole household. Trying to save a crazy asian pear variety that I got from a non-english-speaking woman from budwood directly from korea.

You could probably do the same with some high-strength 30% acetic acid vinegar, if you use either wait til a hot, sunny day, spray it down wearing a tyvek suit, throw away tyvek suit, repeat maybe once. Profit???

Poison ivy weakly comes back so if you can whack its leaves once or twice it will die forever, but the poison doesn't break down easily so be careful.
5 years ago
First grass, red seedheads: tridens flavus

Secpnd grass, pretty sure it is an andropogon species

Yellow flower, coreopsis species
possibly will i.d species tomorrow.
5 years ago
Yup, near thomasville for the time being.
5 years ago
#1- the grass looks like an aristida, almost an educated guess. Grasses are impossible to identify without the seedhead present and blooming. Could also be a poa, but I don't think it is. Both genus are quite variable.

Give it about 2 more weeks and take another picture, get a closeup picture of the spikelet (flowering part) if you can.

#2- I've heard quercus lobata is the largest, though it is based on anecdotal information.
5 years ago
Yep. Xanthium Strumarium.

5 years ago