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Godless in the garden

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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

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Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
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Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
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Comment by A Former Member on March 22, 2013 at 6:32pm

I did plant mine a little deeper than yours, however, I'm almost certain I don't over water. I'm pretty light-handed with the watering can, and during the cold months I only water about once every two weeks. However, one problem I have each year is that they invariably get rained on during a cold dreary day. I try to protect them from that, but I don't always get them inside. As you know, they don't like to be cold, wet, and soggy, and this damages several of mine. They just end up rotting at the base. 

I noticed you have your Opuntia microdiasys staked. Does it fall over on you? Because that is what mine is doing. It was upright until this winter. I kept it away from the freeze, but this winter it started to lean. It was upright all summer.

Comment by amer chohan on March 22, 2013 at 4:09pm

Dallas, your plants are too deep in the pots. That may be one of the reason behind the failure. Catus pots should be filled upto neck with plant completely out of the pot so that air dries out the stem soon after watering. This also reduces the daner of overwatering too. Here are some of my pots

Comment by amer chohan on March 22, 2013 at 6:01am

Joan, when you talk of interior sindh, its physical distance from my home wich you mentioned does not count, you are talking of another world. A world very different from the world I and you live in. Don't google about its water and sanitation problem. People there got much bigger problems than that. As far as water and sanitation is concerned, water is much more scarce and costly commodity in a pure desert.

Comment by amer chohan on March 21, 2013 at 11:05pm

Lovely astro, Euphorbia(if I am right), and mammlaria dallas. If palnts with leaves like agaves and opuntias survive and other cactus suffer, surely it is over watering.

Comment by A Former Member on March 21, 2013 at 9:08pm

Neato. This is called a Mexican Grass Tree.

Comment by A Former Member on March 21, 2013 at 8:49pm

I may have posted this before, but since we likely have new members, no harm in reposting. This is the link to Yucca Do Nursery, which specializes in heat-resistant and drought-resistant plants, as well as endangered plants. They don't have regular retail hours, so it is my mail order only. 

They are here in Texas, though I don't know where the city actually is. They have some really neat stuff. Amer you may be interested in what they sale.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2013 at 8:35pm

Sindhi-Women-2.jpg

I wonder if there are women leaders in their community who are able to persuade others, men and women, for the need for potable water and those who would be able to engineer a water and sewer system? I realize this is far from your home. Does your area have similar problems?

Amer%20of%20Pakistan.pdf 

Comment by A Former Member on March 21, 2013 at 8:12pm

This is called a Nemesia. I just planted one between two stones to see how it does. Kind of pretty.

This is my Opuntia qumilio. You can see some new growth on the top. This has very thick and meaty pads. The thorns on this thing really say "don't fuck with me."

This is my Agave potatorum vershafeltii. It has luckily survived the winter. I pulled off two babies last year, and you can just see it sending out another one in this picture. Very architectural plant.

These here are, from left to right, my blue fescue which has done nicely. I got it last July. It stayed green all winter (or blue if you prefer) and looks nice and healthy this year. In the middle is my Queen Victoria agave, which has also done well, and last is my alligator aloe, which is also a wonderful plant. I just always left it out where the complex sprinkler would get to it, and never really do anything to it. It never rots, sheds leaves, gets bruised, or turns brown at the tips. I highly recommend this aloe if you can find it. It is also very productive and sends out lots of shoots for new babies, as you can see here. Time to pull them off I guess. 

Comment by A Former Member on March 21, 2013 at 8:00pm

I'm behind on comments.

@SB, sorry to hear about the stomach cancer. I really hope you are going to be okay. And I mean that this time.

@Joan: Texas weather is wonky. Don't forget though that we get all that cold air that moves down from the northwest and comes around through North Texas and on down to the Gulf. So we have some really bad cold spells, too. 

@amer: I'll post some of the bad cacti pics when I can. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2013 at 7:54pm

Water, sanitation, hygiene and women in Sindh

These lovely women have so many burdens, carrying water being only one. 

"These women spend six hours daily fetching water for their families.

"Over 80 per cent of rural households do not have water supply on their premises. Malnutrition in common among rural women. There is a strong link between diarrhoea and malnutrition.

"A Stanford University research paper (Pickering and Davis, 2012) shows that a 15 minutes’ decrease in one-way walk time to water source is associated with a 41 per cent average relative reduction in diarrhoea prevalence, improved anthropometric indicators of child nutritional status, and a 11 per cent relative reduction in under-five child mortality.

"Another related study undertaken in four countries (Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, and Yemen), estimated that reducing the time it takes to fetch water by just one hour could increase girls’ enrollment in schools by over 30 per cent.

"A WHO report says that almost one-tenth of the global disease burden could be prevented by improving water supply, sanitation, hygiene and management of water resources. Another estimate reports that four per cent of all deaths can be attributed to water, sanitation, and hygiene.

"Interesting findings were reported in the WHO bulletin (Esrey et al, 1985). The authors studied impact of various interventions on average reductions in diarrhoeal diseases. They found that water and sanitation achieved 30 per cent reduction in diarrhoeal diseases; sanitation achieved 36 per cent; water quality 15 per cent; water quantity 20 per cent and hygiene 33 per cent.

"Based on this study, the authors concluded that sanitation and hygiene are major causes of diarrhoeal diseases. A recent survey conducted by the British Medical Journal identified sanitation as the greatest medical invention in the last 150 years.

"Poor water, sanitation and hygiene have a strong connection with women’s health. When these sectors fail, women and girls are disproportionately affected. An issue, which is neglected in Sindh is the menstrual hygiene management (MHM). The issue has reached high on the international agenda during the last five years. The MHM requires access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene sectors, in order for the women and girls in rural Sindh to live healthy, productive and dignified lives.

"Women in rural Sindh have the right to safe water and sanitation. The UN Assembly “declares the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”

F. H. MUGHAL
Karachi

 

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