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laurie \(Mother Mastiff\) 13-11-2003 02:15 PM

Desperate question - wild onions (and garden update)
 
The wild onions are getting worse every year in my yard, and I don't even
like to eat or smell onions! (you wouldn't either if they caused you
problems.) The yard is an old centipede lawn, and I fertilize it every
year, but have avoided using weed killers on the lawn at all.

WHAT can I do that will reduce or better yet DESTROY those wretched
invaders? Would weekly mowing all winter keep them from thriving so they
would die off? Centipede is easier to kill than these darn things.

Please help!

laurie (Mother Mastiff)

P.S., I have some very late-hatched chicks in the brooder (hatched late Oct)
that are the beneficiaries of the late-sown mixed lettuce thinnings. They
just love tiny perfect mesclun greens. I am growing dinosaur kale this year
and hen-pecked mustard as well as the usual osaka purple mustard, mixed
rainbow kales, lettuces, and collards. Oh and some fancy cabbages. And am
trying some supposedly winter-flowering peas. And the patch of turnip
greens for my handyman's 84-yr old mother.



Baine Carruthers 13-11-2003 02:15 PM

Desperate question - wild onions (and garden update)
 
Laurie

Check the Farmer's Almanac. They used to tell the times mow, when the moon
was in some certain phase, so that the onions (garlic) would "bleed" to
death. I don't personally give this much merit, but I know a couple of
folks who do.

If you break down and decide to go the chemical route, 2,4D applied fall,
spring, and then again in the fall will get rid of the majority of the
garlic. Be sure to apply a surfactant because garlic is hard to wet. Be
sure to read label as centipede is sensitive to many lawn chemicals.

If you free range your chickens I would forgo the chemical route and live
with the problem. Low mowing, 1.5-2" will help control the pest. Let us
know if the almanac thing works.

--
Baine

"laurie (Mother Mastiff)" wrote in
message hlink.net...
The wild onions are getting worse every year in my yard, and I don't even
like to eat or smell onions! (you wouldn't either if they caused you
problems.) The yard is an old centipede lawn, and I fertilize it every
year, but have avoided using weed killers on the lawn at all.

WHAT can I do that will reduce or better yet DESTROY those wretched
invaders? Would weekly mowing all winter keep them from thriving so they
would die off? Centipede is easier to kill than these darn things.

Please help!

laurie (Mother Mastiff)

P.S., I have some very late-hatched chicks in the brooder (hatched late

Oct)
that are the beneficiaries of the late-sown mixed lettuce thinnings. They
just love tiny perfect mesclun greens. I am growing dinosaur kale this

year
and hen-pecked mustard as well as the usual osaka purple mustard, mixed
rainbow kales, lettuces, and collards. Oh and some fancy cabbages. And

am
trying some supposedly winter-flowering peas. And the patch of turnip
greens for my handyman's 84-yr old mother.





[email protected] 13-11-2003 02:15 PM

Desperate question - wild onions (and garden update)
 
In article , Baine Carruthers wrote:
Laurie

Check the Farmer's Almanac. They used to tell the times mow, when the moon
was in some certain phase, so that the onions (garlic) would "bleed" to
death. I don't personally give this much merit, but I know a couple of
folks who do.

If you break down and decide to go the chemical route, 2,4D applied fall,
spring, and then again in the fall will get rid of the majority of the
garlic. Be sure to apply a surfactant because garlic is hard to wet. Be
sure to read label as centipede is sensitive to many lawn chemicals.

If you free range your chickens I would forgo the chemical route and live
with the problem. Low mowing, 1.5-2" will help control the pest. Let us
know if the almanac thing works.


For a few clumps, digging them up is an option. Years ago I had a
friend who swore his neighbor liked them and cleared the yard by digging
them all up and EATING them. A mouff full of wild onions or garlic
ought to keep the doctor and everybody away!!

--
Baine

"laurie (Mother Mastiff)" wrote in
message hlink.net...
The wild onions are getting worse every year in my yard, and I don't even
like to eat or smell onions! (you wouldn't either if they caused you
problems.) The yard is an old centipede lawn, and I fertilize it every
year, but have avoided using weed killers on the lawn at all.

WHAT can I do that will reduce or better yet DESTROY those wretched
invaders? Would weekly mowing all winter keep them from thriving so they
would die off? Centipede is easier to kill than these darn things.

Please help!

laurie (Mother Mastiff)

P.S., I have some very late-hatched chicks in the brooder (hatched late

Oct)
that are the beneficiaries of the late-sown mixed lettuce thinnings. They
just love tiny perfect mesclun greens. I am growing dinosaur kale this

year
and hen-pecked mustard as well as the usual osaka purple mustard, mixed
rainbow kales, lettuces, and collards. Oh and some fancy cabbages. And

am
trying some supposedly winter-flowering peas. And the patch of turnip
greens for my handyman's 84-yr old mother.






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[email protected]www.spam.com is a garbage address.

laurie \(Mother Mastiff\) 13-11-2003 02:15 PM

Desperate question - wild onions (and garden update)
 
If you break down and decide to go the chemical route, 2,4D applied
fall,
spring, and then again in the fall will get rid of the majority of the
garlic. Be sure to apply a surfactant because garlic is hard to wet.

Be
sure to read label as centipede is sensitive to many lawn chemicals.


Darn, it is a sloping lawn and the runoff would run into the organic veggie
garden. But there are a LOT of them nowadays.

If you free range your chickens I would forgo the chemical route and

live
with the problem. Low mowing, 1.5-2" will help control the pest.


I will try the mowing, my handyman doesn't mind mowing and he already knows
I am nuts so wanting mowing done on a dormant lawn shouldn't faze him.

For a few clumps, digging them up is an option.


It is getting to be pretty thorough coverage! At least half to three
quarters of an acre is infested with them. Would take an army of yard
gnomes working full time.

Years ago I had a

friend who swore his neighbor liked them and cleared the yard by digging
them all up and EATING them. A mouff full of wild onions or garlic
ought to keep the doctor and everybody away!!


It sure would keep my boyfriend away! Heck, it would keep me away, I don't
like the smell of raw onions myself.

What was that neighbor's name and number? Pencil poised....

thanks! laurie (Mother Mastiff)



Paul Mitchell 13-11-2003 09:22 PM

Desperate question - wild onions (and garden update)
 
Speaking of wild onions and frosts, I was under the opinion that if you
watered wild onions before a frost, they'd soak up the water and explode
when it froze. Is this a myth or does it work? Tonights the perfect night
to test it...

Paul

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Paul Mitchell
email:
phone: (919) 962-9778
office: I have an office, room 14, Phillips Hall
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Baine Carruthers 13-11-2003 10:22 PM

Desperate question - wild onions (and garden update)
 
Exploding onions huh, I will remember to wear my protective coveralls when
in your neck of the woods!

--
Baine

"Paul Mitchell" wrote in message
...
Speaking of wild onions and frosts, I was under the opinion that if you
watered wild onions before a frost, they'd soak up the water and explode
when it froze. Is this a myth or does it work? Tonights the perfect night
to test it...

Paul


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Paul Mitchell
email:
phone: (919) 962-9778
office: I have an office, room 14, Phillips Hall

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