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#16 mushroom

 
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 05:24 PM

If all else fails, pretend it is a crop :P Water, fertilize and harvest it :lol:

From Wikipedia:

Cotton Thistle is grown as an ornamental plant for its bold foliage and large flowers.[14] It has been used to treat cancers and ulcers and to diminish discharges of mucous membranes. The receptacle was eaten in earlier times like an artichoke. The cottony hairs on the stem have been occasionally collected to stuff pillows. Oil from the seeds has been used for burning and cooking.[15][

Very useful plant. Of course it did note that it is very invasive!! :rolleyes:

Of course the definition of a weed is a plant that is growing in the wrong place. Can you make this the right place??
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 08:57 AM

Just looked out the stairway window at Hub's "experimental garden" This is where he plants one of everything that strikes his fancy at the garden store. He lets whatever wants to grow, that we didn't specifically plant, grow.

Guess what is growing? Thistle!
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 11:21 AM

Some use at least 10% acetic acid but the re-growth rate is fairly high.


That's the twice-as-strong-as-you-can-buy-in-the-grocery-store vinegar, right? My web research resulted in recommendations of extra strong vinegar, pouring boiling water down the root hole after pulling, and putting plastic or carpet fragments or some such thing and smoothering them (with some mulch on the top so your neighbors don't report you to your homeowner's assoc.)


- except the Scottish thistles that are so very pretty, especially in front of an atmospheric Scottish castle with drizzling rain and a lone piper playing...)


OK . . . so what you're saying is . . . tear down my house, build myself a castle, then the thistle will pretty much be required landscaping? . . . ummmmm . . . :huh: . . . OK!!!! . . . :lol:

Just looked out the stairway window at Hub's "experimental garden" This is where he plants one of everything that strikes his fancy at the garden store. He lets whatever wants to grow, that we didn't specifically plant, grow.

Guess what is growing? Thistle!


Dang!!!! I think I live down-wind from you guys . . . keep yer thistle seeds in yer own state, thank you veddy much!!!



My landscaper swears he can get something (that I can't get) that works pretty good. We'll see.
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Posted 03 May 2011 - 12:20 PM

when all else fails put down landscaping fabric and choke it!
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