Hometalk member and gardener extraordinaire Barb Rosen recently wrote of her nightmare experience with chameleon plant, Houttuynia cordata, and what may be her life-long project of getting rid of it. But Barb surely isn't alone in having planted something she regretted. For me, my biggest mistake was planting gooseneck loosestrife, Lysimachia clethroides. I'd heard how "rambunctious" the plant could be, but I had a dry,
on Jun 10, 2013
Purple Loosestrife is banned in this province so the only way to get it is to dig it up
somewhere close to a marsh. But it should be reported.
I got MILK WEED from my mother in law. I loved the smell of the flowers. The shape and hight was beautiful for around my little pond where I needed something medium height and dense and something that could soak up a lot of ground water. What a mistake. When I learned it was invasive, I pulled it out right away in the same season I planted it and for 2 years now it has been coming back in spots that are several meters away from the original location. As soon as I see one coming up I pull it out. The roots are deep. I am hoping that all the pulling will eventually exhaust the roots. I made a mistake by not reading up on the plant before I planted it. I usually do but this one was unexpected since it always looked so clean and well kept in the other garden. I had no idea how fast it spreads. I am having real issues with horsetail equisetum. No plant will compete with this one in terms of aggravation and amount of work keeping it in check. Getting rid of it? I think that will never happen. I will try to torch it next.
I learned 3 DIY fabric softener recipes from one of my favorite bloggers, Sayward Rebhal. The first: Add vinegar to the rinse cycle of your wash. The second: Mix 6 cups vinegar and 1 cup
on May 31, 2013
I have been adding vinegar to the laundry and stopped using fabric softener sheets. It works
great and I love it. The clothes come out smelling nice, not like vinegar. I am experimenting with vinegar in the dishwasher. While I don't see the sparkling glasses yet, I can see that they are getting shinier. They were getting quite milky looking white and I guess it takes time to get rid of the deposits but the cutlery improved a lot. I will keep adding more environmentally friendly and cheaper ideas to our house keeping.