Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Stock-tank mulch, two ways...

My morning began with a chiropractor appointment, their parking lot was full so I parked on the street. Returning to my car I noticed this...

Not your average mulch. I looked up and realized I was in front of a sushi restaurant. I see.

Later that day I had an appointment to get my hair cut. Parking on the corner and hurrying to the salon I stopped when I noticed this, snow. Or so my brain told me, then I realized it was ice - probably tossed out from the bar next door.

Someone thought he was doing the plants a favor. I doubt they felt that way.

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23 comments:

  1. Oh No, just no to the ice. That poor Opuntia. I'm sure the Euphorbia would prefer not to have ice covering its roots too. But you reminded me I was craving sushi the other day. Need some sushi.

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    1. And that poor hesperaloe! Yes sushi...I hope you got your fix.

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  2. The scallop shells made me smile. I've seen a lot of different mulches, but never that.

    I hope they weren't dumping ice on frost-sensitive plants...

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    1. Everything in that tank was there exposed to last winters cold, snow, and ice, so theoretically they should be fine. Just suffering a bit of a shock.

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  3. Brrrr! Poor Opuntia! The Zauchneria looks pretty unhappy, too.
    Whenever I see a shell mulch, I wonder if residual salt from the shells has any negative effect on the plants they mulch. But bamboo? Naaah!

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    1. I never would have thought to wonder about the salt, interesting question. I stuck all the shells I collected this summer in a hanging container, the succulent living there didn't seem to mind at all.

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  4. The shells look cool with the bamboo, but the ice! Definitely not a gardener.

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  5. The scallop shells look cool. The ice, not cool!

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  6. Chiropractor? Are you saying that fabulous Danger Garden comes at a price? Maybe the change of seasons and a chance to rest your back are coming none too soon?

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    1. Your comment got sent off to spam-land, I wonder why? Anyway...ya, I think I'm still battling an issue brought on by moving things last winter before the epic cold. It comes and goes. So who knows, what season might actually be the resting one?

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  7. I've seen on-line posts advocating the use of ice as a slow drip method of watering hanging plants - perhaps the ice purveyor had good, if misguided, intentions (as opposed to taking the lazy way out to dispose of extra ice). I've used seashells as mulch in succulent pots - unfortunately, the blasted raccoons like to steal them.

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    1. I don't know, I'm voting for lazy, although I've heard the same thing. Raccoons stealing shells? I wonder what they do with them.

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  8. Someone's been putting too much credence in that "just add ice" orchid gimmick. Yes, that is a thing, just in case you haven't seen it. Actually, probably just lazy but didn't want to dump it on the sidewalk.

    The scallop shells are kind of cool.

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    1. I haven't seen it, oh those silly orchids.

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  9. I´ve never seen any of these mulches, hehehe. I hope they don't throw ice there too often...

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    1. Oh good point, if it were a daily activity that would be a bad thing for those plants. Then again on my previous visits they've looked pretty good.

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  10. I like the shell mulch - perfect for a sushi restaurant! The ice reminded me of the Portland Yard and Patio show where some exhibitors used ice mulch to keep their dormant plants from getting too warm inside.

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    1. I think I saw more ice than I did plants at the recent Farwest show. I've heard it's a trade show method for slow watering with less effort. As if those poor plants weren't already tortured enough.

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  11. That's...different. I feel for the plants that got the ice treatment. I just saw Kris's comment about the raccoons stealing shells and cracked up. They look so cute but I'm glad I don't have to deal with them. It's like they'll do anything to cause trouble and get into mischief.

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    1. Indeed, they wear masks for a reason.

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  12. We use conchs in our large house plants to keep the cats from turning them into liter boxes.

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