Wednesday, June 10, 2009

This and That...

Does anyone know what this weed is or how to get rid of it? A few years ago when I first noticed it, I thought it was pretty with it's little blue flowers but each year it takes over more and more of my yard and kills the grass as it goes. I've tried weed killer but it does nothing to this weed. I'd love any suggestions!
Miriam has been using Sarah and Elizabeth to weed the back side of our garden where the apple trees are. Yes, they like each other and when one gets taken out of the pen, the other one snorts and runs up and down the pen like she's crazy!
This is Miriam with Sarah, Isaac's horse. I don't know if I mentioned it before, but our horses are Welsh Ponies. They were originally bred to work and live in mines. They are extremely hardy and can live on very poor quality food. They get our worst hay and thrive on it!

The apple blossoms are so pretty. Isn't it amazing how God makes things so beautiful when they could be very plain? The bees were also out in full force, another of God's neat creation. I guess that means we should have some apples come fall as well!
Priscilla and I went over to the J. barn to see how their house is coming along. This is the entrance to the large girls' room that the girls are so excited to move into! Every house has character, but to transform a barn into a house with it's high arched ceiling is going to be really unique. Mr. J. is a carpenter and so everything will be done just right. They finished all the plumbing and electricty, have put up some sheet rock, and are finishing up the septic system. By accident, while using a tractor to plow up a garden spot, they found the old septic tank from the house that used to be on the property. It didn't take long to figure out a way to dig it up and recycle it! Saved the J. family a lot of money. If you think of it, please pray for this family that the dad and two older sons will find jobs. When they made plans to move everyone was hiring, but times have changed, and there's not exactly a lot to pick from in our little town.
Well, have a great day in the Lord!




12 comments:

  1. Not sure what it is or how to get rid of it, but we have it here too. Is the J family still living with Grandpa & Grandma? I'm sure they'll be happy to get into a place of their own!!! :)

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  2. Yes, the J. family is still staying at Grandmas. They have supper here every night and we're sure going to miss them when they move in! They're like family now!

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  3. Oh, they are moving into their house this week yet even though they still have a long ways to go. Sure wish you were going to be here next week, Rachel. Can't you leave Daniel for a week? ;)

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  4. We have lots of those weeds here. My dad uses broad leaf weed killer. It's aimed at killing that kind of weed and it doesn't kill the grass. I hope it works. It has taken over most of our yard. My dad keeps his under control. I'm not sure but it might me a wild violet. I may be wrong on that though.

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  5. my grandma always called it creeping charlie. it can only be killed by roundup or....pull and keep pulling and keep pulling. it is sort of like crabgrass with shoots all over it. it is really pretty with the purple flowers though. the UIS extention office here said its a losing battle. u would basically have to kill everything and it and start all over to really win the battle. it drove and is still driving my grandma nuts! good luck!

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  6. We've had that weed in our yard the last ten years or so and I couldn't get rid of it myself. I would have tried "Tordon" but have to many trees in the yard and was afraid of dead trees. I noticed this year that the weed is not appearing in the yard. I wonder if it runs its course??

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  7. ed schoon, pelican rapidsJune 11, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Yes, it is commonly called "Creeping Charlie" and it is not a wild violet. I think the chemical that is used to kill it is called "dicamba". Check with the "horticulture" dept. of the U of MN or UND extension office for verification. Good Luck

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  8. I didn't know you guys had ponies!! They're absolutely gorgeous!:P

    Yes, I think that weed is called creeping Charlie or something like that...we have it all over too!:S :P

    BGA

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  9. Well, I think I could probably survive for a week, and I might consider it if I wasn't so pregnant. As it is, I have an appointment next week, and I'm so tired all the time that I probably wouldn't be much help. :) I really want to make it up there again tho! Hopefully before MY kids are old enough to attend.... ;)

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  10. Hi! That's ground ivy. I had never heard it called creeping charlie, neat! As far as I know the only way to attempt to get rid of it is to pull it. It grows everywhere here!

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  11. my mom said to use mule team borax. she either sprinkles it or makes a water/borax solution to spray for larger areas. hers was dead just a few days after sprinkling.

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  12. Hello dear family!
    I noticed the new pictures you posted on the side and wanted to say how nice they are! It's been fun catching up with your activities.

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