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Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:13 PM

Our complex's lawn maintenance was here today.

The guy using the weedwhacker whacked my whole row of herbs inside our patio fence! I'm now in mourning my fresh herbs. Guess he did know what a tomato was on the other side of the fence. Just damn! the last of my lush mint, rosemary, basil, sage, dill, cilantro, and stevia - all gone!

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Reply Our complex's lawn maintenance was here today. (Original post)
Backseat Driver Aug 2020 OP
soothsayer Aug 2020 #1
The Velveteen Ocelot Aug 2020 #9
The Velveteen Ocelot Aug 2020 #2
SoCalNative Aug 2020 #3
Nictuku Aug 2020 #4
Dem2theMax Aug 2020 #5
Boxerfan Aug 2020 #8
Dem2theMax Aug 2020 #11
elleng Aug 2020 #6
Backseat Driver Sep 2020 #13
handmade34 Aug 2020 #7
trof Aug 2020 #10
demigoddess Sep 2020 #12

Response to Backseat Driver (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:16 PM

1. Ugh! I used to have to run out and scare them from my catnip

It did grow sensationally after they accidentally mowed it down though.

I hope yours do as well!

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:44 PM

9. Catnip is a member of the mint family, so nothing can take it down

except for cats.

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Response to Backseat Driver (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:18 PM

2. That's a shame - hope it will grow back.

People who do lawn maintenance should have some very basic knowledge of botany - at least the ability to distinguish weeds from cultivated plants.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:21 PM

3. Most of them barely know

how to operate the equipment that they are using.

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Response to Backseat Driver (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:24 PM

4. The mint will be back

I have some that overtakes part of my yard and I cut it all the way back each year, yet it persists.

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Response to Nictuku (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:31 PM

5. Mint is the Cockroach of the plant world.

No matter what you do, you can't kill it, get rid of it, make it go away.

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #5)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:40 PM

8. I have mint my 30 years deceased mother planted.

It's her gift I like to think. And it always comes back after weeding . I have left it behind in 3-4 homes I've had prior to this one.

She was a mint julep kinda gal.

I just took one cutting and now it is established across my yard.

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Response to Boxerfan (Reply #8)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 08:57 PM

11. I absolutely love that it brings back a memory of your mom.

How wonderful!

I grow tomatoes every year, and I always plant mint in a separate container, to keep the tomato worms away. They don't like the smell of mint.

Even in a separate container, the mint found a way to get into the tomato plant tubs. Now it's actually growing out of the ground. I am going to have mint in my yard for the rest of my life!

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Response to Backseat Driver (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:36 PM

6. Damn!

The mint may return, eh?

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Response to elleng (Reply #6)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 01:40 AM

13. Some of the herbs came back:

The guy missed the curry entirely; the mint has resprouted (impossible to really kill); the parsley returned, the dill is bushy now instead of two 1/2 ft stalks but no flower; the stevia held on. Gone entirely and never to return: the rosemary, the cilantro, the basil, and the sorrel. Backseat Driver wept for weeks but has been rewarded for the TLC and at least 4 quarts of tomato sauce and 6 packages of freezer pickles with garden red and green pepper. Also got a bunch of carrots I wasn't expecting. Even the celery stalks were tasty though very skinny and leafy. A couple more weeks, and we'll put the garden to bed and take the patio cushions in for my most favorite season, fall!

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Response to Backseat Driver (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:36 PM

7. I feel ya...

damn, I would be crying

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Response to Backseat Driver (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:44 PM

10. Damn. That's just tragic.

Seriously.

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Response to Backseat Driver (Original post)

Wed Sep 23, 2020, 08:33 PM

12. when they come back or you replace them put some of those

iron butterflies and such on metal sticks all over your garden. The guys will come and ask you to move them so they can weedwhack and you can tell them that's your herbs or put a big sign and maybe police tape around the bed. that is what I would do.

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