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From Twitter 04-07-2011 [Apr. 8th, 2011|04:01 am]

  • 14:57:02: Swainson's hawk (Buteo swainsoni) followed me again while I was on the tractor mowing and it scored an afternoon snack. Beautiful bird.
  • 18:00:27: Why to avoid cactus while mowing field: Cactus faces shredder/mowers with enthusiasm: "More pieces! More plants!"
  • 18:01:38: The faster you try to mow, the more the tractor bounces, and the more your neck and arms will feel what it took to keep it on the track.

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[User Picture]From: solri
2011-04-08 02:39 pm (UTC)
You should definitely treat the cactus with caution. While looking up urban legends on snopes.com for a class exercise, I found that the story about the man who died when a cactus fell on him (after he shot at it) is actually true.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-04-08 09:48 pm (UTC)
None of our cacti are tall enough to fall on us. I can imagine that happening with the tall heavy ones, though. I thought the approved (!) way in the old days to bring down a saguaro was to rope it and pull from a safe distance.
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[User Picture]From: kengr
2011-04-08 09:35 pm (UTC)
Ah. So cacti are like starfish... or morning glory.

I have painful memories of the time we lived in a place with a large, empty back yard and we wanted to put in a garden. So we took a rototiller to the 25x50 area starting at the back fence.

Then there was a crisis and we didn't starting weeding/planting for a few weeks. At which point we found a *lot* of plants grown to 12"-18" tall. All of which we found to be growing from these small bits of stem.

It was only then that a friend who was helping took a look at the plants that covered the back fence (and had covered the ground for a couple feet out from it.

Morning glory. We'd essentially "inoculated" our would-be garden with the stuff.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-04-08 09:49 pm (UTC)
OMG. Morning glory....did you ever get rid of it? (Love it growing up trellises. NOT in the garden...)
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[User Picture]From: kengr
2011-04-09 12:45 am (UTC)
We wound up having to move that fall. So *we* didn't get it cleaned out.

I went by the place a few months back and some time in the last 37 years it got cleaned up. :-)
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