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Would you be pissed off if your nextdoor neighbor or housemate knowingly planted an invasive plant in the garden, instead of in a container?

Asked by MyNewtBoobs (19026points) April 19th, 2011

Especially mint, and by “housemate”, I mean when they split a house up into several apartments, but you all share the same backyard/garden.

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ragingloli's avatar

I wouldn’t even be mad.
...but the killer bees I would deploy in response would be

nikipedia's avatar

I can’t imagine getting upset over free mint.

Cruiser's avatar

No…they will soon feel the wrath of the Naga Viper chili pepper I grafted with the mint plants in front of their apartment.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Cruiser @ragingloli Ah, so don’t get pissed, get even. Fabulous. And how would you even do that – I don’t really understand the whole grafting thing?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@JLeslie See, me too! The part that I don’t understand is that, after taking pains to put all my 8 mint plants in containers, and telling her that she should put her’s in a container so as not to ruin our neighbors (or mine…) gardens, that was then the only plant she put in the ground. All other 9 herbs she just bought? They’re all in containers on her porch…

JLeslie's avatar

I usually am very lax about sharing, not possesive at all, but if the thing is going to grow out of control without maintainence, not cool.

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

Depends on the kind of invasive plant itself. I like most plants and trees, but not if they’re ugly or really destructive, or have no real purpose to humans, like thistle, goatweed, or chickweed. I like mint, so even if my neighbour planted mint beside my house, and it spread over, I wouldn’t mind. Or even purple loosestrife——a very invasive flowering plant that’s banned in some places——I think it’s a rather nice-looking plant.

My neighbour actually has a kind of “ivy” that he grows all around his patio lattice frame. It is very invasive, and every year it encroaches onto my side, even tangling its stringy vines around my deck. So one year, I painted the leaves of this ivy (that was on my side of the fence) with a weed killer, and the entire plant dried up and died. Lol.

dxs's avatar

If I partaked (partook?) in gardening in the garden or liked the way it looked, then yes. If not, then no, as @nikipedia said—free mint.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@MRSHINYSHOES There’s weed killer you can paint? Wow, what will they think of next. And here I thought it was just spray or powder!

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs It’s just regular weed killer that you buy at the garden store. I take a small paintbrush, dab some weed killer on it, and “paint” or dab the leaves, stems, etc., of the pesty plant. It usually kills the entire plant after a few days, especially during hot weather.

Bellatrix's avatar

I probably wouldn’t even know it was an invasive plant unless someone told me and it would have to look better than the dead plants I planted and failed with. My son stuck a ceramic spike in one of my pot plants. It has a sign on it that says “I tried but it died”. Not funny! I want to be able to grow things… I really do! So, invasive mint would be fine with me.

optimisticpessimist's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs Maybe she did not like you telling her to put the mint in pots and planted them in the ground because of that. I have known people like that, but you would know better about her personality.

Cruiser's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs Grafting is “splicing” one plant with another. Cut a slit in the “host” pepper plant and slip in a sliced end of the mint plant, tie it off and viola…blazing hot mint!!

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