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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
I was shocked to get an email from the Georgia nursery (TyTy) where I bought some trees saying they're going out of business! They're offering 75% off, so I ordered 13 nut trees for $60.44 (plus shipping), just barely over the $60 minimum purchase necessary. Wow! That more than makes up for my dead pecan tree (stick in the ground), plus two others that didn't make it (two years ago).
Even if some of the 13 don't survive, it's still worth it. I'll soon find out. I bought more pecans (2 varieties), a couple of English walnuts, and a filbert.
Either rabbits or high wind knocked over one of my nightly plant cover cans and ate another canteloupe. That makes 3. Aggravating.
I'm planting more sweet corn today--my 4th attempt. I'm not sure why they're not germinating. I do know farmers have had to replant field corn this spring. Must be the crazy weather. We need rain!!
Daniel, your bad luck with strawberries is like mine with blueberries. Two more plants have "bit the dust"--one died and the other eaten by rabbit(s). I have one left. Over the years I've probably planted more than 20. And I replaced two eaten cantaloupe plants. That's another fruit I seldom have luck with.
I, too, watered. But it didn't rain. My raspberries--red and black--are beginning to ripen. Blackberries are later. I'm ignoring Mulberries.
Randy, too bad about your pecan tree.
It's the dry time of year here. We had a downburst a few day ago, but only got 0.09 inch.
Spud, trying something new is always adventurous. I watch my goji bush daily. And I've about given up on my $75 pecan tree I planted 2 months ago. Not a sign of life--just a stick in the ground.
I've had a "weather rock" for over 30 years, thanks to my mom. It hangs in my bathroom, however. Not too useful there!
I received only a quarter inch of rain in a downburst, but it helped. Made weeding a bit easier.
This avocado tree is pushing my ambition button, but I still don't have as much as Daniel.
I didn't plant it on the south side of the house as originally planned, because the soil was very hard, and it would have taken a lot of work to make it drain properly. That was probably due to mixing a little sand into it a couple of years ago. Since then I've read that a little sand will make soil harder. When amending with sand, a huge amount is needed.
I planted the avocado tree in the backyard on top of the mound I made several years ago, with lots of tree limbs and organic matter under it. The soil at the end of the mound where I grew sweet potatoes last year was soft and easy to work.
It will take a little more work to build a greenhouse around it this fall, but it's up high in soft soil, so it should drain better. Avocados don't like wet feet, and like the soil to dry out between waterings.
Nice looking daylily Daniel.
I planted my Avocado tree this morning. Here's the start of an A-frame I constructed around it too shield it from the direct rays of the sun for quite a few days, giving it more light each day.
The nursery peeps said it has thin bark that will get a sunburn in the direct rays of the sun, and needs to be acclimatized slowly, building-up a tan, just like people.
The frame will also shield it from the wind. It needs acclimated to that also. The leaves will drop if subject to a cold draft. It also needs shielded from high winds, which will dry the flowers and affect pollination.
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