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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
Kathy, I invite you to watch a video of a homesteading family I follow who are on the nationwide tour of permaculture gardens. I think you have the red clays of Georgia, but the principles apply to clay as well as the sand of the video I am sharing.
Increasing Property Value 25% W/ Permaculture Design
Daniel, your spring photos make me feel so good. I think I will be able to recover from my lack of spring color with your beautiful scenes. I will put up a hummingbird feeder.
The sparrows flock to the seed feeders, and I see no blue jays yet. I did see deer tracks around the feeder, yesterday.
Daniel, you are correct about syringa, it grows wild in the forest. I want to bring more into to property around the house. There are no purple ones here. I will keep my eyes open when in town next month. It is still too early here.
I started some daylilies here several years ago for my daughter and they do fine. So does Alchemilla mollis, commonly known as lady's mantle. It propagates easily.
Geranium sylvaticum (wood cranesbill, woodland geranium) spreads nicely and is easily controlled here. It is a pretty magenta color.
Laura doesn't want me to plant any deciduous trees in the clearing because of fire risks.
I'm at that time now, that I was last year when I yearned for spring color. With the deer, rabbits, and other wild animals, we have to fence these specimens and she doesn't like the look of wire, net, or wood fencing. Neither do I, really. I am going to gather Kinnikinnick and other specimens from the forest.
Hostas are sprouting here too. I love them; they're my favorite perennial. Gotta get slug bait on them or they'll be goners.
Since I couldn't find a plum tree locally, I ordered one, plus a pecan and a golgi bush. With shipping (like $28!), the three "trees" cost well over $100 (a birthday present to myself.). And unlike my storebought trees, they come bare root. I usually don't have as much luck with bare root.
I'm hoping both the pecan and plum are self pollinating, although I have a "scrub" plum in my yard and a neighbor 1/4 mile away that has two pecans.
I've had one golgi bush die several years ago, so I was hesitant to try another. If any of these trees ever produce fruit, along with my 10-15 other fruit trees, how in the world am I ever going to eat it all?!!! I guess I can give it to my farm kids to sell.
Randy, I was also surprised with the size of your new trees.
Kathy, what was your USDA growing zone before the rezoning?
One thing we know for sure about climate change is that nothing is normal, everything changes and into unexpected ways. For example, the jet stream is way off its normal path. That simple fact is that everything else changes.
Our part of the country isn't having the serious storms that other parts experience. That doesn't mean we will not have some very extreme temperature, up or down, it just means we haven't had them yet.
Given the changes in your weather patterns, what are you planting and how are they doing?
I am really nervous to trust our new zone 5 changing to zone 6. I am still planting as though a freeze will catch us off-guard. The round in the garden is still frozen an inch or two below the surface and I will wait until the top six inches are warm enough for the planting of seeds.
Seeds sprout in the greenhouse beautifully, but I keep a close eye on the night temperatures.
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