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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
I think I lost most of the pears to constant rain during pollination season. Not worried about it, there are lots of other things to enjoy. That's one reason I grow a diversity, so if one does bad there are others.
More lilac photos form the lilac hedge. We bought tiny lilac plants in about 2003, and these are the result. Soon they will be done blooming. Some are fragrant. The last one came with the house, and who knows? Maybe it was a start from someone's grandmothers lilac planted when the house was built. This bush is massive, deer don't touch it, and after I cut out the dead wood, it regenerated vigorously. My grandmother had a blue lilac, but the pictured blue one isn't hers. That would have been nice to keep but you can't have everything :-)
Evidently, it was quite cold here while I was gone. My garden didn't show much progress. Trees leafed out, and I see little fruits! Yeah!
Joan, thank you for the updates! Yesterday I checked the soil temperature, it was in the 80s. So I planted the first batch of sweet corn seeds. I chose a variety that tolerates cooler weather and has a short growth season, "Trinity". This is my third year with that variety. My peppers are a couple of inches tall, and my tomatoes are about 4 inches tall and growing fast.
Here are some pics of lilacs in our yard. Last year I moved them 35 miles to the country place, and they seemed to settle in OK. Deer eat some of the new sprouts, but I think they are doing OK. The flower close ups don't show how scraggly they are. I think they will fill in, in a couple of years.
That last one is rather vivid for a lilac. It's a repeat - blooming Korean lilac called "Bloomerang", a fairly recent introduction.
I have had a glorious few days in the greenhouse and garden. We finally have some warm weather, heavy spring rains, flooding in the community. The greenhouse tomatoes are doing fine, but the peppers just are not sprouting. I am going to do the paper towel test today to see if the seeds are viable. I put in many different kinds over the past few weeks. Hope they don't all decide to sprout at once. The space for the hot peppers is at the opposite end of the greenhouse than the sweet ones. Dominic and I have his grooming session on the front porch now that the morning temperature is comfortable. His black coat shines beautiful colors of brown lightly mixes in with black. We think he might be part German Shepherd; he was a rescue dog. Laura and Larry pull slash from the forest and burn much of it. Burning will be allowed a few more weeks if the predicted weather holds true. Daniel, you have the best of both worlds, chickens to keep the ground scratched and fertilized and ducks to eat slugs and bugs! I have been watching videos by gardeners; one Daniel introduced us to many months ago, the other new to me: Bill Mollison, Permaculture Lecture Series, On-Linehttp://www.networkearth.org/perma/culture.html#Permaculture
Linda Chalker-Scott, Horticultural Mythshttps://puyallup.wsu.edu/lcs/
I AM ORGANIC GARDENINGWHY No Till Gardening Works Best with living roots, Organic Vegetable Gardening for Beginners 101.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18HriHYr53A&list=PLUKzcNTgpg9Uk...
I Think I shared this one with you before.
These videos contain a lot of watching time. However, they provide valid and reliable information.
Joan, Im curious and skeptical about that claim. They dont scratch in the ground like chickens, they have webbed feet. But they do like eating greens. Im curious about how easy they will be to herd around the yard to do their dlug and bug hunting.
I think that sweet corn should not be planted here until June. I didnt write down when I started planting it last year. Maybe early May? Today I measured the soil temperature as 80 in ground and 84 in raised bed. So I planted the first batch of sweet corn seeds. I plan to plant 5 batches, 2 or 3 weeks apart.
Spud those are good looking tools. I should check Winco too.
I thought it would be too much raising ducklings on top of raising hens, but Ive been thinking about it for years. I think the eggs would be popular if we have too many.
Checking the persimmon growth, it looks like they will bloom again this year. Even the grafted tiny branches have flower buds. Spring is absoultely well underway.
Daniel, your ducklings make me smile. Do they eat the same food as chickens? Many of the permaculture programs show a flock of running ducks.
Your garden will benefit and I understand running ducks don't pull plants out of the ground. I'm curious about that claim.
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