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Crinum Bulbs. 3.16.18
I agree with Spud. Either heavily mulched or grow a cover crop.
Plant a Fall Cover Crop to Improve Your Garden Soil
Daniel uses white clover, I think; correct me if I am wrong, Daniel.
Whoa Spud! Did you use backhoe to dig hole? :)
I don't know how to turn this picture of my Apricot:
I've finally got over my winter laziness. I spent the last week preparing the soil in the area between the sidewalk and road and planting a Harcot Apricot tree.
I decided to buy the best looking one at the new nursery. It cost $100. Hope it's worth it.
It had a large matt of roots on the bottom, so I trimmed one-half inch off before planting.
I agree with Spud. Mulch, mulch and more mulch. I too rototilled my first year here. I really think the heavy mulch I put on my beds in the Fall served more good than the tilling.
Randy, Since this is really my first year of growing things I'm glad I mulched heavily last Fall. I just brought home several bags of fine mulch from recycling center and will be applying it today around perennials, in herb garden, etc. It will keep the soil cooler and maybe a bit moist during the coming heat - and keep out the weeds. Most of my beds now have fluffy soil, whereas the walkway with no mulch is very compacted - it gets mulch today. My comfrey is up and growing pretty good, I will be using it to mulch and feed all of my plants in a few months.
No till gardening
Tilling is probably necessary if the soil is compacted. From what I read, the no till method is the best method, but it needs the soil to be covered with organic matter most of the time, to keep it soft.
Joan, I wish I had one or two of those beautiful Bengals!
Daniel, your forsythia has that wonderful yellow that gives me a lift as no other plant can, and in the spring when I need it!
Patricia, I think you might be the farthest north of this group. Your husband's greenhouse beautifully lengthens your growing season.
Randy, if it were not for the garden, I would feel pure joy with all those critters, except the ones that burrow under your plants. I will design a vegetable garden for Laura and Larry. They want one and spend way too many hours making their businesses profitable. My plan is to fence off the vegetable and fruit area to protect it from the deer, turkeys, rabbits, skunks and raccoons that regularly come. My grandson already built the raised beds, and we will have screening on the bottom to prevent moles.
Bertold, my granddaughter, who has a home on her mom's property, has a mother cat who is a Bengal. She is a holy terror and does not allow moles escape her fast action and swift dispatch of small critters. The little things become sacrifices to her skills and intentions, even as she is an excellent cat, playful, loving, and extremely active. She had beautiful babies until they had her neutered. She loves attention and will get it one way or another.
She is a perfect company for me being able to pet and brush her all she wants.
This cat is not hers; it is a stock photo of a Bengal
Chris, I look forward to following your progress through the season. You have a green thumb. Courgette, I like the sound of it!
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