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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
Hi folks, just spent time reading all the posts I've missed. Thanks for wondering where I was - actually it was just a 'grayish, funk' that kept me from doing much more than walking dog and working in the garden. In addition, I damaged tendon in knee and that restricts movement and amount of time in garden. Nothing at all compared to what some of you are going through.
I'm in a "oh my gosh it lived', "yes!, it is blooming" and "I didn't know it looked like that at that stage" and all variations of exclamation as I watch my efforts come to life. I planted three strawberry plants and actually got to eat a fresh strawberry while standing in my yard. :) My little necatrine tree bloomed and I think I'll actually get a couple pieces of fruit. The plum tree hasn't bloomed, but is growing nicely, and three of the fig cuttings have leaves! I randomly stuck acorn and butternut squash seeds in my hugelkultur - and wow! they are growing and I'll have to pull some out to ensure space for others to grow - and I haven't even put in sweet potato yet. In actual veggie garden, there are cucumbers sprouted, radishes are ho-hum, and carrots for my bunny girls look dismal.
I actually was successful in starting milkweed seeds from a plant that I put in last spring - and now I have new seedlings in my garden. Love the continuity of doing that. I now understand how you must feel Daniel, when you take complete a cycle from cutting/graft to a healthy growing tree.
I planted two Goji bushes - they bloomed purple (?). For some reason I thought they would be red. Randall, you have goji bushes don't you? How tall are yours and do they bloom purple also, with red fruit?
Joan, I'm like others I want to come live with you so I can enjoy your beautiful surroundings. :)
The drought map was interesting - it sure has been a wet winter here in SA - enough to even delay some planting - and my rain barrels overflowed.
Weeds - I keep reading where ANY plant that is growing where you don't want it to grow can be considered a weed. I created a "wildflower/wildlife" area at the back of my lot, edged it with tree branches, planted a variety of seeds and salvia greggi for continual green, put a goodly amount of bunny poop on it - and decided if anything grows it can stay. What stayed was some weeds I methodically pull everywhere else - and they bloomed the most delicate little flowers of red and yellow! I'm rethinking pulling them from my walkway now as I love the little blooms. I now understand the saying "one person's weed is another person's flower". :)
After doing some research and reading Joan's comment, it appears my climate zone is too cold for pomegranates. I have enough fruit trees and bushes as it is. I'll never have another cherry tree, however. I grew up with them--a favorite of my mother. Why, I don't know. Pitting them was the pits. Plus, they were too sour for my taste.
I've been watching that wind map and it seems as though there is a lot of activy of wind going through the English Channel. Are you have high winds now.
Your planter boxes sound wonderful! You do a great job to get everything all assembled with soils, boxes, drainage holes, etc.
A little below average - about 9°C, and we have plenty of rain, so my garden gets a good first wetting. The containers are 30 cm. deep, and I made some drainage holes 7 cm. from the bottom, so every container has its own stock of rainwater. I'll make more pics when everything starts to look nice, and I'm getting there, very slowly because I can't do very much at a time. I salvaged plants from the broken containers; two hollyhocks, lepedeza burgeri, a lot of parsley and rosemary. Broccoli and radishes are above ground, and someone gave me a basket of narcis and grape hyacinth, so there is some colour to begin with.
My goodness, Chris. You do have high winds. How is the temp?
Nice map! I can see the high wind we have here.
Earth Look at that front! I guess it has rough seas and weather.
Earth Some of us are getting a nice warm flow from the south.
Joan, thanks for the informative garden sources. The information you posted said they want Well Drained Soil. I remembered last night that I forgot to mention that. But doesn't almost every plant want that?
Your correct Daniel. Most of the commenters about that $11 pomegranate tree said it was very small.
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