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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
Randall, Actually it was "Margaritaville" lol. At 6:00 a.m. with my first cup of coffee, I was surveying my kingdom when the thought "Sand!" occurred to me. Sand to level the pavers correctly and hold them in place. So much for good planning. Back to the drawing board or should I say back to Lowe's for sand, and while the paint is drying on the barrels I can re-set all the pavers. Yes, warm weather is great, although I wonder what is going to happen when we get a frost after this warm weather - zap a few things.
Barbara, I'm so envious of you being able to work outdoors this time of year. My anticipation grows stronger each day. I'll be interested in how your nectarine and plum trees do. Cheeseburger in Paradise?
Suddenly my gardening efforts have turned into real work. 77F today, cold rain coming on Friday. I'm soooo glad I don't live in MA, I feel their pain. I'm scrambling to sand and paint my rain barrels. Schlepped concrete pavers for them to sit on, levelled with my handy dandy level, I think they are about ready for the barrels - tomorrow they should be finished and final placement on Thursday before the rain comes.
Joan, I took local advice ... "dig hole, mix original soil with three shovels of compost, mix well and plant tree". Soaked roots in root starter first, and them emptied gallon of solution around tree after planting. Added additional compost around tree. Will put some mulch over it all tomorrow. And not too close to trunk. :)
Planted both nectarine and plum in this manner. Will lightly prune both. A soft humming of a Jimmy Buffet song, a happy dance, and they should grow!
Placing rain barrels required I move my Confederate Jasmine from smart pot on patio and plant into the ground - in an area with good dirt. Yeahhh! Pruned it back and now have several cuttings which I'm going to soak in rooter starter and than put into pots. Will pass along to someone who will appreciate them if they grow. Such inspiration on here that I'm planning to try my hand at starting new plants from everything I prune. Will be wonderful to give away.
Randall, "Mysteries of Gardening". No truer words were spoken! Every day is like starting over for me.
It's the dead of winter and my garden is still directly supplying me with food! I "unearthed" some collard greens buried in a snow drift, kept protected from the elements. With olive oil and vinegar, they tasted great!
Kathy, isn't it a great treat to salvage the things that come up in unexpected places such as the compost heap. I have a Ponderosa pine growing that is now more than 20 feet tall that came out of the compost bin.
I enjoy reading everyone's posts and sharing experiences. We should become Master Gardeners in no time.
I am concerned about not getting the drainage problem solved before planting a tree. I also agree that amended soil is not the best way to go, using the same soil as came out of the ground with maybe a small ratio of other planting soil. I also agree that the tree should be well mulched after planting. The mulch and all those wonderful organisms will work down into the soil and create room for the new, tender roots of the tree. Also, keep the mulch away from the tree trunk. You don't want mice girdling the trunk; that will kill it.
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