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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
Sunrise, sunset. It seems only yesterday when those ducks were small.
I went to Ty Ty and tried to order a couple of Pecan trees that were going for $25 after the 75% discount, but they said $60 is the minimum order. I don't have room for anymore trees, or even as many berry bushes that I'd have to buy.
Daniel, thanks for the Blackberry tip tip.
Randy, good deal on those nut trees. Let me know how they do.
My Avocado is looking very sad. Perhaps I was too vigorous in washing the potting soil from the roots. Perhaps it doesn't like the soil I planted it in, that is retaining more water than I thought it would. Perhaps it didn't like the several days of 90°F temperatures. Perhaps a combination.
Starting 2 days ago, the temperatures are in the 40s at night, and 60s in the day. The weather this year is more variable than usual. Early this spring, there was 3 cycles of warm weather, then freezing weather. That killed every Apricot blossom, so no Apricots for me this year. It also killed the leaves of my first Asparagus plants.
However, my 2-year-old blackberry and 2-year old raspberry plants of two kinds are doing great.
Thanks for the "soak trees in a bucket of water before planting" tip. In my haste, I've failed to do that. I'll further describe the trees I ordered once I receive them.
90 degree temps are upon us with gale force winds. It certainly dries out the soil. I have to water flowers and veggies every day. I'm not mowing the yard, shaggy as it looks, to retain soil moisture.
I just received a soil thermometer through Amazon. It seems like a good expense, given the strange weather patterns. Thanks for the information on soil temperatures.
Daniel, did you have a cold spell come through your area? We still have to wear sweaters outside. I wish Cary were here to read the weather maps for me. Guess I will have to learn how.
The forest is as green as the hills of Ireland. It makes the fire district nervous seeing all the growing grasses and wild plant life. More green in spring foretells more fires in autumn.
I am unable to send a photo showing the progress of the greenhouse. I would pull my hair out if it would help! Frustration! Guess I will go play in the greenhouse, take another photo, and see if I can send it.
Daniel, I love your story of the Linden tree! You deserve to be very proud. Tender, loving, caring, energies heal many things.
Randy, replanting seems to be the new normal. I've planted and replanted, and still the cold weather leaves rotted corn and bean seeds. I can get both to grow in the greenhouse.
I was shocked to get an email from the Georgia nursery (TyTy) where I bought some trees saying they're going out of business! They're offering 75% off, so I ordered 13 nut trees for $60.44 (plus shipping), just barely over the $60 minimum purchase necessary. Wow! That more than makes up for my dead pecan tree (stick in the ground), plus two others that didn't make it (two years ago).
Even if some of the 13 don't survive, it's still worth it. I'll soon find out. I bought more pecans (2 varieties), a couple of English walnuts, and a filbert.
Either rabbits or high wind knocked over one of my nightly plant cover cans and ate another canteloupe. That makes 3. Aggravating.
I'm planting more sweet corn today--my 4th attempt. I'm not sure why they're not germinating. I do know farmers have had to replant field corn this spring. Must be the crazy weather. We need rain!!
Daniel, your bad luck with strawberries is like mine with blueberries. Two more plants have "bit the dust"--one died and the other eaten by rabbit(s). I have one left. Over the years I've probably planted more than 20. And I replaced two eaten cantaloupe plants. That's another fruit I seldom have luck with.
I, too, watered. But it didn't rain. My raspberries--red and black--are beginning to ripen. Blackberries are later. I'm ignoring Mulberries.
Randy, too bad about your pecan tree.
It's the dry time of year here. We had a downburst a few day ago, but only got 0.09 inch.
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