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Comment by Idaho Spud on June 12, 2017 at 7:20am

Daniel, thanks for the Blackberry tip tip.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 12, 2017 at 7:11am

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.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 12, 2017 at 6:25am

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.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2017 at 10:06pm

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.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2017 at 6:45pm

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. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 11, 2017 at 12:48pm

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!!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 9, 2017 at 6:54am

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.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 6, 2017 at 7:45am

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.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 6, 2017 at 6:47am

Spud, trying something new is always adventurous. I watch my goji bush daily. And I've about given up on my $75 pecan tree I planted 2 months ago. Not a sign of life--just a stick in the ground.

I've had a "weather rock" for over 30 years, thanks to my mom. It hangs in my bathroom, however. Not too useful there!

I received only a quarter inch of rain in a downburst, but it helped. Made weeding a bit easier.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 6, 2017 at 6:01am

This avocado tree is pushing my ambition button, but I still don't have as much as Daniel.

I didn't plant it on the south side of the house as originally planned, because the soil was very hard, and it would have taken a lot of work to make it drain properly.  That was probably due to mixing a little sand into it a couple of years ago.  Since then I've read that a little sand will make soil harder.  When amending with sand, a huge amount is needed.

I planted the avocado tree in the backyard on top of the mound I made several years ago, with lots of tree limbs and organic matter under it.  The soil at the end of the mound where I grew sweet potatoes last year was soft and easy to work.

It will take a little more work to build a greenhouse around it this fall, but it's up high in soft soil, so it should drain better.  Avocados don't like wet feet, and like the soil to dry out between waterings.


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