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Summer Seed Plantinbg Experiment: Perennial flowers. 7.14.18
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.
Nice looking daylily Daniel.
I planted my Avocado tree this morning. Here's the start of an A-frame I constructed around it too shield it from the direct rays of the sun for quite a few days, giving it more light each day.
The nursery peeps said it has thin bark that will get a sunburn in the direct rays of the sun, and needs to be acclimatized slowly, building-up a tan, just like people.
The frame will also shield it from the wind. It needs acclimated to that also. The leaves will drop if subject to a cold draft. It also needs shielded from high winds, which will dry the flowers and affect pollination.
Talking about shipping plants, my Avocado tree arrived yesterday, after 5 days in transit (FedEx). I was surprised that it still had leaves because they warned me that Avocado trees drop their leaves at the least sign of stress. Of course, it still may drop them.
In any case, next time I'll try to find a tree or plant source closer to me, so the plant is not in transit so long. I should have thought to ask them if they could ship it air, which I would pay $30 extra for.
I think I'm done planting and replanting my garden. The finale was sweet potato starts--about 40 of them, some of which will never make it.
I got them from the thousands my SIL ordered for the farm. Unfortunately, they were wrapped in plastic, overheated in transit (UPS), many turning into black mush. Nate was livid and is trying to get the situation rectified. We'll see.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but we need rain!
Joan, that's a good list of veggy seeds. I'm glad you're still puttering around--and enjoying the fruits of your labors.
I usually spend about 2 hours a day puttering my garden--hilling potatoes, removing weeds, planting and replanting (rabbit or chipmunk uprooted a cantaloupe plant yest.), picking up pebbles, etc. The latter is never-ending since, as I've mentioned before, my garden is the site of a former barn. I'm now waiting for my replanted sweet corn to pop up. I'll soon be watering, too.
Did I mention how big my strawberries are? Golf ball size! I'm freezing them (and asparagus) today.
We have huge salads every night with lettuce, parsley, chives, cilantro, beet greens, spinach, and whatever is ready for the table.
The tomato plants tower over my head and seem loaded with blossoms; no fruit yet! The green beans climb up and over the inside of the geodesic dome and have flowers but no beans. I think the soil is too rich in nitrogen. I ordered a soil-test and don't have the results yet.
Cucs all died or didn't sprout; old seed.
There are now two toads in the greenhouse, and they greet me every morning as I putter away, scaring me half out of my wits. I like them in there, and hopefully, they will take care of the flies and mosquitos.
I need to get a mosquito spray; can anyone recommend a brand?
The three dog, Dominic, Zeek, and Spaz, accompany me to the greenhouse each morning and get a thorough brushing after I complete my chores. They have learned to wait for their turns. I have a bucket full of hair.
When I lived in Alaska, a friend gathered her Samoyed dogs' hair, had cloth woven and made a suit out of it. These dogs don't have long enough hair to weave.
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