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Summer Seed Plantinbg Experiment: Perennial flowers. 7.14.18
Joan, Rick mostly buys bedding plants from the nurseries as its easier for him. He does start a few seeds for some items, but that is only in April. Our season is too short to wait for much to come up from seed.
Patricia, realizing I was not clear, I deleted my last comment and rewrote it. By "starts" I mean does he start seeds in the greenhouse in starting trays and transplant them, either in the greenhouse or outside?
I usually start several trays of vegetables, herbs, and flowers in the greenhouse and transplant them outside in the raised beds in the in the meadow and in the terraces. I haven't had the energy to transplant them this year so the poor things are still in the starting trays, badly root bound.
At the yearly check on my pacemaker in the late spring, I asked the technician to give me extra "oomph" and he did; I have not noticed an increase of energy as a result. I guess I am just wearing out.
Loam Gnome, I come out of the greenhouse each morning with sweat dripping down my face and neck, and from under my back brace. I have to take frequent stops, usually resulting in a nice nap. I love the colors of summer and air conditioning helps. I am very glad I have not been in the hot areas of the world. Today's high is expected to be 89°F, not too bad. High temps in 70° suits me just fine
Patricia, How are the plants in your greenhouse doing? Was Rick able to get in all the starts he wanted? According to the Weather reports, you are expecting a high of 88°F today; is that what you expect?
Was that meant for me, Joan? If so, I don't understand what you mean by starts, because Rick hasn't done any that I know of..
Randy, I always had problems growing brassicas because of worms and aphids. A daily hosing with a strong shower didn't seem to help. I finally resorted to netting to protect the plants from insects.
Your gooseberry/rhubarb pie sounds especially fine! I enjoy both of those berries.
Echinacea (coneflower) reseeded generously in my Spokane garden; I don't know how it will do in my Newport home.
Martha Stewart appears to be an excellent marketer; I don't care for her style, either. I respect the way she seems to have managed her prison time.
So far, so good, but we definitely can't count on it staying that way.
That's a hard thing to have happen. Hope this year is better!
We have also lost many gardens due to heat. Everything seems to get fried, & no matter how much watering is done, it doesn't prevent it. The drainage here is so fast.
Im not crazy about extremes. Summer is so productive and the flowers are so beautiful, so I like that aspect.
Oh the poor things!
Personally, I do not like summer in any way shape or form. Heat makes me headachy, nauseated, dizzy, & the drenching sweating is most unpleasant.
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