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RE: Doing Everything "Wrong"

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: RE: Doing Everything "Wrong"
  • From: "J.F. Hensler" <hensler@povn.com>
  • Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 10:17:04 -0600 (MDT)

The classic guidelines for cultivation seem to be in place for "classic" =
areas to garden in. Read this as: zones 7 to 5, sandy loam, good air =
circulation, few pests, and cultivars that were bred to do well in these =

Extreme circumstances in growing conditions do seem to call for an =
adjustment of the rules. Where the ground freezes in September or =
October, fall plantings mean certain death. Dependably nasty freeze and =
thaw cycles in the spring coupled with severe wet conditions also seem =
to call for a change of cultivation styles.=20

Some private conversations about planting times suggest that one area's =
"spring" may mimic another area's "fall".

Rather than look at individual "rules", has anyone done a serious =
comparision of conditions in regard to the needs of the plants? Would a =
sliding scale of sorts, taking a more holistic approach for cultivation, =
work better than hard and fast rules?

Christy Hensler
Newport, WA zone 4b=20
with over 5" of rain in the past two weeks and temps down to the 30s =
last night!

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