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RE: weather < weekend chores

The weather here today was perfect- not other way to describe it.
I went to the monthly opening for Cornflower Farms (a local native plant
nursery)  bought more plants and not sure where they will all go.  A
fuschia-flowering gooseberry (ribes, something I can't recall right now), A
couple more bearberries, a short white ceonathus, and a few others.  I also
bought a bat house!  And hung it up already.  Oh, and my bees came this
week, so I put up the bee box and put the bee tubes in it too.  I'll keep
you all posted on the progress.  Lastly, I pried a zillion staples out of
the shade cloth on the arbor covering my back patio. Sore hands and back!
But it looks so much better.  I know the people who used to own this house
likely wanted it to be as cool as possible in summer, but the staples were
rusting, and all kinds of gunk accumulating between the shadecloth and white
arbor (not so attractive).  So, now it's gone and looks MUCH better, the
living room and master bedrom get more light and the back porch is much
airier too.  I'm sure my pink jasmine will be happier not to keep bumping
its head on the cloth- now it can climb all over the arbor!  So, yeah- but I
didn't get me seedling planted in the the garden eyt- and some really need
to go out!


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
Behalf Of Pamela J. Evans
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 12:18 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] weather rant flooding weekend chores

Have mercy I don't know HOW y'all can stand it. I finally got the shrubs
planted today, but they really should have gone in the ground in
February - more time to get established before the blast furnace sets
in. The clay is still quite moist but workable (BARELY) and man does
that stuff weigh a short ton. I put a semi-raised bed in for the mahonia
using concrete pads set on their sides and counter-sunk into the ground.
This will keep the overflow torrents from tearing it up too durning
heavy storms. Also cleaned feeders and bird baths, even scrubbed the
rocks in the birdy wading pool.

My poor back.  Will trim up the herb bed after lunch.

Happy Saturday y'all

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Richard T. Apking" <richa@midlands.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Sat, 8 Mar 2003 11:33:52 -0800

>Hi Donna,
>I know what you mean, so far I've lucked out by beliveing in the middle of
>May.  I do use "walls of water on my tomatos and peppers just as a matter
>course.  They just seem to like that heat lasting a little longer.  I have
>covered some plants in the spring, but not often.  Perhaps here in the
>dirt river valley we are sheltered some.  Just don't know, but it works for
>me.  Rich in Z-5
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 6:12 AM
>Subject: RE: [CHAT] weather rant now: flooding
>> I have to agree with Ceres... Somewhere between May 15 to the 25 we will
>> have a bad frost here. Happens every year:(  Always dieing to plant
>> before that, as we usually have some nice weather for a few weeks. I
>> have learned to wait with all in ground plants. Planters (moveable ones)
>> get planted much earlier and take refuge in the garage for the frost.
>> Of course everyone around here buys all their plants in the beginning of
>> April. Duh! This causes everyone to do it, or by the time it is planting
>> season begins, the nurseries are bare.... drives me nuts! One year we
>> didn't have any tomato plants, cause I rebelled and would not buy them
>> till May 1... couldn't find any, sold out. So now I play the game,
>> outside in those darn little trays if it is nice out, back inside for
>> the crappy days.... I store them all in my little red wagon and wheel
>> barrels.... easy to move in and out...
>> Donna
>> > > Looks like the last frost date
>> > >this year will be 15 May for sure.
>> >
>> > Rich, how can you be assured of this?  The projected ALFD is 15 May
>> but
>> > several of the past few years we have had frosts after that.  I
>> thought we
>> > had one on the 17th last year but I checked my planner and if we did,
>> I
>> > didn't  record it  I receive frost in my garden when only 3/4 mile
>> away
>> > has
>> > none due to the lay of the land.
>> >     Ceres
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