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Re: Are we ready?

Nothing in the water-  just good weather!!


Donna wrote:

>Must be something in that Calif water... sound like you got a lot done and
>giving Theresa a run for the most done in a weekend award LOL!
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
>>Behalf Of Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT
>>Sent: Monday, March 20, 2006 11:10 AM
>>To: 'gardenchat@hort.net'
>>Subject: RE: [CHAT] Are we ready?
>>The weekend here was cold, windy, and mixed with a few sprinkles, my least
>>favorite weather, but we did get some things done. First up was to clean
>>the sheep pens and start mixing the ewes. When they lamb they get their
>>space but after a week or so everyone goes back together. Anyway it
>>about 10 wheelbarrows full of spoiled hay and sheep poop for the garden.
>>five lambs are very bouncy.
>>Husband got out the rototiller and did all fourteen beds. I planted my
>>onions and peas, figured since it's still freezing at night it was a
>>too cold for anything else just yet. I bought a couple bags of that corn
>>gluten meal earlier so I spread some of that on half the onion bed. We'll
>>see how that works in controlling weeds.
>>I did say I was cutting back the veg garden this year and I really am. But
>>DH wants to grow "field corn" so he is getting four beds of his own. We'll
>>see how that goes.
>>Then I filled up the dumpster again with trimmings from the Banks rose we
>>cut down over the winter. There's quite a lot left. Unfortunately we had
>>trained it on a wood trellis against the chicken coop and the trellis was
>>disintegrating. There was no way to tie the thing out of the way so it had
>>to go. I have been hoping to see new sprouts at the base but nothing so
>>it is protected by some chicken wire so if it does resprout at least they
>>won't get eaten immediately.
>>Tomatoes sprouted in the greenhouse last week, all except for Super Roma
>>Persimmon. I bought both those from Tomatofest, I hope this isn't an
>>sign. Only a few peppers are up but it takes them longer. My bay tree that
>>fried is starting to sprout again from many of the branches, so I'm
>>encouraged that it will recover eventually.
>>I am a little pessimistic about getting fruit this year since many of the
>>trees were in bloom when we had the snow and the hard freeze. Wait and
>>I didn't do anything in front except order a few plants, and I made lists
>>the plants I want for the dry garden which still has a lot of empty space.
>>And lists for plants to grow along the back fence, they have to be very
>>drought tolerant. How I'm going to keep the sheep from eating them is
>>another problem. I'm hoping to get in a trip to Theodore Payne nursery
>>week, they seem to have most of what I want. I'm going to try sambucus
>>mexicana, an elderberry, if I can find one - I saw one growing halfway up
>>canyon only a couple miles from my house, so I figure it's worth the
>>attempt. Atriplex canescens and atriplex polycarpa, both are saltbushes,
>>on the list, and prosopis (mesquite) if I can find it.
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
>>Of Donna
>>Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2006 3:50 PM
>>To: gardenchat@hort.net
>>Subject: [CHAT] Are we ready?
>>The first day of spring is just around the corner, are you ready? What
>>happened to us exercising so we don't have the trauma of muscles rebelling
>>as we clean up the gardens? :)
>>I had an unexpected weekend off, so today we had choices- do we go to the
>>Garden show at Navy Pier, continue on cleaning out the basement, or go
>>outside and do something...
>>The garden won, since it was a nice day here.
>>I will probably be looking for more trees this year, as I FINALLY pruned
>>them- and I am the worst pruner in the world. My trees are a bit bare now,
>>but at least we will not be running into the branches while mowing anymore
>>(well I won't be anyways). I think I got carried away after starting -
>>took forever trying to decide which ones to take out.
>>Then on to the roses, bushes, and everything else I didn't get to last
>>Did notice some of the trees were thinking about budding, but I pruned
>>anyways. Also took out a huge part of the trumpet vine that was going the
>>wrong way since I wasn't around to train it last year. Hopefully I didn't
>>kill it.
>>As I was cleaning up the pond, since obviously DH didn't get all the plant
>>remains out last fall, did notice the lilies are already starting to grow.
>>Seems early.
>>The animals (assuming rabbits since that is what I saw) have already done
>>some pruning throughout the yard, may have to start a coffee can design.
>>dang nab it, someone cut off the clematis again-- lotsa of vines on the
>>fence and this one foot of nothing then the ground... sigh... fought
>>them off the fence since obviously they are not going to grow since
>>reaches the ground.
>>I left most of the ground/plant cover there as I felt we are still going
>>get some weather and they will need it. But the daylilies were already
>>peeking out! Got some other things growing all over and I can't for the
>>of me remember planting anything like it. But last year was lost between
>>train convention meetings and working enormous hours...there was no
>>gardening done here by me so... who knows what Pat planted...need to call
>>Only got about half of the gardens done, but maybe I will still be able to
>>walk tomorrow - LOL!
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