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RE: Are we ready?


I almost never feel like I've done as much as I could during a weekend. I
always look back and tell myself if I hadn't spent all that time just
looking around I could have done this and that. That hour I spent reading
the newspaper, I could have been weeding! And lunch, lunch took me at least
45 minutes! 
Then I tell myself that ya gotta take time to smell the flowers, or there's
no point in growing them. 

Cyndi


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Donna
Sent: Monday, March 20, 2006 5:50 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Are we ready?

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!

Donna

> -----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
> out
> the sheep pens and start mixing the ewes. When they lamb they get their
> own
> space but after a week or so everyone goes back together. Anyway it
> produced
> about 10 wheelbarrows full of spoiled hay and sheep poop for the garden.
> The
> 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
> little
> 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
> far;
> 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
> and
> Persimmon. I bought both those from Tomatofest, I hope this isn't an
> ominous
> sign. Only a few peppers are up but it takes them longer. My bay tree that
> I
> 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
> see.
> I didn't do anything in front except order a few plants, and I made lists
> of
> 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
> 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
> this
> 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
> a
> canyon only a couple miles from my house, so I figure it's worth the
> attempt. Atriplex canescens and atriplex polycarpa, both are saltbushes,
> are
> on the list, and prosopis (mesquite) if I can find it.
> 
> Cyndi
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf
> 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 -
> which
> 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
> fall.
> 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.
> And
> 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
> getting
> them off the fence since obviously they are not going to grow since
> nothing
> reaches the ground.
> 
> I left most of the ground/plant cover there as I felt we are still going
> to
> 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
> life
> 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
> her!
> 
> Only got about half of the gardens done, but maybe I will still be able to
> walk tomorrow - LOL!
> 
> Donna
> 
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