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Re: Today in the garden


Have the males in your family water it...the ammonia will help break it
down more quickly.


> [Original Message]
> From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 5/27/2007 12:13:33 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Today in the garden
>
> Much depends on how soon you want to use your compost.  If it's out in
the 
> open w lots of sun and moisture it breaks down more quickly.  Mine is on
the 
> north side of my house behind a 4ft brick wall; it can't be seen.  But it 
> gets little sun and it is half overhung by roof eaves, so not a lot of 
> moisture either.  Breaks down slowly.
>
> Kitty
> neIN, Zone 5
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Eva Tompkins Labonte" <evatesq@gmail.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2007 10:08 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Today in the garden
>
>
> > Donna,
> >
> > Would it help to have it in an enclosure? My neighbors are close
> > together in a suburban neighborhood. I have my compost pile in a dark
> > green Rubbermaid compost enclosure. My neighbors don't even know what it
> > is. They probably think it is for storage. It has a lid so that they
> > can't see what is inside.
> >
> >
> > Maybe something like that would help.
> >
> > Eva
> > Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Donna <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
> > Date: Sun, 27 May 2007 08:00:27
> > To:gardenchat@hort.net
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Today in the garden
> >
> > not big at all..... It was a fight just to have enough season to season.
> >
> > I moved to a small town in the country.... ie new subdivsion type thing.
> > Seems those that moved here didn't want the country life, so I have
> > neighbors with lawns and a couple evergreens planted too close to their
> > homes. They use lawn services to ensure it is fertalized, cut, and what
> > ever needs to be done.
> >
> >
> > Of course, then there is me.... not much lawn, a zillions trees, flower
> > beds everywhere, a pond, a soon to be garden railroad, veggie gardens,
> > etc.... although I was here before all of them, somehow I don't fit into
> > this area.
> >
> >
> > I was told to remove the pile of dirt as it was unsightly... they don't 
> > even know what a compost pile is... sigh.
> >
> > Donna
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----
> > From: Eva Tompkins Labonte <evatesq@gmail.com>
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2007 9:47:25 AM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Today in the garden
> >
> >
> > Donna, how big was the pile that the neighbors complained about?
> >
> > Just curious.
> >
> > Eva
> >
> > Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Donna <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
> > Date: Sun, 27 May 2007 06:25:58
> > To:gardenchat@hort.net
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Today in the garden
> >
> > Sounds like you did accomplish something tho! Seems the older I get, the
> > longer it takes to do 'stuff'. I am wondering if it is due to moving
> > slower or taking more time thinking about design or doing more pre work
> > before actually planting something.
> >
> >
> > In my continuing saga of neighbors - I had to reduce the pile of my
> > compost to keep the complaints down- ok read get rid of it! So now I am
> > hurting for compost alternatives. I thought they sold something bagged,
> > but when I looked for it, only found cow manure and mushroom compost.
> > Thoughts on either of these bagged items or alternate items I buy/could
> > use?
> >
> >
> > My goal for this weekend was to work on the garden railroad.... but ma
> > nature isn't allowing that. It has been raining since Friday here. A few
> > good storms, but for the most part raining just enough to keep me
> > inside. The weather map tells me today for the most part isn't going to
> > work either. We needed the rain, and I am sure the weeds will love it :(
> >
> >
> > Donna
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----
> > From: Chris Petersen <chris@widom-assoc.com>
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2007 11:10:14 PM
> > Subject: [CHAT] Today in the garden
> >
> >
> > It's 11 PM and I just got out of the shower after a very long day in the
> > garden. The strangest thing happened.  My left thumb cramped and locked
> > itself against my palm! I frequently get cramps in my toes and calves,
but
> > this is my very first thumb cramp!  I had to literally pry it away from
my
> > palm! While I was performing the unclamping, I noticed that I forgot to 
> > wash
> > my feet!  Due to the extreme heat, I left my socks and gardening shoes
in
> > the house and wore an old pair of sandals.  Talk about dirt- I had to
use
> > the ultimate nail brush that I got from last year's daylily convention. 
> > It
> > worked like a charm!
> >
> > Well, back to gardening- my goal for today was to fill my patio 
> > containers.
> > I do at least twenty 20" containers and about the same amount of smaller
> > ones! I must be out of my mind! I've been doing more and more containers
> > every year.  Most years, no one sees them besides family.  But, I really
> > enjoy the riot of color that they provide and I get to try out all
sorts 
> > of
> > unusual annuals.
> >
> > Anyway, about mid-afternoon my husband replied that the nursery of
plants
> > didn't look like it had a dent in it! The only way that I can do my
> > containers is to arrange all my plant material by color; then, I make
> > choices that I hope will be pleasing. Some of the plants are cuttings
that
> > I've wintered over, so they are still small. The containers look out of
> > proportion to the plantings for a few weeks!
> >
> > It takes me so much longer than I think because I have to dig out the
> > zillions of seedlings in the pots before I decide whether to discard or
> > reuse some of the soil. Today, I potted up flats of 2" and 3" pots of
> > agastache. I also repotted some of the houseplants that are coming
outside
> > for the summer. My indoor jungle is slowly disappearing, so I'll have to
> > dismantle the temporary shelving and move the furniture around to fill
the
> > empty spaces that held hibiscus, geraniums and containers that I brought
> > inside for the winter!
> >
> > Tomorrow there are more containers to plant and annuals to add here and
> > there to the garden beds. Then, I have to take cuttings from the coleus
> > plants that are looking straggly after spending the winter indoors.
There
> > are perennials to plant, grasses to cut back (I didn't get to all of
them
> > yet), the 200' of hedges need clipping, leaves are smothering a couple
of
> > shade gardens, etc. I have soooo many perennials that need to be thinned
> > out!  There will be lots of things to pot up to give to gardening
friends!
> > Oh yeah, I'll have to drag the hose around to the places in the garden 
> > that
> > get no irrigation (how do you get those sprinkler people to answer your
> > calls or actually come to the house?)
> >
> > The columbines are glorious right now. The azaleas are still beautiful. 
> > Some
> > of the clematis are blooming profusely. The only daylily that's
blooming 
> > is
> > H. middendorffii.  H. dumortieri should be in bloom soon. I'll have to 
> > check
> > my other EE's for scapes.
> >
> > Chris Petersen
> > Northport, Long Island, New York
> > Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
> >
> > chris@widom-assoc.com
> > My garden: http://photos.yahoo.com/chrispnpt
> >
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