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Woodland - Krikey!

How does one keep a woodland garden going?
I put in a lovely little raised bed surrounded by rock wall in a shady area about 20 feet from the base of a maple several years ago. The Glaucidium was to be the star. It steadily improved for about 3 yrs then started going downhill with only 3 small blooms this year. I figured, since the soil had been a bit too sandy for my liking to begin with, even though I added humus then, it probably needed more plus some nutrients. So I dug it out and I was right, too sandy, but the amount of tree roots was astounding! They were stealing every bit of good stuff that had been in that bed. I dug and cut, dug and cut, then added lots of leafmold. I tossed in alfalfa, kelp, greensand, sul-po-mag, rock phosphate, stirred it all up. Leveled it out, plunked the Glaucidium back in, but not the rest of the plants. And watered. Phew!
But how long will this last?

Oh - the Krikey part - did you hear Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter from Down Under died? Stung in the heart by a stingray. What a shame. He was such a fun guy.

neIN, Zone 5
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