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Re: Hostas in the woods

Yessir, gimme those woodland gardens, where all you do is dig a hole and
plop the plant in. (And then stand back so you won't be trampled by
ravening hoards of slugs).

Well, I sort of meant fertilizer, though not in the out-of-a-bag sense.
What I meant was anything in the way of organic matter I can get my hands
on, aged manure, compost, mulch, whatever. Every year I put all my tree
leaves through a shredder and pile those on (shredding makes them less
likely to blow into the neighbors yards and is generally more attractive,
too). I even drive up and down the streets of Oak Ridge collecting bagged
leaves from tidier folks. 

In my younger, more foolish days I dug all this stuff in, even "double dug"
a bed once. That may be why I am reduced to the pile-it-on method I use
now. My Troy-Bilt sits languishing in the basement. God clearly isn't a
gardener, or He/She would have given us stronger backs...


At 02:32 PM 6/24/98 EDT, you wrote:
>Gerry, if there was one thing I understood about your reply was the reference
>to the aching back.. Each year this gets to be harder work.  And it certainly
>sounds good to me that there will be no more soil amending ie: roto tilling.
>I take it that the reference to top of the soil means fertilizer and water. 
>As for your order for rich black dirt, you can have all you can carry out on
>your shovel: limit one per customer.
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