If you’re a gardener, this time of year tends to make your heart sing. Trees, shrubs and perennials are lush, green, and colorful.
I know what I like, and in this case it is two peony blooms in my grandmother’s vase. 🙂
My grandmother would enter her flowers in the flower show at the Mount Hope Grange Old Home Days celebration, and this vase always made an appearance accompanied by the blue ribbon that it usually took home.
It has been raining, and it’s going to rain several more days. Oh well, it’s good for the plants and the weeds are easy to pull in between storms.
Follow up: Every gardening attempt is not successful. A while back I took sixteen Lavender cuttings. Today, there is one that may make it. The other fifteen got moldy and never produced one root. Next, I’m going to try pinning a few branches down to the ground with landscape pins and putting a little compost over that area and see if they will root right there in the ground. I’ll let you know how that endeavor turns out.
Last fall we took out five raised beds and put in three stock tanks for veggies. Lettuce and Schwartzenberries are doing well in one and there are six tomatoes in the other two. I over bought plants so two are in containers and there is actually one in the perennial garden.
We decided to put a hoop over the tomatoes to try and fight the blight. It was too large a flat expanse on the top and the water pooled. We then added a brace in the center that gives it enough oomph for the water to roll off. The plastic is held on with clips because this is where the snow blower distributes snow all winter long and we have to be able to take the plastic down.
A fellow MG teaches a glass in alternative watering like using a water bottle next to the plant or wicking in the ground. I decided to try the water bottle method by cutting off the bottom, drilling holes in the caps and placing at an angle to the plant. When I first did it, the caps kept getting full of soil and wouldn’t drain. In the barn, I found a white sleeve that is intended for drainage pipe put in the ground to keep soil and small rocks out so I cut small pieces and attached it over the bottle caps. Works like a charm. I fill the bottles and the water goes directly to the roots and the leaves don’t get wet.
So, what’s keeping you busy this week? 🙂