Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread (Soil Structure Part 1) Vol. 9, March 2, 2012
Posted on 03/02/2012 8:10:56 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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Oh, no! I am so thankful that you’re okay. Can your raised bed be salvaged?
Thank you so much for that feedback. Much appreciated.
A very useful tip. I won't even plant a black walnut on the property 'cause one of the oldtimers around here told me I shouldn't. Not sure how far away it would have to be.
You’re welcome, greeneyes. I’d love to see photos of your new plantings, especially the strawberry bed!
From observation, anything outside the dripline is usually safe, as long as the leaves aren’t used as mulch, of course. The leaves don’t have much of that chemical in them, but enough of them piled on can have an effect.
Wish I could remember exactly what that elderly man told me. He's gone now and I can't ask him. :(
Since wifie tilled the garden last weekend, and she re-installed the drip irrigation and landscape fabric today, the garden is hers this year. I am going to harden off my best 50 or so mater seedlings and figure on planting next weekend and sharing some seedlings with neighbors.
The orkra garden will be my chore. The selected area is full of roots and thick hard grass. That will be lots of fun!
I’ll just have to break it down into components and rebuild it.
In New Jersey, I discovered vinca...not the vine with purple flowers (sometimes labeled periwinkle) that people use for ground cover or the variegated vine people use as filler in pots, but an annual. It looks very much like impatiens, but can take full sun and is very tolerant of heat. They come in all sorts of colors. They don't mound like impatiens, but grow a bit more upright. They fill out and make a huge plant covered with flowers by the end of the summer and do not need to be pinched back. Pretty much the perfect plant for a lazy gardener! I can't ever find vinca in a big garden center, but a mom and pop place here grows them every year. He tells me that they are tricky to germinate and prone to root rot if you overwater and that is why Lowe's , etc. doesn't fool with them. He doesn't have them ready to sell until beginning of June, so I always talk him into selling me some in May before they have flowered. I never know what color I am going to get! Usually pinks, coral, white, and lavender are the most common colors. It does come in white with a red center and a gorgeous solid red, but those are few and far between. If I get them in the ground around Mother's Day with some Miracle Grow time release in the planting soil, they look fabulous by July and pretty up until the first frost. They are my go-to plant for full or afternoon sun.
I have never heard of this plant! This must be the sme one that you recommended. m going to have to look it up. They must call it something else around here.
I think we call that "New Guinea Impatiens" around here.
I will see if I can find some pictures later, but we had a computer virus on her laptop that has it on hold, and my pictures are not very organized from that time period.
LOL. I will have to work on that, we don’t plant outdoors till Mid May at least. I am techno-challenged, and don’t even have a digital camera. I will take pictures during the season, and post them once I use up the roll of film.
I read several articles on this, and they said fifty feet from the drip line for things that are sensitive like Tomatoes.
Corn, beans, and wheat are supposedly tolerant to the walnut toxin, and can be closer. We have 2 garden patches that are next to walnut trees. So far, the corn beans and wheat crops have been pretty good in these patches.
Their New Guinea Impatiens here also...
Thank you for that info.
Who knew they were vincas?
I’d be afraid to try them on my front porch, as pretty as they are. The sun and the heat are intense there in the summertime.
How about a couple of Chili Plants or even Tomatoes
Well, you don’t get any color (other than green) out of tomatoes until August.
Got it! Thank you, both for the happy and the funny story!
I am always apprehensive when using snail mail.
One other thing, the mower went to the shop today! :)
That’s funny too. :)
Your home, flower beds and gardens are so beautiful that I could not begin to make suggestions to improve on what you have already done.
Talk to tubebender about sprouting lots of impatiens. He and Mrs. Bender truly incubate and produce a prodigeous amount of impatiens for their house and their church.
On those vincas, my daughter wrote:
That's it! I first starting buying it at Secor Farms at a small family owned pumkin and annual farm (the last farm in Mahwah) around the corner from my house in Mahwah. They were the only thing that thrived in the pots on the steps of my sunny front porch.
It took me a couple of years to find someone here that sells it. Mr. Sokowloski has 7 or 8 greenhouses on his property on Grooms Road. He and his son run the nusery and he lives in the house at the front. He helps me out each spring because I start looking for it earlier than he puts it out for sale, but if I wait too long I don't have my pick of colors. So we have to go by the tags ..which aren't always accurate. Tammy plants them in South Carolina because it is very drought tolerant.
The only year they didn't last into October was this past summer when we had the remnants of a hurricane and the wind just about ripped them out of the pots and tore off quite a few branches. They were still alive, but didn't look very pretty
I have to laugh about this because this is NOT my daughter who is famed as a gardener. But, her yard always looks nice, and I see that she does put a lot of thought into it. The "Tammy" she refers to is my DIL in SC. So, here we are using the same plant in two disparate climates -- NY and SC. I've always been leery of those New Guinea Impatiens because I never thought they'd survive on my front porch.
Isn’t New Guinea a few miles south of the north pole? I asked Lady Bender to help you and her response was >I ain’t ever birthed no flowers in Wisconsin Mr Bender<
It’s Mrs. Rightly_Dividing who needs help. They want to grow lots and lots of impatiens from scratch in the Houston area.Quite a different climate from Humboldt.
I have never had good luck with any kind of impatiens. I have neighbors who can bring a few seedlings home from the garden center and they have carpets of color for the rest of the season. I can buy flats of impatiens, plant them 6 in. apart, and they’ll still be 6 in. apart in September. Just nothing.
Impatiens are popular in Mobile and do quite well as long as they are not in the hot sun. We tried them on our west facing porch, but they would not take the afternoon sun. The vincas, on the other hand, did well, so we planted a lot of vincas.