Gardening 2016: Fruits, Veggies, Flowers

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Roses are pruned, two were moved to better locations. I'm barely bleeding! :D

My green bin is quite full.
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I pruned off dead stuff off our roses.
Moved some rock over, got the same neighbour to give me his grass, and I got his pond.
He's getting lots in return.
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I roto raked the half acre today.
Glad that's done.
Gonna grow spuds under all the clippins.
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Postby Bman » 15 minutes ago

I roto raked the half acre today.
Glad that's done.
Gonna grow spuds under all the clippins.


That way Bman will not need to us a Roto Rooter to dig her spuds this fall.
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So - I have a spot in my front garden bed that is mostly shade. I'm thinking a small shrub would do well there. Perhaps a Rhododendron, Azalea, or maybe Hydrangea? That spot is fairly high in clay, keeps it moister than my other garden beds (even after amending it). Thoughts?
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I amended the soil for my blueberries - they have NOT done well over the past few years. I'm hoping they'll do better this year (also, the neighbour cut down his arborvitae! Rental property, no one was caring for them - there is a big clean up push on that yard so I'm thinking it may go up for sale in the next while).
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Blueberries thrive in very acidic soil - 4. to 5. ph.
I use sulphur or phosphoric acid, and a ph meter.
You also get better size and pollination with two or more varieties.
Mine are almost in full leaf. Sweet.
Apricots are blooming!
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If you need a ph meter, you can get one from an indoor garden store, but I find them a bit costly, considering they don't last forever. I get mine off the net from the manufacturers, the same ones that are available locally, for one tenth the cost and that includes shipping to my door. They go online for 7 to 10 bucks.
Get yourself some ph 4 and 7 calibration fluid and keep it calibrated.
It's a real handy tool, esp for blueberries since the low ph is so important for them.
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I planted 12 Coconut Surprise Dianthus. I'm hooked... More bedding plants, please.
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:-X Deer are back downtown. Last night they dined al fresco at the noveau and chic Chez QK on succulent raw tulips in the front bed with a side of kale in the back bed. Which means they were all over the property.
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Queen K wrote::-X Deer are back downtown. Last night they dined al fresco at the nouveau and chic Chez QK on succulent raw tulips in the front bed with a side of kale in the back bed. Which means they were all over the property.


Uh, yay for helping wildlife? Too bad you couldn't shoot them with your camera . . .

(At least they aren't rats!)
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Queen K wrote::-X Deer are back downtown. Last night they dined al fresco at the noveau and chic Chez QK on succulent raw tulips in the front bed with a side of kale in the back bed. Which means they were all over the property.



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I have found and planted my hydrangea, Cityline Mars by Proven Winners. Hope it turns out as well as the picture!
cityline_mars_hydrangea-.jpg

https://www.provenwinners.com/plants/hydrangea/cityline-mars-bigleaf-hydrangea-hydrangea-macrophylla

It is in a protected spot, so I expect it should do well. I like that it is a compact no-prune shrub.

Ended up finding it at Art Knapps on Benvoulin. I tried Penny Plants at McCurdy and the Greenery (of course!). Glad I didn't have to head over to Bylands, don't know why it is so hard to find the time to get across the lake - it isn't that far.
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Queen K wrote::-X Deer are back downtown. Last night they dined al fresco at the noveau and chic Chez QK on succulent raw tulips in the front bed with a side of kale in the back bed. Which means they were all over the property.



Lambs Ear, deer can't stand this stuff.
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/lambs-ear/lambs-ear-plant.htm

All the plants that were surrounded by it were never touched unless they grew too tall.
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But but but I've got Lamb's Ear! In spades :D

Unfortunately I've just got too big of a space for deer, and I did just recently dig up some Lamb's Ear and ditched it. It's invasive if left unchecked.
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