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It's just been so wet this summer. Reminds me of the summer I tried to get a new roof put on and it took 4 months since they could not work on the steep roof any day it rained. . . .
All my yard and garden work is getting behind. Well, it's too hot anyway.
Today Georgeann came by and examined my hostas. She agrees that they should be bigger given the care I am giving them and thinks that there are two problems. 1) either I let the crowns get too dry last summer and/or some critter is munching on the crowns - and/or 2) the crowns are covered too deep with mulch. I'm going to re-plant some of them a little shallower and the rest I will pull the mulch away from. So lucky to have such an expert for a friend!
I've been working on plans for my Environmental Ministry at church and Georgeann was telling me all about the hand made soap, salve, and tincture she made from jewel weed to sell at her church fair this year as poison ivy treatments. She is *amazing* - just came up with the idea and did it! Wouldn't this idea be great for the EM gardening cluster I organize next spring? Must either get her to come or at least share her recipes. Met with Ann O. today and she *loves* all my ideas for EM. I am so excited and happy about how this is going.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
New to Dave's Garden
I've been lurking here for a while and finally felt moved to join! Really hot in Nashville this summer so far, but at least we have had plenty of rain. I've worked hard on my yard and garden this summer and realize it will be many years before it takes shape. Why did it take me so long to realize I needed to amend the soil *every* time I plant something? I will need to dig up and properly re-plant most things that are living but not really thriving. I have a preference for perennials and love unique / obscure things. Plants that are making my heart glad this year - the unidentified daylillies that Peggy gave me many years ago (and which are only this year blooming appropriately), the hardy plumbago, my hardy amaryllis planted last year, bears breeches, indian wood oats, obedient plant. Things that are making my heart sad this year, powdery mildew, where did my evening primrose go?, hostas not performing well, coyotes. Will need to replace my broken camera soon to share the adventure! Hope everyone is ready to provide good advice to me!