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Arianrhod 
Posted: 16-Mar-2004, 07:30 PM
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Now is the perfect time to get a dusting of pre-emergent down..
I use Preen .. its safe for the most part. But, I did manage to kill my lambs ear
by using too much ...
http://www.preen.com/newpreen/index.jsp

Clean the winter debris out of your flower beds. get the old un decomposed leaves out of there ...
PRUNE.. everything but early bloomers !
Take down all that old growth.. rake the beds smooth...

I have gotten my second dusting of Preen down..
once I get the third.. I plan on mulching a wee bit..
only a few inches...
I am going to add some Osmacoat to my mulch..
http://www.growersupply.com/scottsosmocote.html
just a little bit, let it feed whats coming up...

Now is the time to give the lawn an early spring feeding..
using a broadcast speader or a drop spreader..
Scots has a time release spring lawn food I like a lot..
http://www.scotts.com/
I throw a few handfuls of lime in.. great if your pets used the
back yard for a bathroom !
http://wwwagcomm.ads.orst.edu/agcomwebfile.../soil/lime.html

Get your tools ready , so they are there when you need them..
Clean and oil the mower, and your hand tools..
have washers ready for the hose..
I need a new handle every year, I just wear mine out ..
I get a few new pairs of gloves at the end of the Season ..on sale
and have them ready to go too..
I LOVE these ones
http://www.gardeners.com/sell.asp?ProdGrou...721&SC=XNET8005

For whats going on indoors, we have a livley thread,
Decorating Delimas... check there please smile.gif

What all do you do to get ready for Growing Season? please share!

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Posted: 17-Mar-2004, 05:38 AM
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I love the Spring! All the months of gardening stretching ahead...

I consider myself the garden designer.... My husband is the brute force....!
I am unable to dig the garden or plant bigger shrubs because of back problems... But, I do plant all the containers and the hanging baskets, haybaskets on the walls etc... Oh and the heathers etc in the rockery gardens. I also mastermind the herb garden. I have it like a small knot garden (it's only about 5ft square!), edged with box. The roots are terribly deep and so I am able to plant and remove old plants in that area.

Our garden is quite big, and we have a lot of trees and shrubs, as well as quite a lot of lawn... so, for the past three years we've had a gardener come in once a week from early spring until almost Christmas. He is great - a really sympathetic gardener, he knows instinctively what I would like to see done when he prunes and cuts back shrubs and things and, more importantly to my husband, he keeps the lawns in check, they have never looked so good - they even have stripes - just like Wimbledon!! And, the good news is: he starts again next week!

He also keeps all the gardening equipment in tip-top condition.... the 'muncher' machine that produces mulch, the mower and things like the long handled 'loppers' for the higher branches of trees, the saws and the secateurs.

So, on Saturday, when he arrives, I will walk round the garden, like the lady of the manor, and tell him the first things that need to be done! I cannot wait.... I was MADE to be a lady of leisure with people to carry out my every whim!!! king.gif

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Posted: 17-Mar-2004, 06:54 AM
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I would LOVE to have a knot herb garden..
The small ones are works of art ..
Any boxwood tips , on wintering over ???

Container planting is one of my favorite things..
you can do so many things with pots
This company
http://www.kinsmangarden.com/index2.php?se...session=1108045
Has some of the best products for making an ordinary pot amazing !
I have a few of these baskets on a stem....
http://www.kinsmangarden.com/p/fullpage.ph...session=1108040
they are simple to use, and really make a visual impact !
Cat, I had told you about their hayracks ..

I love getting in the dirt and working in the garden..
But there are days I envy you your gardener Cat..
It would be lovley at times, to sit back with a cool beverage..
and watch some man work wink.gif

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Posted: 17-Mar-2004, 08:23 AM
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And it helps that he's not too shabby in the looks department, either!!! tongue.gif

I do nothing to my box edging... apart from give it a good haircut twice a year. I've occasionally lost one of the plants, particularly if we have a harsh winter, but I've always got loads of box cuttings sitting in pots ready to replace any that I lose. I always make sure that if there is a snowfall, I brush off the snow which lies on the edging - more because of the weight than anything else.

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Posted: 18-Mar-2004, 06:52 AM
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I thought about asking if he were "fit" wink.gif
but, did'nt want to be bold angel_not.gif

All the better then !

I never thought of cuttings to have ready to go !
brilliant idea ..
Boxwood really hates the winters here ..
does great in States like Virgina..
I love the look of it, but the growth rate! an inch a year !

Take paticence to grow a hedge of it ...
and do a knot garden, my little herb bed is a
constant work in progress..

Thanks for the tips !

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Posted: 23-Mar-2004, 09:16 AM
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Last night I started some of m'seeds for the veg garden. I started the onions, red bell peppers, and orange bell peppers. They need about 8 weeks of growing before the last frost. And in my climate we have been known to get snow up until May! Rare, but it does happen. We got 4-6 inches last week, and 3 days later it was sunny and t shirt weather.

I also turned the corn area of the garden. Mixing in the thatch form the yard from a few weeks ago. Hopefully that will enrich the soil and balance out the acidity of the pine needles. I added lime before turning to aid in that process. I plan on setting the corn seeds in the ground the last week in April.

I am also thinking about putting a tarp over the corn area for a few weeks to speed up the composting of the thatch.

And, Paula by your recommondation I bought Preen. I have not applied it yet. But I am hoping to this weekend if the weather permits.


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Posted: 23-Mar-2004, 09:50 AM
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Jason, it really is good stuff !
just be gentle smile.gif
I still have guilt pangs about my lambs ear smile.gif

Using black plastic is a great way to kill stuff smile.gif
After a hours of back breaking labor cutting sod..
and then hauling it away to make beds..
I finally got wise, and just used thick black garbage bags..
held down with stones , to kill the grass for my next bed site,,
it was soggy too !
I gave it a few turns , first with fork, then with spade,
re covered it to get anything that might be germinating ..
it worked like a charm !

Don't forget the spent barley !
Corn takes a lot out if the soil ...

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I know I need to call about that!!!!
I hope it breaks the thatch down quickly. I really dont wanna have to pull any of it out because it is too thick. The Lime *should* help break it down to.... I also put half a bag of compost in that area to get the microbs and other bacteria working....
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Posted: 23-Mar-2004, 10:09 AM
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QUOTE (Arianrhod @ Mar 23 2004, 09:50 AM)

Using black plastic is a great way to kill stuff smile.gif

A flame thrower is best, but Preen is good if you don't have one handy. biggrin.gif


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Posted: 22-Jul-2004, 12:58 AM
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O'siyo,
All that post on these forums seem to be a wealth of knowledge so even though its too late now I am going to ask a question..I have two gardens and this spring after 5 times trying to grow green onions (love 'em) I never got the first one.. sad.gif What did I do wrong? Everything else with the exception of my cabbage did very well! thumbs_up.gif My cabbage was a bit smaller than I had expected...again, did I do something wrong? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated..perhaps next Spring I will have lots of green onions and larger heads of cabbage biggrin.gif
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Posted: 22-Jul-2004, 06:57 AM
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You may want to test and amend the soil ..
Veggies and flowering plants take a lot of nutrients from the soil...
and that needs to be replaced..
It could also be as simple as a Ph issue..

http://www.drgoodearth.com/?src=overture

http://www.soilperfect.com/

There are many , many places that offer this service..
Check your local Colleges too ! most have a lab for this ..

Good Luck!
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Posted: 29-Jan-2005, 03:06 PM
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Bump !
For spring ideas ..

Hey, we can hope, can't we?

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