Well its August and .................

mori1(5b/6a)August 13, 2013

So here it is August and some of the plants that I wintered sowed, are still in the containers. Part of the reason is I have no idea what they are. After the extremely rare May snowstorm, we got hit we a lot and I mean a lot of rain. My soil was so saturated that I afraid that one of my trees would fall over, I was afraid to even touch them. The rain caused several of the tags to come off the containers and then there were the ones that had all the soil washed out. Let's just say it wasn't a pretty picture and a bunch of seedling didn't make it. My other excuse is the fact that I have been redoing my garden beds after my not so pleasant soil test results. I have done all but one bed in the front yard and trying to work my rose beds in the back but mother nature hasn't been helpful. Three weeks ago the ground was so hard that I almost broke something trying to dig a hole. I tried wetting the soil in the evening so I could work it during the day but the ground was parched. Then last week we had 6 days of cloudy, humid, on and off rain which was great for the plants and helped lower my water bill. But so much for working in garden and just when I think I'm finally getting somewhere it rains again. At this rate I'm not sure if the rest of the winter sowed annuals will make it into the ground before October. The no name ones are going to have to wait until next year and hopefully I'll know what they are by then. Oh well, at least my new garden tools will be here by Friday and I stop hurting myself on tools that should have been retired last year.

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Gardening is a hobby. It should be enjoyable. And Mother Nature has her own ideas about what kind of weather she sends our way.

Then there are the seeds. I had two winter sown daylilies germinate on me a week or two ago. The challenges never end. And every year I think I'll do it better next year. LOL

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 12:19AM
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I think the same thing, every year. It will happen, I hope.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 2:23PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

I'm fortunate that I have a husband who hates the look of my jugs sitting around, so he's constantly saying "Why don't you spend some time in the garden and get more of those jugs planted? How many do you have left? How long will that take?" I almost hesitate to plant any each year, but I just can't resist playing in the dirt in the winter when I'm stir crazy.


    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 6:55AM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

This fall only a few of my seedlings are still in their ws containers. Most seedlings have been planted or potted. Those tiny seedlings will go into a holding bed, container and all, until next spring when they will get some more growth before being planted.

Every year I have a few NOID seedlings which get potted up or placed in a holding bed until they can be identified. Sometimes they are weeds which blew into the ws containers or came in the container mix. Usually they are plants I want to keep.

Hopefully you will have better gardening conditions next year. Hurrah for new gardening tools.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 10:30AM
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Martha, invent your husband to help you. He might find that he enjoys it too.
Sadly, I haven't made much process since I wrote that. The rose beds are almost done and if I get one the other 4 beds in the backyard started before its starts freezing then I would call it good. The new gardening tools took awhile to get us too but my hands are so much happier

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 1:59PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

I've invited him to help more times than I care to count. And my teenagers, too. No luck. Once in a while he'll bring a book, a chair, and a drink into the garden and sit near me while I garden, but he only participates in the "manly" jobs like mowing or leaf-blowing. He has something against getting his hands dirty, and that's my favorite part.


    Bookmark   October 8, 2013 at 7:28PM
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LOL, better not tell the guys who landscaping. I guess you could call it, the manly form of gardening.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 12:32PM
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