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Re: GMG Green Thumb Club
« Reply #420 on: February 07, 2022, 09:04:18 AM »
I'm concerned I'll discover a lot of winter kill when spring finally arrives. Last month, we had some torrential rain that subsequently froze. Then, we got a blizzard that covered the ice. Snow cover is good for dormant plants in the winter, but not when it's on top of a layer of ice. On the bright side, the guards I put around the trees and shrubs the rabbits damaged last year seem to be doing the job. I find lots of rabbit scat each morning, but little plant damage. The hay I bought before it snowed and left it out for them might also be helping.
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« Reply #421 on: February 07, 2022, 09:22:45 AM »
I'm concerned I'll discover a lot of winter kill when spring finally arrives. Last month, we had some torrential rain that subsequently froze. Then, we got a blizzard that covered the ice. Snow cover is good for dormant plants in the winter, but not when it's on top of a layer of ice. On the bright side, the guards I put around the trees and shrubs the rabbits damaged last year seem to be doing the job. I find lots of rabbit scat each morning, but little plant damage. The hay I bought before it snowed and left it out for them might also be helping.

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« Reply #422 on: February 07, 2022, 09:48:05 AM »
Yes I planted a Teucrium fruticans in September 2020. It really did well, lots of new growth and quite large until February 2021, when two days of frosts -- maybe -2 -- killed it right off, disappeared without trace.

I just went out and it's back with a vengeance -- from absolutely nothing to about 24 inches of growth already.
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« Reply #423 on: February 07, 2022, 09:57:07 AM »
A miracle how nature recovers from the most adverse of conditions.

Yes I planted a Teucrium fruticans in September 2020. It really did well, lots of new growth and quite large until February 2021, when two days of frosts -- maybe -2 -- killed it right off, disappeared without trace.

I just went out and it's back with a vengeance -- from absolutely nothing to about 24 inches of growth already.

I'm glad to hear it came back! Nature can be remarkable. When I was having tree work done last summer, a huge limb completely crushed a 10-foot black cherry tree. I was about to cut it up for removal, but decided to prop it up instead. So far, it continues to survive.
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« Reply #424 on: February 07, 2022, 11:40:36 AM »
A miracle how nature recovers from the most adverse of conditions.
Yes I planted a Teucrium fruticans in September 2020. It really did well, lots of new growth and quite large until February 2021, when two days of frosts -- maybe -2 -- killed it right off, disappeared without trace.

I just went out and it's back with a vengeance -- from absolutely nothing to about 24 inches of growth already.

Yes, nature is amazing.  I had left a plant  (tender woody herb) outside (It was snowed upon), but finally brought it inside.  Conditions were far from perfect.  I had to keep it in a room that was too cold; finally moved it to warmer room after Christmas tree was gone and was able to put it in front of a window.  Before that (in cooler room), there were only a  couple of leaves showing green....rest of the leaves dried up and fell off.  Now, being in front of direct sunlight (again) but also the fact that this room is much warmer, I slowly got to see signs of growth again [Also, I gave it a tiny bit of food since I hadn't fee it in quite some time].  After waiting patiently for some more signs of life, I did a bit of trimming back, and again, more buds and leaf growth (It was getting too unwieldy size-wise to deal with and catching on the curtains, etc., and also needed a bit of shaping too).

It's alive!  :)  Now just to keep it free from various diseases and spider/bug issues 'til I can get it back outside.  It would be hard to spray it for anything where it is.  Finger's crossed.

And very happy to hear that your plant survived Mandryka.  I've found (and happily surprised) that certain plants--once they have established good root development and particularly if they are in a very favorable place (like your courtyard or in another sunny and somewhat protected conditions) will surprise you by pushing up and developing new growth; it might not be perfect looking (as in as big and full as before), but it you give it a while, you can often get it back to close to as it was before....I've thought that I had lost some butterfly bushes, but they survived (helped to be 'brutal' and really cut back the dead wood); the will to survive is strong, non?


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« Reply #425 on: April 18, 2022, 12:02:30 PM »
It is spring and it is now clear that a very large drift of nepata, catmint, has died. This leaves an area about 10 feet x 5 feet pretty well bare.

I want to use the next few months to think about how to redesign it, with a view to planting etc in September.

My question is, what should I do with the land over the next 5 months? I could just clear it and hoe off any weeds which appear.  But I wonder if anyone has any more interesting suggestions.

Is it too late for any edibles? Or ornamental annuals? What about green manures?
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« Reply #426 on: April 19, 2022, 06:32:49 AM »
It is spring and it is now clear that a very large drift of nepata, catmint, has died. This leaves an area about 10 feet x 5 feet pretty well bare.

I want to use the next few months to think about how to redesign it, with a view to planting etc in September.

My question is, what should I do with the land over the next 5 months? I could just clear it and hoe off any weeds which appear.  But I wonder if anyone has any more interesting suggestions.

Is it too late for any edibles? Or ornamental annuals? What about green manures?

Raised bed? From next to nothing, wood from pallets. To more expensive, steel.
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« Reply #427 on: April 19, 2022, 06:54:04 AM »
Raised bed? From next to nothing, wood from pallets. To more expensive, steel.

Not for veggies, but you’ve set me thinking. Years ago at Wisley they had a garden of beds raised to eye level, planted with alpines. Like jewels they were, really beautiful, because they were raised you could really see them, and some of them trailed down the walls of the bed nicely too - others went up on little trellises. It would be hard to do in my space, but maybe, just maybe, I can think of a way. Thanks.
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« Reply #428 on: April 19, 2022, 02:46:53 PM »
Bumblebees have emerged here this past weekend, so it was safe for me to start cleaning up the leaves that accumulated along the property edges. I always wait to do so until I know the bees have ventured out of their underground wintering spots.

While straightening up the vegetable garden area, I discovered a rabbit nest in one of my large planting pots with three small bunnies inside. I put up a makeshift roof over it to protect them from the heavy rains we've been having lately and have been watching out for them from afar (realizing that these cute little guys will probably become my nemesis down the road when the vegetables start to grow.) I set up a webcam nearby and have been fascinated watching how the mother only shows up at dusk to nurse the babies, staying away the rest of the day to avoid attracting predators to the nest.

The temperatures are still relatively cold here and it will be a few weeks before I can consider bringing any tender plants outside. In the meantime, my warm weather plants and the vegetable seedlings I've started are doing well in the cellar under lights.
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« Reply #429 on: April 20, 2022, 03:49:10 AM »
Is it too late for me to sow Swiss chard in London?
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« Reply #430 on: April 21, 2022, 06:20:06 AM »
Is it too late for me to sow Swiss chard in London?

Not at all. I planted Swiss chard germinated in modules in late summer last year along with perpetual spinach. They have been invaluable during the last month or so "hungry gap". I don't water or anything expecting them to go to seed at any moment but they keep producing. A curry would not be the same without a side dish of lightly boiled chard.
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« Reply #431 on: June 20, 2022, 06:14:22 AM »


For Banana plants a year is a long time!

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