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26 May 2022, 10:51 PM
wtg
Spring garden projects
Some creature ate my first alpine strawberry.

I planted radishes late. They’re coming up already.

Also planted cukes. Those are germinating already, too.

One of the new berry bushes looks like it will have a few berries this summer.

Everything else, including weeds and mosquitoes, are going gangbusters.


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26 May 2022, 11:52 PM
BeeLady
My neighbor passed from COVID in July 2020. I have worked to save his beloved garden and it now lives in several yards in the neighborhood.

Dick's garden lives on in mine..


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27 May 2022, 10:47 AM
Steve Miller
I wonder if I could do something like this?

Espalier


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28 May 2022, 11:50 AM
wtg
There are a ton of espaliered fruit trees at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It's a fascinating process but quite labor-intensive. Plus I'm not a huge fan of forcing plants to look a certain way, so espalier and topiary aren't really my thing, though I can see doing them in certain situations.

OTOH, this other article that was linked in what you posted got my attention:

Tapestry lawns


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12 June 2022, 03:56 PM
wtg
Was out for a walk yesterday and caught the scent of an old-fashioned rose. The blooms were a little past their prime but I stopped to take in the lovely perfume.

Lo and behold, there was a bee in the center of one of the blossoms. The bee was completely covered in pollen and looked like it was just wriggling around in sheer delight.



Big Grin


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30 July 2022, 01:06 PM
Steve Miller
I just learned that the City of Avon Lake makes mulch they make from the leaves they pick up. Looks like pretty good stuff, fairly well rotted, and you can't beat the price - it's free!



I've been spending a ton on peat moss and compost to work in to this heavy clay soil but no more. Do you think I'll need to add nitrogen to the mix if I use it for planting? Does anyone know of a gadget to hook to a drill or something to make it easier to mix in? A cement mixer seems like overkill.

They also have free wood mulch. It might be a nice break from the bagged brown mulch that I have now - and everyone else does too. Does mulch have to match? Not really rotted - will this be a problem?



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30 July 2022, 01:12 PM
Steve Miller
Not really a garden project, although they do have periodic plant sales. It's the "Miller Nature Center" about a mile from my house. Visited for the first time last week. They have a glass conservatory with all manner of tropicals in it - very nice! Admission is $2 and it's open winter and summer. I can see spending a few winter afternoons there to get my plant fix. They're looking for volunteers too - might be just the thing.





The grounds are nice too and there is a 1.5 mile nature trail along a little stream.





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31 July 2022, 09:28 AM
big al
My wife was there earlier this month for a meet-and-greet with the new wife of a son of friends of ours who live in Cleveland. She also described as very nice.

I'm glad to see pictures to confirm that word description.

Big Al


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