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Gardening 2011

by Robinson

Scott and I worked in the garden all afternoon. We planted the tomato seedlings (‘Black Cherry,’ ‘Orange Strawberry,’Brandywine,’ ‘Flamme’), pepper seedlings (‘Wisconsin Lakes,’ Jalapeno ‘Traveler Strain,’ Sweet Banana Peppers, ‘Gypsy’), tomatillo seedlings (‘Purple de Milpa’), and zucchini seeds (‘Black Beauty’). Just as we finished the rain came down followed by the tornado sirens. Tomorrow I’ll plant one more row of squash (‘Amish Pie’) and we’ll get the fencing up to keep the chickens out then we’ll pretty much be done planting the vegetable garden until the garlic (‘Music’) comes out. I’ll have to tuck my herbs in here and there though.

Rain Garden Tool

by Robinson

Useful tool for planning  a rain garden.

Ramps

by Robinson

I have heard lots about eating ramps ever since I started paying attention to some food blogs this spring (I love Food in Jars and envy the genius of the blog title). I found G-N Ramp Farm, the world’s only ramp farm, online and might just order a pound for planting next spring to go with my planned stand of ferns for foraging fiddleheads. I have to wonder though, how do ramps fare around black walnuts?

Mystery Solved

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Almost three years ago I was trying to identify a shrub that grows along our driveway. I had narrowed it down to the Red Osier Dogwood and haven’t given it a lot of thought since. Today I’ve been perusing the Arbor Day Foundation’s website (is there a more economical way to add trees to the landscape?) because I want to add to the windbreaks on our property lines to reduce the impact of our neighbors. I stumbled across the Arrowwood Viburnum and this time everything does fit.

Plant Guilds

by Robinson

black walnuts

by Robinson

Another step in what may become a lifelong effort to garden around and become friends with the black walnuts in my life. I bought one woodland poppy plant (Stylophorum diphyllum) while browsing the garden center yesterday. Mostly I bought it because I love the way it looks. I saw it last year but when I went back for it they were sold out, so, I grabbed it up as soon as I saw them this year. I suspected that it might be possible that a native, deep shade perennial might tolerate a little juglone in its life. I planted it today and will watch it closely for signs of toxicity. I also found another black walnut list that offers a little hope here and here. I also planted an oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) which I’m also hopeful about except that the ground has been pretty wet.

Let’s Grow Veggies! Frost Dates > Hickory Corners, Michigan 49060 (Zone 5B)

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Tomatoes!

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Tomato Seedlings

Tomato Seedlings

Propagating Deciduous and Evergreen Shrubs, Trees and Vines with Stem Cuttings

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ideas for blueberry guild

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For the bed behind house:

blueberry bushes
chamomile (already volunteering there, is soil already acidic?)
daylilies
bleeding heart
strawberries