Saturday, June 16, 2012
So, yesterday, I spent nearly the whole day in the garden, from early morning till later afternoon.
My intention was to proceed with the clearing up of cuttings made last spring, sort plant pots. Decided to make a pile of things to give away, including the majority of those fantastic hard styrofoam flats that are just magic for propagating those difficult things, like boxwood, bay laurel, etc.
There are about 80 cells in each flat. Each cell is about 2 inches in diameter at the top and tapers down to about 1/2 ” .. and they are about 4 ” deep. They offer tremendous protection throughout the seasons to encourage root formation. And the root formation for the bay laurels are very strong. Each time I pried up a cutting from a cell and saw the tremendous root growth .. my belief in the magic of gardening was affirmed.
So I emptied 4 of these flats, have a few more to go. I was very strict with myself, and any cuttings that didn’t show any roots .. well, they go into the compost.
Next .. I looked at the flats of Boxwood .. what to do with these plants? I’d originally made the cuttings …. just to see if they would root. And they all did! I was going to have a plant sale, but … changed my mind. And then the idea began, of actually using these little plants in the yard.
So, I began digging away at the back side of the yard .. at the location where I had located my gigantic leaf compost pile last year. The soil here is very good. Gently digging away at the area … I began planting the tiny boxwood plants. Shook away the soill they grew in, dusted the roots with mycorrhizal fungi to encourage strong growth.
Soon, I had a little border of these plantings. They look tiny now, but just wait a few months! I temporarily placed some other potted plants here and there, just to see what the effects would be. Some variegated grasses, daisies. Irish Moss will be at the front of the row. They add a touch of brilliant green foliage and brighten up this area.
Once I’ve determined the final shaping of this area and the little veggie place at the back (where I’ll plant those Kentucky Wonder beans!) .. then I’ll put some ground up tree branch mulching … the final remnants of some free material that I gathered from a residence, thanks to Used Victoria.
This will add a good finish to the ground, allowing a soft surface to the little paths here. And I just don’t like the look of bare ground, anyway. The mulch will add a sort of carpet like feel to this area.
After hours of digging, on my hands and knees, moving things here and there I was just getting a little tired, so decided to go inside, make a cup of Yorkshire Tea .. and just for the heck of it .. turned on the computer.
Went to Used Victoria and … voila . … there was an ad for a push mower, only a year old and just $10! Plus, I was the first viewer!!! Quickly called the owner, and I was the first contact! So raced over there .. and made my purchase!
I’d really been wanting a push mower. The last one I owned had been quite heavy and difficult to move, so I’d given it away.
Plus, met some lovely little doggies and some rescued ferrets. Turns out this gentleman and his wife care greatly for these little animals. At this time, they have 4, but in the past, they’ve had quite a few. So inspirational to meet such lovely kind people who care for animals.
Yippee .. my new lawn mower in my car .. time to make a few grocery purchases on the way home. And, what do you know! Plants are on sale at a local supermarket! There was a lovely selection of ferns, so I chose 4 (includes a Japanese painted fern, beautiful). Was thinking also about getting another grape-vine, but decided against it.
I’d planted a grapevine in a sort of sunny/shady area a few years ago. It’s not grown much. That is, it hadn’t grown much … until .. I watered EM on it! Now it has flourished and is growing like crazy. I wouldn’t be surprised if I was able to actually see grapes this year.
Well, wonder of wonders! There was a grapevine in the store that was going to be discarded, and magically, it was given to me! This one I will plant in the sun and feed it lots of EM.
How lucky am I, then? Two wonderful items that I’d really wanted and now I have them!
Back home, I try out the mower .. works great. The front grassy section of the yard isn’t even, so I had quite a workout and burned a few calories. Great fun.
So, Friday was a wonderful day for gardening and so onwards and upwards, will continue today!