I’ve spent a lot of time in TN and NC. It’s the only other place that I have seen large rhododendron in the wild. I will always hold the smoky mountains close to my heart.Our azealeas are usually a two (maybe) week event, usually get frosted....around the ides of April; this year, the longest spring in anyone's memory, we had them for a month...our native rhodo's not until next week or so...right now its time for the mountain laurel (rhodo cousin). Snowed Thur, Fri, and Sat in the mtns, about 30 mins from here. I had to cover the blueberries and the veg garden Sat nite because of the freeze. Our last frost date is usually April 15. High 60 today, 70 tomorrow, 80 Wed...maybe 90 by Sun. Crazy.
Mary's beds look great, L'grvy! My beds are a little more, ahem, Bohemian...
Quick update on Mary's raised beds. We have them all full except for the one which will have the sweet corn. That will be planted in the next few days. Here's how it looks:
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Onions, cabbage, & broccoli.
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Peas, cucumbers, and beans.
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Potatoes and bush beans.
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Here's how the grapes are looking. This Dolcetto will be flowering in 10-14 days.
I’m giving a third try at getting shade grass to grow in my backyard. 1 failure was contractor not grading correctly or putting down enough topsoil & using wrong variety of sod. 2nd failure was mine & my dogs’ fault—got busy & ignored it & didn’t notice the dogs had made a romping area. This time I bought a different mix of seed at the suggestion of Ag Extension, re-did the grades for better drainage, tilled, cultivated, and raked the soil and then put the green seed cover on everything exactly how the extension instructed. If it doesn’t survive I’m going to pull some plants from a property w an old house site on it and use all the landscaping rocks I have & call it good. I don’t enjoy this work, but the last 2 landscaping cos I hired botched jobs & I thought I’d give it a go. Planted a Japanese maple last month—so far so good. But if anything survives it will be a miracle.
i like the flat trees.Apples look amazing.Hi Folks,
I’m not doing much work on the e9 at the moment, especially given that most of my “work” is buying parts from Europe. Perhaps I will leverage the forum for another “happy” non-automotive topic. Please contribute! I expect elaborate setups from some members. This thread needs tractor pics and chicken coops!
I wasn’t planning on a garden this year due to travel. Plans are changing so the garden is en route. We typically grow a lot of squash, beans, onions, radish, arugula. The only tomatoes that do well are cherry tomatoes. It’s very dry here in the summer, but not very hot. It can also get wet here in august and mess with the tomatoes. We also use water-filled insulators around the few tomato plants to help with the PNW morning chill.
If you are in the habit of watering by hand, I highly recommend drip irrigation. The parts are super easy to put together and you can hook the large plastic line up to garden hose threads. I have all of mine on timers, but they are just cheap (~$40) 4-way garden hose timers. My setup is permanent, including the main tubing, I just don’t use fancy hard-wired timers.
This morning I picked up some sand and compost. We turn our beds every year but the soils is getting too clumpy and clay-like. Some of our crops didn’t do well last year, and we think it is the solid condition. Feel free to chime in!
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Beds turned, they need sand, compost worm castings, etc. We also buy a few thousand ladybugs and let them loose on these three beds.
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We use marigolds as a “zinc” to keep the PNW slugs off of the vegetables. The ones grown from seed always end up being the hardiest in the end. This year we will be using our greenhouse for lettuce and greens. We don’t usually do this so I’ll have to pay more attention to temperature and humidity. I did add wax-filled (D-Jet AAV style) pistons on the roof windows, which help keep things ventilated.
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Hopefully the garden will look something like this in August. Last year some rodent chewed up all of our apples. I like to think it was a squirrel or raccoon but in all honesty it was probably a rat.
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WowGreat job @steve in reno!
Our crops are doing poorly this year. Squash are on track but all the salad stuff is growing very slow and/or decimated by slugs. I’m on slug patrol now, but the cool weather hasn’t helped with growth.
Fortunately the lettuce, kale, and arugula is doing fantastic in the greenhouse. We will only grow the salad stuff in the greenhouse going forward.