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    Posted on March 8th, 2013 Pam No comments

    Sorry I am posting these pictures a little late, but here they are.  These were taken on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

    These are Amaryllis blossoms. It is always good to have flowers blooming inside.

    Here are some Hyacinths planted around February 4th. Blooming nicely. If you look closely you can see the water they are growing in and the white roots.

    This is a blossom of a paperwhite. Forced to bloom inside.

    Spring is definitely coming!!! When I have several pictures of something that is green we are well on our way to spring!!

    These are Crocus, these will bloom VERY VERY soon. These are the first flowers to bloom, in snow or rain.

    Here are the tallest tulips I have outside so far. They will be pink and they will be early.

    This is a picture of some of my Alyssum. Alyssum is a ground color, this happens to be yellow. I thought it was a cool picture, snow above them and water below them.

    Now to the greenhouse, here are some of the tulips, daffodils and lilies I have put in the greenhouse so far. I planted these March 6th of this week.

    Here are two rows of onions I planted last November. They are about 30" wide and 50' long.

    This is a close-up of some of the onions. If you look closely and I mean CLOSELY, you can see hundreds of onions coming up. These are from onion sets.

    Here is a picture of the Sunrise Garden (the garden on the east side). The snow is going, but it is still VERY muddy!!

    This is a picture of the Sunset Garden (on the west). It is looking good, about 2/3 of the snow is gone.


    Posted on March 8th, 2013 Pam No comments

    Trim raspberries now or in the next few weeks. I usually wait until the raspberries have just started to leaf out and the ground is not too wet.  I use hand loppers (trimmers) to cut the dead raspberries at ground level. Then trim the living raspberries to about 40 inches tall.  If the raspberries are trimmed this way, they branch out and produce more raspberries.

    After trimming the raspberries, it is the best time to clean the area of all leaves, branches and debris. I use a 6″ rake, it fits well between the canes.  After the area is clean, to control weeds, I apply Caseron.  It should be applied to raspberries before any weeds or grasses begin to grow.
    Caseron prevents weeds. It is actually a pre-mergent and keeps seeds from germinating.  It also creates a barrier that keeps weed roots (like quack-grass), from breaking through the soil. However, woody plants and trees are not affected, that is the magic of Caseron.  It can be sprinkled around woody plants, like raspberries, currents, shrubs and trees, without any damage to any new or old growth. It is the best product I have ever used and it also lasts the entire season.  Products like Prem will last about eight weeks then re-application is necessary. Prem works well around flower beds and garden paths, but the results have not been the best for me.
    It may be a little early to apply Caseron, and some areas may still have snow, but do not wait too long.  I am going to apply it to my fence lines and ditch banks tomorrow morning, (when the ground is still frozen and I will not sink in the mud).
    Caseron works best on bare ground. To apply, sprinkle it about as thick as salt and pepper. I use a hand fertilizer spreader that spreads it very thin. Caseron also works well on cracks or seams of cement sidewalks or driveways. For some of my wide flower borders, I use a walk behind lawn fertilizer spreader.
    1.  Do not apply it too thick or it will kill the ‘good’ plants. A little bit goes a long way.
    3.  Be careful, Caseron lasts one year in the soil.
    4.  Caseron spreads, I have had it spread as much as one foot.  So do not apply it too close to gardens or flowers.
    5.  Be careful using it around children, pets and livestock–especially chickens.
    6.  Use a face-mask and gloves when applying and wash clothes afterward.
    Jan. 4th Week 1 Order gardening catalogs
    Jan. 11th Week 2 Check out Books & Magazines from Library
    Jan. 18th Week 3 Family survey
    Jan. 25th Week 4 Garden Journal, study gardening books
    Feb. 1st Week 5 Seed inventory, test seeds
    Feb. 8th Week 6 Make a garden plan
    Feb. 15th Week 7 How much to plant
    Feb. 22nd Week 8 Buy seeds
    Mar. 1st Week 9 Plant onion seeds and artichokes
    Mar. 8th Week 10 Trim Raspberries and apply Caseron
    Mar. 15th Week 11 Plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage seeds
    Mar. 22nd Week 12 Plant flower seeds & herbs
    Mar. 29th Week 13 Plant onion sets, plant raspberry starts
    Apr. 5th Week 14 Plant tomato, pepper seeds
    Apr. 12th Week 15 Transplant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage if ready