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    After snowmageddon, the heuchera looks okay, but the dianella is looking a bit weary.

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    The local nursery won't be open till next week so I will probably wait until then to the seeds and such.
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    It's almost pea and potato planting time, the soil is a bit chilly yet, maybe in 10 days. The 2 plums are in full bloom but it's still too cool and breezy for pollinators. Dryer and coolish ahead, seasonal and calm. The other asst fruit trees are still asleep although the pears are starting to stretch and yawn. The lawn (an assortment of at least a dozen weeds and grasses) is greening up, the wild onions and dandelions are in the lead. First warm day it's gonna be tune-time for the mowers, the cycle of life continues ;-)

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    Potatoes and peas remind of my of my favorite meals ever. For a few years when I was kid we sold a few extra veges out of the garden. One day for some reason I was to be out there by the road at supper time. So my grandmother brought down a plate of potatoes. peas and a pork chop to me.
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    It's almost time. Tomorrow I intend to finish the path. Just a tiny gap in the border to go. Then comes the actual botanical work. I'm going to dare to mow the grass (I say dare. The recovered bits are so luscious that I'm scared to take a blade to it.) That is to be followed by seeding to rejuvenate the non recovered bits.

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    Well I couldn't wait and gave the grass a bit of a mow, inaugurating my mower that I bought 6 months ago. Doesn't look too bad, though it did uncover some patches of black grass. Maybe I'm quite close to the Cap Kingdom. Also did some strimming in the awkward bits including around my ornamental Figment rock. It sent a smear of green over Figment's face. It was like a Vulcan slasher film.

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    I have yet to tune up my mowers, it's been too cold! I hope to plant those peas and taters next weekend, lettuce too if the long range predicts a warming trend. The 2 plums are spectacular in peak bloom, no pollinators but next week forecast spells doom for those blooms when temps drop into the mid 20's. All other trees still dormant, even the cherries. Pears withdrew their bluff.

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    Even thou the garden looks like this outside:
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    I can't wait until to I get some seed started.
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    Goodbye, garden and orchard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Goodbye, garden and orchard.
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    Now, that is a view!

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    Can't argue with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    Now, that is a view!
    It's why we're here!
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    Ozduck beat me to it Treb.

    That's a damn fine view!
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    Can someone give me tips on how to get my orchids live longer? I water it with room temperature water once a week, I remove the parts that are dead and I don't get what else to do...

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    I'm no orchid specialist, although I do grow lots of outdoor fruits & veggies there is not one single indoor potted plant in our house. There are several variables involved in growing orchids successfully.
    These sites below may be of help....

    http://www.aos.org/orchids/additiona...s-indoors.aspx

    http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/orchids

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    My wife just replaces them when they're done. I took one that she told me to throw out and stuck it on a windowsill in the workshop where I was going to water it and see if it would come back. Then I forgot about until several months later when I noticed it blooming.
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    Yay! My seed packets have started to arrive!

    I ordered several sorts of coleus and the mixed variety seed packets are here. Those are going to be for indoor terrariums. I also ordered some dramatically colored single variety packs and plan to grow two large pots of black and red coleus and put them on my balcony.

    I have plans for two other single variety types but as I can't remember their colors at the moment I'll hold off on telling.

    I do need some advice though. Since coleus seeds are teeny tiny things and to put it bluntly I risk accidently blinding myself when I shave, what's the best way to evenly disperse the seeds when you have a mild case of "Joe Cocker" hands?
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    And my smart alec brother says the easiest way to evenly disperse the seeds would be to have somebody else do it.

    What a guy.
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    Oh, and I wanted to thank Glom for reminding me I'm going to put in a bed of heuchera this spring as soon as I can get to a nursery.

    And I also want to thank him because he made me remember the third of the triumvirate of fake monsters bored D&D ref's used to use on their less literate players back in the mid-70's. (Heuchera being pronounce WHO-kera), at least locally. The other two fake monsters being the gazebo and the shibboleth. Though of the three the shibboleth *has* killed thousands of people. Mainly in the Middle East and Asia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    And my smart alec brother says the easiest way to evenly disperse the seeds would be to have somebody else do it.

    What a guy.
    Since he just volunteered to do it, yeah, what a guy!

    (That is what he and you meant, innit?)
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    BigDon, as stated above I don't have a single indoor house plant but a general rule of thumb (even for big ones ;-) is to plant a seed 4 times as deep as it's size. As for the tiniest of seeds, try just using one finger as a magnet, press down gently on a few seeds with 1 finger and if they're small enough they will stick to your finger. Then just rub that finger with another finger to flick them off onto the soil and cover 4x their thickness. If you overplant you can always thin them out.

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    I'll probably go get some seeds and potting soil this evening.
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    Just make sure it a seed starter formula and not potting soil, it makes a difference.

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    You're welcome I guess.

    A bed of heuchera. What a thought! I'm off to the garden centre tomorrow to get some goodies, though shockingly the met office is warning of snow this weekend so they'll be resting in the house until next week.

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    Just make sure it a seed starter formula and not potting soil, it makes a difference.
    Using potting soil as a generic term, need so something green soon.
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    I took some pH readings and it seems parts of my lawn are made from hydrochloric acid.

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    Get some lime maybe in your case a lot of lime. It is usually a mixture of MgOH or CaOH or some other bases, you basically scatter over the soil during planting and most nurseries should have it, just don't get wet because it is the foundation of cement and will harden, we used all the time our soil is acidic as well, should pick up some latter in the spring.
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    I'll get some. There is a possibility it is my fault. I used a bit of sulphate last year I think (there's a box of sulphate in the shed so I presume I used it) because the plants wanted a more acidic soil.

    I bought a polyanthus fire dragon from the garden centre. It's going to sit in the lounge until after the mini-beast. It looks cool, but the Royal Horticultural Society doesn't seem to have this species in their database.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacedude View Post
    BigDon, as stated above I don't have a single indoor house plant but a general rule of thumb (even for big ones ;-) is to plant a seed 4 times as deep as it's size. As for the tiniest of seeds, try just using one finger as a magnet, press down gently on a few seeds with 1 finger and if they're small enough they will stick to your finger. Then just rub that finger with another finger to flick them off onto the soil and cover 4x their thickness. If you overplant you can always thin them out.
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    While cutting a couple of logs I noticed some dead branches on an apple tree so the got pruned. I guess the gardening season has started even thou most of the garden is under 30 cms of snow.
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