Posted in Gardening on April 30, 2015|
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We have been allowed back into the gardens to tend and water them! The gardeners are a happy bunch. There are still some limitations. A few gardens are still a bit “sequestered”, but generally almost everyone can get to their plots.
Here are some photos that show our limited access. On the lower level (D) the Redbud trees have been removed. They were root/pot bound and beyond their expected, good lives. Pretty trees will replace them, so not to worry!
The few gardens that are still inaccessible should be available within a few days. At least that’s what I’ve been told. So, continue your good humor! This too shall pass!
I took a few pictures of the Secret Garden as well. There are pots there from folks whose balconies are being impacted while their building is draped. I have posted some photos here of them.
Please, as you can see, someone has left a hose sprawling across the deck. That is NOT acceptable-it is a terrible tripping hazard, and looks bad! I put it back…it took me less than a minute to do. PLEASE, if you use the hoses, PUT THEM BACK. I’m sure this is not our regular gardeners, so those of you whose plants are here temporarily, DO put the hose back where it was gotten!
I also took photo’s of unlabeled pots. They do NOT belong anywhere. LABEL your pots PLEASE. All of the pots moved from balconies HAVE been labeled, so these pots must belong to someone else. Maybe it’s just a work in progress, but we do need to be mindful of others.
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Posted in Gardening on April 25, 2015|
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The scaffolding is going up! It’s not finished yet. It will take the better part of this week, as well as last. I’ve had some concerned gardeners wanting to water their gardens, but we’ve been cautioned by the construction company that we are NOT allowed on the decks until they are FINISHED erecting ALL of the scaffolding!
As you can see, there is construction material ALL over the decks. At the moment it is just too easy to trip over “stuff”. They also fear for unexpected drops from above while installing scaffolding on, and next to the building.
So what do all our conscientious gardeners do? Their plants are thirsty, and those gardeners are not a happy bunch right now.
Perhaps we should talk about “watering” our container gardens. I’ll bet all of the gardeners have been doing this right along, which will help their plants deal with this big STRESS in their lives right now!
- When you water, do you water DEEPLY, and gently? The water should just “seep” into the soil. This allows the water to penetrate down to where the roots dwell. Let the hose sit there long enough to moisten the soil without creating puddles. You don’t want to over water either.
- When you test to see if your garden needs more soil, do you do the “knuckle” test? Stick your finger into the soil If you can feel damp soil when your finger is up to the second knuckle IN the soil…it doesn’t need more water!
- Try not to plant material that NEEDS a ton of water. It will be just too dependent on you to get out there and water OFTEN! Get plants that do fine with less water.
- Try to do your watering in the morning. The reason is that during the heat of the day, the water dries up too quickly as it is warmed by that sun. Also, if you get the leaves wet while watering at night, they won’t dry off easily. Those damp leaves become vulnerable to mold and other diseases, which you would like to avoid.
- And that brings up AGAIN that it’s best to water the SOIL and not the LEAVES!
- Last, you shouldn’t rely on the rain to keep those plants well hydrated. I realize that comment is not too reassuring to you right now, as you are told NOT to go to your plants, but hopefully they will be fine for a few weeks. Perhaps we’ll be lucky and the heavens will bless us with a downpour!
So, are you heeding all those watering techniques? Once you can get back to your plants, keep them in mind. And let’s hope for a speedy installment of that scaffolding! 🙂
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Posted in Gardening on April 16, 2015|
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Life has decided to calm down again! In one way, I’m happy…I can catch my breath… But, in another way, I LOVED being surrounded by family and especially grand-children. We did a lot; got too tired; spent too much money; ate too much; you name it, we seemed to have done it. For two or three days after they were gone, Joel and I just collapsed and enjoyed the quiet. Now however, we miss them all. We miss the confusion and the turmoil. We miss getting up and going where-ever we were going. It was SUCH FUN! Oh, well. We’ll look forward to the next time!
We enjoyed the Seattle Aquarium, among other places, and will visit it again since our grand-daughter is a volunteer there as a High School student. She loves it, and we can see why!
My book, “A Year in My New England Garden” continues to plod along. It is fun watching it’s progress. I hope you might take a look. Even though it’s not written for the Pacific Northwest, the gardening vignettes definitely fit EVERY gardener’s life! It can also be found at Amazon. Should you have a Prime account there, the shipping will be free!
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