Gardening advice

Poppies

Poppies and a Cutting Garden?

I¬†have¬†a¬†back¬†area¬†in¬†my¬†yard,¬†about¬†8×30,¬†that¬†used¬†to¬†be¬†my¬†vegetable¬†garden¬†until¬†the¬†local¬†critters¬†(raccoons,¬†rats,¬†and¬†mice,¬†possums)¬†started¬†eating¬†all¬†my¬†produce¬†every¬†year¬†and¬†leaving¬†none¬†for¬†me.¬†¬†So¬†I¬†gave¬†up¬†on¬†it,¬†let¬†it¬†go¬†wild,¬†and¬†planted¬†a¬†much¬†smaller.¬†30¬†of¬†the garden¬†and¬†a¬†bunch¬†of¬†pots¬†of¬†flowers¬†right¬†up¬†next¬†to¬†my¬†house.¬†Every¬†year¬†its¬†a¬†challenge¬†fitting¬†everything¬†in¬†(I¬†don’t),¬†so¬†I’ve¬†been¬†collecting¬†more¬†and¬†more¬†pots. This¬†year,¬†I¬†finally¬†broke¬†down¬†and¬†have¬†been¬†making¬†gorgeous¬†bouquets¬†of¬†the¬†coreopsis,¬†snapdragons,¬†allium/chive,¬†viola,¬†gerbera¬†daisies,¬†delphinium,¬†and¬†surprise,¬†surprise,¬†papaver¬†nudicaule!¬†Who¬†knew¬†that¬†poppies¬†are¬†fantastic¬†cut¬†flowers?!!¬†I¬†didn’t.¬†Now¬†I¬†know¬†why¬†my¬†Grandma¬†–¬†who¬†had¬†the¬†most¬†exquisite¬†gardens¬†ever¬†–¬†had¬†banks¬†of¬†poppies¬†of¬†various¬†kinds¬†growing.¬†She¬†made¬†dried¬†flower¬†arrangements,¬†and¬†now¬†it¬†comes¬†back¬†to¬†me¬†that¬†she¬†frequently¬†used¬†poppies. So now that I’m loving all these flowers and making bouquets. I thought that I could resurrect the back patch and plant a drought tolerant cutting garden. and I have so many questions! What¬†do¬†you¬†recommend?¬†My¬†idea¬†is¬†to¬†amend¬†the¬†soil,¬†and¬†then¬†broadcast¬†seeds,¬†or¬†carefully¬†transplant¬†the¬†pre-germinated¬†seeds¬†that¬†I¬†start¬†indoors¬†on¬†a¬†heat¬†mat.¬†The¬†main¬†flower¬†type¬†would¬†be¬†poppies¬†because¬†they¬†are¬†so¬†striking,¬†seem¬†to¬†grow¬†really¬†easily¬†here.¬†And¬†are¬†a¬†lovely¬†cut¬†flower¬†–¬†at¬†least¬†the¬†Iceland¬†version¬†is.¬†Are¬†other¬†types¬†the¬†same?¬†Specifically¬†what¬†about¬†Papaver¬†rhoeas,¬†Orientale¬†and¬†somniferum?¬†If¬†I¬†let¬†these¬†varieties¬†go¬†to¬†seed,¬†will¬†later¬†generations¬†appear¬†the¬†same?¬†The¬†only¬†papaver¬†I¬†don’t¬†love¬†is¬†the¬†California¬†poppy¬†since¬†it¬†grows¬†wild¬†everywhere¬†here. Other¬†flowers¬†I’m¬†thinking¬†of¬†are¬†Centaurea¬†–¬†the¬†deep¬†blue¬†cornflower,¬†coreopsis¬†(another¬†one¬†I¬†didn’t¬†realize¬†would¬†last¬†so¬†long¬†as¬†a¬†cut¬†flower),¬†Agrostemma,¬†Orange¬†cosmos,¬†blue¬†flax,¬†and¬†maybe¬†white¬†bishop’s¬†lace¬†(this¬†last¬†one¬†is¬†a¬†maybe¬†because¬†I¬†realize¬†if¬†its¬†the¬†exact¬†thing¬†that¬†grows¬†wild¬†everywhere¬†here.¬†I’m¬†not¬†sure¬†I¬†want¬†to¬†change¬†it,¬†as¬†it¬†would¬†be¬†so¬†much¬†taller¬†than¬†all¬†the¬†other¬†flowers.¬†And¬†I¬†worry¬†about¬†its¬†invasiveness).¬†What¬†do¬†you¬†think?¬†The¬†area¬†in¬†question¬†is¬†a¬†raised¬†bed¬†in¬†pretty¬†much¬†full¬†sun.¬†While¬†I¬†can¬†periodically¬†water¬†it¬†particularly¬†when¬†it’s¬†getting¬†established.¬†My¬†hope¬†is¬†to¬†leave¬†it¬†be¬†and¬†water¬†only¬†occasionally.¬†I¬†do¬†want¬†to¬†pick¬†the¬†flowers¬†for¬†bouquets¬†though.

marigold seeds

Marigold seeds & flowers what is the secret to growing these?

All¬†seeds¬†lose¬†viability¬†over¬†time,¬†but¬†I¬†save¬†my¬†crackerjack¬†marigold¬†seeds¬†for¬†a¬†couple¬†of¬†years¬†and¬†they¬†do¬†fine.¬†Some¬†flowers¬†like¬†marigolds¬†and¬†wildflowers¬†don’t¬†need¬†very¬†rich¬†soil.¬†I¬†would¬†not¬†fertilize¬†unless¬†nothing¬†grows¬†there¬†at¬†all.¬†I¬†would¬†still¬†prep¬†the¬†soil¬†with¬†compost¬†and¬†make¬†sure¬†that¬†drainage¬†is¬†good.¬†If¬†I¬†fertilize,¬†which¬†I¬†really¬†don’t¬†need¬†to¬†do¬†since¬†I¬†do¬†soil¬†testing,¬†it¬†will¬†be¬†side¬†dressings¬†after¬†the¬†true¬†leaves¬†have¬†come¬†out.¬†I¬†don’t¬†like¬†to¬†start¬†flowers¬†in¬†pots.¬†They¬†do¬†grow,¬†but¬†since¬†I¬†do¬†compost,¬†they¬†are¬†not¬†easy¬†to¬†transplant. Marigolds don’t grow in cold and wet conditions. They germinate poorly, dampen off, and get mildew and fungal diseases, so I would wait to plant until the weather is warm at least 68 degrees and you are not expecting prolonged periods of rain. However, I do like to plant seeds right before a storm Continue Reading →

gophers

Gophers are attacking my garden!

I¬†have¬†a¬†friend¬†with¬†a¬†Jack¬†Russel’s¬†and¬†Rat¬†Terriers.¬†Those¬†dogs¬†are¬†extremely¬†hyper¬†full¬†of¬†endless¬†energy¬†like¬†someone¬†that¬†just¬†drank¬†15¬†cups¬†of¬†strong¬†black¬†coffee.¬†He¬†wanted¬†me¬†to¬†take¬†care¬†of¬†his¬†2¬†dogs¬†while¬†he¬†was¬†on¬†vacation.¬†Those¬†dogs¬†never¬†stopped¬†moving¬†from¬†the¬†time¬†the¬†sun¬†came¬†up¬†until¬†dark¬†every¬†day.¬† They¬†would¬†run,¬†run,¬†run,¬†run,¬†run,¬†then¬†dig,¬†dig,¬†dig,¬†dig,¬†dig¬†then¬†bark,¬†bark,¬†bark.¬†Run,¬†dig¬†&¬†bark¬†is¬†all¬†they¬†did.¬†Birds¬†never¬†had¬†time¬†to¬†land¬†in¬†the¬†yard¬†the¬†dogs¬†were¬†right¬†there¬†in¬†2¬†seconds.¬†Good¬†thing¬†it¬†was¬†not¬†garden¬†season¬†the¬†back¬†yard¬†looked¬†like¬†a¬†World¬†War¬†2¬†bombed¬†out¬†place¬†hardly¬†a¬†blade¬†of¬†grass¬†left¬†and¬†holes¬†everywhere.¬†LOL.¬†I¬†wish¬†I¬†have¬†a¬†time-lapse¬†video¬†of¬†that¬†it¬†was¬†amazing.¬†If¬†you¬†get¬†a¬†dog¬†get¬†1¬†that¬†is¬†not¬†so¬†hyper. If you rearing a dog who will be eating all gophers from your garden. I¬†had¬†a¬†cat¬†for¬†14¬†years¬†she¬†kept¬†the¬†garden¬†free¬†all¬†animals.¬†She¬†would¬†catch¬†birds¬†sometimes¬†and¬†eat¬†them.¬†She¬†could¬†hear¬†molds¬†in¬†the¬†ground¬†and¬†dig¬†them¬†up¬†in¬†just¬†a¬†few¬†seconds.¬†I¬†lived¬†in¬†town¬†for¬†years¬†and¬†we¬†had¬†lots¬†of¬†birds.¬†We¬†moved¬†out¬†to¬†the¬†country¬†we¬†have¬†fewer¬†birds¬†in¬†the¬†country¬†and¬†different¬†birds.¬†Cat¬†still¬†digs¬†up¬†moles¬†it¬†makes¬†me¬†mad¬†I¬†like¬†moles,¬†birds,¬†and¬†squirrels.¬†Cat¬†had¬†a¬†stroke¬†and¬†died.¬†Moles¬†have¬†multiplied,¬†2¬†squirrel¬†families¬†had¬†7¬†babies¬†they¬†use¬†to¬†be¬†in¬†the¬†yard¬†all¬†the¬†time¬†but¬†I¬†have¬†not¬†seen¬†the¬†squirrels¬†in¬†2¬†months. I¬†do¬†not¬†want¬†a¬†dog¬†they¬†all¬†seem¬†to¬†love¬†to¬†dig¬†holes¬†especially¬†young¬†dogs.¬†I¬†did¬†not¬†want¬†another¬†cat¬†but¬†the¬†wife¬†decided¬†we¬†need¬†a¬†cat.¬†Now¬†we¬†have¬†the¬†cutest¬†little¬†cat¬†you¬†ever¬†saw¬†all¬†she¬†wants¬†to¬†do¬†it¬†play.¬†In¬†about¬†a¬†year¬†cat¬†will¬†be¬†a¬†good¬†garden¬†cat.¬†Lots¬†of¬†crime¬†these¬†days¬†houses¬†and¬†cars¬†all¬†broken¬†into¬†at¬†night¬†in¬†our¬†area¬†we¬†might¬†have¬†to¬†get¬†a¬†dog.¬†Police¬†say¬†the¬†best¬†way¬†to¬†keep¬†thieves¬†away¬†is¬†a¬†barking¬†dog¬†and¬†motion¬†detector¬†lights.¬†At¬†the¬†moment¬†we¬†have¬†both¬†but¬†the¬†dog¬†is¬†not¬†ours¬†that¬†may¬†be¬†the¬†reason¬†thieves¬†have¬†not¬†broken¬†into¬†our¬†vehicles¬†and¬†house.¬†Something¬†was¬†stolen¬†from¬†our¬†yard¬†3¬†days¬†ago¬†neighbor¬†returned¬†it¬†today¬†someone¬†threw¬†it¬†in¬†his¬†yard. If in your garden have any gophers please do this work then your garden will be clean from gophers.

Mandarin orange

Growing mandarin orange in Autumn?

When¬†I¬†lived¬†in¬†Arizona¬†citrus¬†trees¬†were¬†easy¬†to¬†grow.¬†Mandarin¬†orange¬†is¬†the¬†best,¬†sweet,¬†good¬†flavor,¬†trees¬†are¬†not¬†very¬†large¬†but¬†large¬†enough¬†to¬†give¬†you¬†2¬†or¬†3¬†bushel¬†baskets¬†of¬†oranges¬†every¬†year.¬†Nice¬†thing¬†about¬†citrus¬†trees¬†you¬†do¬†not¬†have¬†to¬†pick¬†the¬†fruit¬†just¬†leave¬†it¬†on¬†the¬†tree¬†until¬†your¬†ready¬†to¬†eat¬†it.¬† I had a Mandarin orange tree in my yard, my aunt had 2 orange trees, my other aunt has a lemon tree and 3 orange trees, my parents had a grapefruit tree and 1 orange tree. The fruit is ready to harvest about December. We ate the fruit from the trees and still had Continue Reading →

Bell peppers

How do you stake your peppers?

I‚Äôve been binge-watching more Japanese cultivation method videos, and realized a singular important fact ‚ÄĒ they always prune their fruiting crops. With solace, tomatoes are relatively straight forward. And I learned Europe‚Äôs method for how to train cherry tomatoes to 4-vines. A few years ago that has been working well, but pepper‚Äôs and eggplants had Continue Reading →