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May 7, 2012 Horticulture Column

Howdy from the Gardening world!!!  Wasn’t Saturday a beautiful day!!!!  Water in basement, from a cracked water line, did hamper our Saturday yard work but we did manage to get some yard work done in between taking breaks from the cleanup.  We had high hopes for a good Sunday but that did not happen either.  I did finish planting my garden with the exception of tomatoes, cucumbers and possibly a couple of gourds.  Some of you will say you had better what you preach but my little short rows of beans and beets can be covered by blankets if the old “frost” guy comes along.  Speaking of frost makes me think of winter and the survival rate of my perennials.  We have several perennials that did not make the winter season.  I am still clueless about why but am working on it.  It seems as though something happened to the roots as there was no root mass this spring, when dug up.  Well I guess this gives us the opportunity to try something different, not sure what, but something different.  I have also been getting questions pertaining to the spraying of spruce trees and all I will say is the time is not right yet.  We need to wait for the new growth caps to start falling off and it appears it will be at least a couple of weeks yet.  Don’t be in a hurry and I will let you know when the time is right, either by this column or by the weekly radio show.

I walked into Walmart on Saturday and being spring had to take a stroll down the flower alley.  The new flowers with blooms sure gives the urge to get planting our flowers.  It smell so good and they look so pretty this time of the planting season.  We are not sure what we are buying so have been pulling the anchor and of course still waiting to see if the frost free days are gone by.  So many choices when they look so pretty.

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