Monthly Archives: May 2010

Making Straight Rows

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?QPBSG 30 May 2010 Self retracting clothesline. Walking through a hardware store, I found what is the ideal string for making straight rows in a vegetable garden. The device is a self retracting clothes line. The string is about 3/16 … Continue reading

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Blackberry.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?KXDQI 30 May 2010 Blackberry (thornless) This is the third year for these two thornless blackberries, and the first full harvest is expected. The plants are loaded with flowers.There were many honey bees sampling the flowers, which were most welcome. … Continue reading

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Spiderwort (Tradescantia x andersonia)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?KXBWF 30 May 2010 Spiderwort (Tradescantia x andersonia) I have three of these hybrid perennial plants in different locations. The pretty blue flowers have the appearance of eyes peering at you from a short distance. This plant can use almost … Continue reading

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Weigela florida ‘Red Prince’

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?XVMCM 29 May 2010 Weigela florida ‘Red Prince’ A very pretty shrub with attractive flowers and leaves. It needs regular watering – weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers.

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Summer Wine Ninebark Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Summer Wine’

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?QSKQL 29 May 2010 Summer Wine Ninebark Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Summer Wine’ This tree was purchased from a nursery and placed in the garden today. There was an ideal place for this tree, so not much effort was required. The pictures … Continue reading

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Lucy Rose Of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus ‘Lucy’)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?HLBRW 29 May 2010 Lucy Rose Of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus ‘Lucy’) The snowball bush in the front yard was dug out. and replaced with Lucy Rose of Sharon. I liked the snowball bush, but it has been attacked two years … Continue reading

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Coral Bells (Heuchera)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?DOOWG 27 May 2010 Coral Bells (Heuchera) This pretty perennial flowers almost all summer. It is a pretty delicate flower, and the flower stalk is usually gently swaying to and fro.

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Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?RVNSK 27 May 2010 Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) This non native wildflower is starting to bloom throughout the countryside.The dame’s rocket is similar to phlox, and many people confuse the two. Dames’ rocket flower has four petals, and phlox has … Continue reading

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American Pawpaw Tree [Asimina triloba (L.)]

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?TTXLQ 27 May 2010 American Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) Two trees are in the garden, planted three years ago, purchase with about three years of growth. Both appear to be doing well this year. There are many more leaves showing. One … Continue reading

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Diatomaceous earth

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?FHACH 27 May 2007 Diatomaceous earth, This was purchased today at a Seed and Feed Supplier. Cost 13 dollars for 25 pounds. Wear a mask when dispensing. Ingesting into the lungs has dangers, similar to many types of dust. This … Continue reading

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Planting carrot seeds using the board method.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?DUARS 27 May 2010 Planting carrot seeds using the board method. Carrot seeds are often hard to germinate for several reasons. Drying out, and temperature too high above about 28C. The board over the seeds keeps moisture present, and controls … Continue reading

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Columbine ( Aquilegia)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?HNICR 26 May 2010 Columbine (Aquilegia) Columbine is an early perennial, Spring flower and adds some color to the garden area.

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Bigleaf golden-ray Ligularia dentata ‘Othello’

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?OUPZZ 26 May 2010 Bigleaf golden-ray Ligularia dentata ‘Othello’ The plant in full Sun protects itself by drooping and twisting the leaves. After the heat of the day and the Sun disappears, the plant returns to normal. It likes much … Continue reading

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Shirley Poppy

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?PCGHZ 26 May 2010 Shirley Poppy This is the first Shirley Poppy for 2010. There are several growing at random throughout the garden. The delicate flower is always a welcome sight.

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Juice

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?CHJDW 26 May 2010 Juice. The current mantra is to eat more fruit and vegetables. The fruit and vegetables chosen is whatever is available. Pineapple and melon are available year around in my area. The produce is prepared and blended … Continue reading

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Hilling Potatoes

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?VBEJB 25 May 2010 Hilling Potatoes Potatoes were fertilized with compost between the plants in the small trench where they were planted. The soil between the rows was rototilled to loosen the soil and the surface area was smoothed over. … Continue reading

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Transporting Downspout Rainwater

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?CFIAT 23 May 2010 Transporting Downspout Rainwater Moving small quantities of rainwater can get tiresome carrying in five gallon pails. The two wheeled car in conjunction with a five gallon pail eases the burden. The lid on the five gallon … Continue reading

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Mixing Compost Heap

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?QKICA 23 May 2010 Mixing Compost Heap The compost consisting of all the vegetation accumulated from last year on 0.4 of an acre, plus grass clipping from three adjacent properties. This constitutes only about 3 cubic yards of finished compost. … Continue reading

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Clematis (Multi Blue)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?RJBGW 22 May 2010 Clematis (Multi Blue) This clematis is on a raised bed, which was built when my garden area was a quagmire, before installing drainage trenches. Flowering seems to be about a week early this year. The plant … Continue reading

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Planting Carrot Seeds

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?GSXVO 22 May 2010 Planting Carrot Seeds The type of carrot is Chantenay Red. Carrot seeds require constant moisture and cool temperatures (Less than 80F or 27C) to germinate. The top layer of soil on a bright sunny day can … Continue reading

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Tomato Ring Support

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?HIWAY 21 May 2010 Tomato Ring Support The tomato ring is supported by half inch diameter rebar. Rings can be added as the plant grows, and at first look appears to be the best support that i have encountered, with … Continue reading

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Snowball Bush (Viburnum opulus)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?XYJHY 21 May 2010 Snowball Bush (Viburnum opulus) There are two shrubs in my yard. The one in the back yard is in full bloom, and has as beautiful appearance.. The one in the front yard was attacked by the … Continue reading

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Planting Tomatoes Outdoors.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?WMRTE 20 May 2010 Planting Tomatoes outdoors. Twenty one tomato plants were removed from their pots an placed in the outdoor garden. The area was heavily mulched using chip bedding. The plants will be staked using rebar and the new … Continue reading

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Preparing Small Seeds for Planting

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?PACBL 19 May 2010 Preparing Small Seeds for Planting The small seeds are wrapped in toilet paper, wetted and ready to plant. This makes spacing relatively easy, and the seeds have an envelope of moisture, probably enhancing germination. The sample … Continue reading

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Potatoes in a small area.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?MTQAO 19 May 2010. Test to determine quantity by weight of four Yukon Gold potatoes. A box 4 by 4 feet by 11 inches high was made in ideal soil and location to determine the quantity of potatoes by weight … Continue reading

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