|Hardy Shrubs and Trees
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|Hardy Herbaceous Perennial and Biennial Plants
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|What is blooming next in your yard?
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By Marietta on May 1, 2017
Twelve thousand years ago, ice sheets covered our land and when they retreated the rich forest of evergreens and hardwoods began to grow. There were no earthworms in the soil. All leaf litter was broken down slowly by fungi and molds. Large flocks of pigeons flew over the trees and deposited droppings which enriched the soil. Carrier pigeons are now extinct. Of course, there are still areas that have stayed somewhat the same. For instance, the pine barrens and the regions of floodplain forests that grew along the waterways. There was a large vast array of trees and plant material. We have lost much of this rich soil and forest.
Maybe there are really aliens!|
By Marietta on February 28, 2017
Maybe there are really aliens! Have you ever wondered why some plants just grow in some very unusual ways that maybe they really don’t belong on this planet? I have a few in my garden that just doesn't want to act the way we think of normal plant growth. So, I got to thinking maybe aliens dropped off a few plants to see if we would notice that things do not always follow the rules.
Spring Ephemerals and Other Early Blooming Flowers Part 2|
By Marietta on February 16, 2017
The plant world does not always follow our spring calendar. Somehow plants know when it is their time to shine and so they do. Of course, even they get fooled from time to time with late snowfalls, ice storms, Arctic blasts of cold, but plants are forgiving and come back every year if we give them the right conditions to grow. I mourn their loss to frost and late cold snaps; however, unlike me, the more mature they get the better they are at surviving.
|I live in Northeastern PA. Studying plants for many years, I am still amazed at all the choices we have in the mid-Atlantic growing area that can grace our gardens. You will be able to find garden plants and edibles that can grow in our freezing cold winters right through our hot humid summers.|
The plants I post will show a variety of plant material that you can grow. I am an organic gardener so I do not use anything additional on my soil other than organic mulch. Weeds? I hand pull, pull and pull.
There is an assortment of wildlife who pass through my gardens from time to time and with the exception of the voles (I have been certified as the vole capital of PA.). Nothing seems to leave a big impact on the plants.
I truly believe if you give your gardens a good foundation of soil they will sustain themselves.
Open a forum to see information about the plants that can be grown in NE Pa. I have divided the forums; one for woody plants and one for perennials. I try to add one new woody plant and one new perennial each day to the forums. Explore!
Any thoughts about gardening are welcome.