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ImageCCvacation
May 14, 2015 8:35 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
What are you doing to prepare for planting out, and what is your system for getting them in the ground?
CC
ImageCCvacation
May 14, 2015 8:43 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
As I enjoy having similar forms grouped together in beds, I was reorganizing my flats today, making sure each plant has a ground tag with its name while moving them around so planting out in each section will be easier.

I'll be planting my big boys along the fence-line first, then my stellars and IDs mixed along a fifty foot stretch, then Lac and waterlilies side by side in another prepped bed. There is one forty foot by four foot new bed that is exclusively for 'round' varieties. I don't discriminate against a FD for not having uniform petal length in the bouquets, so I'm not gonna do it in the flower beds, either.
CC
ImageCCvacation
May 17, 2015 9:40 AM CST
Name: CC
PA
Got my informals, stellars and giants in Saturday, and cactus row in today. Still have 88 varieties of 'rounds,' 23 Lac, 15 waterlilies and 21 'opens' (co, orchid, pe, an) to put in, but have to wait until the weather cooperates with my schedule so I can get a load of mushroom manure, 6 cubit yards at a time.
CC
ImageDarcyD
May 17, 2015 9:59 AM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Good job, CC!! Jealous! We haven't even been able to till yet....too wet still. And, expecting more storms today.
anniecan
May 17, 2015 11:35 AM CST
Name: Annie Luck
Apex, North Carolina
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88 varieties of rounds. That's impressive CC!
I'm sure I have closer to 18 at this point. I was so excited to have so many more of them this season since they seem to be good for cutting, but lost lots of them. I'm happy that one AC "Dark" Rabbit lived so that I can see if it duplicates its solid burgundy like last year. This am, I'm sure I dug up at least 20 more rotten tubers. I can't be accused of not giving them enough time to recover Whistling
I am filling in with dill, basil, and any other annuals for cutting that I come across.
Hope it dries out for you soon Darcy! Hope it warms up enough for the rest of you to get out there and plant soon!
mandolls
May 17, 2015 11:50 AM CST
Name: Geof
WI
Its warm enough - I just haven't found the time yet. We are having lots of rain too.

I have a porch full of annuals and vegetables that need to go in, Dahlias, and warm weather vegetable could all go outside, but there isn't room left on the porch until I get other things in the ground.

I did finally get the lawn mowed yesterday before the rain began. Thats a start, but then realized I was out of re-fill line for the weed-whacker, so still have to get that done.

On the bright side - my finals are done, and most of my grading is finished, by the middle of next week I should have polished up all of my school obligations, and will have no distractions from the garden.
anniecan
May 17, 2015 1:28 PM CST
Name: Annie Luck
Apex, North Carolina
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I'm sure you are ready for the summer Geof...Enjoy!
ImageCCvacation
May 20, 2015 11:46 AM CST
Name: CC
PA
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I plant each row staggered, with a leaky hose between them. I set out alfalfa pellets for slow nitrogen release and minerals ( I don't remember what anymore), and this year also added a cup of microbe solution for root protection and a tablespoon andesite 'lava rock' for minerals to each plant.

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The right row are my giants, no staggering and spaced out more.

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A pile like this is very HOT inside, steaming hot. Even when you're careful, it's easy to burn the lower leaves...

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I try to pile it high next to the small plants, and spread it out the next day after it has cooled down from the composting heat.
CC
mandolls
May 22, 2015 3:45 PM CST
Name: Geof
WI
I don't think this is what you mean by mushroom compost, but the composted cow manure I put down every year, grows mushrooms the following spring. (which I just turn under as I plant the bed).
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ImageFLflowerboy
May 22, 2015 8:33 PM CST
Name: Jon George
Gainesville, FL
...crazy enough to grow dahlias in
Hilarious!
"What is a weed?" asked Peppa Pig. "A weed is a cheeky plant growing in the wrong place!" replied Grandpa Pig.
Imageteddahlia
May 30, 2015 5:32 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Thought I finished planting tubers and then I remembered 15 tubers a fellow breeder gave me of his originations. I need to fit them in somewhere. Goal was to finish planting tubers by June 1st and tomorrow should be the last day of planting except for rooted cuttings too small to go out.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageBenny101
May 30, 2015 6:28 PM CST
Greenville MI - zone 5b
Very frustrating here , every time I am free to plant it is raining, we did plant six or seven potted dahlia today in a light rain but the rain increased its tempo and the temperature dropped a bit making the job rather miserable .
Last night we planted ( again in the rain) some small Cleome and Nigella seedlings from seeds a nice cubits member sent us.
The rest of you " dry gardeners " can have this rain , I would just as soon run the sprinkler.
mandolls
May 30, 2015 6:43 PM CST
Name: Geof
WI
I finally started getting mine in the ground this evening. I got 10 or 11 in and my neighbor came out and told me there was a chance of frost. Yesterday it was 80 and humid and I turned-on the AC for the first time.

My yard is fairly protected, and I doubt that I will have any damage, but it was an incentive to stop planting.

I thought I was being so restrained not trying to get them in the ground early. Shrug!
ImageCCvacation
May 30, 2015 6:45 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
Hubby pulled out a few dying trees, making really nice holes that might need to be filled with something... Hmmm... Wonder what I'll slide in there... Angel

Got seventeen collarettes, orchids & anemones put in around two sides of the shed, with chicken wire buried to avoid 'friends' sneaking a bite from the safety of underneath. We have young rabbits under there right now, and the mom was just taken out with a pellet gun half an hour ago. Will wire the other open side when they move out. They haven't nibbled any yet, but the mom took out some of my new raspberry plants and has been hanging in the overflow garden. Haven't planted that one yet.

Hubby saw a huge groundhog today that crossed the street heading for our front porch, and chased him with a lawnmower all the way into the swamp. Dude just kept on looking back, as if saying, 'still following? Come on! I'm gonna get a hernia here!'
CC
ImageBenny101
May 30, 2015 7:34 PM CST
Greenville MI - zone 5b
Haha yeah " whistle pigs " are not fond of running .

I'm a little concerned about planting around the wildlife at my parents but I have had my eye open and deapite frequent deer sightings and a couple resident bunnies I have not seen damage to any of the other flowers or shrubs , they seem content with the clover and other goodies in the small empty field and side lawn .
ImageCCvacation
May 30, 2015 8:26 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
Yup, all it takes is one nibble, and that's when it starts. I have a two foot plastic fence around two-thirds (I ran out) of my main dahlia area, trying to discourage bunnies and deer from wandering freely through the beds. Trying to keep that first nibble from happening, as it becomes an irresistible buffet that silly removable fencing won't cure. I should tie dollar store fabric softener sheets to the vertical barrier, as it makes ME gag when I smell the foul things with my deficient nose... Any self-respecting herbivore should run the other way confronted with THAT aromatic nightmare!

Hubby just laughs when he looks at my beds, with fencing strung horizontal and vertical, this way and that, without everything totally covered either direction... The two big box stores stopped carrying the two inch green plastic fencing, though it looks like I might be able to order it from one of the online stores. Of course, it's showing the fencing as 'in-stock' at the local store, which I know it definitely is NOT.
CC
ImageClearCreekDahlias
May 31, 2015 8:38 AM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
Planting the side garden in between rain showers today. It's too wet to play in the big garden. All the new intros and show dahlias go there so that I can keep a good eye on everything. 24 rows with 10 dahlias per row. A good start to dahlia season!
ImageDarcyD
May 31, 2015 9:17 AM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Got my Lac's & WL's in just in time for the temp drop to 40's with 30 windchills & wind/rain storm Thumbs down

They look to have survived, thank goodness! Only 220 or so....more to go Whistling
anniecan
May 31, 2015 11:49 AM CST
Name: Annie Luck
Apex, North Carolina
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How I wish we could average out some of our temps with each other! We're still seeing straight 88's, and humid with no rain for 3 weeks. I've been attached to the end of a garden hose for about 10 hours per week. Not just the dahlias, everything is wilting.
Send me your rain and cooler temps, and I'll gladly send you some HEAT.
Good luck with all the planting everyone! My dahlias are in, but annuals have been on hold during the heatwave.
Darcy, I didn't know you had so many! I haven't counted yet since I still have some that haven't emerged.
ImageDarcyD
May 31, 2015 11:57 AM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Oh Annie, you really should buy a bunch of soaker hoses & run them throughout your beds. I did that last year & it was heaven. I did 2 attached together for each run. Then, I just attach the hose to each ones end & leave it for a while...come back & switch to the next one, and so on and so on Thumbs up It saved me SO much time and was worth every penny of those hoses. I figure maybe I'll get 3 years out of them...maybe more if I'm careful with them.

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