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ImageArleneB
Mar 8, 2017 6:55 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Probably the drought. Not sure.
Imagebillyporter
Mar 9, 2017 6:07 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Yes, rhubarb likes a lot of water. Even tho mine are shaded most of the day with the apple tree, they still wilt.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageAndi
Mar 10, 2017 7:44 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I would love to grow rhubarb. I have tried seeds a few times a. Maybe I will get lucky with plants at the farmers market this year. Does anyone have a favorite kind? My seefs are Victoria. My grandmother had one with reddish ribs.
ImageMaryE
Mar 10, 2017 8:55 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Canada Red has fat, red stalks. Start with a root, forget seeds, they take too long. Rhubarb needs plenty of water and good drainage to keep the roots from rotting. It will do fine in full sun, mine does and our semi desert sun is brutal. I have tried twice to grow blueberries.... forget it, they sunburn to death.

I walked along the garlic rows again today and checked the rhubarb. No signs of new growth yet. Today was a nice, sunny day, near 60, and a gentle breeze. I am more than ready for spring!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagebillyporter
Mar 11, 2017 5:24 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Andi,
What Mary said, lol!

Mary,
I had garlic grow a bit last fall and it stayed green all winter. It looks like sparse growth so I hope the other bulbs wake up.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
Mar 24, 2017 10:09 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Two weeks ago I was looking for garlic sprouts. And then they started appearing, first on the Chinese Pink and then a few days later some of the others. Yesterday I carefully raked the straw mulch off all of them, using the leaf rake with springy metal tines. Some of the sprouts are pale yellow, others that had seen some daylight are bright green! Yesterday was a nice sunny day, today is cooler with rain showers. I need to get busy weeding while the weeds are all about 2 inches high. I hope I can get started on that today.

I dug up some loganberries that had come up in the strawberry row and transplanted them next to the south garden fence. While digging up the last one I broke the handle off the shovel. Rick says it is cheaper to replace the shovel than to buy a new handle. We have an extra shovel so I will finish that job today. I'll have 5 plants along the fence and will need to make a support for them, something simple with metal fence posts and some corral rails that will be a foot or two from the fence and then lateral rails between the support and the fence for the vines to lay on. Cows and my horse and the deer might take a few leaves off through the fence.

Yesterday I noticed that one of the rhubarbs was showing pinkish red nubs which will become wrinkly leaves. The compost is very dark but soon will be completely hidden. It's amazing how quickly rhubarb grows. My two large plants started from two small pieces given to me by a friend about 20 years ago. They need to be divided as they have each grown to clumps about 4 ft in diameter.

Deer are still avoiding our place! Hilarious! Thumbs up

The new owner of the ranch next door has hired a professional fence builder. Last fall and this spring Ryan has torn out all of the old falling down and propped up and patched together perimeter fence along the county roads and last week and this week he has been helping the fence builder build new fences. This guy has all the tools including a machine for boring holes through rock. He has been building fences for 10 years and is fast, efficient and does a good job. The going rate for 5 wire fence with a combination of metal posts and wooden posts and braces is $10,000 a mile. I think that he is only doing about 2 miles this year, the part that was the worst. It is all bad so I am guessing that the next phase will happen next year. It sure looks good to see good fences!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagebillyporter
Mar 25, 2017 5:51 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
I see my garlic has all come up and yesterday they got rain. Charlie put the pitcher pump on so I can fill birdbaths and water if I need to.

Yes, it is time to dig and divide the rhubarb. Mine is leafing out too. It is such a good time for it to rain.

Wow, how does anyone afford to put in a fence?
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageMaryE
Mar 26, 2017 12:44 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Yesterday I pruned the grapes, finished moving the loganberries or whatever they are, and started cleaning a flower bed on the north end of the house. I have plants there that need sunnier locations, so maybe I can move them today.

Sally, the man who is hiring the fence builder owns half interest in the local Les Schwab tire store. He can afford it.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagebillyporter
Mar 27, 2017 4:44 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
I haven't dug any plants to pot up or move yet. I have torn some out. I am going to try and give away more duplicate plants this year. I have too much to weed and I no more than finish the last bed when the first one needs it again. I am downsizing.
A small town has no secrets except itself
Imagevic
Mar 27, 2017 5:13 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Downsizing here too Thumbs up
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ImageElena
Mar 28, 2017 7:17 AM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
Do any of you have any hellebores that you will be disposing of? I want some new colors. I can post the color I have and see if you might want a start of it. I too am downsizing and will have some spare plants also. I will be happy to tell you what I have that are in the beds I will eliminate. I will be keeping/moving smaller clumps rather than eliminating them completely.
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ImageMaryE
Mar 28, 2017 7:54 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Elena, no, I have never grown them because they would not like my climate.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagebillyporter
Mar 28, 2017 2:09 PM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
I don't grow them either.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageElena
Mar 28, 2017 5:41 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
A neighbor gave me mine several years ago. I had never heard of them and didn't realize how easy they are to grow or how delightful they are blooming in the snow or freezing temps. Mine are covered with blooms now and have been for at least two months. I can't remember when I first saw the blooms but the weather was terrible for sure. After I did a search for them I found that they come in lots of colors and some are quite bright and beautiful. If I can find the really bright ones, I will make room for them in my beds for sure.
ImageArleneB
Mar 28, 2017 7:42 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
But like columbine, most varieties hang their heads and it's hard to see the blooms. I had gotten one that was more upright a couple of years back but it didn't survive.

Imageirisarian
Mar 28, 2017 8:03 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
yes, I have never grown them because of the hanging heads bit. I have felt that you had to bend over to see them & at 82 I don't bend very well. Rolling my eyes.
ImageArleneB
Mar 28, 2017 9:39 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I have that problem at 65 Lucy! Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageElena
Mar 28, 2017 9:57 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
That is funny.... but actually the hanging heads don't bother me. I just enjoy the color and the fact that they are the only thing blooming in harsh temps. without having to peek into their faces and meet them eye ball to eyeball. Guess pansies are for you guys. For the ones of you who have to look them in the face, a window box or a planter on a ledge would take care of that. My johnny jump ups are blooming now and their faces are visible. I smle at them when I go by but haven't seen them crack a smile yet..... Big Grin
ImageArleneB
Mar 29, 2017 4:34 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Hilarious! i actually do have pansies this year. Put them in an urn last fall and they are doing great.
ImageElena
Mar 29, 2017 8:22 AM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
Do your pansies smile back at you? Tee hee..... They are such sociable little flowers.... Big Grin

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