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Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
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Eric4home
Dec 20, 2015 12:52 PM CST
Talk about any yard and garden work you are doing, planning, or completed.
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Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
Region: Pennsylvania Dog Lover Cottage Gardener Ponds Garden Art Seed Starter
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Eric4home
Dec 20, 2015 1:02 PM CST
I'm actually thinking about mowing the lawns, Hilarious! but these recent temps have been so mild I have sporadic growth here and there, giving the whole place an untidy appearance. I guess a foot of snow and ice would be a lot harder to deal with than untidy. Whistling
The only truly outdoor chore I have is to put the solar pool cover on the GH. I've been putting it off because of the warm day temps because it blocks the auto vents. Otherwise we have to be here AND remember to open and close the door. Shrug!
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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Dec 21, 2015 5:05 AM CST

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Thanks for starting this thread, Eric!
I managed to get some much-needed clean-up done this weekend. With help from my handyman, the leaves are up from the front yard and spread across my new lasagna beds. What a huge stack it made though! I'll probably go out at some point and redistribute across some of my other beds!

Also was able to finally get up all the debris from the back patio area--broken pots, unneeded nursery containers, and other stuff--plus my handyman's leaf blower came in handy for blowing the loose soil and plant debris into the garden beds!

well, ready for winter now I guess...
I left up all the withered plants this year--just in case there are overwintering chrysalises in them! Big Grin
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
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Lititz, PA (Zone 6b)
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Sequoiadendron4
Dec 21, 2015 6:37 AM CST
The only thing I have left to do in the garden this year is spray Wiltpruf on the cryptomeria after the Christmas lights come down. I also have two more seed trays to WS. Believe it or not but a few plugs have started from seeds I WS a few weeks ago. Unbelievable. Most of what has sprouted though has been Chicory so I'm not as concerned because that stuff is super hard.
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Hellebores Ferns Ponds
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aspenhill
Dec 21, 2015 9:37 AM CST
I have to bring some ceramic pots inside and put tools away. I still have shovels, rakes, trowels, and hand pruners out by the garage and around back by the basement walkout. The irrigation guys came last week to winterize things so the pump is out of the pond, but that also has to come inside for the winter.

Jeff, I'm not sure about that Wiltpruf. I used it last winter to try to protect a mountain laurel 'Minuet', but it died anyway. I have a sneaking suspicion, with absolutely no proof, that I probably used too much of the Wiltpruf on it and instead of protecting it, it actually led to its demise Shrug! I've only heard good things about it though, so obviously it was either my misuse of the product or just a coincidence. I still have some left, and was contemplating using it on three new this year camellias. Oh good gosh the dilemma...
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
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Eric4home
Dec 21, 2015 10:13 AM CST
I'm glad Jeff mentioned that I have some Wiltpruf in the backroom. I want to do our rodie out by the road it suffers every year. It sits far enough out that the evergreens offer no protection from our north wind. I still have to take some tool to the barn, I want to linseed the wooden handles and oil the spades and hoes.
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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Dec 21, 2015 4:36 PM CST

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So sorry to hear about your mountain laurel, Aspen! Thumbs down That is a dilemma whether to test it on your new camellias or not!
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Lititz, PA (Zone 6b)
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Sequoiadendron4
Dec 22, 2015 6:39 AM CST
Yeah Aspen, I think the Wiltpruf is 1:8 mixture maybe? One part being Wiltpruf and eight parts water. I think that's what I do it at anyway but the package may be labeled for 5-10 parts water per one Wilpruf. If I don't put it on my Sekkan Sugi cryptomeria, they can brown out, especially the one on the southwest side of the house. I think I'm going to put it on my Nellie Stevens hollies too as they have suffered some winter damage the past couple years. I don't know how long I can practically be spraying the cryptomeria because both of them are up to the roof gutter, which is about 15' high. This year I'm going to stand on the roof to spray the tops...Lol
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Dec 22, 2015 6:51 AM CST
My Sekkan Sugi cryptomeria is in a protected spot, so it won't need to be sprayed. Isn't it amazing how fast these things grow? Blinking Mine's already over 7 feet tall, and I've only had it 2 or 3 years. I had no idea it was such a fast grower!

Terri, sorry to hear about your mountain laurel! I was bummed when mine died this summer. They have such pretty flowers, I'm determined to try it again this year.

What I really need to do is disinfect and oil my garden tools, especially my favorite pruners. My lawn doesn't need mowing, but I should really ask DH to run over the backyard with the lawnmower to pic up the ash leaves.
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
Region: Pennsylvania Dog Lover Cottage Gardener Ponds Garden Art Seed Starter
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Eric4home
Jan 3, 2016 12:44 PM CST
Hurray! This sunshine is just glorious, and very comfortable to work in. No shortage of vitamin D today.
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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Jan 3, 2016 3:41 PM CST

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Yes, gorgeous day today--lots of sunshine and mild temps! Great gardening weather.
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
Region: Pennsylvania Dog Lover Cottage Gardener Ponds Garden Art Seed Starter
Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Butterflies Birds Greenhouse Garden Ideas: Master Level
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Eric4home
Jan 3, 2016 4:30 PM CST
Must be the sunshine. Hurray! I actually feel like doing something. I got a good bit of yard and GH work done today. I think those weeks? of grey skies was making me SAD. *Blush*
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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Jan 3, 2016 4:54 PM CST

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Glad you finally got some sunshine, RIc! Thumbs up
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Jan 3, 2016 5:11 PM CST
This was great weather for Yardening. I'm having to teach my iPhone that word. Big Grin

It was cool enough that I didn't get hot and sweaty when I was working hard outside.

I planted the last of the tulips that were waiting for a container to be emptied. The tulips had been inside the whole time but the bulbs looked beautiful and healthy.

I finally got a giant alocacia inside, and while I was digging it up, discovered that the ornamental sweet potatoes that had been in the same container had made huge tubers! I don't do well with overwintering and growing them in the spring. If some of you lived closer, I'd drop them by your house!

Here are the sweet potatoes.


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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Jan 3, 2016 5:54 PM CST

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Those are nice looking tubers, SSG! Have to admit I'm tempted... Big Grin

"It was cool enough that I didn't get hot and sweaty when I was working hard outside."
--Yes!! I agree And no mosquitoes!! Thumbs up
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
Region: Pennsylvania Dog Lover Cottage Gardener Ponds Garden Art Seed Starter
Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Butterflies Birds Greenhouse Garden Ideas: Master Level
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Eric4home
Jan 3, 2016 8:28 PM CST
Teri, I ate some of ours once we had too many, they were delicious.
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Jan 3, 2016 10:28 PM CST
spent some time outside today but man my butt was sore from yesterday's work. I tired to push a wheelbarrow load of chips and dirt and tipped it over on the grass. haha. I didn't find any notable early blooms here. Ran errands, then came back and just strolled the yard for the last 20 min of daylight with my mug of tea lovely.
now back to work tomorrow. Thumbs down Thumbs down at least my butt can recover.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Jan 3, 2016 10:43 PM CST
They look delicious! Maybe I'll try overwintering them again... How do I prevent them from shriveling up?

Sally, how did you hurt yourself yesterday??

I visited my aunt who lives near Baltimore and her candytuft was blooming! Blinking
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Jan 3, 2016 11:06 PM CST
I was reading an article about edible gardens that are also ornamental (can't remember where I saw it), but I did save the links for seeds of very pretty lettuce varieties.

https://www.wildgardenseed.com/product_info.php?products_id=...

http://www.seedsavers.org/forellenschluss-lettuce

https://www.wildgardenseed.com/product_info.php?products_id=....

http://www.highmowingseeds.com/organic-non-gmo-seeds-rouge-d...

Lettuce is one of my favorite edibles to grow. It's so easy and cheap! And no critters bothering them like some of the other veggies. I may put in an order for one or two of these... Big Grin
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
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aspenhill
Jan 4, 2016 4:02 AM CST
I've been wanting to try this idea for growing lettuce. Could do it on the wall of the house just outside the kitchen door.

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