thequeen770's blog: More cleanup of beds and garden

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 8:51 PM

Still in cleanup mode. In checking on the Sweet Potatoes is see new leaves already so it won't be long until I'm ready for a small leaf harvest. I did get Ann's mum planted in the mailbox bed. Again I do not know the variety but Ann gave this mum to me. It made it through the winter in a small unprotected pot so I'm hoping it will be happy in the ground with a little mulch. I had it in one of the 10 inch plastic pots to go inside the Ivy urn but it just got too big even though I pruned it back several times this year. I need to find a small variety.
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I was getting in pretty close to this Rudbeckia, trying to figure out why it looks so bad. It may be to much moisture or the mulch is too close but if you look closely you may be able to see the little tree frog there in the middle. I am always surprised at how often I see these little guys. They are everywhere and boy are they loud at night!!
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More critters in the back yard. Earlier this year I had a big crop of swallowtail butterfly caterpillars on my parsley that ate all the way down to the stems. I moved the caterpillars to another parsley patch and now that the parsley has come back I have another batch of caterpillars. We have had many beautiful butterflies this year. I put the wire cage on the pot to slow the birds down and keep the deer out. It works!
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I also pulled out the last tomato plant. I did save a few tomatoes that were turning. The soil is really bad in that space so I dumped the contents of my red wiggler container in that space and turned the soil over a little. There were no signs of any remaining worms so that is one container I do not have to overwinter and it will improve the soil a great deal. I'll start the worms again next spring.
Now I'm turning my attention to the Meyer Lemons. I'm trying to shape the one purchased this spring into more of a tree form but the deer took a nip out of the top a couple of week ago. It's still about two feet tall, we'll see how that goes. The other bush type Meyer Lemon is huge so I did a little research today on pruning, that will happen tomorrow.
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These photos are pretty poor but you get the idea. I'll be moving both Lemons tomorrow after pruning so maybe I'll remember to get another photo.

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