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Aug 16, 2015 4:38 AM CST
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Name: Chuck
Gorham Maine (Zone 5a)
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We are living on what was at one time an 40 acre farm. The five acres that are connected to the apartment have little or any shaded areas. We would like to put in a grouping of hostas and we are wondering if this might be a suitable location? It is under some pine trees and surrounded by wild roses, tall phlox and Solomon seals. The ground is covered pine needles and I know that the soil would have to be amended. This area would receive 4 to 6 hours of indirect sun.
I am not an expert of hosts and don't know if this is a suitable area.
Any information that could provide would be greatly appreciated,
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Aug 16, 2015 6:35 AM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Don't forget that buildings create shade also. So maybe you have areas that block the hottest sun and provide shade in the afternoons, and still allow some morning sun? Trees do provide shade, but remember that they also have roots and they draw huge amounts of nutrients and moisture away from any small plants planted near them, sometimes even not so near them.
Aug 16, 2015 10:27 AM CST
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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Chuck, is the ground moist?
Under a pine tree is great because the needles are good for hostas, and do amend with alfalfa.
There is also a product called green sand that would be very beneficial.
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Aug 16, 2015 10:33 AM CST
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Yes, looks good to me.
Add some rich compost and surround with large rocks. Name rocks. Add sittin' bench. Plant hosta. Add bird bath. Make sweet tea and sit on bench.

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Aug 16, 2015 1:23 PM CST
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Name: Chuck
Gorham Maine (Zone 5a)
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I'm not sure of the amount of moisture in the soil but all the bushes and plants seem to be healthy in their wild sort of way. I know that the ground isn't wet but then it isn't bone dry either. I do know that even on the hottest days, which aren't many, it remains cool in the shadowed area under the trees.
I'm glad about the pine needles, there's plenty of them.
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Aug 20, 2015 12:36 PM CST
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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Don't forget that many hostas do better with more light than we give them credit for. I bet with some work and patience you can have a lovely garden there.

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