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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in no particular order:
Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.
What's your gardening style?
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Wild Parsnip - It can burn skin.
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

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Comment by k.h. ky on April 16, 2014 at 11:43pm
Thanks Joan. Good to learn about the lilacs. I have at least four and the oldest is beginning to look ragged. I'll try your three branch method and see what happens. I suppose that's pruning them back in the fall?
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2014 at 9:34pm

I don't think you have to worry about bleeding heart, k.h. ky. I live in WA state and I don't think late frosts hurts anything, maybe the young buds, but they recover quickly. The temp. fluctuation from 20 to 80 may be a problem ... one that I have never encountered. 

Lilacs often get the first buds and young branch tips nipped with frost. I have never known a lilac to be damaged. I cut one lilac to the ground on the years we paint the house and it always comes back as pretty as ever. People told me I would kill it, and maybe I have just been lucky. 

I do have a terribly ugly lilac in the back garden that I cut from a root of a lilac my grandmother planted on her mother's grave in the forest of northern Idaho. It grew nicely for a few years but very sparsly. It has a lovely white blossom. I started taking out three branches of the old growth each year. This year I take out the last three. Growing up all around it are fresh sprouts, probably 20 or so.  They started appearing and this year some of them have buds. None are over three feet high. I will have a nice little grove of Great-grandma Sally Harkness lilacs in my east garden. 

Comment by k.h. ky on April 16, 2014 at 6:05pm
Thanks Spud it's worth a shot.
Comment by k.h. ky on April 16, 2014 at 5:21pm
My bleeding heart needs to be covered too l guess. I'm going to lose several things if temps keep fluctuating between mid 80s and low 20s.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 16, 2014 at 5:21pm

I'm not an expert, but it seems like anything will help, with thicker things doing better.

Comment by k.h. ky on April 16, 2014 at 5:18pm
My lilacs have bloomed and my poppies, that took me over a decade to start, are setting blooms. But we're going to have a freeze tonight. Any ideas on how l can cover them? I wonder if newspaper would work?
Comment by Sentient Biped on April 16, 2014 at 5:01pm

Good to learn about asparagus hardiness.  That will benefit me too when / if I put in an asparagus bed.  It's a good idea - I think deer and rabbits are supposed to leave them alone.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 16, 2014 at 4:47pm

Today, I see my asparagus is hearty to 30 or less.  That was the low temperature this morning, and they still look good.

Perhaps the article that mentioned 33 degrees as dangerous was talking about one of the asparagus ferns.  While I was researching asparagus, I was confused for a while about asparagus ferns.  I thought they were talking about the edible asparagus when let grow into a fern-like structure, not one of the ornamental plants.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 15, 2014 at 7:31am

You know, Spud, I really don't know either. You probably didn't need to cover them, however. They're pretty hardy. Besides, even if they did freeze, more shoots would soon come up. I keep looking for mine to pop up, but the ground is still too cold. We had a hard freeze last night--with snow! Ugh.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 14, 2014 at 7:28pm

Randall, what temperature will ruin asparagus spears by freezing them?  I read somewhere that 33 F will do it, but can't find anything on it now.

I have quite a few spears now and a temperature of 27 was predicted for last night, so I covered them with plastic buckets.  The temperature got down to 25, so I probably saved them.

 

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