Now I'm getting strawberries in the dog days of summer. It's anarchy, I tell you!
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Jay Angler wrote: I read about a different tree which seemed to *need* to get the tops knocked back regularly until the roots were strong enough that the plant would grow well, and quickly (an oak maybe?) My experience with the mulberry is mirroring that. Stress it, but don't quite kill it.
That's really interesting. We've had some apple and plums do this. Not dead to the graft, but coming up above the graft. I'll have to keep thinking they'll live and keep watering them.
Morfydd St. Clair wrote:We had a super mild winter, then hard cold snaps in April, then it was a cold May, and then last weekend it was suddenly a bit too warm to comfortably garden (but we did anyway) and this week has been just miserably hot. It's weird seeing half my garden just peeking out from the ground and the other half already going to seed.
That's how this spring/early summer was here too. Later bloomers not even up where other plants terrified of the season going to seed. My front crabapple had at the same time this year's maturing crabapples and new blossoms. Like the tree was conflicted.
Tereza Okava wrote:Finally my mother in law took pity on me and dragged me off to the home of a friend of hers, another little old lady with a crazy urban garden mostly in paint cans, who dug out a little shiso plant and put it in my hands cackling. I packed that plant back on home, planted it, and it always self seeds and tells me when the cold weather is coming, and I have always, always had shiso since. But for so long I thought it was only a mythical plant!!!
I sure hope I can get a plant going to seed each year as you have. I've had the same bad luck, but finally have 2 tiny plants. Oh please go to seed and self-seed! That's the way my summer savory and New Zealand Spinach come back each year...on their own.
Most seed I planted at the end of June and beginning of July did not grow. The ground was still far too cold. So I kept replanting, then replanting, and replanting again. Some things didn't really get going until long after our "last frost date" of about 8 July, including Tokyo turnips, beets, carrots, cucumbers, squash, beans of all kinds. Even kale. It grew terribly. The greatest relief was my groundnuts. They finally showed up through the ground surface around the 7 July.
Now that it's August the garden is in shock and trying to grow as fast as possible. But the cucumbers are still lagging and the beans are only just putting on tiny beans.
My Crosnes, which I think will winter kill here anyway continue to look terrible!
We keep trying to buy a used hoop house frame from a guy who keeps not selling it but keeps relisting it. Frustrating. Our season here is so unpredictable now. And with a short growing season, the disruptions are major.
And the evil slugs, though off to a late start due to the cold, are growing en masse. I've been using a ton of diatomaceous earth and ground eggshells to try to harden them to death. Also handpicking the slime balls.
Growth in the north is like a ferocious burst of green and seed when things finally get going, plants racing against bugs and fall frosts.
I moved into a new house in April, and so had no time to prepare garden beds. I've never been any good at container gardening, but having no choice, I put together a little "nano-farm"on my deck. Well, everything's been growing like gangbusters! I have sage, thyme, basil, lavender, rosemary, sweet woodruff, and "patio" variety tomatoes. A few leaves have been nibbled by insects and the tomatoes should have been in a sunnier spot, but overall, it's fantastic.
Except for my pot of mint. The leaves are all chewed up, it's not spreading in the pot, and it just looks generally miserable. It stuck out one tentacle in an attempt to invade one of the tomato plants, but it looks like it just got tired of trying and gave up. It's not quite dead yet, but it's circling the drain. In my previous experience, mint was the one thing that I actually COULD grow in a pot - the more I ignored it, the more it thrived.
Oh wait...maybe the answer is to move it away from the rest of the pots and forget to water it.
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