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This weather we are having is crazy. Been too chilly for me to get outside and play. My iris have been blooming and freezing so they don't look to pretty but at least the plants are survivng the frosts we've been having. Just not picture worthy. :(
My hostas, all varieties, are up and thriving. Peony stems are getting tall, and lillies are showing their heads. Of course these are all super sturdy. Fighting the urge to put out annuals before May frost date, but there's always lots more to do like getting the veggie beds ready.
Oh my the freezing temps are not a good thing in my backyard! The beautiful bleeding heart bush looks like a giant stepped on the middle of it :(
Judy, I'm in New York near Albany, my hostas aren't up yet. Give it a a week or so. I don't have the problem but moles might eat them???
HELP. I have many hostas and in two sections of the garden - the biggest of the hosta plants are not coming up, they appear to have disappeared and the soil is loose in the area. Any ideas? Could something be eating them?
Thanks for you help.
We get our composted cow manure from a local farmer that raises a few beef cows. If it's aged properly it does not have an odor and looks like beautiful black soil.
nay orgqanic fertilizer is good but if you are going to use chemicals TEST the SOIL FIRST. Most of the soils in Zone 5 have too much Phosphorusas it is and ytou will be waisting your money on something you do not need
Susan, horse or cow manure is excellent for all purpose fertilizer, however you must be sure (if you get it from the source) that it has been composting for at least a year. Otherwise, it can burn your new veggies. Llama manure is good also and has the added benefit that it doesn't burn even when fresh. Chicken is okay if used sparingly. You can also buy it from anyplace like Agway or Lowes in bags, and that has been sterilized to prevent weed seeds from growing. Different veggies have different needs as to soil content but you can always use an all purpose plant food. Fish parts and/or fish water are an excellent source of nutrients if you have a tank or a pond.
Susan - In my veggie growing days, I used to work in composted cow manure. It adds organic matter as well as needed nutrients. Check out your Indiana Agricultural Extension website for more information. Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener website has links to Michigan information at http://mg.msue.msu.edu/mg/on_line_resources
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