Julie Jo Oliger
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Walk in Yard: May 1st

A glimpse of how things are looking in the yard...and a few of the indoor flowers that haven't made it out yet.
Apr 3, 2012
Julie Jo Oliger left a comment for Charles Dick
"I have not been on my blog/site obviously since July when you requested friendship and asked how things were here in Iowa...well, right now in January its cold...but we have a heat wave this week, I think we've hit 30 degrees!"
Jan 13, 2010
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Jun 3, 2009
Julie Jo Oliger replied to Laura Ricketts Z7a/MD's discussion Plant Supports in the group Vegetable Gardens
"I have wonderful strong tomato cages that were handed down to me, but I have never seen them available to buy at the store. My sister and brother in law live on a farm and they take the strong cement type roll of wire "fencing" and make…"
May 19, 2009
Julie Jo Oliger replied to marla Hazan's discussion why didn't my lilacs bloom? in the group Perennials
"Found this article, thought you might like it. Eight Reasons Your Lilac Bush Won't Bloom By Ellen Brown As far as a shrubs go, lilacs are a dream come true for the gardener. Once established, these landscaping beauties will throw out…"
May 18, 2009
Julie Jo Oliger replied to Nicol E z3/4-MN's discussion tips for growing Clematis in the group Perennials
"I have been growing clematis for 15 years, and every year is better than the last. Once established, you will have no problem. If you are growing on a straight up trellis, I suggest that you cut them back each year. What tends to happen is that all…"
May 18, 2009
Julie Jo Oliger replied to Tammy Runion's discussion Calla Lilies in the group Perennials
"Calla lilies are pretty particular and like well drained soil, so putting them in a pond doesn't sound right. You might want to google calla lilies in ponds or something like that. I know Irises do good in swampy soil."
May 18, 2009
Julie Jo Oliger replied to Maggie Poore's discussion Why wisteria why? in the group Perennials
"Yes, cutting into the roots help! You go a foot away from the vine and just push your shovel down in a circle around it. I don't know the why or reasoning, but it worked for me at my old house and my vine was only 3 years old when it bloomed. I…"
May 18, 2009
Julie Jo Oliger replied to Karri Moander's discussion Hydrangeas in the group Perennials
"You can always cut the dead wood back after you know for sure what is dead and what is not. I'm not sure how your winter was in MO, but here in IA we were down in the negative 20's for a week. One day we were minus 28 and the coldest place…"
May 18, 2009
Julie Jo Oliger replied to Sarah Sexton's discussion Azalea in the group Perennials
"Aluminum Sulfate. Put a cup down around the plant and water it in. I do it every spring and sometimes in the fall when they are setting their buds for the spring. All my acid loving plants love it. The fertilizers do more fertilizing than changing…"
May 17, 2009
Julie Jo Oliger replied to Julie Grinnell z5 MI's discussion Worms in broccoli/cauliflower in the group Vegetable Gardens
"I feel your frustration!!! I tried an organic spray last year that you had to apply every 10 days. I still had a ton of little green worms with spraying and hand picking. We hand picked daily! Even after bringing them in and washing them thoroughly,…"
May 16, 2009
Julie Jo Oliger commented on Al Justice's blog post Asparagus
"My mom's asparagus "patch" when I grew up, was in our yard! She would send me out with a knife looking for asparagus and they would be all through the yard, though she only let the ones in a certain area fern out every year: that was…"
May 5, 2009
Al Justice left a comment for Julie Jo Oliger
"Thirty will provide you enough for a few pies and maybe a batch of freezer jam if you treat them kindly. Everything I have learned not only in the garden but in other areas people have helped me with freely--it's a community kinda thing. Happy…"
May 5, 2009
Julie Jo Oliger left a comment for Al Justice
"Awesome!!! Thanks. We are a family of 9 and right now I only have space for 30 plants. My house is on a corner and sits up from the street, so we have a slope/hill on two sides that I would love to fill with strawberries so we wouldn't have to…"
May 5, 2009
Al Justice left a comment for Julie Jo Oliger
"If you put them out last year you should take a crop this year--keep the blooms, take off the runners. Let a few runners go 'next' year.... Below is a note I posted on facebook for my neighbor--let's start there. Strawberries for…"
May 4, 2009

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What kind of gardening do you like to do?
Everything
How much time do you spend a week on average in your garden when weather permits?
7-20 depending on what needs done and the time of year!

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At 8:41am on May 5, 2009, Al Justice said…
Thirty will provide you enough for a few pies and maybe a batch of freezer jam if you treat them kindly. Everything I have learned not only in the garden but in other areas people have helped me with freely--it's a community kinda thing. Happy berry pick'n.

Also that's my approach: it's worked for several years now, and is a hybrid of other approaches. Find what works best in your situation and share!
At 10:36pm on May 4, 2009, Al Justice said…
If you put them out last year you should take a crop this year--keep the blooms, take off the runners. Let a few runners go 'next' year....

Below is a note I posted on facebook for my neighbor--let's start there.
Strawberries for Linda and Ducan:
There are several ways to grow strawberries and a couple major varieties. Here, I'll be sharing one way to grow both varieties (June and everbearing).

Strawberries quit producing quality berries every 5th or so year, so this approach is aggressive focusing on simply keeping good berries on the freezer, and might be thought of as a 3 and a half year plan.

Year 1(both varieties). Plant your berries about 8-10 inches apart. Pull all blooms off, and tend the runners--cut them every one off.

These plants will establish themselves for year 2.

Year 2: Take a crop from your plants and still keep the runners pruned--this is a lot of work and should be tended during two main runner spurts in early summer and fall.

Year 3: Let a few runners or a spurt, escape your attention. These will be new plants for renewal of the patch year, in which case one begins at year one again. This will be your most productive year, and the mature plants will really be producing. Still, it's time to start renewing the patch, and perhaps if it is too cumbersome, to have two or three rotating patches using runner ''''new plants''''.

Year 4(or as mentioned 1/2): Total renewal. Your old plants should be retired and replaced with new 1 year old stock. You could probably squeeze another year out of them, but with all the work required it is probably (in my opinion) best, to stay a year ahead of the cycles.



Slugs: sunken small cream cans with rim at ground level with cheap beer--guaranteed to work.
Birds: plant along a fence even if having to erect one so you can use cheap netting from Walmart. I've used old screens from windows, screens from doors or whatever...
Straw: (as in straw-berries), break the straw in half, and ease up under the ripening fruit after blooms to keep the berries off the ground. Think of it as squares under the plants rather than circles--lessons learned.
Chipmunks: bb guns are great.


Bottom lines: strawberries like apples, are actually labor intensive but once one gets their groove, simply becomes consistent work.
Family of Two: at least 25 plants with expansion to renewal patches considered.
Family of Four: 100 plants with a developed love for strawberries.
Freezer Jam/cobbler with Breyer's Ice Cream: Priceless! Hope this helps.
At 5:03pm on April 30, 2009, Trudi Gilson said…
Hi Julie'
Our yard dosn't have much room for garden, I tried planting a tomatoe plant in a container but wasn't real excited about that. Any sugestions as far as pot, soil, that I may try this time?? thanks Trudi
 
 
 

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