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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Projects to do

I have a couple of gardening projects coming to fruition this week...now I just have to get them completed. (SMILE)

Lavender Bed

I picked up 5 lavender plants in 2 different varieties yesterday to start our new lavender bed. With the recent rains and cooler temperatures, it seems a good time to move forward with that. I am looking for soem amendments to place in this bed as I do the planting. What would you work into the bed to give it a bit more friability and lighten it? The soil here currently seems a bit heavy and prone to compaction. I am thinking of working in some compost or some topsoil from the nursery. Let me know your preferences in the comments below.

Garden Shed

I casually mentioned to a neighor friend that I wanted to tear down the old 1943 garden shed that was decaying in my back garden. I want to re-build it as something more useful for both storage, garden work and maybe even a small office to use for my writing, etc. He was very keen on "getting out some agression" so now I have to make it happen before he loses interest. I think it is time to go get some wrecking bars and prybars and get to work. It isn't that big of a shed, but I shudder to think what I will discover inside its walls.


It is also time to do some light pruning of the smaller trees in the garden. A few more weeks and we will start to see leaves on the trees and the wisteria again, so I have to get my act together soon. Basically, this light pruning cleans up any obviously dead branches and neaten up the habit, since I can now see the branch structure clearly wihtout the foliage.

Time to put on the gloves and get to work!


Blogger Garden Wise Guy said...

Regarding soil amendments for your lavender, I'd go very light, if at all. My method in our heavy clay soils of Santa Barbara is to dig a rough hole, slightly LESS deep than the container, so that when you put the plant in, it will sit with the crown a little higher than finish grade. Break the soil up and add just a tiny bit of well composted organic wood-base product. The key is to innoculate the soil with a myccorhizal fungus product. You might have to hunt a bit.

Wikipedia has some great articles in mycco. My local pro garden center sells it in a soluable form, which works great. If you're not familiar with what mycco does, a few google searches should sell you on using it for life. In a nutshell, it's a thread-like fungus that attaches to the roots, extending the mass of the root system to take up more water and find more nutrients.

Give it a try. Hope this helps.

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