More “Concoction” on Roses

4/17/2019 – Mary is calling the feeding dilution blend of fish emulsion, iron chelate, and Miracle Grow–this time it was with Super Bloom–Tom’s Concoction. The blend was 1 Tbs of each per gallon of water as we made the bulk blend put on the roses, daylilies, and other plants last week. This concoction came from […]

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Mulched All Flower Beds

4/12/2019 – Place 2.5 CY of crushed pine bark mulch in the daylily and plumbago parts to the long bed. This will hopefully complete this large area for the spring/summer. There was a lot to do before this to clean out the wildflower mess, till the soil, divide the daylilies, expand the bed, and then […]

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First Bulk Tank Plant Feeding

4/11/2019 – After planning for several months: a 3-pt hitch platform was ready; 35-gallon food-grade barrel has been bought; a 3/4″ application hose and fittings were bought and, we had the recipe developed here. We fed about 20 gallons to all the daylilies, roses, “new” wood ferns and other plants in all beds in less […]

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Old Tub for a Planter

4/11/2019 – We completed setting up one of the old tubs as a planter next to the “porch” at the grain bin. Filled it with the good topsoil from the pile made by the patio contractor. Mary planted seeds from SESE in it. Nasturtium, Jewel Mixed – right middle African Marigold, Crackerjack Mix – left […]

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Milkweed for the Monarchs

4/9/2019 – Mary wanted to plant things that attract butterflies and monarch’s caterpillars only eat milkweed plants. Monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. She ordered three “native” milkweed selections from Michigan Bulb Co. listed below. They were planted in the bed in the SE corner of the front yard next to the NS […]

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Two More Encore Azaleas

4/9/2019 – We bought two more Encore Azaleas at Blair’s Nursery–grown by Flowerwood Nursery–for the SE corner bed in the front yard. That is the bed with the power pole. They are: Autumn Lily (white) Rhododendron ‘Roblex‘ PP25073 Robust and upright with deep green foliage, Autumn Lily produces white blooms with occasional single purple stripes. […]

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Drench applied to Azaleas

4/8/2019 – Poured Compare-N-Save Systemic Tree and Shrub Insect Drench around the stumps of all the azaleas and the little new camellia in the SW corner of the yard. The target pest is lace bugs on the azaleas and aphids on the camellia. The square footage of all those bushes was about 750 SF. The […]

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