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Old 11-22-2012, 08:47 PM
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Default Garden Talk - to get through winter :)

I have worked a ton in the garden the last couple weeks so its on my mind

Thought it would be cool to have a place to discuss and plan our gardens for 2013.

I planted a good 350+ bulbs this fall. I had a ton in years past as well but they were starting to get worn out and many were planted before we used the front yard for dogs and prekids so they were not in good areas to avoid trampling.

I divided up the irises and moved those all around and made an actual bed where they used to be. It has irises, tulips, daffodils, anemones, and crocuses in it now. Its bookended by a lilac and butterfly bush. I added some russian sage and pearl wort last weekend and then today put in some autumn crocus. Havent decided what else I will put there yet, probably some sort of annuals. Oh, I do want to put some toad lilies, love them

Late summer (bad timing but its the way it worked) I put in about 15 azaleas and a bunch of hostas. Some went into new beds that border the front of the veggie garden (which I also added tulips, daffodils, and irises to) Some may not make it as we were transplanting them during 100 degree weather.

I added some mums and more bulbs to some of the existing beds today. I am just about out of bulbs now but think I will get some more as I want to pot a couple containers up with them as well.

I am getting heavy into the planning stage for next year. Adding some clematis to grow up the roses and the espaliered apple and pear trees so trying to decide on varities. Need to get more ground covers for under the fruit trees as well, right now its corsican mint and chamomile. Need to fill in the flower beds with some more perennial and annuals so trying to come up with a plan for those. Have a big side garden that has lavender, lemon balm, comfrey, and a nandini in it now but otherwise is way overgrown so need a plan for that (and a LOT of elbow grease come spring).

Then of course all the raised beds for the veggies/herbs/companion flowers. I have 16 on the one side of the house (plus some borders with asparagus, strawberries, horseradish, etc) and 4 LONG ones on the other side which those may be turned into the new chicken yard.

Ok, totally rambly and long post lol....but its nice to get it all in one place!

I think it will be fun to bounce ideas off each other too
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