What’s up, what’s down

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

The snow banks are coming down; we can actually see grass in a few places. The Park’s Whopper and Gardener’s Delight tomatoes are just popping up, and can be put in a sunny window shortly, as are the Nagoya Flowering Kale seedlings. However, I’ve found an infestation of white fly on my large geranium plants ( I have quite a few) and am rinsing the plants off and then treating them with Hi-Yield DySyston, a systemic insecticide. I’ll probably need to treat all of them in that room, even though some aren’t affected yet, and also will wipe all the shelves with a Chorox solution, ans well as soaking the saucers.
I don’t really need this right now. Never had this before and wonder where it came from!
Outside, our work will begin with damage control – snow plowing does things to plantings. Being across from a school, we “sweep” sand and gravel from the lawn every spring.

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USDA Hardiness Zone: work in 3-5 Location: Home:small urban: work:homes and businesses Geographic type: hills, rocky outcroppings Soil type: gravelly soil – sand – sandy loam – silt – clay Experience level: professional 16 years Particular interests: design using perennials, annuals, shrubs and rock.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

~Mitchell Burgess in Northern Exposure

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