Gardening By The Yard # 2Feb 23, 2022
things to do to keep my plants happy Also how to prepare a bed that's perfect and you've already met plant-eating insects today you'll meet insect-eating plants seem to do today, including planting and transplanting moving trees and shrubs I think I better stop talking and get to work. The first task I need to tackle is transplanting this shrub because as you can see its current home is falling apart. that is patterned with white and sometimes just a hint of pink grows well in zones four through nine thrives in moist soil and tolerates vigorous pruning which is good because I am going to prune it vigorously to make it more manageable by cutting the the top goes down to about a foot.
I will then use a shovel to loosen the root ball, dig it out and loosen it from the sides of the container and then lift it up and once that is done I will give this baby a new home. in a location that receives filtered morning sun and afternoon shake. You see another name for hakura. Nishiki is mottled: willow. Now, the term mottle can refer to its foliage coloration, but it also reminds gardeners that this plant prefers dappled light to direct light. well obviously better days are looking next up is this japanese maple tree which also needs a new home after being in this wooden box for about three years and here's a problem the roots have grown out of the box and into the soil below which means I have to be careful, what I will do is dig up the roots that are growing in the soil to free up the root ball, then I will move the whole tree box and everything in a wheelbarrow once there.
I will carefully dismantle what is left of the box doing my best to avoid damaging too many roots and once the tree is freed from its container I will drop it on the ground oh yeah this is a nice spot surrounded here by these hydrangeas oak leaf. plenty of ro For the maple to grow there is plenty of shade and I also have irrigation in this bed. Before I go any further, I will prune any Deadwood that is easy to tell from live wood because live wood is green and Deadwood is gray and shows up. well dead and now it's time to put some potted plants in particular several of these cool little conifers that I received as a gift last fall from a friend and fellow plant fanatic who lives in Woodstock Illinois and wintered here in this bed Now to tell you the truth, I have no idea how some of these plants will perform here in my neck of the woods, especially since the Oklahoma summer can be much hotter than the northern Illinois summer, so just to be sure I'm going to put these beauties and clay pots and place them on the patio that way I can move them around if necessary and experiment with how much sun or shade they need, then when I'm satisfied that I understand the needs of the plants I can find them. permanent housing Everywhere in my landscape for these evergreens, I already found a home, it is these brick pots.
I struggled for years about what to put in these pots, then one day I decided to put some azaleas on it, and as luck would have it, it was a giant tree. that once shaded this whole area fell over and turned what was once a very shady spot into a very sunny spot so now I have no choice but to remove the azaleas that don't tolerate full sun and instead have decided planting these junipers are about three feet apart these beauties grow well in zones three through nine and retain their color through the winter something many golden evergreens fail to do these are compact plants growing about three feet wide and tall and they do very well in full sun, in fact, I have planted two junipers here, one is called Gold Coast, the other is Paul's treasure, which is nothing more than an improved variety of Gold Coast that has absolutely nothing to do with it. with me and you know what unless you're a real juniper connoisseur you'll probably never tell the difference, but anyway once you've planted birds, add some mulch to the bed, water the plants well and pat me on the back for a job well done. what i really love is the way the golden foliage of the junipers contrasts with the red foliage of the japanese maple oh that's a stunning combination i love it i think i'll pat Jim on the back my latest assignment is on moving a prized plant one of mine outdoors that overwintered in my garage this is a tufted area a tropical beauty that's ready for a heavy dose of sun now i know it doesn't look like much but once i cut them all the brown leaves it will at least look a little more alive and to get it off to a good start I will add a two inch layer of compost to the top of the pot and water well after all it hasn't drank in months a One of the reasons I love the blooming area so much is that they remind me of the beauty of the Hawaiian I islands and trust me folks in about three weeks this plan is going to jump out and be absolutely beautiful so much so that most likely I will probably want a hula next.
ón I have even more things to do like some bed preparation this program that brings you ambient cr sobre el mar is not going to be pretty and for two reasons one has to do with preparing beds that have been neglected for months, that is, beds that in their current state are not particularly pretty and the other reason it's not going to be pretty is because well it's because I'm on it, however making the bed is an extremely important task and pretty or not, it has to be done. I have several things to do on this. bed in preparation for spring planting and first thing to do is remove some newly emerging clumps of rudbeckia rudbeckia or black-eyed susan is a large flowering perennial but tends to take off and spread at this young stage of its development without However the plants are relatively easy to dig up and once the clumps have been dug up they can be transplanted to another spot in the garden given to friends or simply thrown in the compost pile.
Another plant that tends to spread is Chaz mantheon latifolia or northern sea oats and it's starting to take on this bed you can also dig up and transplant it however it takes a bit more effort to get the clumps out of the roots and all and where sea oats grow between the rocks, I'll use a screwdriver to pry them out. The little sprouts of privet probably got their start in this bed from birds that eat the seeds of the mature plants and deposit them everywhere when they are young. These seedlings are easy to pull up, but as they get older, they become much more difficult to remove.
The way privet can quickly grow to over ten feet tall, so if you don't like it, be sure to pull up those seedlings at As they appear, okay, I've gotten rid of everything I don't want growing on this bed, now it's time to renew. give it a try and that means removing the existing mulch with a steel garden rake, adding a 1-2 inch layer of compost, putting the old mulch in its place, and adding a fresh layer of mulch to a depth of about 3 inches. and now this bed is ready for planting the only problem is the plants i want to put in and they are not in the nursery yet so i guess i will move to another bed that needs prep but you know what things are starting to look pretty around here, well, now they're in this long bed, things are looking pretty good, the soil is healthy, which means the plants are healthy, and there's a good layer of mulch, but there's a problem at soil level.
Of the most notorious weeds growing throughout North America, any one of which can quickly take over your
yardand suck up water in nutrients from nearby plants, the number one culprit is the henbit which almost everyone has on their lawns or gardens, now luckily henbit is easy to pull up or hoe though ugh you have to make sure you get the roots as well as the best dope second is chick wheat which also grows all over north america also easy to pull up or dig, but get it early in the season to avoid a carpet of chick grass.
Later in the year, next up is Queen Anne's lace, a lovely member of the carrot family that is an important food source for some beneficial insects. Unfortunately, Queen Anne's lace also recedes and spreads rampant and can take over your entire garden in no time, so if you choose to grow it, make sure you keep its growth in check and that means uprooting it and all ideally while the plants are growing. plants are young. the root that remains in the ground will produce new leaves. You can also control dandelions by constantly pulling on their blossoms as they form.
Removing the flowers The reserve nutrients will eventually run out and the plant will eventually run out. Die and along the way you can enjoy a beautiful bouquet of dandelion flowers and add the edible leaves to a salad. Well now it's time for my next bed preparation project which happens to be here a narrow pot full of evergreens and in this bed I have a challenging situation namely a variegated periwinkle a vine I don't want have it grow here and in between some sweet williams i want to keep the challenge is how to dig up the vinca without damaging the sweet william well its actually not that big of a challenge here let me show you what i am going to do first i will pull the vinca vines until you come to a place where the vine has its roots.
I will then pull the roots gently so as not to disturb the Sweet William and where the Sweet William lifts off the ground I will reposition it and lightly compact the soil around it, fortunately Sweet William is a very forgiving plant that roots easily so done, you can take cuttings, stake them in water, wait until they root. and then set them up in the garden anywhere I like and with that task completed I'll apply a new layer of mulch to the bed. Bed preparation can be done at any time, although it is more often a late winter to early spring project, when the soil needs it most. compost enrichment, mulch needs to be replenished and weeds need to be removed and when all my beds are done I have a certain sense of gratification for a job well done and a feeling of anticipation for all the things the new growing season has to offer Of course, I also have one more feeling, namely that there is one more bed I need to prepare next, this is great, but it might also make you dizzy. here's what happens we'll meet carnivorous plants flora carnivores straight to the meat of the matter folks digestion isn't usually a topic on this show no less of course it's about me munching on some onions with garlic and potatoes, but today all that changes as we show you a collection of fascinating carnivorous flora, so let's get ready to sink your teeth into the interesting world of carnivorous plants beautiful or gastly regal or wretched delicate or demonic without hesitation the extremes in the plant world There are many carnivorous plants, however one thing is constant, some creatures are dying to get into carnivorous plants or plants that have adapted to attract, trap, kill and eat insects and other animals in search of nutrients, most carnivorous plants in nature they grow in moist bogs or bogs where slow moving water drives nutrients away from the roots in order to survive they have adapted for to catch its food source usually sporting legs or wings you see this fly is discovering the heady nectar around the edge of an american pitcher plant Peter says sometimes bugs get so drunk on these things you can pet them but wait you'll see the ones that no the insides of the leaves are smooth and waxy so bugs can get in but they can't get out American pitcher plants are hungry pigs as we will soon find out when we do an autopsy on this pitcher leaf and it's really amazing to see what it is what they've been catching alright folks this is creepy and creepily interesting but if you get dizzy you might want to step away for a bit because it's also pretty gross check this out it looks like it's mostly flies bees here be some earwigs, carnivorous gluttons of the plant world. what you see are mostly exoskeletons of insects everything else has been liquefied by acids and enzymes the plant produces and then absorbed through leaves growing outdoors meals are all day smorgasbords for these pits without background one of the best known carnivorous plants the venus flytrap has trigger hairs inside each leaf that detect prey an insect touched within 20 seconds of each other is tanned like a snapshot cells on the outside of the leaf instantly elongate creating a cozy convex prison after digestion, the traps often turn black and you can cut off the old black leaves during the growing season, the flood trap will continually produce new leaves to replace the dying old ones, check out these sundews, hundreds of tentacles on each leaf are covered with a sticky substance that glowslike the dew Thirsty insects superglue themselves into place when the tentacles wrap around the insect and suck out the juices.
A week later, all that's left is bug litter and butter. jump on them and they get digested right where they land, scary for sure, but carnivorous plants are also fascinating and best for the enthusiast, they can be grown all over the country, they grow around the Great Lakes, they are found in Canada, they are Found in beautiful exotic places like New Jersey, most of them are in the southeastern United States, Peter has something to think about planting and growing carnivorous plants that he loves the most. wet soil so two containers are often better than one a larger container holds water inside which potted plant goes ceramic glazed and plastic pots work well one thing you definitely want to avoid are unglazed terracotta pallets which soak up too much salts water evaporates too quickly from them and they also develop a lot of algae slime which is very hard to walk on carnivorous plants should not be transplanted often wait until they are bulging at the seams then go ahead peat moss, perlite and sphagnum moss is all you will need.
The purpose of using these soils is that they are very low in nutrients. Carnivorous plants capture their minerals. topsoil don't want fertilizers in the soil sphagnum moss needs to soak in purified water just like perlite to keep dust down while mixing in one part perlite peter mixes one part peat and more purified water then kind of how to make a clay pot you want to get all the clumps out now we don't want our peat and perlite coming out of the holes so we soak the sphagnum moss and we're going to put a lot of sphagnum moss down here mash the sphagnum well then pour our pre-soaked peat and perlite, then we pack the soil up to the top of the pot, make an opening large enough for the plant and transplant, place the plant in a damp and sunny patio. keep the water bowl filled with an inch or so of water and enjoy or be embarrassed as the case may be now if this story seemed a bit cold that reminds me carnivorous plants need winter dormancy you may need to move it to a cooler room in your house or perhaps a garage window sill for the winter if your winners are too cold to place the plants outdoors so you see that in the Buu tentacle food chain the carnivorous plants are working a good niche for themselves a word of warning although they are known to attract more than just insects its true that growing carnivorous plants is more like having a pet rather than a houseplant they are so animalistic thats why i think people grows fond of them giller's story you know peters is an authority on meat ivory plants he has actually named one after himself Nepenthes Peter D'Amato next in
gardeningby the garden n I am absolutely crazy about maples japanese maples which is a look at my favorite trees when people asked me to name my favorite plant or plant group I always struggle with an answer largely because I love so many different plants.
I'm crazy about conifers. I go crazy for grasses, but right now I am absolutely crazy for maples. Japanese maples, after all, are so incredibly beautiful. especially early in the season which are impossible to ignore so I thought you deserved a visual tour of the Japanese maples here in my landscape all of which are in their prime and along the way I'm going to skip over the Latin names and Common Names Why It Matters So You Can Just Admire Them Japanese maples are available in two basic forms: those that grow upright and those that cascade. Upright forms rarely grow more than 25 feet or so while cascading forms they are typical trained to start weeping on walks ranging from 3 to 6 feet leaf colors vary although green and red are certainly the most common red leaf varieties actually color better when exposed to a little sun, although all Japanese maples tend to prefer shade for at least protection from afternoon sun, especially in the south, leaf shape is perhaps the most interesting variable of all and although leaves with five to seven lobes can be astounding, those were dissected leaves and up to eleven loops, the so-called thread-leaf varieties are even more spectacular and leaf texture can also vary from smooth to wrinkled .
Japanese maples are fairly easy to grow and are hardy to zone 5. They require good soil and absolutely will not thrive in heavy clay soil. Now they need soil that drains well but retains some moisture, however they don't need supplemental fertilizer and are rarely bothered by transient diseases and because there are so many standouts in the landscape they make a great specimen pl Ants even grow well in containers for at least a few years, so if you're wondering what to put in that special spot in your landscape, make it a Japanese maple and who knows, it might become your favorite plant, that's all for today, but remember.
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