4-21 Garden Progress Report

The plum trees bloomed for the first time.

The gooseberries have leafed out nicely.

The new fig trees broke dormancy normally

(even the one that had a brush with drowning).

The peas are climbing.

All is well in my gardening world.

Happy Sunday, y’all.

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3 thoughts on “4-21 Garden Progress Report

  1. WAY TO GO!!!
    BACK IN THE SOIL-AGAIN!!! 🙂
    [[[[[[[[[ “YOUR GARDEN GROWS WELL!!” ]]]]]]]]]]]

    I HAVE A QUESTION, COUSIN,
    AFRICAN VIOLETS ..WHEN LEAVES ARE DROOPING, TOO MUCH OR NOT ENOUGH H2o?
    SHOULD I CUT OFF DYING LEAVES, OR LET THE DRY & FALL OFF.
    USUALLY DYING LEAVES ABSORB THE STRENGTH FROM THE THRIVING ONES..WHAT TOO DO
    “MAMA EARTH??”
    SMOOCHES

    • Sho'Nuff says:

      It depends on “how” they are drooping. First — is the soil surface dry to the touch or moist? Second, do the stems have a soggy or dark area near the soil-line? If the soil is dry to the touch and you see no stem damage, my guess is that your leaves are too dry. If your soil is damp and your leaves are drooping (or if your soil is damp AND you’ve got stem damage) then you’re either watering too much or watering incorrectly. Remove any leaf with a damaged stem immediately. Also:

      African violets are fussy about water: 1) you can’t keep them in an earthenware/clay pot. The moisture gets in the clay, the clay holds the moisture on the leaves of the plant and the plant will get fungal decay. If yours are in a clay pot transplant them immediately to a moisture-proof pot. If you didn’t know, this was Grandma Juanita’s secret. She told it to me and I have experimented with this, and she was absolutely right about it.

      2) You can’t get this plant’s stems wet. So you can’t water this from the top. You need to put the pot in some sort of saucer/shallow bowl, pour your water in the bowl and allow it to slowly wick upward into the root mass.

      3) Fertilizer: does your soil have a kind of whitish crust on the top? If so, you’ve got an over-accumulation of fertilizer salts in your soil; this is really common with Af. Violets because people think the plant needs tons of fertilizer to bloom. It doesn’t. It needs to be in a really small pot to bloom. At any rate, if you see salt build up in your potting soil then I recommend repotting and giving it a rest from fertilizer

      YES, if your leaves turn brown or are dying, pinch them off as close to the base of the plant as you can (don’t leave a stem stump, is what I mean). This plant is very susceptible to fungal disease, so getting rid of leaves that are having problems is important. Hope that helps!

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