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A good gardener always plants three
seeds -- one for the bugs, one for the weather and one for
- Leo Aikman -
Coming Up #44
The birds get a few, too!
Below: Oregon grapeholly seeds (Mahonia).
Bad seed is a robbery of the worst
kind: for your pocket-book not only suffers by it, but your
preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved.
- George Washington -
see What's Coming
March is excellent for seed-starting
if you use grow lights. Without grow lights, though, wait until
- Calvin Bordine, Bordine
What's Coming Up #136
Never plant without
a bucket of compost at your side.
- Elsa Bakalar -
Coming Up #88
A change of location when replanting
is always beneficial.
- from The Wise Garden
Encyclopedia, editor E.L.D. Seymour, 1936 -
Coming Up #90
Plants need to be moved around.
You may have to move them a half dozen times before you get the
position right (or before they give up the ghost) but that's
nothing to be ashamed of.
- Christopher Lloyd, In My Garden,
Move those roses as soon as you can
dig. They will probably hardly notice. ...they're a lot
tougher than we give them credit for.
- Nancy Lindley, Great Lakes Roses
What's Coming Up #136
Shrubs transplant well now. Our new
shrubs and trees come in starting in April -- in many cases they
were just dug from a field, the same as transplanting. If the soil
is workable, put them in. Given a month or more of cool weather and
good soil moisture, they'll often out-perform shrubs planted
- Ed Allemon, Allemon's Garden Center -
What's Coming Up #137
...all who see it say, "Well, you have
favorable conditions here. Everything grows for you." Everything
grows for everybody. Everything dies for everybody, too.
- Henry Mitchell, The Essential
Earthman, 1981 -
Above: Very soon after it was planted, someone did say of
this bed, "Well, it's a good spot, everything obviously grows
there." True, the planting is filling in nicely and will soon be
full without being overwhelming or needing continual cutback. Yet
some of the species we originally planted opted out, saying "Nope,
not our thing!" We either replaced them with more of what did
thrive here, or tried something new until it all worked.
There are annual herbs in the black-painted PVC tubes, to
creeping mother of thyme (Thymus serpyllum),
bronze fennel (a Foeniculum variety, which must be
deadheaded religiously to keep it from spreading),
cooking sage (Salvia officinalis) and
the statuesque celery substitute, lovage (Levisticum
A late blooming panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata
'Tardiva') is underplanted with:
barren strawberry (Waldsteinia ternata) which is itself
daffodils and blue quamash bulbs (Camassia cusickii 'Blue
all happy in this otherwise dry, hot spot because we created a
subsurface reservoir and diverted roof runoff water there for