Arbor Day

Arbor Day April 22My “arbor” experience isn’t a new tree–it’s a man-made structure. (Well, woman-made.) Yours truly prepared the vertical supports, topped them with horizontal PVC pipe, and secured the knitted shade cloth. (While wide awake in the middle of the night, I try to think of words for the C-A-R-E- theme.) 🙂

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Letter C with green leaves
climb

my

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Letter A with white background and green around the edge
“arbor”

at my

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Letter R green leaves
risk

because

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Letter E green bamboo
elderly

lady !!

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Preparing a supportPVC pipe support

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Drilled hole for hook (1)Hook screwed into wood (1)

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PVC pipe support (2)Sun screen will be hung later

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Taking shapeLooking south

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From the kitchen window

Smiley Face dropping sunglasses

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Letter A with stick figureApril preparation
for August inferno.

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SunshineGarden Tower in shade

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Celebrate Arbor Day

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Celebrating April gaRden Experiences

Letter C black with pink and green and matches other letters
celebrating

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Letter A with flowers
April

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Letter G with stick figureLetter A dancingLetter R with flowers (matches other letters)
den

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Letter E with flowers
experiences

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This has been a month of diverse gardening experiences. Quite frankly, too much time spent on non-veggie, non-Garden Tower activities. Read about Asparagus Fern, Boston Fern, Callisia FragransCereus, Christmas CactusDracaena, Elephant Ear, Ixora, KalanchoeLantanaMosquito Plant, Sedum Acre, Walking Iris, etc., on my other blog Three Quarters And Counting. Read about the invasion of Tent Caterpillars.

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Letter T with pink flowers
truthfully,

it’s difficult to reconcile all that happened this month!!

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First Hummingbird of the seasonLetter B with pink flowers
birds

take time and attention. I love them!!

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Letter S black with pink flowers
sun shade

was my greatest accomplishment.

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Catching-Rain-In-His-Hand-And-Holding-An-Umbrella-Royalty-Free-Vector-IllustrationAlphabet letter R green with pink roses
rain

(Lots of rain!!)

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Smiley face with cameraMisting rain, cloudy afternoon; I was “aiming” for pictures without shadows, and images before drenching rain spoils the bloom.

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Looking North from my doorstepCape Honeysuckle, Lantana, and Butterfly BushButterfly bush bloom

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Begonia, Petunia, etc.Christmas Cactus

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CalibrachoaSaturated Calibrachoa

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Growing Tomatoes from Seed to Harvest

Growing Tomatoes from Seed to Harvest

Tomato with two thumbs up

Furthermore, note the reference to tomatoes in the following poster. Read the information in the link below the poster. Personally, considering all my time and effort, I want all available information!!

Garden Tip (poster)

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Twenty-one Epson Salt garden “cheats” you don’t want to miss!! 

Tomatoes
A healthy growing tomato plant uses up lots of magnesium in the growing / production process. Maintaining the magnesium at the right levels can be accomplished with regular applications of Epsom salt. The results… more blooms, less blossom rot, more fruit, stronger plants, deeper green color, along with taster, sweeter tomatoes.

Sweeter Tomatoes – Plants lacking the proper levels of magnesium may also lack sweetness which makes Epsom salt a good, cheap source of magnesium for plants. It is easily and quickly absorbed into the plant. Use the liquid application below…

Planting Tomato Seedlings – When planting new plant, dig a hole and place about 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt in the bottom of hole and cover with a thin layer of dirt, then plant the tomato seedling in the hole.

Liquid Applications – Every two weeks mix 1 tablespoon in a gallon of water and water the plants with the solution. Mixing with warm water can help dissolve the Epsom salt easier.

By following the above “recipe” many gardeners report excellent results and good-sized, tasty fruit. Try It!

“Too soon old, too late smart”

Toilet tissue rollsCan’t Actually Rationalize Earlier expenses. Why did I spend precious dollars on seed starting kits?? Instructions to make your own. ~~ Why did I invest in river rock (in North Carolina) for the bottom of planters?? Small plastic containers are ideal in the bottom one-third of a planter!! Likewise: Styrofoam “peanuts,” and old Styrofoam coolers cut into cubes!!

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Pebbles for plantersStyrofoam cubes

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Cut up Styrofoam containerStyrofoam cubes in bottom of planter

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Smiley face lady with thumbs downLetter C red with white stitching
can’t

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Letter A red with white stitching
actually

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Letter R backwards
rationalize

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Letter E red with white stitching
earlier

expenses

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I’m fond of saying “Too soon old, too late smart.”

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Planters compared

Letter C black and white scroll (2)
creativity

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Letter A black and white scroll (2)
and

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Letter R black and white scroll
relevance

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Letter E black and white scroll
embraced

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Strawberry plantPlanter on a chair (1)

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Planter on a chair (2)Gardeners-revolution-tomato-planter

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“Yours truly” loves to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. (Have you heard that old expression before?) Last year I created two strawberry planters from milk crates. Coco fiber (for hanging baskets) lines the crate. Lots of ventilation for the roots!! ~~ Have you seen the advertisements in garden catalogs for similar tomato planters? (Not exactly, but the same idea?) Look at the price!! Buy the planter, casters and support and it will cost you $75.00. I could have easily planted tomatoes and used the back of the chair for support!! Other than the cost of strawberry plants, I had zero expense!!

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