seedling bed

preparing the seedling bed. as much as i like hugging trees i wish the trees were not so good at hugging our garden. particularly the seedling beds. it takes three years for seedlings to mature here. part of that is the shade from the trees. it slows the seedlings down in their ability to bloom. and after three years tree roots creep into the seedling beds. the daylilies do a fair job growing with the tree roots. however if i let the tree roots grow unrestrained the next planting at 6 years would be a real pain. the roots would be twice as large and cutting a furrow for the daylily seeds would be extremely difficult. so the bed preparation is to dig a trench around the boarder of each seedling bed and remove the roots. the trench is 10 to 16 inches deep. small roots are simply severed. roots pencil size and bigger are removed. a sharp shovel and lots of elbow grease will do the job. and just in case i get the idea into my head that the garden is becoming a richer organic soil instead of urban land fill after some 44 years of gardening almost, maybe, slowly. large lag bolts, broken bottles, and other treasures still remain to be found. so without the digging there would be little blooming…

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10 thoughts on “seedling bed

  1. Lauren

    I understand your plight. Today I spent time digging out old roots and moving my dwarf citus trees into a spot with more sun. There’s always work to be done in a garden.

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      1. Lauren

        It is the first time for one to bear fruit and the second time for the lemon tree. I am anxiously waiting for them to ripen. Hopefully the squirrels won’t steal them.

  2. Dan Antion

    I know this kind of work, John. I find tree roots and trash in places that haven’t seen trees or human activity for decades. I still find debris that must be leftover from when they built the house. Those “little” roots can take a lot of elbow grease.

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  3. Gradmama2011

    My lilies are done for the season. Was it my imagination, or did the days really fly this year? I don’t know if it was the heat, or too dry. I did have some nice blooms, but they seemed to be in such a hurry. Regular trips into Elyria hospital for son’s therapy…30 sessions, two a week, really filled the time schedule. Only three more visits after today. I did get some nice Lily photos. I failed to get much work on my blog, had to change computers and my photo ability was down.

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      1. Gradmama2011

        My last two lilies, both orange, different scapes from different areas, are done. It seems to me that I had blooms longer and not in such a hurry to bloom-and-go.

      2. Gradmama2011

        Oh, the therapy. He had a minor (if there is such a thing) heart attack in March, and had a stent inserted when they found a 99% blockage. The doc had him do 30 sessions, and now all but three, counting today, are past. He will be 60 in January.

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