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Thread #134670   Message #3065013
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
01-Jan-11 - 11:05 AM
Thread Name: BS: Mudcat Gardeners report - 2011
Subject: BS: Mudcat Gardeners report - 2011
Here you go, Bobert, and I hope you'll be a regular contributor. It seems like you just moved to Virginia, and now you're headed to North Carolina. We await news of the zone, soil type, water quality, native plants, wildlife predations on your garden, etc.

My garden will continue to creep down the side yard along the driveway toward the street (an Edible Estate) and I have a couple of new beds underway directly in front of the house. Since the won't work without irrigation, I'll probably have to put in soaker hoses and a quick coupler on the front yard hose.

For point of reference, we are scattered through various hardiness zones and soil types. I'm in zone 7B and I do a lot of xeriscape plantings except in the vegetable garden (though it doesn't hurt if the plants are hardy there also!) Limestone underneath, blackland prairie that is rock hard when it gets dry. I use a lot of compost and soil amendments.

I have a few pretty things, lilies, Texas star hibiscus, iris, and daffodils that come back every year. Lots of slavia greggi around the yard, and the rosemary has pretty little blue blossoms. The silverado sage has lovely lavendar flowers a few days after a heavy rain. I tend to put in perennials and save my energy for the vegetable portion of the yard.

Good gardening to all of you, please report regularly!