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Monday, April 16, 2012

I am transplanting Hosta to make the fencing look softer. I had it made to protect the Blue Spruce from the snow plough. It was planted too close to the fence, our mistake. we came from an area of England that had very few trees. We had no idea how far back we should plant it. The little stick was less than a foot long and no thicker than a drinking straw so it looked to be a long way off from the sidewalk.
We like to keep the lower branches pruned so we can have this garden beneath it. It used to just be bare earth since nothing would grow in the needles. I removed all of them and added top soil. I fed the entire patch with EPSOM salts to increase the Magnesium. Next I will put some lime in the earth to sweeten the soil. I must check that because it might be too late to do it. I know I lime the grass now but I must look into whether those annuals will burn from it.

Off to the library again. HUGS Pat in Maine.
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    Pat, It certainly has been beautiful weather to be out in the garden!! My Hostas are beginning to poke up through the earth.. I do like them a lot . interesting to note you can add magnesium to the soil using Epsom Salts- is this a nutrient they need a lot of to be "happy"? emoticon Peggy
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    Sounds like a great plan, Pat! Ok, I don't really know anything about any of that, but you obviously do. I know hostas grow well around here too and they're lovely.
    Is dh feeling better today?
    Thanks for all your encouragement and woo hoo's on my blogs, Pat! Love you!
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    We used to have our hostas in front of our house; it was a very shady area and the soil was very poor. We finally gave up and put them plus some more that we purchased into a side of our back yard that is shady part of the day and sunny part of the day and they are doing the best this year that they have done and we have been trying to grow them for at least 5 years. It sounds like you know what you are doing, so I suspect yours won't take 5 years!

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    I love hostas. There are so many and have always been one of my favorites - also loved by the deer. lol

    You'll have to post a pictures once it's done.
    2257 days ago
    sounds lovely! I grew up with hosta. Such a lovely plant.

    Have a great Tuesday!
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  • TERRI289
    You inspire me to go out and work in the yard. You would love all my dragonflies!!
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    Have a glorious day!!!
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    Hi Pat in Maine...
    Just make sure that you find out what the Blue Spruce likes. It's used to acid soil from it's pine needles, so don't make it alkaline. And don't put to much dirt on their roots so you don't smother it's feeder roots.
    Hostas will grow practically anywhere and in any soil. They are very hardy and Love the shade. To much sun will burn them.
    Well, that's all I know about that !!!!
    Have Fun learning about plants. One of my passions !
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  • 123ELAINE456
    Love your plans you have for under the tree and your yard. It will be well worth it when you are done. You will get hours of enjoyment out of it.. Great Plan. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.
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    Hi Pat....I love your plans for a garden beneath the tree. Such happy memories. The colours will catch the eye and the area will be welcoming with it's beauty.

    Have a great week. emoticon emoticon emoticon from emoticon
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    Sounds like you have to do a lot of research, but the end result will be worth it inb the end.
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    Those trees have a mind of their own, don't they? They take up the space they need, ask for what they want, and insist on getting what they need to grow strong. I think there are some lessons in there for humans. Enjoy your gardening.
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    I'm going to go google Hostas and Blue Spruce trees to get an idea of what you are talkin bout.
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