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RE: Bittersweet from seed (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: giantslug on 07.06.2008 at 09:28 am in Minnesota Gardening Forum

Here how I started my bitter sweet vines. Don't score the seed. Make sure all the pulp from the fruit is cleaned off and plant them 1/4 inch deep in pots. Water them so they are damp but not saturated, (Too much water will rot them during stratification). I put the pots in plastic bags to keep them from drying out in the refrigerator. Put them in the fridge for at least 3 months, then take them out and put them under grow lights or outside if it's warm.

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clipped on: 07.09.2008 at 08:43 am    last updated on: 07.09.2008 at 08:44 am

Starting a strawberry bed in zone 4

posted by: mycalicogirls on 06.28.2008 at 07:09 am in Fruit & Orchards Forum

I'm planning a strawberry bed for next spring. I'm in zone 4 and have a small suburban garden with very poor sandy soil. I need ideas for making this work out. Should I make a raised bed with new soil? Water is expensive here and I'm worried about the water just running away in a raised bed. Maybe I could ammend the native soil heavily with...what? I want to start on soil prep this summer. Also, is there a 'best' variety for me to plant here? Thanks so much! Molly

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clipped on: 07.02.2008 at 03:53 pm    last updated on: 07.02.2008 at 03:54 pm

Anybody growing boxwood or false cypress in Minnesota?

posted by: mycalicogirls on 06.21.2008 at 04:41 pm in Minnesota Gardening Forum

I've just moved from zone 5 and need input on plants that do well here in Minnesota. I planted two baby Green Mountain boxwood. Are any of you growing them? Should I wrap them or spray with antidessicant for the winter? How about the Chicagoland variety? Is anyone growing false cypress? I saw a beautiful one tagged for zone 4 but am worried and it is expensive, so don't want to waste money on something not hardy. Molly

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clipped on: 06.22.2008 at 05:30 am    last updated on: 06.22.2008 at 05:30 am

Do you have a cute gardening shed?

posted by: msscarlet on 05.21.2008 at 10:55 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

I know over the years there have been posts like this. But when you search them you see that most of the pictures no longer exist :( I am planning on getting a shed this year and would like to see what others have done with theirs. Also, I have not made my mind up yet on style or material. Still debating the vinyl vs wood ones. Love the look of wood, but then you have some maintaining to do. Which do you have and what do you like or dislike about them?

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clipped on: 06.20.2008 at 11:26 am    last updated on: 06.20.2008 at 11:26 am