January 19, 2008

Getting Ready For Spring Time

We went to Lowes last night and it hit me that winter is almost over and spring is coming up finally! We roamed around the store, and gone in the featured section of the store are snowblowers and snow shovels, because they all been replaced with yard tractors, lawn mowers and lots of lots of plants. There were plants all over, we even saw a bunch of different types of palms for sale for only around $11 each, but unfortunately when we read the planting instructions, its hardy only up to around 40 degrees fahrenheit, which is so not gonna work in our area, because we could get cold up to 20-30 degrees cold, and we dont really just wanna spend money on plants that wont survive in our climate, we already spent too much on orchids plants before, but so far, we are unlucky because none of the orchids survive in our weather, sigh.

But if you are looking forward to getting plenty of flowers and variety of colorful display this spring time, then its almost time to start planting again, depending largely on your location, most seeds can be planted after the danger of frost for more chances of germination and surviving. But there are plenty of seedlings, flowers in pots, and packet of seeds now widely available in several department stores and home improvement stores (like Lowes and Home Depot). So if you are thinking of planting for spring blooming, then for sure you are gonna have fun checking out all the store with all kinds of different variety of flowers to choose. We are definitely ready for some colorful in our yard again, after months of fall and winter, which dont really have much color but the leaves.

Any plans of planting new plants for spring color? Which type of flowers do you prefer, annuals or perennials?

January 8, 2008

Let The Trees Go Deeper

Last night, we were watching the tv news, and saw lots of big huge trees that were uprooted and fell to peoples yard, some in their cars, while others in their houses due to the heavy rainstorms that hit California these past few days. One of the main reason that trees feel like this is because the ground is so soft and moist and with the heavy weight of the branches and leaves above, the tree based could hardly support the whole weight anymore, specially when there are no supporting force in the ground to keep the tree standing. And when there are gust winds in the air, it would only make things worse, specially when the winds is blowing in one direction constantly, putting force to the tree to get uprooted ever more, and quicker. A lot of times, the trees that got uprooted like this have very shallow root-based. The roots are so shallow, that if you see them got uprooted, the root trees were only penetrating few feet deep in the ground, and that is not enough for some trees to have a strong based specially when it get stormy and wet around. So if you try to plant trees, specially the big ones, try to think of the long period, how they will be watered properly, and think of the formation and development of the trees root system. Let the roots go deeper into the ground to create a more sturdy root-based and one way to do this is to water the tree in little drips, so that the water will have the chance to soak deeper into the ground, and the root will go deeper to try to get to the water. But if you are watering heavily and so shallow without allowing the water to soak in, then the trees dont have to go deeper to get the nutrients anymore, and ended up growing with shallow roots.

January 5, 2008

www.GardenersLand.com Transition 2012 2013

To all my blog readers and visitors, I would like to let you know that I finally got the domain name running for this blog, previously Planting Diary, now Gardeners Land. The new domain name for this blog is now www.GardenersLand.com The old one still works, and will be automatically forwarded to the new domain, though.

It took me awhile to have the domain name hook up, because my registrar could not figure out my request several times. I finally have it running, hopefully you will the take time to ADD my new domain name www.GardenersLand.com in you blogrolls or links too, i would truly appreciate it! Thank you so much and have a wonderful day to you.

UPDATES 2013 January - Information above is changed from Planting Diary to Gardeners Land...
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