A Way to Garden by Margaret Roach (July Book) Zoom discussion?

  • ordered/downloaded the 19th of June
  • Preface:
  • people saw WEEDS! gardeners
  • grew winterberry holly and asters
  • hype of native plants  likes earthworms for enviromentaal health
  • seeds are now intellectual properties
  • like ripen all at once for harvesting
  • author likes the organic process (also looking at pest control)
  • wanted a 365 day garden
  • it’s her way to garden (will it work for you)
  • Introduction:
  • this book supplies guidance
  • talk of six seasons of your daily life
  • Garden is a hobby that’s always changing
  • she decided to grow plant from seed instead of buying a potted plant
  • don’t follow “easy to grow”, Extra-Large Exotic Bloomms”,  or Envy of your Neighborhood”
  • lessons to follow:  6%
  • *****garden is where you can be yourself
  • birds eat the bad bugs :::)   🙂
  • The cheapest gardening education comes from the pages of seed and plants catalogs
  • not all seeds are created equally
  • 9 variety’s of chives
  • seeds by mail?
  • Read the data for any seed you buy.
  • Garden design means looking out the window.  Look out the window before diggi0n0g a hole.
  • use flowering tobacco plants for hummingbirds attraction
  • map out plans for garden.
  • make list/plans for your clip board
  • Keep a journal:  write it all down  journals are good for education
  • writing is a life practice
  • record bloom dates and where it was planting
  • territory’s are now a half zone warmer
  • let the garden tell you what it can/can not grow try a plant 1 zone difference
  • Talk about speaking Latin
  • by Linnaeus in 1753 botanical Latin
  • Look at color, growth habits, and surface texture or patterns (location 644)
  • Also fragrance, bloom times, and habitat of orgin
  • then;  hybrid, heirloom, or both
  • Seed Viability versus vigor
  • do an inventory
  • do a seed germination lest  (put seed in plastic bags)  but germination does not equal  vigor.
  • *******there is no test for vigor!
  • need properly dried seed
  • first sowing are onions and leeks (outdoor second week in April)
  • plant onions about a foot apart
  • Beware of Deer like with fences
  • could use repellant, even rubbing horns on trees
  • use fence 2-rows to protect against deer
  • ******For prunning take out the 3 d”s  (dead, damaged, and diseased) like dying and damaged
  • take out suckers and water sprouts
  • hazels seem to fight against insects and diseases.
  • loosen roots from a nursey potted plant
  • Looking good naked
  • -needs good structure
  • -is it fast growing
  • the author does a late annual cutback
  • On groundhog day is the beginning of birth
  • thought of lack of rain, or drought
  • the author referred to herself as a flat-lander….dealing with a woodchuck (groundhog)
  • need to grow bugs (insects)…use no chemicals.   Assess your habitat  Get informed and target  the right species with the right action.
  • .  Account at ebird.org
  • use garden as a “big bird feeder”
  • *****create an   “edge” habitat
  • evergreens provide shelter (cover) and nesting possibilities for birds
  • try NestWatch.org’s for the right size nests
  • or feederwatch online
  • flowering plants draw in insects
  • Start tomato seeds beteen1-15 April
  • *****Seed starting tips:
  1.  Don’t rush, focus on light
  2.   Buy freshseed
  3. don’t use any potting soil
  4.   Don’t overwater seeds
  5. invest in a watering device
  6. no windowsill growing
  7. don’t rush to transplant
  • Why do seeds get spindly?
  1.  to little light
  2. wrong fertilizer
  3. temperature
  4. oe too much light
  5. spacing
  6. humidity
  • make your light brighter
  • do plan for  succession of many crops
  • maybe look at LED light
  • don’t leave heating pads under a sprouting seed
  • limiting tilling might lead to some weed smothering
  • cardboard is good for garden.  Water the paper, then add mulch
  • Ruth Stout has a “lazy” gardener inspiration
  • How to Shop  for plants….
  • where are the plants that look good in February or March
  • don’t bring home JUST ONE plant.
  • learn to plant smarter
  • Plant peas in March
  • plant seed by scattering!
  • *****pruning (less) will lead to smaller blooms. deadheading to encourage maximize size!
  • *****golden foilage:  They screqm, teyhey brighten, they make things feel fresh, provide needed contrast to deeper colors
  • like:  Japanese forest plant
  • spice bush might be good for butterflies
  • fox tail lillies for deer resistance.
  • Narcissus are animal-resistant
  • pruning types:
  • tyoe 1 and typee 2   Right after flowering.  Type 3 blooms on new wood
  • Pulmonaria leaves look like a diseased lung
  • it a hard cutback after flowering pulmanaria
  • native labels is used for marketing 🙂
  • what’s native right here!
  • Spring Water
  • watch out for Algae  (more insects)  make a pond
  • think about filtering the biological way.
  • follow the fall pond-care tips in the final section of this book.
  • net a pond in the fall
  • ********Know your weeds!  know your names of weeds
  • Queen Anne’s lace is a wild carrot
  • ******gardening and life languages are corelated
  • toolbox against wildlife
  • ******use collars when planting fruit trees
  • you need safe work with live trapes
  • *******don’t use moth balls
  • *****don’t plant a plant to deep!!
  • 13 things
  • memorial day for planting
  • use a self starter plant
  • growing tomatoes on black plastic
  • 18 inches between plants
  • don’t use volunteer tomatoes
  • use straight sided canning jars
  • look at red lettuce  Morton’s
  • plant a plot every two weeks
  • leaf lettuce harvest is about 45 days
  • keep sowing your garden
  • ******investment plants:
  • like hanging baskets
  • like pots
  • Ornamental Onions:  ??????
  • Allium maybe growth is hostas
  • hummingbirds like bleeding heart
  • Euphorbia can cause skin irritation
  • Ferns:  Thoreau wrote that God made ferns to show
  • what he could do with leaves. (several hundred  million years)
  • Gave tips for growing peonies  (location 2203)
  • clean up well when working with Peonies
  • There are tree peonies!!! they flower on old wood
  • Lilacs outgrow their places
  • making a mosaic:  have patience
  • with a mosaic think about creating a texture (location 2334)
  • a vegetable garden can be a mosaic
  • grow mint alone, or in a pot
  • maybe use beee balm to attract pollinators
  • on page 171 I have a purple loosestrife plant (Wild Ones)
  • Must have rose is a Rosa glauca (blue leaved rose)
  • arching canes 6 to 8 feet
  • Water pot garden (pot)?????
  • use a sharp mower bland
  • don’t cut to low
  • don’t cut grass off over 1/3rd of height
  • ground up fall leaves
  • don’t feed the grass if it’s thick or green
  • feed?? do a soil test
  • pull a dozen dandies per day
  • talk of Ruth Stout using mulch
  • Growing potatoes
  • ******starts in fall, use compost, use leaf mold, more organic the betetr   in October
  • Adulthood July & August
  • would like it if it was a jigsaw puzzel
  • designing a flower bed
  • Note:  gardening is a process where you just move things around
  • Fall Vegetable Garden:
  • beets about 50 days
  • look at using ground cover (acts like living mulch
  • the author thinks of very limited mowing
  • wait for a full bloom before you cut back
  • Ginko was native in North Dakota
  • goes back a couple million years ago
  • weaver grow into each other, like a filler
  • butterflies like see threw
  • *****why do we squish anything with 6 or more legs.
  • Author shops for leaves, not flowers
  • ****gardening is all about experiments
  • 6 to 8 foot perennial
  • american nativrs like Joe pie weed, a cone flower, New York iron weed
  • buttrerfly family
  • *****can’t kill or remove a plant (from years of trying)
  • ****note nothing lasts
  • stop pretending…don’t wait for stuff!
  • stop chasing the peak of moments
  • We need to age gracefully, but don’t clean up to soon
  • try growing pink mums
  • p. 228 list bulbs gardeners should pursue (bulbs)

Early fall:

  • be willing to share your goods with others
  • compares composition to combustion
  • compost between 120-160 degrees to kill weeds
  • Shop for a sequence of bloom.
  • water frequently (water well)
  • talk of freezing herbs p.237
  • Asters are loved by bees
  • Asters bloom in fall, and likes the sun
  • use cover crops…like wheat, rye, field peas  p. 241
  • keeps seeds on hand
  • shop for animal resistant bulbs
  • plant tulips 10 to 12 inch deep p 243
  • use legumes (like clover or field peas for cover crops)
  • use Tommies (crocus tommasininus)
  • need to plant more to grow as gardeners
  • seeds can be wet- in a fruit
  • dry seeds are peas and beans
  • fermenting tomato seds on page 248
  • nitrogen – manure
  • garlic need ti be brought out of the sunlight
  • figure out where the plant originated.  (for temp/light needs)
  • keep journal of issues for next year
  • fall is the best time to rebuild

Margret compares herself to an animal p. 263

  • she likes to be “lying fallow”
  • tad poles in her pond, bumblebees
  • The author is hungry all the time 🙂
  • ****the more color in the winter leads to a more interesting garden p. 266
  • *****working with bark (like coppicing or stooling)
  • *****talk about removing dead material or biomass
  • talk about topping a tree and calling in a snag or a wildlife spot

Winterizing a Garden

  • keep an open garden for plants and animals
  • keep a good water condition
  • hardy plants need to be removed
  • skim off leaves
  • don’t feed under 50 degrees F  (like October)

Willing Houseplants

  • 365 day plant
  • begonias have fancy leaves
  • talk about conifers
  • watering indoor plants once per week
  • good cones from Korea fur
  • Athor likes seeds “I’m mad about seed”
  • source of all food
    • buy organic seed when available
    • seek out regionally appropriate vaieties
  • Won’t have the upper hand in any garden.
  • gives website for birds and insects
  • awaytogarden.com


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