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I blog about my garden at: Plants & Such
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I never had a greenhouse built. All the plants were brought inside where they had a lack of sun through the winter.
The pineapple plant is doing fine. It suffered a lot of damage but new leaves continue to grow.
The prickly pear cactus on the side of the house may end up being dug up and tossed away. I don't know.. Ive had them for an awful long time so I may just keep them there this year.
I have plans of trying a hens and chicks garden. I bought two more varieties of hens and chicks and see if I can try it. I wont do a huge bed because I don't know if they'll last through the winter. I think Ill try to mulch them and if they appear next spring, wonderful! Just in case, Ill save a few chicks beforehand.
I tried taking the green foliage off the top of a pineapple and planted it in a pot. Its actually taking. The original leaves died, as if someone took a weedwacker to it but it sprouted 7-8 new leaves so I'm excited about that.
I finally planted the prickly pear cactus at the side of the house but not in a rockery sense. Just as I expected, It did not flower this year but there is *major* growth so this is good. Maybe I can expect them to go back to flowering next year.
I did not do a wisteria tree like I wanted to. I lost interest in that area.
This summer, I put the jade plant out back instead of the usual yearly front porch. I'm thinking that perhaps, just perhaps, a new location might help it finally bloom this winter. I don't know, silly to think so but the front porch blocked the sun until evening while in the backyard, it gets the sunlight all day. Maybe it might help. It has had done tons of growth with new leaves popping out of everywhere.
I bought Hen and Chickens, I used to have one years ago but they died out and so I bought one this year for sheer fun of it.
My current plan for the oncoming winter is a few things. I have used the same spot for the pumpkin mound since 95. I'm thinking that maybe it'd be wiser to get rid of the current mound, let grass grow over it. But build a new mound somewhere else. I guess fresh dirt in a new spot.
I also am thinking of possibly taking the time to establish a greenhouse to last the winter for the pineapple, hen and chickens, and all the other plants that have no room in the house.
While I was growing up, Ive always had a love of cacti. I never collected them though. I currently do own several, one of them is called prickly pear and it flowers (yellow).
It was my teacher back in elementary school that got me to enjoying jade plants. I took one home (she had tons of them lining the windows in the classroom and each of us had a job to water it once a week. She even said, "I don't think he ever got one when I told the other kids they could have one." and it was true, I never did get one so I was able to take one home.) and kept it for many years until it died one day. I however bought a new one and still have it today since 96.
When it comes to gardening, I still tinker around with growing pumpkins. I enjoy growing them when I can but I face the frustrations of planting too early and having pumpkins smack-dab in the middle of June. *laughs*
What interests me as of now.. I'm still battling in trying to grow green apple trees. It would get about an inch tall and die every time (if anyone can tell me what I'm doing wrong?). I want to try a wisteria vine tree this summer, hopefully Ill have the patience and interest to last me all of this year. Last, but not least, I want to attempt a rockery (as the term Ive heard of it), a cactus garden. Its to finally plant my prickly pears. They've lasted years in pots so I want to finally stick it in the ground.
I live in: US
My zone is: z8 NC
My favorite forum 1 is Carolina Gardening.
My favorite forum 2 is Cacti & Succulents.
First registered on February 04,2003.