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June 16th, 2011

Happy Faces

violaHere are my pretty little violas, which I grew from seed this spring. It’s an All-America Selections winner for 2011, viola ‘Shangri-La Marina’. I like them a whole lot—they’re happy flowers.   —Linda Crago, Wellandport, Ontario

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June 2nd, 2011

Slow-Motion Spring

nanstermanAfter a marathon spring, I’ve finally finished planting seedlings.

Spring in Southern California has been really, really cool, which means that seedlings have lagged. Even at more than 8 weeks, some still weren’t as big and sturdy as I’d have liked, but I really felt they needed to get in the ground. Sometimes getting them into a volume of soil makes the difference between poking along and zooming. Hopefully that will be the case.

silvermulch

I’m playing with the silver mulch that Leslie turned me on to. It will be interesting to see how it works. It added about 30 percent to the time it took to plant, but part of that was learning to work with the stuff.

And I’m really proud of myself, I actually have enough room to plant everything. I usually start so many seedlings that I’m cramming them into every nook and cranny. It’s nice to have enough space to poke some extra squash and cucumber seeds into the ground here and there. Not to mention some extra basil!  —Nan Sterman, Encinitas, California

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