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Many years ago, when I first started my Web site, I created an online diary of my gardening activities and observations. However, with work and the commute from Hell, I was often so tired I had to choose between maintaining my garden and maintaining my diary. Sometimes, I did neither. In 1998, I stopped my diary and removed the pages from my Web site. 7
Now I am retired. I am well-rested and have plenty of time to both garden and maintain a diary. This diary is primarily for my own benefit, so that I can look back upon what I did and when. But I thought others might also be interested, so here it is.
Also see What's Blooming in My Garden Now?
Diary entries for 2004 through 2014
Entries below are in reverse order (latest at the top). Daily, I might stoop to pull a weed or use a hose to water some potted plants; however, I don't consider those significant gardening activities. Thus, you will not see daily entries. Also, I might accumulate a few entries before updating this page on the Web.
When plants have well-known common names, their scientific names are given only the first time they appear on this page (entry closest to the bottom). There, the common name is in bold or appears as a link to another Web page.
Unless a different year is given, dates refer to other entries in the same year as the entry in which they appear, including entries on prior pages for the same year.
|Date and Weather||Observations and Activities|
Clear, sunny, and hot
|Again trimmed the same eugenia bushes (Syzygium paniculatum) in front that I trimmed lst month (20 Jun). They were again blocking a sprinkler head.
The bare spaces in the pink clover (Persicaria capitata) ground cover that is my front lawn are gradually closing, I applied some 27-0-2 fertilizer along the edges of those bare spaces to encourage more rapid closing.
Pruned another heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica) growing within the eastern edge of the back lawn (26 Jun).
Fed the dwarf citrus and the gardenia (G. jasminoides 'Veitchii') today with ammonium, iron, and zinc sulfates. They all require an acid environment, so these are ideal for them. Three of citrus are planted in large pots with a potting mix that has perfect drainage. The fourth — a tangelo (Citrus reticulata × paradisi 'Minneola') — is in a raised bed with a soil mix that also drains well. Since nutrients quickly leach away, the citrus must be fed every third week from March to early October. As for the gardenia, it is simply a "heavy feeder", requiring abundant nutrients.
Used my pole pruner for the first time in years to remove two low-hanging branches from the valley white oak (Quercus lobata) in front. I was concerned that Ventura County might come and prune the tree because there was less than the required 14-foot clearance above the street and sidewalk. When the county prunes a tree, "pruning" generally means "butchering". Fortunately, I do not live in the nearby city of Thousand Oaks, where I would have had to get a permit and pay a fee to cut those branches. In Ventura County, a permit is only required for pruning wild-growing oaks, but mine is one I started from a acorn and planted as a sapling.
Weather data are from the Cheeseboro (CHE) weather station, about 2 miles ENE of my house.
The high temperature (°F) is daytime for the indicated date; the low temperature (°F) is for the previous night.
Winter chill is the cumulative hours of temperatures at or below 45°F from 1 November through 31 March. It is reported during that period and through April.
The relative humidity is at noon. (In my garden, it is likely higher than reported, a result of regular irrigation.)
Wind speeds (mph) are average (not peak) low and high, midnight to midnight (subject to later correction for diary entries posted before the end of the day). I also indicate peak wind gusts parenthetically when they are significantly high.
Rain is in inches. Rain-year is the cumulative amount of rainfall from 1 October until 30 September of the following year (our "rain-year"). Week is the cumulative amount of measurable rainfall from noon seven days ago until noon of the indicated date. If no measurable rain fell in that period, Days since last is reported.
Characterization of the weather (e.g., Clear, sunny, and warm) is purely subjective; for example, "warm" might occur with higher temperatures than "hot" if the former occurs with lower humidity and more breezes than the latter. Also, a day that would normally be characterized as "mild" might instead be "warm" if the immediately previous days were quite cold. Finally, such characterization reflects when I was actually outside and gardening and ignores changes that occur while I am inside.
The signature line I use when writing messages about my garden includes the following:
Diary entries for 2004 through 2014
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