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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.
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 2012
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.
Dates without years refer to other entries in the same year as the entry in which they appear — including entries on prior pages for the same year — unless a different year is given. [an error occurred while processing this directive]
|Date and Weather||Observations and Activities|
Mostly cloudy, some hazy sun, and cold
|Fed the dwarf citrus and gardenia (G. jasminoides 'Veitchii') with commercial citrus fertilizer and a small amount of zinc sulfate. I also gave the citrus super-phosphate in holes (the same way I dosed the roses, 18 Feb). Besides promoting flowers, the phosphorus also promotes fruit.
The dwarf tangelo (Citrus reticulata × paradisi) is in the ground instead of a large pot. Although it is in a raised bed over a below-grade area that was well-prepared for citrus, its roots are likely to penetrate much deeper. The problem is that the soil is dense clay while citrus requires excellent drainage. Thus, I broadcast a generous amount of gypsum over the entire bed.
Several of the citrus are afflicted with leaf miner. Since they will be in bloom soon, I must delay using a systemic insecticide. Otherwise, bees will be severely impacted.
Fed the west and teardrop beds and the red fescue lawn (Festuca rubra) in back with the same house-brand 27-0-6 lawn food that I used previously in front (9 Mar). I have to buy more fertilizer in order to finish my annual general feeding.
Trimmed the dwarf ivy (Hedera helix 'Hahn's')in the bed around the liquidambar tree (L. styraciflua) in front. I also trimmed the edges of the pink clover lawn (Persicaria capitata) along the brick walk.
Overcast, hazy sun, and mild
|In anticipation of rain tonight, I fed the front yard with a house-brand 27-0-6 lawn food. I do such a general feeding only once each year.
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. Season 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 2012
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