Garden Health Report Spring 2013

by Mark Schrull

6/5/2013 Lorain, Ohio USA – Our little gardens are well under way this year at LifeInLorain.  It started out a cold spring with frosts in late May, but that isFlowers Stitched all past us now.

I planted the front flower garden the third week in May.  I had to protect the seedlings from the frost twice.  We flirted with the high eighties last week and that really made everything double in size.

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A little miniature rose-bush came into bloom this week.  We planted a mix of annuals this year with tall Snap-dragons along the back.

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Vine 1CRIf you’ve never planted an annual vine you should try it.  Cardinal vines will burst with color this year and then next year, we can have a whole different color or vine.  And the hummingbirds love these.  We planted an annual Cardinal vine along the corner and I am going to make it climb up the railing posts.  Hence the bamboo stakes in the corner.

Bean RowThis year, Rhonda and I turned over a row for bush beans next to the garage.  The seeds are in but no sprouts yet.

We planted our tomatoes along the back fence – the same place we had them last year.  We went with Beefsteak and Cherry tomato plants and put a few sunflowers in the middle.


So, as you can see, everything in the garden is doing well at


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