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Diary of a Boy Gardener

We are in the Berkshires, the beautiful rolling hills of western Massachusetts where the season is short and the frosts sometimes win. Visit Sally and David's Gardens and see how two old farts spend their time helping what plants they can find their place in this world.

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Location: Hinsdale, Massachusetts, United States

Retired Service Engineer. Installed and repaired diagnostic x-ray equipment. Trained and supported others doing the same thing.

Friday, May 24, 2002

Thursday was feed the roses day and who knew how long that was going to take. We are using the little pellets we got from the Rosarie up in Maine. 1/3 cup per rose mixed into the soil.
The drill:
Revitalize the saucer area around the rose.
Prune as needed.
Sprinkle the pellets around base within about 8 inches of the plant.
Mix into the soil.
Add mulch.
Water with about two gallons (a drench) and move to next rose.
We decided to start with the newest roses first. After five hours of pretty steady work I am about 1/2 done !!! Who knew?!?! Then we had to go down to the center of town and work with the rest of the Hinsdale Garden Club members to plant the four bridge planters. They came out great.
Too whipped after all that to return to the roses, so they will have to be finished today.


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