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    Anyone ever grow a Hawthorne tree (white ? got one at a garden swap because the person said it should grow to 15 ft but when I looked it up it says to 30 ft and very wide Left it in the pot until I find out. Also said it needs 2 stems- which it has- but I can find no reference to this.

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    It's not too late to plant. Maybe for cold weather crops like peas but up here soil temps are still low as its so wet. I'm not sure squash will germinate it's still so chilly.

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    It's not too late to plant. Maybe for cold weather crops like peas but up here soil temps are still low as its so wet. I'm not sure squash will germinate it's still so chilly.

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    Hiyah wally! It has been close to 50 at night for a bit here but cool/rainy for most of the days- some sun. Hoping for the germination.

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    Soil temp in garden 57, higher than I thought. 66 in hoop house with black plastic down

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    Soil temp in garden 57, higher than I thought. 66 in hoop house with black plastic down

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    Had some sun yesterday but back to cooler and clouds today. Sigh.

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    I planted tomatoes and peppers in hoop house. Put down black plastic for squashes but didn't plant them or green beans

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    No one with Hawthorne tree experience huh?

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    We had a Hawthorne tree in Orono when I was a kid. I want to say 15 or 20 feet but as I remember the thorns are killer

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    No one with Hawthorne tree experience huh?
    I have a hawthorne. About 10-12 yr old?, 20'x20', nice cone shape. I trim the lower branches so it can be walked under without getting your head all bloodied up. This is the first year I had a beautiful show of white spring flowers... and I do mean beautiful. What a nice tree.

    P.S. A lot of my trees came from the arbor day society... as twigs, planted years ago. My Washington Hawthorne is a single trunk.
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    Thanks guys. Now trying to figure out where to put it as it looks to be potentially much larger than I have room for

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    https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.o...out%206-15.pdf
    THis is a nice little thing about what gets eaten vs browsed or left alone by deer.

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    https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.o...out%206-15.pdf
    THis is a nice little thing about what gets eaten vs browsed or left alone by deer.
    I can tell you they browsed on my 6 month old pear trees
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    I can tell you they browsed on my 6 month old pear trees
    I have a garden out front I call the resurrection garden. They eat it to a stub, leave it until it leafs out again and start over.

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    I have a garden out front I call the resurrection garden. They eat it to a stub, leave it until it leafs out again and start over.
    Have you ever seen he video of what happened when the National Park Services reintroduced wolves into Yellowstone's ecosystem? The wolves started hunting the deer, and the vegetation at the park exploded; species long since thought gone from the area started to not only return but thrive. More wildlife started migrating back to the park now that their food sources returned, and rivers started changing course because of the beavers returning, along with a reduction in the erosion of the rivers' banks from excessive pounding they received due to the unchecked deer.

    Long story short, deer are a nuisance to nature - a plague even. Not only did Bambi's mom deserve to be shot, but the hunter should've taken a second shot for the kid, too.
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    Kill bambi and all her cousins too. Lyme disease is carried by deer ticks, kill all the deer, no ticks.
    Hunters around here won't shoot a doe unless it's like the last day of hunting season. They want plenty of young-uns for future meat supply. I tell them to shoot them all . They don't listen.

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    Strawberries starting to ripen, picked some over the weekend.

    Pea pods starting to form on the vines.
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    Planted blueberries and raspberries this year (two of each). I just put a little fence around them last week to keep out the non-flying wildlife, but haven't put screening over the top yet (on my long list of to-dos.. including re-seeding the lawn ) I should have learned my lesson about trying to grow berries by now, but apparently I haven't.

    I'm also trying cucumbers in a container (with a trellis) - we'll see what happens.

    I also planted flowers at my mom's house (she gets lots of sun, so I am living vicariously). somehow, she has not killed them yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jen View Post
    Planted blueberries and raspberries this year (two of each). I just put a little fence around them last week to keep out the non-flying wildlife, but haven't put screening over the top yet (on my long list of to-dos.. including re-seeding the lawn ) I should have learned my lesson about trying to grow berries by now, but apparently I haven't.
    Last year, we put fencing around our blueberries to keep the deer away, and we put netting over the top as well. One day I saw a bird perch on the fencing then make his/her way inside. oops.

    Later in the summer, we moved the blueberries closer together, so that we could encircle the whole patch with one piece of fencing, and this year we've covered both the top and the sides of the fence with netting. We'll see soon enough how much that increases the harvest.

    For the raspberries, we have the netting on a roller, so that we just fasten one end, then with one of us on each side of the patch, we just unroll it and fasten the ends down. It has made a very noticeable difference in how much we can harvest.


    The berries are later than usual this year, we've had a cool overcast spring compared to past years.
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    Last year, we put fencing around our blueberries to keep the deer away, and we put netting over the top as well. One day I saw a bird perch on the fencing then make his/her way inside. oops.

    Later in the summer, we moved the blueberries closer together, so that we could encircle the whole patch with one piece of fencing, and this year we've covered both the top and the sides of the fence with netting. We'll see soon enough how much that increases the harvest.

    For the raspberries, we have the netting on a roller, so that we just fasten one end, then with one of us on each side of the patch, we just unroll it and fasten the ends down. It has made a very noticeable difference in how much we can harvest.


    The berries are later than usual this year, we've had a cool overcast spring compared to past years.
    There is a state park close to us in Wisconsin and the 4th (1 week before/1 week after) is usually the reminder that blackberries are now ready to be picked. With the cool weather, they are quite a bit behind here as well. Probably peak season is still 2 weeks away.

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    About a week behind here and things aren't as vigorous. We had 70F in Feb for days followed by sub 0F temps. Another wild swing in early Spring that had us really warm then below freezing again. Really did a number on things that have been surviving and thriving here for years.

    Been keeping a garden journal for 17 yrs and the weather is getting increasingly wacky. Some things are blooming consistently much earlier and others later. Some things that used to be sequential are now happening at the same time.
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