Stop ignoring me!

That's what the plants on my growing table have been saying to me lately. Especially the grasses, which - as usual - have taken over and are hogging all of the light.

Since I need to get some seeds started this weekend, it's time to stop ignoring these guys and get this plant table into shape!


First things first: a severe pruning!

In theory this is simple: just hack the grasses back with anything sharp. No finesse required.

I started with the shears, but they were a bit too crazy and grass cuttings went everywhere.

So I ended up grabbing a handful of blades and cutting them with scissors. It's the simplest way to ensure that the clippings don't get away from me.

The surrounding plants are now happy again, being no longer shaded by the grasses. There are a few casualties that were hiding under the grass though:

That was my most disappointing Colocasia last year. Maybe this is a hint that I have too many?

Although it wasn't hidden by the grasses, I've never been able to overwinter Echium wildpretii indoors, which is not cold-hardy enough for my garden:

It was fine for most of the winter, then started dying a month or so ago. I think I'm done with this species and will instead focus on the smaller, more cold-hardy Echiums. It was an experiment, and not all experiments are successful, right?

I realize I'm a couple of weeks behind in my seed starting, but the temperatures have been so far below normal, I think I'll be fine...

...unless we have a very short spring and jump right into the heat of summer.

Are you as disorganized as I am this year?


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (March 7, 2014 at 10:58 AM)  

Sorry to hear about your Echium wildpretii. I have four planted out, and they've been fine all winter--until last week when one of them suddenly died. I have no idea why. The others are fine. Finicky species for sure!

Lisa  – (March 7, 2014 at 10:17 PM)  

I'm doing winter seed sowing this year, but haven't started yet. I hope spring gives me a bit of a break!

Rock rose  – (March 9, 2014 at 3:14 PM)  

Are you keeping the echiums indoors? I have at least 5 pairs of garden scissors picked up at the dollar store. You can't have too many this gardener says.

Alan  – (March 10, 2014 at 8:23 AM)  

Yes, the echiums get kept indoors. Last year I tried the garage and they didn't like that. This year I tried keeping them under lights and they seemed to be fine for most of the winter -- then dead.

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