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Sunday, June 11, 2017

June Yardening

Coppiced Avocado Trees

June Yardening

We accomplished quite a bit during the first part of June.  We made some decisions, got our garden started, set up the 50% shade cloth, put out the tomato transplants and got some seeds started.

We trimmed up the avocado tree, which doesn't seem to be an issue for the avocados.  It's more an issue for the grower being emotionally attached, as explained so well by Mimi Avocado.

Repotted, Re-plumbed
Potted marjoram, rosemary,
pomegranite, texas ebony and
olive tree

We decided to organize my islands of potted plants and some had to go... some stay.  The re-organization was required because the dogs tore out and broke some of the watering system when running in between the planters and pulling out the watering tubes.  
To combat this, we drilled through the soil and the pots and threaded the watering tubes through the bottom of the planters.  The planters are raised up on bricks and the water tubes are buried underground to keep the hose and water supply cool.  The pots were also spaced a bit further apart for easier maintenance as things are getting bigger.

Texas ebony buds
In the process, some heavy pruning was applied to the olive tree, Texas ebony and pomegranate trees. The Texas ebony responded with loads of new flowers.  The pomegranate kept the fruits and the olive tree didn't show any response at all.  Good news!

Some of the potted trees are for staging and some are for edible bonsai.  

We put the banana tree in a half barrel planter with some chives, next to the black bamboo.  The black bamboo looks a bit shabby still and is recovering from it's dog induced accidental drought.  No pics yet.

Bicolor boudlia cutting
Part of the pruning resulted in ditching many aloe, re-potting a couple of the aloe (one red flowering and a few yellow flowering) and  taking cuttings from the mint and bicolor boudlia to propagate the plants.  I wanted to restart the mint, and get some more boudlia for free.  Mint and boudlia is in the same family and root easily.  

The boudlia cuttings were put in our little pond with the tropicals and developed roots in two days.  If all goes well, they will survive the change from the pond to the growing pot and take off from there.  They would be better for partial shade.  Bicolor boudlia is very attractive and we do need more!  Much more!

Opuntia violacea v santa-rita aka Purple Prickly Pear

Edible Xeriscape Landscaping

We started collecting small plant samples for launching a gorgeous edible front yard xeriscape.  Not all will be edible, but we are working on getting in some edibles where we can.

For starters, all opuntias are edible, but it doesn't mean you'd really want to eat it.  The purple opuntia, for example.  Not highly rated for flavor - it is mostly carried by it's good looks.

We also ordered starters for the beavertail, and indian fig which are rated highly for taste and look quite nice.  No long thorns, but they do have the nasty little glochid pads.

We are starting several plants from seed.  This includes a few types of desert trees, such as the 
Blue palo verde sprouts
blue and palo brea palo verdes and Ironwood trees.  The blue palo verdes sprouted, we're waiting for the others still.  

We also have some pride of barbados and red yucca seeds germinated, pending emergence.

We will take a look at the trees and decide which ones we put in the front yard in a few years.  I'm not sure what we will do with the extra trees at that point.

The trees should be ready for the landscape by then and we can stage out the plants that can handle our Arizona sunshine for an entire day before we put out the more tender plants that need a little help. In our area, the desert trees are known to help out the baby cacti and more tender plants.

That should be it for now.  We need to save info for future posts.

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