Archive for May, 2012

Spring Peony Care

Posted on: May 25th, 2012 by Ron

Well, Spring is definitely here and as you clean up your gardens, it is time to give your peonies some special care.  First, be sure that any plant debris, winter mulch,etc is removed from around your peonies.  Take some extra care to manage weeds around your peonies.  If you have a lot of peonies and are not opposed to herbicides, a good per-emergent will go a long way to manage your weed issues.  Also 2-4-D will knock out perennial weeds.  You can even kill dandelions that invade the crown of your peony.  Simply drip a few drops of 2-4-D into the center of the dandelion, right where the bud will form. This will kill the dandelion, but not hurt the peony.

This is also the time to feed your peonies.  They will be expending a lot of energy over the next few weeks.  Side dressing with 8-32-16 is important.  We add a little super triple phosphate as well for strong stems.  If it has been dry at your place like it has been here near Salcha, you should consider giving your fast growing peonies a good drink of water a couple times a week.

Now the only thing left to do is keep on top of weeds and wait for your beautiful blooms in July!

Peony Roots Arrive!

Posted on: May 25th, 2012 by Ron

We held a growers school with hands-on planting opportunities.

Wow!  Today we received 2 flats with almost 2000 peony roots from Oregon Perennials.  Now we have to get them in the ground.  Earlier this month we received several hundred from Flowerbulbs and Perennials Direct.  This Sunday and next Tuesday we will be conducting a planting clinic for new peony growers in the area.

Today I finished tilling the new areas where we will be planting.  We moved all of our rhubarb, raspberries, asparagus, and Itoh peonies to make room for the roots that we received.

Peonies erupting today

Posted on: May 6th, 2012 by Ron

Went out to the fields and did an extensive walk around.  We found an interesting surprise — little red tips were starting to peek out of the ground on a few of our peony plants.  This is probably a couple of weeks earlier than last year.  Checked with the University and they found a few of their own peonies starting to erupt through the soil as well.  We’ll see how this affects our bloom time.  In the past, our earliest blooms have been during the last week of June.

Peonies in May

Posted on: May 5th, 2012 by Ron

Well, almost all of the snow is gone now as well as most of the meltwater.  Fields are starting to dry out  and we should be able to get in them to start weed eradication.  It will be the latter part of the month before we get any peony sprouts up, however, unless our weather gets a lot warmer than it usually is.  There are still piles of snow on the protected side of the woods around the farm, but they will probably be gone in the next couple of weeks.

Flooding on the Tanana river missed us again though it did flood the road to our farm about 1 mile away.  The water went over several bridges and washed out some approaches.  Ice dams that form as the river breaks up cause the flooding.  Now the river is down until we start to get meltwater from the glaciers.  The frost has not yet gone out of the ground so we still have standing water until it can break through the frost.

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