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Catalpa and moving trees Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

3 year old catalpa tree

Approximately 3 years ago I planted a few Northern Catalpa seeds. And now I have one little catalpa tree. Right now it is growing in my garden soon to be (hopefully) surrounded by pumpkin and squash vines. I’ll have to make sure they don’t overtake the little fella. I planted in the garden area and left it marked just so it wouldn’t get trampled or mowed and because I really didn’t know where I wanted it’s permanent home to be.

It’s still small and therefore should be fairly easy to transplant but Northern Catalpas do have a taproot which can make for more difficult transplanting if it’s too mature. But, this taproot is also why catalpa are such adaptable and strong trees.

Basic rules for transplanting a tree

  • Dig your new planting hole first (wide with sloping sides)
  • Measure the diameter of the tree’s trunk, for every inch wide start digging 1 foot out from the trunk all the way around.
  • Dig down 1-2 feet to get as many roots as possible.
  • Take as much root and dirt as possible.
  • If the root ball is large and the new hole nearby, try rolling it onto a sturdy rug and dragging it to the new planting hole.
  • Place in new hole at same or higher level.
  • Back fill with dirt and water well, continue with weekly waterings (about 1″ per week)
Hello June Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Bearded iris, poppy, columbine in front garden

Way back in March, did you ever think June would get here? But at least us gardeners know a little something about patience, right?

Now that the veggies are tucked in their beds it’s time to move on to other things . . .  besides weeds – which have been fairly easy to pull so far with the intermittent storms we’ve had. Anyway, next I plan to take stock of my front garden bed which is quite full and askew as far as plant heights go, and divide some things and swap some things to also help out my side garden beds which are sparse and have a long way to go in the interest category.

What I have to work with is an abundance of bearded iris, allium and daylily in the small front bed and quite a few daffodils and hyacinths from the side bed. The first three are medium to tall plants flowering from June or later that maintain a green grassy foliage of either an upright stately nature or soft and ribbon like. The last two are short to very short and early bloomers – now having spent their glory days in the sun, they’ve taken on a yellow cast and have fallen and withered on each other like a plate of off-looking limp noodles. I’m hoping by swapping these plants around I’ll have more consistent flowering and the taller foliages will camouflage the shorter ones as they wither away.

Transplanting now might not be ideal but our days are sticking to the 70s with a possible shower and now is when I’ll have the time. I can also still tell where the daffodils and hyacinth are but if I wait much longer their foliage will have completely disintegrated and I’ll have a hard time dig the individual tubers. I will wait until the iris are through so I don’t interrupt their bloom time and the daylilies haven’t shown buds yet. So far there is a Japanese painted fern under some of these, I’m wondering what other treasures I might find among the overgrowth. But I dare not take too much from my front bed because it’s one of the few places that needs little weeding – there’s just no room for them.