Welcome to my Garden show, Gardening and you. I am Becky Litterer from Becky’s Greenhouse in Dougherty. This show is about more than just the different aspects of gardening, it’s about how we can help you with your gardening needs.
We have three different kinds. Greenspire, Harvest Gold, Redmund
Linden Tree Info: How To Care For Linden Trees
If you have a large landscape with plenty of room for a medium-to-large tree to spread its branches, consider growing a linden tree. These handsome trees have a loose canopy that produces dappled shade on the ground below, allowing in just enough sunlight for shade grasses and flowers to grow beneath the tree. Growing linden trees is easy because they require little care once established.
Linden Tree Info
Linden trees are attractive trees that are ideal for urban landscapes because they tolerate a wide range of adverse conditions, including pollution. One problem with the tree is that they attract insects. Aphids leave sticky sap on the leaves and cottony scale insects look like fuzzy growths on the twigs and stems. It’s hard to control these insects on a tall tree, but the damage is temporary and the tree gets a fresh start each spring.
Here are the linden tree varieties most often seen in North American landscapes:
•Little-leaf linden (Tilia cordata) is a medium to large shade tree with a symmetrical canopy that looks at home in formal or casual landscapes. It is easy to care for and needs little or no pruning. In summer it produces clusters of fragrant yellow flowers that attract bees. In late summer, dangling clusters of nutlets replace the flowers.
•American linden, also called basswood (T. americana), is best suited to large properties such as public parks because of its wide canopy. The leaves are coarse and not as attractive as those of the little-leaf linden. The fragrant flowers that bloom in early summer attract bees, which use the nectar to make a superior honey. Unfortunately, a number of leaf-eating insects are also attracted to the tree and it is sometimes defoliated by the end of summer. The damage isn’t permanent and the leaves return the following spring.
•European linden (T. europaea) is a handsome, medium to large tree with a pyramid-shaped canopy. It can grow 70 feet tall or more. European lindens are easy to care for but they tend to sprout additional trunks that should be pruned off as they appear.
How to Care for Linden Trees
The best time for planting a linden tree is in fall after the leaves drop, although you can plant container-grown trees any time of year. Choose a location with full sun or partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. The tree prefers a neutral to alkaline pH but tolerates slightly acidic soils as well.
Place the tree in the planting hole so that the soil line on the tree is even with the surrounding soil. As you backfill around the roots, press down with your foot from time to time to remove air pockets. Water thoroughly after planting and add more soil if a depression forms around the base of the tree.
Mulch around the linden tree with organic mulch such as pine needles, bark or shredded leaves. Mulch suppresses weeds, helps the soil hold moisture and moderates temperature extremes. As the mulch breaks down, it adds essential nutrients to the soil. Use 3 to 4 inches of mulch, and pull it back a couple of inches from the trunk to prevent rot.
Water newly planted trees once or twice a week for the first two or three months in the absence of rain. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Well-established linden trees only need watering during prolonged dry spells.
Fertilize newly planted linden trees the following spring. Use a 2-inch layer of compost or a 1-inch layer of rotted manure over an area roughly twice the diameter of the canopy. If you prefer, you can used a balanced fertilizer such as 16-4-8 or 12-6-6. Established trees don’t need annual fertilization. Fertilize only when the tree isn’t growing well or the leaves are pale and small, following the package directions. Avoid using weed and feed products designed for lawns over the root zone of a linden tree. The tree is sensitive to herbicides and leaves may become brown or distorted.
taken from https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/linden/linden-tree-
Till next time this is Becky Litterer, Becky's Greenhouse Dougherty Iowa email@example.com 641-794-3337
Begonias, begonias and more begonias here is what we are carrying part of them anyway....more information coming.
- So planned to post yesterday on Sunday but as you can see that didn't happen. So will post another one later today....thanks for reading and for sharing.
Good morning, and here is the Midwest especially Iowa we had rain last night. Cloudy this morning and possible a shower yet till noon. Cloudy this afternoon and clearing off tonight. Frost warnings out for southern Minnesota, South Dakota and parts of Northern Iowa. We will not take a chance the racks will go into the greenhouse after work. Had a good Friday and Saturday so take those days as they come. Don't know about today, but I still am planting so can work on that. I know it is hard and depressing with the weather this year. BUT the gardening will continue when it dries up and it isn't too late to put in the vegetable garden. I feel with the look of the trees, the peonies, the lilacs we are three weeks behind. So you have time to plant when it gets ready to plant, and they will grow. Even onions, cabbage, broccoli, potatoes can be planted yet.
Here is the Sunday's devotion and hope you find it helpful.
You are My Sunshine
Mary, Mary never contrary, how does you garden grow? A pretty little yellow flower that is a regular in many gardens got its name from "Mary's gold", becuse it has long been associated with Mary, the mother of Jesus possible because the marigold loveds the sun as Mary loved the Son. A gardener's delight, the humble little marigold is easy to grow and never contrary. It holds its head up and smiles at the noonday sun while other platns are wilting away, begging for some shade and a drink of water.
Did you know the original European marigold was once called calendula from a Latin word that meant the first day of the month? That's because it bloomed every month of the year in some monastery gardens and constantly supplied flowers to decorate the church alters.
Lord, I'm sorry to say that, unlike the marigold, I am one of the wilters. Sometimes I will boldly make a statement full of vim and vigor but the moment someone challenges me about my facts I begin to falter and question. Did I really remember the right quote or the proper date or who said what when? Even when I'm sure I know what I'm talking about, I sometimes have to take a step back before I take a step forward. Oh, I know you I'm not always right and I should be willing to admit that but when I am right, I should be willing to admit that too! So help me, Lord, to get my head better organized so I can be sure of what I'm going to say before I've said it. Then, instead of wilting, I can be a marigold and hold my head up to the sun and the SON and smile. amen
Taken from There's a Bee in my begonias by Bernadette McCarver Snyder
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Geraniums and they are full of color.
Succulents WE HAVE SUCCULENTS...over 1000 pots of them ranging in price from .99 to $8.99
Yes we have seed potatoes. Kennebec, Yukon Gold, Red Pontanic and Russet. It isn't too late to plant them
So what do you have at your greenhouse? We are a full production greenhouse with a garden center. Here are some pictures of what we have. I will be adding pictures all day for you to see. PLEASE share....plants look awesome.
4" potted annuals, 4 packs of annuals, and large 4 packs of annuals. small 4 packs are $1.69 and if you buy a flat of 12 which is 48 plants it is $15.99 blooming and ready to go in your gardens and containers.
Perennials are out and blooming to add to your garden. Great variety of plants.
Yes you are seeing them sideways. When I transfer the pictures from my phone this is how they turn out. Hopefully you can get an idea of what they look like.
Here are our tomatoes....a picture can show how they look but in person they look awesome. Good color, good stem, good growth and just perfect to go into your gardens.
Hi! My name is Becky and I am a master gardener. I own Becky's Greenhouse in Dougherty, Iowa.