The yucca root grows deep

May 29, 2015 at 1:20 am 2 comments

I wanted to do some planting tonight. I managed to put in a few new perennials, Euryopa Margarita, but not where I wanted to put them. As I dug, it became apparent that the Margarita would not work in that place until after I’d dug it out. So I put the margaritas in another place.

A small hand shovel wasn’t working so I got out a bigger shovel with the point on the bottom to really get in there.

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Just a bit more than a week ago, you may recall from an earlier post, I decided to uproot the yucca plant since it was getting old and rather gnarly. I thought I might keep one small part of it, but tonight as I was digging around the old spot where the large yucca was, I discovered more of the root. As I dug deeper, there was more and more. It looked like chunks of dog poop, except harder. It went deeper and deeper and I dug up many chunks. The roots are tuberous and there were many tubes.

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Finally I think I got to the bottom of the growing space where it’s been for longer than 9 years. It was already a good size when we settled in and started making the place our own. The gardens needed a lot of work and they got a lot of love in that time and the yucca that was there just kept on getting bigger and even bloomed for a few years. But I’d had enough of it looking scraggly and filling up that space.

I filled a 17-litre pail with the roots. In case you’re wondering how big a pail holds 17 litres, it’s the pail that holds driveway sealer—the tarry stuff you apply to the driveway to make it look shiny and new.

Now that the soil is soft and cleaned up (I think) in that place, I will decide on something different to plant in that place.

On our trip to the garden centre next week, my friend Doris and I will decide on something else to plant there for I’ve already found a home for the margarita amarilla.

A new plant will eventually sit next to the euonymus. A plant that loves a lot of sun and well drained soil and brings colour to my flower bed some part of the year. Maybe even annuals  for this year though I prefer to use perennials.

Tomorrow evening my granddaughters will help me plant the vegetable garden. Until then, may your garden grow well and the rain fall soft upon your fields.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Diana  |  May 30, 2015 at 12:29 am

    A lot of work! But I’m sure worth it. I have been gardening on a slightly smaller scale. Love spring and early summer.

    Blessings, Diana

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    • 2. storygal  |  May 30, 2015 at 1:01 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Diana, and for telling me about your gardening efforts.

      Reply

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