Woody and Eric go into the courtyard of the Library. This area appears to be in much better condition than the soil outside. Over the years the gardener that previously worked here spent a great deal of time composting and improving the soil in the courtyard, consequently it gives Woody an extra foot up. Woody knows the soil in here will be much better than outside. There he feels certain the PH will be 7.2-7.5, possibly even higher. That is definitely very alkaline. They test the soil in the courtyard with a Kelway soil tester. To use it they 1st clean the plate to get any contamination off, they loosen the soil a little, then insert the probe, pull the soil around the plates for a moment or so. Although there are many different testers Eric likes this type. It is particularly accurate and rugged and is user friendly. Many of the older testing units one needed to apply liquid to this and that, whereas with this unit as long as one keeps the plates clean it typically provides an excellent reading. The guys are already noticing the tester starting to move down a little, off of 7 to about 6.6. Although that doesn't seem huge it is always quite an accomplishment to get even as much as a tenth or two out of amending the soil.
By Stacey Hirvela, Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs,
Photographs courtesy of Proven Winners
Weather-wise, northerners may not have much of an advantage, but when it comes to selecting plants for the landscape, they certainly do. The entire system of plant recommendations in North America is based on plant hardiness - in other words, how much cold a plant can withstand without experiencing extensive damage or death.
Join fellow garden lovers, history buffs and music enthusiasts to discover the quaint towns and colorful gardens of Holland and Belgium in May of 2018.
This exciting journey will be hosted by nationally known host Eric Johnson, of Public Television's blockbuster show GardenSmart. Your river cruise begins in Amsterdam where you'll see works by Rembrandt and Van Gogh, Anne Frank's House, and see the city's most famous gardens. Then spend a full morning on the grounds of the most beautiful spring garden in the world-Keukenhof! Visit the picturesque Belgian towns of Bruges and Ghent as well as Kinderdijk, with the Netherlands' iconic collection of 19 authentic windmills that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, history buffs will experience a captivating tour of the WWI trenches of Flanders and WWII Arnhem Battlefield of A Bridge Too Far fame. You won't want to miss this extraordinary garden adventure to Holland and Belgium.
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