The plant world is large and diverse. So nature gave him to us. But, not only this, thanks to the efforts of numerous breeders, plant diversity is becoming more and more perfect every year. This and endless happiness for gardeners, gardeners, gardeners, and ... endless regret! Because not a single site is able to accommodate everything that you want. Sooner or later, there comes a time when there is nowhere to plant. Absolutely. Tragedy? Or - a transition to a new level?How to stop and stop planting?
How I had to stop planting
My first garden was in Komsomolsk-on-Amur and began in the late 90s, when planting material could be taken only at the market or from friends. The nearest nursery is in Khabarovsk (400 km along the highway). Then the first online stores appeared with a modest assortment for Siberians, and I began to fill my garden with plants from the Middle Urals (it wasn’t any closer).
After a few more years, Internet commerce increased the assortment of plants by several orders of magnitude, but mainly planting material from Europe. According to climatic conditions, only some bulbous and grassy ones came up to us from it. Everything else I got from the Sverdlovsk region. In addition to roses, which she wrote from everywhere and ditched in an inappropriate climate, their uncountable number. Some, however, survived.
That is, receiving and planting in spring and autumn every year, plus plants that friends and acquaintances shared with me, plus the market .... I think this picture is familiar to many and very many. What is characteristic: even when there is no more space at all, there are tracks and a small piece of lawn, acquiring psychosis does not disappear. This is probably such a specific disease of many summer residents.
I was stopped by the move. When it was decided to move from the cold Khabarovsk Territory to the warm Krasnodar, I, to the delight of my husband, stopped dragging me and planting everything in a row. All the flora on the site breathed a sigh of relief, as further oppression, transplantation and densification no longer threatened anyone. I photographed the last blooming season on my plot in detail for the upcoming nostalgia.The last blooming season on my site in the Khabarovsk Territory.
New location - new discoveries
In the Kuban, we bought a house with a plot of 17 acres, bordering the forest. On the site is a young garden and three old trees on 5 acres - and that's it! This is how much you can plant! It was in the fall. Winter is a good time to "estimate" the possibilities of the site, the climate and start ordering. Here the photos of the previous section were downloaded from the flash drive.
And sadness gripped me. Not at all nostalgic in nature: I saw not a cultivated land, but a jungle! You can only walk between the beds with vegetables, in other places it was impossible to make your way. You can talk about successful color combinations only on small spots, and in general - a cacophony of color and shape.
Plants are torn to light among neighbors, stretching, bending and twisting. They, it is obvious, are crowded and have nowhere to grow. Tall ones “crush” the stunted ones, and to see, for example, the flowering of garden geraniums, you need to know where to look for it and how to get there. And it’s impossible to even get to some without stepping on anything cultural.
Is it possible to justify the "planting disease" of cruel treatment of plants that are forced to survive under such conditions, fight for every ray of sunshine and every drop of water, not to mention a piece of soil.
My first discovery of that period: detailed photographing of the site from spring to autumn with subsequent analysis helps to see your mistakes and figure out the correction options.
I saw not a cultivated land, but a jungle! The plants in my area were crowded and nowhere to grow.
Read also our material The most frost-resistant spring perennials in my garden.
Instead of extra landings - vaccination
Since only the fruit part was available on our new site, it began with it. It turned out that three old trees on the site (a huge apple tree and two peaches) are able to create a real fruit apocalypse, dropping daily and simultaneously several buckets of fruits that require quick processing or consumption.
Even after a long life in the Far East, a bucket of peaches cannot be pushed into oneself. And even more apples. Young trees also bore fruit, but not so abundantly. There were many yagodniki, but their harvest was ridiculous because of neglect.
That is, already the first season made it clear that fruit and berry planting needs a strong correction. But, if currants can be dug up and planted in a nearby small forest, then apple trees, pears and peaches are a pity. I read literature, enlightenment came down - cardinal pruning and rejuvenation of trees. And the vaccine. Instead of planting trees of different varieties, you can plant the desired variety on an existing tree with a powerful root system. Given the small, in general, family need for the fruits of one variety - a good solution.
One, for example, a peach allows you to plant both apricot, and nectarine, and all kinds of hybrids (sharafugu or picara). They will bear fruiting in a year or two, and they will be more stable on existing roots.
All this required additional knowledge and practical training, but it saved a lot of money (cuttings cost 40-80 rubles) and, most importantly, space on the site. Pruning also benefited: the crowns were cleaned, the number of fruits decreased slightly, but they gained a healthy roundness and blush.
Under the trees it became noticeably lighter, which made it possible to plant trunks in the spring with decorative bows, garden strawberries and all kinds of ground covers blooming in spring.
Vaccinations of me, an ardent botanical shopaholic, helped me a lot. The procedure turned out to be quite simple, and individual fruits ripened after a season are a delight and pride in oneself, besides enjoying the taste. Another variety was planted in the crown of non-self-fertile cherries - it received the first crop.
Cherries and cherries are grafted worse than apple trees and pears, but they still accept other varieties of cherries, cherries and dykes. Plum takes plum of different types, cherry plum and apricot. A fascinating and useful activity!
It’s also a discovery: You can not refuse new plants, just not plant, taking up space, and plant, increasing diversity.Pruning was fruitful.
Read also our material Garden Tree - how to create a multi-varietal or multiparous tree.
Instead of quantity, quality
With the decorative part on the new site, I still have a stormy romance and the happiness of a shopaholic: there is still planting.
Literature on landscape design was not in vain: I will not have a design site, and I don’t want this, but I will try to avoid color and habit cacophony. The forest behind the site, the huge hazelnuts in the neighboring abandoned site dictate their own rules, you must comply.
Here, the vaccine also helped: it turned out that everything can be inoculated, not just fruit ones: roses, lilacs, decorative cherries, and louisenias. I planted two bushes of lilac nearby and planted with ablactation - this is also possible. I remember from China they brought me an azalea blooming in three different colors. That is, and this is also possible! I'm training.
Decorative perennials, bulbous and corm-like - here the novelties appear so rapidly that you do not have time to plant them - is already outdated, and there is something more beautiful and unusual. And I want everything at once.
My good friend, who no longer has free space for planting, very carefully approaches the acquisition of new products, first evaluating which of the available plants can be replaced and without harming the design. It acquires annually, little by little, after a thorough study of the characteristics and reviews, grows up on the test site, then changes something in its compositions. Or does not change - as the result shows.
She never threw away any plants: she distributes them to friends, colleagues and relatives, lands on the territory of the house adjoining, takes dividends and bulbs to schools, kindergartens, orphanages. And he says that the main thing is not to be greedy: not to try to plant everything at home, but only what has come up; Do not torment the plants with crowding, but divide and distribute. Let everyone be beautiful!
With her submission, I tempered my acquisitive ambitions, learned how to "try on" the desired plants for a particular place (seasonal photos again help), carefully double-check the advertising information. So far, there is nothing special to share, except for sorting roses - I have already distributed them.
Conclusion: you don’t transplant everyone! I am looking for "my" plants, carefully trying on those that already exist and the conditions for their growth.
P.S. Now is the time to order cuttings for vaccination. And in winter, practice grafting on sticks. By the way, it's time to look at the trees - where to cut something.