White Spruce and Caragana

I am not sure what “white spruce” is. They all seem green to me… but I was helping an elderly relative pack and was offered a collection of seeds. I was assured these were seeds from the old homestead where a young family grew on the farm nearly a century ago. One item, caragana, I have already planted but it will be good to add some diversity to its gene-pool. I am not sure how long such seeds are viable but even if one grows it will be great. The white spruce came in kits probably distributed during some activity for the old folks. They may be more viable. Then there are the beans, three kinds no less. There are half a pound of them. Surely a few will grow. I will have to segregate them and cover the flowers to keep them pure but I can try to grow some new seeds next year.

According to Wikipedia, White Spruce likes to grow in regions cooler than a mean temperature of 18C in July… That will be hard to meet in my yard… but heavy watering should help. It likes acidic soil, a bigger problem. I could use a few tall trees to give some shade to the new patio during the heat of the day. Deciduous trees would be more effective, I am sure, but I will find a place for a few of these. I can always put any surplus in the corners. The little woman agrees to this. 😉white_spruce(This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. dmcdevit)

Trees! After 4 years of mud and weeds, and two years of grass and weeds, our yard is converging to a sincere place to live with a good mix of people, trees, flowers, vegetables and grass, lots of grass. I could have birds living in my yard in a couple of years if all goes as planned.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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