Gardening at a summer fishing cabin

tigerdawn(7)August 2, 2009

I live in Oklahoma, USA, but my family owns a fishing cabin in Ontario on Marchington Lake, northeast of Sioux Lookout. I would like to add some plantings to the property but since it's only occupied a week or two at a time throughout the summer, I can't plant things that need a lot of care. I am very unfamiliar with cold climate gardening (I live in zone 7) so I'd appreciate some advice on what to plant, or if I should try to garden there at all. Thanks.

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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

Here's what I've seen work up in Marten River. I'm assuming they are minimal care...

Echinacea purupurea (Purple Coneflower)
Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)
Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'
Leucanthemum (Shasta Daisy)
Hemerocallis (Daylily)
Eupatorium (Joe-Pye Weed)

I've seen some amazing gardens up there.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2009 at 3:57PM
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I think you have two main hurdles. Soil and critters.
Is there enough topsoil to grow ordinary garden plants? How do you protect your plants from deer, etc. if you are not there?
I'd look around at what other gardeners are doing and ask a lot of questions. I'd join a local hort society and ask a lot of questions. And I'd check out the locally owned garden centres and ask a lot of questions.
Most of all, I'd look at the fascinating array of unusual native plants that thrive in the deep north and almost nowhere else and consider creating a garden based on those.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2009 at 10:13AM
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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

Another good one is Oenothera fruticosa.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 8:22AM
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