Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Gardening Tips

Got wisteria that won’t bloom? It might be that your plant is going through its juvenile phase, which encompasses the first seven years of the plant’s life. Prune wisteria in late spring or early summer for more blooms. You can control the shape of your wisteria with pruning.
Pinch back your mum three times before July 4th. Don’t bother them after that for full fall blooms. Failing to pinch back mums results in early blooming and leggy plants.
Take control of weeds. Spending five minutes a day on weeding will help you avoid spending hours later.
Chicken wire and rebar help keep the cats from scratching in your gardening areas.

Remember to use the magic formula when you plant:
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup bone meal
1/3 cup Epsom salts
1/4  cup blood meal
Mix together and add about a tablespoon to the bottom of the plant hole. Fill with water and let the water drain out. Then plant. This works best for flowering plants.

Sometimes azaleas will grow in a sunny spot, but the bloom period will be shortened.
Forsythia sets bud right after the blooms fade, so if you’re going to prune, do it as soon as blooming is finished. This will increase the number of blooms on the rest of the plant and cause the plant to thicken.

Got clay soil? Don’t despair. You can grow roses. Follow online instructions for planting, pruning and feeding.  Knockout roses are fun and easy to grow. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Rare and Beautiful Country

"It began in mystery and it will end in mystery, but what a rare and beautiful country lies in between." --Diane Ackerman

I can’t help but apply this quote to my gardens. They too begin in mystery, with a tiny seed that magically grows. At the end of the season, they simply die, a mystery in itself. But oh, the beauty in between. 

A budding apple tree...

Happy herbs!  

Pretty maids all in a row.

A tiny treasure...