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Dorian
Posted 2010-04-07 8:50 AM (#42676 - in reply to #42494)
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((Jess)) I hope Sammy is feeling better real soon. I meant to comment on that haul you got, what a deal!! Sounds like you're garden is coming along nicely.

Thanks for the suggestions, that what we'll have to do I guess. We'll have plenty of time to put a crop in up there, as Spring is a little slower paced. There is often snow in June, a small amount, but some non the less.

I don't think we'll take our fruit trees/berries with us. It adds value to the place, so we'll just get more. But some of my roses, yes, I'll have my boys dig them up 

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Jess
Posted 2010-04-07 3:19 PM (#42688 - in reply to #42657)
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Yes Denise, I think planting a third of them at a time is a great idea! Mom was talking about an early and a late crop anyway.

Rose question - I am not really a rose girl, but I got two established rose bushes when we bought the house. One of them has hardly even put on leaves for the past two years, and this year has loads of leaves. The other usually has a lot of leaves and blooms, but this year hardly any. What is up with that? Do they have off years?

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Jess
Posted 2010-04-08 1:36 PM (#42733 - in reply to #42688)
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All right now, I know some of you grow the most awesome roses. No one has any advice for me?????

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Jess
Posted 2010-04-08 1:42 PM (#42734 - in reply to #42733)
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Hey Dorian, Laura sent me a link that might work well in your situation too:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/start-a-quick-and-easy-food-garden.aspx

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Dorian
Posted 2010-04-08 4:25 PM (#42743 - in reply to #42494)
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That is an interesting article Jess, thanks. Something we can do now, and get seedlings started before we move.

I've been thinking about your rose problem. That is curious, for sure  I haven't ever heard of a rose having an 'off' year. 

Make sure you prune them in the Spring, and don't be afraid to prune them very short, they'll come right back. Cut off dead branches and any that are getting tangled around others. They don't like to sit in water, but keep em moist. Roses also are big eaters, so plenty of compost. They love egg shells, used coffee grounds and banana peels.

Make sure you look for disease/bugs on them too.

 

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laura
Posted 2010-04-08 8:01 PM (#42745 - in reply to #42743)
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Jess, for the roses, do you know what kind they are? Some of them are a bit picky about conditions and require a lot of upkeep and some, like the antiques, just grow and grow without much attention at all. And, I second the suggestion of banana peels; all of our roses just love them. You can pretty much hack out the old gnarly stems to give the rose some air flow, trim to shape, and the antique roses bounce back from just about anything. I guess that's why they are antique.

We inherited some traditional roses with the house; they don't bloom as much, but they also get mad if they're tied to the trellis (they stop feeding that cane). I'm not sure what they are. Are the roses climbers, bushy, small flowering or big blooms... all of those things can help you identify them. Or, you could take a snip out to the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence and they might be able to tell you which one it is. They're my go-to on roses and perrenials and herbs. :)
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Jess
Posted 2010-05-22 11:58 PM (#44948 - in reply to #42745)
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The garden is doing really well. So well that I need to thin it out again and I just can't stand pulling any of these beautiful plants!! Fortunately, it hasn't been very much work since I planted the seeds. I have a few questions:

For the tomato plants: Should I pinch of the center stem so they stop getting taller?

Strawberries: Mine are in a topsy turvy and are doing really well, but the fruit is very small. Like a quarter of the size of the strawberries in the supermarket. Any ideas? Some are a bit mutated too... bubbly instead of nice roudish or strawberry-shaped fruit. Any ideas?

I have a pepper plant (anaheim chilis) in a pot by itself. The peppers are growing well, but the leaces constantly look sad and a little yellowish. It is definately not an UNDERwatering problem, though I may be overwatering it. I fertilized with an easy all purpose (has some nitro) today to see if that would help. I think I may need to put this guy into the ground. All of my other potted peppers are doing great.

Roses - Laura - I know NOTHING about them. They are so sad. I have been giving them some banana peels, but I don't see any improvement. I bought some rose food and will try it in a few days.





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Dorian
Posted 2010-05-23 9:20 AM (#44957 - in reply to #42494)
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Your garden is looking great Jess.

Yes, you can pinch the tops of your tomatoes and keep them from growing taller.

Sounds like the nitro on your pepper plant might work. They do tend to get yellow if they are lacking in it. Is it the same type pepper as the other ones?

Have you trimmed your roses? Sometimes if a rose is looking sad, I'll go for the jugular and trim the whole plant down to about 8". Roses usually bounce right back from that, and that could be what it needs. Coffee grounds (used) and crushed egg shells are also very good for roses. What I do is save my coffee grounds, banana peels, and egg shells. Kind of spread them out on an old cookie sheet and let them dry for a few days. Then I put them in a blender and get them all crushed up fine. Then put that on the roses and work it into the soil.....of course, that's a lot of work...but sometimes it works better to get the nutrients in the ground that way, instead of laying stuff on top of the soil.

As for your strawberries, I have never had the first year crop of a plant look like the beautiful strawberries you buy in the store. Usually the second year the berries look a lot better. Depends on what kind you have also. Their roots dont go very far into the ground, so they tend to dry out quicker. Mulching them with straw is a good way of dealing with that.

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Dorian
Posted 2010-08-03 2:08 PM (#48189 - in reply to #42494)
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So how are your roses Jess? Most of mine are taking a hiatus, till the hot weather subsides some.  I need to cut back some of my old heirlooms, as I've seen some mildew on them.

We have 3 tomato bushes. Jed counted all the green tomatoes on them yesterday(ROFL!!), there is 58 tomatoes on the three plants! We also have a LOT of baby cukes, the potatoes are coming along nicely...and tastes good too, the squash and watermelons are blooming and we've seen a few baby watermelons.

 

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scraphappydenise
Posted 2010-08-24 12:04 PM (#49471 - in reply to #42494)
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finally! it's the 23 of August yesterday, and I was finally able to pick my first two cucumbers!

Lots of green tomatos still... some are just starting to change color...
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Dorian
Posted 2010-08-28 8:43 AM (#49617 - in reply to #42494)
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We got some Fall crops started yesterday. Lettuce, spinach, cabbage and such. And now this morning we are having a nice little rain storm
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debbieann
Posted 2010-08-30 12:21 AM (#49720 - in reply to #42494)
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Thought I'd share a few flower pics. These beauties are magnificent. I caught them early morning at work. My sweet 90+ lady has them, she can't get out to really enjoy them. I took a series of pics for her to see. The burgundy ones are bigger than dinner plats. It is the oldest of the three. The pink is the baby just 2 yrs, I think.











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Jess
Posted 2010-11-14 9:52 PM (#52670 - in reply to #49720)
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I totally have a new crop of tomatoes that are turning red. Anyone want to bet on if I will get them all reddened up before our first freeze?

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Dorian
Posted 2010-11-15 8:57 AM (#52686 - in reply to #42494)
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LOL Jess! If it's going to freeze before they turn all red, pull the plant up and hang it upside down somewhere cool to warm, that wont freeze. Then check on them everyday to see if they are ripe.
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Jess
Posted 2010-11-15 2:55 PM (#52697 - in reply to #52686)
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lol, I will give it a try Dorian. The plants are massive though, so it might not be worth the trouble...

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