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TR's Garden Club

By OnTheRopes ·
Reading the Friday Yuk gave me the idea to start what I'm calling TR's Garden Club. You can see how it started here: (scroll down) http://preview.tinyurl.com/yq7uda <br><br>
Some of you may be wondering WTF but I think having a discussion where we can post pix of garden-related stuff is a good idea seeing as those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are moving into Spring and Summer and, chances are, we'll be turning our attention outdoors to our yards and gardens.<br><br>
Currently my yard and gardens are a mess. A BIG mess. Half my yard is under six inches of water. It's the worst flooding in 29 years worth of memory. If it hadn't flooded I'd soon be planting flowers and plants in a garden box I made last year and doing other much-needed yardwork when it warms. Since we are flooded I changed plans and am finally going to focus on working in our long-neglected rose garden.<br><br>
Here's what you have to do to belong to TR's Garden Club. Participate with anything other than a flame. Flames will be graded for original content and/or ignored.<br><br>
This is a chance for everyone to put that digital camera to some use. Take pix of a growing project and post 'em here. For those of you who don't have a garden post pix of your favorite houseplants. For those of you who have neither consider getting started with a plant or post pix of the first flowers you see this Spring. Or post pix and commentary of whatever floats your boat.<br><br>
I'm going to put serious effort into keeping the tone of this discussion light. Y'all feel free to laugh at my effed up garden. That's fine. I know it's not too long and it'll look much better. It won't turn this place into Shangri-La but it'll make it just a little bit nicer outside.<br><br>
Before we get started I want to say that I'm po' folk so don't expect to see me putting in fountains and ponds and whatnot. I'm going to focus on growing nice flowers. If they look cool and I'm not over-run with weeds I'll figure I'm successful. Now, if you want to see something horrendous, take a look at this:<br><br>
<img src="http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj4/sharewhat4/RoseGarden3-11-2008a.jpg" br><br>
Seriously, you <i>gotta</i> be humble to post a picture like that. That is what I see out my back window. I hate the way it looks so I'm going to fix it as soon as the weather allows. Right now there's a blanket of leaves covering the roses so they'll survive the winter. I'm going to tear out the fence, rake it all out, weed out everything that's not a rose and mulch the entire thing for weed-control.<br><br>
Surely if I can post my gardening nightmare you can post yours.<br><br>
Why not do this, if you've never grown anything, grab some seeds, throw 'em in a pot with some soil and take pix of what grows. It's been my experience that growing something (homegrown?) <cough> excuse me </cough>, growing something relieves some of the stress in my life and God knows we all need a stress reliever.<br><br>
What's any of this have to do with IT? Nothing. That's the point. Gardening/growing plants is supposed to be relaxing. Why not take a small break from the stress of your job in IT and become a Garden Club participant. <br><br>
Further, I'll bet that no one has pix of a garden in worse condition than mine. Dead people have better looking gardens.<br><br>
Post your pix or just check back to see if this discussion died on the vine. (I got a million of 'em.)

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Boxfiddler - Thanks for posting that picture in the Yuk

by OnTheRopes In reply to TR's Garden Club

Questions: How far back should I trim my rosebushes and when should I trim them? I know I can look it all up but what's been your experience?

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Prune them savagely they'll love you for it

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Boxfiddler - Thanks for p ...

But what's the white stuff covering the ground? Pollution? Can't be snow as I've never seen it but I've been told about it by some guy who I didn't believe Solid Water falling from the sky it's not possible.

When I was repairing a Rose Garden that had been left to it's own devices for 15 years or more I cut them down quite savagely and only left a small amount of new Wood on the plant. The Roses sprang to life and grew wonderfully. They still needed a lot of cutting back as I was being cautious and not wanting to kill them too fast so they had a lot of Stringy wood at the base and I eventually cut this back to almost ground level and left any newer shoots to grow. Took a couple of years to get right but they looked really good when I had finished. Just remember if you don't have Prostrate Roses remember to only cut them back to where the Trunk starts to branch. Cutting the trunk back isn't such a good idea.

OK I'm in even if I only will have photos of Tabasco plants to take for a while to come.

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Yep 'tis snow oh Southern One

by OnTheRopes In reply to Prune them savagely they' ...

Thank God we didn't get the heavy stiff. That went further East. With any luck at all we've seen the last of it.
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I know my wife cut them back in the Fall so maybe I'll be good this Spring. I don't like trimming back plants but I know it has to be done. I'll give them a fearless cutting back at the end of this years growing season and just not worry about it. Rather, I'll try not to.<br><br>
Speaking of trimming, one of the things I've tried my hand at was the art of growing Bonsai trees. I became interested in that when I saw some of the trees grown by one of the city tree trimmers where I used to live, My tree died. I still would like to get into doing that but I've enough other projects to keep me busy all Summer. Besides, I hate having plants die because I don't trim them right. Must be a secret to it. <chants> Be the tree. </chants><br><br>
I might grow peppers again this year. Good idea. I like just growing them. Last year we had some weird purple ones that I never got a chance to taste. We've got a lot of ground Habaneros from peppers that my son-in-laws Father grew. The place was almost like it had been pepper-sprayed when I had them in the dehydrator. I can make some spicy jerky!

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While I never actually tried a Bonsai

by The Scummy One In reply to Yep 'tis snow oh Souther ...

I know enough that if you really need to torture a living
thing, this is the way to go...

BAsically, just keep it alive and twist it, tie it, cut it, and add
weights to it until it is the desired shape, then keep it up.

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I bought a book on Bonsai and must've missed the part about twisting it

by OnTheRopes In reply to While I never actually tr ...

I must've missed a whole bunch because as I said, mine died. I think Bonsai trees are awesome. They're incredibly expensive for good ones probably because they have to grow for years to be worth looking at.<br><br>
Years ago we went up to Hartwick Pines in Michigan. http://www.michigandnr.com/publications/pdfs/wildlife/viewingguide/nlp/59Hartwick/index.htm
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There were a lot of Pines and other trees which barely come up to your thigh that were over a hundred years old, according to the State guide. They stay that short because the deer eat the tops off down to the snow level. Kind of odd to think of something that small that's going to outlive me.<br><br>
Well maintained Bonsai trees can reach 300 years old. I think it would be cool to pass something like that down thru the generations of our family. I might try growing one again but not this year.

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You trim roses

by Dr Dij In reply to Boxfiddler - Thanks for p ...

down to the last 'five leaf' - above the last leaf with 5 leaflets while they are growing.

do this immediately after the bloom wilts and it will bloom again.

For dormant trimming better see a rose site.

if you have aphids you can release ladybugs. (I'm having a debate with my wife, I'm sure there must be some MAN bugs somewhere and they don't like being called Ladybugs, darn-it!

She doesn't like to watch Andrew Zimmerman eat the bugs either, which I find totally fascinating.

Do virtual gardens count? We live in a small pad with just a couple hundred plants, so we go out to gardens on weekends and take pix of botanical shows and gardens. For privacy I won't mention my site here but

I'm fighting off robots from scraping my content as the 859,793rd most popular site on the web. (not as good as my other site which is close to the 275,634th most popular site on the web :)

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Whew!

by OnTheRopes In reply to You trim roses

A couple hundred plants? That must be awesome. Pix, pix, we need pix! Just one would be cool.<br><br>
Please send me a link to your websites via peermail. I won't hurt 'em. Promise.<br><br>
My biggest problem with bugs is having Japanese Beetles. I live in a rural area and last year there were soybeans in the field behind the barn you see in the picture. This year it will be corn and the beans will be across the road. Japanese Beetles LOVE soybeans so mostly they stay off of my stuff but I did have some nice lace-work on some leaves. That was kind of fascinating by itself but all in all I'd rather be without the beetles. Not going to happen. Any tips to protect the roses?

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Japanese Beetles...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Whew!

I use the product below every other Spring. Man this stuff works so well it amazes me. It also gets rid of 'June bugs' and flea larvae and a number of other pests whose larvae live in the ground until it's time to emerge and wreak havoc. LOVE THIS STUFF!

http://www.gardensalive.com/product.asp?pn=5000

edit to add: these little critters will continue multiplying and spreading to other yards and/or fields in search of grubs to munch for their lifespan. Meaning of course that they may eventually make their way to the problematic soybean field and help you and the bean farmer immensely over time.

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I havent actually tried this product before

by w2ktechman In reply to Japanese Beetles...

cause I thought it was mostly for lawns, and I never really had one.
This year though, I will likely try it out if the lawn survives that it :^0

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for lawns...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to I havent actually tried t ...

the front lawn is the least well-kept of my yard. I couldn't care less about grass. I am working on replacing the grass with Creeping Charlie. Every year I plant another 2 or 3 spots with 'Charlie' and just keep hoping it will eventually take over. No more mowing! And once I have some more large trees in the front, I'm going to get serious about fern gardening.

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