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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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I rarely do much in the front yard

by w2ktechman In reply to for lawns...

but I erally like to get the back yard looking good, for my own enjoyment I guess (and visitors).
People that go too far out of the way on the front yard I think are just trying to show off a bit...

As for the nematodes, hmmm, does Malathion kill them?? That is what I got this year for bug control (and Sevin-5 powder).
I guess I will find out..

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Nematodes...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to for lawns...

I don't know what kills nematodes. I don't use any chemicals so... Chemicals take out the good guys, too.

I use botanicals - rotenone, pyrethrin, hand-picking and squishing, and things like beneficial nematodes to control larvae.

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'MAN bugs'...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to You trim roses

There are Army bugs and Assassin bugs!

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And what about the killer of killers, the

by w2ktechman In reply to 'MAN bugs'...
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And SPIDERS!!!! and Scorpions!!

by Dr Dij In reply to And what about the killer ...

just calling a flower by its common name (SPider Lily for example) is enuf to turn off my wife!

Plus palm grubs (tastes like fried eggs in 'bush tucker')

or Octopuses (I've learned not to call them 'Octopussy' despite a james bond movie by that name)

She dislikes them all. too bad as they are some of the coolest stuff on the planet.

and that ambypigilid I think is called, kind of a cross between scorpion and spider, from Egypt.

I think teethy, bitey & crawly things stabilize biosphere, possibly the whole universe! :)

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Those are the things in my yard that get sprayed

by w2ktechman In reply to And SPIDERS!!!! and Sco ...

to death...

Well, I havent dealt with scorps yet (wait, isnt that a band?

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Spider lilies - among my favs...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to And SPIDERS!!!! and Sco ...

I have some reds. Lotta folks round this neck of the woods don't know what they are!

I get very cool garden spiders - wolf spiders, marbled orb weavers, and some green, yellow and black spider that I don't know the name of. I keep them as long as they stay in the garden...

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Very cool critters...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to And what about the killer ...

I somehow managed to get a young one in the house one year. It was black with white spots. I didn't know that the young were colored that way until I found that one on the bathroom mirror and went hunting info on the mantids.

I have the browns and the greens. They can sit for hours on end without moving. You'd think they were dead.

Yep, very cool critters.

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I got some a few years ago to try to control

by w2ktechman In reply to Very cool critters...

bugs. I was transforming the hothouse into the shade house when they started coming out of the egg. hundreds of em, and they just kind of sprawled out all over.
a few of them started climbing all over me -- kinda weird.

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That partcular one is a climber that I never mess with.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Boxfiddler - Thanks for p ...

I have a couple other roses (they are not my forte) that I cut back hard in the early spring. They get about 5 - 6 feet tall by the end of the summer. I don't have any pics, but will take some when the time comes.

Minor tidbit - with the exception of some annuals, azaleas, rhododendrons, and cannas (which the hummers just love) if it isn't fragrant I don't grow it!

Thanks to you for getting the TRGC going! I am currently hunting down pics and posting to photobucket for just this club!


edit: I have just recently added more roses to my yard. The one I posted was given to me many years ago by my sister and is quite maintenance free due to it's climber status. The new additions are mostly healthy, but I am still learning about how to keep them happy.

edit again: Thanks Dr. Dij and HAL for the pruning advice. :)

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