Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My Spireas Look Dead

            The Spirea is one of the few landscape plants that can be rejuvenated by cutting it all the way down to the ground.

            In time a Spirea can get woody and sparse. Branches die, or just get to old to produce much in the way of flowers, or leaves for that matter. Regular pruning just doesn’t cut it anymore; there just isn’t enough at the tips to produce a lush bush. So, more drastic measures need to be employed.
 

            It’s quite simple; you just whack it down to the ground and start over.

            You must realize at this point that you now have a new bush with new growth coming up; it’s not going to be thick and full right off the bat, you will have to train it back to its former glory.

            Let this new growth grow up about a foot and then remove about three inches. This will halt the forward growth and cause the plant to push out side growth. Let this new growth get about six inches and prune off about two inches. Let this new growth get about six inches long and prune that back a couple inches. Now, about four to five months since the whack down, you should have your Spirea back, younger and full of new wood ready to produce a gob of flowers again. 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What is a Weed?

           What is a weed? "A weed is a plant not belonging in its present location."


            Does this mean that if you are growing Dandelions and a Rose pops upon the middle of them, the Rose a weed? Roses are exempt from this rule. But, if a Carnation or a Black-eyed- Susan, or some other perennial rears up and says “look at me”, it’s a weed; but pulling it is up to you.

            Back to the weeds… You have two options: pulling or spraying. Pulling is back breaking work, and takes a while, but you do feel like you’ve accomplished something, the weeds are gone. But are they…………?

            Spraying Weed-b-gon or Roundup will kill them root and all; but in order to know if they all perished, you will need a week.

            I think the spraying route is still the best, because it kills the plant root and all; if you pull the weed and leave some of the root in the ground it will come back.

            Just remember Roundup kills everything in the plant world! Weed-b-gon will not kill grass or grasses, just broad leaf weeds.

            So, if you want to win the war on weeds keep a spray bottle of Roundup handy and spray the weeds you see, don’t pull them.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Witchbrooming:

            This is what happens when you just buzz off the overgrowth on Burning Bush, Lilacs, Weigela, and many others year after year. After a while you will need to go in a little deeper and cut out “Broomhilda’s” supply of traveling apparati.



            Yes it will look bad for a month or so, but it will grow back, and be more manageable. And yes you will have to do it again in five years or so.

 

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Pool Discharge Water:

           Pools are for Summer and draw people and like ants to a wet sucker. I would like to bring to your attention the discharge water they throw to keep themselves clean.


            Every so often the filters need to be back washed so their effectiveness remains high. This water needs to be pumped somewhere, and most times it is allowed to run out where it is convenient; and this possibly is right into a landscaped area.

            At first you may think that everything is just getting an extra drink; but an extra drink of what? Yes it is water but water with high doses of chlorine in it, plant killing chlorine.

            “Oh, so that’s why everything died over there”

            Getting rid of the discharge water can be a bit of a trick, and does involve some planning. Usually getting it to flow into your sewer isn’t practical due to distance, so other alternatives need to be considered. However you do it, just know that if your plants are in the line of fire they will die. Better to create a decretive stone area for it to flow into, or a hidden place it can be piped to. Or if there is no other place some of your plants may have to give up their lives for your fun and frolic; and with the heat that is coming again I believe that will be a fair trade off.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tomato Picking (part 3)


            To start you will need a Coca-Cola can. Next, take it out to your garden and hold it up to your tomato vines; pick only those round object that are the same color as the can.

            If your tomatoes are hard and crunchy it is not entirely your fault, for it is possible that the coca-cola product you brought out into the garden with you was a can of Sprite.



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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Picking Tomatoes (part 2)


            This technique works best with those living in sight of a traffic light; but those not so fortunate can employ a video camera with an “on camera” play back feature; either way timing here will be the key.

            You will notice that the traffic light has three lights, but not all lights light at the same time. It’s the top light I want you to focus on. You want to match the color of your tomato to the color of the top light on the traffic light, but you will have only seconds to pick.

 
            To pick your tomatoes when the bottom light is lit will only yield you something tasteless and hard; be patient, wait for the top light.

            So let’s do this. You’ve positioned yourself in your tomato patch; you’ve got a good line of sight on the traffic light; or the camcorder is replaying the 30 minutes of traffic light changing you recorded.

            The bottom light is on………not yet…… not yet….Keep waiting, keep waiting……. NOW! START COMPARING, START PICKING, START COMPARING, START PICKING, COMPARE, PICK, COMPARE, PICK, COMPARE, PICK,….. KEEP GOING,  KEEP GOING,  KEEP GOING…………….OK  STOP! STOP!!!!

            If you picked a few that looked like the middle light during this picking frenzy just put them off to the side they’ll ripen up in a few days.

            Now wait for the top light again…….

            The trick here is to not jump the gun but to wait for the top light to come on, and to stop when it turns off. If you do this, if you are patient, you will harvest a fantastic crop of tomatoes


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Picking Tomatoes


      Harvesting Tomatoes can get complicated, and should be left to the professionals. But, if you wish to do this yourself and brave the perils of uncertainty, read on, I will try and walk you through it.

To do the job properly you will need a cardboard box (roughly 2’x2’x18” high), a stick, 100’feet of string, and some sunflower seeds. Your quest, your mission, the male Cardinal.


            Position the stick so it holds up the box in a way that causes the box to be angled off the ground. Place the seeds under this angled box, with a few outside the box for visibility. Attach the string to the stick, unwind it to a hidden location, and wait for the cardinals.

Once the bird is secured pick only the tomatoes that match his color. If you find that your tomatoes are rather hard and tasteless it is very possible you’ve caught the female of the species.
 

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