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Garden notes and pictures – May

Eating asparagus, some strawberries, onions, various lettuces and greens, rapini, collards, radishes, parsley, sorrel, and thyme.  Potatoes are growing quickly so “new” potatoes are not too far in the future.

Garlic and Onions

After that nice rain we had yesterday I noticed that about 8 garlic plants had turned brown over night. I pulled them up right away because I’ve had that happen before.

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A Personal Note to You – and September Bloom

This has been an exciting garden year for me. So many things come to mind that I want to share with you about what can be done and how you might go about it.

I want to give you some new ideas for improving your soil this fall;  some easy ways to stay away from residual herbicides;  and a great way to grow some […]

The Rose - Fresh Flowers for Your Table

As many perennials as I grow, you would think that I would have fresh flowers in my home all the time. For some reason I don’t. But when my thoughts do turn to flowers to bring in, I usually gravitate to the rose. —–read more—-

A Tip from an ARS Master Rosarian and the Water Wand Story

I received a tip from Mrs. Hundley this morning that I thought I’d pass along. (As you will recall, Mrs. Hundley did 7 guest posts for Tending My Garden readers in May and is an ARS  Consulting Rosarian, Master Rosarian and Horticulture Judge.)

She writes in her email, “The roses seem to be holding their own in this heat and dry weather.  I have used a water wand to prevent spider mites.” (The best solution to just about anything is prevention.)

Later, via phone, she told me how spider mites —–read more—-

Roses & Tomatoes ----& Cats?

From time to time as a summer progresses blackspot may show up on my roses. When it does  – if it’s a bad case – I usually just cut back the bush and get rid of the parts with black spot.

I only have 3 bushes, but after Mrs. Hundley’s 7 guest posts on Tending My Garden in May,  I have plans to add 3 more floribundas.  (You will recall that Mrs. Hundley is an ARS Consulting Rosarian, a Master Rosarian and an ARS Horticulture Judge.)

Anyway — I was going through a little booklet today published in 1976 entitled Hints for the Vegetable Gardener. Over the years I’ve used a lot of information from this book.  Today I noticed their tip about blackspot on roses and it was just too good —–read more—-

ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas - Part 7

If you are just joining us, please read the Part 1Part 2Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, & Part 6 of 7 parts

May 25, 2010

Floribundas Part 7 by Charlotte Hundley, ARS Master Rosarian

My final recommendations for Tending My Garden readers are Leonardo da Vinci, a relatively new rose (introduced in 1994) with an old world feel.  And the —–read more—-

ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas - Part 6

If you are just joining us, please read the Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, & Part 5 of 7 parts

May 24, 2010

Floribundas Part 6 by Charlotte Hundley, ARS Master Rosarian

The medium pink double bloom sprays of today’s recommendation, —–read more—-

ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas - Part 5

If you are just joining us, please read the Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3, & Part 4 of 7 parts

May 23, 2010

Floribundas Part 5 by Charlotte Hundley, ARS Master Rosarian

No recommendation for Floribundas would be complete without —–read more—-

ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas - Part 4

If you are just joining us, please read the Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 of 7 Parts

May 22, 2010

Floribundas Part 4 by Charlotte Hundley, ARS Master Rosarian

You can’t get too much more spectacular than —–read more—-

ARS Master Rosarian Recommends Floribundas - Part 3

If you are just joining us, please read the Part 1 and Part 2 of 7 parts.

May 21, 2010

Floribundas Part 3 by Charlotte Hundley, ARS Master Rosarian

I have two recommendations for today: —–read more—-