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A Carolina Garden

Gifts from the Garden

Category: Village Square | Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 2:37 pm

Yesterday was clean up the veggie garden day. Once the distracting weeds were out of the way, I discovered two more melons and tiny cukes starting. four Heritage peppers, and cabbage were added. Hope it's not too late. The spinach never got very big, but enough for a salad of baby leaves, yum.

My good husband put up a trellis over my back door and I've planted Carolina Jessamine next to it. It has a fabulous scent when in bloom. Can't wait. The Will Goodwin Clematis is climing up a trellis in a container on my front porch. Will it bloom this summer ? It's a new plant.

Gardens are popping up all over in our neighborhood. Where there were plain lots are now Petunia beds, stone walks and porch containers, even another small veggie plot. Charlie says "we've started a craze here" and I so hope so. Our yards look so much happier.

We're getting new neighbors. Wish us another gardener.


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Rose Revival

Category: Village Square | Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:14 pm

The roses are coming back! I recently cut back four roses infected with Black Spot. I used a systemic fungicide on emerging leaves and they appear to be thriving, nary a spot - out, out, darn spot. One even has tiny buds with blooms, unbelievable. I am watching them carefully. I would like an organic solution to the problem, as I use as little spray as possible. I just had to save my babies.


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Collecting Seed !?!

Category: Village Square | Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:17 pm

I need advice on seed collection. How does one know when seed is ready to collect? Can they be dried in microwave or do they like to be air dried? So many questions - do I store in baggies or jars, in cupboard or refrigerator? Those tiny specks that hold the genes for new plant life are a total mystery to me. I will search and collect and replant and hope that they come to life to start a new cycle.

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Solving watering problems

Category: Village Square | Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:14 pm

Last year and the year before I carried dozens of gallons of water to my plants. This year I've improved my system. I have a garden on either side of my home and veggie plot in the back. My husband, Charlie installed a 2-hose fixture on the faucet to which I attached a soaker hose on one side,threaded through the border and regular hose on the other for rose garden and veggies. This is saving my back this year and getting water needs met. Yeah for Charlie.


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Special Visitor

Category: Village Square | Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:52 pm

I've been recieving many nice responses to my questions, I know will improve my techniques. Today I had a special visitor. While sitting on my front deck, under my very pleasant umbrella watching the birds and butterflies, a small brown bird with cream speckled breast dropped into an old watering can next to me and gave me the "eye". He flew off into the beautiful bradford pear tree in our yard. Later he came again, practically landing on my table. I hope they know that they are welcome and visit again. They seem to like my deck garden. I know the lizards do. I've added another Black and Blue Salvia to make a bigger "show" and a new variety of red, with a gorgeous scent. Slowly but surely, I'll have the "cottage garden" I want. I keep a picture of what I want it to look like on my kitchen wall. I believe if I look at it long enough, it will materialize.(with a lot of work of course.


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Butterfly Bush Bonanza

Category: Village Square | Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:18 pm

Today I wish I could share my butterflies with you.
My bush is 4x5' and a popular butterfly restaurant.
I have Swallowtails, a beautiful cobalt blue, and tiny orange ones. I will get my pictures situated soon I hope.


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Will my antiques survive?

Category: Village Square | Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:29 pm

Well I've done the hard thing and pruned back my affected plants and sprayed with a systemic spray for Black Spot. I hope I save my "babies". My veggie garden is coming slowly. Bush beans, bush cucumbers, fennel, peppers and cantaloupe are on the menu. We've used Fox urine sprinkles around it and so far the bunnies have not ventured in! However they have access to my herb patch. They love the parsley, but leave the oregano, basil, marjoram, rosemary, sage, chives and lavender alone.
I'll be keeping an eye on the roses and let you know how the spray works here on the coast. I will be searching out the old pink blush rose I see in many of my neighbors yards.


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Welcome to my rose garden

Category: Village Square | Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 10:52 pm

[img]I live in North Carolina, a gardening paradise. Roses here are a challenge, especially in my area on the coast. I have several shrub and climbing roses that have contracted Black Spot. I need advice on a good systemic fungicide ( the general ones I've used do not seem to do the trick. Any advice will be welcome.[/img]

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