Archives for June 2008

Organic gardening

Whether you are already an organic gardener or perhaps you are looking to get started I’m sure you’d find it helpful to find out what other organic gardeners are doing and perhaps incorporate some of their tips into your own gardening routine.

I practice organic gardening and my big secret is that I use Alfalfa tea (or compost tea) on all of my plants at least twice during the growing season. It’s like organic miracle grow. Honest. My roses absolutely love it and you guys have seen pictures of my plants, don’t they look happy?

Here’s what a few other Organic Gardeners are talking about this week:

Five Cheats For The Lazy Gardener: How To Hack A Garden

The crunch of carrots, snap of snow peas and ripe juicy tomatoes are all appetizing images. However, unlike many gardeners you may not have the time or energy to devote to growing. Don’t worry! If you have just one day to […]

Pests in Organic Gardening? No need to worry

If you’re into organic gardening, there are a number of things that you need to consider and one of them is a very interesting one: if you see a bug, it’s not the end of the world, or in this case your garden, as you know it. …

Partial Shade: Its Vital Role in Organic Vegetable Gardening

For gardeners, they know that shade plays an important role in what they are doing as much as the sun. This is especially true if one is into organic gardening of vegetables. The exposure to sun and its need to be in shade still depends …

The Truth About Organic Gardening

I just finished a great book about organic vs. conventional gardening. It is called “The Truth About Organic Gardening” by Jeff Gillman. Why did I like it? Well, for one it was an easy read. I’m a plant geek, not a bookworm. …

I hope that you get a chance to read one or all of these posts as there’s some good information there about organic gardening! Enjoy.






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So many flowers how do I choose?

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It was very hard for me to decide what photos to post for this weeks Green Thumb Sunday. Last weekend I was working in my garden planting annuals in hanging baskets, flower boxes and strawberry pots, but prior to getting started on my work I took a ton of photos of the garden. The garden was just full of rose, peony and clematis blooms .

Other plants were blooming as well … so how do I pick which photos to show you today? It was hard but I decided to focus on roses for this post since they were blooming in such abundance. If you want to see what my garden looked like last Saturday just take a look at the pictures in my Flickr account. I created a new folder for the start of summer and the photos in my Garden Summer 2008 folder are all the ones I took just last Saturday (146 pics!).

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In this photo you can see how well my Climbing Iceberg roses are doing. I just planted this one last year! Other roses and plants that you can see are from Right to left – climbing iceberg, basket of coral colored impatiens waiting to be planted, Johnson’s blue geranium, hosta, peony Karl Rosenfield, Prince Napoleon (pink antique rose), Parade (climbing rose), William Baffin (pink hardy Canadian Explorer rose) and you just might be able to see Compte de Chambord as the last pink rose to the left. Of course you can also see phlox (not blooming) and many other plants.

Jam packed isn’t it?

En masse the garden was spectacular with all those roses blooming at once, however it was even more delightful to take a moment to view the roses up close. For example isn’t this Valencia hybrid tea rose just gorgeous?

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Then there’s Dr. Huey – yes a weed rose.

The former owners of our house had one single rose, and when they moved they took it with them. Unfortunately they left some of the graft root behind and it started growing like crazy! I dug it up and moved it to an area that need a rose when I first started my garden – not knowing then that it was the graft root Dr. Huey. Since our winters don’t normally have a lot of snow this rose doesn’t always bloom well, but this year it’s blooming better than ever thanks to all the snow cover it had this winter. Oh yes and it’s about 14 feet tall!

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If you like hardy roses with a bit of that wild rose look you might enjoy William Baffin. This rose produces flowers pretty much all summer long but I warn you this rose will take over your garden! It’s huge! We had to take a saw to some of it’s thick branches this year just to prune the darn thing. It’s like a tree.

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I could go on and on with photos, but you get the idea. The roses were blooming and they were breath taking.

I’m going to try a new thing here and give a little linky love back to a few of out GTS participants each week.  So each week either before or after I create my own Green Thumb Sunday post I’ll select five GTS members who’ve made a recent post and highlight their posts.  I’ll select participants at random.  All you need to do is make a post each Sunday and have at least one or two lines of text in your post for the software that I’m using to find your posts to work properly – ok?

So without further ado here are some highlights from five bloggers who particpated in this weeks Green Thumb Sunday meme:

Other Green Thumb Sunday posts to check out:

Green Thumb Sunday 06/29/08 – Green Thumb Sunday 06/29/08. I took this photo at Cafe Loco in Bellows Falls, VT. Cafe Loco is located at the Harlow Farms store and they had a ton of flowers all over the place. So I got many, many more for Green Thumb Sunday’s to come.

Green Thumb Sunday: be my guest – I found this little guy on my patch of Chantenay Red Core carrots a couple of days ago. The carrot patches are jungles of insects–beetles, flies, the occasional ladybug, and this grasshopper. I looked up grasshoppers and I should have …

Green Thumb Sunday – I spent the greater part of Friday evening working in the yard planting both seeds as well as seedlings that should give me plenty of Green Thumb Sundays over the next few months. I planted a cherry tree, and apple tree, banana trees, …

Green Thumb Sunday: First carrots – First carrots. I’ve never managed to grow anything other than minute baby carrots before, so I’m quite proud of these Paris Market baubles that have grown in the Grow Dome. Join Green Thumb Sunday or check out the other participants.  You must check out these carrots – they’re round!

Green Thumb Sunday thorns amid the roses, or dandelions amid the … – My GTS is just a little dose of reality, which I am constantly getting from my garden: We have some lovely thyme as a groundcover. Then I see (and today you can see it too!) the weeds amidst the beauty. I haven’t even gotten to this end …

Gardeners, Plant and Nature lovers can join in every Sunday, visit As the Garden Grows for more information. GTS participants remember to check in at As the Garden Grows each week so that we’ll know you made a new post!

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Plants I thought I’d lost were just dormant for a few years

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I had a little bit of a surprise this year garden wise. You see there were some plants that I thought had died last year or the year before as they never came up in the spring. Well this year, after our long snowy winter I got a surprise … the Oriental Poppy in my front flower bed started growing again after at least two years absence.

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The flowers were huge and they were on stocks that seemed to be much longer than I remember them being in the past. I guess my poppy had a good rest.

I also have some daylilies coming up in the front that I haven’t seen for a two or three years. The front flower bed tends to be dry and I think there’s lots of roots in it from the huge maple tree in my neighbors yard, but as I said we had a very snowy winter and I believe all that moisture must have helped bring some dormant plants back to life again.

The backyard is alive with roses! I took some photos yesterday but I haven’t had time to transfer them to my computer yet. I’ll post them in a day or two though. My yard is almost gawdy now that there are so many roses blooming.

The chives are just about done blooming, but while they were in their prime I managed to take a photo on an industrious bumble bee collecting pollen from the chive flowers.

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Is your garden full of blooms right now too?

Gardeners, Plant and Nature lovers can join in every Sunday, visit As the Garden Grows for more information. GTS participants remember to check in at As the Garden Grows each week so that we’ll know you made a new post!

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