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#1 of 25 Old 04-17-2003, 01:43 PM - Thead Starter
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This thread will be listing from time to time Garden tips! We will be posting weekly tips you be sure to check each week for more tips!

WATERING TIPS!


Here are 2 tips my mom gave me through the years that I have always followed. You can't go wrong with MoM.


~~ To keep plants watered whilst you are away for a few days, place one end of a pipe cleaner into the soil by the plant and the other end into some water. The pipe cleaner will gradually draw up the water. ~~


~~ To keep plants alive during a longer stay away. Place a towel in the bottom of the bath and add 1" of water. Place house plants on top of the towel. They will draw up the water whilst you are away. ~~
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Tips for Gladiolas

Large Flowering glads should be planted from April to June. Smaller flowering varieties should be planted in the fall or in early spring, depending on which zone you live in.

If you soak your corms in a mixture (of a gallon of water with a tablespoon of disinfectant) for a couple hours before planting them; they will be less likely to be affected by thrips later.

Plant a new batch of glads every week until midsummer for continuous blooms.


Cut glads when the second floret opens for longest lasting bouquets. Scrape the stems to keep them looking fresh.

When buying your glads... Choose large, firm corms. Avoid corms that have signs of growth or mold.

Gladiolus corms will produce cormlets over time. You can dig them up and peel off the cormlets to grow new plants.


~Happy Gardening!~
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Thanks Sandra......I love Gladiolas, I don't have any yet.......is there a certain type that you recommend?
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I purchased several bulbs of the large variety because was planting in late Spring.

You have to make sure to secure them to a stake or long stick because the Bloom/flower becomes top heavy and fall forward.
I perfer the large varieties but both are fine.
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Spring-flowering bulbs

Don't cut down the foliage of spring-flowering bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips, just yet.

Give clumps a liquid feed to boost growth, pick off any developing seed-heads and keep the leaves on for as long as possible to feed the bulb. Cutting off foliage too soon deprives the bulb of stores of energy and could damage their future flowering performance.

Wherever possible allow foliage to die down naturally and where bulbs are naturalised in lawns leave for at least six weeks after flowering before mowing.

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Great tips! Thanks Sandra!
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A sure fire way to get rid of Ants is mix a small bottle of clove oil (from the chemist) in a large watering can with a rose sprinkler. Quickly water this over the area the ants have set up home ........ and stand back! First you will see the flying ants leaving the nest in droves, the soldier ants will follow them on foot. Tried tested and never failed.
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~~ Cut a 2 foot long piece of hosepipe and fix each end to the two handles of the shears.

Now when you are cutting the tension on the handles will spring the shears open saving energy. Also the hose around the handles will improve grip and comfort. ~~
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~ If you have a slope that you'd rather not mow, try growing these tough plants. Daylilies, red twig dogwood, and crown vetch all provide colorful flowers or bark and hold the bank with their root systems. ~

~ For Organic Gardening soak your vegetable seeds in a cup of cool tea, then place into the refrigerator for 3 days. Once soaked for 3 days, they will be ready to plant. ~
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To maintain healthy vigorous growth in the garden, and yet still conserve our precious water supply, requires a simple yet economical plan of action to fulfill the gardens moisture requirements.

DO water an established garden thoroughly once per week to encourage a strong, deep, root system.

DON'T make your plants rely on a daily sprinkling of water which encourages the root system to grow upwards to the damp surface.

DO use a sprinkler to apply water slowly and gently.

DON'T throw copious quantities of water on the garden in a short time, as this type of watering rarely penetrates the soil surface.

DO water when the top 3cm of soil has dried out.

DON'T allow plant foliage to hang limply before watering.

DO water newly planted seedlings more frequently until they have become established in the garden.

DON'T saturate the soil with water, as plants require oxygen as well as moisture to survive.

DO water early morning or late afternoon in the summer time.

DON'T wet foliage in the heat of the day which will allow the sun to burn the leaves.

DO water mornings to early afternoons in the winter.

DON'T water late in the day in winter as water left on the foliage may turn to ice overnight and cause leaf damage.
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~ When you're cutting your grass with that nice mower,wouldn't you like to keep the grass clippings from building up around the blade, thus - allowing the mower to work more efficiently? Of course! Then all you have to do is spray some furniture polish on the undercarriage of the mower.
Just a note: before spraying on the polish, hose down the undercarriage and let it dry first! ~

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Great tip Sandra Thanks!!!
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Pruning Tips

When pruning a shrub, shorten selected individual branches, taking them back to ground level rather than shearing the shrub's branches to a uniform length, which results in an unnatural shape and causes new growth to occur on the outer part of the plant only.

Don't prune a shrub if it will cause that plant to stimulate new growth shortly before cold weather arrives. Once the shrub is dormant, it can be pruned with no fear of harming it.

Prune lower branches of deciduous trees as they grow taller to maintain a safe walking area underneath.

Pinching --a type of pruning-- encourages more growth and branching. Pinch the tips of young annuals for new shoots that will give more flowers.

-- Pinching delays flowering on herbs, causing the plant to produce new flavourful foliage.
-- Do not pinch plants with single stalks (such as Lilies).


Deadheading is cutting off new heads of flowers that have already bloomed. When you deadhead, just be sure to cut just above a leaf node, where new growth can begin.
-- encourages new growth and budding
-- prevents the plant from self-seeding
-- makes the plants look tidier


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Because Aloe plants consist of 95% water, they are extremely frost tender. If they are grown outdoors in warm climates, they should be planted in full sun, or light shade. The soil should be moderately fertile, and fast draining. Established plants will survive a drought quite well, but for the benefit of the plant, water should be provided.

Because of their popularity, Aloe vera plants are available at almost every garden shop or nursery. Unless you live in area with a very mild climate, it's best to leave your Aloe plant in the pot and place it near a window that gets a lot of sun. You can move the pot outdoors during the summer months.
Aloe vera is a succulent, and as such, stores a large quantity of water within its leaves and root system. During the winter months, the plant will become somewhat dormant, and utilize very little moisture. During this period watering should be minimal. Allow the soil to become completely dry before giving the plant a cup or two of water. During the summer months, the soil should be completely soaked, but then be allowed to dry again before re-watering.

Aloes have a shallow, spreading root system, so when it is time to repot choose a wide planter, rather than a deep one. Use a planter with a drainage hole, or provide a 1-2 inch layer of gravel in the bottom of the pot to ensure adequate drainage. Use a good commercial potting mix with extra perlite, granite grit, or coarse sand added. You may also use a packaged 'cacti mix' soil. Fertilize yearly, in the spring with a dilute (half strength), bloom type fertilizer (10-40-10).
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I never even thought about growing Aloe...even though we use it quite frequently
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My mom has lots of them. I need to swap plant clippings with mom again.
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Put a few drops of glycerin on a cloth and swab the leaves with it. Glycerin is not a dust collector. Or, you can mix 1 part water with 1 part milk, and use this solution to swab onto leaves with a clean, soft cloth.
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I have been ill with the flu and busying packing for our July 31 move but hope to have more tips this coming August, so bare with me.

This week's tips come from Dr.Bob Black, a Consumer Horticultural Specialist

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Latest Tip: Homemade Plant food

Plant food is important to keep your plants and flowering in top shape for your continued enjoyment.

Here is a tip that you can use to make your own plant food:

Use 1 teaspoon baking powder and mix in 1/2 teaspoon household ammonia, and mix in 1 tablespoon Epsom salts, and mix in 1 teaspoon salt to a gallon of water and be sure to shake or mix well. Use this as plant food once a month for all your flowers and plants both indoors and out for a noticable difference!
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Most flowering plants need to be within three feet of a sunny window.

Most plants require 12 to 16 hours of light per day.

More houseplants die from overwatering than from anything else.

Water plants with room-temperature water.

Most houseplants are happiest when the relative humidity is 50 percent or higher.

Cluster houseplants together when humidity is low, and water more often.
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Mulch banana peels into the soil at the base of the rose bushes. This will strengthen them and ward off disease-bearing aphids.
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I never knew that! And, since I am thinking a beginning a rose garden, I might need this info! Thanks!
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Use a high pressure hose to spray the leaves into a pile. The wet leaves compress into trash bags more efficiently or they can be added to a mulch pile. Since they are wet the wind won't blow them back all over the yard again.
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Fall is a great time to plant perennials, bulbs, trees and shrubs. Container plants and balled-and-burlapped specimens usually have well-developed root systems. Because roots don't have to supply nutrients and water to growing stems and new leaves, they can concentrate on getting established. Roots grow--although slowly--even when soil temperature is as low as 40 degrees.
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Sterilize any minor tree wounds with a solution of 2 tablespoons of ammonia per quart of water, and then cover with pruning paint.

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