breakfast break garden gate 2003

  1. I have noticed that there seems to be alot of members on this bb that share the interest of gardening. I thought it would be nice to start a thread, where we could share our dreams and knowledge on gardening. I have seen posts with questions, and beautiful pictures, then they eventually go into "search heaven"
    I thought it would be nice, if we could have an ongoing thread, where we could post articles we find, pictures, ect. I don't know if this has been tried before, but thought it would be worth the time to do it anyway. I would enjoy getting to know my fellow gardeners out there, so I added the "breakfast break" to the title to encourage us to "visit" as well as share our gardening skills.
    I am a flower gardener, and very into landscaping. Looking forward to hearing from you. Happy gardening
  2. 87 Comments

  3. by   nursenoelle
    Good Idea Crissy ! I am a novice so I am looking forward to some tips. Maybe you can help me with my Dusty Millers- they are HUGE ! They are getting so tall that they look out of place in the bed. Can you clip those back at this time of year ? It's getting warm here.
  4. by   cwazycwissyRN
    The Dusty Millers have a real place in the garden for there is no contrast so charming as that between the bright colors of most perennials and the gray or whitish leaves of these plants. They may be clipped low as edging plants.

    GENERAL. Cetaureas are of very easy culture. They bloom best when planted in an open, sunny position, with any good garden soil. Clip back the Dusty Millers to keep them at the desired height and form. The blooms are not valuable.

    PROPAGATION. They are propagated from seeds, although some of the sorts may be readily divided. The Dusty Millers are increased both by seeds and cuttings

    This is all I've been able to find. I am also a novice. I always worry about when to clip them back, as I do not want to ruin the bloom. I end up experimenting alot:roll
  5. by   Rustyhammer
    I need all the tips and gardening advice possible.
    I am so bad at growing things.
  6. by   nursenoelle
    thanks- I never could find anything that gave me a time frame. From this article, I can clip whenever I want. .
  7. by   cwazycwissyRN
    Rusty, need all the help I can get too. I love sitting areas (helps with zero scaping too) Here is a photo of a breakfast nook. When I figure out how to do pics of my yard, I'll post a pic of mine. I'm soooo glad spring is finally here.
    Somehow lost picture, oh well. I'll eventually get better at this.
    Last edit by cwazycwissyRN on Apr 14, '03
  8. by   Nurse Ratched
    Any recommendations for potted plants for those of us with just a patio? I'd love to spruce mine up with some greenery - maybe even a tomato if I could grow one in a pot .
  9. by   NRSKarenRN
    Dad grows his plum and big boy tomato's in a styrafoam picnic container in PA Pocano's as gets cold at night --he just takes them inside at night. Do a search for container/patio gardening.
  10. by   cwazycwissyRN
    I love container plants. Last year I did several with various flowers. I added asaragus fern to several of them and it added alot of greenery plus it would hang over the edges nicely. I learned you must pick plants that require the same amounts of sunlight and watering, to place in the same containers. One of my favorites ended up being one with different sedums in it. The sedums loved the total sunlight and endured the heat. My try with tomatoes failed miserably. I don't think I positioned them with enough sunshine.
  11. by   CCL"Babe"
    Love the idea of a gardening thread! Tomatos can be grown successfully in pots on patios. My mother-in-law does this with whiskey kegs. I have been fighting the deer in my garden for years. Because of the deer, i grow many ornamental perenials, bulbs and herbs. I have gotten very interested in native plants, but grow others as well.
  12. by   ayemmeff
    Last edit by ayemmeff on Feb 11, '04
  13. by   cwazycwissyRN
    I am in zone 5. This is a listing from our extention office of spring suggestions.
    Thin out fruit tree blooms to one bloom every 6 to 12 inches to improve fruit size and quality in the large fruiting species (apple, pear, peach, and nectarine).
    Place a fan to blow air across your vegetable seedlings or lightly brush them with your hand three times a day to prevent them from stretching and getting too leggy while they are growing inside your home. This also helps harden them off before you move them outside in the middle of May.
    Now is the time to plant raspberries. They can be purchased bare-root or as potted stock. Choose a position in your garden that will allow the raspberry plants to sucker and create a thicket of fruiting canes.
    Remove stakes and guywires from trees that were planted last spring. Trees will grow stronger if they are allowed to sway in the wind. Remember that Mother Nature does not stake her trees and they grow exceptionally well.
    Pull or hoe the weeds that are growing in your garden now while they are small and easy to eradicate. Your garden plants will grow more vigorously if they are not competing with weeds.
    Add four inches of mulch around young trees to prevent weed and grass competition and to help retain soil moisture. (Don't allow mulch to touch the trunk of the tree.)
    When your lawn reaches 3 inches in height you may start mowing. Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at any one mowing to assure a healthy green lawn all season.
  14. by   NRSKarenRN
    Check out Philly, PA's "Garden Report" heard on allnews radio station KYW1060 and on the net weekly for good tips