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From:Date:Zone:
Janice16-Jun-03 08:09 PM EST 8   
17-Jun-03 01:14 PM EST 8b   
Olivia Morris20-Jun-03 09:55 PM EST 6   
GailE.21-Jun-03 08:44 PM EST   
Rachael27-Jun-03 09:47 PM EST 4b   
Olivia Morris28-Jun-03 10:32 PM EST 6   
Ann13-Jul-03 03:53 PM EST 9a   
Brent15-Jul-03 11:13 AM EST   
jc19-Jul-03 12:12 AM EST 2b   
Joelle19-Jul-03 01:41 AM EST 3b   
Sarah04-Aug-03 08:59 AM EST 3   
Catrina Hess09-Aug-03 03:48 PM EST 5   
Nancy25-Aug-03 02:42 PM EST   
Lorna Luke15-Sep-03 07:25 PM EST 6   
Sara21-Sep-03 08:00 PM EST 3   
Sara21-Sep-03 08:05 PM EST 3   
Robin19-Oct-03 12:14 PM EST 7b   
Mary19-Oct-03 01:21 PM EST 6b   
Gabrielle 17-Jan-04 12:58 PM EST 5b   
Wendy P22-Feb-04 12:35 PM EST 7   
Wendy P22-Feb-04 12:50 PM EST 7   
Dorothy11-Mar-04 12:48 PM EST 5b   
dee16-Mar-04 08:59 AM EST 5   
Wendy P24-Mar-04 11:12 AM EST 7   
W.M.Coish@nf.Sympatico.ca04-Apr-04 09:41 AM EST 4   
Catherine15-Apr-04 04:42 AM EST 3b   
dian15-Apr-04 11:56 AM EST 3b   
edith22-Apr-04 04:08 PM EST 5   
susan25-Apr-04 01:48 PM EST 4a   
sarah m06-May-04 08:27 AM EST 3a   
08-May-04 08:10 AM EST 8   
Sabrina08-May-04 08:30 AM EST 8   
Chris23-May-04 08:50 AM EST   
Deb23-May-04 09:15 PM EST 3a   
Glen24-May-04 12:14 AM EST 7   
Deb25-May-04 12:08 PM EST 3a   
dian25-May-04 02:42 PM EST 3b   
Elsie(elsiem@ramindustries.com)26-May-04 04:32 AM EST 2b   
Deb28-May-04 12:31 AM EST 3a   
Elsie28-May-04 10:26 AM EST 2b   
Deb28-May-04 03:45 PM EST 3a   
Deb28-May-04 03:48 PM EST 3a   
Liz30-May-04 03:44 PM EST 5b   
LindaM12-Jun-04 01:55 PM EST 3b   
Al15-Jul-04 04:14 PM EST 4   
dian12-Aug-04 12:17 PM EST 3b   
Wendy17-Sep-04 08:34 PM EST 7b   
Wendy Power26-Oct-04 08:49 PM EST 7   
asha13-May-05 07:01 AM EST 6   
Doris18-May-05 10:56 PM EST 2b   
maganjay09-Jun-05 03:44 PM EST 4   
12-Jun-05 08:54 AM EST   


Subject: Hints & Tips
From: Janice
Zone: 8
Date: 16-Jun-03 08:09 PM EST

I have never done this before. I planted my tomato plant very late one night in hoping this would help them out with shock. I went and check them out the next morning and they were just find. No sagging leaves at all. Not like you normally get if you plant them very early in the morning.

I hope this helps somebody else out. So enjoy your tomatoes this summer I know I will.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From:
Zone: 8b
Date: 17-Jun-03 01:14 PM EST

I was told that there is a type of bird that I can get and put in my garden to cut down on the insect activity. Do you know what type of bird I am talking about? I thought that someone told me it was a quail, but I have ask a few people, and they all say that the quail also eat their crop..

I really need some help and information on this subject, if you don't mind, could you please send me some information on this, PLEASE???? I'm begging for help!!!

You can send a response to: LotsOLove98@aol.com

I really would appreciate it.... Thanks!!!


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Olivia Morris
Zone: 6
Date: 20-Jun-03 09:55 PM EST

The only birds that I have heard are good for the garden are the Purple Martins. They eat lots of bugs and are really interesting to watch. They like to nest in crowds, they have special Martin Houses that are built like condos. Good Luck!


Subject: Buddelia in Zone 3(a?)
From: GailE.
Zone:
Date: 21-Jun-03 08:44 PM EST

I am wondering how big a Buddelia (or Butterfly Bush) will get to be in this area (Edmonton) both in terms of Height and width. It would likely be planted against the house, on an east facing wall. I also wondered if some colours are more fragrant than others. And what are my chances if I try to grow it from seed.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Rachael (rachael@forensicdynamics.com)
Zone: 4b
Date: 27-Jun-03 09:47 PM EST

Does anyone know the proper way to collect seeds from lupines? I would like to try propagating some this summer, but I don't know when to harvest them, or how to dry them.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Olivia Morris
Zone: 6
Date: 28-Jun-03 10:32 PM EST

I usually let only one set of seeds develop on my lupins. The rest I cut back so that a secondary flowering will take place. I let the seeds ripen on the one stalk and when they start to turn brown I remove them. The pods that the seeds are in are almost like peas. When they pop open the seeds can be placed in a fairly large pot and sunk into the garden at the same level as the rest of the soil. This is so that you will know where those seeds were planted the year before. Sometimes it take a year or two for them to become large enough to flower, but I don't have any problem propogating them this way. In your zone you may have to mulch the area where the seeds have been sown. Good Luck


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Ann (annmiani@comcast.net)
Zone: 9a
Date: 13-Jul-03 03:53 PM EST

Some varieties of Buddelia will grow to heights of 10 feet or more. The wonderful thing is that you can tame them to be as tall or short as you wish just by hacking them back. This produces stronger stems. Hope this helps. I have several varieties and enjoy the many colors and grow rates.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips, Lupine seeds
From: Brent
Zone:
Date: 15-Jul-03 11:13 AM EST

I often will miss seed drop on my plants. If you're like me, just put a piece of netting (like for sheer curtains: you can get a little piece at any fabric store) over the seed stem, gently tying it with a twist tie around the bottom. The seeds will stay inside till you open it.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: jc
Zone: 2b
Date: 19-Jul-03 12:12 AM EST

could anyone give me growing info for a Polar Bear willow? Mine is doing nothing after years, but it's not dead either, just looks like a stick with a few silvery leaves on it.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Joelle
Zone: 3b
Date: 19-Jul-03 01:41 AM EST

To answer the question about the birds I just have to tell you about my neighbor. Of course it is illegal to have farm animals in the city but they have 3 white chickens that are quite exotic looking I don't know the breed but they don't have feathers they have what looks like "boas" They are very fluffy, and there is not a slug, grasshopper or cutworm in their very well fenced yard. PS. they lend them out! Joelle


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips - Tomatos
From: Sarah (moldaver@telusplanet.net)
Zone: 3
Date: 04-Aug-03 08:59 AM EST

I can't remember where I got this tip, but it could work for any tender transplant that needs lots of water and not to dry out (not just tomatoes). I heard you take a clean disposable diaper, you know the kind that tkaes a zillion years to biodegrade and holds 6 hrs worth of pee, cut off all the extra pieces leaving just the soaker pad, soak it in water so it balloons and plant it loosely around the transplant's root system. Just remember to take it out with the dead plant at end of season.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Catrina Hess
Zone: 5
Date: 09-Aug-03 03:48 PM EST

Hi, I new , I have a pond in my front yard and have just discovered that I have a catalpa tree growing right next to it don't know how it got there. It is about 4or5 feet tall I want the tree but not THERE. Can I move It and how do I do this? thanks


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Nancy
Zone:
Date: 25-Aug-03 02:42 PM EST

I had some lily of the valley transplanted into my garden late last spring. This past spring the leaves came up but I had no bloom. These are planted facing west and under some steps. Is it maybe too shady or cool. Thanks


Subject: RE: Perennials that don't bloom
From: Lorna Luke
Zone: 6
Date: 15-Sep-03 07:25 PM EST

MY monkshood and delphiniums didn't bloom this year as they did other years and I can't figure out why. The leaves appear healthy and are not infected. Tiny buds formed but never got large or opened. They got plenty of water and sun. Can anyone help with ideas?


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Sara
Zone: 3
Date: 21-Sep-03 08:00 PM EST

I would like anyones help telling me how to get rid of mushrooms. I have a lot of dark woody ones in my gras and some in my garden this year and it has not been a particularly wet year. Is there any way to get rid of them? Please help me. thanx.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Sara
Zone: 3
Date: 21-Sep-03 08:05 PM EST

This is a little late, but I transplanted some lily of the valley a few years ago and they took about three years to bloom, they looked real healthy, just didn't bloom so have patience.


Subject: Wisteria Help!
From: Robin
Zone: 7b
Date: 19-Oct-03 12:14 PM EST

Hi

We're moving house and our soon-to-be-old house has the most magnificent, flourishing, white wisteria. Its October now and we're moving beginning of November so its not an appropriate time to take a tip cutting. The plant is *way* too big to move. Anybody, anybody, please have ideas on propagating or dividing this lovely plant so some may move with us?

Thank you.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Mary
Zone: 6b
Date: 19-Oct-03 01:21 PM EST

I live a hot dry area with alkaline soil. does anyone have any tips on how I can keep my new plants and trees going through the hot summer mos. Thanks


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Gabrielle (DUVAL.26@rogers.com)
Zone: 5b
Date: 17-Jan-04 12:58 PM EST

To Edmonton,

Your butterfly bush will not grow to the heights described by zone 9. I have several here in 5b; every spring we cut them way, way back. With good luck (they bud late) they will rise up to around 7 ft tall, but if you have a late ice storm, growth can be compromised or the plant can even be killed. Even without such weather, previously "thriving specimens" can just seem to give up. Could be marginality - check out info for your zone.

Gabrielle.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Wendy P
Zone: 7
Date: 22-Feb-04 12:35 PM EST

I've noticed that, some years, things just don't grow like they should. My aconitum had very small blooms and was 2/3 the size as previous. No pests, dogs; proper nutrients, etc.-just this season. If the delphs are new it usually takes a season or two before they come into their own. Both should be planted in part-shade. They don't like drought so water deeply once or twice a week [not every day].


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Wendy P
Zone: 7
Date: 22-Feb-04 12:50 PM EST

For ALL plants and trees, the soil is the thing. Especially for trees prep is key. Before planting large specimens, work a quantity of 'nuggety' bark mulch into your soil. This improves friability and moisture retention. Bone meal in the bottom of the planting hole is also worth the effort - gets roots off to a good start. After planting, mulch your plants well with compost or what's available in your area. Don't use the fore-mentioned bark. On the surface, it breaks down and robs the soil of nitrogen [which it later returns]. NO lava rock either - it heats up tender surface roots [think BBQ]. During dry season water everything deeply once or twice a week. An irrigation system makes your job easier. Even a soaker hose works. To have even fewer problems, follow the "Right Plant, Right Place" mantra. A little research goes a long way - but don't forget to experiment.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Dorothy (queeenbee99@yahoo.com)
Zone: 5b
Date: 11-Mar-04 12:48 PM EST

This is for LotsOLove I have guinea fowl and they eat all day, and unlike chickens don't dig, but hunt hunt hunt, in summer you really don't have to feed much,and so they just fend for themselves, they are cute critters to.


Subject: potato sprouts
From: dee
Zone: 5
Date: 16-Mar-04 08:59 AM EST

Am I able to plant potato eyes and have them grow and then transfer to gardeb later how long does it take for the actual potato to grow in the soil??


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Wendy P
Zone: 7
Date: 24-Mar-04 11:12 AM EST

Dee - About your potatoes. Choose your best tubers and keep them cool and dark. Early in Spring, prepare your planting bed [not where tomatoes were last year and no lime] Dig a fairly deep trench. After the danger of hard frost is passed, plant out your tubers - eyes up [pre-planting in pots won't be advantageous] Cover with some of the soil from the sides of your trench. Reserve the remaining soil as is. Use it to "hill up" your plants as they grow. I've heard of some gardeners who keep stacking old tires on top of each other with straw for the potatoes to grow in.

In Great Britain, there are fierce competitions to see who can get fresh potatoes to Market first. They store their seed stock on stacked shelves one potato deep. They are kept dark and cool and their sprouts are babied.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: W.M.Coish@nf.Sympatico.ca (W.M.Coish@nf.sympatico.ca)
Zone: 4
Date: 04-Apr-04 09:41 AM EST

Last year I planted broccoli and cauliflower in my hot house and garden. The plants grew profusely but bore little fruit. I wonder can anyone help me with my problem. thank you wes


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Catherine
Zone: 3b
Date: 15-Apr-04 04:42 AM EST

My friend has offered (actually begged)me to take her rhubarb patch. Is now a good time to be transplanting it and what kind of root system do they have? I know it must be strong because she was sure she disposed of the plant a couple of years ago and it was going strong last year. Is there anything special I should do to prepare the ground or the plant for this move?


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: dian
Zone: 3b
Date: 15-Apr-04 11:56 AM EST

Two years ago I planted two Nanking cherries in the back border of my South facing garden. They have barely grown more than a foot more than when I bought them is this normal or is there a special fertilizer i should be using?


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: edith
Zone: 5
Date: 22-Apr-04 04:08 PM EST

Can I move cedar trees that are 8-10 feet, any tips on making it easier.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: susan
Zone: 4a
Date: 25-Apr-04 01:48 PM EST

Does anyone have any idea how I can keep rabbits from eating all my strawberries? I tryed tying the dog up closer to the patch, but the rabbits realized that he couldn't reach them in the patch so now they don't care about him. Last year i think they left me about 2 strawberries. The thing that makes me made the most is that they don't even eat the whole strawberry they just take a bite from all of them. Anybody got any ideas?


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips - rabbits/strawb
From: sarah m (moldaver@telusplanet.net)
Zone: 3a
Date: 06-May-04 08:27 AM EST

Maybe try planting a decoy crop with lettuce and even a few strawberries for the bunnies on the most pleasant side of the real strawberry patch (away from dog) and put a small fence around the real one. Hopefully they'll stay with the easy-to-graze decoy garden instead of your real one. Or plant whatever hares really like to eat. At my house the urban jackrabbits tend to eat my weeds and favour clover and canola (the dirt I ordered last year came laced with canola seeds).


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From:
Zone: 8
Date: 08-May-04 08:10 AM EST

Re Rabbits aka Hares Buy one of those super duper magic wands from your local bewitchery store, dress in silky purple clothing and wave the wand over the rabbits... singing in a LOUD but haunting voice: "Hare today, GONE tomorrow! Hare today, Gone tomorrow! Hare today, Gone tomorrow!!!!" and if the rabbits don't disappear - you will likely be placed in a new home far away from ANY rabbits. Good luck!


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Sabrina
Zone: 8
Date: 08-May-04 08:30 AM EST

Re Rabbits aka Hares Buy one of those super duper magic wands from your local bewitchery store, dress in silky purple clothing and wave the wand over the rabbits... singing in a LOUD but haunting voice: "Hare today, GONE tomorrow! Hare today, Gone tomorrow! Hare today, Gone tomorrow!!!!" and if the rabbits don't disappear - you will likely be placed in a new home far away from ANY rabbits. Good luck!


Subject: RE: partial sun
From: Chris
Zone:
Date: 23-May-04 08:50 AM EST

I've just had some trees cut down and acquired new garden space with LOTS of strong sun and heat (central NJ) for 2-3 hrs. Too hot for any real shade plants, but too little sun for many plants. So far some of the "prairie"plants work and some greyish herbs (salvias), but I'm at a loss for other things, esp. plants that have some height.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Deb
Zone: 3a
Date: 23-May-04 09:15 PM EST

Does anyone out there have any suggestions for wildlife friendly mosquito control in sloughs/ponds? Many frogs, water beetles, ducks, geese, deer, etc use the sloughs so I don't want to harm them. Thanks.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Glen
Zone: 7
Date: 24-May-04 12:14 AM EST

Deb--I'm pretty sure there's a bacterial treatment, related to the Bk stuff they use for caterpillers, but specially selected to kill mosquito larvae.

I've seen it at home depot, try at any garden centre/hardware type place. Definitely don't want to be spraying potent insecticides that will wipe out a lot of the other stuff in your ponds.

Glen


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Deb
Zone: 3a
Date: 25-May-04 12:08 PM EST

Thanks Glen, I will try home depot...I would have gone looking for specialty stores and the likes rather than good old home depot!


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: dian
Zone: 3b
Date: 25-May-04 02:42 PM EST

I have tired several times to grow potatoes using the eyes of those I have bought from the store. I have had some success but I found I had a better harvest if I used seed potatoes I bought from local nurseries. I want to try the new blue ones said to be more nutritious than the usual ones


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Elsie(elsiem@ramindustries.com)
Zone: 2b
Date: 26-May-04 04:32 AM EST

I know that you people have recipes for killing dandelions without using pesticides. Is there anyone that would share that with me. "Many thanks"


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Deb
Zone: 3a
Date: 28-May-04 12:31 AM EST

Elsie, someone once suggested that I try vinegar on dandilions growing between patio blocks...I am unsure however, what effect it will have on plant life growing around the dandilion. Perhaps try a test spot. It worked for me between the blocks. Good luck!


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Elsie
Zone: 2b
Date: 28-May-04 10:26 AM EST

Thanks Deb... I recently come across the following recipe for weeds and that is 1 litre of vinegar, 1/4 cup table salt, 2 Tbls. detergent. Spray the weeds on a warm day. Interesting that your vinegar alone worked. I will have to try it. Much appreciated.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Deb
Zone: 3a
Date: 28-May-04 03:45 PM EST

Elsie, I was told not to spray it on the dandilions between the blocks but douse the soil between the blocks... sorry, I should have mentioned that. I went through a lot of gallons of vinegar though....


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Deb
Zone: 3a
Date: 28-May-04 03:48 PM EST

I live just outside of Edmonton (moved here from SK in Feb), zone 3a, does anyone know when the last frost is and when the second last frost is? I have one packet of seed that says to plant them just before the last frost...must need one frost to get them going. Thanks.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Liz (ders@cogeco.ca)
Zone: 5b
Date: 30-May-04 03:44 PM EST

This is for Dian re: using store bought potato 'eyes'. They have been treated so that they will not sprout. You have to use seed potatoes.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: LindaM
Zone: 3b
Date: 12-Jun-04 01:55 PM EST

Yep! seed potatoes are the way to go. We use them all the time and get good yields from them.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Al
Zone: 4
Date: 15-Jul-04 04:14 PM EST

Any suggestions as to what to feed Icelandic Poppies to produce strong stems? reply to meitz_al@bah.com


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: dian
Zone: 3b
Date: 12-Aug-04 12:17 PM EST

does anyine know where I can buy mushroom kits for home use here in Canada


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Wendy
Zone: 7b
Date: 17-Sep-04 08:34 PM EST

I have a garden bed in front of a cedar hedge (8 - 10 ft.high). The cedars are sucking all the water out of the bed. Is there any way I can move the perennials forward and create a barrier or something between them and the hedge?


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Wendy Power
Zone: 7
Date: 26-Oct-04 08:49 PM EST

Wendy - regarding your perennials and the cedar hedge...

Moving your perennials forward in the bed is a good idea. Before you replant them, ammend your soil - add well rotted compost and bark chips into the bed. Work everything in well - you won't have to do it again [the joy of perennial gardening]. Now's a great time to do it too. Most perennials do well being moved when they're dormant -or just about to be. Make sure the rootballs are planted properly and water everything in well - to reduce air pockets which would be damaging.

It's not practical to try to install some kind of barrier between the hedge and your perennials. Best thing would be to make sure you've picked plants suited to their enviornment - more drought and probably shade tolerant. Mulch the whole bed [hedge too] and ensure the proper watering. You may want to consider an irrigation system of some kind. Could be as simple as a sprinkler or a soaker hose to a more involved professional installation.

Best of luck and if you have any other questions please don't hesitate to contact me directly - we "Wendys" have to stick together!


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: asha
Zone: 6
Date: 13-May-05 07:01 AM EST

We baught the house with a wisteria on front wall of the house. Since last 24 years the vine has never bloomed. I almost cut it down to the roots many time in the hope of stirring it up. I grows back with vigorous leaf growth but never blooms.

Can something be done to get it bloomed.

In frustration I bought another wisteria vine. It is the 3rd year, and it has not bloomed. Is there anyway to find out if it will ever bloom. Thanks


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: Doris
Zone: 2b
Date: 18-May-05 10:56 PM EST

Elsie May 04 Your recipe of, salt ,vinegar and detergent for killing weeds. Does it kill the grass around it. If isprayed to kill grass and weed around an older tree would it work as a sterilant but not kill tree??


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: maganjay
Zone: 4
Date: 09-Jun-05 03:44 PM EST

There could be few reasons for wisteria not blooming.

Someone suggested that you should never prune it down to the ground.

However, the best way to get number of answers to your question is to search in GOOGLE. Just type in "wisteria not blooming" and it will come back with hundreds of answers. Good luck.


Subject: RE: Hints & Tips
From: (bgeirwin@hotmail.com)
Zone:
Date: 12-Jun-05 08:54 AM EST


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