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Back in the garden,great source for information

Posted Thursday, June 24, 2010, at 5:33 PM

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Wildflowers next to main garden
In our meetings we are always talking about success, failures (not that WE have any) insects, diseases, solutions etc. Jere wrote to me to remind me that Gardener's Supply is a great source for learning and supplies.

I met the founder Will Raap many years ago, at least 10 but probably more while I was traveling in Vermont. I have to admit it felt like a trip to hallowed ground for a gardener.

Jere is right about the website as a resource. Here is a link she sent me to find out more about pest and disease along with solutions that are easy on the environment.

http://www.gardeners.com/on/demandware.s...


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those flowers are so awesome looking. Wow.. is that chickory and daisies??

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 4:45 PM

Thanks. The blues are actually carnations. I may have to rework the garden next year because our native grasses (nice way of saying weeds) are just about taking over again.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 7:07 PM

I wish I had a chickory patch that healthy. In fact, I may look for some. That's a great idea. Thanks.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 7:08 PM

Hey espoontoon I tried to find out more about "Queen of the Night" and came up with a cactus (which I don't think is what you were describing)and this http://www.flowerpictures.net/flower_dat...

Could this be the one?

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 7:15 PM

I was about to answer some questions from our meeting about webs on plum trees and grape issues when I realized that this member does not have a computer. All the rest of us might not have a clue what I was rambling on about so.... until the meeting next FRIDAY, July 2nd.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 7:22 PM

Steve, There is more than one 'Queen of the Night', but I wasn't about to give Jere a 'Lady of the Night' plant, haha...

http://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/cest...

It's a cestrum nocturnum..

a little like my large Jasmine Tobacco (which I have extra to give away if anyone wants some) except a LOT more fragrant...

-- Posted by espoontoon on Sat, Jun 26, 2010, at 4:49 AM

Thanks. For some reason I was not finding that one.

Hmmmm, Lady of the Night plant. Is it legal? Nah, better forget it. Deb would not appreciate me having one of those either.;-)

I would be up for the Jasmine Tobacco though.

My new Stevia plant went through extreme re-potting last night so I should determine how tough it is. You might guess what happened.

I watered my garden for the first time this year. Storms all around us but not a drop on our hills. The goldfish were getting their crutches out, so I thought the plants that were not direct seeded might use some help.

I have finally determined that the volunteer squash plant that is taking over the bottom garden is a butternut. I am happy with that so now we will see how well it actually produces. I have to keep rescuing a tomato plant that is near it, but other than that it can run wild.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jun 26, 2010, at 10:46 AM

Whoa, this is going to be a squash year! The volunteer has actually produced its' first edible butternut and many others are forming. The jungle of intertwined vines will make it an "Easter Egg Hunt" every time I go looking.

I have some Red Eye Winter squash forming that look like yellow pool balls (I never got any of your pool ball squash espoontoon, so it is not them)) I took some pictures and will post them in upcoming posts. The butternuts are coming on strong as well as the Asian varieties.

I thought sure they would be a target for Squash bugs and Borers but so far everyone is healthy.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 27, 2010, at 1:17 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.