I discovered this by accident. I have a 3 year old Goji Berry (also called Wolf Berry) that is ready to go into the ground this spring, if I can find the proper location.
It is a 3 foot tall, bushy plant with soft, thin branches that easily snap. I accidentally snapped off one while moving the plant and decided to put in a small container filled with perilite and a dash of vermiculite. I checked it a week later and to my surprise it had several short, translucent white roots growing Read more [...]
As spring marches in, I am seeing more of the poor, sorry plants that Burgess sent me.
This picture shows my 3 dead Colorado Blue Spruces, shriveled up brown dead lavender and the poplar trees that leafed out as soon as the replacement order reached me last fall, only to have the leaves soon die. I know for sure that the poplar trees, cherry trees and spruces are dead - the cherry & poplar trees currently have raised spots of rot at the base of the stem. The Lilly of the Valley have never Read more [...]
I am not very pleased with the plants that I purchased from Burgess (eburgess.com) last spring, 2015. The shipment was several months late. When the plants finally arrived, they were in poor condition and past prime spring planting time. Most of them died, so I took Burgess up on their replacement warranty. This is the replacement order they sent. The fir trees you see are Colorado Blue Spruce. The 3 Spruce in the original order were DOA on arrival, as was much of the shipment. These Read more [...]
The Tomato and Pepper seedlings are coming along very well.
I started the tomatoes and peppers in small seed starting plug trays - with between 72 and 128 cells in each flat. This works very well.
I put at least 2 seeds in each hole, sometimes more if I think the pepper seeds won't germinate well. I had almost full pepper germination! I have a hard time just pinching off the extra seedling, so I end up pulling the plug out, separating the roots and replanting them in recycled plastic plant holders. Read more [...]
I need to find out what my soil pH is. I have questions because of the poor results that I have experienced the past few years. I have a pH detector, the kind with a meter on top and one metal shaft to stick in the soil. It doesn't work - I get the same neutral result regardless of whether I stick it in soil, tap water or even dipping it in white vinegar! Obviously it is unreliable.
I have pH test strips, so I decided to try to use them. I dug up a tiny bit of dirt from several spots Read more [...]
This past season I was plagued by White Flies, a new problem for me, especially in the greenhouse.
The vicious end result of an explosion of white flies is the death of the plant. The tiny, barely visible pests secrete a sticky substance called honeydew. This honeydew causes fungus to grow on it and creates a black coating on the affected plant leaves. This plant is a baby osage orange tree. (The flies seem to especially like osage orange trees.) Before you know what is happening, the Read more [...]