Squash Issues – Yellowing Leaves on Some Plants

In one of my raised beds, I have some squash plants - both summer yellow and zucchini - that are turning yellow.   In the neighboring bed some of the late planted squash appears to be stunted.  This is affecting the older leaves first.  The edges turn yellow and the leaf surface is splotched with yellow areas.  (This year I am growing some of my summer squash - both yellow and zucchini - in tomato cages to see if I can get a better control over the plants that would otherwise sprawl all over.) The Read more [...]

Propagating Rosemary

I like my large 2 1/2' to 3' rosemary plants in large clay pots on the patio.  I purchased my last few rosemary plants from the produce section of a grocery store at $2.99 or so each.  This is too expensive to keep doing, so I decided to try to grow my own rosemary plants from cuttings because I realized this is how nursery rosemary plats are grown - from cuttings not from seeds.   I do have a packet of rosemary seeds and intend to sprout them at some point in the future. I took several 3-4" Read more [...]

Burgess Seed & Plant Co Disappoints Me, Continued

In a previous post I have described how terrible my experience with Burgess Seed & Plant Co has been. As I noted, I told them on the phone to NOT send the replacement plants in the Fall because I didn't want left over junk that sat in the greenhouse all summer AND the plants would not survive out long summer.  That is exactly what happened, they send the replacement plants in the Fall.  The plants were already dormant and re-bloomed in the Fall only to die when the cold weather got here. This Read more [...]

I Always Thought Strawberries Were Hard To Grow, I Was Wrong

Last year I bought a dozen Ozark ever-bearing strawberry plants from Gurneys.  They put out babies and I now have strawberries all over, even growing in the dirt around the door to my greenhouse where I had some of these pots sitting when trying to find a place for them. My original plants didn't produce well the first year, but this second year they are turning out the berries.  Strawberry plants should live for about 5 to 6 years, but start to decline after about 3 years.  My plants are ever Read more [...]

Goji Berry Is Very Easy To Root

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 [...]

I’m Still Extremely Upset With Burgess Seed & Plant Co.

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 [...]

e Burgess.com Replacement Shipment

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 [...]

This Season’s Tomato & Pepper Seedlings

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 [...]

Trying To Determine Soil pH On The Cheap

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 [...]

White Flies – Minuscule Bug, Massive Damage

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 [...]