groundhog on June 28th, 2011

By G. Bosley  a.k.a.  “groundhog”
In 25 years of landscaping and gardening I have never had to deal with planting near a Black Walnut tree, but today I was asked the question.
Most plants of the Walnut family produce a chemical called “juglone” which occurs naturally in all parts of the plant, but can be especially high […]

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groundhog on June 23rd, 2011

By G. Bosley  a.k.a.  “groundhog”
Everyone with a Clematis growing and blooming in their garden charish the blooms.  Many have tried growing Clematis and have been unsuccessful.  This is not a difficult plant to grow, but it is very particular to where it calls home.
If you have heavy clay soil they won’t grow, unless you improve the […]

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groundhog on June 23rd, 2011

By G. Bosley  a.k.a.  “groundhog”
Do you have fall blooming garden mums growing in your garden?  These plants can often become tall and floppy by the time they bloom, to prevent this give your mums a pinch.
When the stems are 6″ to 8″ tall pinch them back to about 4″.  Pinching back means cutting off the […]

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groundhog on June 23rd, 2011

By G. Bosley  a.k.a.
Spittlebug Froth
Do your plants have white frothy clusters in the joins of stems or leaves that resembles spit?  Oh the Spittlebug or also called Froghoppers are more of a nuisance than they are damaging to most of  your garden plants.
The female lays her eggs in the fall in cracks or crevices of the […]

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groundhog on June 16th, 2011

By G. Bosley a.k.a “groundhog”
Sow 4 lbs. of seed to the acre and yield 4 to 5 tons of fresh roots per acre in the second year.  What a remarkable crop.
This plant is harvested in large quantities to supply fresh spring greens to many ethnic grocery stores and supermarkets.  The United States imports over 100,000 lbs. […]

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groundhog on June 10th, 2011

By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhog”
Today the garden in my backyard exploded with colour.
I find the weather this year has slowed a lot of plants down.  We have had a lot of cool and damp weather here in Zone 5 along the shores of Southern Georgian Bay.  The plants that prefer cooler temperatures are growing well…hosta, iris, ferns.  Those […]

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groundhog on June 10th, 2011

By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhog”
You have been to the local nursery or garden centre and found a few nice plants for your garden.  Now it’s in your hands to give these plants a nutured life.
With the soil properly prepared you dig the planting hole at least 1 1/2 to 2 times the size of the […]

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groundhog on June 10th, 2011

By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhog”
Oh the Lily Beetle.  I have been picking the bright orange beetle off my Liliums for weeks.  Ever walk through the garden I look, pick and squish.  I have several different Liliums throughout my gardens, so not an easy task to regularly check them all.  I am sure I have removed […]

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groundhog on June 6th, 2011

By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhog”
After 25 years of gardening I finally found my favorite garden tool.  This hand fork by “Garant” is very strong and durable.  The forks are stainless steel and the handle provides a very comfortable grip.  I use this tool for loosening weeds, turning the soil and digging small planting holes.  I […]

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groundhog on June 6th, 2011

By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhog”
It has certainly been a couple of very busy weeks in the garden with the temperatures finally warming up.  The gardens have become lush with new growth.  I have been busy preparing my gardens for a garden tour on June 16th.
There are still a few plants in the gardens that are […]

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