Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Spring Garden Tips

Josh Gray

Gardeners, it's time to put your gardening skills to the test. If
temperatures are cooperating, the merry months of May and June
will be your busiest until September, with planning, planting,
and patio projects to lead the way into summer. Don't be fooled
by a late frost; find out the mean freeze date in your area, and
be sure soil is warm and workable -- not too wet, not too dry --
before putting tender plants in the ground.

By the time your garden is prime for planting, you should already
have a plan of attack in place. Are you going to be planting
bulbs, annual, more perennials, or a vegetable and herb garden.
Maybe even all of the above if you are blessed with a big yard.
Once you have a plan, its time to acquire your new plants. The
quickest and easiest way is to buy your plants online. Everything
you need from seeds, bulbs, and tools can be found through online
merchants, and many sites even offer online coupons for increased
savings. Small starters usually cannot be shipped directly to
you, but can be sent to a store close to home for pick-up at your

If you are going to be putting in sensitive vegetables like
cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, and melons, you may wish to wait a
few weeks after the last thaw to ensure they don't get damaged by
an extra cold night. If you want to plant early, consider sowing
heartier vegetables like potatoes, peas, beans, carrots, and
lettuce. Not sure about when to plant, then ask an expert at your
local gardening center.

For all the beautiful colors of spring, consider planting both
annual and perennial flowers. Although your perennials will still
be around from last year, you may want to add a few of your
favorites to replace flowers lower on your list. Annuals are an
important part to every garden. They bring some of the richest,
most vibrant colors to your garden. Plant your annuals from
starters if you want an early spring bloom. Make sure that you
plant annuals in areas of your yard that get at least five hours
of direct sunlight per day. Don't be cheap on the plant food and
watering, and you will ensure your flowers get the right
ingredients for full, healthy blossoms.

Once the initial preparing and planting are finished, you can sit
back and relax, letting your sprinklers do the rest of the work.
If you work hard early on, your hardest task in summer will be
choosing which flowers to make cuttings of and create bouquets
for the kitchen and dining room. Enjoy the fruits of your labor…
until next spring.

Copyright © 2005 Josh Gray
Josh Gray, President of UC San Diego's Gardens Club, is a
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How To Plant Potted Roses

Angie Noack
It wasn't too long ago that no serious rosarian would even
consider having a potted rose on their property except for,
maybe, last minute emergencies where they had run out of space
but couldn't resist buying just one more plant.

Times have changed and potted roses have a place in the lives
of condo and apartment dwellers, city slickers who live in
areas where there isn't a tree in sight, and anyone who has a
spot on their lawn or garden in need of the beauty that only a
rose can deliver.

Not all roses are good candidates for growing in pots. The
following varieties have been found to do best. Feel free to
try any variety that you want, even climbers, and see how they
make out.

All that Jazz


Blush Noisette


Cecile Brunner

Clotilde Soupert

Green Rose

Gruss an Aachen

Hannah Gordon


Katharina Zeimet

Mrs. Oakley Fisher


Perfume Delight

Precious Platinum

Sea Foam

Sexy Rexy

Souvenir de la Malmaison

Stanwell Perpetual

The Fairy


Whiskey Mac

Planting potted roses is a relatively easy task as long as you
do your planting in the Spring after any chance of a frost is
long past. If you live in climate zone 6, or warmer, then hold
off planting until autumn when the ravages of July and August
are far behind.

When you're ready to plant, choose an appropriate sized
container with drainage holes. Make sure that the container has
enough room for your plant to grow without having to transplant

Fill the container with garden soil that has some compost or
organic fertilizer mixed in.

Dig a hole that's a bit bigger than the root ball, knock the
rose loose from its shipping container, and plant it.

Dig a shallow trench or moat around the base of the plant to
hold water, and water well.

Potted roses are susceptible to the same diseases as garden
roses are, and they require feeding, pruning and all of the
other rose care basics. Potted roses aren't less work or
responsibility for you, they are simply more space-saving than
a regular rose garden is. Don't treat your roses as if they
were ordinary potted plants or you will lose them.

People are constantly asking if they can grow potted plants
indoors. The answer is: "maybe, but it's a risky proposition".
That's because roses need high humidity and a lot of direct
sunlight. High humidity conditions do not usually exist inside
of most airconditioned homes these days. However, if you live
in a hot, steamy area, and you don't have air conditioning,
then you can probably get away with it as long as you pick a
sunny spot.

Of all the rose varieties that are likely to survive indoors,
miniature roses are your best bet. Miniature roses are actual
roses which have been bred to grow into small and compact
plants with equally small flowers. They do very well in pots
and are quite beautiful.
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Add Beauty To Your Home With Climbing Roses

Angie Noack
Colorful climbing roses can add a dramatic effect to your home.
They're nice because you can wind them around a trellis, a
column, or even let them climb up the side of your home. It's
interesting to note, however, that many seasoned gardeners fear
climbing roses. This is likely because of the belief that
climbing roses can get damaged by cold weather and also because
they can take years to reach full maturity. Despite these facts,
there is a wide selection of climbing roses that can sustain
harsh weather.

The best time to plant any type of climbing rose is early
spring. Follow this advice and your roses will have about six
or seven months to become established before the cold sets in.
Before choosing climbing roses for your home, you should first
get acquainted with the three distinct categories of climbing
roses: ramblers, trailing roses, and true climbers.

The most intrusive climbing roses are the ramblers. These
exuberant roses can grow up to twenty feet in one season.
Although most of the roses from ramblers are quite small, many
of the newer varieties produce large roses. Unfortunately,
ramblers have a tendency to be susceptible to mildew.

If you're looking for a climbing rose that is tougher and less
prone to mildew and disease, your home might need the touch of
trailing roses. These climbers look great planted along walls.
It's suggested that you stake them because otherwise, the long
canes will grow along the ground instead of upright. Trailing
roses typically bloom approximately two to three inches in
diameter. Two of the more popular trailing roses are the
cultivars and Rosa Wichurana.

If you enjoy climbing roses with large flowers, true climbers
may be what you're looking for. These types of roses produce
flowers in large clusters. There are two categories of true
climbers: bush climbers, and climbing hybrid teas. Bush
climbers will continue to bloom throughout the season, while
climbing hybrid teas may only last for a few weeks out of the
season. The bush climber has more resistance to mildew and
disease than the climbing hybrid teas.

Planting your roses is an easy task. The first thing you'll
need to do is choose an area to dig a hole. Your hole should be
approximately one foot from your trellis or arch. Once you've
dug a hole, you'll also need organic matter. Well-rotted manure
or compost should be added to the soil. Next, carefully remove
the rose from its container. If you come across tangled outer
roots, gently untangle them with your fingers. Place your plant
in the hole and fill it in with any extra soil. Water it
thoroughly once you've planted it.

You should water your climbing roses at least once a week. The
soil should be saturated. Once your rose's canes have grown
long enough to reach the trellis or arch, tie the canes to the
structure. Unlike a vine, which is equipped with tendrils,
climbing roses have to be attached to a structure. You can tie
them with a soft cloth or string. The idea is to give the canes
enough room for growth and expansion. Be sure not to tie them
too tightly.

Choose the right roses for your home and watch them climb for
years to come!