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Comment on How to make your own Rooting Growth Hormone by Denise

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:11:49 +0000

I use the willow as fresh as possible so it strength is strongest. Glass will not leash in any chemicals. Some plastics will influence whats stored in them

Comment on Caring for the Shamrock Plant by Denise

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:09:39 +0000

Yes, you can cut it back. It may need more light than it is getting too. It often helps to repot a plant an give it "A breath of fresh air. Upsize the pot by 1/4of an inch. I also place fresh soil on the top. If there are any broken or weak roots, prune those off.

Comment on Theme Gardening – Mound gardening technique by Denise

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:07:09 +0000

This works very well. The one method is called hugelculture. In my climate it works well. I have used straw before for gardens and been very happy with the results

Comment on Caring for the Shamrock Plant by Genny Muntean

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:21:14 +0000

My purple oxalis is from a year ago and is t Really leggy. I need to repot it but want it denser and shorter. Should I just cut it back and repot the corms? Thanks.

Comment on Theme Gardening – Mound gardening technique by John Winstanley

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:45:06 +0000

I just came across this method recently on a visit to a gardening project in France. I am a keen hobby gardener, I've heard of permaculture but never this method. Apparently this system has been in use in parts of Europe for centuries. The system I saw used tree logs as a base which rotted over time and added nutrients, then soil, straw mulch and top soil. Also saw a system of using wheat straw bales to plant into...interesting. Wet the bales for three days, cover for ten days, they get hot. Un cover,make holes in the bales add soil/compost and plant your stuff direct into the bales.

Comment on How to make your own Rooting Growth Hormone by Mario

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 14:31:54 +0000

Hello Denise, I am making a batch of willow root growth hormone right now. I have read That it should be stored in glass containers. Is there a reason it should not be stored in plastic containers?

Comment on Caring for the Shamrock Plant by Kim Willis

Tue, 17 Apr 2012 23:13:03 +0000

Right after St. Patrick's Day I received a Shamrock from someone who bought it at the store. It is in a pot that has a plastic shroud which comes up around the plant. It isn't thriving. Should I remove this shroud?

Comment on Raised Bed Garden – Straw Bale Gardening by James Barrett

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 13:00:49 +0000

This is my second year for straw bale gardening. Last year we prepared our garden as follows: Someone sabotaged any future conventional gardening in my back yard by planting Bermuda grass ( Word insisted upon the capitalization, not I). So now I have to resort to drastic black plastic. Black plastic, about 30 inches wide and as long as 5 straw bales, was laid down over the grass. Next, to hold the plastic in place, we placed 12-inch x 12-inch x 2-inch concrete blocks on the edge of the plastic sheet, around the entire perimeter. Next, we set the bales on edge, on the plastic. Now there are five pairs of bales, end-to-end, touching each other as closely as possible. After the bales were in place, we kept them moist for about two weeks prior to the first planting. This year, we wanted to plant some early onion sets, but wanted to reserve space for the peppers, tomatoes, and squash. In order to check if the black plastic from last year was still in good condition, we removed the old straw and put it into some wire enclosures out of the way. Now it came in handy: We took the old straw and stuffed it into the length-wise crack between the bales. That gave us a planting surface about 15 feet long (the length of 5 bales lying end-to-end). The idea was to keep the soil we added from falling through. We placed the onion sets on the soil just added and then covered them with two or three inches of good soil.

Comment on Growing Primroses Indoors as Houseplants by Denise

Sun, 08 Jan 2012 00:27:21 +0000

I think strawberries might do better with a vertical wire. It would get more sun on the strawberries - but I might be wrong too. Love vertical growing. Easier on the back and less insect problems.

Comment on Growing Primroses Indoors as Houseplants by The Big Kahuna

Sat, 07 Jan 2012 19:16:02 +0000

Hey Denise. Just finished watching a video on horizontal gardening with pallets. Going to try it with strawberries this spring. I just love your site. AND YOU. Keep up the good work.