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First dogwood, where to plant? (should I move this crabapple?)

posted by: coatfetish on 05.11.2013 at 11:28 am in Trees Forum

A warning - I'm going to post several pics to help describe my dilemma.
I've always wanted a pink dogwood, and today a nursery was handing out free ones to the 1st 100 people. I don't know what kind they are - I did overhear them telling someone these weren't Cherokee Princess like last year (which means nothing to me since I know nothing about dogwoods yet) Mine is about 3' tall and bare root, so I'd like to either plant it today or heel it in to tide it over. The ground is saturated due to two weeks worth of rains.

Anyhow, I live on a cramped mobile home lot. I have a mature crabapple, as well as a young one I've had for three years. They are 20' (from the trunks) from each other, in a line that's 12' from the home. The new one is planted 22" from the corner of my porch (I know that's really tight). I picked this young tree out specifically because it didn't have any branches on one side - so I would have less to prune to keep it clear of the porch. When it's taller I'll be able to walk under it fine while on the porch. I know how weird it sounds, but I have no other cover and the mobile home gets sickeningly hot in the summer. Since the 1st tree did so well to shade the kitchen area I planted the second one to shade the living room. They had to be so close to the house because my lot is narrow and I didn't want them to overhang onto the neighbors - and they won't. This winter will be the first year I prune the young tree - I waited 3 years on the advice of others. The young crabapple is very lush and healthy (as is the mature one).
My question is, does it look like I made a really bad decision putting it there? I am considering moving it to make room for the little pink dogwood I got today, but I don't know how sturdy/healthy/strong pink dogwoods are, and from my reading it sounds like the dogwood matures to the same size as the crabapple (they are Profusion, btw. I know people here don't like them but I didn't know any better). I'd hate to move a healthy shade providing tree to make room for one that might fail.

My other location option (for either the young crabapple or the dogwood) is a spot at the back of my yard. I worry about what effect shade will have on my viburnum, if any? I will give space measurements in my photo attachments.

I know this was wordy and may seem dumb to you, but I hope I will get some opinions/advice.
Thanks!

A pic of the two crabapples. Trunks are 20' apart. The mature one has been easy to prune to keep branches from touching the home/roof. I hoped to do the same with the little young crabapple...

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clipped on: 05.11.2013 at 11:48 am    last updated on: 05.11.2013 at 11:48 am

pruning saw question

posted by: coatfetish on 04.24.2013 at 11:24 am in Trees Forum

Ok, please excuse me if this is a dumb question, but I know nothing about trees and I'm trying to learn by reading this forum.
I took a large sucker off a crabapple with a bow saw. In the fall I will take off two bad branches also. My question is, is it ok to use a bow saw for these cuts or do I have to invest in a pruning saw? I have to recut the stump left from the sucker I took off last week because I didn't cut close enough to the soil line, and I want to be sure the tooth pattern on a bow saw isn't too large for this kind of job and is damaging the tree by making a coarser cut than a pruning saw (which I have never seen so I don't know the difference).

Like I said, I know it sounds dumb but I want to do right by the tree - however $$ is very tight and I don't want to waste it either. (these things come out of my grocery budget!)

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clipped on: 04.24.2013 at 11:24 am    last updated on: 04.24.2013 at 11:25 am

Please suggest an annual climber for an arbor...

posted by: coatfetish on 04.20.2013 at 08:13 pm in Vines Forum

I posted this in the Annual forum because I didn't see this vine forum - so I'm giving it a try here, too!

Hi ~
I'm starting to make a new veggie garden bed, and at one end will be a metal arbor/arch I bought last year but never set up. Sorry I don't know how tall it is, but I'm guessing 9 or 10 feet. It's 7 feet wide (not that that matters for the climber - lol) and has a front-to-back depth of about a foot. I don't want a perennial like clematis, I was hoping to find an annual that won't over power it and that I can remove each fall as part of my fall clean-up. I have wild honeysuckle in the back yard that wants to take over the world! So sweet smelling, but such a nuisance - so I don't want trumpet flower, honeysuckle, etc, hence the hunt for an annual.

What do you think of morning glory? I've never tried to grow it, and none of my friends have either so I've never actually seen one. Would one on each side get tall enough to reach the top of the arch?

Any thoughts and ideas would be welcomed!

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clipped on: 04.20.2013 at 08:13 pm    last updated on: 04.20.2013 at 08:13 pm

Please suggest an annual climber for an arbor...

posted by: coatfetish on 04.20.2013 at 07:48 pm in Annuals Forum

Hi ~

I'm starting to make a new veggie garden bed, and at one end will be a metal arbor/arch I bought last year but never set up. Sorry I don't know how tall it is, but I'm guessing 9 or 10 feet. It's 7 feet wide (not that that matters for the climber - lol) and has a front-to-back depth of about a foot. I don't want a perennial like clematis, I was hoping to find an annual that won't over power it and that I can remove each fall as part of my fall clean-up. I have wild honeysuckle in the back yard that wants to take over the world! So sweet smelling, but such a nuisance - so I don't want trumpet flower, honeysuckle, etc, hence the hunt for an annual.

What do you think of morning glory? I've never tried to grow it, and none of my friends have either so I've never actually seen one. Would one on each side get tall enough to reach the top of the arch?

Any thoughts and ideas would be welcomed!

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clipped on: 04.20.2013 at 07:48 pm    last updated on: 04.20.2013 at 07:48 pm

Stump of the World and San Marzano

posted by: coatfetish on 04.20.2013 at 06:16 pm in Growing Tomatoes Forum

I only have room to grow two varieties of tomatoes, so I've finally chosen Stump Of The World and San Marzano.

I picked both on a whim, never having had either before. Stump Of The World is spoken of very highly here in posts, so that's why I picked it. San Marzano because I'd like to try & make my own paste this year and the ebay seller had both of these tomatoes up for sale. Lazy shopping, I know.

I'll be starting the seed as soon as I get it, fortunately I have a long growing season here.

Any opinions or info I should know about these two?
Thanks!
~ Cindy ~

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clipped on: 04.20.2013 at 06:35 pm    last updated on: 04.20.2013 at 06:35 pm

How to add more than one photo per post?

posted by: coatfetish on 04.20.2013 at 06:34 pm in Photography Forum

I know this isn't the right place to post this, but I haven't been able to figure out where to ask my question.

I am unable to add more than one photo per post. If I try to add a second pic, it replaces the first. How do I add multiple photos in one post?
Thanks ~

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clipped on: 04.20.2013 at 06:35 pm    last updated on: 04.20.2013 at 06:35 pm

Another question about cutting off a crabapple sucker

posted by: coatfetish on 04.18.2013 at 10:13 pm in Trees Forum

Hi,

I posted a question about the sucker on my crabapple, and I got good advice which I followed. Now I'd like to ask a few more questions.

Because the sucker was so large I had to use a bow saw to remove it (I don't have a pruning saw). I cut the sucker off about 10" - 12" from ground level - should I go back and cut that even closer to the ground? Does it matter? (just awkward to get to, but I could do it I think) The sucker was of a regular apple - stock from below the graft I guess.

My next question is, do I need to coat the cut end with anything? I haven't yet. (just cut it late today).

Last question - the sucker was large. 4" in diameter and 18 feet tall. It had two rather large 9' branches of it's own and those branches had forked. I had to chop it up with a lopper to pull it out from within the tree! There are two or three more crabapple branches I'd ultimately like to remove. Should I wait until next year so I don't stress the tree anymore? The tree is about 15 yrs old and I think full grown? I can post pics of the tree and the branches I want to remove if that will help.

Many thanks for any replies and help!
~ Cindy ~

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clipped on: 04.18.2013 at 10:16 pm    last updated on: 04.18.2013 at 10:16 pm

need opinions on roof option (foam and vinyl/rubber skin)

posted by: coatfetish on 04.12.2013 at 04:35 pm in Manufactured Homes Forum

Hi ~

First some info on my mobile home. It's a Norris made in 1988, and the roof is metal, not shingle. It's 14' x 76' in size.

I hope someone can help me gain info on a roof option I'm considering. I wish I could be more helpful by telling you what it's called, but I didn't get the name of the system. I'll describe it to the best of my abilities;

It consists of a thick foam, about 2" thick I think, and that is covered by a vinyl/rubber looking skin. It's a fairly common mobile home roof, I think. The last time I had my roof coated (3 years ago) I went from the old aluminum type which the home's always had to the white elastomeric (sp?) kind of coating. It cost me $400 to get that last time - 3 years ago - and now it's leaking already. btw, they only did the seams then one coat. They were supposed to do two coats but the person felt the one thick coat would do. I don't know if that has anything to do with it leaking now or if 3 years is normal wear. It started leaking at the 2,5 year mark. If i want to go with recoating the roof with two new coats they are going to credit me 1/2 the original price, so I'd only have to pay $200 instead of $400. It is only leaking at the exterior edge on the site of a roof panel seam. Not a big spot at all. At their suggestion, I am considering just patching that spot rather than doing the whole roof, then saving my $$ to get the foam roof later this year. They were telling me about the foam roof and how it triples my heat retention, energy saving, and so forth.

What I'd like to know is if that's true, and how fragile are these roofs? It will cost between $3700 and $3800 to do this, money that will take me the better part of the year to save. Are they really worth it? I also have the option to stick with the white elastic type and get a new kind that has a 10 warranty. It would be $300 but not have any of the supposed heat/cooling savings. (My electric runs $320 in the winter, and $200 in the summer - I only have electric heat. I keep my thermostat on 67 in the winter and would be willing to spend the big bucks if it does what they say)

I just tried calling the mobile home supply to get the name of the foam roof and it's warranty info, but they didn't answer. Sorry!

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clipped on: 04.12.2013 at 04:36 pm    last updated on: 04.12.2013 at 04:36 pm

Anyone grow narcissus Galactic Star?

posted by: coatfetish on 04.11.2013 at 07:23 pm in Bulbs Forum

I have hundreds, if not thousands of daffodils, however my Galactic Star only bloomed it's first spring, (last year) and I haven't seen it at all this year - no foliage even. I assume it's gone. I've emailed the source I bought it from to see if they've had any similar reports - I was going to order more last fall but it was listed as unavailable in their catalog. That worried me then, too. They sent a return email needing details, I'll share my answers here - maybe someone has experience with this narcissus?

My growing conditions for the bed this daff was in; 18 yr old raised bed that is 4' x 48' in size, amended with organic compost in the spring (not yet this spring), watered by hose by hand when weather required it (no drip system, etc.) and I rarely water after September/late fall. Full sun, mulched bed. Companion plants within a 6' radius include other narcissus, hemerocallis, tall bearded iris, shasta daisy, and rose campion.

I've never lost daffs before, so it's a mystery! No squirrels, moles, voles, chipmunks, etc. I'm in Z6. The pic is from last spring's bloom - I loved this one, such a shame!

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clipped on: 04.11.2013 at 07:23 pm    last updated on: 04.11.2013 at 07:23 pm

id tomato? And how to save seed?

posted by: coatfetish on 04.08.2013 at 07:38 pm in Growing Tomatoes Forum

So I've been buying this tomato at the store lately, and all it says is "heirloom". I know it's bought reasonably local, and the dept manager is going to try & contact the vendor to see if they can id it. Thought I'd toss a pic on here - even though I realize so many tomatoes look the same. When I first bought it, it was $1.60 a pound. Today it was marked up to $2.88! These 4 tomatoes cost me just under $9.00, so you know that's gonna end - lol (pic has some romas for scale)

It has a fantastic flavor, so I'd like to see if I can germinate some seeds to add to my tomato selections for this year - I don't know if it's a sterile hybrid or what, but it doesn't hurt to try. What is the procedure for saving tomato seeds? Any guesses what it might be? (the ribbed ones, and no, they aren't ripe yet)

Thanks!

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clipped on: 04.08.2013 at 11:25 pm    last updated on: 04.08.2013 at 11:25 pm

need info on growing Desert Pebble Beans

posted by: coatfetish on 04.06.2013 at 01:39 pm in Beans, Peas & Other Legumes Forum

Hi everyone ~

I recently bought Desert pebble Beans because they look so pretty and sound like a good chili bean. I've never grown beans or peas of any type before and I lost the directions!

Could anyone tell me if the seeds need to be stratified, or can I plant them as is, directly into the ground after the last frost? Also, I'm fairly certain they are a climbing pole bean but I just wanted to be sure. i do remember they have to dry completely on the vine before harvesting, but that's all I remember - lol.

Thanks for any help ~

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clipped on: 04.06.2013 at 01:40 pm    last updated on: 04.06.2013 at 01:40 pm

need Musquee de Provence info

posted by: coatfetish on 04.05.2013 at 02:11 pm in Pumpkins Squash & Gourds Forum

Hi there!

I am trying my hand at growing pumpkins for the first time. The one I chose is Musquee de Provence, hoping for good pie flavor. Now the downside; I live on a small mobile home lot - lol. However I only have 6 seeds - we'll see how many germinate/grow. How much space should I plan on to accommodate each plant? Also, will it tolerate any late afternoon shade in my hot (to me) z6b location? (shade after 3pm). That would free up a lot of growing space for me it it would.

If anyone can give me growing tips for pumpkin in general, I'd appreciate it. I can read all day & night online, but I love to hear first-hand advice.

Thank you!

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clipped on: 04.05.2013 at 02:12 pm    last updated on: 04.05.2013 at 02:12 pm

Help me pick which tomatoes to grow this year!

posted by: coatfetish on 04.05.2013 at 11:37 am in Growing Tomatoes Forum

I want to try tomatoes I've never grown, and I am getting ready to order seed. Qualities I am looking for include; Heirloom, non-GMO, tasty fresh, good canner (plant doesn't have to be both good fresh AND a good canner - I don't mind growing different tomatoes for different uses).

I prefer as few seeds and gel as possible, and no "mealy" texture.

here's what I'm looking at now - if any of you have first-hand experience with any of these (and some are common) I'd love to hear what you have to say! Thanks!

Giant Belgium
Ponderosa Pink
Mortgage Lifter
Beefsteak
Bradley

I will say what's gotten me on this path - my grocery store is selling some kind of heirloom-looking tomato right now that is flattish, deeply ribbed, medium to large (4" to 6+" in diameter) and has the delicious old-timey flavor I remember as a kid. I forgot how good tomatoes could taste! The meat is smooth and juicy, but some are a bit seedy/gel. I think it might be Beefsteak. Whatever it is, it doesn't look like one that would hold/ship well, so I think it is locally grown. Anyhow, it got me looking at heirloom tomatoes for my garden this year. I really only have room for 2 or three varieties - so far I'm leaning towards Beefsteak, Giant Belgium, and Bradley or Mortgage Lifter (only because I read about it all the time)

Thanks again!

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clipped on: 04.05.2013 at 11:37 am    last updated on: 04.05.2013 at 11:37 am

Safe to remove a large crabapple sucker?

posted by: coatfetish on 03.30.2013 at 02:05 pm in Trees Forum

I have a crabapple that is mature (I assume) and about 15 yrs old. I never removed a sucker from it that is now quite large. Frankly, I love the sucker because it appears to be a standard apple tree with large apple blossoms. The sucker is perhaps 6" diameter at the base. It grows nearly straight and is the tops peak of the tree by less than a foot. I've read that suckers weaken a tree, but I was wondering if removing such a large sucker could cause even more damage/stress? The sucker has been there for several years and the tree appears healthy otherwise, although it did produce less fruit last year (bloom was normal, approx 40% of the fruit dried up perhaps due to drought).

I just read where one person feels it's ok to leave a large sucker if it doesn't interfere with other branches - true? I love the look of the apple stock and I would love to leave it if it's not slowly killing my crabapple.
I am going to try and add a pic of the base of the tree. If it works, the sucker is the one front and right of the main trunk. If I should remove it I will need to saw it off, it is that thick. Thank you for any help!

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clipped on: 03.30.2013 at 02:06 pm    last updated on: 03.30.2013 at 02:06 pm

What to do with sprouting dahlias until planting time?

posted by: coatfetish on 03.29.2013 at 12:06 pm in Dahlia Forum

Hi ~

I am brand new to dahlias, and I bought two packages at Walmart and they are firm & healthy tubers, but they have already started growing. The stems are 1 or 2 inches tall. I temp. potted them loosely in their own peat that they were packed in, and put them by the window. Should I plant them in a mix of the peat and my garden soil? Will they get too leggy by the window - I have raised lights for my aquariums that I could put them under. It would be stronger concentrated light only inched above the tubers. (The light bulbs are very similar to grow lights - my tanks have live plants).

Also, I have two tiny tubers (3" long, 1/2" wide), each with a live eye that's just barely budding. I got them from the hybridizer and want these to live most of all. He said to remove the tubers from the wood shavings they were shipped in and place them back in their plastic bag until all chance of frost is over (I understand how important it is to avoid frost). However they are a bit soft & not firm like the store bought ones. They are also a bit wrinkly like they are starting to shrivel. Would they be better off if I went ahead and planted them indoors? I don't want them to either shrivel up or start rotting. Help! I really want these from the hybridizer to make it!

My last frost date isn't until mid - late May, so I have a long haul ahead of me! I thought if I preplanted them indoors, I could set the pots out on warm days and bring them in at night or if there is a frost warning. Good idea or bad?

thanks for your help!

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clipped on: 03.29.2013 at 12:07 pm    last updated on: 03.29.2013 at 12:07 pm