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greek oregano - questions on it "dying" back

posted by: david883 on 10.09.2013 at 09:00 pm in Herbs Forum

Alright so I have two greek oregano plants (one planted last year, the other this year). Last year and, now, this year the plants have stayed pretty low growing until late in the summer when it began growing "tall" (maybe 10-12") for a few weeks. At that point, basal foliage starts growing and the taller, woodier growth, starts dying off. I haven't seen anything online mentioning any of this so I'm wondering if this is normal or I've got some crazy growing conditions that are making these plants do wacky things? Any insight would be appreciated!

Thanks again!

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clipped on: 10.09.2013 at 09:00 pm    last updated on: 10.09.2013 at 09:01 pm

tall grass for mostly shady area

posted by: david883 on 08.27.2013 at 05:35 am in Ornamental Grasses Forum

Hi all

I have a spot in the garden in need of something and I think ornamental grass is just the thing. The previous owner of the house put some really nice hydrangeas in the back yard (about 4ft tall and 5-6ft spread) but they're about 6 feet away from the privacy fence and, standing back looking at it, it looks so bare behind it. Its a pretty shady area only getting very slight amounts of dabbled sun throughout the day. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a tall, clumping grass that will do well in almost no sun (lets say 1-1.5 hours throughout the day). Is that a pretty high order haha?

Thanks again!

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clipped on: 08.27.2013 at 05:35 am    last updated on: 08.27.2013 at 05:35 am

chantilly snapdragons

posted by: david883 on 08.16.2013 at 06:17 am in Annuals Forum

I bought some chantilly snapdragon (bronze) seeds from Swallow Tail and winter sowed them last winter. Its about 4 ft tall now and in a container... however, still no flowers. Its the only one that germinated so I don't know if this one is just stubborn but I'm wondering if anyone else has any experience in growing these... I was really looking forward to the bronze-orange flowers so I'm a little disappointed it hasn't done ANYTHING and its mid-august!

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clipped on: 08.16.2013 at 06:19 am    last updated on: 08.17.2013 at 12:15 pm

first time canning - dill pickles... fridge life after opening?

posted by: david883 on 08.14.2013 at 07:07 pm in Harvest Forum

Hi all,

For the first time I decided to grow some pickling cucumbers (that's all they were marked as at the nursery) and I've been getting a good amount. So, last weekend I picked some off and made up some dill pickles (link to the recipe I used is below). Anyway, I had two questions really...

1) do I need to let them "marinade" for any period of time before opening the jars back up and (hopefully) enjoying them?
2) after opening the jars, and obviously storing in the fridge, what would the life-span of them be?

I processed these in a waterbath according the instructions. Right now they're tightly sealed and in my pantry and everytime I go in there I hear them calling me ha ha.

I'd appreciate any information anyone has! Pickling/canning is a bit intimidating at first, kind of like learning a whole new language (not to mention a skill!) so I'd like to at least do it correctly.

Thanks again!

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clipped on: 08.14.2013 at 07:08 pm    last updated on: 08.14.2013 at 07:08 pm

pickling cucumbers?

posted by: david883 on 07.29.2013 at 09:35 pm in Vegetable Gardening Forum

I bought a plant, "Pickling Cucumber", in the spring. Now its huge and producing a lot of cucumbers. I was waiting for some to turn the "right" shade of green and the skin to loose some of the prickly spikes. However, now they're getting more yellow and very large. I've done some reading and saw a few places say that they don't turn the usual green we see on most grocery store cucumbers. I'm just wondering what experience everyone has had with these.

Thanks again!

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clipped on: 07.29.2013 at 09:36 pm    last updated on: 07.29.2013 at 09:36 pm

Is my garlic ready for harvest?

posted by: david883 on 07.14.2013 at 08:29 pm in Allium Forum

Hi everyone

This is my first time planting garlic. I received a few cloves last fall from a friend and planted them in the front of a raised bed sometime last November (maybe october... I can't remember now... I should write these things down). Bottom leaves are yellowing and all the top growth is starting to fall over (a few days ago they were all perfectly upright. I'm just wondering if its time to harvest. I'm not sure what specific variety these are, if they're hard or softneck or anything. Also, if it makes a difference, no scapes ever grew, either.

Thanks in advance for the advise

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clipped on: 07.14.2013 at 08:29 pm    last updated on: 07.14.2013 at 08:29 pm

what's in your shady garden?

posted by: david883 on 07.14.2013 at 06:09 pm in Perennials Forum

I loved all the suggestions everyone had for the yellow/purple garden I'm working on so I'm back for more. I have two areas (one is about 2ft x 8ft, shaded by a large lilac and neighbor's trees. The other is a quarter circle in the corner of the yard, about 16 ft, shaded by a tall birch right in the center). I'm hoping to really overhaul those in the fall and spring. I'd love to see everyone's shady gardens for a little inspiration and adoration! I'll try to get a picture of my areas (though I promise, they're nothing special at this point)

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clipped on: 07.14.2013 at 06:09 pm    last updated on: 07.14.2013 at 06:10 pm

moving cayenne and jalapeño plants...

posted by: david883 on 07.11.2013 at 10:09 pm in Hot Pepper Forum

I did something pretty stupid... looking back on it I just think don't know where my brain was. I have a 4ft x 4ft x 4in raised bed broken into 3 rows. Front row has garlic and some parsley, 2nd row had some kale I purchased (and tore out because I didn't know it was bolting when I bought it... idiot) and the third row I have a cayenne and Jalapeño with a cucumber plant climbing up a trellis in between the two. They both have flowers and are beginning to produce or have already produced a few peppers.
The cucumber is really starting to get HUGE and I'm afraid it may be shading the peppers too much. The cayenne plant is getting larger (not quite as large as last year, though) and the jalapeño seems to have barely grown at all (but has two chilies).

I'm thinking I could move them forward in the bed somewhat so the cucumber doesn't shade them too much but I'm a little leery of moving them at this time of year. Its been relatively cool for the most part this summer but has been pretty humid and kind of hot recently.

Any advise would be appreciated - I grew these both last year and they were amazing - I'd love to keep these going!

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clipped on: 07.11.2013 at 10:09 pm    last updated on: 07.11.2013 at 10:09 pm

help with valerian care/pruning

posted by: david883 on 07.11.2013 at 09:35 pm in Perennials Forum

After all this rain we've had the valerian went from standing perfectly straight to flopping. Now that the flowers are spent and new foliage and flowers are coming from the base I think I should deadhead it. I'm just wondering how far back I can cut it. It kinda got the hell beat out of it with some of these down pours and some of the foliage is looking kind of ratty looking, too. Just would like to freshen it up a bit.

Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks again!!!

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clipped on: 07.11.2013 at 09:38 pm    last updated on: 07.11.2013 at 09:39 pm

need suggestions for a yellow/purple bed

posted by: david883 on 07.08.2013 at 06:45 am in Perennials Forum

So CMK's thread on gardening overhaul got me sparked on this. I just redid the edging in this bed. It was outlined with small-ish rocks and the bed's depth was only about 2ft at most in some spots. I had some garden fencing around this area that I picked up from lowes (as seen in a previous thread about heliopsis). It was to keep the bad, evil dogs out but it made it impossible to cut/mow/whip the grass near it. My original intention here was to extend the bed out further than what it was at, put the fencing back up, but about an inch or two behind the edging. However, once I stepped back and looked at it without the fencing I just can't bring myself to put it back up lol. Hopefully the dogs just leave everything alone (you can see one of the guilty parties peaking through the bars on the deck... that is the face of a plant's natural enemy ha ha!)

Anyway, I'd like to stick with a yellow and purple color scheme. I don't have color schemes anywhere else but I thought I'd give it a go here. The heliopsis was the only thing originally here when I moved in (along with some yellow oriental lilies mixed in with the heliopsis - you can't see in the picture here). There are a total of 3 heliopsis clumps, at least one is being moved to a different location come the fall.

I did buy a few things for this area in the spring but I just planted them here to get them in the ground (I knew it'd be a while before I would have time to really dive into this).

I purchased: yarrow moonshine, phlox blue paradise, lunaria seedlings (immediate left of heliopsis), coral bells obsidian (under heliopsis... obviously SOMEONE didn't take the spread of the heliopsis into consideration...), some golden and purple sage,Adenophora Tashiroi (behind stella d'oro) and a campanula freya that I had to chop back (in front of lunaria). I threw the stellas and a few hostas in just to fill it a little (and get them out of some other areas) but they don't have to stay here.

Anyway, any input would be appreciated. It is a mostly sunny spot with some dabbled shade here and there

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clipped on: 07.09.2013 at 05:42 am    last updated on: 07.09.2013 at 05:43 am

campanula freya... not looking good

posted by: david883 on 06.15.2013 at 07:28 pm in Perennials Forum

This picture was taken about a week ago... its blooming now but still looks about the same. It just doesn't look so hot. I'm wondering what the problem might be. It gets about 6 hours of sun each day but its not exactly direct. Anybody have any ideas as to what could be wrong here?

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clipped on: 06.15.2013 at 09:09 pm    last updated on: 06.15.2013 at 09:10 pm

Weigela - midnight rose- pruning "dead branches"

posted by: david883 on 06.11.2013 at 09:15 pm in Shrubs Forum

Hi all

I have a few weigelas, I think midnight rose (short height, maroon-purple leaves but it has green veins in the leaves, which I didn't notice in some of the midnight rose pictures I've looked at). Anyway, some branches have had no leaf growth on them. Is it okay to prune them back all the way? Partially? What do I do to stimulate new growth on these.

Thanks!

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clipped on: 06.11.2013 at 09:15 pm    last updated on: 06.11.2013 at 09:15 pm

Help identifying (and care)

posted by: david883 on 06.11.2013 at 06:29 am in Geranium Forum

I just bought this a few weeks ago at the MSU plant sale but it was only marked as "Geranium". If anyone can help identify it as something more specific that'd be great! Also, as you can see some of the flowers are spent. If I deadhead will it continue to rebloom? Otherwise I'm contemplating trying to collect seeds.

Thanks again!

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recommended cages

posted by: david883 on 06.09.2013 at 07:48 pm in Peonies Forum

Hi all

What peony cages does everyone use? I have the standard cages but they are too short for my peonies at this point and not supporting very well. I have actually been using tomato cages that I flip upside down and it works pretty well (some stems don't quite fit in right and flop over still but... works much butter than the true peony cages)

Any recommendations would be appreciated!

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clipped on: 06.09.2013 at 07:48 pm    last updated on: 06.09.2013 at 07:49 pm

Need help IDing - little purple flowers

posted by: david883 on 06.04.2013 at 06:47 am in Name That Plant Forum

When these started popping up in the spring, I thought their leaves were day lilies (I have an ABUNDANCE of day lilies here and they pop up EVERYWHERE) I did think it was a little strange because this is one area of the yard that day lilies haven't quite made it to but nevertheless.... I took a look this morning and they look nothing like day lilies and one has a little purple flower blooming. Anybody know what this might be? I don't remember anything growing there last year but this year I fence the area off from the dogs so if it was there last year (I assume it was) it just got trampled

Thanks again!

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clipped on: 06.04.2013 at 06:57 am    last updated on: 06.04.2013 at 06:57 am

Help with Identification ("ornamental trees")

posted by: david883 on 05.28.2013 at 08:49 pm in Name That Plant Forum

I posted this in the Trees forum but I thought I'd put a link here for the plant ID'ing experts to weigh in. Any insight would be greatly appreciated

Here is a link that might be useful: My mystery trees

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clipped on: 05.28.2013 at 08:50 pm    last updated on: 05.28.2013 at 08:50 pm

Help with Identification ("ornamental trees")

posted by: david883 on 05.28.2013 at 08:14 pm in Trees Forum

Hi all

First time posting in the tree forum. I moved into this house about a year and a half ago. There are a few trees in the back yard I haven't been able to identify. I really like them but now I'm wondering what to do as far as pruning goes. Two of them are being weighed down heavily (I assume they need pruning to help redistribute some weight). Some pictures to follow. Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks all in advance

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clipped on: 05.28.2013 at 08:32 pm    last updated on: 05.28.2013 at 08:32 pm

Kale - indentification and help

posted by: david883 on 05.20.2013 at 09:24 pm in Vegetable Gardening Forum

Hi everyone,

I think this is my first time in the vegetable forum!

On a whim this weekend I bought some Kale to plant. Of course, after getting home, I went to pull the tag out and saw the tag read "red dynasty kale". Just my luck I grabbed one that had been mislabeled. Anyway... I know it is a cool weather vegetable from cooking with it for a while. This, obviously, didn't stop me from getting it anyway. It looked kinda of sad to begin with but I thought get it out of the flat and into the ground and it'll be fine. Its been in two days and I'm not so sure....

If anyone can help me identify it and give me some growing tips/info. I've read a few other posts but still kind of confused.

Thanks!

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clipped on: 05.20.2013 at 09:24 pm    last updated on: 05.20.2013 at 09:24 pm

frost/freeze major damage to minuteman

posted by: david883 on 05.13.2013 at 08:40 pm in Hosta Forum

Hi all

We had an out-of-nowhere freeze last night. I noticed a few things that didn't take it so well but not too bad... except a minuteman hosta we planted in the fall last year (very small... deep discount from lowes or HD or something). It wasn't very big... 3 or 4 leaves, about 3" wide by 4" long each at most. The leaves are wet and wilted... very frost bitten looking. Hoping its not really dead or anything but whats the best way to care for/remedy this? Should I cut it all back and let it start over or...? any advise would be appreciated.

Thanks again

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clipped on: 05.13.2013 at 08:41 pm    last updated on: 05.13.2013 at 08:41 pm

Transplanting (and splitting) annabelle and limelight

posted by: david883 on 05.08.2013 at 09:15 pm in Hydrangea Forum

Hello

First time poster in hydrangea forum... I have an annabelle in my back yard (picture attached). I love it but its located behind a huge tree so you can never see it. I also have three dogs and I'm afraid they're going to trample it. Obviously, moving the whole thing would be quite the task (its about 4 feet wide) so can I "split" off a section? How would you recommend going about this?

I also have a 'limelight' in front I bought from lowes or something last fall, on sale. Its got some leaves coming in. I'm going to redo some of the front yard and I'm wondering if its too late to try to transplant that to maybe a container for this summer and move it back to the ground in the fall. Thoughts?

Any advise would be much appreciated.

Thanks again

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clipped on: 05.08.2013 at 09:15 pm    last updated on: 05.08.2013 at 09:38 pm

thyme question

posted by: david883 on 05.08.2013 at 09:36 pm in Herbs Forum

I planted this thyme last year. It looks great except for in a few spots where some branches are pretty dried looking. Should I just cut the whole dry branch back at once or snip a little off here and there to rejuvenate it? I want to make sure I can grow this to its full potential. It looks so great in the garden I'd love to do it right and keep it going strong!

Thanks in advance

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clipped on: 05.08.2013 at 09:37 pm    last updated on: 05.08.2013 at 09:37 pm