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Homemade Insecticidal Soap Formula

posted by: sandandsun on 08.23.2014 at 03:17 pm in Organic Rose Growing Forum

Today I visited John Starnes' blog: Rosegasms

And I found his link to an article he wrote for the St. Petersburg Times.
In his article he provides a formula or recipe for homemade insecticidal soap. Note that the insecticidal soap recipe is the recipe that adds vegetable oil.

I haven't tried it; I just found it. Please report if it works as well for you as the commercially available products.

My thanks in advance to Mr. Starnes.

Direct link to the St. Petersburg Times article below:

Here is a link that might be useful: Wash away your garden worries by JOHN A. STARNES JR.


clipped on: 01.28.2015 at 11:28 pm    last updated on: 01.28.2015 at 11:28 pm

FRAGRANT Roses! Hoping to find the perfect one for my yard

posted by: alioca on 11.12.2014 at 06:22 pm in Organic Rose Growing Forum

And I think I've come to the perfect place (I see you Strawberry!)

I've had a veggie garden the past few years and grew flowers for the first time this year. I was extremely disappointed in the lack of fragrance in the flowers I chose to grow (dahlias, snapdragons, zinnias, hydrangea). They were beautiful, don't get me wrong, but no fragrance. Everyone was trying to sniff my flowers! I don't want to disappoint next year.

I'm hoping to find a rose that will do well in my garden vs changing my garden drastically for the rose. My yard has some areas that are looser and some that are heavy clay. I want a few for the heavier clay area. I grew the dahlias there this year and they did GREAT but it was a real chore having to dig them out. I am confident it's the perfect spot for roses =D

My garden is zone 5b, Chicago area. As I mentioned it's a heavier soil. I have never had my soil tested but I know it's on the alkaline side. I was hoping to grow Annie L McDowell after seeing beautiful pictures and reviews on her scent but I also saw mention of not tolerating alkaline situations.

I'm not too picky on the appearance but double delight isn't my favorite.

Any ideas?! I attempted to ask Burlington and they said to find my local Rose Society..... not much luck online. Doesn't appear to be an active group but I'm hoping to find a lead here (that's you again Strawberry!)


Hot bacon dressing recipe
clipped on: 01.24.2015 at 09:35 pm    last updated on: 01.24.2015 at 09:36 pm

Seed starting dates

posted by: Peter1142 on 01.22.2015 at 01:47 pm in Vegetable Gardening Forum

I'm in Zone 6b, my last frost date is April 20th.

I'm trying to figure out when to start all my seeds. Last year my peppers and eggplants (peppers especially) grew very, very slow indoors. This year I got some grow lights.

So I will be starting peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, cabbage, and broccoli, for spring planting.. I also bought some artichokes but am not confident on that at all. Everything else I think can be direct sow... garlic is already out, and onions and leeks are coming mail order seedlings.. and SP slips mail order.

I was thinking that just about all of the stuff I listed can be started first week of March indoors. Thoughts?


clipped on: 01.22.2015 at 03:18 pm    last updated on: 01.22.2015 at 03:18 pm

Understanding Container Sizes and Their Volumes

posted by: spygrrl on 07.16.2005 at 04:34 pm in Container Gardening Forum

While trying to find out the minimum size of a container, I ran across some confusing information.

I've been looking on this forum to discover the minimum size container for an indeterminate plant. Whild doing so I came across a post that said a 10" diamter pot was 3 gallons, and a 12" diameter pot is 5 gallons.

Is this correct? Last year I had download a table from the internet re: soil to fill various size pots. I've copied it below in casy anyone would find it useful. According to this table, a 10" pot holds 5 quarts, and a 12" pot holds 12 quarts. Even if these figures allow for not filling the container completely to the top, 12 qts is only 3 gallons and leaving an inch or two at the top of a pot won't explain a 2 gallon difference.

Is this chart wrong? Am I confusing apples with oranges and misunderstanding somehow by thinking in liquid measure?

Any help would be much appreciated. (Hint: that means you, Tapla) LOL

Thanks in advance,

How much soil do I need?

How many times have you wondered about the amount of potting soil you need to fill a flower pot? This should help: Happy Planting!

Pot Diameter in INCHES.....Soil needed in QUARTS
8".........3 QT
10".......5 QT
12".....12 QT
14".....18 QT
16".....22 QT
20".....28 QT
24".....36 QT
30".....72 QT
36".....96 QT

Window Boxes
6' x 6"x 6".....3 cubic feet
4' x 6" x 6"....1 1/2 cubic feet

every 2' of window box: add 1 cubic foot of potting soil

I apologize for not being able to credit the source of this information; usually I try to save the details of where I found helpful things, but I must have been in a hurry when I saved this because the reference isn't there.


clipped on: 01.08.2015 at 08:45 am    last updated on: 01.08.2015 at 08:46 am

Best Fertilizer for Orchard with a varieity of trees

posted by: MrsG47 on 01.03.2015 at 11:49 am in Fruit & Orchards Forum

Hi all, I am putting my new orchard list together for spring and 'knock wood' we have had little to no winter in RI at all. No snow. Chilly but no snow (don't miss it by the way). My question is about fertilizer. Is there one fertilizer I can use for all of the different fruit trees in my orchard. I Use a special fertilizer for my berries (vegs. and flowers and roses) but my trees need good food. Please help. If you click on my page you'll see the trees I have (two more peach trees arriving this spring). Thanks, Mrs. G


clipped on: 01.04.2015 at 04:31 pm    last updated on: 01.04.2015 at 04:31 pm

Help! Flan

posted by: glenda_al on 12.23.2014 at 10:04 pm in Cooking Forum

Posted by glenda_al (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 23, 14 at 22:03

Friend from Dominican Republic served and gave me this recipe and I plan to make it, Christmas Eve and serve Christmas Day.
I'm so nervous, have never made one, and need someone to critique this recipe, please.

It was absolutely delicious, and she served it in a single dish, but I am a first time flan maker and she's out of state so I cannot talk to her again.

Rosa's Spanish Flan
1 can evaporated milk
1 can condensed milk
4 whole eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Mix all together and place in refrigerator while you start caramelizing the sugar

For caramel It really depends on how much syrup you would like; but to keep it basic you can use 6 to 8 cups of water, 2.5 to 3 cups of sugar. Boil until it starts thickening, when it turns into a caramel color, pour into oven safe container. Swirl around the sides of the container to a height of more or less 2 inches. Let it rest until the caramel hardens then pour in the flan mix. Cook In a water bath at 325 degrees for 2.5 hours or until fully cooked. To check if its fully cooked, insert a knife in the center of the flan. If it comes out clean, it's done. Let it cool down and refrigerate until ready to serve.


clipped on: 12.24.2014 at 11:07 am    last updated on: 12.24.2014 at 11:07 am

What roses scents take your breath away ?

posted by: lilyfinch on 06.05.2014 at 11:12 am in Antique Roses Forum

Just in case my climbing SDLM never stops balling , are there other roses that are just as lovely scented? It might be the best smelling rose I've had yet. I do love my darlows enigma fragrance too. ( still waiting for it to bloom , but had one before) .
Please give me some ideas ! :) I had a lovely cl SDLM in pa and it did ball too but seemed to kinda outgrow it. I love how vigorous it is and the way the buds stand up straight. I just wish It could be counted on in a prominent place.
Shrub forms as well as climbing roses are welcome ! Also if they need spraying , let me know . I'm sure this can help more gardeners that have a variety of care taking styles . I would love some more roses that waft and smell amazing. I know humidity helps with that and we have plenty here in tennesee ! :) feel free to entice us with pictures too !


clipped on: 06.19.2014 at 12:26 pm    last updated on: 06.19.2014 at 12:26 pm

Jobes Organics Vegetable and Tomato Fertilizer Help

posted by: jacob.morgan78 on 05.28.2014 at 09:29 pm in Vegetable Gardening Forum

I need to add some fertilizer to my garden this year and as it is a new garden and I've never had to add anything more than compost, I feel like I need a little guidance. I purchased the above product and would like guidance on how you would apply it. It's 2-5-3. The best help I could find in the directions was for transplants and seedlings. As I have seedlings that are under a foot tall, I thought I should go with that.

However it says "For a 2-inch pot-size seedling, apply 1tbs into the planting hole and mix with surrounding soil. for a 4-inch pot-size plant add 1.5tbs."

Well, that's fine but I want to mix it in the top inch of soil within the drip line of the plants. How much would you guys (and gals) put under each plant in this fashion?


Below is the link to the item I purchased if that helps...


clipped on: 05.30.2014 at 11:57 pm    last updated on: 05.30.2014 at 11:57 pm

Please help our ugly exterior!

posted by: Sillygirlio on 04.18.2014 at 07:26 pm in Landscape Design Forum

Hello everyone, I'm new here. My husband and I have owned this house for seven years and have never done anything to the landscaping. It is ugly and bare and we know we need to do something, but we are clueless! I've seen the advice and mockups on this site and would love and appreciate if you could do that for me. My USDA zone is 5A and our house is west facing and gets full sun all afternoon. It is HOT under that window. Thanks!

This post was edited by Sillygirlio on Fri, Apr 18, 14 at 19:50


clipped on: 04.19.2014 at 06:32 pm    last updated on: 04.19.2014 at 06:33 pm

East Coast Dahlias..anyone leave in the ground?

posted by: portia on 04.14.2014 at 01:14 pm in Dahlia Forum

I'm new to dahlias, not new to gardening... I know here in the colder zones that it's typical to dig up the dahlias and store them over the winter.

But surfing through the forums yesterday I saw a post from a gal who I believe is in zone 6 and leaves hers in the ground, deeply planted vs digging them up. She said she loses a few here and there but that they also seem to multiply like crazy in the ground so it more than makes up for any losses. (It was a fertilizing thread, not a dahlia post so it was a lone comment)

This intrigues me because I would, of course, like to not have to overwinter. So, anyone else do that? If so, what do you do, how deep do you plant, do you mulch like crazy on top, etc. And if so, what are your typical results? Thanks!


clipped on: 04.17.2014 at 06:48 pm    last updated on: 04.17.2014 at 06:48 pm

Is This Pear Leaf Blister Mite?

posted by: Bradybb on 04.14.2014 at 09:20 pm in Fruit & Orchards Forum

I have a young Chojuro Asian Pear and as far I can tell,it is Blister Mite that is affecting quite a few leaves,but wanted to make sure.
I was told by a nursery that Carbaryl (Sevin) will help during the growing season,if it's PLBM and Lime/Sulfur during dormancy.If more pictures are needed,I can provide them.Thanks,Brady
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clipped on: 04.15.2014 at 08:44 pm    last updated on: 04.15.2014 at 08:45 pm

What's Blloming in Your Garden - A Photo Thread - April 2014

posted by: pixie_lou on 04.02.2014 at 09:01 am in New England Gardening Forum

This is a place to post photos, and to discuss, what is in your garden. This is the thread for April 2014. All garden photos are welcome. Since Spring is here (knock on wood) we should finally see some flowers in this thread. In the meantime, all landscape and garden photos are welcome. If it is a photo taken in your garden or your yard, it is fair game to post it here.

Here is the link for the April 2013 part 2
and the April 2013 part 1 threads.

For previous 2014 threads:
March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

For all other 2013 threads, please go to the December 2013 thread and follow the links for the relevant month.

To see all of the 2011 and 2012 threads, please visit the
photo gallery
. (I requested that the photos be moved there. I am still waiting for the GW editors to move the threads. Maybe I'll email the editors again?))

FWIW if we have 50 posts in this thread by 15 April I will make an April Part II thread.

This post was edited by pixie_lou on Fri, Apr 4, 14 at 9:57


clipped on: 04.11.2014 at 06:26 pm    last updated on: 04.11.2014 at 06:26 pm

Michigan Bulb Company

posted by: queenvalerie on 09.14.2007 at 12:36 pm in Rate & Review Vendors Forum

They did ship my order in a secure and effiecient manner and no items were missing.
Down Side - I ordered plants of Black Eyed Susans Cleamatis Jackmanii, Cornflower ( purple) Russian Sage Lupine Hybrid ( 1 yr old plants) and Pincushion flower. All hardy plants for my climate and they all died but my Black Eyed Susans. Planted them correctly I actually babied these plants for months yet they still died. I should have returned them but I never did I dug them out and bought new plants from our local nursery.
Was dissappointed in how hardy there plants really are my friend also ordered plants from them and got the same results. :=(


clipped on: 03.31.2014 at 08:57 pm    last updated on: 03.31.2014 at 08:57 pm

Kitchen Remodel Finally Complete....Before and After

posted by: Nattygirl6 on 03.31.2014 at 01:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

My house had a ridiculously small kitchen, and to make things worse, it had the water heater and washing machine setup in it. When I first moved into the house, it was manageable, but after three years of living in it, it began to get out of hand and it was time to remodel!!!

Here's some before pictures of what it looked liked.

This was our dining area... unfortunately also very small.

Expanding wasn't an option for us, so our goal was to make the most of the space that we have. First step was to get rid of the washing machine, water heater, and to knock down the side partition. We also decided to fill in the additional entryway, cause we felt the additional counter and cabinet space was more important.

And now, the final product... What a transformation!!!

And have to throw in a pic of my Never-MT. My installer loved the idea of it and had never heard of it before.

I also had them prewire the house for cabinet led lighting. I haven't finished hooking all of the led strips up yet, but here's a pic of one completed cabinet. I have it hooked up to a dimmer switch so I can adjust the brightness.

During my remodel, my installer got ill and had to delay a week, so I took this opportunity to install wainscot in the dining area and painted it. I love the way it came out.

A lot of the ideas I got from browsing this forum, so I want to thank you all for your ideas and suggestions. Wouldn't have come out the same if it wasn't for this forum and its community.

Here's a listing of some of the items I used:

Granite: Himalaya White
Sink: Blanco Diamond 1-3/4 Undermount Sink in Truffle
Faucet: Delta Addison w/ Touch2O, in Artic Stainless
Appliances: All Kenmore
Cabinet Hardware: Bayport House South Bay Pulls in 3 sizes

This post was edited by Nattygirl6 on Mon, Mar 31, 14 at 18:24


clipped on: 03.31.2014 at 08:17 pm    last updated on: 03.31.2014 at 08:17 pm

peach tree pruning

posted by: olpea on 03.15.2014 at 10:59 pm in Fruit & Orchards Forum

There have been lots of questions lately on pruning so I thought I'd contribute what help I could. To that end I intend to post several pictures on this thread. I don't know how helpful this post will be, discard what you will.

My purpose to not to offer any definitive way to prune, only to present the way that seems to work well for me. It's worth noting commercial trees aren't always pruned the same way as a backyard orchard, as the goals may or may not be the same. Wldlife pressure, aesthetics, space, etc may vary wildly from one person/locale to another.

The goals for my peach trees are:

1. A pedestrian orchard to facilitate ease of picking, thinning, harvest.

2. Open center trees with maximum sunlight penetration throughout the canopy.

3. Branches high enough to allow mulching, spraying weeds, or running a sickle mower under the trees.

4. Good spreading tree structure to support heavy crop loads.

Below is the first picture. All it shows is one of the peach trees we planted today. It's a 3/8" tree, typical of what I order. I prefer small peach trees because they are cheaper, easier to plant, and more trainable to the structure I like.

I placed a shovel beside it for a frame of reference. The shovel sticks out of the ground about 4 feet.


clipped on: 03.16.2014 at 11:21 am    last updated on: 03.16.2014 at 11:21 am