Monthly Archives: July 2008

A one-flower bouquet and a bottle from the dump

Q: How you make a bouquet out of a single flower? A: Plant dinner plate dahlias!   Yes, the first dahlias started blooming this week and we’re doing the flower dance in the Gouger household. We have a couple bicolor dahlias. These are smaller and you can use two make an arrangement. We’ve had two [...]

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A little off the top please

In case you haven’t noticed, marigolds are stinky. That’s why I love them so much. O.K., the real reason I love them is because they grow from seed and require little effort. Every year I plant marigolds in borders around my flowers. I believe they are natural insect and rabbit repellents. Even if I’m wrong, [...]

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Can’t stop eating cucumbers

Woo Hoo! Cucumbers are here. It’s a bumper crop in the Gouger garden and  I have to share this great video about growing and picking cucumbers.   I try to plant the burpless variety, which get nice and big. You can make a bowl of salad with just two of them.   My mom passed [...]

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Blossom-end rot just another garden problem

Today, we respond to a reader question from Workin2hard. (I love that name. Workin2Hard is what keeps me from gardening too hard).   Anyway, Workin2Hard said the blossom end of summer squash is rotting the squash.   I knew the condition is blossom-end rot and that it affects tomatoes so I searched and sure enough it [...]

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Cheap is good, free is better

In my few years of gardening I’ve realized that a successful garden takes more than plants. You need decorations, like fences, wagon wheels, birdbaths and statues.   Every garden I visit has interesting non-plant material. Rita Lacey of Close the Loop tells the story of finding an old stove at a yard sale. It now [...]

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These gloves are no bargain!

I am always looking for inexpensive, well cheap, ways to garden. I don’t spend money on garden shoes when I can convert old sneakers.  Same with clothes. My garden clothes are ratty T-shirts and yard sale shorts. Why spend money to get dirty?   I’ll tell you why.   I’ve been trying to wear gloves [...]

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It’s green, shiny and flying to a garden near you

Just when we thought we had slugs under control, Japanese beetles turned up. One day all was quiet and the next day they were having sex on our daylilies.   I read that the adult beetles normally emerge during the last week of June through July. That’s true. They showed up June 30.   They [...]

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