Gardening


by Julie Branstetter, Th.B. On this page you will find a conglomeration of projects, photos and thoughts on gardening to help inspire you. I love to garden, it is one of the most relaxing and rewarding things I do. Even though it involves quiet a bit of work and time, with a few tips in hand, it is always time very well spent. Have any tips you've learned in the garden? Guest posts are always welcome!

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Black Spot Fungus on Rose Bushes

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Friday, May 4, 2012, In : Troubleshooting 
Do you have those black spots on the leaves of your rose bushes, followed by yellow leaves and then bony stems and no leaves?  Yep, you have black spot fungus on your rose bushes.  Unfortunately the leaves which are showing black spots cannot be salvaged, but you can stop the spreading of the fungus to the rest of the plant and it will comeback full and beautiful with these easy kitchen mixes.  You can mix 1/2 a cup of baking soda and a gallon of water together in your watering can and rinse ...

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Natural Deterrent for Eastern Gray Squirrels

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Friday, May 4, 2012, In : Troubleshooting 
If you have struggled with those pesky squirrels rip[ping up all your hard work this spring here is a quick tip for keeping them at bay.  Mix 3 tablespoons of cayenne pepper, and a 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap in a gallon sized watering can and fill the can with water.  Mix well and pour over the plants you want to protect.  Do this just before the sun comes out so the mixture will dry onto the leaves and repeat as needed, maybe every three weeks.  You can also sprinkle cayenne or Habenaro seeds...

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SPRING HIDES AND SQUIRRELS DESTROY

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Thursday, May 3, 2012, In : Troubleshooting 
Today was a hot day in eastern North Carolina.  It is the third day of May and suddenly we go from a wonderfully cool spring to a super hot almost summer.  Mid to upper 90's today is a bit hotter than usual, but it happens sometimes.  It is always tough on a newly sprouting garden though.  It is always good to water gardens in the morning hours, that way the water has time to sink into the soil instead of evaporate out of the first layer of dirt and the plants leaves can dry in the sunlight w...

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