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  Hanging Planters
Posted by: Grandms_Kathy - 06-28-2005, 11:41 PM - Forum: Gardening - No Replies

I am attempting to find out how to start what I call feed bag hanging planters. They are made of plastic, flat on one side, open at the top with varying holes on the other side. Plants grow from the top and open holes.
I am wondering if you have to use a special potting soil? Do you start the plants by seed or starter plants? Do you leave the bag flat until the plants get a healthy start? If anyone has done this, maybe you can share your knowledge.
Thank you Big Grin

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  Gerber Daisy
Posted by: Kelcie Sue - 06-27-2005, 10:55 AM - Forum: Gardening - Replies (1)

No, these plants are hardy only to zone 8. However you can keep them in the pot and move them indoors during the winter and then move them back out during the summer.

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  Japanese Beetles
Posted by: Elaine - 06-26-2005, 02:42 PM - Forum: Gardening - Replies (1)

Elaine, about two or three years ago we had a tremendous problem with Japanese beetles, mainly attacking our rose bushes. We got one of those hanging traps with a "lure" you put in there which you can get in most garden centers and many garden mail-order catalogs and hung it about 20 feet downwind of our rose garden. We caught hundreds, maybe more, of them (it was actually kind of creepy!), and they really seemed to prefer the trap to our plants! We had the satisfaction of severely reducing the population, and also not having to use toxic chemicals, which in this case, by the time the beetles would ingest enough to kill themselves, they would have ruined your plants anyway.

Some people don't like the traps, claiming you will attract hoards of beetles from farther away that would never otherwise make it to your yard, but it really did the trick for us. Haven't had an outbreak since, though I suppose that could change any time depending on favorable conditions for them.

Good luck!

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  PEONY BUSHES THAT DON'T BLOOM??
Posted by: Islandbrz1 - 06-16-2005, 10:36 PM - Forum: Gardening - Replies (3)

I've got one that has no buds this year, either. Does anyone have an answer?

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  Yellow leaves on Clematis??? HELP!!
Posted by: Islandbrz1 - 06-16-2005, 10:33 PM - Forum: Gardening - No Replies

I have had 3-4 Clematis plants blooming perfect for several years and just noticed late last summer, less flowers and weird yellowing of some leaves (from green) and others with various yellow/green or two-toned green leaves. I want to solve this problem without having to cut out the plant(s) with these weird leaves. The flowers aren't even as big as they once were. I can't seem to find any answers anywhere. Does anyone have a clue how to handle this?

I live in Chicago in zone 5
Thanks much

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  Missing issues of Garden Gate Mag (54 and 57)
Posted by: phylfoster - 06-09-2005, 11:08 PM - Forum: Gardening - No Replies

I'm missing two issues of Garden Gate Magazine (Nos. 54 and 57, Dec. '03 and June '04). If anyone has either or both of these issues that they would be willing to sell, please contact me. Thanks.

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  Removing overgrown boxwoods
Posted by: LisaD - 06-09-2005, 08:29 AM - Forum: Gardening - No Replies

Good morning, all! I have recently purchased a house with several large boxwoods on two sides of the house. I would like to remove them, but do not wish to have them pulled up by a truck and chain, which sounds like it would tear up my grass. If I severely chain-saw them to the ground, is there something that I can do to "dissolve" the roots quickly? The boxwoods have too many trunks to shape into any kind of pretty topiary. Other suggestions on removal are welcome! I want to use the area to plant my "english cottage garden" plants.....thanks!

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