A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That….

First off ~ this is for Blazedanielle! I’m still not sure about your clematis, but I thumbed through that Terrific Garden Tonic book and found these tidbits that may help. I also noticed that some late blooming clematis are supposed to be trimmed back to 8″…but I’m not sure about your dry roots. Hopefully these two tonics may help.

Clematis Chow

Grandma Putt grew truly magnificent clematis, thanks to the Clematis Chow she developed especially for it. This mixture helps keep clematis roots MOIST, well-fed, and luxuriating in soil that always has a near-neutral pH.

Mix these ingredients in a wheelbarrow:

5 gal. of well-cured horse or cow manure
1/2 cup lime (leave out if your soil is already on the alkaline side)
1/2 cup bone meal

Spread the mixture over the root zone of your clematis first thing in the spring. Then add a rich mulch of half-rotted compost to make sure the soil stays cool and moist. Follow up with my Royal Clematis Cocktail for a real boost to your blooming beauties.

Royal Clematis Cocktail

Ingredients:
1 can of beer (ugh…this one always kills me. I have to run to the store for bud or coors as my plants are NOT getting my Sierra Nevada or Guinness!)
4 TBSP of ammonia
2 TBSP of fish emulsion
2 TBSP of baby shampoo
Warm Water

Mix the beer, ammonia, fish emulsion, and shampoo in a 2-gallon watering can, filling the balance of the can with warm water. Pour the solution around the roots of your clematis every tree weeks throughout the growing season.

Next…iTunes Radio! OMGosh! My sister called me to ask if I had iTunes on my computer here at work…sure! “Go to iTunes Radio and click on Atlantic Sound Factory…he’s going to be playing the new Coldplay cd you want to buy!” Atlantic Sound Factory ~ 40 Years of Great Music from the USA & UK.

The Atlantic Sound Factory internet radio station is licensed by LoudCity and is not for-profit. This station is 100% listener supported.

Playing carefully selected tracks by UK and US artists from the 1970s to today, ASF Radio provides both broadband and dialup audio, and is currently available on iTunes, Windows Media Player and Winamp radio station listings under Classic Rock.

Thanks to all the supporters who make it possible for ASF Radio to stay on the air.

I’ve listened to INXS, Scorpions, Laura Branigan (Gloria HAHAHAHAHA), Talk Talk, Crystal Gayle, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Gordon Lightfoot, Sara Melson…no Coldplay yet. 🙂 Great station…am singing lots this morning. May have to make the $10 donation to keep him going. His weekly SCHEDULE ~

YEAH!!! Coldplay just came on….am going to go buy the new cd at lunch today. My favorite of their albums is A Rush of Blood to the Head.

I read in the Reno Gazette-Journal that there is a Reno Photo Club…I did not know that. LOL! I should grab my sister one of those meeting nights and go.

The Reno Photo Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
and last Friday of each month, January thru June, and September thru November
from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

The meeting place is the Classic Residence
3201 Plumas Street in Reno, Nevada.

Guests are always welcome!

I love to read and when out at yard sales I’m ALWAYS buying up books…much to my husband’s dismay. (He’s had to move way too many of my books and rocks during our many moves…mumbling under his breath why can’t I collect something light weight?!)

Anyhoo…the next book on the pile to read was Janette Oke’s A Bride for Donnigan. I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but it’s actually quite good. Was crying last night…good grief. It’s a quick read, three nights max…before you go to sleep.

Jerry Baker ~ Terrific Garden Tonics! Book Review

UPDATE: 27 JANUARY 2009 ~ DON’T BUY THIS BOOK NEW! JUST FIND A USED COPY…not worth the money.

Well ~ Jerry’s book came in the mail the other day and I’ve been flipping through it off and on.

Terrific Garden Tonics!  It states 345 Do-It-Yourself, Fix ‘Em Formulas for Maintaining a Lush Lawn and Gorgeous Garden.

What I’ve discovered is that the book probably could have been half it’s size as most of the lawn/shurb/flower tonics are basically the same thing ~ ie: it would have been easier to give the tonic recipe and then a list of things you can use it for. I’ve already started a list of what one recipe can be used for and when.

I LOVE the Making Cents, Great Idea!, Ask Jerry, Terrific Time Savers, Grandma Putt’s Pointers, and little tidbits that he puts at the bottom of each page.

Like, did you know that:

Nighttime’s the Right Time? Plan to harvest your leafy vegetables by the light of the moon, or at least in the early evening-and not during the day. That’s because during the day, the sun burns up a lot of the vitamins and minerals stored in the plant leaves. But as soon as ol’ Sol starts to set, the plants begin to replenish and fortify themselves. So, if you wait until evening, you’ll be picking your vegetables when their vitamin content is at its peak.
Terrific Garden Tonics! Page 248

Here, Birdie!
Sparrows and other birds will help you out by pecking up pesky caterpillars. So I like to push 4-foot-long branches into the soil in my cabbage patch to give birds a place to perch. I figure if the birds pause there for a second, they might spy a cabbageworm or two that will make a tasty snack.
Terrific Garden Tonics! Page 254

Grandma Putt’s Pointers ~ Want to get twice the flower power from your rosebush? Then try this trick I learned from Grandma Putt: Plant a clematis next to it! The clematis will climb up and over the rose, so it’ll look like the rose has two different kinds of flowers. You can pair a clematis and rose that bloom at the same time for one spectacular show, or choose ones that flower at different times for extended blooming.
Terrific Garden Tonics! Page 173

Always plant basil, bee balm, and borage near your tomatoes. These aromatic herbs are the best neighbors your tomatoes will every have, and they’ll boost your plants to new heights!
Page 271

Here are some Recycling & Repurposing Ideas ~

The Ladder to Success ~ Believe it or not, an old wooden ladder makes a great quick-and-easy herb garden. Simply lay the ladder down on a flat area, fill in between the rungs with soil, and plant a different herb in each section.
Page 270

Make a Melon Cradle ~ One of my favorite tricks for recycling plastic milk jugs is using them in the melon patch to prevent the fruit from rotting. Simply cut a jug in half lengthwise, lay one half on the ground, and set the ripening melon inside. Not only will this plastic perch prevent rot, but it will also discourage critters form nibbling on your melons!
Page 277

There are quite a lot of tonics in this book but I have yet tried any of them, so I can not attest to any of them working or not. I do plan on making a few, especially now that the garden has been planted. I also plan on following many of the pointers at the bottom of each page. But all in all, I’m not sure if the book is worth over $30…

If any of you out there have tried any of his tonics and you have a favorite, let me know!