- I live in southern Alberta. Have a small gardening business.I'm 46, male and still single.lol
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20 Mar 2017 11:38
Your baskets and containers are off to a great start!
Love your containers, those blue and white Petunias, I need to find seeds and grow them.
16 Mar 2017 19:38
Terrific pictures there!
Chickadees and Nuthatches this morning.
15 Mar 2017 21:29
Nice warm spring day. I was able to go bike riding at 7:30am and worked in my GH this afternoon.
15 Mar 2017 21:27
Put up more shelves in my GH and potted up Pelargoniums. Will be planting Tomato seeds this week.
10 Mar 2017 16:04
Johnny: You're very NAUGHTY! What's that pair of pants doing in there? And the phallic flower! I'm off you now. LOL!See original post
What, you mean the long johns(underwear)? Well a couple years ago on another UK gardening site, we were asked to show our bloomers. It was the middle of winter here and those were the only bloomers I had to show, no plants in the blooming stage yet.
10 Mar 2017 15:59
Still snowing and -22C.
10 Mar 2017 15:57
You have a lot more going on than I do. Your pics are making me impatient. I just snapped this picture out my back door.
And now I have to put the long Johns on, winter coat and boots and spend several hours shoveling snow for people. I keep reminding myself that it's a good work out.
09 Mar 2017 21:42
I like the double blooms as well but I can't stand how the plant hangs, big open gaps, looks bad to me. Now if you know of double blooms that grow nice and uniform let me know because I'll want them.
I grow Tomato plants, Castor beans, Nicotiana, Four-O-Clocks, Cannas, Dahlias, Portulaca, Begonias, Impatiens, some herbs and Pelargoniums.
Actually if you google, JohnCm_bucket's Library, you can click into my photo bucket. But these are all my flower pictures and more. Probably best to start with recent downloads. Any videos are from this past year for sure.
09 Mar 2017 16:35
Mega sunshine here and -22C. Well I guess I can't have my cake and eat too, today anyways. They say 9C for Tuesday!
09 Mar 2017 13:12
In the last picture, the white one is four silver wave petunia plants, It's half of what it was in August. Most of the Petunias, except for a red and the African Sunset, are from the wave series, very little dead heading needed.
08 Mar 2017 23:11
Cool lawnmower Verdun! I bought another lawnmower a couple years ago. I'm a farm boy in N America so no surprise it's a John Deere mower.lol
Problem with pests Joyce? My trick is to keep them distracted with cheap bird seed mix.
So I didn't make it to my bird feeding sites today. It was 1pm when I finished shoveling snow. And after yesterday's episode, I think I can skip a day. So I've been in the habit of biking earlier and earlier in the mornings to my feeding sites and have been slipping into my biking pants as soon as I get up and having a shower when I get home. I don't change my biking pants everyday but wear the same one for a week of biking unless I get them muddy. I do change my underwear every morning! So yesterday I change my underwear and hop into my pants and go start the coffee. Hour or so later I'm biking the trails and feeding birds. I'm leaving the last spot which happens to be right beside the downtown and the park is busy with office workers and such on their breaks. I walk my bike down the slope and onto the main path. There was something dangling on the bottom of my pant leg. I shook my leg and looked down. It was my underwear from the day before!! OH MY WORLD! I quickly bent down and snatched it up stuffing it into my coat and looked up to see a lady looking at me. She quickly looked away but I know she saw the whole thing. I was so, so, so, freaked out!!
08 Mar 2017 22:47
I'll visit your thread Aym. I erased my pics of my baskets from the height of last summer, they are all on my photo bucket. Here's some baskets and pots last fall as I was starting to get things put to bed for winter. After I trim the Petunias in late July I let them go to seed so I can collect.
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08 Mar 2017 21:10
I have run out of room on my plant racks in the house, that's why I have the heaters on in my greenhouse and my larger plants set out there. The heaters shut off when the temp reaches 18C. So yesterday when I got home from feeding birds at the fish hatchery, the heaters were off and it was so hot in the GH I had to open a window. It was -15C outside but my GH is in direct sun. Today, no sun so the heaters are constantly running. Thing is our last frost date for here is June 1, so I have to resort to using heaters at night for a few months anyways.
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08 Mar 2017 14:39
Good thread. It reminded me that I have to prune my apple tree at the end of the month. Where I live, March or early April is the time for it.
08 Mar 2017 14:35
I will be spending a few hours shoveling snow again today, and only my backyard birds will get fed. Just had a look in my greenhouse to make sure the heaters are running.
08 Mar 2017 14:23
I thought we would be in the same time zone, Alberta and Texas? I guess an hour difference, Alberta is Mountain time. It's 7:16am here and my second cup of coffee. Just checked the chart, I'm in the same zone with N Mexico and Arizona.
08 Mar 2017 14:18
Thanks Aym and Peggy.
Aym, I have a little gardening business which grows a bit each year. I decided last summer that I wouldn't spend $400 each fall on buying seeds. I collected all my own seeds and am amazed at my success with the germination rate of my Petunia and Impatiens seeds so far.
We have wild summers here Aym. Intense sun and heat, I'm on the edge of the N. American Great Plains. From the end of June to the end of August is tornado season here. Last summer was really crazy with the daily afternoon storms that would quickly roll through with everybody keeping an eye on the clouds for tornado's forming and touching down.
The summer of 2014, I had a great looking backyard of baskets and pots and beds, an afternoon hail storm came through, in 10 minutes every single plant was shredded. It recovered just in time for the frost.lol
I suppose there is a method to my madness, much trial and error.
For my baskets a good soil mix is a must. In Alberta we only have maybe 4 months to put on a good show so I fertilize. Starting when I plant the basket, a slow release hanging basket pelleted fertilizer (Plant Prod) gets worked into the top of the soil in the baskets. Once a week I mix a heaping table spoon of water soluble 20-20-20 fertilizer into 4 litre milk jugs of water and all the baskets and pots get a good feed of it.
I kinda research or refresh my memory each spring on how the plants grow and hang and how the different colours will look together.
For instance that one picture of the Petunia pots on the ladder. Those orange African Sunset Petunias should have been at the back of the pot with the wave fuchsia coloured petunias in front holding them up.
If you use Petunias, don't be afraid to give them a good hair cut when they start looking scraggly, I do it around the end of July. They love it!
WATCH FOR APHIDS and hit the plants with a strong spray of the garden hose to knock them off. Not so strong that it rips up the plants of course.
Never let you baskets go really dry.
That's really it with what I do.
Oh one more thing, if any of you keep a fish tank, your plants will love the old water from your water changes, don't send it down the drain.
07 Mar 2017 13:51
We have another Nuthatch here, the white breasted, which is a bit bigger than the reds. Now I am still waiting for one to hand feed. They are not as trusting as the reds but I notice they are getting more comfortable with me standing closer and closer to the table.
07 Mar 2017 13:45
Some of the things I do with baskets and pots in my yard. I grow and sell a lot of Petunias in the spring and that is mostly what goes in to my baskets. These pics are from the summer of 2015.
07 Mar 2017 13:26
6:30am and -16C. Cold all week and I'm not happy about this.