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Part shade vegetable garden, what can I grow? 7 Replies

Started by JoAnn G. Last reply by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW Aug 28, 2013.

Has the lack of sunlight this summer caused roses to not bloom as much and tomatoes not to ripen? 12 Replies

Started by JoAnn G. Last reply by Linda Ivey Pinkepank Aug 26, 2013.

mums ...blooming.....ALREADY 9 Replies

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Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on August 10, 2012 at 1:15pm

This is the view from my patio to my pond. As you can see the black eyed susans are just too tall for the area. I need to find something that doesn't get as tall, that is yellow and a perennial.

Any suggestions???

Comment by Arden on July 10, 2012 at 5:27pm

So far I have seen just 4 jb's...keeping my fingers crossed.

Comment by Susan Tilghman Hawthorne on July 10, 2012 at 3:01pm

We've had a terrible drought - very dry with temps in the triple digits.

My green beans have little brownish chew holes in them. Most don't go all the way inside, but a couple do. Also there are holes on the leaves. What's eating my little greenies?? Are they safe to eat?

Comment by Tanya LaPorte on June 21, 2012 at 5:59am

JoAnn, yes.. brought in a bouquet of roses here too.  I grow mostly hybrid teas but I do have a few others as well.  You?  This is the third year on the milky spore.  Supposedly you're only supposed to have to ever use it once.  I think the conditions were just perfect for those darn jb's.  The good news is that we've had no mosquitoes until just recently. 

Comment by JoAnn G on June 20, 2012 at 8:38pm

Oh Tanya I hear you!!!!  We put out our Japanese Beetle trap two weeks earlier than usual  and already have caught about a dozen.  My poor roses get devoured but this year I am going to just cut the blooms and bring them inside.  I am tired of losing them.  I heard it can take two years or maybe two applications of milky spore to work???  I hope you get relief!! And I'm with you a cold freeze this winter will help a lot!

Comment by Tanya LaPorte on June 20, 2012 at 6:35pm

JoAnn, things are early here too.  Sadly, more bugs than ever in my roses.  Last year was pretty decent but there are an amazing amount of Jap. beetles so far.  Ugh!!  I used spray and milky spore but they are flourishing in spite of my efforts.  We need a very cold winter so my lilacs bloom better, some bugs and moles die out, etc. 

Comment by JoAnn G on June 20, 2012 at 6:03pm

I'm blown away by this amazing growing season.  For THE first time every my green peppers are setting fruit, I have loads of zucchini and my tomatoes are going haywire.  Everything is blooming earlier than usual like my roses.  This heat and sunny days here in Cleveland are perfect!  How are the rest of you Garden 5'ers doing??? Hope your gardens are also plentiful!!!

Comment by Susan Tilghman Hawthorne on June 19, 2012 at 5:11pm

If you plant veggies with plants, rather than growing from seeds, how do you know how long it should be until harvest?

Comment by Tanya LaPorte on April 29, 2012 at 7:41am

Hope you have a great day chock full of good ideas.. bring 'em back here if you find some.  If hubby's up to it we may go for a ride.. nice sunshine and it is warming up a bit. 

Comment by Arden on April 29, 2012 at 7:15am

Tanya, LOL. I had 2 Queen Elizabeth roses several years ago. They were touted to be wonderful bloomers, easy care etc. - I never had ONE BUD... all leaves, strong canes and nasty thorns. No gardening today, we are spending the day in the Adirondacks helping my brother do some finishing work on his camp. I will look around the area for possible mini garden plants and ideas.


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