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    Pathway Help Needed

    Hi SQWIB- I feel your dilemma here- I have a similar situation outside my back door and this is what I decided to due (I am in NY with clay soil and drainage issue form snow) I laid down landscape fabric and covered it with pea gravel not expensive at all- and picked up some large pallets that...
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    Help with Ornamental Aeonium AKA Pinwheel Succulent

    Yes it is the leaves on the bottom, they yellow and seem to dry out then fall. I just feel like the ops should be fuller but maybe this is not unusual for the end of the winter? I was thinking maybe these plants are like the primroses and actually need it cooler, that perhaps they were to warm...
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    Is It Possible To Grow Miniature Roses Indoors In Flower Pots?

    I have been struggling with miniature roses for two years now and this winter I have finally seemed to get it right. I bought some wonderful red miniature roses last spring and replanted these in a clay pot, when it was warm enough I took them outside and left them there until it was almost a...
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    Help with Ornamental Aeonium AKA Pinwheel Succulent

    I can't help myself when I go to the greenhouse, especially when I see a plant that is unique. This last round I saw what looks like a Hens and Chick plant, yet it grows on a stalk and reminds me almost of a succulent rose. the tag says it is a Pinwheel. Now I have followed the instructions of...
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    Can indoor plants kill?

    Short of some sort of infestation or sensitivity to the plant, fertilizer or a fungus that likes the plant I can not think of to many dangers associated with houseplants. I guess you could get bitten by a spider or something like that. Chances are if a plant started messing with your asthma it...
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    Old Neglected Lilac Bush

    I have lilacs that have been in the yard for decades. There are a few things I notice that make the lilacs not flower. In my region because we are Northern, Spring weather can really knock out the Lilacs if we get a warm spell and they bud to soon, and a bitter cold snap follows. Also not...
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    Do you recognize this snake?

    It is just an opinion, but coming from a region that has poisonous snakes and spiders and a few other nasty's in that garden- I have gotten so I will usually try to stir an area up a bit. You can mist with a hose, or let the dog roam around a bit. I think it is pretty dangerous to walk up to a...
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    The Mother of All Boston Ferns

    This past fall I got so lucky, a friend I know from work asked me to take her two Boston Ferns that she had on the patio because there was no room in the condo. I have never seen such large lush ferns outside of a botanical garden. Truthfully I was afraid I would probably kill them but they seem...
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    Fake plants

    I have mixed fake flowers and dried in the house with real plants. Sometimes it just makes more sense and if you want to extend a feeling of green in the home it might be the best idea. Occasionally there is a spot where no matter what you do no plant could grow, be it light or just the...
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    A few succulents

    My story of the Aloe, one day about close to 15 years ago I was helping my brother move a dresser and back behind the dresser between the wall and the dresser was a piece of Aloe, just hanging out and growing. I took the piece home and put it in a pot. I was just telling him over the holiday how...
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    Art with rocks!

    I like the ones made into flower. I have always had a thing about rocks in the garden, I really like the rocks, I like to keep things looking natural and sometimes you just need the right rock to make it all very striking. @zigs I don't know about painting a load of rocks but maybe leaving a...
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    Waxy leaf privet Spot question

    I like to fertilize the bushes in either late fall or early spring so that when the rains come they have nutrients for the growth cycle. Because we get snow up here most of the bushes go dormant, just the same they need care to make sure that the snow does not crush them down. I try to trim...
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    How About a Bird Bath?

    I have a birdbath in the garden and the small pool I use for my water turtle. The birds seem to enjoy both of these I have really tried to make my property friendly for birds, I think a naturalized habitat is important for anything that wants to make a home in my small plot of earth. I do get a...
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    And for my next project...

    My raised bed is about the same size, thyme does well and stays pretty compact, if you decide to do oregano be careful because it likes to spread a bit. I just give parts away so it does not take over. You could try rosemary since the soil is rich and I would be inclined to do a small bunch of...
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    Unwanted cat in my garden

    Animals of all sorts are in abundance in my area. I have never had a problem with the cats bothering the planted beds. What I did to keep some of the creatures out was I went to the local sporting goods store and got some tiger pi$$ I figured this would be a good way to keep the deer out and...
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