questions, anyone?

this time of year, we’re all thinking about garden projects…

what are some tips for quick & easy spring clean-up?
what, when, & how should i plant in my new woodland garden?
what annuals and perennials give a stellar show with the lowest maintenance?
how can i get my yard & garden looking good for that big summer bbq i’m planning?
is there anything i can do to thwart those awful japanese beetles? what about aphids?

in response to your puzzlement, i offer a Q & A sesh hosted right here, at green thumb black dog–your new garden quandary headquarters. drop a comment, hit me with your plans…maybe your neighbor is wondering that same thing. steve & amy, i know you’ve got questions!

can you dig it?

…the only thing i don’t know, is why men prefer espn-ing to weeding. can’t help ya there…

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4 thoughts on “questions, anyone?

  1. I have a question! It’s a little outside your region, but you always surprise me with your range of knowledge. My orange tree has something on the underside of some leaves that looks almost like a white maze. Once it starts, the leaves sort-of curl up around it.
    I’m also looking for a drought & heat tolerant ground cover that’s low maintenance and will grow in sandy soil. Any suggestions?
    Thanks 🙂

  2. What happening Waudski,

    Call us out like than and we better have a question or two, eh? How about five.

    Before we ask, we just wanted to say we love your blog – “long time readers, first time commenters.”

    Question 1: We have two spots in our yard that we love to fill with flowers – to be greeted with vivid color on a warm summer day is without compare – but we’ve had some issues with the amount of sunlight they were receiving. What are the best flowers to have in a partial sun area? Shady area?(under a big oak tree)

    Question 2: How often should I water my flowers?

    Question 3: What is the best fertilizer and do we really need it?

    Question 4: When are you coming up to God’s Country (Beautiful and Sunny (partially) Lansing)? We miss you.

    Question 5: Where did I come from?

    We love you Lisa. Keep up the great blog. It is a pleasure to read your thoughtful words.

    Love, Laughs, and Aloha,
    Steve, Amy, and Adam

  3. well, miss colleenie…sounds like you’ve got citrus leaf miners, which are tiny moths–a twelfth of an inch or so. their larvae tunnel into the new, young leaves of citrus trees leaving a pattern that you’re seeing as a maze. as it matures, it builds a cocoon that dries and curls the leaf under. the fabulous garden product supply company gardens alive offers a concentrate called bulls-eye, a bioinsecticide that you would spray in the evening (leaf miners are more active at night,) covering it with a garbage bag tied at the trunk and hoping for the best by morning. gardens alive says bulls-eye is pet safe (gotta keep sunny & mia happy!) and harvesting fruit as soon as the day after spraying is fine. if the infestation is bad, you can treat the tree again in a week or so.
    so, passed question one…but number two is a toughie. i am not terribly familiar with florida’s flora, but after a little research (read: googling), i might say to try strawflower–cultivar ‘flambe’ from the plant patenter company proven winners, which are at most garden centers. it comes in yellow & orange, and claims to be heat, drought, and sandy soil tolerant. it’s like superplant!
    –good luck lady!

  4. stevzie, aimes, lil’ A!
    glad to hear from you…though you could go easy on a girl with all these questions! we’ll start with number five, and work back…
    5) carol and denny were driving home one evening, back when people didn’t know smoking was bad for you. denny asked carol if she’d like a cigarette, to which she responded, “no dennis, i’d like to get married.” the rest is cross family history. if you can’t figure it out from there, you should watch the video you took on august 12th last summer.
    4) did someone say lugnuts?
    3) ah, fertilizer. yes, you should use it–a granular at planting, mixed in with the soil, then a water-soluble on the annuals every other week through the season. i like to use maine stream organics granular ferts (yeah, that’s what we call ’em in the biz–ferts) and neptune’s harvest or alaska fish fertilizer for the bi-weekly boost. but just watch it–sophie and every dog in the ‘hood is going to wonder where the delicious fishy smell is coming from, and may dig to find it.
    2) i like to say water every day. except in really shady, perpetually wet spots, this is a good rule.
    1) ok. part shade can mean a couple things–when does the sun hit the area? if it’s morning, that’s wonderful. it inhibits fungus and prevents the aforementioned really shady, perpetually wet spots. if this is the case, then go for the old stand-by and classic fave of mine, impatiens! you may remember them from such island roads as the one to hana. browallia is another good pick–it’s purple and low-maintenance as well. if you are interested in flowering perennials (they come back every year,) try lamium, astilbe, bleeding hearts, columbine, lady’s mantle, and even the old standard, hostas. if the part-sun is defined as afternoon basking, then we can get away with sun annuals–snapdragons, zinnias, salvia, lantana, cleome, ageratum, cosmos, and on and on. in a true sunny spot, you might even try a hibiscus or plumeria, just so amy can pick flowers to wear behind her ear.

    maybe what you really need is a gardener…let’s talk, maybe i can swing up to spend an afternoon with my ohana…

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