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April 5, 2010 Horticulture Column

Howdy from the hort world!!!


It is so fun to watch the sun come up and realize that we are only days away from actually working in the yard.  The first order of business for me will be to remove my leaf bags away from the rose bushes.  This is another of my ideas for a learning model.  We generally should not remove the rose bush covers until we are quite confident that the last major frost is done, for the year.  I have been trying different mulches and covers, on my rose bushes, to determine what might work the best and most definitely which might be the easiest to use.  People are more apt to do something if live is easy.  I am also excited to see how the rose bushes bloom this spring and summer season.  They will all have had a full season so should perform quite nicely this summer.  It is also interesting to see the differences in all of the different rose bushes.  I have many Canadian releases and also some Tea roses (much less hardy).  I have found that they will all survive the winter season if we care for them, in a proper manner.  I don’t remember for sure but I think we have 18 different rose bushes.  They do need special care to retain that beautiful bloom and will talk about that next week.  I am running out of time to meet the deadline for today’s paper but just a reminder that I will start radio next week.  I will be airing three shows a week and am thinking of starting a call in show.  I need to work out details with Radio Works, it may not work for them, but we will have the weekly horticulture show.


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