Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Ask me a question

During Garden Walk, we invited some of the people who were asking about plants to use this blog to ask their garden questions. Over the years, I've gained a lot of "dirt-covered-hands-on" knowledge and a lot of other knowledge has come through voraciously reading garden books and other gardening websites (two of the best are listed in my links section).

Anyway, got a gardening question, particularly a Western New York zone 4,5,and sometimes 6 question?

Ask it here.

I will create a permanent place for this post in "Perennial Posts."

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Neat blog. I'm glad you share all this graden enthusiasm with the rest of us. Especially novices like me!

Ethan

Jen14221 said...

See you tonight!

OldRoses said...

Great blog! And I'm not even intoxicated. Here's my question: would you be interested in adding your blog to Garden Voices on GardenWeb? You can email me at OldRosesBlog@yahoo.com if you are interested or have any questions. Thanks! Caren

EAL said...

Speaking of questions, Gardenweb.com is a great place to get them answered. Their forums are very comprehensive.

Ginny Williams said...

I believe one of your garden treasures last garden walk was a "Persian Shield". Magnificent!! However, forgot where you said you purchased it. Please refresh my memory as it is a "must have" . Thanks so much! Ginny

EAL said...

I order it from Select Seeds--selectseeds.com.

But I think Lockwoods, Mischlers, or one of the other better nurseries in town might have it. It is hard to find really interesting and unusual annuals in WNY.

nic said...

Wine I got. Green thumbs, I have not. I need some serious help. I have no clue as to where to begin on planting this ridiculous amount of flowers I ended up buying today on a whim. After being laughed out of the house when I answered that I was going to use the dirt from the yard, I also purchased a gigantic bag of fancy dirt and some gravel to begin work on this big ol’ wooden tub found on the side of the road. Is there any rules I should know before I begin? Here’s what I’m thinking: throw in the rocks, toss some dirt on top, start shoving in the plants…water?

EAL said...

If your wooden container has small drainage holes on the bottom, you will not need rocks. Rocks will not provide drainage--there must be a way for the water to drain out of the container so that the soil doesn't get waterlogged. Provided that's taken care of, throw in the dirt, plant the plants, water, provide sun, and you should be fine.

margarita said...

Why is no one talking about the disappearing honey bees? Does anyone think that the pollen of GMO plants may have something to do with it?

EAL said...

Gee, I wouldn't have the vaguest. I would suggest that disappearing habitats (fewer plants) and chemicals would be more likely culprits.

Magicman2u said...

Where can I find Good compost for sale in the buffalo area?

EAL said...

Most people make their own, but I've heard Lockwood's has some very good stuff.

amateis1991@yahoo.com said...

I would like to purchase some apple blossom rosebud geraniums.

EAL said...

I got them online from Select Seeds. (selectseeds.com)

Dana said...

when is the best time of the year to plant seedlings from last ears tomatoes into a pot?

EAL said...

I would say it's too early, unless you have greenhouse conditions. But I am a flower gardener, so this is not my area of expertise, sadly.

Robin (Bumblebee) said...

Hi Elizabeth,

So why is the blog called Gardening While Intoxicated? I kept meaning to as you that when we were in Austin, but never got the chance.

I'm frequently having a glass or two or three in the garden. But no work is getting done, since I get silly or tend to want to take a nap.

I looked, but can't find the origin of the name. Will you email me?

Robin at Bumblebee

baygirl66 said...

Hello,

I have a garden on my balcony of my apartment where I have several typed of perennials and annuals. One is my burrerfly weeds which we bought because we saw this Monarch laying eggs on it. Many of then hatched and we got to see one of the caterpillars create a cocoon.
Now the plant is blooming this beautiful dusty pink flower but has become a breeding ground for ants and aphids. What can I do to rid myself of them? Is this common to butterfly weed?

Thank you very much for your help.
baygirl66

Anonymous said...

Got another question. I actually found ladybugs in my gardening shop which I am giong to use tonight. However my next question pertains to the container issue. Doe it make a dffernece about what my pot is made out of...clay or plastic as to what will grow?

Thanks for your help,
bay66

Debra Barnes said...

Great Blog This is my very first comment on any blog...very new at this whole concept! I just created my own this weekend...kind of a tribute to my Mother...I've decided to write a book about our relationship...I'm sure there are a million out there just like it but I not one of them is about my mom.

On the gardening note...my husband and I walk the back yard every evening checking on the gardens...and yes there is definately a lovely glass of vino in my hand! But the tomatoes! Do you have any idea why the bottom leaves curl up sometimes??

Heather said...

I love the title of your blog. Do you do vegetables? And do you do any canning? I live in Brockville, ON Canada and have a similar zone (5) to contend with.

Debra Barnes said...

Thanks so much for "blogging back"...if that's what it's called!

Yes Yes, I do vegetables. This year I added string beans, baby lettuce, arugula and bok choy. I have about 22 tomato plants planted, I like a good variety. I am a culinary grad of The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge Mass and simply love being able to walk out the back door and pick fresh veggies and herbs. I would love to send some pics but have no clue as to how to send them to you...any ideas? Oh, and I thought the name of your blog was perfect...it's what drew me to it.

Debra Barnes said...

OOOPS! I just realized that I was answering to a different person...I told you I am VERY new at this....sorry for the confusion.

I do a little canning but mostly strawberry jam. We have three farms within a mile or so of us and I can pick fresh berries, bring them and get right to making the jam. The farm closest to us has the most amazing corn I have ever had! We ate it literally every day last summer and what was not eaten was par-cooked and frozen for winter time.

What do you grow in your gardens?

Anonymous said...

I grow tomatoes and this year I looked all over for "Campari" seeds or plants and could not find them. They are about twice the size of a large cherry tomato, & are small enough to stuff with parmasin cheese and fresh breadcrumbs with basil and a bit of garlic...bake at 350 until the cheese has melted on top...yummy!
I also grow a few cucumbers and dill, and a few rows of carrots. When we moved here a few years ago, there was not even one tree in the back yard, and the house is 50 years old! Well, I soon fixed that!

I like to can tomatoes as opposed to freezing them...much more succulant! I just did a batch of strawberry jam yesterday...still a bit runny, so I 've decided to call it "Strawberry Soup for Toast"...I will try another receipe next time...( I promise I did not mess with the sugar or pectin!).
I just love planting perrineals amd usually plant too many . I end of having to thin them out every year.
Well, I've managed to natter on...take care and happy planting/harvesting/cooking/baking!!!

Debra Barnes said...

That all sounds awesome! As far as the jam goes...I ignore the directions...add more strawberries and cut the sugar by 1/3...it comes out just delish! Nothing like breaking the Jam rules!!