February 26th 2012 6:48 am
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I just love watching Mom's flowers wave in the wind outside. And Mom has Desert plants on the back deck for us to enjoy too.
Mom was wondering....there seems to be a lot of Catster Mom's that love gardening and she was wondering....a gardening diary every once in a while or a group? After all it is time for Mom's to get there gardening gloves and shovels and miracle grow out.
Mom realizes gardening has little to do with cats so she's not sure how this will be received but then again, it's a passion so many of us share. She noticed Tully's Mom noted her catnip plant had made it through the winter and Tristin's Mom bought a gold fish plant. We all have seen Eddy's gorgeous picture with her Mom's Lilac plant. And Finn and Lacey's Mom has a flower garden to die for! The perfect cottage garden. See Mom has two hobbies other than being on here...cooking and her garden.
Actually, we could include Vegetable gardens in the group too.
We could share what our favorite plants are, what new ones we are trying out, and tips for growing certain plants. Also, we could have a list of all poisonous plants to your animals. Another words....which ones can I chew on? Mom would say none of them. MOL.
Mom just bought us a new plant Kitty Crack plant After she brought it home she realized Gris and Zach both got very sour faces on them after biting on the plant. She looked up the plant and found out it has a very bitter and fiery like taste. She also found out to wash her hands after playing with the plant the hard way. See not knowing that the plant oils where still on her hands, she gave Diamond a dog biscuit. Diamond drank like 50 gallons of water after eating the biscuit. Poor Diamond.
Turns out..the plant is good for rubbing not eating. These are the kind of tips we could share with each other.
Mom also bought a Crinum named Mrs. James Hendry. She has a great idea for making easy work of dividing them. With friends in Texas, and California, she would love to run this idea by them. Does anybody have a Crinums?
Hi ya Zoe,
Our Mom loves to spend time in the garden. Sometimes we get to go outside with her if the weather is nice. Our catnip plant is thriving and some of Mom's other plants she thought were killed by December frost are coming back to life again. My Mom would be interested in a garden group. We think it would be cool to see what other kitties grow in their gardens. Have a purrfect Sunday!
Mom thanks it would be cool too. I mean, we have friends from all over. Imagine how different our gardens are and yet how some plants we be in most of our gardens. I wonder what you grow in Navada other then Yuccas.
We live in Black Spot country, with all the late afternoon thunderstorms we get around here. So our biggest challenge here is trying to keep black spot from killing our Roses. Boy, we would love to get a tip on that! Remember, it was Mom's treating the roses with chemicals that resulted in Zach losing his mousey last year. Mom would love to have a totally chemical free garden.
Can't believe I misspelled Nevada!
Zoe...tell yur mom to log onto bhg.com.....better homes and gardens...the staff is on the cell so we cant send a link....but they typically have suggestions and tips for gardens, both flower and vegetable...and I have heard it depends on the variety of rose as to how much black spot they get...
Hugs from dai$y......
P s. We dont know about crinums and wanted to ask in the prior post but the site has turned turtle today or we're lost in cyberspace....
Crinums are considered an heirloom plant. This is the Crinum that Mom bought She is going to place it at the far corner of the house..as a end piece per say.
The Crinum is a South African lily. And the problem with them is they get HUGE root systems over time. Mom watched a guy on you tube divide one. He said the root system was 100 pds and took 2 days for 4 guys to dig it up. Once up, the guy just pulled the bulbs apart without the help of a knife or machete. Mom's idea is to raise it in a huge non flashy plastic container. (you can hide the container with other plants you know) Then every couple years..slash the container in half. No digging, no serious lifting...the bulbs are right there for the sharing. Now this is just in theory but she sure it will work. Whatcha thank?
Oh! These flowers are for the southern and gulf states but have been known to grow easily in Cali too.
Zoe I think that's a great idea and mom says thank you so much for the compliment, you're so sweet! Mom is itching bad to get back out there. The whole winter has been warm and now its freezing!! She hasn't grown any annuals in a couple of years and this year she's determined. She also didn't do her veggies last year and regretted it. Since its so expensive to buy anything now and since most stuff in the grocery store is yucky anyway, she's gonna TRY and do it this year. She also doesn't want to hurt her back either.
Grandma grows her veggies in the garden but for easy pickings she has grown several different lettuces, radishes and carrots in containers on the back deck for years now. Mom says she's going to do that this year. Small but worth it. Now if only you could grow your meat in the back yard. MOL. The Tabbies would LOVE a Trout plant I'm sure.
Mom grew Vincas last year which is an annual "hot sun loving" plant. Regular watering is a must though. They got huge! Mom said she's has to get some more this year. I imagine if you have a spot that gets 5 or more sun hours it would do well for you.
Never had much luck with Zinnias and Marigolds believe it or not. She loves their bright colors but they get leggy and faded from the heat. On the other hand there are some plants that are annuals for you but are every year plants for us, thanks to our mild winters.
Tabbies, Mom gets the e-letters from BHGs and remembered they sent one out about Roses just a month ago. She went back to check it out cause she saved it and wouldn't you know on the side was a section on stopping Black Spot. Mom generally buys hybrids of classic roses. Their bloom is repeated but their fungal resistance isn't as good as the Knock outs.
Word to the wise....bring your thorn proof gloves when pruning back your Knock Outs. My girl Mariette looked like she had been attacked by a thousand cats after pruning hers. She admits she knew better. Just like Mariette, Mom got chiggers on one hand after cutting back the neighbors ornamental grasses. She knew better too. Next year she said she's going to use the weed eater to trim them back.
Mom's not much of a gardener, but would like to learn more. She thinks your idea is great Zoe! Why not start a group on Catster? What would you name the group?
Gosh, I don't know what to name it. Gardening with Catster's and Dogster's or maybe GreenPaw. Any suggestions?
Mom has always said if you can raise children, pets and keep a marriage alive you can raise a garden. They all correct the same character flaws. The main challenge is having the time. Once gardening gets under your skin you find the time...trust me.
Look, Mom loved looking through Flower Catalogs and Gardening mags way before she found her green thumb. A matter of fact she thought she had a black thumb for the longest time. The whole family joked about how fast she could kill a plant. Then she learned how to read the plant tag and actually follow it's advice. MOL. It's not that hard really. I'll send you an invite.
The name GreenPaw is cute; I really like it!
Oooh I love GreenPaws or maybe Catnip Gardens?
Yes, GreenPaws with an "s" is terrific!
Hi Alex! Mom's got a big old yard with lots of plants, bushes, and trees, and knows nothing about caring for them. She needs help with gardening!
Tigger mommy would be excited to help you and anyone else with that stuff. Next to us kitties, gardening is her favorite thing! It brings her so much joy and she loves to see all the butterflies feeding on her plants.
I like GreenPaws. I like Catnip Gardens but the doggies wouldn't find that interesting at all. MOL.
Tigger, you need help! Alex can most definitely help, maybe another member can too..thus a great reason to have the group. I'm going to work on it now!
Great Alex! :) When do we start Zoe?!
MOL! You read my mind Zoe!
I tried starting the group with bare bones (no pretty background yet) and it keeps sending me a Bad Catster message claiming it has had a partial system failure. What? Anyway, I'll try again to open the group latter. I put it in the art and Hobbies category.
Alex, I know you are super busy but would you like to be an admin. Who do I add you on if yes? I didn't see a spot for co admin.
Oh and I just realized, I forgot Gumps pic with his Mom's crocuses. There's another gardener proud of her flower babies.
I can try it and see, I'm sure it won't be that busy (oy!). MOL. You can just use me as the participant. I think it'll be a lot of fun and help mom take her mind off cats being sick all the time. Mom needs other things in her life to balance it!
Well, you know Mom has always thought being with nature is the great neutralizer.
Poop! Just tried once more starting from scratch again and the same message about partial system failure came up. I guess it'll be tomorrow.
A thought just rushed in my head. Knowing my luck, there will be like 6 versions of our group floating around tomorrow. Ha! If there is I'll just have to delete them.
No rush, we still have time.
Nature is the best therapy for so many things Zoe. Mom ALWAYS feels better after working in her garden or even just going for a walk at the lake.
I'm so excited about GreenPaws. Whenever you get the chance Zoe. Maybe Catster is having fleas?
As a side note, when Mom and Dad bought our house it had an established garden. Mom feels overwhelmed because she's not knowledgeable about gardening at all. And, to boot, she has some physical limitations that prevent her from bending over for long periods of time; ground level weeding is difficult. She saw a neat gardening cart with wheels that people can sit on for sale. She hopes that might help? :)
That cart sounds like it would be really helpful.
Tricks of the trade for weeds...if you have a formal yard you can get some young buck to help you cut landscaping netting around your existing bushes and flowers. Mom said she's put so many wholes in hers over the years that she needs to put down new netting this year herself.
I hear trash bags and cardboard boxes work well too.
Then once you get this protective layer down, top with Mulch. Mulch helps so much and over the years it will add good compost to your soil.
Now, the theory behind a weed free cottage garden if I understand correctly is crowd them out with flowers and mulch. Am I right Alex?
Okay, what is landscaping netting? MOL MOL (I told you Mom doesn't know anything. She probably needs a Gardening for Dummies book! MOL)
Sorry to interrupt (MOL!) . . . Others are having the same problem starting groups. When I created Dreamy Girls, it disappeared and a message appeared on the screen that said the group was hiding behind the server (huh?!) so I contacted HQ for help. If you contact HQ and tell them the problem and give them the name you want the group to be called, they'll create the group for you, make you the admin and send you the link to the group and then you set it up as you want. It may take a few days. Good luck with your group!
p.s. I like the name Green Paws!
You can buy it at your local home improvement store. If you have a large space it can get pricey. That's why I gave you alternatives.
It is a net that comes in a roll, it is black. Ask for help finding it. It will help to know the width and length of your garden. The average foundation plants take two rolls deep. Another wards figure out how much you need for the length of the house and double that.
Thanks Kaci. I'll try that. Do you have a love for flowers and gardens?
I don't even bother with that stuff. I've always used plain old newspapers. It's biodegradable and lasts a long time, plus it enriches the soil and lets into the soil and roots of the plants.
Hey Zoe! I'm glad you remembered about Bubba Gump plants and Mom's crocuses (how do you spell that?). Some of the bulbs are pushing out of the ground right now. Mom can't wait for the spring bulbs. Narcissus(es - ?) are also beautiful and have such a gorgeous scent, and daffodils are definitely delightful.
Hey, one of our favorite natural/holistic pet stores is called "Green Paws" which also sounds like a great name for your group. :)
Cool! Gump I'm so glad you showed up.
Oops, Mom was thinking of hyacinths, not narcissus' being the ones that are so fragrant and lovely. Yes, mancats can say 'lovely'. ;)
MOL! Zach says it all the time. MOL!
We had one daffodil that decided to open the day we had our one and only snow. Silly Daffy Dill. Mom cut it and brought it in the house.
Alex, Mom has heard about newspaper but she always figured the rain would destroy it. How many sheets in one laying another words three sheets deep or more?
what a great idea Zoe....mom really isn't into gardening because she isn't that great at it.....however if anyone wants to volunteer to do our garden, now that would be something..... maybe when retirement arrives gardening will become a passion, although with the recent government changes to OAS and CPP retirement may not happen until 70 MOL...
We actually had a family memeber who was a Walmart greeter when we first got our Walmart and yes he was over 75 by several years.
3 sheets is enough. One layer of mulch over it
Mom might try the newspaper and use the savings to buy more plants.
Tigger, I still recommend the netting for you. I'm sure you don't want to go out there and lay paper down every year. The netting that Mom uses is Biodegradable, it's made out of corn somehow. Also, to make it last even longer and keep the weeds down I suggest the med size bark. It's Mom's favorite for established fuss free landscapes.
Get a local handyman you trust to bring you a truck load, it's cheaper than buying it by the bag. And you can get a deep layer of mulch down too.
When the group is up get your Mom to go outside and take some pics...hopefully we can help you with how to care for your existing landscaping.
Hi guys! Hey, I'm in if you're doing Greenpaws! Tigger, another alternative to the rather expensive netting, is straw or hay. Of course, hay DOES introduce some weed seeds into your garden, but as we needed it for the rather larger vegie garden with as little expense as possible, we deemed it worth the little extra weed pulling. Alex, newspaper is good, but we personally gave it up because of the canary grass and some of the other really heavy rooted plants that grow here. It didn't do the job for us, and trying to remove it so we could till again was next to impossible, but in other locations with less pernicious grasses, it would be cheap and effective. The advantage of straw or hay is that it will break down into a really nice compost.
Samhain, if using the straw around bushes and flowers would you still top it with Mulch? I guess it wouldn't hurt.
See this is exactly why I like the idea of a gardening group. We all have personal experiences with what works best for us and in our areas. We can read and try new things.
Peekaboo wrote Mom earlier and talked about raising Tomatoes on their deck to keep the deer away. Which prompted Mom to tell them all the things Grandpa has tried to get rid of their veggie garden grazing deer including peeing in the woods near the garden. MOL. I love this!
As soon as the group gets going, Mom will take some pictures of our yard so she can get some advice. She subscribed to a gardening magazine a few weeks ago, and is looking forward to getting her first issue! :)
Mom found a neat rolling garden seat called Scoot-N-Do Caddy for a good price. :)
That will help a lot!
I'd be interested in a gardening group!
Jez.. Mom thanks she has killed Miranda the orchid. She dropped all her flowers! Mom has went into rescue mode now. Thanking maybe she was getting to much sun where she was sitting she has moved her into the guest bathroom with all the plants that need to be planted. It's hot and Mom runs the shower for them everyday.
Also Jez, being from Texas do you know anything about Crinums?
I used to love to help mom in the garden. There are pictures in my catster photo book. I would love to join your group. Keep us posted ok?
Zoe - we never put mulch on top of the straw, but it might not look neat enough for some gardens. Here's a close-up of the 2010 vegie garden. Also, here are two bits of foolproof gardening advice we've picked up over the years: for deer - an 8 ft fence; for moles - call your real estate broker - MOL!
straw on the potato and cole crops beds
Hi Zoe, my love. I am sorry I can't be a part of your group.
We lead very deprived lives, we are apartment dwellers :(
I miss you and I am sorry I am MIA! Forgive me, please.
Your always forgiven Teddy.
Any luck yet with getting the group to work on Catster?
No message from HQ but......I decided to try again about an hour ago and guess what....it saved the page. Mom is just working on the starting forums right now. She's also adding the valuable links.
Next step, invite all our friends. You can invite yourself cause we wanted the group to be open to everyone.
Remember the name of the group is GreenPaws
Everybody, save me some time and just come join.
We're there! :D Thank you Zoe!
Check out the links there is two for poisonest plants. Three is my favorite nurseries and the pest library is so helpful.
Check out the links there is two for poisonest plants. Three is my favorite nurseries and the pest library is so helpful.