Iím loviní the summer! Getting out into the garden during the summer is a matter of timing. If the forecast is for hot weather, the key is to getting out in the morning and getting those pots watered. If the forecast is for showers, itís timing the trips to the garden during the dry periods to check veggies and picking what the garden has to offer. It is all about taking advantage of the opportunities that the weather presents. Sometimes the planning is centered around watering and vacations. Check out our story on watering tips to help your garden get through the heat!
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Willamette View Roses
What do you do when your favorite garden has to go away? Well, if you are the staff and residents at Willamette View, you build a new one! That is exactly what they did. We met with Meredith from the staff and she told us that Willamette View had to grow and so the old rose garden planted in 1955 had to go. That was when residents started working with staff on getting the plans laid for a new garden. Jim, a resident at Willamette View, led a group that worked with designers and plant people on getting the location chosen and soon after roses started going into the new garden. Phil Edmunds from Garden Rose Consulting (503-476-4262), who had been helping maintain the old garden jumped in and help with the moving of around 35 of the old roses into a bed of nearly 300 new roses. Each of the new beds is assigned to a rose lover at Willamette View, except for a couple of open beds that are used for others to get cut flowers for their apartments.
This garden is a great example of people working together when change happens, to create a place of beauty for all to enjoy for years to come!
Ever moved from a home and wanted to take along your favorite rose? Or maybe a friend wanted a rose just like one in your garden. You could try to find the same rose at your local garden center, but if you canít, we have a way that you can take a cutting and share it with anyone! Rachel at the International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park showed us how you can make a new plant with just a few things, no greenhouse needed!
She told us that you simply wait for a stem to finish blooming on your rose bush. At that point cut the stem down as you normally would when deadheading. This is a vegetative cutting. Make sure that you have at least 3 leaf nodes on the stem. Cut off the flowers and the bottom 2 leaves. Leave the leaves near the top of your cutting. Take a sealable bag of clean potting soil and water it down. Donít soak it. Get some rooting hormone and dip the bottom end of the stem in the hormone. Donít use a lot, just a little dab on the bottom. Then place the cutting in the bag of soil and seal it up. Keep it in a warm place, with indirect sunlight and donít open the bag for at least 2 weeks. Pretty soon you should see roots forming inside the bag. Once the roots are formed, transfer the rose to a larger pot and treat it like any other potted plant. You now have a new rose made from your old rose! Try this project with your kids and show them how easy it is to make plants grow!
Summer Water Tips
Summer is here and you might be getting ready to take that vacation that youíve been waiting all year to take, but what about your lawn, what about your plants!? To get some tips on how to prepare your lawn and garden for your travels we met with our old friend Kevin from the Regional Water Providers Consortium. Kevin recommended that you start with a walk around your garden. Check out the sprinkler system and where your plants are located. Check to make sure that your system is in good working order and covering all the areas of your garden that need watering. If you have a neighbor who will be checking your house, walk them through your system as well, including how to shut off the system if there is a blowout or a problem. You should also make sure that your hose connections are tight and secure and that there are no leaks.
If you have pots or containers place them in a shady area with plants that have similar needs grouped together. That way they can all get the same attention that they deserve. If you are worried about keeping those containers watered, get a small kiddie pool and fill it with a couple of inches of water and place your containers in the pool. This should help them stay watered until you return.
By taking a few steps you can return to a happy and healthy landscape after your summer vacation!
Grady Rain Barrels
Summer is here and it is warm and dry, the perfect time to think about rain! Actually it is the perfect time to look into rain storage and rain barrels! We met with Brady from Grady Barrels (541-554-6753) in Eugene. Grady Barrels is the local expert in rain barrels and rain storage. They help homeowners set up rain catchment systems large and small. Brady showed us a kit that they have available on their website and at local garden centers like Down to Earth in Eugene, that will help you build your own rain barrel. He simply located the correct spot on the barrel to drill and then installed the shut off valve. Other kits that we didnít show you, allow you to hook up to your downspout and to also link your barrel to others to expand your systemís capacity. If you are interested in starting to capture your rain for other uses, check out the Grady Barrel website or give them a call. Do it now before the rains return this fall!