Fertilizing Hydrangeas Myths

Fertilizing a healthy hydrangea will not cause it to bloom. If a hydrangea will not bloom year after year, there is a problem unrelated to the fertilizer. There are several reasons why hydrangeas won’t bloom, but a lack of fertilizer is not one of them. This is unfortunate since we would all like a simple solution to the common problem of hydrangeas failing to bloom.

Fertilizer will not change the color of the blooms. It’s possible that extra ingredients added to fertilizers might change the color, but the fertilizer itself doesn’t have this power.

When leaves on a plant turn yellow with green veins, regular fertilizer will not improve the color. This condition usually means the plant needs iron. Yellow leaves and green veins are often the result of iron chlorosis. This is the result of either an iron deficiency or iron unavailable for plant uptake. Liquid iron can easily be poured or sprayed on the plant with results that often are quite dramatic.

Wildlife Repellent Recipe

Wildlife Repellent Recipe 1

This wildlife repellent recipe is recommended to protect your plants from being eaten. Mix the ingredients together and spray it on your shrubs, plants, trees, around and on garbage cans or anywhere you want the raccoon to stay away from.

Mix one small bottle of hot sauce (like Tabasco) or one can of cayenne pepper with one gallon of water that has had one teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent added to it. The soap will help the pepper water adhere to the plants and other places you spray. The pepper spray will need to be reapplied after a rain or watering. Make sure you thoroughly wash any fruit or vegetable you harvest that has been sprayed before you eat it.

Wildlife Repellent Recipe 2

This wildlife repellent recipe is called Hot Pepper Repellent and is just effective as the one above. Ingredients are: one tablespoon of Cayenne pepper, one chopped Jalapeno pepper and one chopped yellow onion

In two quarts water, boil the ingredients for 20 minutes. After the mixture has cools, strain it through cheesecloth. Spray the strained liquid anywhere you want to repellent wildlife. It is very effective, but must be reapplied every three to five days.

 

Boston Pickling

Boston Pickling is part of the Cucumis genus and is a Cucumber variety. Its scientific name is Cucumis sativus ‘Boston Pickling’ and a heirloom cultivar. This heirloom dates back to 1880 in Boston, Massachusetts, with variety typically blooms in the following colors; Office Green and Green-yellow. They measure 5-6 inch long, 2-3 inch wide blunt ended dark green cucumbers.

Normally reaching to a mature height of 12 inches, Boston Pickling grows with a climbing growth habit. With blooms occurring in late spring.

This plant tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for Boston Pickling Cucumber is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.

Iron

Every living thing needs food for fuel to grow and survive, and plants are just like animals in this regard. Scientists have determined 16 different elements that are crucial to healthy plant life, and iron is a small but important item on that list.

The role of iron in plants is as basic as it can get: without iron a plant can’t produce chlorophyll, can’t get oxygen and won’t be green. The function of iron is to act much like it does in a human bloodstream – helping to carry important elements through a plant’s circulatory system.

Iron for plants can come from a number of sources. Ferric oxide is a chemical present in soil that gives dirt a distinctive red color, and plants can absorb iron from this chemical.

Iron is also present in decomposing plant matter, so adding compost to your soil or even allowing dead leaves to collect on the surface can help to add iron to your plants’ diet.

Iron is involved when a plant produces chlorophyll, which gives the plant oxygen as well as its healthy green color. This is why plants with an iron deficiency, or chlorosis, show a sickly yellow color to their leaves. Iron is also necessary for some enzyme functions in many plants.

Soil that is alkaline or has had too much lime added often causes an iron deficiency in the plants in the area. You can correct it easily by adding an iron fertilizer, or evening out the pH balance in the soil by adding garden sulfur. Use a soil test kit and speak with your local extension service for testing if the problem persists.

Garlic Dill Pickles Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 quart vinegar
  • 6 ounces salt
  • Dill weed
  • 3 cloves garlic per quart of pickles
  • Pickling cucumbers cleaned and sliced into chips or wedges.
  • 1 teaspoon pickling spice per quart

Preparation Directions:

Dissolve salt in the water and vinegar. Place a layer of dill weed into a clean quart sized canning jar. Clean and slice pickling cucumbers into chips or wedges. Pack sliced pickles into jar. Add pickling spice. Coarsely chop 3 cloves of garlic and add to the jar. Add brine to completely cover pickles. Let stand at room temperature for 7-10 days. Refrigerate and use when desired.

Vegetable Planting Depth

Crops such as beets, lettuce, artichokes, and strawberries like their roots to sit right below the soil’s surface, just up to the crown. Watermelon, cantaloupe, zucchini, and cucumbers should be planted deep enough so that the soil comes up to the base of their first leaves. While vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant like to be planted quite deep; the stem and the entire first set of leaves should be buried under the soil.