Whether you are a garden novice or a veteran gardener, you may be aware of the sad fact that our shade garden annual favorite is being denied life by the nasty downy mildew that spreads
all across our nation now. Even if you save your own Impatien seed and keep other garden center plants away from your carefully and lovingly tended imps, you are still vulnerable as this is an airborn pathogen that will stay in your soil from one season to the next. It starts on the underside of the plant where you don't always see it. You won't notice until the leaves turn yellow and fall off, the plant withering and dying. There is nothing as of yet that effectively will combat the virulent attack.
This is my list of alternatives to the dilemma of what to plant to give that same heavenly splash of color in the shade garden.
My top picks are
1) Begonia , green wax leaf, tuberous , angel and dragon wing
4) New guinea impatien
8) Shade coleus
10) Euphorbia 'diamond frost'
15) Fan Flower(Scaevola)
There are a bunch more that will take part shade such as Nicotiana, Salvia, and Sweet Williams.
I will miss the sweet sweet impatien, but while the experts search for a cure, it gives us all the opportunity to step out of our garden box and into the wild new territory of DIFFERENT and awesome plants that will put a smile on our garden faces.#itchingforspring
Commented on Apr 06, 2013
I blamed the drought last year---now I know what happened to my impatiens! I tried everything
last year to save them, and nothing worked. :( (Indiana)
Vinegar is an incredibly powerful liquid. There are almost endless health benefits by using it both inside and outside your body (recipe here, here and here. ) You probably also know it can be used as a replacement for most cleaning solutions and detergents, and because it is so good for your health, it has almost no dangerous side effects. If anything, using vinegar as your
goto cleaner can only improve the health of you and your family.
Adding citrus to a vinegar cleaner not only adds a pleasant smell, but it increases the cleaning power. Like many toxic cleaners, citrus helps it cut through grease, destroy molds and bacterias that may be hiding in your house and more. There are recipes out there for mixing vinegar with essential oils to get the same thing, but there's something nice about making it yourself that we just love at our house.
Here is the recipe:1. Fill a one quart mason jar with citrus peels.
2. Cover peels with white vinegar, place lid on jar, shake and allow to sit for 2-3 weeks.
3. Strain the citrus peels out of the vinegar.
4. Mix the vinegar solution and water in a spray bottle. (You can mix it in a 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3 solution depending on how strong you want your solution)
5. If you want more recipes and how-tos for making your own cleaners, check out this great post! http://www.theyummylife.com/Natural_Citrus_V...
Commented on Mar 03, 2013
LucyUpland, CA--I just saw this on a different post from Hometalk for cleaning stove burners
I made several of these from a leftover bag of cement and some rhubarb leaves. The birds love them, and so easy to make.
Make a mound of sand or dirt, lay the leaf face down with the veins facing up. Apply the cement to the fop of the leaf in the thickness desired, make sure it will be sturdy. You can shape the edges of the leaves. Cover with plastic for a few days, uncover, turn it over and remove the leaf. You may need to use a stiff brush for this or just wait and it will breakdown. Enjoy!!
Commented on Oct 23, 2012
I had a huge elephant ear last year and made a birdbath out of it; it turned out great!
Jenny@birdsandsoap--giant zucchini leaves make great concrete leaves but are a bit trickier to deal with!
I have a pond, and like most people, also have fish. But, did not realize how BAD Raccoons are..I have been "hit" twice, and the loss is devistating if you take pride in your fish like I do. They will come in and "take a bath, while eating sushi". So, we built a cage top for our pond. our pond is small, so this was easier to do, but the same idea can be used for somewhat bigger ponds. This cover was made from bambo stakes and chicken wire, with zip-ties to hold it together. I can
remove it whenever " it's clear ", and I am working in the yard...BUT ALWAYS put it back on at night!!
Commented on Aug 19, 2012
Well, we didn't have raccoon problems, but the dog kept jumping in! We tried covering, but it
didn't work; finally we built a bridge that covers some of the pond and ultimately, ended up fencing the pond in! As it is part of a large flower garden, the fence also keeps the dogs from digging up my plants. We added a gate for easy access.