make a clay pot garden buddy, crafts, flowers, gardening

Make a Clay Pot Garden Buddy

Gardeners have a wide variety of "tastes" when it comes to landscape decorations. If you are looking for directions to make a garden buddy out of flower pots, here's a good link:

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Tomato Ripening

Early July starts tomato ripening time. We've all heard of 'vine ripe' flavor but does a tomato have to remain on the vine until it is completely ripe? The answer is no. When a tomato reaches a full size and the fruit becomes a pale green, it begins the ripening process. After the tomato reaches a stage when it's about ½ green and ½ pink, a layer of cells forms across the stem of the tomato- sealing it from the main vine. At this point there is nothing moving from the plant into the fruit. At this stage the tomato can be harvested and ripened off the vine with no loss of flavor, quality or nutrition.
Red pigments in tomatoes don't form above 95°F so tomatoes ripened in extreme heat will have a orange-red color. Tomatoes held indoors at cooler temperatures will ripen slower. You can speed up or slow down the ripening process by raising the temperature (to an optimum of 85°F) or lowering the temperature (to a minimum of 50°F). Tomatoes develop their optimum flavor, nutrition, and color when the tomato is in the full red ripe stage but this doesn't have to occur on the plant!

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Making daylilies bloom again

Several varieties of daylily (Stella d'Oro, Blackeyed Stella, Happy Returns, etc) are known as reblooming daylilies. Their first bloom period is just about over here in GA. To encourage further blooming, immediately remove the seed pods, if present, and fertilize with liquid plant food. This will encourage the growth of new leaves, new tubers and new flower stems!

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Self-watering Planter

I have really appreciated my original Really Raised Bed for starting transplants and nurturing tender plants I get in the mail. But these beds must be watered frequently to keep the soil from drying out.
I decided to make a self-watering raised bed and it has been a rousing success!
I have directions for making your own self-watering, really raised bed at

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Icky Spitlebugs

If you see masses of bubbly froth on plant stems, you have spittlebugs. The young spittlebugs attach themselves in a joint between leaf and stem and suck out plant sap. The sap is excreted in a bubbly mass around themselves, giving protection from predators and the sun. The can also be found in lawn grass and on the tips of pine limbs.
I see spittle masses on many garden plants, including on weeds. Insecticidal soap will kill them. You can also simply wash them off the plant ...... or pick them out and mash between your fingertips.

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Plant Labels

Fellow Hometalker Erica Glasener and I visited a new nursery together today and inevitably brought back a few plants. I bought a cardoon, which will grow into a large, spiky, distinctive plant. I'll put it by the street and I'm sure my neighbors will ask what it is.
My question is this: What are some interesting ideas for a label?
I'm not fond of plastic or wooden what have you used that worked well?

i received five garden seed plant catalogs yesterday if you sometimes order plants, flowers, gardening, vegetable seed packs

I received FIVE garden seed/plant catalogs yesterday.

If you sometimes order plants by mail as I do, you'll find that some companies are great and others are on the sketchy side.
Before you order from a company, check them out at to see how they have treated other customers.

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Man Kills 40,000 sq ft Lawn

Here's a link to a CNN story about a guy that accidentally killed his 40,000 sq ft lawn with a product he thought was just for weed control. (sorry about the ad at the beginning)
I'm also posting the label on the product.
Do you think the label was sufficient to tell him what he needed to know?

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Cleaning Houseplants

This is a great time of year to take your houseplants outside for a bath. Insect and mite populations can sometimes build unnoticed, but not to worry. Take houseplants outside and gently hose them off. This will not only wash away harmful pests, but will remove dust from the leaf surfaces and leave plant pores cleaner and able to breathe easier.
If you don't want to hose them off, put an old cotton sock on each hand, dampen, then slide the leaves between your palms.
Do not use anything else (mayonnaise, plant shine products, etc). They do more harm than good.

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Fragrance in the Garden

Oh my! The scent of gardenia by my front door is so pleasant! My landscape has had a "smell good" in it since January.
The sequence goes: winter honeysuckle > daphne > Korean spice viburnum > Confederate jasmine > gardenia. Add to this the chocolate mint I step on each time I visit my raised beds plus the rosemary I brush against in the back yard.
A landscape should look nice and smell nice too!

Walter Reeves
Walter Reeves
About meI worked for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension for thirty years. I've been the host of a weekly garden radio show on NewsTalk WSB in Atlanta for twenty years. I write a weekly gardening column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and host a weekly garden TV show ( My website ( contains thousands of short articles and gardening Q&A's for Southern gardeners.