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Rose pruning. - 2:28 p.m. 2/28/2009
Prune roses to a little above the knee in fall after blooming. I do mine in October. Then in the spring I give them the final pruning. A few inches to a foot from the ground. Severe pruning works best. I have tried it both ways. When you prune out most of the old canes and low to the ground you get more new canes and larger blossoms. Go to the Monthly Gardening Pictures to see my final pruning picture.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

Best Lawn on the Block! - 1:53 p.m. 2/24/2009
There are only a few basic rules to follow to have a nice green lawn. The number one rule is to mow the grass really high. Two inches or more. Number two, water infrequently and deeply. About twice a week is plenty. Get a rod and stick it in the ground. When it goes in fairly easily to 6 to 8 inches it is enough water. Less is not good because it causes the roots to be to close to the surface. Let the lawn dry out a few days and do it again. Less water in the long run but a healthier lawn. Almost no one does that because they set the sprinklers to sprinkle for a short while each day. Bad! Thirdly a regular fertilizer schedule. Scotts has a four step method that works very well. Spring, early summer, early fall and late fall. It is a little expensive but worth every penny. It is also good to use a mulching mower and leave the clippings on the lawn. If you follow these simple rules your lawn will be the envy of the neighborhood. I guarantee it.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

Clear blue skies in Portland area - 12:58 p.m. 2/20/2009
Hi there. I have been home sick with a cold so have been spending some time outside in the sunshine "detailing" the paths around the veggie garden. There are gravel and during the fall and winter months, they fill up with pine needles, leaves and very small weeds. It's warm out in the sun and I'm enjoying the therapy. An added bonus;getting those little weeds now saves so much time later in the summer.

Carolyn Johnson-Bell - Milwaukie, Oregon

tulips - 11:40 a.m. 2/20/2009
I planted some of Benno's tulips in pots ...the ones on my covered patio are already up 6 inches or more, the rest are still sleeping, but this will give me extended color from the tulips and some early blooms! THis forum is a great idea, and I love the tips about sweet peas! THanks Noel! Vivian

Vivian Mosby - Woodland WA

Onion Sets - 9:53 a.m. 2/20/2009
Shorty's has onion sets - they just came in yesterday, Feb 19, so are nice and fresh.

Kathy Winters - Ridgefield, WA

Sweet peas culture. - 8:40 p.m. 2/19/2009
I like to wrap the sweet pea seeds in a paper towel, soak towel and all with warm water, put in a plastic store bag and store in a warm spot for a couple days. When they begin to sprout just a little, I plant them in the ground. It is not at all too early to plant them. I have even planted them in the fall and had them grow.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

Sweet Peas - 8:07 p.m. 2/19/2009
I have been waitingfor March to plant my Sweet Peas and wondered if I can plant not?

John Stark - Woodland,Wa.

"Instant Gardening" a quick colorful addition! - 6:14 p.m. 2/19/2009
Thanks very much! The "Woodland Gardening Forum" is a great idea for the Woodland Community. I am sure it will be appreciated by many who love to work in their yard/garden and want to make it look nice.

I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that anyone who wants to add some spring blooming bulbs to their garden can still do so by using the "Instant Gardening" method, which our retail outlet provides.

We use top quality bulbs which we put in decorative pots and we grow the bulbs to the point of blooming. This unique method creates a perfect instant garden for any patio, terrace, or landscape with flowers, such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, lilies and other spring blooming bulbs.

For those wo are interested in the "Instant Gardening" method, please call our retail outlet at 225-4512 and I promise you a Royal Treat!

Again, thanks for this wonderful opportunity of getting people involved through the "Woodland Gardening Forum" website.

Benno A. P. Dobbe, owner of Holland America Bulb Farms.

Benno A.P. Dobbe - Woodland, WA 98674
Holland America website is coming soon!

gardening - 6:13 p.m. 2/19/2009

This is going to be a great site and thanks for sharing! I will be able to use it when we return from Arizona as I am sure I will have a few questions about my garden when I return - if it is still there! We do not know which plants survived the winter and obviously will find out in a couple months! thanks again, love to Nancy! XO

Andy - Kalama, WA

Spring planting and flowers. - 4:18 p.m. 2/19/2009
Planted bush peas and sweet peas Feb. 18, 2009. First crocus bloomed February 17, 2009. Birds we have around now are robins, juncos, varied thrushes, black capped chicadees, spotted towhees, chestnut backed chickadees, scrub jays, stellar jays, nuthatches and crows to name a few. Now is the time to get your peas in the ground. I have not found set onions in the stores yet. I will plant some as soon as they are avaiable. Any questions?

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

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