Rose Pruning TipsWritten by JT
Pruning your roses is one of most needed and most annoyingly difficult tasks that goes with proper rose care. It takes a steady hand proper procedure to ensure best possible roses that you can get.
Pruning your roses is basically act of getting rid of dead and damaged pieces, and teaching new growth to grow in correct outward facing direction. That just means that you are training them to grow facing outside of shrub or bush. This gives your roses correct amount of circulating air to thrive in.
Here is a list of proper techniques to guide through pruning process.
Soak your pruning shears in equal parts of water and bleach. This will help to protect your roses from diseases and insects. Pruning in early spring, just after snow melts is best. However you want to do it before any new growth appears. The best time would be when buds are swelled, or red.
Hand shears are best tool for pruning smaller branches. (about 4 Ĺ inches thick) Loppers are best for branches that are thicker or thickness of a pencil. This will make it easier. You should use a heavy pair of rose gloves to avoid thorns.
How to Grow Snow PeasWritten by Linda Jenkinson
Snow peas may have been named because in bright sunlight their light green pods look as if they might be tinged with frost. One of oldest vegetables, earliest recorded pea was grown in 9750 BC on Thai-Burma border. Since snow peas are a favorite addition to Asian dishes, this pea might very well have been a snow pea ancestor.
In large family of legumes, snow pea (pisum sativum macrocarpon) is a flat-podded pea that bears both pods and seeds that are sweet and edible.
Snow peas arenít particular about soil quality, but they do need good drainage. Plant snow pea seeds about 2-inches apart and one to two inches deep. Snow peas grow best in full sun, but in an area where plants receive some shade from midday sun as season progresses.
Peas are a cool weather crop. Although snow peas adapt better to higher temperatures than regular peas, for best results you should sow seeds as soon as soil can be worked. For best germination, keep soil moist yet be careful not to over water, since saturated soil will cause your seed to rot. In fact, biggest problems you face in growing snow peas are root rot and powdery mildew, both of which begin in soil that is too wet. However, once seeds germinate, plants need to be watered regularly for optimum harvest.