>Care & Feeding

>On the advice of many articles and some friends, I purchased Fish Emulsion to put on my roses. I fed them this morning and will rotate on a 3 week rotation of this feed, and the others I use. It smells awful. Our dog, Indie tried to lick up the run off. I am glad our backyard is fenced, I am told we would have all sorts of varmints trying to find the fish.

I am still plagued with black spot. Also, tiny bugs on the roses which damages the bloom. It does seemed to have slowed since I began spraying last week. I will spray again tomorrow morning.

My feed, water and spray schedule is done early morning (before 6:30 a.m.). Some tell me to water in the late evening, not in the morning. Any thoughts on this????


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Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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