>Raised Beds, Black Kow and Broken Chairs


In a burst of energy that only comes during the first days of Spring (grin), We were up and out early to attend an area Estate Sale and purchase supplies for a raised bed that I need to build to house new roses purchased a few weeks ago. I am probably the least handy person when it comes to a hammer and nails, but I tackled this project with gusto, knowing that the end result would be planting and growing more beautiful roses!

Now to fill it. I will be using a mixture of topsoil, manure and small wood bark mulch. I have found a manure mix that has served me well in the past. Black Kow. It definitely gives my roses a boost for growth and bloom. This manure coupled with Alfalfa tea, fish emulsion and an occasional inorganic fertilizer is surely a recipe for beautiful roses.

I also had a little “honey do” list to complete. Move a planter hook from one side of the screened porch to the other side. We utilize the hooks to hang hummingbird feeders and of course, flowers. Being in somewhat of a hurry, I grabbed a very old plastic chair and ever so carefully positioned it over two large knockout roses. First screw in, no problem. Second screw, a problem. I turned to jump down and the chair collapsed to the ground with me in tow….. The result; a badly bruised and scraped arm and slightly bruised ego….. We gave the chair a proper burial and doctored my arm with Bactine and a few band-aide and the day resumed without further incident.

Grow Roses Grow!!!!!


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

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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5 Responses to >Raised Beds, Black Kow and Broken Chairs

  1. >You are such a die hard! Alfalfa Tea! You will probably smell at work tomorrow (lol). I work the pellets in the ground here. Also, I use sheep manure. For some reason it increases bloom. I was taught this by an Oz rose grower friend years ago. Second choice, horse manure.Be careful, climbing on things. I dislocated my shoulder spraying a climber on a ladder.Great post!


  2. Jim Groble says:

    >Nise pics and post. We have no roses in our yard, but want to try our hand. I look to your blog for all things rose. jim


  3. Susie says:

    >Sorry about your arm. Ouch! But am excited for you and your new rose bed area.


  4. Jennifer says:

    >I think we all suffer from scars when fighting the "War of the Roses." It's not winning each battle but the whole war that counts! You will be rewarded with lots of bloom for your painstaking efforts!


  5. Pingback: Glory in the Garden! A Raise Bed Revival | The Redneck Rosarian

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