Archive | January 10, 2011

Caring for Tuberous Begonias


“Can tuberous begonias be grow in sunlight?

Debbie”

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Hi Debbie,

Thanks for posting your question.  Tuberous Begonias thrive in partial to full shade and need well-drained soil. They need to be kept away from hot sun and drying winds.

 

 

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Recipe of the Week: 15 Bean Soup


It’s impossible for me to make a soup that has just one type of bean in it.  So, for our recipe this week, the selection is my 15 Bean Soup.  I like to serve this up on a cold winter night with a batch of homemade cornbread.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

    • 1 (1 lb) bag of regular 15 bean soup mix or 1 (1 lb) bag cajun 15 bean soup mix
    • 1 large onions, chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 (15 -30 ounce) cans whole tomatoes, crushed
    • 3 stalks celery leaves, included chopped
    • 2 -3 ham hocks or 1 ham bone, with meat still on it
    • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
    • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary ( crush with fingertips before adding this releases the flavor)
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
    • salt
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 chicken bouillon cubes

Directions

  1. Wash the beans; put in large pot and cover with water. Bring to boil; stir and remove from heat. Cover and let sit 1 hour. After that hour, drain beans and set aside.
  2. Add oil to pot. Sauté your ham hocks, onion, and celery until tender.
  3. Next add garlic and sauté 2 minutes more.
  4. Add your beans and cover with water (about 2 inches over top of beans).
  5. Add tomatoes with the juice, parsley, rosemary, black pepper, bouillon cubes, and about 1 teaspoon of salt to start with.
  6. Mix well. Bring to boil; stir, reduce heat cover and simmer for 2 to 21/2 hours or until all the sizes of the beans are tender.

     

     

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Suckered Again by Dr. Huey!


“Dear Plant Doctor,

I have had my Rock n Roll Rose for a few years, but this past summer it started to have 2-in fuschia colored blooms.  They don’t look like the Rock n Roll at all.  What is wrong with my plant.

Virginia”

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Dear Virginia,

Sounds like you have been hit by Dr. Huey, a.k.a your rootstock.  My guess is that your Rock & Roll Rose scion died back over the previous winter and your rootstock is now growing.

Unfortunately, there is not much you can do for the Rock & Roll Rose.  The only way to have it again is to purchase a new rose.  As for the Dr. Huey rootstock, if you do decide to keep it, it will grow and thrive where you have it.  You may need  to trellis it, as it is a climber.

For more details on why the Dr. Huey rose is going, please see my previous post here and here.

 

 

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