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Subject: Gardening Magazines & Elephant Ear ??*New Question (in my last post)
Date Posted: 2/27/2008 1:08 PM ET
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I was looking at the "What Magazines Do You Read?" thread in CMT's and several people listed that they receive gardening magazines.  When I worked I bought these fairly regularly during the summer from the store where I worked.  Last summer I was busy with a new baby, but this summer I want to start "playing" with my gardens again! 

So the question is what is your favorite gardening magazine?  I want something with lots of cool ideas and pictures!  But also something that provides information regarding the plants, etc. because I'm not that knowledgeable about plants or gardening!

 

ELEPHANT EAR:  A very nice Mennonite couple that my husband did some work for gave me a HUGE elephant ear, but they said I would have to plant it outside every summer and then bring it in for the winter....Do I really have to bring it in every winter?  I live in Southeast Missouri...almost into Arkansas.  I remember my mother planted these and she never brought hers in, but I don't recall if they came back every year!  I want it planted outside, but I know I'll never get DH to dig it up every fall and I seriously doubt I could do it all by myself...I can't lift the thing now!  But I really hate to kill it by leaving it out....so help me?!  Please



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Date Posted: 2/27/2008 4:42 PM ET
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I've been suprisingly pleased with Horticulture. It's got some good plant recommendations and write-ups and some nice pics. It's not a technical magazine (which I kind of wanted) but it's still got a lot of good stuff for me to look at every month. I'm looking for other magazines myself.

Can't help you on the elephant ear, but I'm sure someone else will. If you have to bring it in, every winter, you can always plant it in the ground in pots. Dig the hole, plop in the pot with the EE, and just pull out the pot and divide every fall/winter. I do that for a few things and it works out pretty well. I just stick a log in the holes, so that we don't break our ankles when the pots are gone.

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 9:14 AM ET
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Care for elephant ears depends on where you live. I live in Zone 7 and leave mine in the ground every winter and they not only come back each spring but get larger and multiply each year. If you live in the far north where there are sub-zero winters it may be necessary to bring them in. I've also kept one in a pot all winter and it did very well. They don't especially like too much sun so a shady or semi-shady spot is best. They do like water but will tolerate some drought. They are very hardy plants as generally won't kill it--it just may die back until watered again. Also, though it is rare, I've had one to bloom after it was well-established in a spot. The bloom is a white bloom similar to that of a peace lily.
Date Posted: 2/29/2008 9:20 AM ET
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Regarding the best gardening magazine, I agree that Horticulture is a good magazine and I enjoy it. It is geared toward more northern climates, though. There is one that I've ran across that is tops in my book. It is published by the State-by-State Gardening and they publish a state geared to the individual state the subscriber lives in. To find out if it publishes one for your state, their contact email address is contact@statebystategardening,com, or phone 1-888-265-3600.
Date Posted: 2/29/2008 11:09 AM ET
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Darn they don't have one for Missouri!  They have one for Arkansas though and I'm only about 30 minutes from Arkansas in Missouri so I might get that one!  I'll be looking at these!  I'm in zone 6 so maybe my Elephant Ear would do okay.

I almost know my mother never dug hers up...I'll probably plant it this summer and leave it...if it doesn't come back I'll be disappointed and I'll try to not tell the nice couple who gave it to me...LOL!

I'm so ready for Spring....I want to start playing with some plants!!!!   I want to put some bulbs in this fall too so I can have some early spring flowers!!! 

We are also planning on putting in a row of trees between our house and the highway as a privacy screen/noise break!

Anyone have any experience with a Thuja "Green Giant"?

 

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 12:29 PM ET
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Amy,

Did you ever take a look at the link I posted under "Interesting Websites?"  She shows Thuja Green Giant. 

She's in an "I" state, I think - Indiana or Illinois...I'm so good with those things, but it's a neat site.  She documented what she planted, where she bought it, how well it did, etc.

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 9:50 PM ET
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Diana,

I looked at that website and added it to my faves so I can go back...I've been in there several times today all ready...LOL.

I've also done some more research on those Thujas today and we are going to give them a shot!  I'll have to post some pics maybe when we get them and then take pics at different times to show how they grow!!  They'll just be little when we get them because we are poor (lol) and can't afford big ones!  But hopefully they'll be doing their job in a few years!  We've lived without the privacy hedge now for 5 years so we can wait a few years more!

I'm so looking forward to spring this year!  There's so much I want to get done and I think this is the first year I've ever been this organized...as far as knowing what I want to plant and where!  Funny enough I haven't decided where to put our little Elephant Ear yet, but I'll decide by the time it gets warm enough to put him out!

It hit the mid-60's here today and we were all outside playing and it made me want to PLANT!!!  I'm looking forward to it!!

 

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 7:49 AM ET
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Amy, I'm also anxious to begin planting, and have been out digging and getting beds ready--as the weather permits as we are finally getting some rain. Still behind from last year and the river here is still low. About that State-by-State gardening magazine, there is a section in the one they publish for my state that divides the state into regions (upper, mid, and lower regions) and has monthly tips for what that region should be doing or looking out for during the upcoming month. Really handy as Alabama varies from almost tropical at the lower end to somewhat mountainous at the upper. If you are concerned about that elephant ear freezing in the winter you might want to throw a little mulch over it in the fall. Won't hurt it and it might help. I also checked out that website and can't believe that lady's yard. If I had one like hers I be bragging, too. She's got to have more help around the house than I have! Also both her thumbs have got to be greener than mine. And her photography can't be beaten.
Subject: gardening magazines
Date Posted: 3/1/2008 10:47 AM ET
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Being a landscaper by profession, I receive 'Garden Gate', 'Backyard Living' and am a member of the National Home Gardening Club for which I receive a copy of 'Gardening How-To' six times a year.  I find these to be informative, give regional gardening information and have beautiful pictures.  Also, two of them have little or no advertising. 

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 5:26 AM ET
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did you know that you can start seeds inside now? and you can probably find some pansies that will do just fine in cold weather in fact I planted some one January (bright yellow giant ones) just cuz I wanted some spring! They did fine even in the snow! If I were you I would probably see if there were any local gardening clubs in your area cuz they have a lot of experience and many times they will give you starts of what they have in their gardens as this is about the time of year everyone will be dividing plants etc; and hoping to find some kind soul to take them off their hands rather than just toss out! the Rose Garden Society people are a great group of folks who I always go to 1st if I can at the Master Gardener's fair we have here once a year in the spring; they always have a great deal of experience with various plants & have plants they have divided for sale very inexpensively as well as superb tiny roses! They readily greet newcomers in any garden club & their insight is invaluable; ask your friends & neighbors for starts of any plants they are dividing; and readily give them starts of yours! I have never had experience with the type of tree you are talking about but check it out with your master gardener's; tell them what you would like to have (privacy fence) & ask their advice; also might check with local nursery's to get their imput; & might check with local suppliers (ie Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, to see what they have available; I now the arbortorium or whatever the heck it is called grows quickly, & some are tall & evergreen; others I have seen are more bushy with the green thingys on them but very thick & again I think they are fast growing; very thick, very bushy, & most are kept trimmed in the city; the orchards here also have a row of trees but different from what you are talking about for that very reason but I do not know the name of them; you might be able to get more for your money & have far better start if buy locally some that are taller than those you buy on line; another thing you might check into which is very much used here for the same purpose & is very pretty & comes in various colors most of which is a beautiful reddish purplish color & gets very high & very dense starts with a P & is a bush but gets huge grows rapidly & grows anywhere is what I was told; can't think of the name of it right off the bat but is very commonly used here in Oregon; & is relatively inexpensive; I want to say it's perosis but I know that is not correct; will try & find correct name for it & post here later.