Pruning: Best Practices
In this video, South Surrey Garden Club Vice President Roberta Pak presents 6 main points to consider when pruning. What should you consider before you even pick up your pruning tools?
In the video, Roberta refers to Cass Turnbull and Plant Amnesty. You can tune in to the Plant Amnesty YouTube channel here.
Additional pruning information is plentiful on the web, you may want to check out these additional sources:
Gardening with Arthritis
South Surrey Garden Club member Trish Silvester-Lee helps us understand how we can continue to garden with arthritis following three "P's" -- Prioritize, Plan, And Pace. There are many modified gardening tools that are great choices for gardeners with arthritis.
Here are some helpful links:
South Surrey Garden Club member Roger Phillips demonstrates how to prune a grapevine.
SSGC club member Carol Wong demonstrates how to prune roses.
More Rose tips --> From the Spruce
Apple Tree Resources
Do you have apple or other fruit trees? Here are some good resources which you may want to consult.
SSGC member Derry Walsh has a helpful website about apples, trees, pollinators, pruning and more. Derry is also more than happy to answer your questions about fruit trees.
How to Sharpen Your Pruners
In this video, South Surrey Garden Club member Roger Phillips demonstrates how to use the Lee Valley Diamond Sharpening Stick and provides suggestions on how to keep your pruners in good working condition.
Recently a question was posed to our discussion list regarding disinfecting pruners. Roger and Mary Dunn answered the question and both also suggested looking at Linda Chalker Scott's website.
Main Site: https://puyallup.wsu.edu/lcs/
Specific Pages: The Myth of Cloroxed Clippers and
Sterilized Pruning Tools: Nuisance or Necessity?
Mary Dunn' s advice:
Probably the best disinfectant for pruners is a Lysol or Dettol solution, 1 part lysol to 9 parts water. A jar is useful so you can put the pruners right into it. 70% Isopropanol is also effective, and evaporates quickly. Bleach (1:9 with water ) is sometimes recommended, but is corrosive and causes damage to the blades (oil after using it, but Lysol is a better choice). Always clean off any dirt or sap before disinfecting.
Here's Roger's advice:
Here in South Surrey, the plants that need the greatest care are roses (the dreaded black spot) and fruit trees (black knot on plums, canker on apples).
1) Check the state of the pruners. They should be clean, sharp, and free of any pitted surfaces where bacteria can build up.
2) Avoid cleaners like bleach or TSP--these are corrosives and will lead to pitting the surfaces of your pruner blades.
3) Hand sanitizers that contain alcohol are good but expensive. Rubbing alcohol is cheaper.
4) Household cleaners like Lysol, Listerine, Pine-Sol, are effective. Lysol comes in a spray can, very convenient to pack around the garden (but it's an aerosol, so not too environmentally friendly). Put enough fluid to cover the pruner blades in a canning jar with a tight lid.
5) Wipe off any excess cleaner after disinfecting so that the next plant gets pruned with a dry blade.
6) After finishing the pruning, wash the pruners in warm soapy water, scrub off any sticky deposits from plant sap, rinse, drain, and dry. *** (now is a good time to get the file or kitchen steel and sharpen the cutting edge of the pruners).
7) To get those unreachable surfaces where the blades hinge, add a couple of drops of sewing machine or other light oil and open and close the pruners a few times to smear all metal surfaces.
Lorna Fraser, our current Treasurer has recently been virtually attending Ali's health and fitness classes and suggested that we share this resource with our members. As Lorna describes her experience,
“I have been stretching / strengthening regularly with Ali since late April when her Zoom classes were recommended to me by a Vancouver friend. Her hour stretch classes are wonderful--she has a light, friendly manner with good explanations and lots of accommodation for various levels of stretchability and balance.”
Here's a short breathing and stretching video that Ali made just for us. If you are interested in taking virtual classes with Ali, go to her website at:
To read her blog, visit https://fitnessali.wordpress.com/
Planning Your Winter Garden in Summer
In lieu of meeting in person for our AGM, I will share a number of short gardening videos made specifically for our members. In this first video, SSGC member Sandi Bellamy's daughter Andrea provides us with a quick overview of winter gardening. Andrea will be presenting more about small space and container vegetable gardening at our September Zoom meeting.
She suggests reading this article about why you should plan your winter garden in July.
--Why You Should Plant Your Winter Garden in Summer
You may be interested to read more about Andrea on her blog and I highly recommend that you subscribe to her (very occasional) newsletter.
Another Virtual Tour
A beautiful look at Van Dusen Garden:
One of our members sent in a few video links to virtual garden tours. I'll add more as I become aware of them. Feel free to submit them to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just click on the links below, set your screen to full screen mode, and you will feel like you are there!
New York (18:15 min)
Portland Japanese Garden (20:55 min)
Missouri Botanical Iris Garden (1:26:53 min)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Leisurely stroll along Cherry Walk (21:19 min)
Some of our helpful videos and links!