Rugosa Rose – Tips for a Successful Garden Series

We will start our series off with a Rose , “Rugosa Rose”

Many gardeners like this variety of rose for its hardiness , fragrance and ease of growth, as many of you know roses are not always the easiest flower to grow successfully.

an important part of this series will be letting you know where the featured plant can be grown, we will have you refer to the  “Climate Zone Map” found on our website

For this particular plant you will not have to do this as Rugosa Rose can be grown in all climates.

All roses like a soil that drains well, adding organic matter before planting is suggested.

Locate this Rose in an area that it will get full sun , and leave plenty of room between plants , it needs good air circulation to help to avoid disease from overcrowding.

As is with many roses , Rugosa likes ample watering, a good root soaking is suggested regularly during the growing season, you should also fertilize your rose throughout the growing season. We suggest  ‘Watch Us Grow” all purpose liquid plant food as either a foliar feed or as a root feed  mix at 1 ounce per gallon of water , feed every 10 to 14 days.

Pruning is an important part of growing any rose, the best time to prune is at the end of a dormant season, or as my Grandfather and developer of Watch Us Grow always said, “The best time to prune is when your shears are sharp”

UPDATE : Watch Us Grow all purpose liquid plant food series

Watch Us Grow all purpose liquid plant food will be writing what we will call ” Tips for a Successful Garden ” articles.

We will talk about all different plants from Flowers  annual and biennial , Perennials, Vegetables, Lawns, Trees, Bulbs,

Succulents, Fruits, Shrubs. We will also touch on soil types , pests and diseases..

We hope these articles will be enjoyable and helpful to you.


Thank you

The “Watch Us Grow” Team

Climate Zone Map

Gardeners Climate Map of USA

Watch Us Grow all purpose plant food would like to offer this Climate Zone Map to our customers so that you will have an idea of what you can and can’t plant in your area

Lawn Fertilizer Guide


Take a look at this great lawn fertilizer guide by Backyard Boss!

Gardening with your kids.

Gardening with your kids.

After the long cold winter sometimes we don’t think it will ever happen, but spring does come eventually. The Sun shines brightly, the soil warms up and some of our favorites start the pop through the ground ,daffodils,crocuses and such.

Getting the kids involved in gardening can be nothing but a good thing, they will learn so much, it can be a lot of very messy work and sometimes mother nature has plans of her own that don’t agree with yours. Pests may make their way into your garden and make things difficult, but don’t give up, the rewards far outweigh the challenges.

 The kids will learn understanding of where food comes from and what goes into producing healthy food. And there is the obvious benefit, Nutrition, I have found with my own daughter she is more likely to eat a tomato or bean or cucumber out of the garden,than one that is served to her that came from the store.

Before you know it the kids will know all the names of the plants, the difference between the weeds and the fruit or vegetable your growing.

Just the appreciation of the work that goes into growing your own food will greatly benefit the kids as they grow up.

So  go out and get some child sized garden tools, wheel barrel, hoes and rakes, and enjoy the growing season with your kids.

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It’s important to rotate your gardens.

Rotate Your Garden

It’s a good idea to rotate your plantings, in fact you should do it..Sometimes it’s not that easy , particularly when you have limited space. But the advantages of doing it far outweigh the disadvantages. It helps prevents the recurrence of pests and different diseases in the beds.

Rotation is also a benefit to the soil, because certain plants will feed more heavily on certain nutrients therefore depleting the soil, so changing it up as far as plantings is always a great idea.

And it’s always a good idea to add compost and some type of organic matter  on an annual basis this will help rebuild it.

A couple of examples, onions for instance, you must rotate those every year. Reason being, if you had trouble with onion maggots, they will die out after you move your onions to another location. Another example, Tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplants those must be moved because they’re prone to soil borne diseases. Once you move them it interrupts the life cycle of the disease, this is a good thing.

But remember you must move them a fair distance away from the place they were planted, a few feet is not enough. If your garden is very small you may find that you’ll have to discontinue growing certain plants for a year or so.

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Happy Gardening!

Plants are said to have Symbolic meanings

plants symbolic meaning

Some Plants are said to have Symbolic meanings, the following are a few

Violet : modesty , humility
Narcissus : egoism
Thyme : courage
Marjoram : peace, grace
Tarragon : endurance
Magnolia : feminine sweetness
Sweet Bay : triumph , courage
White Lilac : innocence
Sunflower : haughtiness
Blue Lilac : first love
Sage : long life , wisdom
Lemon Balm : long life , immortality
Rosemary : remembrance
Hyacinth : sorrowful loneliness
Rose : love
Fennel : heroism
Red Poppy : bravery, valor
Daisy : candor, innocence
Peppermint : hospitality
Chamomile : sweetness , humility
Parsley : joy , romance
Carnation : motherly love
Oregano : happiness
Basil : love, serious intentions

Brew tea with plants

Brew Tea With Plants

A few plants you can use to brew tea

Flowers: Rose , Jasmine , Hibiscus , Goldenrod ,Chamomile

Leaves : Thyme , Strawberry , Sage , Rosemary , Mint , Marjoram ,
Lemon verbena , Lemon balm , Dill , Catnip , Borage , Bergamot ,

How to Brew: Use 2 to 3 teaspoons of fresh leaves or flowers
(1 to 2 teaspoons dried) per cup.
Cover with boiling water and steep 5 to 10 minutes ; strain
Make tea with single herbs or blend them together.


Do you know your states official flower?

Do you know your states official flower? Check yours out below…

Alabama – Camellia
Alaska – Forget – me – not
Arizona – Cactus blossom
Arkansas – Apple blossom
California – Golden poppy
Colorado – Blue columbine
Connecticut – Mountain laurel
Delaware – Peach blossom
Florida – Orange blossom
Georgia – Cherokee rose
Hawaii – Hibiscus
Idaho – Syringa
Illinois – Violet
Indiana – Peony
Iowa – Wild rose
Kansas – Sunflower
Kentucky – Goldenrod
Louisiana – Magnolia
Maine – White pine cone & tassel
Maryland – Black-eyed susan
Massachusetts – Mayflower
Michigan – Apple blossom
Minnesota – Lady’s slipper
Mississippi – Magnolia
Missouri – Hawthorn
Montana – Bitter root
Nebraska – Goldenrod
Nevada – Sagebrush
New Hampshire – Purple lilac
New Jersey –  Violet
New Mexico – Yucca
New York – Rose
North Carolina – Flowering dog wood
North Dakota – Wild prairie rose
Ohio – Carnation
Oklahoma – Mistletoe
Oregon – Oregon grape
Pennsylvania – Mountain laurel
Rhode Island – Violet
South Carolina – Yellow jessamine
South Dakota – Pasque flower
Tennessee – Iris
Texas – Texas bluebonnet
Utah – Sego lily
Vermont – Red clover
Virginia – Flowering dog wood
Washington – West coast rhododendron
West Virginia – Rosebay rhododendron
Wisconsin – Wood violet
Wyoming – Indian paintbrush

Valued medicinal plants and their purported powers

Med plants

Fact or Myth, for as long as there has been life on this planet, herbs
and plants have been said to have outstanding healing powers.

The following are some widely valued medicinal plants and their purported

Oregano : aids digestion and stimulates the appetite
Marigold : improves eyesight
Garlic : increases physical strength
Fennel : controls the appetite
Chamomile : relieves stomach upset and insomnia
Bay Leaf : cures deafness
Basil : relieves headaches
Anise : cures indigestion
Aloe : fights wrinkles and baldness, heals burns
Parsley : sweetens the breath
Rosemary : improves memory
Sage : cures fever and epilepsy , prevents the plague
Summer Savory : relieves bee and wasp stings
Sweet Marjoram : relieves chest congestion
Thyme : controls coughs , acts as an deodorant

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