bookmark_borderRose garden- a Fascinating Sight

If you want to create a garden rose garden is your best choice. Rose is one of the most beautiful flowers. Roses are fresh, captivating, beautiful and full of fragrance.  They attract the eyes and captivate the attention of the people who have an aesthetic sense. Rose has a larger appeal and most cultivated shrub in the world. It is used as a personification to express beauty. It is not only a symbol of beauty but also the symbol of desire and silence. Furthermore, roses are used to express our moods and feelings too.  

Rose garden is the first ever choice of the gardeners. It appeals and attracts people that they would stop once, see and advertently or inadvertently would appreciate the beauty of the garden. They can be planted indoors and outdoors wherever you feel like. Having flowers in your houses and offices puts comfortable and soothing effects on your mind and eyes. Adding flowers to your surroundings means adding life. They make your interior and exterior look good, attractive and captivating.  

Variety of roses

There are many different varieties of roses. They have variety in their colors, sizes, and shapes and the most explicit difference is of their fragrances.  Sometimes, you may not differentiate them by color but when you smell you can distinguish the type of rose instantly. Gardeners have been cultivating roses into different varieties on the basis of colors, sizes, and fragrances.

The shape of the rose garden

Growing a rose garden is the best of the options most of the gardeners have. But the question is in what direction one should grow roses? What would be the best and appropriate angle to grow rose garden. The answer to this is simple. You need to create a space around the roses so that people may move around to see and appreciate the beauty of your garden. You can grow them around the boundaries of your garden, by constructing a beautiful fountain in the center of your garden. In this way, people can move around and can touch and smell your roses. Apart from this, it also gives a decent shape to your rose garden. Another idea is that you can make small flowerbeds in which you can grow bunches of roses at different places in your garden. It will add to the beauty of your rose garden. You can grow different varieties of flowers in different flowerbeds. These flowerbeds can be labeled by having a description of that kind of rose plant. In this way, people will have more interest and will find more charm in your garden and you will be much appreciated for your effort.

Types of roses

Variety is inevitable. Nature bestows us with variance in each and everything we see and feel. There are varieties of other plants; similarly, roses also have a number of varieties. Basically, they are categorized as wild roses, ancient garden roses, and the modern garden roses. Roses are nowadays being cultivated by hybrid process and producing new varieties of roses. Gardeners have expertise in producing a new flower by hybridization of different types of flowers. This variety can make your rose garden look more attractive charming, blooming and flourishing.

Time a seed takes in blooming

When you grow a seed, it takes its time to germinate. It goes under the process of stratification. It depends on the kind of seed. Few of the seeds take weeks and few of the seeds take even years to grow. You have to first know the nature your seed or plant then you can nurture the seed accordingly. Hybrid tea plant blooms very fast after their process of germination. Nootka rose also grows quickly.

Beautiful Garden

When you plan to make the rose garden you need to have some important points in your mind.

  • Place of flowerbeds

Flowerbed or seedbeds should be constructed along the sides of your garden area or at different small portions in your garden. From where you can easily water the roses and take care of them.

  • Direction of sunlight

Make sure your roses are planted at the place where they get direct sunlight so that there should be proper functioning of photosynthesis.

  • Irrigation

Water the plants thrice a week. Do not water the plant excessively, as their roots do not want excessive water. In raining days, you do not need to water at all.

  • Pruning

Once you have constructed and planted a rose garden, the utmost thing is to take good care of that. Now when your roses are growing and blooming you have to be conscious to maintain them. Prune the roses whenever needed. Prune or cut the affected area and let your roses to look beautiful and charming spreading the sweet and pleasant smell all around.

bookmark_borderPreventive measures to keep squirrels away from your garden

Gardening is a hobby which many people are found to have. People create beautiful gardens with lots of efforts and the gardens show their aesthetic sense. But, their concerns do not end by just having a lavishing and captivating garden rather they have to be more conscious as they would have to maintain gardens and their beauty. If you are carefully handling your garden and the things are working smoothly, plants and flower are growing properly but still there is a chance of your garden to be spoiled. Squirrels, the most unwanted guests, who visit the gardens occasionally can destroy or harm the outlook of your garden. These critters have always been found where there are trees, plants fruits, and vegetables. You would barely see them anywhere else. People most of the time name them as pests as they are occurred to be very annoying, they move so swiftly and at a high speed that they are very hard to chase.

Tracking the squirrels

Sometimes, it is seen that you have a very fine and clean garden and you think that you have completely got rid of a squirrel but it might not be the case. For this, you need to have a check. You should track whether the squirrel comes in your absence or you are successful in having your garden squirrel free. First of all, you have to observe your garden, where and how are the things you placed. You can take account of the fruits and vegetable that you have grown in your garden. Then after a while, or on the next day, again observe those things. If you find that your furniture, ground or soil is not the way you observed first then there is a chance of the visit of squirrels there. Apart from this, you observe the fruits and vegetables; if they are half eaten or spoiled then there is surety about the presence of squirrels.

Remedies to have the squirrels away from your garden

Squirrels are the unwanted guest and do not leave as per your desire. They tease you, annoy you and irritate you. Though, it is not easy to get rid of them, there are different remedies which you can easily implement at your garden and can get them away. These are the following things you need to do:

Keep your garden neat and clean

Cleanliness is the best remedy to save your garden from not only squirrels but other animals or insects as well. Do not throw anything useless in your garden and clean your garden once or twice a day.

Avoid throwing edibles

Squirrels come to get something to eat in your garden. When any fruit falls from the tree or plant or when you throw them on the ground intentionally, instantly; the squirrels smell them and get attracted towards them. They are always in the search of food and your garden provides them the best opportunity. So, the best thing is that you should not let any edibles be on the ground.

Apply repellents

To repel them and get them out of your garden you can use repellents. There are repellents which are easily available on the stores from where you can purchase and can apply them on the areas nearer to the plants, fruits or the stuff squirrel hunt for. Do not apply them on the fruit or vegetables. They can be toxic for you. Other than this, you can use natural things which would be available in your kitchen.  Use those things which squirrels do not like.

Things which squirrels detest

  • Peppermint
  • Garlic
  • The aroma of Spicy Food
  • Powder of Chili
  • Coffee Ground
  • Vinegar Spray
  • Cayenne
  • Trimmed Hair of Cats or Dogs
  • Plant daffodils around the boundary

Animals have a sharp sense of smelling things. If squirrel will smell these things or any other smell or their predators, they will run away from your garden.


You can create barriers or fences around the boundaries of your garden. The thing which should be the point of focus is that the fence should be high enough to make the entrance of squirrels difficult and there should be no holes which could let them in.

Trap the squirrels

You can trap the squirrels by making plastic covers or net covers and can throw them away. You might have to do this for two to three times.

After using repellent or using the remedies which are mentioned above, you can have your squirrel-free garden and you can invite your family and guests to visit your beautiful garden.  

bookmark_borderFruits Of Our Labor

Welcome… to our 2005 newsletter!

This issue is dedicated to our many enthusiatic and devoted garden volunteers who nurture and support our gardeners and program as we “grow.”
Our mission… is to improve the quality of life of low income county residents through community gardening and greening.
This year… we have worked with 1,506 gardeners (1,295 of these youth) and 143 volunteers on 51 garden projects…
11 community gardens 10 greening projects 20 youth gardens 4 gleaning gardens 6 educational workshops

bookmark_borderOur Garden Volunteers

Dear Friends, Here it is hantst time again. It has been a long, hot, dry summer but the community gardens are bulging with fresh vegetables. Much of the credit for this goes to our dedicated garden volunteers who generously give many hours of their time as they share their gardening experience and expertise with our community gardeners. Ranging in age from middle-schoolcrs to retired folks, our volunteers come from many pans of the county and bring an exciting diversity to our program, helping to bridge and create a broader understanding in our community. The volunteers themselves say they come away richer for the experience, often commenting on how much they learned from the wisdom of our community gardeners and how much they gained in new understanding and friendships. We appreciate these volunteers who truly make Community Gardens of Chester County possible. We also appreciate the financial support and inkind donations from so many of you. This is literally your project! Thank you for your ongoing interest. If you wish to volunteer with us, please let us know….we would love to have you join our team.

Alben Camas

bookmark_borderQuotes from Our Gardeners

“Do you ever worry about God getting hit by lightning?”

Concerns of a 4 year-old gardener

I’ll do this for the free food!”

8 year old community gardener

“The children…it’s all about the children…the flower planting was incidental to fulfilling their need for time and association.”

Community leader

“The garden looks great and it has given the people a sense of pride and accomplishment.”

Director of a homeless shelter

“I never worked in a community garden before…it was fun and exciting .-I met all kinds of new and different people.”

Middle-school volunteer

bookmark_borderTips from the Garden

Cut-up the slats of old mini-blinds for plant markers.

Plant your tomatoes in the ground and then place old tires around them for earlier fruit.

Sow pole beans around the base of a sunflower to create a trellis for the bean vines