Four Roses Anniversary Rose

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted and it’s time to get back into the swing of Changing the Garden Paradigm.

I was fortunate to be gifted, thanks Shawna Coronado, a very special plant this fall and I’m excited to receive a Four Roses Anniversary Rose celebrating the 130th anniversary of Four Roses Kentucky Bourbon. This special rose was developed by Jackson & Perkins.

Toasting the planting of my Four Roses Anniversary Rose

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The story of how Four Roses was named is interesting (from Jackson & Perkins):

“In the late 1800s, the legend of the Four Roses® name was born. As the story goes, Paul Jones Jr., the founder of Four Roses® Bourbon, became smitten by a beautiful Southern Belle. He sent a proposal to her and she replied that if her answer were “yes”, she would wear a corsage of roses on her gown to the upcoming grand ball. When she arrived on the night of the ball, she wore a corsage of four red roses. He later named his bourbon “Four Roses” as a symbol of his devout passion for the lovely belle. He then carried that devotion a step further by trademarking Four Roses® in 1888″ 

I will get my first look at the blooms next year. They’re described as (from Jackson & Perkins):

“The blooms of this rose are exquisitely formed, fade-proof, and emit a lovely damask fragrance. Once they open, the blooms are 3- to 4-inches wide and comprised of 20 to 25 deep red petals. These blooms arrive in early summer and keep on going in waves all season long, especially if promptly deadheaded. It’s a vigorous and easy-to-grow rose, heat tolerant, and resistant to rust and powdery mildew, meaning it’s a good choice for warmer climates”.

I certainly live and grow in a hot and humid climate!! I’ll post the progress of this rose.

Hurricane Nate

The Little Free Library at Heritage Cottage all battened down for Hurricane Nate.

Hurricane Nate is currently an hour or two away from making landfall on the Mississippi Gulf coast. The rain is really picking up and the Urban Nano Farm is in the cross hairs of this fast moving hurricane.

We spent the morning putting up the storm panels. We have panels constructed out of polycarbonate that meet the Dade County storm specs. These are great because they let light in. Using plywood for panels creates the feeling of being in a dark cave and unable to see out and observe what’s going on.

Polycarbonate storm panels are light weight and allow light through

The books were removed from the Little Free Library and the door secured. Everything this morning was about getting things put away and reduce the number of potential wind driven projectiles.

EarthBox grown roma tomatoes destined for sauce, if they get through Hurricane Nate with minor damage.

Some plants have been brought in for protection. My dragon fruit, recently purchased pansies and violas, and my rooted cuttings of the yellow-berried yaupon holly I found growing wild in Stone County last fall. Hopefully my heirlooms tomatoes will be mostly spared.

The rain from Hurricane Nate just starting

The good news is the hurricane will be passed us and moving up into the mid Atlantic states, then we’ll get out and see what needs attention.

Let’s Get Growing

Tropical Storm Cindy is really dumping a a lot of rain on south Mississippi and washing away the early summer weather we have had. With the clean slate this seems like the perfect time to start this blog, Changing the Garden Paradigm.

My thoughts about changing the garden paradigm isn’t about everyone doing something different. Well, actually it is, but not large wholesale changes. I’m going to share hair brain ideas I get and have tried out in our Heritage Cottage Urban Nano Farm, a small urban vegetable garden. Well, I will have had tried most of them.

My horticulture training had revolved around nursery and greenhouse production, after a brief fling with turf grass management. This primarily means growing plants in containers. I think growing vegetables in the ground is hard, so where does that put the new home gardener with a small yard?

Many new home gardeners will start with a vegetable garden in the spring, but when the spring starts to heat up, forget about the summer temperatures, everything needs to be watered and the weeds are taking over, all of a sudden the garden has become work. Who wants to work in the garden after working all day at the real job?

The garden is supposed to be enjoyable and theoretically you’re supposed to get tomatoes. I think container growing is the answer.

Containers are perfect for the porch and patio and balcony. You don’ need a large garden.

On Thursdays I’m going to share my thoughts, garden trials and tribulations, successes and failures, tips, vegetable and flower recommendations, etc. I hope you’ll follow along on this ride through my gardening adventures. Feel free to ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer.

You can follow along on various outlets on social media. On Facebook Heritage Cottage Urban Nano Farm and Twitter, @realgarybachman

The first ripe Angora Super Sweet heirloom tomato on April 29, 2017


Hello world!

Hi! I’m Gary Bachman also known as the gardendoc.

I’m a Certified Professional Horticulturist with 30+ years of experience. I’m currently an Extension state horticulture specialist for a major Land Grant University. My wife Katie and I are urban homesteaders and operate the Heritage Cottage Urban Nano Farm, our backyard garden. We utilized the EarthBox growing system and currently have 136 EarthBoxes in various stages of production.

I’m extremely interested in sharing my ideas that you don’t need a large garden to grow a bountiful harvest of veggies and flowers in a small footprint garden.

We also have established the Little Free Library at Heritage Cottage for the enjoyment of our friends and neighbors. Of course there is of course a small section of horticulture/gardening books in the library as well as sharing the bounty from our extensive garden.

Feel free to ask any gardening questions you might have.