September 2005

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September 2005 THIS BUD’S NOT FOR YOU By: Ted W. Mills. ARS Consulting Rosarian and Judge A well-known brewery uses the slogan: “this bud’s for you” to promote its leading product. The buying public readily recognizes it. This may be good for the drinking crowd but a certain bud whose surname is worm does not enjoy the positive response among dedicated rosarians who enjoy growing roses. In fact, they detest this bud’s arrival on the scene. Next to the Japanese beetle, nothing causes more ruin to roses than does this voracious insect. Budworms are but one species of the caterpillar. …

March 2005

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SOIL: THE SOUL OF LIFE By: Ted W. Mills, ARS Consulting Rosarian and Judge When I was a boy, growing up in the Deep Depression of the 30’s, my elementary school teacher assigned soil as a subject on which to write an essay. At the time I thought it to be a monumental task. Quick research revealed just the opposite. After all, we were living at a time and place where it was essential to grow one’s own food in order to survive. A small garden space provided my family the necessary area to ply agriculture. I found that writing …

January 2005

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ROSY RESOLUTIONS By: Ted W. Mills, ARS Consulting Rosarian and Judge The famous ball at Times Square has fallen and a New Year is with us. Let us resolve that when we make our resolutions for 2005, these will be kept with a sense of permanence. All too often the opposite result falls our lot. At the top of the list of most who make New Year’s resolutions is the resolve to lose weight. Of course we all know that obesity is still rampant in this country; perhaps more than any area on the planet. To achieve our goal in …