You’ve decided to put in a new garden. You’ve picked a location. Now, what to do from here? First you need to decide the size and shape of the garden. Try to plan gardens so that you don’t have to do extensive standing on the soil once planted. You can plan a couple of key stepping places, but compacted soil is hard for roots to live in.
When considering shape remember that curved lines are more appealing. If it a purely [...]
Honeybees on catnip
Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is well known for its affects on cats. Anyone who’s ever seen a cat given a catnip toy knows that they lose all their reserve and act like they’re totally uninhibited, drunk possibly.
Catnip seems to have that same affect on all the pollinators. Right now my catnip is in full bloom and it is covered in every sort of flying nectar drinker I’ve ever seen. There are bees, green flies, butterflies, etc. They just [...]
Outdoor living spaces are all the rage these past few years. People are starting to want to reconnect with nature, but in a comfortable manner, leaving behind folding chairs, blankets, and pillows for upscale furniture, complete with cushions.
There is furniture to meet everybody’s taste from reproductions of Victorian porch furniture to the sleekest contemporary furniture. Furniture is now made of many materials; wood and wicker for the traditionalist; plastic and glass for those who like a more contemporary look.
There is [...]
Many homeowners have dreams about how they want their yard to look. However, sometimes our dreams don’t quite live up to what we envisioned. Some people are great at visualizing. Whatever they envision becomes reality. For some it is hit or miss, sometimes it looks great, others it’s lacking. For some, what they see never matches they get.
There are a several ways to overcome this. First, you can practice with small projects until you can visualize what you want and [...]
We all have the best of intentions. We see our yard beautifully landscaped, not a blade of grass out of place. The flowers are blooming happily, raising their faces to the sun. Funny, we never envision our garden choked with weeds, or the grape trellis breaking and our grapes now lying on the ground. We don’t see the reworking of the deck taking weeks, instead of hours.
Gardeners are optimists. If we weren’t we’d never plant a seed, because planting a [...]
After nearly 20 years still shiny & work great!
For years I bought my garden equipment at Walmart or the Dollar Store. I didn’t have a lot of money and thought it was thrifty to buy inexpensive tools.
Finally, I needed to replace my old worn out shovel. I looked around and began drooling over a stainless steel garden spade and fork set. I really, really wanted it, but didn’t think we could afford it. I put a shovel and fork [...]
A year or so ago I noticed a new little daylily plant coming up. I hadn’t planted it there and it was obvious it had come up from a seed, as it was tiny. I decided to just leave it and see which plant it was from. I expected to look like one of the two daylilies nearby, either yellow or peach.
This morning I opened the door and it was blooming. A big glorious bloom that doesn’t look much like [...]
This is the year of the zinnia! Zinnias (Zinnia elegans), are super easy to grow annuals, that will provide a plethora of blooms perfect for cutting the entire summer season. There are dozens of varieties of zinnias. They range from tiny to gigantic, and just about every color in the rainbow can be found.
If you just want a flush of color there are the “Profusion” series that are low growing, small flowered, but masses of them. Or you can make [...]
This is the big show for annuals. Summer months are when they get to show off. Since annuals only live one season, they bloom profusely in an attempt to set seed. Their goal is to see the next generation born.
From early spring until hard frosts in fall there are annuals that you can grow in your area. You just need to be aware of a few tips when purchasing annuals. There are some annuals that do best with cool, mild [...]