Whew! I didn’t think it would ever look like our yard was going to come together. I’ve been working on it for two years and it looked like I’d done almost nothing, but this year, year three, things are finally starting to come together.
Plants are maturing, looking really stunning this year; our permanent crop plants are producing heavily; we got most of the fruit trees in for our little orchard. So the yard finally doesn’t look like an orphan.
Looks pretty, tastes tangy, but if you let this innocent looking weed get a foothold you'll need to eat it by the ton to get rid of it.
As I’ve mentioned several times before, my home sits on a piece of property that was once used for tobacco farming. Tobacco farming essentially destroys the soil. Tobacco is a very heavy feeder and needs lots of fertilizer and pesticides to keep it going. So, the soil on our property, except in [...]
I probably wrote about this last year, but every year is like the first time when you harvest enough out of your garden to make most of a salad. My spring garden was very limited this year, as the gardens were in such a shambles from the fact that I didn’t have time to clean them out last fall (something I hope to NEVER repeat) and the weather doing funky things. I did manage to get a few of my [...]
If you want to mark important trees and shrubs, copper labels last forever, and are easy to make.
How To Make Copper Plant Labels
I’m very excited. Last night I made copper labels for all of our fruit trees. All it took was; some 1” labels, which you can buy, but I won them at a gardening event; metal stamping set; wood scrap; and a hammer.
To do the stamping -
Pick out the letters needed from the stamping kit.
Place label on scrap [...]
First hydrangea blossoms opening right now.
This last week has been fantastic. The weather is warm enough to work outside and the humidity is still low. The gardens are bursting into bloom. I have snapdragons, carnations, dianthus, pansies, and petunias already in bloom. The hydrangeas first blossoms opened yesterday. My lilies have buds all over them.
Cornucopia In The Making
The trees have leafed out. The berry bushes are making berries. The grapes have buds on them. Best of all one [...]
None of us like to think about it, but at some point in time we may not be able to keep up our house and yard. Maybe you’re at the point that you don’t want the responsibilities of a home and yard. Or it might be a knee or hip replacement that leaves with limited mobility, or unable to push the lawn mower anymore.
Is your perfect retirement being able to sit by the pool every day and enjoy the [...]
Sprinklers are fun to play in, but not very efficient for watering your yard.
We’ve all heard that putting in an irrigation system is the way to go, but how do you decide what you need, especially if you’re still putting in your yard and are not quite sure what the final plan will look like? We keep changing our minds about what we want; where and how many of this or that we want to grow.
Not only that, there [...]