A couple years ago I started a large perennial border garden across the front of our property. I only got a small portion of it tilled and planted and that is a hodgepodge of a bunch of plants I had that needed homes immediately, if not sooner.
Reclaiming Garden Space
A portion of last years garden.
This weekend I’m going to roll out the plastic and re-kill the grass that has retaken the rest of the garden. I’m going to get the [...]
Do I want a real journal or a one in the cloud?
Every year I tell myself I need to get a gardening journal going, and every year I get so frustrated trying to find something that will fill my needs. I’m at it again today. Looking online at templates for garden journals.
I never seem to find something that is exactly right for my needs. I find something that 50-70% good, but missing a few key components. Then I find [...]
Fall Is Mellowing
Fall is an excellent time to prepare new gardens for planting the next spring. When you prepare gardens in the spring any amendments you put in may not have time to break down and be available to the plants right away. Not only that you can put amendments into the garden, which you can’t in the spring.
We no longer need to plow huge gardens, but growing flowers and food crops still bring a lot of pleasure and [...]
There’s nothing more aggravating than having an unreliable car. In today’s world a car is no longer a luxury. Gone are the corner grocery and drug stores. Now you have to drive 5-10 minutes to get to a super-grocery or department store. When your car repeatedly fails you, it can create tremendous amounts of stress and cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
Not only that it can cut into time you’d ordinarily have to enjoy yourself. Putting in new gardens, [...]
Hot or not?
Even the best laid plans run amok sometimes and in several of my plantings this year I ran into some problems. You see, I planted all my peppers which included sweet, paprika, and hot, all in the same area. I thought that I’d have no problem identifying them because they would look different.
I was wrong. There are just two plants that look different from the others, but they look the same as each other. But they aren’t [...]
As the cooler weather is just around the corner, I’m ready to start putting in a new perennial garden. As I mentioned earlier, fall is a great time to plant perennials, trees, and shrubs.
I’ve always wanted a picket fence around the front of my house. Not just this house, any house I lived in. Until now I’ve never had one, and I’m not going to have one quite yet, but I’m going to start putting in the gardens in preparation [...]
Foamflower, great in the shade
In many old, established neighborhoods finding sun is the main concern of gardeners. Shade is in abundance. Knowing how to use that shade can lead to replacing barren dark patches with lovely foliage and flowers. So, get to know what kind of shade you’re looking at, so that you pick the correct plants for the location.
Deep Shade – All day shade, with no direct sunlight reaching the ground. The sites can be dry to moist, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]