Category: GARDENING

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Oops, I Forgot My Wisteria is Insane.

This is a post where you get to learn from my poor planning and lack of foresight. Or if you’re a more experienced gardener, you can just say, “Tsk. Tsk.” or “I feel your pain.” A couple years ago we made these great wooden… Continue Reading “Oops, I Forgot My Wisteria is Insane.”

Brown Lawn in Summer? You CAN keep it GREEN! Ask me how!!!

We moved to our current home in March of 2001. My husband looked at the yard and saw a barren mess; dusty in summer, brown in fall, mud-pit any time in rained. It has taken me over a decade to coax the natural beauty… Continue Reading “Brown Lawn in Summer? You CAN keep it GREEN! Ask me how!!!”

Hugelkultur

Walking through the woods a couple weekends ago with family, we came across an area of Pa Pa’s property that we hadn’t visited before. It was a far corner along the property line, the woods there so thick and close that the light was… Continue Reading “Hugelkultur”

Beetlejuice… Beetlejuice… Beetle…

Nah. I’m not going to chance it. 🙂 We aren’t under attack by a half-mad pervert from the underworld, but have experienced a strange spectacle around here the past several days. My daughter found the first of our green invaders in the office, running… Continue Reading “Beetlejuice… Beetlejuice… Beetle…”

Garden Planting Time! (Or Ghetto Greenhouse Part III)

Ok, HERE is the planting article I started to write before I got distracted by the raised planting bed subject. Only our peppers and tomato plants were started in the house and transplanted as seedlings, everything else I sowed directly into the garden as… Continue Reading “Garden Planting Time! (Or Ghetto Greenhouse Part III)”

Raising Dirt

This article originally started out as a planting guide for those seedlings I’ve been raising, but then I realized there might be a bit I could say on the subject of where those seedlings will be going once they are ready to move outdoors.… Continue Reading “Raising Dirt”

Still busy remodeling…

So I thought I would at least post a few photos I took of the yard today. Stuff is blooming and the bees and butterflies are very busy. It’s been like summer here the past couple days too, upper 80’s. I’m ready to break… Continue Reading “Still busy remodeling…”

Ghetto Greenhouse Part II

I promised an update when I transplanted seeds… I’m a bit late since I actually did this almost 3 weeks ago. I did save the pictures though, so I can still run through that bit. My daughter is at school and I didn’t want… Continue Reading “Ghetto Greenhouse Part II”

Forsythia

The bright yellow cascades of bell-shaped flowers on my forsythia bush join daffodils, hibiscus and magnolias as one of the early bloomers of spring. I’ve watched people at Lowes buy these plants en masse, wondering to myself if they realize just how large they… Continue Reading “Forsythia”

I’m officially “somebody”

Logged into Pinterest the other day to share my latest post and to my surprise, I had an invitation. It was for a board of Garden Tips with 3700+ followers. So I guess this means I’ve officially been recognized as someone that reliably plays… Continue Reading “I’m officially “somebody””

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