Category: GARDENING

Gardening projects by Belle of Dirt and book information. Latest products available from the garden- salves, tinctures, dried herbs and seeds.

Busy Little Bee

Tell me what you’ve been up to… busy little bee. I will always and forever associate that line with Gladiator, which is why it still gives me the creeps when I hear it. So the growing season is over, I’ve put away my mower… Continue Reading “Busy Little Bee”

Hades would like his weather back.

In regards to garden and yard projects, I’ve not been especially inspired this summer. It’s been a depressing season. It seems I’ve either spent the past months watching plants wilt, wither and die in the extreme heat and drought, or dedicated hours a day… Continue Reading “Hades would like his weather back.”

Blister Beetle Battle

My daughter and I have been SO proud of our cherry tomato plants that we grew from seed this spring; we nursed them in sunny windows until they were fledgling plants big enough for the garden. All through the past couple months we have… Continue Reading “Blister Beetle Battle”

Disney Gardening

I was recently lucky enough to spend a week at Disney World; we went to Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. These people know how to garden! Granted, it ‘s in Florida and it rains practically every day there AND they are working with… Continue Reading “Disney Gardening”

In Spite of a Certain Groundhog, Spring is Here. :)

I’ve threatened to shoot myself a groundhog several winters when the snow, ice and cold have just lazed around into April or so. This year, I can forgive that silly hog’s predictions, since he’s obviously become senile and doesn’t have the weather channel in… Continue Reading “In Spite of a Certain Groundhog, Spring is Here. :)”

I’m SO gonna feel that tomorrow

My 3 year old daughter has been my little garden helper the past couple days. She’s at that age now where she’s able to learn that there is an actual purpose to playing in dirt, besides the obvious perk of getting dirty or eating… Continue Reading “I’m SO gonna feel that tomorrow”

12 Step Program for Dead Tree Removal (belle style)

(Original article from ExistentialBelle.com Jan/2006) My husband insisted that I re-post this article that I wrote for my personal website in 2006; he says it was always one of his favorites. Step 1) Cut down big f*$#-off tree right behind your house. Make sure… Continue Reading “12 Step Program for Dead Tree Removal (belle style)”

Missouri Natives and Other Plants for Clay Soil

Tiger lilies or ditch lilies– 1-2 ft tall greenery with flower stalks up to 5ft. They flower for a month or more and require next to no care. Like irises, they will need to be thinned out about every 3 years or so for… Continue Reading “Missouri Natives and Other Plants for Clay Soil”

Coping With Clay

Several years ago I had a website called ExistentialBelle.com on which I wrote several articles related to my yard work, plant growth and landscaping ventures. The website didn’t survive due to my then cluttering it up with too many personal things. This is an… Continue Reading “Coping With Clay”

Getting Dirty

A blog that calls itself “Dirt” needs at least one post on the subject, don’t you think? So this post is about just that: dirt. Dirt/soil is the most basic and also one of the most important building blocks of your yard or garden.… Continue Reading “Getting Dirty”

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