Outlining a new garden bed with a sharp edge.

I will begin my project with the edging of the new backyard beds and pond.  These edges will be made by spade… and hopefully not take a ton of time.   To start I need to sharpen the spade’s blade. Sharpening Tools: 1. Remove Rust from shovel body:  From least efficient to most:  Sandpaper, orbital sander… Continue reading Outlining a new garden bed with a sharp edge.

Where do you start when you have very big gardening plans? Why small of course.

Sketch Meadow and Wood from the path entrance

The garden plan looks great on paper. But as I look around there’s so much to be done. Where do you start? One of the challenges with my new plan is digging out the dry pond and the dirt will form a berm. This requires I understand the layout of the current sprinkler system. The… Continue reading Where do you start when you have very big gardening plans? Why small of course.

Designing the Pollinator’s Garden

After reading the book,  Planting, A New Perspective,  I am taking a measured approach to the plan for the pollinator’s garden.  While the plant material is nature friendly, the design need not be untamed.   Having a relatively tiny area to cover the plan will be a challenge as seed mixes can bring the unexpected.… Continue reading Designing the Pollinator’s Garden

Light, Reflection and Redirection

I have a few issues in the garden.  HA that’s an understatement.   As a grower whose enthusiasm for planting, weeding, watering and maintenance wanes by the 3rd week in June, you can imagine all the problems my garden faces!  But mainly I have issues with light. In a backyard whose privacy I love for… Continue reading Light, Reflection and Redirection