There is nothing better than an architectural piece of a garden. Giving extra support is a necessity for plants like tomatos and beans. In small gardens a squash can take over a whole bed, so growing vertically is a must. Supports need the right amount of heft to faithfully hold up its cargo and yet… Continue reading The art of staking in a flower or vegetable patch
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.
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.
After many years waiting for the cash to get the patio I knew would never get done by myself, I am quite pleased with the result. Eucevio and his son did a great job, even accommodating a move of the very heavy stone stair. Here is the before and after. Now to plan the shade… Continue reading The new flagstone patio
Is your garden all fence and no flair? Create depth and interest with these tricks.
Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury’s book, Planting A New Perspective did indeed give me a whole new view of designing garden beds. Although their design theories are created on a scale most gardeners would never have the space to repeat, the basics of the process can be used by gardeners employing a more limited palette… Continue reading Garden Design – A New Perspective
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
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
This is a new format for my journal, as I hope to update my journal much more often than just a day here or there during the growing year. PatioThe back patio is larger at 17′ deep x 25′ wide, with three entrance points to the garden. The patio/deck was built by American Dream Decks.… Continue reading My new backyard