Category Archives: landscaping

Sustainable Living: Gardening Goodness (Week 20)

Twenty beefsteaks found their forever spots in the ground behind my garage this week. Five days later, they’ve retained every bit of sturdiness. I think it’s safe to say they’re happy. The cage is constructed entirely of scrap plastic fence, chicken wire, and piping from a broken clothes hanging rack and shovel. (Ya never know when those broken parts may come in handy!)

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The beets took up in the newly freed beefsteak pots yesterday morning. They are much happier now, joining the peppers and carrots.


The brandywine tomatoes are as big as they’re going to get in their pots. I’ve got a dozen fruit growing on each. A half dozen cherry tomatoes appeared overnight. I spied a baby pickle yesterday along with some new zucchinis. The blooms are beautiful.

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That’s the good news. The bad is that I killed my purple coneflower and butterfly weed sprouts with too much moisture, and I had no time to try bread recipes (mostly because I’d rather be messing with the flowerbeds, which I said I would leave alone but can’t). So, I will buy the plants early next season, and I think I will wait ’til winter for the baking. It’s just not going to happen during the hottest part of the summer without a bread machine. I think I better study up on freezing and canning for the next few weeks in addition to maintaining my veggies.DSCN1471 DSCN1470 DSCN1468 DSCN1464 DSCN1462 DSCN1461 DSCN1460

Flower/bed Update for Mom

I’ve been working on my flowers and beds for a couple weeks. I’ve got five beds around the house filled with flowers and flowering shrubs. The first four pics show a small bed between my garage and house foundation. I can ID irises, sedum (two kinds), fox glove, flowering nettle, hyacinth (can’t see), rose bush (not sure what kind). The irises didn’t bloom (burgundy/yellow) this year because my maple grew and blocked the sun. IDs and speculations welcome on the rest!

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The next bed runs the length of my driveway as far as the tool shed with an at-least hundred-year-old maple at the street. I divided hostas from my country home and planted the scraggly cuts here three years ago. My, how they’ve grown! Within days, this will be asplash with orange and purple blooms as the tiger lilies keep blooming and hosta blooms fade in and out. This bed tends to fend for itself well. I’ve got jack-in-the-pulpits, evening primrose, lily of the valley, snow on the mountain, tropical hibiscus (brilliant variety, I think) in a pot, and a couple others.

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The rest of my beds are located in front of the house, one along the foundation, another along the street, and the last largest bed on the side. The first two are basically shrub beds, displaying a few boxwoods, smoke bush, almond bush. The street bed is front lined with a retaining wall and back-lined with newly cut hostas. The largest bed contains irises (dark purple bloom), lilies (blush bloom), lilies (dark orange bloom), fox glove, snow on the mountain, phlox (purple bloom), safflower, roses, and sedum (rose bloom).

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The street bed took sweat, tears, and curse words. It is finally starting to look like something purposeful.

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