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planted the are at the end of the stonewall with perennials: creeping phlox, aster and between a yellow flower whose name I can't think of right now. Ack! Still need to mulch.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Okay, so the raised beds in the former koi pond aren't going to happen this summer. Probably because I still haven't figured out how to stake them, etc. So I'll use my driveway as a raised bed for the unplanted canteloupe, peppers, eggplant, herbs, etc, and just let them all sprawl! Woo-hoo.
Also, I'll wait to plant the perennials until mid-august when the summer weather brakes.
Monday, June 25, 2012
cut down baby sumac and some medium size saplings from field up to kitty litter compost bin. Need to have chainsaw in working order to take down the rest.
Tried to chip sumac and leaves, but eventually chainsaw blades got stuck and shutdown. Now I need to fix the chipper!
I imagine I will be battling this sumac for years and years.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Looks like the peppermint from NEWFS migrated from container into front bed and has now taken the whole area over. I need to dig it all out and ASAP!
Friday, June 1, 2012
front planters and containers
added trellis to planters and put smaller planter between the two larger ones. Filled them all with Miracle Gro moisture retention. In each large planter, planted daisy in center, flanked on each side by a doz moss rose, with white alyssum in front. In the smaller planter in the center, I planted the red hot poker I got from the garden club, with alyssum in front.
Plan to train the grape to grow onto trellises.
In doorstep containers: Top row planted in each two light green coleus with two crimson red/dk gn foliage impatiens in front. Bottom container each: planted white primrose with two draping pink begonia in front. Doorstep containers used regular Miracle Gro.
Monday, May 21, 2012
took apart old planters and replaced with new ones. Still have to put up trellis, also to figure out drainage.
Monday, May 21, 2012
sterilizing old soil
putting soil in plastic bags can only be done when the soil is bone-dry, otherwise the bag gets way too heavy. I wrapped soil from one old planter in the pond liner. Realized that whatever I use, the soil will probably absorb plastic contaminants, so now what? Dump at back of yard to build slope? Use to help with flood erosion?
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
assembled planters for front and back decks. need to put trellis up for front ones. not sure whether I'll plant in them directly, or if i'll put containers in. Either way, I'll need to make sure the front ones don't drain into the foundation. Use the old pond liner with lots of rocks? That might work well with containers. I could use those big old green pots, if I still have them. Or maybe I could use cardboard boxes as liners. hmmmm.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
All those iris bulbs I dug up in the lower rock wall bed last fall were clearly not all the bulbs there. The ones I missed are now sprouting! I think it's going to take me a while to get them all out.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Recycle used potting soil
Got the idea of putting old used up soil into black plastic garbage bags to bake over the summer. Now, where to put the bags to bake? Near woodpile?
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Tried to dig out the Russian Sage in bed three, but the main roots are too big for my shovel to cut. Next time I'll bring my hatchet!