Warning!!! My garden as shown in these pictures is like a forest and over whelming!! I like it this way, been in this house for 32 years and with only over half acre everything every inch is planted but still has a fairly good size manicured lawn. It is my haven and so here are pictures this year. All my beds are lasagna and weed free!!
this picture is my rose garden and this year DH placed all 40 + plmerias in pots.
Tathib and mw dallas,
Lasagna gardening is a method of layering newspaper, cardboard, soil/dirt and organic compost for more healthy plants/veggie. There is a lengthy thread in the beginner flowers that explain how it is done. I hope you find it. Belle
Thanks everyone! I just ordered 3 copies from amazon.com of the book by Patricia Lanza! (one for me, one for sis and one for brother!) My tomatoes did awful in the TX heat this year. I do have basil that has popped up in my raised bed! I can't wait to try this new method of gardening!
ditto on the gorgeous garden comment :) ilove it! not formal yet not carefree, its what i would look for in a garden, i absolutely love seeing tat many plants. -- this is weird but ill share anyway: i become hooked on certain places, virginia beach being a prominent one. hows the living there? i adore the fact that you can have palms in such an unexpected place.
Well thank you so much and yes all the plumerias gets overwintered during cold weather. I have tons of tropical collection and they all get unpotted, and carefully placed in big rubber maid bins with tags. I hire someone to do this.
It is a lot of work to maintain but we have sprinkler system for the grass and 8 faucets around the house I do not have to haul all the hoses.
We love Virginia Beach because it does not get very hot and seldom get snow. Standard of living is not bad, taxes are low because our income from tourism helps with our economy.We only have 5% sales tax and I think 2.5% on food.
thanks for the info, its nice to know and it sounds very nice to live there. i was wondering if you dug out the ground where your lasagna beds are? i read some of the link above and was curious as to how your layers of lasagna are held up.
I have 99 % perinnials and just adds few annuals. I add a lot of compost and DH adds the red mulch to give color . I think we use 8 cubic ton. Mulch is not too expensive here because they charge $125 for delivery. I do a lot of composting which is enough for all the beds as well as my veggie garden. I do not dig the flower beds but I do for the veggie garden.
One thing that i do is hire help because it is too much.
It is in the 30's now and there are still a lot of plants to go to the garge as well as the sun room.
oh i see, its clear you are an avid and successful gardener. thankfully its only slighlty chilly here. im in shock from the snow, since im originally from new york. trees still fully leaved yet covered in snow!-- i had another question for you, if you dont mind Belle, do you protect any of your palms? or are those palms (windmill ?) hardy there?
DH planted the palms 4 years ago. I think he did his home work first because I told him that I did not want tall palms. They had not grown much and I am not sure of the variety. The temp here last year were in the teens and so far they had withstand the weather here.
It ended up to be a nice day yesterday low 50 but breezy.
Dh decided to put plants behind the couch in the living room and purchased some grow lights.
There was one time he suggested renting a storage space for them because I have too much but I did not say a word. If I had antagonized him it would have been a big argument.He has to make sure that the house looks decent all year round.
well thats nice, Belle, tough palms. lol your hubby is quite an active worker, i generally wait to see what the weather does before i work on the looks. i actually never got grow lights, but they seem very useful. -- that sounds like very nice weather! i, personally, would need a sweater. it bothers me so much when they say a palm grows fast and when you plant one it teases you with snail pace growth. -- im hoping to create a lasagna garden, maybe before spring starts. im so hesitant about it...
Do you compost? first thing you do if you do not compost is start now, save and mulch all the leaves and grass clipping so you do not buy much next spring. i do not waste anything I compost and Dh knows to save including the lint from the dryer.
unfortunately no i dont compost. i know theyre a huge benefit but i dont. i tried once but it slowly ended, i dont know where to start either, if i were to retry the correct way. the dryer lint i could do but the rest...not so sure.
my kitchen scraps go directly into the trash by habit and the craving for a clean kitchen/home. yes i have a lawn and yard. and i prefer somewhere that doesnt smell like a landfill :p
i would love your help, especially since youre experienced :)
I have a covered canister about 12 inches tall that I bought from Walmart that I use for my kitchen scraps. It is near the sink and gets emptied every 3 days. It does not smell!!!
I have 3 covered trash barrels for my kitchen scraps and is located behind the storage shed. It smells during summer but the smell does not reach the house. Besides being covered i have a heavy rubberized on top of the barrel. All i did is make big holes at the bottom and bury it 6 inches so the earthworms can go in to do their thing.I volunteer at our church food pantry and we save moldy breads for my compost that is why i nee 3 barrels.
My grass clippings as well as leaves from the garden are dumped behind the shed. DH is fanatic how the yard looks. Everything has to be in its right place!! LOL!!!
My daughter's canister is under her sink but she is a lot organized than me.Her husband empties the canister while I empty mine.
You think you can do this? You have to educate everybody at your house about this new project!! lOL!!!
Please update me how you are doing with this. 2 of my neighbors did a veggie garden as well as composting this year.
everywhere Belle goes, she starts somone else on composting :) im thinking of how to go about this. i guess it wont be hard to swipe the potato skins etc. and i will finally have an easy way to get rid of the yellow leaves i clip everytime i walk around. im thinking i will find a good priced bin/trash can at homedepot and use that. the composters they sell, in my opinion, are over-priced. - so does the bin have to have holes on top/bottom?
I am glad you will give it a try.
For kitchen composting, what can be composted-- Some will tell you that some of my list is a no no but this is my experience for years
coffee grinds with the filter
veggie / fruit peels or old veggies
I compost left over food!!!@ this is a no no to some because the critters might get in. I put weights on top of the barrel.
Trash barrel composter:
They can be pricey, get the ones with cover and wheels
Make several holes at the bottom and bury 6-10 inches to allow the earthworms to get in.
Stabilize with a metal post so it does not topple--use plastic cable ties.
When it is half full empty -- Where?? Underneath the grass clipping compost.
Meantime save corrugated boxes to line the beds next spring.
If you have more questions I can help you. again this method is what I do!!
hm it seems do-able. is there any way i can do a smaller scale composting thing? it would make the situation a whole lot easier if it was a smaller size. i dont want to violate any property rules in the community. and it would be easier for me to get a handle on it first. i appreciate all your help :)
Hi, I am new to this forum. I would love some advice about composting. I save all my food scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags and newspapers. We have plenty because we eat plant foods only. I have a black plastic compost bin about 3x3 and 4 ft tall. I find it very difficult to turn the contents so I leave it alone and it doesn't get hot and decomposes very slowly. What can I do to speed things up?
we have tons of compost and i do not have time to turn. We have a pile for yard waste that is dumped behind or big storage shed so it does not get seen by neighbors. I also have 2 large trash cans and a huge rubber maid canister filled with kitchen and refrigerator scraps.
We had been composting for years and use the compost in spring only
we have enough to fill all the beds. DH emptied the huge trash cans and dumped them under neath the huge yard waste pile.
There are several threads about composting so if you have time try to read them. There are claims that you can have compost in 6 week but I had not had luck .composting takes time and i never rush it because I do not have time.