Win a Compost Bin?

Today I have a very cool giveaway to tell you about. The folks at Clean Air Gardening are providing a 60 Gallon Spin Bin made from recycled materials for one lucky winner here on The Home Garden. To enter into the drawing all you need to do is comment on this post before 11:59 PM CST on Friday June 4th. The only guideline is that the bin can only be shipped within the 48 contiguous states. After all entry comments have been made I'll randomly select a winner. The winner will receive the compost bin shipped to their home! The compost bin retails for $169.99 so get your entries in for your chance to win a nifty compost bin! A Few of the Spin Bin's Features (from Clean Air Gardening): 20 ventilation / drainage slots -- means that your tumbler will give you superior aeration of the contents, one of…

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A Small Garden Shed Update

Here's a just a short update with what's going on with my garden shed.Bought three colors of paint (two gallons of the main paint and one each for trim and doors). I'll let you know what the color scheme will be later but it will blend with our house. Bought glazing to fix and repair the old single pain windows.Cleaned the large picture windows, front doors, and back door to see what needs cleaned up before painting begins.Inside I've been adding the brick flooring but need to redo the brick pattern so that the bricks work out evenly.Hopefully I'll have more to update over the week!

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In Memory

Memorial Day isn't about cookouts or backyard BBQs. It's not about the fireworks or vacations either. It's about paying tribute to the memory of those who have given their lives in the service of their country. Originally it was meant to honor those who died in the Civil War and eventually changed to honor those from all wars after World War I, but today it seems like the meaning of Memorial Day has become watered down with store sales and all sorts of frivolous things. I can't imagine what our country would be like without those who have fought and died to save our freedoms and I hope you will take this holiday in its context and think of those who have died to protect this country, its citizens, and their families on this and every Memorial Day. It's amazing to think about the sacrifice that so many of our…

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Random Thoughts and the Week

Today I actually found myself in a home improvement store looking for paint for the garden shed. How I found myself or more importantly how I got lost there I'll never know but I ended up coming home with four gallons of paint. The colors will be revealed at a later date. They aren't groundbreakingly unique colors but I think they'll dress up the shed nicely. The colors had to blend with the house and the garden and hopefully they will make a nice blend. New Roots: I also found myself with a couple beautyberry bush cuttings ready to pot up as well as two more rosemary cuttings. New roots are always very exciting! Cancellations: Today I canceled my mowing for the second time. The other day I was out mowing when a storm came through. When it was over the yard was less than 1/3 mowed and the grass…

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Things to Do in the Vegetable Garden (End of May)

This Vegetable Garden To-Do list may or may not be relevant to you. If you're in zone 6-7 it probably is, if not it might be useful later - or maybe you already did it! It's just a collection of things that I desperately need to complete in the vegetable garden. Maybe desperate it too strong of a word but you know the feeling of standing on the brink of impending chaos while trying to stay above the wave of garden chores while the approaching summer heat continues to stream on in! Here's what I need to do in my Garden at the End of May: Weed, Weed, Weed! I need to stay ahead of the weeds before they get too much of a hold on any of the beds. I've been pretty good so far with the tomato beds and several of the others but the cool season beds…

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What Bolted Cilantro Looks Like!

Cilantro is one of those plants that you either like to eat or don't. Fortunately I'm a fan, especially when it's in guacamole, but even if you don't like to eat it cilantro sure looks good when in bloom! I let my cilantro go to seed each year so that I can collect the seeds and plant it again. I don't do anything fancy other than sprinkle the seeds after they have formed where I want the cilantro to grow. Last year I did this right after they bloomed and a fall crop of cilantro appeared and lasted throughout the winter. The flowers appear as delicate clusters of white blooms which apparently are very attractive to some little tiny pollinator bees (could they be masons?) Underneath the bolted cilantro I planted summer squash from seed in an attempt to safeguard them from vine borers and squash bugs. We'll see how…

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The Gardens From The Porch Perspective

Have you ever stood in one place to take a few pictures in all the different directions of your garden? It's a great way to observe the progress of your garden from slightly different perspectives. (Click on any of the below pictures to enlarge them.) We'll start here against the house. Up close there is a pyracantha and a young birch. The birch was planted to give a fast growing privacy screen for the back porch. Beyond those plantings is a Salvia coccinea and a Chocolate eupatorium.  The eupatorium is probably in the wrong spot as the salvia is much taller and hides the dark colored foliage of the chocolate eupatorium. The sad looking plant in the back of the picture is a red twig dogwood that needed moved form another location - it's a little shocked right now. A crape myrtle stands in front of it and blocks a…

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Here’s What Rooted Today

Rooted Cuttings - Potted up Perhaps I should have titled this post "Here's What I Potted Up Today" but rooting is more exciting don't you think? Anyway this morning I potted several different kinds of cuttings that I've been propagating inside the house. This isn't the end of the propagation process since they still need to grow stronger root systems in while sitting in their own pots but they've come along way from the little twigs they were a few weeks ago. This is one of the most exciting parts of gardening to me - making new plants from little pieces of other plants. In the picture to the right I have 25 well rooted plants that will be grown on for a couple more weeks before planting in the yard. Here's what rooted: 'Husker's Red' Penstemon x3 'Black and Blue' Salvia x2 Salvia coccinea x1 Catnip x1 Russian Sage…

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Meeting Other Garden Bloggers

As I mentioned yesterday I had a visit from another garden blogger to my garden. It's not often that my garden gets company and I'm always a little nervous about the things someone might see. Like the loads of Johnson Grass invading the beds (all the beds) or the currently unkempt nature of certain areas of the garden I just haven't gotten to dealing with yet. You probably realize this but with the blog I can control what you see which often results in me putting the garden's best face forward. I can censor the weeds, the overrun areas, and the plants that have died (every now and then one does!). I do share the bad on rare occasions but it's human nature to want to share the good and not so much of the bad. Of course the garden blogger who visited shared some wisdom with me - people…

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Plant Swaps and the Week in Review

This morning I attended the Middle Tennessee Plant Swap at Henry Horton State Park. If you've never been to a plant swap before you really should consider going to at least one. It's a fantastic way to expand the plant varieties in your garden on the extremely cheap side. The concept is simple, bring any extra plants you have to the swap the talk to fellow gardeners and arrange trades! In essence you turn your extras into new plants. The only big disadvantage of this is that you don't always know the exact variety of plant you're getting. I'll bet you're wondering "What plants did he get?" Well I don't have any pictures taken (I know you're thinking "WHAT? A garden blogger didn't take pictures?!) but I'll share a list with you from what I remember (I promise to feature pictures of the plants in the future (most likely during…

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