I’ve finally gotten around to one of the chores I’ve been meaning to do for two years! Amazing how that works isn’t it? You intend to do a project in the garden then you get distracted with other projects and it becomes to late to accomplish. Today I finally mulched the west side of the planting bed outside of the vegetable garden. It doesn’t look like much now but I’ve got a plan! In previous years this area was filled with zinnias grown from seed. I never really worried much about the mulch even though it would have helped keep the weeds at bay which definitely enhances the look of the garden. Despite the weeds the zinnias always made the spot look good. I have a few planted there but other plants will be finding their homes in the bed soon.
Because of the deer invasion I’m putting in some plants that the deer may not want to sample like Russian sage and Pineapple sage. The two aren’t related so don’t let the sage part fool you! Perovskia atriplicifolia has scented leaves that the deer should find unappetizing and the Salvia elegans has pineapple scented leaves that may or may not be attractive to deer. It blooms a bright red. From what I’ve seen deer never touch most salvias which makes pineapple sage worth trying. The boards you see in the picture will be the border of the garden. I ran out of time to get the border situated today. The grass along the fence is on the inside of the garden and will be on its way out very soon. Like I said it doesn’t look like much now but we’ll check back at the end of summer (or maybe sooner) and see how it’s doing!
A look back at the week:
Monday June 14, 2010
- Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)on Coneflowers – Have you seen these caterpillars on your coneflowers?
- Rooting Heuchera through Cuttings – Just what it says!
Tuesday June 15, 2010
- The Garden Blooms of June in Tennessee – Another episode of Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day!
Wednesday June 16, 2010
- Touring a Hosta Garden – a few pictures from the Hosta Garden of the president of the Middle Tennessee Hosta Society.
Thursday June 17, 2010
- 5 Annuals I Plant Every Year – A guest post by me.
Friday June 18, 2010
- Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Update – It’s coming along!